I am normally very good at meeting deadlines – in fact I find them incredible motivating to actually get things done. But, as a testament to how crazy my week has been, this is my second blog post in a row that has gotten away from me!
As they say though, better late than never, and there’s no way I could miss the final blog hop of 2019 with my team.
For pure irony or absolute genius, the theme is ‘last minute’ – sharing with you projects you can make this weekend in the mad dash of any last minute Christmas gifts you need. Make sure to hop around until you get back to me to see all the wonderful inspiration the team has shared tonight.
I always make calendar gifts at this time of the year. It’s a lovely present to share with friends that will make them think of you all year long. This year the calendars were extra special as they were gifts for 4 of my besties with a personal twist added in.
The design for this style of easel came via Karen Henderson, who was inspired by Ronda Wade. I can’t find Ronda’s original post so I can’t link it here, but if someone knows, please let me know! Click here to see Karen’s project.
The DSP for these is an oh-so-pretty set of designs coming up in the 2020 Jan-June catalogue called Best Dressed DSP. You can get it as part of my paper share (see tomorrow’s post for pre-sale information) as well as 6 other design packs and bonus Sale-A-Bration DSP.
To make your own easel calendars, you need a normal card base (half an A4 sheet = 8-1/4″ x 5-7/8″, scored at 4-1/8″).
On the card “front”, cut from the fold line down to the bottom at 1-7/8″ from each edge. This leaves a middle panel that’s approx 3″ wide. Score this at the half way point on just just panel (2-1/16″).
Cut a piece that will cover the visible gap of the card base (at least 3-1/4″ wide x 3-7/8″). I’ve embossed this the upcoming Coastal Weave embossing folder, but you could stamp, use DSP or leave plain. Adhere this in place then adhere the side panels to the card base.
Add DSP to the edge panels (1-3/16″ x 3-7/8″) and the bottom half of the flap (2-3/4″ x 1-13/16″).
Finish by adding a calendar to the card base (I used dimensionals so the easel flap would sit nicely under the raised platform) and add a sentiment. I’ve used ‘another sensational year of you’ which I thought was perfect for my personal twist. It comes from the soon to be released Sale-A-Bration (read: free with purchase) set called Sending You Thoughts.
If you don’t have any mini calendars in your stash, you can print & cut down a mini calendar from the internet. I like this one – click here to view.
I also made matching envelopes using the left over DSP from the 6×6″ sheet I had. I wanted to make these extra special for my fabulous friends. And the personal twist? Each calendar has handwritten ideas for self care throughout the year. In lieu of gifts this year, one of my friends suggested we share recommendations – a restaurant, book, activity, holiday location…. any place, idea or thought that would be meaningful for the other friend. It was such a great idea!!! I wanted to remind my friends how fabulous they are and give them a little nudge to take care of themselves over the year.
I’d also like to remind you, my wonderful blog followers, to take care of yourselves. Treat you to some craft time, a binge on a favourite TV series, time to read a good book, an extra serving of your favourite dessert or a to buy that crafty item you’ve had on your wishlist for a long time!
For ideas more gift ideas that might help you out this weekend, please hop on to my friend Lisa Whitehead with a very cute box for any last minute gifts you may be creating!