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


Colourful CD


Small circles – 2017 AND 2018, B&W or 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




Sideways doily


Fun and Funky




Lace – Sunday to Saturday


Monday to Sunday


Pretty gradient


One Sheet calendars

Three One-sheets


Colourful circles


Doily One-sheet


Tear-offs and Keyring



Keyring, but works as tear-off too!


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

Planner Calendars

One sheet for planners


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


Doily and Lace versions


Another lace one


Boho Style and Watercolour floral



Foreign Language calendars

Spanish, Sunday to Saturday

2017_3spanishLace, French, Monday to Sunday


Lace, Spanish, Monday to Sunday



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!


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:



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.


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!



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:


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.


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


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!




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


add a border


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


The background slips into corners on a simple easel.


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


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


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.


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.


Happy New Year and 2015 blogging review



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!


Last one – Lots of LOVE templates

UPDATED:  These are now stretched to produce a thicker folded word.

Just to complete my “set” of word templates, generic ones that will be useful for many occasions as gifts, here is a set of LOVE templates. As requested by Rose …



The PDF is here.

Just to go back to a question I have had a few times in comments, how to keep the folded book closed, I thought I would show you the one I did manage to do, for the word JOY.


As you can see, it is tied with a ribbon, as I have suggested before, but the ribbon is tied thru a pair of eyelets, set into the front and back cover.  A Crop-a-dile does the job nicely, although depending on the thickness of the cover and the length of the barrel of the eyelet, you do have to really SQUEEZE to make sure the eyelet is well set and not going to just pull loose.  I was lucky to find a £1 book, where the end papers were a lovely shade of forest green.


Setting the eyelets will allow you to really keep the book at the optimum state of openness, to show off the word you have folded.  A ribbon simply tied around the book doesn’t always stay put! As I think I may have said, you could also add some dangling beads or charms, either to the bow or to the eyelet holes.  I’d love to see any other ideas you might have come up with too!

This book was numbered about 340 pages.  I really need to be looking for 4-600 page books, but I just never seem to come across them in cheap charity shops.


Some guidance for using the book-folding alphabets….

I’ve had comments and emails asking for guidance in using the book folding alphabets here and here. In general, you open the PDF in whatever program you have that lets you open a multi-page PDF, access a single page, then copy and paste a selection into a new file.  You copy the letters for your word, align them, save the file then print it.  DO NOT scale anything.  That’s pretty much it.  HOW you do that totally depends on the program you use.

With any amount of luck, I’ll be moving over to the new Mac totally.  That means I lose Photoshop Elements, at least until I get to open my Christmas gifts LOL! But for the next couple of hours I still have access so I’m going to try to grab some images and assemble a post.  So long as I am able to mail myself the images and collect my mail on the NEW machine it should be do-able.

And it is.

Open the PDF using Photoshop Elements

Pick the page that has the letter or letters you need


Clicking on the page and clicking OK should open it.

Now open a new blank file.  I usually make it A4 (or US Letter) size and 300 dpi, just like the original file.

Using the Select tool (the marching ants) select the letter you want.  Do each one individually. Copy > Paste the letters into the new file


Because the letters are packed fairly closely, to keep the page count and size reasonable, you may be forced to select part of another letter.  Not a problem.  Once you Paste it, be on the layer with that letter, select the extra and delete it.

Once all you grab all the letters on the page you opened, click Open Recent and select the PDF again – this will let you pick a new page to get the rest of the letters you need.  Sorry I seem to have highlighted the same page.  Doh!


When your word is complete, select Align (on my PSE edition it is hiding under the drop down menu you see) and align the letters to create a word.


Save the file as a PDF.


Now you can print your template and fold your book!

I am not familiar with other programs that might work – if you are, do add a comment with the basic info.

And the low tech solution is to print the sheets, cut out the letters, stick them in a line to another sheet, and use THAT as a template.  Not ideal, but it’ll work.  I suppose you could scan that and print the stuck down word for a sturdier template, if you want to make the effort.

Hope that helps.  I can only guess that the huge number of requests I get for templates to be sent has a lot to do with Christmas gift-giving.  As I get busier with my own holiday stuff, this info might just help you make your own template and not depend on my schedule to get started.  With some dedicated focus a few hours is all it takes to fold a book.

I may do a few more full alphabets if there is interest.  Comment to let me know and feel free to drop the name (or a link) to any font. If I have it or can get it for free, I’ll try to oblige.