Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mark's Finest Papers 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop . . . Day Seven: Calendars//Stampin' Sisters in Christ 112

Speedy the Cat at Mark's Finest Papers likes to get a head start on special Christmas gifts and memories for friends and family. He gathered the design team at Mark's Finest Papers to bring you 12 days of exciting paper crafting gift ideas to get that holiday mojo flowing. The hop runs for 12 consecutive days, starting October 17th! Begin your holiday hop at Speedy's home base, the Mark's Finest Papers blog and relax with a cup of eggnog (or sprig of catnip, your choice) as Speedy leads you though a short, daily hop. You'll find your holiday paper crafting ideas and supplies at Mark's Finest Papers.
Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! We have four samples each day for our hop! Please visit each of the following blogs for holiday inspiration! Start off tomorrow on the MFP Blog for more inspiration!

Please note, I have split up my calendar post into three separate blog posts because I cannot fit all the photos into one post; I'm sure there is a fancy blogging trick to be able to do so, but I am not wise as to what that might be.

I have made an easel/box calendar. The top part is like an easel card, with the base to hold the calendar pages the easel. The bottom has two drawers, each able to hold six to seven calendar 'photos,' depending on their thickness (i.e. the number of embellishments you put on them).

I printed out a mini calendar for 2012 and that is the 'stopper' for the easel portion. A helpful forum member on splitcoast provided the calendar for 2012, her name is Cat on SCS and you can find the thread with her calendar template here. I made the box/drawers and easel base in light gray, so it wouldn't detract from the monthly calendar decoration and each piece is 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 square. You simply use a clip to hold that month's picture in place, or the recipient is free to put any month up that they like, depending on their mood. I chose to go light on the sentiments and mainly highlight images. I am providing links to the sources for my calendar pages and instructions for making the box/drawer. Thanks for looking! Have a great hop! Please see the posts immediately below this one for the additional calendar pages.

Also, this week our lovely hostess at Stampin' Sisters in Christ is MariLynn who has selected this verse Ecclesiastes 3:1 "There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens . . ." Her challenge is to make a card/project that shows the passing of time. A clock ( for hours) a sun (for days) a calendar for (years) etc. You can go to the home page here to view the rest of the beautiful creations by the rest of the design team and read MariLynn's devotional on this topic; she always has great thoughts to share. It isn't often I have to combine posts, but this is one case where they dovetailed nicely. Wishing you a blessed week (and year).

Complete calendar view

View showing drawers open for storing calendar pages:

All 12 pages

January: MFP Set used is "Time to Chill"

February: MFP Set used "Sew What?"

March: MFP Set used "Happy Pansies"

April: MFP Set "He is the Lamb"

And right here you can see the other creations for calendars from the Mark's Finest Papers design team in day 7 of our 12-day hop! Again, for the rest of my calendar pages, just scroll down and peep at the photos in the two posts below this one.

Day 7 Calendars!


Grace said...

Wow Peggysue! Your calendar easel is amazing!!! LOVE the drawers being big enough to hold the images! What a great gift idea this is and you've made some gorgeous pages for it! So clever!!!! Great take on the "time" theme for today! Blessings to you!
Have a wonderful week!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Gorgeous Peggysue!! I love your calender easel box design!! Your images are beautifully colored and designed. Very clever!! Awesome take on today's challenge. Have a blessed week!!

Winnie and Patty said...

Oh Peggysue--this is FANTASTIC!!! I can see why it took you so long to create this work of art!!! You need to do a tutorial on this one! The little drawers to hold the monthly pages is fabulous!!! I just love this!!! Great job. TFS

Rhonda said...

Clever project Peggy Sue!! Love your details.

Miesje said...

Oh my gosh - this is gorgeous! I love the calendar concept and the combining post is brilliant! Love the coloring, love the design! Have a great week!

Designing with Debbie said...

Peggysue, what a great calendar. I love the little drawer you made for storing the other pages. Great work.

Lynn McAuley said...

What an awesome masterpiece, Peggysue! Your really rocked it with this sensational calendar!

What a delight each month to pull out the next beauty!!

Connie said...

This is gorgeous Peggy! This must have taken a long time, it all looks so perfect!

Lovely Linda said...

Wow Peggysue - this is amazing - you have been such a busy stamper! Gorgeous drawers - is there a tutorial for this - I would love to try it! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! {{{hugs}}}

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

What an outstanding creation. I love it! Very cute idea and a gift that someone would absolutely cherish.

Kristine said...

What a SUPER NEAT Project Ps!! Loving all your gorgeous pages! So much time must've gone into those. Lovely job. Hope I can alter something like this for a similar idea. ANyways, thanks for sharing and inspiring!!
Have a wonderful week,

Traci M said...

This looks like a lot of heart went into it...such a beautiful project and a great reminder of your loving thoughts month after month!! Love it...beautiful pages, too!!

MariLynn said...

What a great idea to make the drawers to hold the monthly images. I can only begin to imagine how much TIME this project took. You put so much more detail into your 12 pages than I did on my 12 toppers. So I have a rough guess how long yours took. It is great how well this worked with this week's scripture. And I really wasn't thinking about this when I wrote this devotion. God had placed it on my heart and kept reaffirming it all week. I hadn't even thought to combine it with the mfp 12 days of Christmas blog hop until you mentioned it. I was working on the calendar separately but not thinking about it with the SSIC, because like you I rarely combine posts. I hope you are having a blessed week and finding lots of TIME!!

Marybeth said...

Great pproject for the challenge. So beautiful. all the cards are very pretty too. You have been busy.

Ravengirl said...

What a fabulous project!!

Cat said...

absolutely beautiful project Peggy Sue! i'm glad one of my calendar templates worked out for you.

find links to all my free templates at