Inspiration A Day Calendar
Welcome to May Arts / Little Yellow Bicycle Blog Week!
We have been so excited to team up with this very fabulous company. There is a full week of Inspiration, GiveAways & a whole lot of fun in store! We can't wait to share it with all of you. So, be sure to check in on both blogs every day, cause you won't want to miss a thing! Happy hopping!
Inspiration A Day Calendar
One of the great things about being a part of the May Arts Design Team is the opportunity we have to work with products, from all the leading scrapbook and craft companies in the country.
This week, we are partnering with the fabulous (LYB) Little Yellow Bicycle company, one of my very favorites.
When it comes to projects, I’m always looking to create items that are as useful as they are beautiful. I love to make things that will enhance my daily life and add a bit of style to my home. So today, I’m creating An Inspiration A Day Calendar, which will bring me inspiration everyday of the month. Follow along for the fun.
- The foundation of my calendar needed to be something that was sturdy and something that could be hung on the wall. Not knowing exactly what to use, I headed off to my local Goodwill and began roaming the shelves. In the kitchen section, I found exactly what I needed, a small wood cutting board with a cut-out handle. Perfect and only $1.25.
If a cutting board is not up your alley, other options that would work are a small bulletin board, foam core or an open picture frame with a solid backing. Basically, any hard surface that can be covered with paper and ultimately hung on the wall.
- Little Yellow Bicycle Elizabeth Park collection elements: decorative paper, novelty tickets, mini banners, canvas stickers
- Glue Arts Adhesive Tape
- Small spiral bound Memo Book—I picked mine up at Walgreen’s for $0.99.
- Number Stickers—Your choice of style and color. I used Recollections number stickers I purchased at Michaels for my calendar.
Step 1: Cover your cutting board, or selected background item with LYB decorative paper. I used the teal dot paper from the LYB Elizabeth Park Collection. Once the paper was attached to the cutting board, I cut the paper away to expose the open handle space.
Step 2: I layered a decorative edge cardstock paper from the Elizabeth Park Collection on top of my dot paper. I positioned my paper at an angle to create a more interesting look.
Step 3: Create your daily inspiration calendar from your small memo book.
Beginning on page 3, place a “1” number sticker. This will represent the first day of the month. Skip to page 5 and place a “2” number sticker, which represents the 2nd day of the month. Continue placing stickers on every odd page, until you reach the number 31. You now have every day of the month represented.
Step 4: Next, you’ll create the daily inspiration pages of your calendar. Beginning on page 2, write an inspiring quote on the page. You can either hand-write the quote or print it out on the computer. I love quotes and use them all the time in my projects. I just happen to own the book, The Fairview Guide To Positive Quotations, so gathering my quotes was pretty easy. You can easily find quotes on the web or spend a couple hours at your local bookstore jotting down quotes from many of the books there.
Step 5: With your calendar quote book complete, you’ll want to attach it to your board. I attached my calendar with The Paper Studio metal photo corners. The corners will hold my calendar in place, allow my pages to turn and if I ever want to change out my book, it will be easy. As an added touch, I created a small ribbon tassel to hang from the bottom of the wire spiral (ribbon used: 337-14-14, JP28, MN42 and ARR27).
Step 6: Now embellish the remainder of your board. I added a LYB Ticket from the Elizabeth Park Collection to the upper left corner of my board.
Step 7: To finish off the exposed surface area of my cutting board, I ran May Arts 333-38 ribbon around the outside edge. This really gives your calendar a finished look.
And finally, I looped May Arts 380-15-94 ribbon through the handle, stitched a yellow button near the board, and tied a knot at the top of the ribbon. Now my board can be hung on the wall.
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Have a great day!
Blog Posted By: Shelly Dozier-Mckee