Wednesday, November 4, 2015

2016 Flip Frame Calendar

I've been getting emails lately from people wanting the new 2016 calendar.  I have been doing the little calendar for more years than I can count.  Debbie who used to blog with me still keeps the calendar and updates it each year.  Thank You Deb!
This year I'm using the Tim Holtz Flip Frame -  it's the perfect vehicle for a calendar!  The links to the calendar templates can be found at the bottom of the post.  Enjoy!

The Flip Frame comes in three pieces.  The Frame has a great finish but I decided to change it up to make it a bit more vintage.
I'm using three products to transform the frame: Distress Paint Weathered Wood and Alcohol Ink in Gold and Lake Mist.
First, I used the dabber top to paint the frame, filling in the crevices.  Now you just have wait for the paint to dry (that's the hard part).  I did use a paint brush to cover the inside corners of the frame and the base.
After about 30-40 minutes (when the paint is still slightly tacky) I came back to rub off some of the paint  This will also take away the "shine" from the paint and give it a more matte finish.
Once you have worked the paint around to your liking, set it aside to let it finish drying before moving on to the next step.
I used a felt pad (no blending tool) to add gold Alcohol Ink to the frame.  I'm not trying to cover up the paint, just enhance it.  I put the gold Alcohol Ink on one end of the pad and used the other end to move the ink around.  What you see here is all the gold I used on the ENTIRE frame and base.  It does not take much.




Next, I used Lake Mist but no felt pad.  This time I used the bottle tip to add the Alcohol ink.  As you might know, Alcohol Ink does not have a stopper (meaning if the bottle tips over it will run out).  I used this to my benefit and quickly ran the tip of the bottle (slightly tilted) along the the inside edge of the frame so the Alcohol Ink will run out freely into the raised design.  I say "slightly tipped" because I did not want to fill the cavity, just parts of it.
On the inside of the frame, I just let it drip from the top, filling in different areas.  If you get too much, just wipe it up with the felt pad.  Super easy.
Love the result...and I bet you would never guess from the label that Lake Mist was such a cool color?
Okay, so the frame is drying and we need something to hang in the center.  This is my go to template for all things Flip Frame.  If I follow these measurements - it always fits.
I need some paper.  I want a very vintage look so I'm using six different papers from the 8 x 8" Collage Paper Stash.  I cut 12 pieces using the template and saved the leftovers for later in the project.
Next up the calendar.
The calendar always comes on 3 pages (4 months per page) and I normally just print it out.  This time I felt like the calendar needed to be a bit smaller to fit in the Flip Frame.  I saved the calendars to my desktop so when I was ready to print, I just clicked on the drop down box under "page scaling" and chose "FIT TO PRINTABLE AREA" which made my page 93% instead of 100% (you can see the percentage number right under the picture of the calendar).  That was a good size to fit the Flip Frame.


I cut them just about a 1/16th of an inch past the dotted lines.
Then inked each month with Gathered Twigs and a Mini Blending Tool.
I used a bit of adhesive on the back to secure to the papers I previously cut.
I always like a little red stitching (totally optional of course). 
Then I added a positive little quote to each page using Small Talk.
To add a touch of whimsy, I hand cut simple scallops using the leftover paper from the cards.  A few Remnant Rubs from Special Delivery using the Remnant Rub Tool and I'm done with the calendar cards.
I colored about 40" of Crinkle Ribbon with Weathered Wood and a bit of Gathered Twigs Distress Stain for the bottom of the frame.
Now my year calendar is ready to go.  Remember you can print the calendar on any color paper or transparency so your calendar can reflect YOU!



now carry on,
paula


55 comments:

  1. This is so crazy cool; love it~ Your photo's and instructions were so spot-on and extremely helpful. Thanks so much for sharing this! ~Karen O

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  2. Fab.u.lous, Paula! So glad you worked some Iced Spruce in at the end!! ;)

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  3. Wow, this looks great !! Love your calendar !
    Best regards, Berdien

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  4. Thank you, thank you Deb & Paula! i love this calendar and have made and used it for many years. Thanks for all that you inspire us to create!

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    1. Glad Deb still does the update each year!

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    2. Me too- I just got around to printing this for 2016. Thanks Paula and Deb!

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  5. Well now I know why I bought that extra frame the last time I saw them!

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  6. OMG! I will definitely be making a few of these! What a fantastic tutorial. Thanks so much, Paula...you're a genius :)

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  7. I am so glad too that Deb still does the calendar and even more pleased that I have one of the frames, still unused. Thank you for such a great idea and an excellent tutorial! x

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  8. Oh I so LOVE this, the paint on the frame ... WOW, fabulous look; the red stitching pops ! You ROCK Paula !! <3

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  9. Awesome idea! Simple but beautiful! Thanks for the calendar again and thanks to Deb for doing the updating!!!

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  10. Great idea Paula! I love the frame, this color combination is beautiful. TFS!

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  11. Your color choices for distressing the frame are beautiful (like Shabby Chic without the pink) and the red stitching really steps it up big time. I must do this!

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  12. Love the way your vintaged up your frame. I have to make one. I've just ordered my flip frame! #enabler ;)

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  13. What a great project! I haven't seen the flip frame until now. A flip calendar would make a wonderful gift. Thank y'all for the calendar pages!

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  14. Thank you thank you thank you!

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  15. Thank you so much for updating the calendar each year Deb! And thank you Paula for showing us your finished calendar frame. I love what you did with it. Printing my pages now....

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  16. I love this flip frame Paula, thanks for the calendar printout and the step by step. I can't wait to make one of these for a friend (and myself)!

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  17. Another neat one. Lake mist, huh, every think it will take the place of mushroom? Have seen the flip frames and thought they were neat just didn't have a project until now to do with them. Thanks!

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  18. You are so sweet to share the calendar!!! AND what a beautiful flip calendar! Would make perfect Christmas gifts!!! Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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  19. bought the flip frame for my Halloween countdown before it took a different direction. I'm inspired to use it for the new year. Thanks Paula

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  20. I can't wait to make this. Was just wondering what to make with my extra flip frame. Thanks, Paula!

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  21. i always look forward to your calendar and this year is/was no exception as the result is stunning!!! i would have a flip frame in every room if i could and will be creating a desktop calendar totally inspired by you!! thank you so much for sharing once again Paula!!

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  22. What a great use for the Flip Frame! Mine has been sitting on my desk waiting to be inked up. I love your calendar! Great inspiration as always. Thanks for sharing such a fun creation <3

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  23. This is totally gorgeous!!! Thank you Deb & Paula! Every year you come up with something spectacular Paula and this is no exception! Love it and I'm definitely going to make one for my desk! xx

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  24. Really lovely Paula! I didn't think I needed one of these but I'm not so sure now . Love it ! X

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  25. I love it and it turned out awesome. Thank you for sharing the calendar pages. And the template.

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  26. So pretty. Such simple little changes make such a big powerful difference

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  27. Love Love- thank you Paula and Deb- love the calendar been using it for years.

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  28. What would I do without you and Deb at calendar time every year? Thank you both for keeping me "up to date." I think I will be making some gifts with this one!

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  29. This is such a great idea!! Love it!!!

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  30. Love this! How do I get the template for the calendar?

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  31. Paula I love so much how you altered your Flip frame! love this work as always! Barbarayaya

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  32. Thank you for the idea and for the printable calendars! Fabulous!

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  33. So elegantly shabby, just beautiful x

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  34. My friends always ask for the refill for their frame. I guess I need to make the flip frame now for a new friend! Thanks for making the 2016 Calendar refills!

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  35. Thanks again for always doing these calendars! So much fun to do in a flip frame! Can't wait to see ya next month at Whim So Doodle!

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  36. Oh my goodness! I thought your frame was going to be my favorite...but there is no favorite! It's ALL my FAVORITE! !!! Absolutely OUTSTANDING!

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  37. Oh my goodness! I thought your frame was going to be my favorite...but there is no favorite! It's ALL my FAVORITE! !!! Absolutely OUTSTANDING!

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  38. THANK YOU, Paula & Deb, for once again providing this idea and calendar for us. It is such a pleasure to give my decorated refills to friends each year! Sweet Christmas blessings...~Sandie

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  39. I feel like it's somewhere & I am missing it, but for those who found you on Pinterest (and have spent the last hour shuffling thru your site in aww adding things to my ever growing to-do list), how do you attach the rings to the frame?

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    1. Ok, so now I see the divots on the frame. In my mind I was going to hang this on a wall,Mao I couldn't see it.

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  40. Thank you for this! Super cute. Is there a down load yet for 2017? Wanting to get started on Christmas gifts.

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  41. I love this!! I know I am a little late to the ball game but I am going to make this soon. I went a little crazy for those flip frames and I have a bit of a stockpile. :) This is a perfect use for one of them.

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  42. Paula, I'm afraid I REALLY came in "late", but I would LOVE to make a calendar like this. Is there any chance that a 2017 version of the PDF has been made available?

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    1. Mel can you send me an email to paula@timeholtz.com and I will send you the 2017 calendar.

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    2. You are too awesome! One e-mail...coming up!!!

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    3. Paula ~ I just st KNEW I was going to adore this frame! It's as much fun to make as it is looking at it, on my desk! Of course, I had to "practice", first...so that one is mine :-) Then, I got one made for my Grandma, one for my Mother-In-Law, one for my Husband's Aunt and I'm making one more, before my list is complete. What a terrific tutorial for a terrific project! Thanks, again, very much! (you really DID make the rest of my year! I wasn't kidding!)

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