Thursday, June 14, 2007
Pocket Calendar Cover
I'm obsessed with altering every little thing in my everyday life that I can. My checkbook and pocket calendar are no exception. I admit sometimes I get carried away. Working in the Army is difficult for me in this area. There are SO many areas that need a bit of color as I'm sure you can imagine, but I just can't alter the world. I'd cover the tanks in paper flowers and patterned paper if they'd let me! I've managed to settle for a calendar or photo frame here and there, but the scrappin' itch just can't always be scratched. Here's what I did: I used the same patterned paper that I used on my lunch box a few posts back. I bought the store out of this paper. I just can't get enough of it. I wish it came in fabric, so I could make throw pillows and curtains for my "Arts & Craps" room. (That's what my BF calls it, but don't worry he's kidding. He knows I carry an M16.) There are a few different size checkbook and pocket calendars out there, so you need to measure the insert for the background paper size. The pink striped strip on my cover is 0.5" wide. I distressed all of the edges of this paper to expose the white core with my old nail file. (Nail files are usually way cheaper and prettier than sanding blocks found in scrapbook stores.) I then stamped my name with the Headline Alphabet set by Stampin' Up! with Versa Mark and embossed it with clear powder. I cut the letters out and distressed the edges. I used Versa Mark and clear embossing powder again on the blue piece with my Hot to Dot Stampin' Around wheel. I didn't specifically measure out the mats on this project. I simply adhered my name to the blue paper and then trimmed it to fit the length of my name. I added a quarter inch to the length and width for the green piece. The paper flowers are by Prima. I love white flowers because I can make them whatever color I want with inks, chalks, or whatever else I can think of. I used two layers of the flower, added an eyelet to the centers, and then adhered them. And...that's it!