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More Maya Road Acrylic Calendar Fun Print E-mail
Our Blog - Calendar Creativity
Written by Cathy Smith   
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00
DTL MRC on Stand

The reception to our "Calendar Creativity" blog projects and
supplies at the store has inspired us to bring you a "stepped up" version of 
the smaller acrylic calendar project we showcased for you previously.

In this calendar, you have the added opportunity to include photos (or "NOT" if you so choose),
as the format of this Maya Road calendar is just a little bit larger.

 MR Acrylic Cal Stand

An added BONUS with this calendar is that 12 chipboard pages are provided.
Simply remove 6 of the pages and save for next year's replacement calendar ... 
We've got the decorated pages for all twelve months, and as you will see,
Lynne added photos randomly in some of the months.

Another great idea Lynne incorporated into this calendar is photos of scenery - what a great idea!
Maya Road acrylic calendar stand, AC941
SRM calendar sticker sheet
Simple Stories Year-o-graphy 12x12 cardstock sticker sheet
Simple Stories assorted papers
 Imaginisce Teardrops and Accents
Judikins Diamond Glaze
Fluid Chalk ink pads for distressing
Stickles and trims to accent
The use of this Simple Stories cardstock sticker sheet
makes it easy peasy to embellish
each month of your calendar.

 SS Yearography Sticker Sheet

Here for you now, are each of the months,
for you to copy or use as a starting point for your own calendars.


Lynne used Maya Road trim to accent this page.


Add a touch of Diamond Glaze or Glossy Accents to give
the kite some added dimension.


Scenery pics can be great additions to the pages,
and we all have pictures of scenery that we like.
Imaginisce Tear Drop accents added here,
there are even a couple scattered down the left edge of
the April calendar!


Ready for some more inspiration?
Comin' at you .....

****Reminder: Be sure that you are mounting your
calendars, embellishments and pics with the tabs at the
bottom of your chipboard pages 
so when you  insert the rings thru the holes your
calendar pages are right-side up!!!









Hope you're enjoying these -
and the fall season has so many possibilities,
here are a few ...



Lynne's use of distress ink on the edges
really helps "pop" the pages!




Add a bit of bling with stickles to this
whimsical tree - yummy!


Thanks, Lynne, for your adaptation of the Maya Road
calendars to this slightly larger format.

Thanks, too, to Kay and Donna from
K & Krafts in Moorhead, Minnesota
for their original inspiration!

Come on in and pick up your calendar supplies ...
the hardest decision will be whether or not you will be willing
to part with it once you've made it!!!  
Holiday Tree Advent Calendar Print E-mail
Our Blog - Calendar Creativity
Written by Jacque Raila   
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 00:00

Advent Calendar Fun with Kaisercraft

DTJ KAC Finished Tree


Kaisercraft Small Tree Advent Calendar
Kaisercraft "Mint Twist" papers
Memory Box Classic Numbers dies
Impression Obsession Mini Square Tags dies
Impression Obsession  Mini Cirle Tags dies
Tim Holtz Distress Stain (Peeled Paint) or spray paints
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Glue Gloss
Stickles, Lime Green
Miscellaneous Trims or Embellishments

1. Dry fit the pieces for the tree.
There are directions in the package to assist! 

2. Paint wooden pieces, especially the edges, and allow to dry.
*You can use acrylic craft paint, spray paint, or Distress Stains. Each has a different drying time.

DTJ KAC Painting Pieces


DTJ KAC Painted Tree


3. Dry fit background paper to flat surface of tree in manner
you'd like pattern to show behind boxes.

  *Diagonal stripes are tricky so first make a template out of waste paper
to maximize your paper use and minimize  mistakes.


DTJ KAC Waste Paper

4.  Apply the paper to the tree with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.
Allow to dry completely. Trim as needed.

DTJ KAC Putting Together

5. Glue the shelves and spaces to the tree – dry completely.

6. Using Kaisercraft "Twist & Twirl" paper (holly side), cut and apply to outer sides of shelves.

KCR Mint Twist & Twirl


7. Using Kaisercraft "Trimmings" paper, cut and apply to top of shelves.

 KCR Mint Twis Trimmings


8. Trim the edges of the shelves as desired – Stickles, rhinestones, fabric trim, or ribbons work well.

9. Paint outside edges of drawers and assemble.  *You can also paint or line the inside of each drawer if desired.
 I used a permanent marker to ‘edge’ the drawers in a coordinating color for a more finished look.

10. Carefully cut drawer fronts from Kaisercraft "North Pole" paper
– the squares fit perfectly!!

KCR Mint Twist Paper

  You may use a ¾ circle punch to cut out the finger pull on each drawer
 or use a thin craft blade to cut out pulls
after the paper has dried to the front.


DTJ KAC Cutting Squares


11. Use die cuts, stickers or other embellishments as you decide how to number and decorate the front of each drawer.


DTJ KAC Cutting Shapes


 The magnetized Genius Cutting Platform system is perfect
to use with the thin dies!


DTJ KAC Genius Platform


 12. Plan your layout of squares and numbers before
adhering them onto the drawer fronts.

DTJ KAC Plan Layout

Glue Gloss works well for applying the small numbers and other die cut shapes.

 The Kaisercraft papers each have a decorative narrow edge that can
also be used to decorate with - what a fun Bonus to create with!

DTJ KAC Narrow Strip Edges

Add stickles and other bling as desired to drawer fronts.
Use Diamond Glaze to give an "epoxy" finish to accents, too.

You can  "trim" the front edges of the shelves with ribbon, trim
or with those fun decorative narrow edges from the Kaisercraft papers.
Dry completely.



13. Insert the drawers, hide treats inside, and wait for Santa!


DTJ KAC Finished Tree

"A Year of Memories" Print E-mail
Our Blog - Calendar Creativity
Written by Gretchen Valle   
Friday, 26 October 2012 00:00
DTG YOM Finished

   “Year of Memories” for 2012
or ....

how fun would it be to create this as a 2013 “Year of Memories” to give
as a gift to someone (yourself included),
simply leaving spots for the addition of photos and journaling
for each month in the year to come?!?


Maya Road 3-Ring Square Round Tab Chipboard Book (C1847)
SRM Stickers  49004 – Live Life Calendar Year; 48093 – Small Numbers; 48090 - Snappy Months Small
Die Cuts/Punches (657827 – Tim Holtz Inside Out alphabet; CAJ004 – A Jillian Vance Photo Frame Dies; EK Success Punches (heart, circles); Crop-a-Dile II (Big Bite); 657472 – Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Tree/Holly Leaf)
Stamps (3115-XL – Impression Obsession Clingables Solid Tree; 2012037 – A Jillian Vance Universal Zipper stamps
Tags – Ranger; Library Pockets – Bazzill; Ink – Clearsnap Color Box; Tsukineko Versafine
Paper – TPC Studio Let’s Eat; Fancy Pants About a Girl; Echo Park This & That; Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer; American Crafts City Park; Pink Paislee Fetching, Enchanting, Office Lingo; Bazzill (Solids)
Font – American Typewriter Condensed; Stickles – Holiday Red, Lime Green andTim Holtz Distress Stickles – Variety

Embossing Folder – Sizzix #657810 – Bohemian Botanicals; Washi Tape – Black
Polka Dot; Paper Flowers – Prima; Eyelets/Brads – Misc.



DTG YOM Supplies

Begin by painting edges of chipboard album to get rid of the “raw” look of the unfinished chipboard.  Paint 1” margins around the edges, being sure to get the edges as well.  

DTG YOM Paint Edges


Cut your papers to cover each of the chipboard pages.  This album calls for paper sizes of about 5” x 5” –justt measure whatever album size you’re using and cut accordingly.  To add more pages in-between the chipboard, now’s your chance – cut those too.  The 100 Days of Summer Vertical Journaling Cards are papers divided into 4”x6” rectangles and fit perfectly in-between this chipboard album, needing no additional decoration!


Ink edges of papers to give your album a more finished look.


 DTG Ink Papers



 Adhere papers to the chipboard. It may help to pick your photos before adhering the papers to accentuate a certain color or pattern in a picture. Cover one side, then punch to reinforce the album holes. Cover the other side and repeat punching. (You'll alternate with paper, punch, cover with paper, punch, etc thru the entire album to the end to ensure all holes wind up in the same place!) 




 DTG YOM Punch Holes



  Punch circles to cover the tabs.  1¼” circles fit perfectly for this book.  Punch enough to cover the fronts and backs of all chipboard pages.
Ink edges of circles as well.
  (I know – tedious – but I think it looks so much better that way!)


 DTG YOM Circle Tabs





After all papers are adhered, adhere the circles

and add calendar month abbreviations from SRM Live Life Calendar sheet 49004 on circle tabs.

 Alternate paper patterns to make different combinations. You'll notice some post-its on my pages/chipboard sheets.

I find it useful to include these to remind me which sides of which pages fall in what order.

You've now finished the base for your album! Now decorate the pages however you'd like.


DTG YOM Decorate Pages 



 There are no rules for this part,

so I've just included a few pics of the creative process.   

Include tags, pockets, embellishments -
pretty much whatever you want ... have fun with it!


Add pictures and month stickers ....



DTG YOM Add Pics





DTG YOM Add More Pics




and tags ....

(don't forget to add "A Year of Memories" from the SRM sticker 49004
on the cover of your book)


 DTG YOM Add Titles and Tags




How about some journaling, too ....



DTG YOM Add Journaling



Decorate cover and back.
  Ensure that all holes line up and the rings go all the way through. 
Insert the rings.



DTG YOM There You Have It

Voila!  Finished Mini Album!
Simple Stories Calendar Project Print E-mail
Our Blog - Calendar Creativity
Written by Cathy Smith   
Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00
SSCal Oct

We're going to share with you another wonderful calendar project, showing you the decorated mini pages for all twelve months of the year!

Kay, owner of K & Krafts, in Moorhead, MN sent us this beautiful calendar created by Donna also from K & Krafts. If you are ever in the Moorhead area, this stampin', scrappin' and papercraftin' store is  a "must" on your travel itinerary!
Maya Road acrylic calendar stand
SRM calendar sticker sheet
Simple Stories Year-o-graphy 6x6 paper pad
Simple Stories Year-o-graphy 12x12 cardstock sticker sheet
 Imaginisce Teardrops and Accents
Judikins Diamond Glaze
Fluid Chalk ink pads for distressing
Stickles and trims to accent

 Maya Road Acrylic Calendar

SSCal Supplies Final

Are you ready?!? 

You're gonna love this .......
SSCal Jan

SSCal Feb

 Donna used Diamond Glaze give added dimension on the kite.

 SSCal Mar

On April's page, Donna added these great little droplets from Imaginsce coming down from the cloud.
Love it!!! 

SSCal April

SSCal May

 Arent' these pages great? And all the icons like the cloud, flowers, tree, etc all come from the Yearography 12x12 cardstock sticker sheet!

SSCal June
You can see the 6x6 Year-o-graphy paper pad in the background of the July page, this paper pad works wonderfully for the pages and as accents.

 SSCal KD July

Isn't this just the cutest .... "The Simple Things", and the sunshine and a birdie, too.


 September's "Enjoy Everyday Life" with and apple (dimensionalized with Diamond Glaze) and rulers as the background to commemorate back to school time.

SSCal KD Sept
The October page is one of my favorites - love the kraft ruled paper as the backdrop for the cardstock sticker pumpkins. 

SSCal KD Oct

SSCal KD Nov

 And for December, the Christmas Tree cardstock sticker from the 12x12 sticker sheet, gussied up with the round Imaginisce accents and a bit of glitter glue added to the star atop the tree.

 SSCal KD Dec

There you have it, a wonderful calendar that is suitable for giving to anyone - without the worry or fuss of coming up with pictures for the pages. Brilliant, Donna and Kay!!
Thanks for sharing your calendar creativity with us.
K & Krafts in Moorhead, Minnesota Rocks!
Maya Road "Paws"-itively Cute Desktop Calendar Print E-mail
Our Blog - Calendar Creativity
Written by Cathy Smith   
Monday, 27 August 2012 00:00
SPM Cal Cover

Mom made this oh, so, cute desktop calendar that we just had to share with you!

Maya Road acrylic calendar stand
Rosie's Roadshow 2013 mini calendar sticker sheet
We R Memory Keeper Friends Furever 12x12 collection pad
Small pics of your favorite "furry friends"
Fluid Chalk ink pads for distressing
Ribbons and decorative buttons to accent

 RRCB Cal Sheet

Without further adieu,
we'll share all 12 pages of mom's creative calendar for you.

SPM Cal Jan


SPM Cal Feb

Emma and Fritz, very special companions for each other.

SPM Cal Mar

OK, Mom "could" have left the March pic out - but you know how mom's are!!!

SPM Cal Apr

SPM Cal May

Cathy and Dad here, with the two brother pups, Fritz and Schnitz!

Snuggle time ...
 SPM Cal June

 Are you sensing a theme here?

And here we have Schnitz and Katie,
 Mom and Dad's two cuties ... 

SPM Cal July

SPM Cal Aug

SPM Cal Sept


 SPM Cal Oct

 Check out this tongue action by Katie ....

SPM Cal Nov

And what better way to celebrate the holidays than with
a few Santa's "in the picture"

 SPM Cal Dec

I have to say, these calendars are addictive to make, and also to receive! 
I bet you can think of several special people who would love to get a gift like this,
pet pics, random family shots - so many possibilities.

Thanks, Mom, for surprising ME with this calendar.
It is a gift of love that I treasure!
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