2012 Calendar Tutorial

This handmade 2012 calendar was supposed to be part of our 12 Days series, but obviously we only got halfway there before Christmas. We’re cool with it. 12 was a goal. Better luck this year.

Anywho, we’re still going to post all of the tutorials over the next few weeks. This one is one of our favorites; we made family photo calendars for some of our parents and grandparents for Christmas. These ended up being post-Chirstmas presents because our printer (a central element to most of our 12 Days projects) broke just before Christmas. We’ve got a new printer now, so we’re moving onward! Here’s the calendar we’re showing you how to make:

2012 Calendar Tutorial

(Click on the photo to see a larger version)

You’ll need:

-12 8.5 x 11 photo collages

-12 pieces of 8.5 x 11 white cardstock

downloadable calendar pdf pages (Jake designed them)

-13 12 x 12 white cardstock pages

-2 12 x 12 chipboard sheets (we used Grafix Medium Weight Chipboard Sheets)

-24 2.5 x 11 strips decorative scrapbooking paper (optional)

-wet adhesive

-corner rounder

-hole punch (the Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite Punch speeds things up considerably)

-binding system (we used the Zutter Bind-It-All
with Zutter Space Bar UPGRADE for Version 2.0 BIA)

-wire (we used Zutter Silver Owire 1/2-Inch )

-Sticker for the front decoration (We made our own with our Silhouette , teal adhesive vinyl, and transfer paper . Download the .studio file for the Silhouette here. Don’t worry, it’s supposed to look like gibberish. Just make sure to save the file as a .studio)

2012 Calendar Tutorial

Start by downloading the calendar pages here and print them on white cardstock.

Begin adhering the photo collages and the calendar pages to the 12 x 12 white cardstock. Adhere photos about a half and inch from the top and one half inch from each side. Adhere the calendar pages a half an inch from the bottom and a half an inch from each side. Make sure to do this in order from January to December to insure that the right photos are facing the right calendar pages.

2012 Calendar Tutorial

Round the corners of two sides of each of the scrapbooking paper strips as shown.

Adhere the scrapbooking paper strips on each page, adhering the strips a half an inch from each side and making sure that the the non-rounded sides are aligned with the edge of the 12 x 12 cardstock.

2012 Calendar Tutorial

Punch your holes in the paper and covers, making sure to do a test page first to ensure that the holes are aligned correctly. If you are using a Zutter, like we did, make sure to read the manual first.

Thread the wire through and squeeze it closed.

2012 Calendar Tutorial

Decorate the cover. If you would like a cover to match ours, ownload the .studio file for the Silhouette here. Cut out the image on vinyl and adhere to the cover using transfer paper.

2012 Calendar Tutorial

Punch a hole through the entire calendar so it can be hung.

We love this calendar! We’re off to make two more of these for the remainder of our late Christmas gifts. Then we might make one for ourselves too!

Let us know if you have any questions in the comments section.