It's time for another Stampin' Up! Only Challenge at the SUO Challenges blog! And once again I ask the question, "Who thinks up these topics anyway?!" Well, of course, you know by now that it's all my fault. Back when I was setting the challenges, "Back to School" seemed like such a fun topic!
As I started off on figuring out my project for this challenge, I wasn't having much luck in finding any of my Stampin' Up! stamp sets that I could use for this challenge. Then it came to me – My Digital Studio has TONS of stamp brush sets that are always current digitally! Once that revelation led me down a more productive path, it still managed to be a curvy path as I tried to figure out what I was going to do with my new found idea. Then a need that I've had since I moved my computer into my craft room collided – very lightly I should say – with my need for a back to school project. A Calendar!!
In my old office digs, I was used to having a calendar hanging on the wall just above my computer monitor. Since I moved to my craft room, I've resorted to tabbing back and forth between my current work and my Outlook calendar. But I still found myself looking up at the wall – and finding nothing! Then I realized that kids going back to school could surely use a calendar that's larger than the little calendar books that I carried around when I was in school (I know they have their smart phones – but humor me here!). So I made a calendar that could hang on a wall….
… or be put into a loose-leaf notebook!
Now for the details of the artwork – all of which is Stampin' Up!, of course! I made the calendar pages using Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio and the Stamp Brush Set, A is for Apple. I thought this was a perfect set for a Back to School theme! I used a font from my computer (My Digital Studio uses all the fonts on your own computer) and a calendar grid from the Calendar Basic Grid Designer Template. The Digital Colors are Calypso Coral, Old Olive, and Baked Brown Sugar. I exported the completed calendar pages as picture files, shrunk them a bit, and printed them on plain printer paper. The lined section to the right of the calendar grid is made up of several copies of one of the labels in the A is for Apple stamp brush set, which I cropped and joined together.
The frame for the calendar is all non-digital. The base for the frame is Calypso Coral Card Stock,and I used the Designer Series Paper set, Etcetera, as well as some Old Olive Card Stock, to provide a color accent. Here is the sketch for the frame, with the dashed lines indicating where the card stock should be scored, folded and creased.
For the first step, I folded and creased the the 1/2" flap at the top and the 3/4" flap at the bottom, and adhered them to the frame base. Then, for the second step I applied Sticky Strip (two rows) at the left and right edges from the top down to a point 1/2" below the 2" score line and from the bottom up to a point about 3/8" above the 10-1/2" score line. I then folded and creased on the 2" and 10-1/2" score lines and pressed the Sticky Strip firmly.
If you would like to add a Designer Series Paper and/or Card Stock mat for the calendar pages, you may want to do that before the second step, allowing the top and bottom edges of the matting to be covered by the top and bottom folds.
The calendar sheets themselves are 9-1/2" wide by 7-1/4" high
Just for fun I added two of the Hung Up Cute Clips on each side of the calendar to hold all the pages together.
And for more fun, I think I'll be making several of these frames, using different colors and Designer Series Papers, so that I have several months of calendars on my craft room wall. No more tabbing back and forth between my work and my Outlook calendar!