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December 19, 2014

Handmade Calendars with Graphic 45: Day Five!


What a great week we've had! These handmade calendars are truly amazing. We cannot wait to try each and every one. Is there someone on your gift list receiving one of these? Today, we have an amazing desktop calendar by our amazing G45 ambassador Jim, The Gentleman Crafter! Then, we have a beautiful card by Romy Veul using Time to Flourish. What a grand finale to a truly excellent week!

Who won our giveaway this week? Let's find out! Our randomly chosen winner is....

- Bethany Stockman

Congratulations, Bethany! Please email joanna@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Join us next week for more giveaways and we will have a week long of tag ideas for our G45 Handmade Gift Tutorials! How fun!

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Now, enjoy this wonderful step-by-step tutorial to create this desktop calendar by the amazing 
Jim, The Gentleman Crafter! In true Jim fashion, it's a wonder! Note at the end, there's a printable PDF version of the tutorial so you can print it out and try it yourself!

"This desktop calendar is a great way to display the date and month with a “flourish.” Pull the knob up on the box to reveal the date and calendar storage. Easily place the month calendar in the frame and clip on the date..."~Jim










Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Paper Collection
Graphic 45 Typography Paper Collection
Graphic 45 8 x 8 Matchbook Box
Graphic 45 Artist Trading Tags
Graphic 45 Staples- Antique metal Door Pull
(1) 12 x 12 Medium to Heavy Weight Chipboard
(1) 4-3/4 x 6-1/4 Piece of Acrylic
(2) Idea-ology Hinge Clips
(1) Set of Idea-ology Foundation Feet
(1) Knob
Scor-Tape or Similar
Wet Glue
Craft Paint

Jim's Calendar Step-by-Step Tutorial!

Let’s get started…

The Calendar Front Piece:

Cut Chipboard to 8-1/2 x 8-1/2-inches and punch corners with a decorative punch.  I used We R Memory Keepers Scallop Corner Punch.  Cover the front with an 8-3/8 x 8-3/8 -inch piece of patterned paper (Typography-Journey) that has been corner punched to match.  




The Calendar Frame:



From chipboard cut the following:

(2) ¼ x 6-1/4-inch piece

(1) ¼ x 4-1/8-inch piece  

(1) 4-5/8 x 6-1/4-inch piece.  

Apply the ¼-inch pieces flush with the edges of the 4-5/8 x 6-1/4-inch piece with glue or Scor-Tape.  

Cut a piece of Acrylic or acetate to 4-5/8 x 6-1/4.  Apply Scor-Tape to the top edges of the ¼-inch chipboard pieces and adhere acrylic sheet to top.  Last, cut (2) ¼ x 6-1/4-inch piece and (1) ¼ x 4-1/8-inch piece.  Cover with patterned paper and apply Scor-Tape to back and adhere to acrylic flush with the edges.  Turn the frame piece over and apply glue or Scor-tape to the back.

On the Front Calendar piece, measure over from the left edge ½-inch and down from the top 1-1/2-inches and adhere the frame to front.






Making the Calendar Tags:


Cut out the (12) vertical calendars from the Graphic 45 collection.  Adhere a Graphic 45 Artist Trading Tag to the center and leave 1-1/4-inch of the tag exposed at the top.  From the collection cut out various graphics for each month.  Apply a dimensional foam piece to the top of the tag and use one of the larger cutouts and adhere to tag.  Now, apply the remaining cutouts to the top of this piece.  When the calendar tag is placed into the frame, the dimensional piece allows the cutouts to cover the top exterior frame.







Date Tag Clips:


Adhere an Idea-ology Hinge Clips to the front by measuring down from the top ¼-inch and over from the right edge 1-1/2-inches.  Glue into place.  Next, adhere the second clip 4-inches from the top and 1-1/2-inches from the right edge.



Date Tags:


Cover (13) Graphic 45 Artist Trading Tags with 2-1/4 x 2-5/8 pieces from the patterned side of the Time to Flourish Collection.  Round off edges with a ¼-inch corner rounder.  Adhere to front sides of tags.  Cut out, stamp or use stickers for numbers and adhere to front of tags.  You will need numbers 0-9 and another set of numbers 1-3.



Preparing the Graphic 45- 8 x 8 Matchbook Box:


I love black as a base color on projects.  Paint the edges and the entire interior box with craft paint and allow time for drying.


Putting it Together:


Apply Scor-Tape to the front of the Matchbook Box (With the opening facing you.) and adhere the Calendar Front Piece to the Box.



Matting the Box:


From the collection (I used Typography-Inscribed), cut the following and adhere to respective areas:

Left/Right Sides- 1-3/4 x 8-1/4

Back- 8-1/4 x 8-1/4

Top/Bottom- 1-5/8 x 8


Adding the Knob:


Find the center top of the interior box at 7/8 x 4-inches and mark.  Pierce or punch a hole for the knob on this mark.  Insert screw head into the interior top of the interior Matchbook Box and place the knob onto the top of the box.


Matting the Interior:


From the Time to Flourish collection, cut the following and adhere to respective areas:

Interior Box Back- 8 x 8

Interior Box Sides-1-5/8 x 8

Interior Pocket Storage:


Add two pockets to the interior of the Matchbook Box and adhere into place.  Place the extra date tags in these for storage.  



Download Jim's Printable Calendar Instructions - G45

Now, we have the most perfect Time to Flourish card from Romy. Don't you love this? It's the perfect addition to that last-minute gift!

"I always love to create dimension in my cards and in this card I tried to add as much layers as I could of papers, chipboard and fussy cut elements. "~Romy



Supply List:

Time to Flourish paper: December Cut Apart
Time To Flourish 6x6 Patterns & Solids Pad
'Twas The Night Before Christmas 8x8 Pad
'Twas The Night Before Christmas Chipboard
'Twas The Night Before Chirstmas Stickers

Thank you for joining us for this week full of handmade calendar tutorials. Make sure to join us next week for handmade tag tutorials. The fun continues!

Have a Great Weekend!

Graphic 45

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Wow! I just love Jim's desk calendar - it's stunning and so useful!

I love that calendar!!!

So many fabulous designs-love them!

Those are incredible! Jim, wow, that is so much that you put into your calender. Love it!

C O N G R A T S to Bethany!!!
JIM your Tutorial is GREAT!!!
THANKS for Sharing!!! ;)

love this man's creative talent!

Jim Always Impresses! Tfs...

Jim is a scrapping genius! And Romy never ceases to amaze me! Thanks for sharing these!

Cool calendar!!!

Congrats Bethany,ENJOY!
Love the card, but the desk calendar is my favorite. Beautiful projects!

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! Excellent work as usual. Thanks for the inspiration

So happy that Jim gave a tutorial for this amazing desk calendar!! I am in love with it!! TFS!

Another great one! I cannot believe that I now have an original Jim Hankins project in my home! Thanks, guys!

Keep these delightful projects coming! Love this blog for ideas and inspiration!

Love the calendar and the card. Great projects!

Jim knocked it out of the park again. Such a clever use of the matchbox book. Thanks G45 for the calendar series. Love it.

Jim is so talented. Thanks for sharing.

It has been a wonderful week of delightful holiday projects! Thanks!

Love the creativity today.

Stunning! Congratulations to Bethany too! xxx

Wow! Stunning work Jim!

Great tutorial. Love that calendar.

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