Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy New Year 2011 Calendar

Happy New Year to one and all, I wish each of you everything that you would wish for yourselves this year.

Today  I am showing you a calendar album that I made for 2011 using  papers from the S.E.I. Poppy collection.

I was going to make a few calendars to give away as gifts, but this one took me forever to make! There was a lot of machine stitching on this and I can't just run over the first and last stitches and then snip the thread, no, I have to leave long threads at each end and then weave them through neatly onto the back of the card by hand. I HAD to do this in sewing classes years ago when I was at school and I'm afraid the habit has stuck and I couldn't bear to do it any other way now! Sad, I know.

I won't bore you with photos of all the pages, as they are all similar, just with different patterned papers from the same collection.

I designed it to be freestanding and it is bulky enough that it can be.

Each month has got its own pocket page. On the front of the pocket is that month's calendar which I computer generated and then cut out with nesties, before spraying with shimmer mists. The back of the pocket is patterned paper and the idea is that a photo could be added to this as a reminder of some event that took place that month.

In each pocket I've just put a simple white cardstock tag with a co-ordinating patterned paper eyelet on each side and tied with a sheer ribbon. Each side of the card is stamped with the relevant month. The idea is to use the tag as a diary or calendar of events or to add photos from the month.

I've used extra large binding rings so that extra memories can be added between the pages as the year progresses, such as photos, memorabilia etc.

I'm going to pop this into the following challenges:

'brand spanking new': My Time To Craft.
'anything but a card': PaperPlay Challenges.
'new beginnings': One Stop Craft Challenge and Lots To Do.

Thank you for looking.



crafty creations said...

Wow Keeley I can see how much work went into this project it is fantastic - hope you have lots of fun filling it

Thanks for sharing with the Lotstodo Challenge x Hilda

Zoechaos said...

WOW fantastic calander so well made clearly a labour of love stitching is perfect (my teacher used to make me undo mine time after time). Wonderful gifts for very special people. Thank you for sharing with us at Lots to do Happy New Year XOXO Zoe

Createology said...

Keeley I can certainly see how this beautiful calendar memory book took you a lot of time and care. The end result is perfect. Happy 2011...

Riet said...

This is so gorgeous Keeley.

Hugs Riet.x

Juls said...

this is just so gorgeous and creative....such a lot of work but well worth it!! I am with you on the finishing off the stitches thing....its the kind of thing that would annoy me to!

Hugs Juls

Faye said...

Wow, this is beautiful. But then, why would I expect anything else?! ;) Have a great week. xxx

uksharon said...

Fabulous project and so well done.
Thanks for joining us at PP this week.
Best wishes, Sharon

Mrs A. said...

Hello, Keeley,
Mrs A. here. Nice to meet up with you. The Doc and Son have exactly the same problem. If they are in a room together you have to be looking at em to know which one is talking.Lol.
Love your calendar idea and what a lovely gift to give.
Same here for sewing in threads. Got a reverse stitch knob on my sewing machine but can't bring myself to use it.Nop. There is no satisfaction in that. Gotta do the job properly.