Monday, December 22, 2008

Are You Ready?

I don't know about all of you, but I can't believe Christmas is in 3 days! I am no where near ready! I don't even have a tree up yet! We've been getting a ton of snow here in Minnesota, so it has already begun to look a lot like Christmas, but something is keeping me from being in the mood. Perhaps it is the economy. When I think of how many people are out of work and won't have much to celebrate it makes me sad.

Please don't get me wrong, I know that Christmas isn't about gifts, but for people with children that can't afford to get things for their children, it is sad. Unfortunately, I am not in the position to donate as we have in years past.

Things have been very slow for sales, and I haven't been creating things for the past few weeks. I have some time off from my full time job over the next few weeks, and I hope to get lots of scrapping and paper creating done.

Here are a few of my latest albums.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Chipboard Calendar

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Well, today is Saturday and it snowed here last night. I just love the shimmery sparkle of the fresh white snow. It makes me remember my childhood playing outside and building snowmen and forts.

I can't believe it's already December. It started thinking about how quickly the holidays will be over and the new year will arrive. I created a chipboard desk calendar for 2009. Here are some pictures of it. It was really easy. I'll post the instructions below so that you can make your own!

Supplies Needed:
  • 8 pieces of of chipboard measuring 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 (half of a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet)
  • crop-a-dile or hole puncher strong enough to go through chipboard
  • 2 binder rings (I suggest 1-1 1/2 inch)
  • coordinating papers and embellishments
  • tacky glue such as tombow or fabric tac
  • brayer or folding bone for smoothing paper on wet adhesive
  • months printed out on cardstock--I found mine on

  • Cover all chipboard with coordinating papers (you will have 2 covers and one for each month). Please note that I built my calendar so that months were back to back. For example, January was on one side and February was on the reverse side.

  • Once you've applied your pattern paper roll chipboard with brayer to allow adhesive to be spread evenly.

  • Once all your pattern paper is adhered and dry punch each chipboard piece with the crop-a-dile the same distance from each side. I used my first piece as the template for all the other pieces to make sure they lined up properly.

  • Once all your pages have been punched continue decorating and embellishing as desired.

  • Secure pages with binder rings and enjoy!