Friday, December 18, 2009

Santa's here early!!

And he's got a gift for YOU, cardmakers! Our Facebook fans have spent the week guessing at what it might be....and it's been too much fun making them wait (yes, Sandy has a sneaky streak!)!!!

So without further ado: your gift:




Yes, it's a calendar! Complete with (of course) photos of our heroes. And with OWH holiday card deadlines. And the actual holidays. And a snazzy patriotic design! What a beautiful piece to decorate your craft room! It would also make a fantastic gift for your stamping friends for Christmas, too. And what's more - it's FREE! You can download it and print as many as you'd like!

Click on the cover photo above to download a pdf version....it's a HUGE file, so at the end of this post are also jpgs you can download individually if you prefer. (You may just want to print them month-by month). And in between are some photos of the calendar "in use" - and a little description of how they were made or intended to be used.


First is a standard wall calendar above. The pages are printed at 75% of the size, and were attached at the top with a 3/8" wire with a Bind-it-All. Office supply and copy shops near you may offer binding services at a reasonable price to make one calendar. This one has a ribbon to hang it from a nail on the wall.

Note: Each calendar here was printed on color copier paper, of course on a color copier. Photo printers should also work well! These are all printed at 75% of the final size; test one page yourself and see what size you want to try!



Next we printed it again at 75%, and tacked it to a bulletin board on a field of navy blue cardstock. It's an especially easy solution if you don't have a way to bind the pages! You might even do something like this with magnets on your refrigerator — a magnet might not be strong enough to hold through all the pages, but might work for one or two at a time!










Bind the pages on the side and you have a desk calendar. Make notes on the opposite side when you mailed a box, help yourself keep track of your goals, mark your cardmaking parties on it...another great option to use our calendar! You might want to give it a heavy front/back cover with chipboard or cardstock.







Our fourth option is a little feat of engineering if you're up to the task! Use two pieces of chipboard or really heavy cardstock, so that it stands on its own; or you may rig up a crossbar to make sure the "table tent" stays standing. This one used chipboard that wasn't heavy enough so it's a little bowed, and probably will get saggier over time.... :(







Another idea which isn't shown here --- but we know you're up to the task! --- is to start with our calendar file and make it your own! Add embellishments. Use just the photo and calendar sections and fill the other rectangles with patterned papers. Use some adhesive or diecut lettering. Whatever you want to make it YOURS! Be sure to show us a photo, we'd love to share it here and on Facebook with everyone else too! And if you find another way to "use" the calendar, show us that as well!

Following are the individual jpgs; click on the one you want to download and it should open in a new window; then right-click to download it to your desktop!


One final note...Sandy's on vacation right now. Hopefully Mom won't look at this blog before the big surprise (shhhhhh!)....so if you have problems downloading the files (or if links are broken etc), please be patient. Your questions will get answered as soon as possible. Try the Facebook Fan Page if you need immediate help, lots of friendly folks there!

11 comments:

Scrapping Mom said...

Absolutely amazing. Thank you so much. I love the calander. Great work and so much love and care.

Fabre said...

Fantastic job, Sandy! I love how the shipping deadlines are posted - I'm going to get this printed out this weekend and hang in my scrap room as a reminder! Happy Holidays and safe travels!

Rockstar Mommy said...

Oo, I love it! I've been following your blogs, and one of my new year's resolutions is (going to be) to start actually making cards. This will be very helpful!

Kate said...

This is a great gift! I can't wait to get mine printed!

Rebecca said...

What a sweet and wonderful gift for the New Year!

Mrs. E said...

That is so great! Thank you!

Night Shift Nancy said...

WOW! That is fabulous and amazing! I can't wait til later on - I am going to do my downloading and printing! Thanks so much! YOU ROCK!

Denise I. said...

Thank you so much!!!! I love the fact that the mailing dates are posted--I am always forgetting those!!! Just printed mine and am going to hang it above my crafting table to remind me of those amazing heroes and why we all work so hard to make beautiful cards. Happy Holidays to all!!!!

GretaB said...

Perfect! Fabulous job on this and it will serve as a great reminder, of many things, in many ways.

Merry's Musings said...

Wow-just perfect! Thank you Santa! I thought I saw reindeer hoof prints.....

Biddy53 said...

With so much going on, I just found the calendar today, 1/5/10. If I had seen it prior to Christmas, I would have printed several and given them as gifts. I love them!! Especially the deadline reminders. Thanks to all who assisted on this and of course, thanks to our service members!!