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2017 Decorate Yourself PL style calendar cards

Hello all.  These were a request and I worked on them over the last week – in between getting the kitchen sorted out and dealing with the leaking dishwasher, and trying to arrange my scraproom.  That one is scary.  I have no idea how I will wedge all my stuff (DH uses a different S-word LOL!) into the room.  The only way I could get enough wall space was to block the fireplace! I’ll never have a fire in there (can you imagine? All that paper, and smoke from an open flame?  Eek!) so it’s probably OK.

The layout and the font are the same, but they are for 2017 – I’ll make a companion 2018 at some point for the 2-year at a time fans.

Download 2017 version here.

I have no time to try to decorate a set myself, but I will feature a couple from last year:

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And if you want to go back and read the original post with a couple more samples, that is here and this post has a couple of super cute versions made by one of my followers, for a bit more inspiration! Here’s one of them

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Re-oriented Doily calendar

Funny how the things that you think Oh I can do that quickly, no problem always end up taking a lot longer than you think.  The flip side of that is, very occasionally, something you expect to take forever ends up being so quick there isn’t even time for your cup of tea to go cold before it’s done!

My doily calendar is perhaps the first one I made that had a horizontal orientation – all of the other 3×4 PL style calendar cards were always vertical.  I finally had a request to re-orient them vertically.  I had always intended to do it, but just never got around to it.

I replied to the comment saying that I was sure I could do it, just no idea when.  Guess what? I took me like 30 minutes to do.  BAM What? (watching teen girl TV with DD gives me some references that I am really too old to use, obviously) It all came down to a lucky coincidence.  The quirks of Intaglio mean that I tend to group, arrange and align things over and over.  I just don’t really bother with layers.  In this case, when I opened the working file, all the month stuff (month name, year, day strip and date block) were all grouped as one object, and the doily was grouped and masked with the 3×4 “card.”  That meant it was pretty much a two click process to change it from horizontal to vertical, the placing the month block pleasingly and exporting to PDF.  Done.

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Download it here – and if you like it, say thanks to Ronna who asked for it.

I’ll try to  do an overview post for the 2017 calendars I’ve done so far very soon. In reviewing my posts I see there are more than I realized.  And I also have a few 2018 ones that match, for those who use them to make gifts.

 


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A few calendars, by request

Here are the small circle calendars I posted about a while back.  Finally got around to finishing them, between coats of paint. There are both coloured and B&W versions, and both 2017 and 2018 versions.leafycircle_2018BW

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2017 B&W circles

2018 coloured circles

2018 B&W circles

Another request in a comment was for the ever-popular doily calendar as a single page.  As soon as I read the comment I had an idea that I thought would work.  I think it did – what do you think?

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You can download the single sheet here and the 2017 3×4 card version here

The movers actually move the furniture (and all the books and all the kitchen stuff) end of this week and then the grand unpacking begins.  In advance of that, a new vinyl floor has been slapped over the old laminate and the kitchen already looks better.  There is a bit of painting to freshen the kitchen up and I may try bleaching the grout (or possibly re-grouting) and may try to match the colour of the cabinets so I can touch them up but that is it till we replace it. Once our stuff is all in the house, it’ll be all about altering the curtains to fit the 94-98 inch drops on the TALL windows, and trying to make 30 years of mis-matched furniture work together.  Then it will be room-by-room styling and planning the kitchen. At the moment I am looking at gallery walls and furniture arrangement for a few awkward spaces.  With all that going on, expect it to be all quiet on the blogging front for longer than I would like.Wish me luck….


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Two years of Calendars – 2017 and 2018

I get a fair few comments (and emails) where people ask for the NEXT year of a calendar.  They either like to make an 18 month one or a full 2 year one at once. I thought that as I had a week where I couldn’t actually do much painting myself, with three lots of workers in the house (three painter/decorators, two carpet-layers and a plumber) I would stay centrally located and available to answer questions and make tea.  It was all I could do to keep the “tea, white, 2 sugars, coffee, black, one sweetener, white with 3, builder’s tea please…” straight and remember which cup belonged to which! But between kettle boiling and deciding on various little details, I had spare blocks of 10-20 minutes where I worked on these:

 

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Here is the 2017 version

Here is the 2018 version

I would be interested in knowing if you prefer the month colours to be exactly the same from year to year, and the same font (these are) or if your prefer different colours and different fonts from year to year.  LMK

I am also working on a circle calendar, a small one, that can be punched out or cut with a die – it would work well as an addition to a larger decorated sheet.  Too colourful for an addition-calendar? Prefer it in B&W&Grey? Let me know.

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The new house update: there is light at the end of the tunnel!  Most of the rooms have been refreshed with a lick pf paint   (some professionally done, some done by me, some done by a marginally competent handyman) new carpets are down in some rooms, some have been cleaned, one removed  (bathroom. Did you even have to take a moment to wonder which one??) and work continues on the damp and smelly utility room.  At first I thought I would be twiddling my thumbs for much of the six-week overlap between old house and new, or be able to move between the two a bit.  HA.  I barely have time to take a breath and I haven’t been back to the other house since taking up residence here.  I am up at 5:30 and fall in to bed late at night.  All day is pretty much go go go.  And I actually worry that some things might not be done before the furniture gets here!

On another note, happy and sad in equal measures, DS has taken a job in California.  It remains to be seen if it is a short-term contract or a longer term thing.  In my day, telling your parents you got a job at some big, letter-combo corp like IBM or AT&T or the NYT was a big deal.  Nowadays, as it’s E-sports, it is Twitch and Super Evil MegaCorp (ok, so that one is SEMC so sort of qualifies.) How times have changed.   It adds a sort of poignancy to this screen grab from one of his past broadcasts – and with the added irony of  the Brexit vote.

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He hasn’t even made it to the airport yet and I miss him hugely already. Off to have a good cry now…..and to take a moment to appreciate just how hard it was on our parents when WE moved across the pond.


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2017 Banner calendar

LOL!  It’s taken me about two weeks of very sporadic working to get this set done.  I feel bad that I appear to have abandoned my calendar work, and all the followers who check in looking for them.  I have been focused on book folding and my house move. The book folding templates are super simple to create – there is little to no dithering and no real design choices to make. If someone asks for a specific font, it LITERALLY takes 10 seconds longer than typing the word to make a template. If they don’t name a font I pick one pretty much at random, usually opting for a big, plain blocky font like Mondo Cane or Gabo Drive. But the calendars take me some time, and time is precious now.

I’ve tried to cut out a step – rather than just having a sheet of the seven start days (i.e.  a block where the 1st is a Monday, one a Tuesday, one a Weds, etc) I created a year.  That lets me change the font and re-use the set for any future calendars I make, although I am addicted to Bonveno CF as a font for numbers and it has this bouncy quality that means things need re-aligning. It occurred to me that this sheet itself might be useful to others – you can use it for tear offs (approx. 2 x 2 inches) or to add to a plain piece of patterned paper for a “custom” calendar, or added to a larger piece where a calendar is needed.

I made two, one Summer font:

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and Bonveno CF

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Summer font version

BonvenoCF version

The actual printables set looks like this:

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And you can download that set here.

I hope that will hold you over till I find time to do more.  I am working on a 2018 version as well, so if there is a 2017 calendar version I post that you particularly like, and want to see as a 2018 calendar so you can do two years at once, then comment.  No promises, but I’ll try my best.

I have a deadline of the end of the month for all the painting (needs to be done ahead of the carpets being replaced) and mid-July for other work, ahead of all of our stuff arriving.   Today it is MORE painting (done FOUR large rooms upstairs so far, two more bedrooms and three bathrooms still to do upstairs, then two rooms downstairs being professionally done, with the kitchen and 3 others left for me) and today, the back utility room is being redone to hopefully cure some carefully concealed damp. And in my spare time, I have a date with a drill-mounted scrubber to clean the incredibly grubby Victorian entry way tiles, two houses worth.  My knees ache just thinking about it.  That should explain my lack of regular blogging.


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2017 Tear-off calendars

Stuck in the house with the electrician.  He’s updating the very, very old electrical box in the kitchen.  The good thing about having a house that used to be two houses is there are two electrical supplies.   So he is happily working away, with the power off, in House One, while I am happily working, with the power on, in House 2!  I am awaiting return calls from a number of workmen, and some emails from a few painter/decorator types.  Before I steel myself to go down and attack the mildew left behind once the washer and dryer were removed (ugh!) I thought I would add this set of 2017 tear-offs.  At 2 x 2 inches, I hope they will be useful.

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You can download them here.

So I don’t have a printer yet, and I can’t print them to verify it’s all good.  Sometimes I will see something that looks wrong on my monitor but is fine when it prints, like the lines under the day strip.  Sometimes they LOOK like one or two are a bit fatter on screen but when I print they are OK.  No matter, really, as they are tear offs, you are only going to see one at a time so if a line is slightly thicker it probably doesn’t matter, it just bugs ME LOL!

No putting off the mildew any longer….. ugh.


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The doily calendar – in 2 inch circles

I was feeling a little  annoyed because one of my last tasks before we get the keys was to wash two plastic tubs of curtains that we brought over from the States 16 years ago.  We finally have a place to use them!  But the Great British Weather is simply not cooperating.  The skies are grey and I know that as soon as I start the wash cycle, the heavens will open.  The curtains really need to be hung to dry and sunshine would be a bonus.  But then I remembered that I still had a request outstanding from Michele for the doily calendar as 2 inch circle.  I had done a set for her previously, but that was a few Apple OS versions ago.  It wasn’t a huge hassle to convert these but it also wasn’t as easy as it has been in the past!

In order to get the text as big as possible, given the limited space, I ended up re-orienting them slightly – and I changed a couple of the colours so the text was more visible over the doily.  Ended up with these:

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You can download them here.

I printed a previous version – I usually do print them to identify anything that I want to fix – with the idea I would punch them as well.  Yeah. Right. I looked to the side, to where my 2″ circle punch has been living for YEARS, and…nothing.  I looked to the other side and saw…

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Oh dear.  But Wait!  what is that, in the top box, right there and easy to get to? Miracle of miracles, MY 2 INCH PUNCH!

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Ha HA!

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So you can maybe see that the doilies are slightly differently placed to the image above.  That was one of the things that annoyed me a bit, so I fixed it.

These might be good on a card, or as an addition to a larger background.  You could chop off the top edge and turn them into a tear-off by adding the line of glue along the top edge of a stack. Maybe a bunch of other things too.  If you do use them, share a photo.  If you email it to me I might post it, so do say if that is not what you want.

OK so now I have a few phone calls to make.  See you back here after the move – and when ever internet in the new house gets sorted.  I am going to try calling BT from the line in the house that they are giving me trouble over – hopefully that will sort things.  Finger crossed.


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Doily calendars for 2017 – Which one?

I’ve had a couple of requests for the DOILY calendars.  I am taking a leap and saying this is the one people mean:

 

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Here is a 2017 version, colours slightly tweaked, slightly different font – It was driving me crazy because on the screen it looked like the thin lines that define the blocks were missing, and some of the lines under the day strip were darker.  I finally printed them and can see that they are fine.

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Download it here!

And now I will go on a little break while we move house.  I  will try to get to any book folding template requests as and when I can, but be aware that if you have a pressing need (prom-posals, anniversaries, etc) it might be best to try elsewhere.  At this point I just have no idea how long it will take before I am back working.

 

Fingers crossed it all goes well!

 


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Another 2017 Calendar – fun and funky

Just another funky calendar.  I am slightly obsessed with gray at the moment, enhanced with a pop of colour.  Hope you find them useful!

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You can get the 3-page PDF here.

I am always happy to convert to a different size, so long as I can do it easily.  Drop me a comment if you need a different size and I’ll see what I can do – and when!  We get the keys to the house next week and I suspect June and July will be slightly manic. And give the idiocy of BT (yes, yes, I know you UK folk know this already!) I may not have internet for a time.  Honestly, how many hours do you have to spend trying to solve a problem?  I’m sure the goal is to just get people to throw their hands up in despair and say FINE. Screw it.  I’ll have BT Broadband then. But then, if I hadn’t sat on hold for so long yesterday I might not have had time to create these…. swings and roundabouts, right?


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Because people have been asking…2017 Calendar, PL sized

I started playing around with this a little while ago.  I decided to streamlining the process by taking the time to create a file that has the month blocks all laid out.  I am hoping this keeps me from making silly errors.  It also means I can add the date blocks with ease – and change the font quickly too.  I usually cycle thru a number of fonts in a number of collections (plain and simple and handwritten being the most used collections) to find the right one, and it is nice to see the whole block converted, to see any oddities that make that font not a good choice.

I have also been playing with quite a bold and bright geometric set but am not 100% happy with that one yet.  But I hope this pretty pastel version will appeal.  I added three background blocks on the last page, which can be used as filler cards or with a smaller photo added, or as the base for a handmade card.  The cards look like this:

 

pastel2017_QThe background looks like this, but with variations:

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and you can download the 3-page PDF here.

Hopefully that will keep you busy till I get back into the swing in the fall!

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