Can you believe it? Just 25 days until Christmas! To help the time pass . . . okay, honestly I made this for my 6 and 9 year girls, so they could turn the blocks each day and not have to keep asking ME how many more days until Christmas <insert evil grin>!
EDIT: Many thanks to another Sharon, who sent a link to an online source where she just purchased one of these: http://www.walnuthollow.com/27208calendardeskorganizer.aspx
It is approximately 4.25" tall and 4.75" wide. I chose this soft green patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket's Be Good line to cover it. I wanted something on the neutral side, that didn't scream "Christmas" because I plan on using it for other occasions, as well -- Easter, the last day of school, birthdays, etc., just by changing out the insert and tag on the front.
I started by painting the wood with cream acrylic paint and then distressing it, by sponging Ranger's Tea Dye Distress Ink on the edges and also on the wood blocks. The paper was adhered with Beacon's Zip Dry Paper Glue (love that stuff!) and the edges sanded.
The large red "Dear Santa" insert that's standing up in the back of the calendar is inserted in the slot that's intended to hold a pad of paper (included with the calendar).
Here's the insert, pulled out, so you can see what I'm talking about:
I made the 8.25" x 4" insert using a journaling card from the Be Good paper crafting kit. I adhered it, along with some more Be Good patterned paper, to Craft-a-Board to make it the height I needed.
The custom tag I added was created with JustRite Stampers' Harmony Classic Oval II stamp ensemble ("Believe" center and the flower border) and Times New Roman 25-pt font. I did my cutting job on the oval "Believe" stamp again, so I could customize it with my girls' name! Here's the wooden stamp block with the letters added and ready to stamp. The purple rubber is the Times New Roman font.
You can see where I trimmed away the green rubber from around "Believe", exposing the footings where you can then place custom text.
I inked the star border and "Believe" with VersaMagic Red Brick chalk ink and the girls' names with VersaMagic Oasis Green -- these colors matched the papers perfectly. After stamping onto Neenah Classic Natural White cardstock, I cut out the oval image with Spellbinders largest Classic Oval Nestabilities die in the small set and inked the edges with Ranger's Antique Linen Distress Ink. The sage mat was cut from more Be Good paper and the largest of the large set of Classic Oval Nestabilities.
The "Days 'til Christmas" tag was created with JustRite's Times New Roman font again, and JustRite's Harmony Rectangle Stamper. First, I chose the tag die (Spellbinders Ribbon Tags Trio) that would fit the space and then customized my text to fit within it:
After stamping the text, I inked the die before cutting and embossing with it:
The cutting and embossing process transfers the ink to the cardstock. This technique is known as Reverse Stenciling.
I hope you enjoyed this project and that it sparks your creativity to do something similar! I'll be sure to show you the next holiday or occasion that I alter this calendar again.