Friday, December 31, 2010

Best Wishes for the New Year!

It's that time again.....Time to start the New Year fresh with a fun new calendar.  I usually get halfway through January before I figure out that I need a calendar, so this is planning ahead for me.  I have found a few fun ones that I thought I would pass along.

This calendar I actually saw in Anthropologie a couple of years ago.  I still love how a simple block of wood is the stand for the calendar cards and a pencil.  I think great inspiration if you are so inclined to make your own.

 Stitched calendar - By Sara Lynn

Chalkboard calendar -  by Somethings Hiding Here

 Just cute - by Yee Haw

Library card calendar - collettepaperie

Love the concept of this calendar which is really more like a journal.  An index card for everyday of the year is divided by postcards for each month.  Everyday you are to write something that happened that day.  This is repeated each year.  So fun and interesting after the first year so see what you had done on the same day in previous years. 

quotes calendar - colettepaperie

mini notebook calendar - colettepaperie

Calendar of silly holidays - Dirty Bandits

 Chalkboard/vinyl wall calendars - Simple Shapes

 Wall chalkboard calendar - Martha Stewart

Last year we made this desktop calendar as our make and take at the 7gypsies booth at CHA. 
 For those of you that don't get to attend CHA we thought you might enjoy making this fun calendar.

Here's what your going to need: (all products except tack from 7gypsies)
Autograph bookcovers
 seam binding ribbon
binderie punch
Avignon - diagram paper
chain dangles
round photo turn
arrow photo turn
venice clear stamp (not pictured)
victoria decorative brad (not pictured)
tack (not pictured)
1" square book board piece (not pictured)
calendar download
Email us at to get your calendar pages.  Copy onto creme colored cardstock.  Cut apart leaving leaving 1/4" around bottom and sides and 3/8" edge on top.

Thoroughly cover the backs of the autograph book covers with glue stick and attach diagram paper.
Trim and sand edges

Glue 1” square piece of book board behind the center of the large A on back side of front cover.   
With your thumb push tack into front cover in the center of the large “A”.  Lightly hammer tack 3 times until it starts to go through second board.  
NOTE:  If tack doesn’t stay, pull tack out and put a dot of glue in hole and reinsert tack.  Let dry.

PUNCHING - covers:
Punch center top of both front and back pieces making sure the cover is pushed all the way to the back of binderie punch.

PUNCHING & STAMPING - calendar cards:
Punch hole in center of calendar cards approximately 3/8" from top edge.
Stamp the calendar pages with the clock face from the Venice clear stamp.  
Stamp the clock face a couple of times on each page with the image going off the page.  
We stamped with Ranger Distress Ink - Tattered Straw


Tie ribbon from back to front in a bow to hold boards together (back pictured).

Cut back off brad and attach with glossy accents to round photo turn and set aside to dry
Take at least five links off of the end of the chain dangle and reattach link to the top ring so you have 2 chains dangling.  Attach arrow photo turn and round photo turn dangles to chain with needle nose pliers. 

With clasp attach dangles to ribbon at bow.

That's it....pretty simple.

Happy New Year!
Deb and Paula


  1. What a fun post! I really love that index card calendar in the fruit basket idea! What a great, simple way to document memories and get to relive them next year! I'll be emailing you for the calendar pages. I've got my cover all picked out and tomorrow all clear to make this year's desk calendar! I hope you have a healthy and joyful new year!!!

  2. I also loved the index card calendar, what a great idea and so much fun to return to certain dates! Emailing you now for your download, your calendar is so cute too!

    Happy New Year!!

  3. This is so gorgeous :) x

  4. Deb, this is so nifty and I have covers like this. I'm going to try to do it tomorrow. I love the vintage look and feel of it all! Happy new year to you and yours!

  5. Happy New Year to you too!
    I love your post, and I do love the index card idea. I would love to do that.
    Thank you so much for sharing how to make the 7 gypsies calendar.

  6. Hi!

    Love the calendar and really appreciate your sharing it with us and helping out in providing the calendar download!!

    Thank you!!


  7. those are cute calendars - thansk for linking them! and i'm off to email you also - i lurve that calendar and will be definately making that one for my desk!
    Happy New Year to you all!

  8. I loved looking at these calendars. I am starting yours today. Thanks!
    Happy New Year everyone.

  9. I'm so happy I found your Wonderful blog! Thank You So Very Much for sharing all of your Fabulous tutorials, photographs and inspiring words!
    Love the calender ideas!
    Wishing you both a New Year filled with Many Blessings!
    Carol Anne

  10. Love all the calendars...I am heading out in search of an old door...
    Thank you for all of your inspiration through out the year!
    Happy New Year to you both!


  11. Love these calendar ideas! Colette Paperie has some great finds. Thanks for the calendar tutorial - will have to make that calendar for my desk. Happy New Year!

  12. ~♥cute calendar ideas... but LOVE yours! will be e*mailing to get the rest of the calendar downloads. thanx for always sharing & caring to pass on your wonderful ideas! happy new year to you, keep creating! LoVe seeing what you are up to! hugs & blessings, vikki♥~

  13. Oh so cute! You guys are so creative. Have a happy 2011.

  14. Deb and Paula~
    Love the calendar!(as i love all your ideas!) Just printed the downloads and can't wait to put it all together!
    You guys are wonderful!
    Happy 2011!

  15. Missed the download for the 2011 calender project. Is it possible to still get the download? Would love to do this project. Thanks in advance, Kandy

  16. Kandy,
    You did not miss the download. Just email deb at and she will send it to you.

  17. Love it!! Thanks for sharing...


  18. What a great project! I'd love to make one for my desk. Email on the way, thank you so much for this.

  19. That calendar journal in the fruit container IS cute! Wish I would have seen it at the beginning of the year!

    Do you know where the image actually came from?

    Anywho, I featured if on my blog with a link to your blog post.

  20. Thanks soooooo much for this.... can't wait to make mine and some for gifts too. Some great ideas there too.
    JoZarty x

  21. What an awesome project. I would love to have your calendar file. Thank you!

  22. Are the things needed for the desktop calendar still available? Does it come in a kit, or can one be purchased already made for the 2013 yr? I am very interested. Thank you