Birthday Calendar – the new & the traditional

I mentioned in a previous post that events tend to sneak up on me.  My style of record keeping has been looking something like this:


Brewing in my creative brain over the past few weeks has been the development of a birthday calendar where the special dates of my nearest and dearest can be stored in one place, giving me access to a list of required cards & presents at just one glance.  Now, I haven’t done a survey, but I’m pretty sure that my family & friends ‘expect’ a handmade card [even look forward to it ???] and some even wait with held breath to see if I’ve had enough time to make a card set for them.  It’s lovely for my craft to have this level of respect.  But it does add a certain amount of pressure to the birthday scenario!  But, it also does give me some leverage with my frequent Stampin’ Up! purchases … by making cards and gifts I’m ‘saving’ money – right?    I’ll do whatever it takes to justify a purchase!

Anyway, the hypothetical design for my birthday calendar went through many phases.  I ended up at a very simple easel design (the traditional).  I had intended to use pre-bought index cards, but when I put these into my easel, they looked wrong.  So, with my trusty MDS (the new), I designed my own index cards – one for each month.  Designing my own made it possible to keep with the colour & style theme I’d chosen.

MDS Layout for Birthday Calendar
MDS Layout for Birthday Calendar

The final design:



  • Tangerine Tango: 58 x 68, scored at 110 & 34 along the 68 side (easel base)
  • Tangerine Tango: 58 x 34 (easel front)
  • Very Vanilla 56 x 32 (easel front – decorative inset)
  • Very Vanilla 50 x 30 (index cards) I printed 4 months at a time onto A4 sheets and then cut them down to size.
  • DSP 54 x 30


Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, MDS

Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla

Ink: Soft Suede

DSP: Venetian Romance

Stamp Set: En Francais

Extras: Antique Brad, Stamping Sponges


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