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Book folding Templates – BIG Alphas

I am getting the sense that the serifs on the collegiate-style alphabet makes them less useful, and have been meaning to take the 20 minutes it needed to make a big, bold, plain alphabet, like this:

Only the I and the J share a page.

I also did the numbers (use the O from the alphabet for Zero) with a couple of extras:

Grab them:

Alphabet

Numbers

Hope they are useful!

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Calendar Post – One-sheets in English, Spanish and French

It has been a while since I’ve done calendars in foreign languages.  I mentioned that I thought making ones that could mix and match would be a nice idea so I went ahead and did it.

So here is what you can do.

Pick your top&bottom design.  Here are the choices:

 

Download the 6-page PDF here.

Next, download the calendar that you want to use.

There are font variations in these two:

If you want Sunday to Saturday 2018 calendars CLICK HERE.

If you want Sunday to Saturday 2019 calendars CLICK HERE.

For the foreign language ones there is a single font choice for each year.

If you want Sunday to Saturday SPANISH calendars (2018 AND 2019) CLICK HERE.

If you want Sunday to Saturday FRENCH calendars (2018 AND 2019) CLICK HERE.

Because my research tells me French calendars are traditionally Monday to Sunday, I did a M to S version in French.

If you want FRENCH (MONDAY TO SUNDAY) 2018 calendar CLICK HERE

I sorted out the little error – the blocks were correct but the day strip was Sunday to Saturday.  All fixed!

Once you have the files, print the background sheet, slip that printed page into your printer and print the calendar blocks on THAT. Or the other way around, as you prefer.

You can select A4, US letter, A5, whatever.  They should work.  But get back to me if they don’t!

We have a visitor for the next few weeks, and many more Dr. appointments, so hopefully this will keep you busy, playing with the variations. If there is enough interest and I have the time, I might sort out a Monday to Sunday version.

 


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A round up of all my 2017 (and a few 2018) calendars so far!

Finally, a round-up of the 2017 calendars so far! This is also now posted as a page under the Calendar Making Menu up top.  I THINK I have captured all of them. I will be updating a few other old ones as requested via comments, so watch this space!

CD calendars

2017 AND 2018

pretty2018JF

Colourful CD

2017cdinkycircles

Small circles – 2017 AND 2018, B&W or colour

leafycircle2017_colour

3×4 Project Life style cards

2017 AND 2018 3×4 cards

2018tornDecorate Yourself  – sample from 2016, but the link is to 2017 version to download

1DIYcalendar

Doily

2017Doily_rotated

Sideways doily

2017Doily_Jan2April

Fun and Funky

Funky2017

Banners

samplebanners

Lace – Sunday to Saturday

lacegrab

Monday to Sunday

m2s

Pretty gradient

pastel2017_Q

One Sheet calendars

Three One-sheets

onesheet

Colourful circles

onesheetcircles

Doily One-sheet

doily_1page

Tear-offs and Keyring

Pixel

tearoffs2017

Keyring, but works as tear-off too!

ornatekey2017

Plain tear-offs, two fonts – click the link to see the options

Planner Calendars

One sheet for planners

1doilyplanner

Mix and Match Planner sheets, too many to show but here are a couple that aren’t shown elsewhere!

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Doily and Lace versions

january_doilyjanuarylace2017

Another lace one

2017lace_april

Boho Style and Watercolour floral

mandala

watercolourfloral

Foreign Language calendars

Spanish, Sunday to Saturday

2017_3spanishLace, French, Monday to Sunday

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Lace, Spanish, Monday to Sunday

spanish2017


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Book folding alphabets – Coolvetica

I had a request for the Coolvetica font.  I won’t custom make a whole alphabet usually, but I wanted to judge how long it takes, just to confirm my decision. I did.  But as I had made it, there was no reason not to share it.

As usual, there are a few letters that don’t fit the boxes:

coolvetica-lower coolveticaupper

You’ll have to use your best judgement on them, and try to align them as best you can.  I’ve tried to place them in the boxes in a way that makes sense – like the top pf the g, the j (minus the dot) and the q are aligned as they would be without the outside-the-box stuff.  And the G and Q are centred without the tails. If that makes sense.  Refer back to the post for Gabo Drive for how to print and align.

Coolvetica Upper case

Coolvetica Lower Case

Coolvetica numbers and heart and &

I might play around with some special Christmas folds if I get a chance.  Would that be of interest? LMK!


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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.

2017Doily_Jan2April

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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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:

pastel2017_Nov_Dec

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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More about the easy kusudama flowers with Nesties

Last week, pre-back injury, I mentioned making the kusudama flowers using a variety of Nestabilities dies for the basic shapes.

A reminder of the method:

And a reminder of the various versions:

There were a couple of little peculiarities with a few of the dies (the scalloped circle and the pinked circle in particular) that are worth noting. It matters WHERE you make the first in-half fold – you must have the little half-scallop or half-triangle  at the fold for the rest of the folding to work easily.

corners

And the side-in folds sort of skip a step, instead matching up the scallops or the points.

2corners

Following on from THAT, on these, the joining area is a little less distinct than it is when beginning with a square, for example. And of course I am joining five units rather than only four. I addressed more of the specifics in a PDF I made.  You can download that here.

It shouldn’t be a huge stretch to work out how to make a flower ball from these units, like those made with the traditional kusudama flowers.

Have fun with them!

 

 


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2016 Quote Circle calendar

Bizarrely, one strip seems to have dropped of of the pdf.  I need to re-upload but can’t do it now.  I’ll re add the link as soon as I remake the PDFs.  See the next post for an explanation.

Well, I have done a ton of 2016 calendars already but I did have a request for a 2015 one that I had NOT updated.  I hate to disappoint so I’ve done it.

The original 2015 set looked like this – a standard CD calendar-size

and the quotes are:

Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and
resign yourself to the influences of each.

How do you measure a year? Measure, measure your life in love   Share love, give love, spread love …

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of

Time, by moments, steals away, First the hour, and then the day;
Small the daily loss appears, Yet it soon amounts to years

Live in the present. Do the things that need to be done. Do all the good you can each day. The future will unfold.

The hours pass and the days and the months and the years, and the past time never returns.

We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery

We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes  …  How do you measure, measure a year?

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time…

…today, well lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a dream of hope.

I went ahead and made a little project.  Not step-by-steps but the basic idea is to cut the circles

2quotecalendar

add a border

4quotecalendar

I made one background and added the month circle with the brad you see at the top.

5quotecalendar

The background slips into corners on a simple easel.

6quotecalendar

Humm. Black on Black s hard to see. On the back of the easel there is a sort of pocket to hold the other month circles

3quotecalendar

At the end, I added a small Post-It note thingie (I cut down a chunk one of a 3 x 3 one) and a pen clipped on the top

7quotecalendar

Just a quick and easy project, but mostly to show that just because it is a CD calendar, it doesn’t have to be used that way!  And testing out the results of a previous poll, there is a HALF-SIZED set (2 images per page so it will make 2 complete calendars) and a 1/4 size version, to be used for tear-off versions.  You can see how it compares in size to the 3 x 3 Post-it note pad.

half

The circles also fit a 2″ punch.  You could probably use them as add-ons in a planner!

Full CD size PDF – makes one calendar

1/2 size – makes two calendars

1/4 size – makes four calendars

Have fun.


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Happy New Year and 2015 blogging review

 

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It’s been a challenging year for me, with more challenges to come.  Top of my New Year’s resolutions has to be getting back on track with WOYWW. It’s just been so crazy I’ve not been able to ensure time to visit others, so I’ve opted out.  Not happy with that, and as DS is moving home temporarily, and DD entering her final bit of College and planning for her next step, and potentially a few more big changes afoot, not to mention health challenges for OUR parents, the struggle will continue. It’s up to me to figure out how to squeeze it in!

I thought I would share the report WordPress sends each year.

 

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 350,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 15 days for that many people to see it.

LAST year I had 270,000 visits. It’s calendars and book folding, I’m sure.

Happy New Year to you all and best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous 2016!