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The 2016 Pretty CD circle calendar – Monday to Sunday version

The Sunday to Saturday version was yesterday, and today …prettyCD2016_Mon_to_Sun

This is the link to the Monday to Sunday version.  Sorry this is coming so late in the day, I had it done yesterday but have been busy with UKS stuff and another thing I have to get sorted.  Life is just too crazy busy right now.

I just needed to find 10 minutes to sort out the half-size version just like the other one, so whether you do Sunday to Saturday or Monday to Sunday, you have a half-sized version to download.



I’ll repeat myself: Don’t be fooled by the image size!! The first set is sized to fit a CD case,  4 3/4 inch across and 5 inch tall. The four-a-page prints at about 3 5/16th inch across and 3 1/2 inch tall.

and I’ll add a different project link to inspire you:

I think the grid paper photo cube could work for the half-size set:


Gosh that is a bad photo! Better?





Pretty CD Circle calendar updated for 2016

OK, I’ve checked and checked and an as sure as I can be all is as it should be! I did NOT use a Dreamstime calendar for the dates LOL!  I’ll never trust them again.  But here it is.  Pretty much as I showed in the preview except the year has moved to the top to give the scroll more room at the bottom.


This is the SUNDAY to SATURDAY version – 6 pages, two months per page.

Now, I so often get request or smaller versions so I’ve made this one a half-sized pdf as well.  Four months to a page.


Don’t be fooled by the image size!! The first set is sized to fit a CD case,  4 3/4 inch across and 5 inch tall. The four-to-a-page version prints at about 3 5/16th inch across and 3 1/2 inch tall.

The Calendar Making menu at the top has lots of projects that can be used or adapted to make gifts or for yourself.  One of my favourites:

Make a frame

Make a frame

Possibly a good one for the half-size ones:

NEW: CD with tear off

NEW: CD with tear off

Composing this post made me realize that I still have calendar projects that I’ve NOT added to the Calendar making menu! But that is a task for another day….

the MONDAY to SUNDAY version will be coming along soon.

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2016 CD Calendar NEARLY done!

I am hoping I can eke out some time to finish this up and be ready to post at least the Sunday To Saturday version for download tomorrow. It is double checking the days for each month, start and end days and number of days, that is one of the hold ups! Having been badly let down by the Spanish language calendar from Dreamstime having errors in it, I had to make sure I was using a calendar from another more reliable source as a double-check!

The other issue has to do with the circle with the month name.  I tend to use free fonts, and the requirements for accuracy in things like kerning are not so strict as they are for professionally designed cost-a-lot fonts.  This makes getting a smooth circle, nicely spaced, pretty difficult.  Even though I am using a HUGE monitor, and a 400X view of the circle


(you can see my bottle of flavoured water there – that gives you an idea of the size!) I can’t always catch the little quirks thrown out by different fonts.  As a general rule the fonts that work best are the straight up and down ones.  Any bit of a lean (like with MOST script-y fonts) affects it.  The best way to check it is to print the sheets and look very closely at each circle.  With Sweetheart Script, every sheet had one month with some little anomaly.


Some times it is as easy as adding or removing a space between the words, or adjusting the Path bias in tiny increments.  It is time-consuming.  But I think it is worth doing.

Why am I boring you with this?  When I do post the download, if there is an extra space between two words (like the one between the two there at the bottom of the photo above) be assured it is NOT an “error”  but required to avoid an even worse issue somewhere else around the circle!  I look at them and decide what *I* think looks best from the options I can see.

I’ll probably check them a few more times to salve my paranoia of putting one with wrong date info put there LOL! but keep an eye out.  Then I have to do the replacement to make the Monday to Sunday versions too…..

no rest for the wicked…and clearly I am VERY wicked indeed.



If you ask, be specific….

I am usually pretty happy when my commenters ask for things.  I am honest about how much time I have, if I think it is too much work to take on, and try to be realistic about when I can do it.  I’ve (occasionally) said Sorry, no and tried to explain why.  Sometimes what people ask for is simply not something I can do.

For most of my calendar files I have them saved in groups. in order.  So looking at this CD calendar:

2016cdworking backwards, I have:

  • the square locked in place
  • the entire middle grouped
  • the two halves of the scrollwork  and the white circle with the blue border grouped


  • all the month block info grouped
  • the Month name and 2016 grouped 
  • the sideways day abbreviations grouped
  • the columns of days grouped then grouped with that

The italic bit is what allows me to swap out a new dates block for a new year. What that means is I can UNGROUP things in reverse, and I only need to UNGROUP the centre (leaving the colour part and the month info part in the locked frame) and delete the colour part, leaving the month block intact. Align that block in the frame so there is more blank space at the top and Save then Save As >PDF.

Thinking about the groupings in a logical way when I made the calendar allowed me to create this blank to-decorate version in about 15 minutes.  It gave me a post for the day when I would otherwise have been too busy to sort something. So YAY! for that.


But just to go back to the post title for a moment…I went out on a limb with this – my commenter just said she loved the original and would have liked a “blank version to decorate.” Fair enough, I THINK I know what she meant and I THINK what she wanted is this. But I could be wrong!  I don’t think I am, or I wouldn’t have taken the time – well, I did think to myself even if I WAS wrong I was making something that potentially might be useful LOL!

This was one of the easier comments to figure out, assuming I got it right, of course.  Sometimes the comment is so cryptic I have NO IDEA what the person wants.  If there is an email, I contact them directly and ask.  Sometimes I read their reply and think I did NOT see that coming! LOL! So if you want something specific, be really specific when you ask me.  Because my readership is pretty international, time zones come into play.  If you comment from the USA before you go to bed, I may get up, read the comment, have time to do whatever it is you asked for and have it posted on my blog or in the mail to you before you wake up – IF I know what you want SPECIFICALLY.

I should say that this in no way implies a contract between us, that I will do anything asked of me {wink} but I will read the request, consider how long it will take, if I have the time to do it, and if I’ll enjoy it or find it a challenge I want to take on.  And anything I make that isn’t super personal is not going to get saved for you and you alone (so yes, Jenny, that makes you exempt, fair dinkum! )  It’ll get shared with everyone.

Now, I have a million things to do before a big day on Saturday.





Keychain calendar additional months

A few people, over the years, have said when they make calendars they like to do the remaining months of the current year as well as the following year. Some like to do the following year and a bit of the year AFTER.

So I had a request for the remainder of 2015, in this 2016 key chain calendar I made, download found here.


I figured as long as I was going to do the next 5 months, I might as well do 5 months on the OTHER side, for 2017.  Five months work out as an even row, without me having to jump thru hoops to make sure it all fits for both A4 and US letter.  It’s a bonus, a bit of an extra for those who like to have a few extra months.  I altered the colours slightly so they don’t repeat


That is just a slice from the middle – the actual sheet has two each of the five 2015 months and two each of the 2017 months.  I checked and re-checked, and used two different calendars just in case! You can grab the single sheet here. Hope they help!


Samples of the blank calendar – I love them!

First off, let me apologize to the Spanish speakers.  Thankfully, a commenter, Nancy, noticed that not only did the online calendar I used get AUGUST wrong, it actually had MARCHA instead of MARZO!! I said in that post that getting things right in a language you don’t speak is super stressful.  When I found the first mistake I should have moved on to another calendar.  Thinking it had only one mistake was MY mistake.

Moving on to a look at what you can do with the blank calendars.  You saw my samples of a few ideas, but look at the two sets one of my commenters made.  So CUTE!

The first one is decorated with Washi tape and is super bright and colourful



and the second has adorable stamps on it:


She doesn’t have a blog so was happy for me to share here.

I had to pop back and add a brighter close up of the cat-stamped one.  I realize you really can’t see them in the smaller photo:


If you make a version with any of my calendars, do let me know – I’d love to share it as inspiration for others, either with a photo on my blog or with a link to yours!

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The French one – blank to decorate, Monday to Sunday


Time is fleeting so super quick, here is the French version, just the month cards. My German friend Tina is working on her version of a tutorial she saw online.  She promises me she will share it when she is done.  I think ANY of these blank calendars, in any language, would work well, having seen a preview. Likewise, the ideas I showed for decorating in the post here would work too.

Next week is going to be CRAZY.  With luck I can squeak in the pretty CD calendars, in Sweetheart Script, but if not, the week after for sure.


Spanish and German and a preview of the Pretty CD one

The poll isn’t closed yet, but I have a hellish week ahead so I thought I would get a jump on the design.  Let me start there:


That is sort of where I am – Sweetheart Script was the frontrunner by a mile.  I can’t decide on the position of the flourish, or if I need it at all.   I guess I am leaning towards the bottom flourish, so it doesn’t affect the readability of the days. Any thoughts?

Now, as you know I’ve done foreign language calendars for a few years.  I made a German one the other day, because a long time follower asked for the blank, decorate it yourself version in German for a project she has in mind.  She vetted them for me so I feel most confident about them being right. Grab the German calendar here.


She also gave me the words for the journaling blocks.

I also have a French version out to someone who will, I hope, be able to do the same.  I’ll add them when I hear back, and if I don’t, then I’ll omit the journaling cards and post them that way.

I don’t have a connection with a Spanish speaker, so I omitted the journaling cards for these from the beginning.  But I did do both a MONDAY to SUNDAY version, as that is more common for Spanish, as well as a Sunday to Saturday version, as I know many people use a Spanish calendar but follow the arrangement most common in their country  – the USA is usually Sun to Sat and I think someone from Puerto Rico also mentioned they use Sun to Sat as well

I did have a moment when I saw AUGUSTO instead of AGOSTO on one online calendar!  Gave me no end of worry, but while AUGUSTO is a word in Spanish, near as I can find it’s translated as august, as in an august institution .  The month August is Agosto.

And apparently the calendar I saw that had MARCHA instead of Marzo is wrong too.  Sorted it and added the new PDFs.  I did SAY it was stressful …

Honestly – the stress of trying to get all the elements right for a foreign language calendar is huge.  If you see an error, do let me know.  It’s cringe-inducing to make an error, but the sooner I know the sooner I can fix it.


So many things on the go!

I am feeling stressed, but have no one to blame but myself LOL!  I seem to have developed the habit of agreeing to things without thinking of all the OTHER things I’ve already agreed to.   At the moment I have a number of things on the go and am working thru them s l o w l y.  Be patient.  The poll for the CD calendars closes in a couple of days, there is a clear frontrunner, as you can see (Sweetheart Script) and I’ll make those in the next week or two.  There are other things I’ve promised to various commentors that I am working on, and a few of my own projects, as well as a BIG sort out over on UKScrappers that now has a deadline.

Despite a few people saying they key chain calendars are too small to read. I’m going to add the sheet. Grab it here.  Funny, I had created the full sheet but in order to get three full sets of months, the final DECEMBER extended past the 10.5 inch limit I set (so people who use US letter paper and who can’t print “borderless” can still print things in the size I intend and not have anything cut off) and I was getting ready to apologise when I thought Hang on a minute!


Doh!  one month is easy to rotate and fit inside the limits.


Anyway, there it is.  Use it or not, depending on your eyesight.

The key fobs I got were these.  There are cheaper ones, but you have to buy like 50 of them to get the lower price.  I did get another kind, but once you inset your calendar bits inside, you can’t open them, unless you smash them with a hammer.  Not useful.  A little diversion first.  Remember this shot?


How horrible is my cutting mat?


WELL.  Being trapped in town with no car yesterday worked out pretty well for me.  I wandered in to TK MAXX with DD and found an American Crafts cutting mat for the bargain price of £14! OK, so just £4 cheaper than Hobby Craft for the same size, but it’s still a great deal.  Why? well, it’s PINK




Frankly I’m more excited about the double-sided than the PINK, but that’s just me. I like that is has both inches and CMs with both in a useable view at the same time.  I figure I’ll hold on to my super-mucky mat and use that to cover this one when doing gluey, inky, painty play.

Back to the calendars:


Just so you can get a sense of the size.  The final one, outside the key fob, I trimmed a little shorter, so that one is slightly smaller still! Yes, the ones today ARE small. I can read them.  DH cannot. I say print them and see what you think.  If you use them let me know HOW.

Now, off to whittle down that To Do list a bit…and WOYWW visits.


Keyring Calendars

Last week, a UKS member, Soojay, asked about very small calendars.  I showed again how you can reduce the size of the PDFs using your printer dialog box, and while that works, after a fashion, I was intrigued by her idea of keyring calendars.  We chatted back and forth about it, and she promised to make one and send me a note when she blogged it.  She was true to her word and I see it is on her blog today.  Cute, so cute, and making good use of my printables.  But NOTHING like I imagined!  We’ll get back to that in a moment.

I am nothing if not impatient.  I hate to wait for ANYTHING.  And yet I make people wait all the time LOL! As soon as the words “keyring calendar” penetrated my brain, I was off.

The problem, as I saw it, was protecting the little slips of paper with the month info.  Had a think.  What made sense?  Sleeves.  Small ones.  What did I have?  These, mean to house negatives:



Given how they are assembled, there are only four usable strips.  Cut to the outside of the sealed areas to get a sleeve that is open top and bottom only


I am keeping the top section of smaller pockets for something else. I’ll say no more…

Now the size of the sleeve is set.  The printables have to match.  It wasn’t difficult to resize them and get two full sets of 12 months on a single sheet. You can download that here.


These are small. They end up just about 1  1/4 inch wide by about 2  1/8 tall.  The inside of the sleeve is about 1  1/2 inches and you can cut to the height you want.  And frankly, I got fed up having to trim all four sides of things so I’ve made them share a cutting edge where possible.  Lazy? Me?

NOTE: There is another sheet to expand this set, with the last 5 months of 2015 and the first 5 months of 2017.  Get that here!

I suspect the printables will fit other sleeves, as I am pretty sure negatives are a standard size.  Not that many people still develop film and get negatives anymore…

Once you cut all the blocks, you can secure them into a block by smearing glue along the top edge, to make a tear-off version.  Punching a hole and adding an brad works too,  a staple or eyelet, less well.


PVA glue is best, but these are what I have.  They both work ok.

While that is drying, cut a bit of backing cardstock.  I stuck a photo to the back so the reverse is decorated too. I added a half-circle of velcro to the bottom edge., and the corresponding bit to the INSIDE of the sleeve.  A thin strip will work too, but again, dots were what I had.  I also cut a bit of cardstock to stick on the outside, over the velcro, punched with a decorative edge punch.  DO NOT STICK THE CALENDAR TO THE BACKING CARDSTOCK.


Why? Well you need to be able to get the calendar block out to tear off the month on top to get to the next month. If you stick it, that is going to be mighty difficult!



The velcro dot is going to hold the month block a little up from the bottom edge, so the cardstock doesn’t obscure the calendar. Flexing the sides will make it easier to slip the calendar out.


I punched a hole and added a larger eyelet to the top for the split ring keyring – it was always the challenge to secure it so you weren’t having to stress the hole by taking it off the ring.


I rounded the top corners with scissors.  Not required, but I like how it looks. And size-wise? Not that much bigger than a standard keyring photo fob.


Right so now you have seen mine.  Well, now look at Sue’s version on her blog here.  You can’t see the cover in this shot, but it’s very pretty.

Two things to note: Her’s is way scrappier and prettier than mine,  and there is none of the faffing about to tear off the months.  You can see all the months, which makes it easier to look ahead if you need to check a date.  Her’s is bigger, but not by a lot.  I think you could easily cut the months from the PDF, stick them back-to-back and slip a pair into a sleeve, punch the hole  in a corner, then add the cover and  thread them all on a split ring or book ring.  Sort of a combination of the two.

But I thought it was interesting.  The words “keychain (or “keyring” as you prefer) calendar” just brought up a totally different image in my mind.  I think mine works, but it is nothing like the original.  I’m sure, in time, I could come up with something pithy to say about what that means, but not today.  I just heard from DH that a deadline has moved a week (or more!) closer than I expected and I have to kick into high gear on something very much NOT crafty.


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