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December 12, 2012

Place In Time Calendar Tutorial Series: Part 13 December


Hello G45ers,

Welcome to a very special day here at Graphic 45! This is our final day of the Place in Time calendar tutorial series! What an amazing journey it's been! We've seen so many incredible calendar pages and we've learned so much for our talented design team. We have one more incredible calendar tutorial to share with you today and it's a real winner! Today we've got the gorgeous December page for your 2013 Place in Time calendar. This one was created by the amazing Jim, The Gentleman Crafter! This is Jim's last project on the Graphic 45 design team. He's got some incredible new creative endevours that he's taking on. So this is an extra special post today! Jim's stunning page is just in time for the holidays! You're going to love this fabulous addition to your 2013 calendar! Today is also the last chance to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this incredible Place in Time prize pack! We randomly chose today's winner from comments left on yesterday's blog post. And the winner is...

-Alsmouse: "My Sis has always been disappointed with her birth month's calendar pages, but when I showed her this page she squeeled in happiness, "This is the perfect page, I love it, I love it. Now make me one!!!" I hope I win, just so I can make it for her. Thank you for the clear instructions on how to re-create this layout."

Congratulations, Alsmouse! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! Remember, G45ers, there's still a chance to win this great prize! Be sure to leave us a blog or Facebook comment and check back on tomorrow's blog to see if you're a winner!

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And now it's time for some amazing holiday inspiration from Jim, the Gentleman Crafter! This stunning creation is sure to make your holiday season merry and bright! Follow Jim's fun and easy instructions to create this page for your 2013 Place in Time calendar. This page will go on the reverse side of your January page in your Graphic 45 12x12 Easel Album with the album's binding on top. Have fun and enjoy! Take it away, Jim!






Graphic 45 Place In Time Paper Collection
Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet Paper Collection
Graphic 45 Stamped Metal Brads
Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keys
Graphic 45 12 x 12 Easel Album
Red Ribbon
Clear and Silver Glitter
Medium Weight Chipboard



This calendar page doesn’t have a lot of fussy cutting to it which helps cut down on the time to make it. Using a digital cutter, punches and a few dies helps speed up the process for a pretty outcome.
Let’s get started…

Step 1:
Using the Calendar Foundation Page as the base page. I cut the border to the Nutcracker Sweet collection and adhered it to the foundation page.


Step 2:
I then punched the corners of a 12 x 12 page with a Circle 8 cutter for speed and adhered it to the previous base page.



Step 3:
I cut the smaller December calendar from the collection and backed it with covered chipboard piece.
Next I cut the green strip from the A Place In Times December Cut-A -Parts and punched it at the corner with a decorative corner punch. I then adhered the backed calendar to the green Cut-A-Parts patterned paper.


For just a bit more oomph, I punched the red patterned paper around the edges with a decorative punch and adhered the Green patterned paper assemblage to it, leaving the top of the green paper unglued. This will form a pocket later. Last I adhered the whole thing down onto the foundation pages.


Step 4:

I used the Sizzix Snowflake Rosette and made two rosettes. I set them aside. I then cut around the Larger “December” from the A Place in Time, December Foundation Page and adhered the two rosettes to the backside to add dimension. I adhered the “December” assemblage right above the calendar.


Step 5:
I cut 2 pieces of patterned paper to 3 x 4-1/2 and scored them down the longer 4-1/2-inch length at 1/2-inch. I then turned the pattern paper horizontally and scored at 1-1/4 and 3-1/4. Next, I cut the left and right 1-1/4 inch pieces off the 1/2-inch bottom score lines. Just for fun I punched the top edge and applied some glitter. Last, I adhered the flaps in the back forming a little pocket.



I cut out one of the border strips from the A Place in Time Cut-A-Parts page as well as the stamps and adhered to the front of the pockets. I then glued the pockets into place on the foundation pages.


I cut the little tags from A Place in Time Cut-A-Parts page and punched holes in the top tag part. I then used some red ribbon and tied it around the Graphic 45 Metal Key and back into the hole. I glued the tails of the ribbon so they would stay upright.

Step 6:
I die cut a final rosette from patterned paper and applied another stamp to the top and adhered it over and to the left of the bottom pocket.



Step 7:
Last I die cut some of the holly pieces from the A Place in Time Cut-A Parts page and glued them next to the calendar.

Optional Step:
Just to dress up the pages I cut more tags from the collection and applied brads to the holes and placed them into the pocket that was made with the green patterned paper above the calendar.
For more fun, I took a second and added glitter to several key pieces.
That’s it! December’s Calendar Page....


Wow, that was amazing! Just in case you missed a day during this amazing series, here is a recap of all the calendar pages that our deign team has created. All of these tutorials can be found in one easy place in the Place in Time Calendar Tutorial Series category on our blog.

Place in Time Calendar Tutorial Series


And now behold this recap of the amazing calendar's we've seen during this series!

Calendar Cover by Jane Tregenza



January by Sharon Ngoo



February by Arlene Cuevas



March by Betto Cesare



April by Clare Charvill



May by Gloria Stengel



June by Susan Lui



July by Denise Hahn



August by Maiko Miwa



September by Alberto Juarez



October by Nicole Eccles



November by Kristin Wilson



December by Jim, The Gentleman Crafter


Thank you all so much for joining us today. We want to thank our friend and former design team member Jim, The Gentleman Crafter for his gorgeous tutorial today. We have loved having him on our team and we cherish all the wonderful contributions he has made during his time on our design team! Thank you so much, Jim! Big thanks to all of our design team members who contributed to this incredible calendar tutorial series. It has been an incredible and inspiring experience! We have more fun in store for all of you on tomorrow's blog. We will be sharing two incredible tutorials that combine Graphic 45 and Mod Podge! There will also be a chance to win an amazing prize pack! Plus we will be announcing the winner from today's contest! It's going to be an unforgettable day! We hope you'll join us! Have a glorious Wednesday, G45ers!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Wow, what a fabulous page to end off the calendar year... love it!

OMG I absolutely LOVE these!!! I bought the whole line in a pre-order, I'm gonna have to make these!!! And I should have the snowflake rosette die arriving any day!!!!

This was a really fun tutorial series. I've been following along each day and just last night completed 13 months I'll be taking my pictures and posting them soon.

Wow! December is just gorgeous! I loveeeeee all the layers and details!

Oh wow December is such a colourful page just love it wow!!!!! Congrats the the winner now you can make that page for your sister lucky you !! Hugs Amy

Wowzers... what a finale to an extraordinary calendar of pages - fantastic inspiration throughout!! Thank you all so much.
Alison x

As always Jim is over the top! WOW!

This wild explosion of Christmas colors and iconic images is perfect for the December page. Love this!

December-page is absolutely magical; it's full of magic of Christmas.
And all the pages are just gorgeous ...wonderful paper line all the way!

Wow! Jim you have such a wonderfully imaginative artful brain! This page is so much fun! This whole series has been fantastically fun :)

What a burst of colors and designs; kind of reminds me of how busy we can get around Christmas time!

Another awesome page. I so hope to win so that i can make a calendar for our family!

Every single one of these pages is extraordinary! Thank goodness I don't have to pick a favorite!

What a fabulous gift this would make! The December page is stunning....heck they all are! lol I want them all!! :)

Jim, what a great pop of Christmas goodness. Thanks to all of the G45 team for a wonderful project. Really appreciate the easy to follow instructions.

What a nice keepsake this will be. Something to leave out all year long. Thanks for the ideas.

What a gorgeous, gorgeous calendar!

It's a Party On A Page, Jim!!! Great fun :)

What a fabulous page! So bright and jolly, just as December should be! This has been such a fun project to see take shape and the whole thing is just spectacular! Wish I could get the paper where I live in Durban South Africa so that I could also make one. I just love the vintage style!

JIM never disappoints. This is gorgeous and the tutorial is easy to follow. thanks!

Thanks for doing this calendar. I'm not so fond of this last page, sorry Jim! Its a little too bright and busy for me but really appreciate the effort you put into it. Thanks G45 - this will make a wonderful gift that will last a whole year!


Wow! This is one busy celebration page! A fitting finale to the calendar! Each day has been a wonderful inspiration to see the month's page - what beautiful creations! Thank you to everyone for sharing their talents and working so hard to bring this beautiful calendar to this grand finish! Wishing you a happy once in a hundred years day - 12-12-12!


Barbara Diane

I love it all!! I would love to win.

so much fun on the dezember page, it is gorgeous.

Absolutley Fabulous!! I love the Nutcracker Papers

So Beautiful. This should be a giveaway.

Thanks for sharing.

I will miss the month a day tutorial and it has been fabulous. Shall be looking forward to new adventures from Graphic and it's talented artists. Thanks Jim...great page and thanks to all who worked so hard in creating a beautiful 2013 calendar/keepsake. HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all :-) :-) :-)

I am awe struck! The December page is gorgeous...as are the rest of the calendar pages! Thanks for sharing the work of your talented artists!

Just ordered more G45 papers online. I can't wait for them to arrive. Thank you for so much inspiration.

Stunning!!! It's like a never ending gift :-). So much beauty to see!!!

December is fantastic. The whole calendar is amazing. Great job as usual.

Speachless, Jim always leaves us wanting more and he delivered in this layout. He captured the Christmas spirit in this layout, it's so amazing. I love December because I get to spend time with my family and friends, the lights, the happiness and most of all my daughters birthday! Thank you for sharing all of the talent of the DS and showing us how to make each page.

Hard to pick a favorite, they are all wonderful.

WOW!!! FABulous page and what a great end to the calendar series w/Jim!

It has been an "incredible calendar tutorial series"! Thank you for the inspirations for each and every page and for December and even January 2013.

A glorious explosion of color to cap off the amazing tutorial. Thanks so much G-45!

what a great gift that would make for someone.... love the whole idea of the calander...

Yay...it's my month!! WOW! I love it! Everything is bright and colorful. So gorgeous. Perfect layout for December. Thanks for all the amazing tutorial G-45. I hope I win. ;)

Wonderful Dec. page! I think it's great that Jim used Nutcracker ( the other fabulous collection for end of year ) for Dec. , so very festive, love that die, and those pockets !
Graphic 45 ... this was an amazing idea; to showcase the designers and give inspiration for such an awesome collection THANK YOU !! I will be starting my calendar soon... just gotta collect a few more things and create some Me Time !!

Oh, this page is delicious and delightful, Jim! It made visions of sugar plums dance in my head!

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