I was inspired by Calluna's post here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363825.0
, more specifically by the notebook version she demo'd at the end of it, and decided to make it for some people who are hard to buy for on my Christmas list this year.
Here are my results!
January through April and the numbers 0-4
January: texture blue paper, navy blue cardstock (white stamped letters) and vellum (bird stamped in white, embossed with gold embossing powder)
February: Textured pink paper, burgundy cardstock (ripped, black stamped letters) pink stamped hearts
March: green card stock (stamped with green leaves), white card stock cut into tags (stamped with green leaves, and smudged with ink, stamped with black letters)
April: yellow card stock (stamped with green letters), green textured paper, stamped (and watercolour pencil crayon coloured) tulips
May through August and the number 5
May: beige cardstock (textured with a cuttlebug template) tan tag (coluzzle cut, and stamped with a burgundy rose) burgundy cardstock (cut with "crazy scissors" stamped with burgundy ink, traced with gold pen)
June: purple paper (stamped with black letters) purple cardstock circle (smudged with pink ink), pink carstock circle (stamped with purple butterfly)
July: no background, stamped orange letters, green textured paper, orange cardstock circles (stamped with black flowers)
August: light blue card stock (textured with cuttlebug vine template) yellow cardstock (stamped with blue butterfly) white paper ovals (cut with coluzzle, stamped with yellow letters)
September through December
September: pale green textured background, white paper square (stamped with brown raccoon, coloured and ink smudged green edges) tan cardstock tag (cut with coluzzle, stamped with green letters)
October: tan background (stamped with bronze leaves 6 different ones, nice and shiny-like, over and over) red-orange cardstock square (acorns stamped with bronze ink then coloured over with dark brown), brown cardstock rectangles (stamped with brown letters)
November: dark green cardstock (stamped with dark green pine trees) tan cardstock strip, green-brown cardstock (oval: stamped with dark green pine tree, rectangle: stamped with dark green letters)
December: shiny dark blue paper, cardstock dark blue oval (stamped with silver "oh holy night" stamp) white paper circles (stamped with blue letters)
-I actually do have the numbers past 5 in the middle column, I just didn't think to get pictures of them
-the colours aren't perfect in the pictures, the numbers backgrounds are a grey textured paper
-the numbers are all printed on white paper, then cut around with the coluzzle oval, the font I used is called Kelt
-all the letters, the butterflies (June and august), the flowers (July) and the dove (January) are the studio g stamps from micheals (cheap, clear, and lovely!)
-the leaves (march) and the rose (may) are close to my heart wood stamps
-the leaves and acorns (October) are close to my heart clear stamps
-all other stamps are wooden stamps we've collected over the years
-all the paper was from our (ridiculously large, and not as often as I'd like it to be used) stash
-the notebook it started from is a coil bound sketchbook from dollarama:
-I opted to chop off about 5 inches of each page to make it a more desk-friendly and easy to work on (for me) size. The stand (not pictured) is made by scoring the cardboard back of the notebook, and folding it so it creates the bottom. I then reinforced the (front) cover with cereal box cardboard and folded it so it is the opposite of the back cover.
Some things I learned while doing this
1: the only real way to cut the pages (other than scissors) is with a rotary cutter and a t-square
2: you don't need to leave a gap between the sections (as I had originally thought I would)
3: when measuring on the back so that the pencil marks don't show, remember to measure it backwards (ah well, I don't mind the design, I did however originally want the month on the left numbers on the right but didn't realize my error until I cut it)
4:When trying to score cardboard, one of the best tools you will find to use is a butter knife
Anyway, I should probably stop talking right now, because you're probably all bored out of your mind with the mountain of (probably unnecessary) detail I put in this post, but I hope that maybe it inspires you!
Comments and Criticisms are very welcome!
(and would be super helpful, because I plan on hopefully making a more bright, colourful and patterned one for some more exuberant, younger, and more open to colour people for the next gift giving occasion that rolls around)