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Desk Calendars-Finally!

Let’s kick the weekend off with a bang! I’m finally sharing the desk calendars I’ve been complaining about promising you forever!!!

There are going to be tons of pictures. In an effort to try to keep this post short, I’m not going into detail on every month. I will try to provide a list of what supplies I used, and you are welcome to ask questions, if you would like more details.

There are a couple of months were I made more then one design. Some were just color variations, but other were completely different. I tried to make the decorations fit the month too. I will admit this project became much more labor intensive then I had wanted too, but it was my own fault.

Let’s start off with January and February.

First off, all of the glitter cardstock backgrounds are from some glitter cardstock I picked up last year from Michaels. It was a big 12 x 12 book, and I can’t remember who made it (sorry, I know it was not DCWV). All of the white cardstock is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock. The calendar squares were made using Waffleflower’s Calendar Stamp set for the says of the weeks and dates, along with Altenew’s 365 for the months, year and outline square. The circles, hearts and cupcakes on the dates are from Waffleflower.


January: Concord and 9th’s Snowflake Turnabout stamped with the three lightest colors from Altenew’s Deep Blue Seas inks and Silvery Shimmer Delicata ink.

February: MFT’s Vertical Hearts in a Row die cut with Alcohol ink scraps behind it. Distress Oxide ink blended over the calendar (maybe Seedless Preserves).


March: Distress Watercolor cardstock with Green Parade or Atlantis Burst Nuvo Shimmer Powder. I also made a couple with green Brush Crystals.

April: Blended Mowed Lawn and Broken China Distress Oxide ink over Summer Splash cardstock from MFT, using MFT stencils. The images are Mama Elephant’s Rain or Shine, colored with Copic markers. I had a simpler design, without the stenciling, but I thought it was too plain.



May: Concord and 9th Lovely Blossoms Turnabout stamp with Silvery Shimmer and Pink Delicata ink, along with Altenew’s Bamboo and maybe Puffy Heart, or Cotton Candy ink. On this one, the pink glitter cardstock is from Concord and 9th.

June: My Monthly Hero June 2018 kit, with the water stamped using Altenew’s Deep Oceans (the three darkest colors) and the cloud in grey Altenew inks. The dolphin was stamped with Altenew’s Jet Black ink (the calendars are the same ink).


July: MFT’s Fireworks embossed with Hero Art’s Silver embossing powder and Ranger’s Red. The cardstock is Gina K Design’s In The Navy.

August: My Monthly Hero May 2018 kit stamped in Altenew’s Jet Black ink on MFT’s Limeade cardstock.


Alternate for August: My Monthly Hero July 2018 kit, on MFT’s Sno Cone cardstock in Jet Black ink. The one ballon was colored with Copic markers.


September: Stenciled Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink on Gina K Kraft cardstock with Hero Arts stencil. The images are from the My Monthly Hero September 2018 kit, colored with Copic marker. I varied this design a little bit, with different images and colors.

October: I blended Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock. The images are from Mama Elephant’s Plushoween, colored with Copic markers. The black glitter cardstock is from Simon Says Stamps. I also varied this design a little, using different images.


November: Concord and 9th’s Wreath Turnabout, stamped in different Distress Oxide inks (Luck Clover, Candied Apple and I think Fossilzed Amber and Squeezed Lemonade).

December: My Month Hero’s November kit, embossed in the gold powder that came with the kit on MFT’s Cranberry cardstock.

I did this design in green and navy blue too.


I also made some stands for the desk calendars, using Concord and 9th’s easel die, which I stamped using the Lovely Blossoms Turnabout in the same colors as May’s background.

And of course, because I am a detail person, I wrapped them up with ribbons before I gave them to my co-workers.


Whew! That is a lot of pictures! And, a lot of work! If you can stand a few more pictures, I have a couple of all of the calendar pages laid out, before I added the glitter to most of them. I made seven desk calendars, all together.


These are all of the pages, laid out. You can get an idea of the variations I made in the different months. February is so different because I was working with Alcohol ink panel scraps.


You can see some of the Brusho Crystal pages for March here.


And here you can see the differences in September’s layout.


I switched up the ink color for some of the November pages.

This project ended up way more involved then I intended. I made one calendar for a co-worker with most of the month’s having patterned paper. I did add images for October and December, but that was it. Then I had two more co-worker ask for calendars, one asking for four! So, I thought, if I was going to make so many, might as well step it up. I made a a couple of extra ones, so that I could up grade the first, patterned paper one. The turnabout stamps really saved me in the end!

What do you think? If you would like to know more details, please ask in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by!



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