***Edited to add - how about a calendar for 2011? Download Mini calendar jan-dec 11***
If I do say so myself...
Isn't it just DARLING!!! I especially love the ginormous spiral! I know I could have used a smaller one but it screamed BIG SPIRAL at me! This little ditty is so super EASY to do too! You will need:
2 pages from a Mini Board Book
2 3x3 pieces of Pattern Paper
7 2 3/4 x 2 Brown Cardstock
1 complete calendar printed and punched out with the Giga Scallop Square Punch by Marvy (Click the name to order one for anyone who does not have access locally!)
1 section of Bind It All wire
Bind It All
Walnut Ink with Dauber Tops
Zip Dry Glue
Emery board or sanding block
I used the Willoughby collection for my calendar - Yummy! You can download the calendar file here: Download calendarmini.pdf (0.0K) - be warned it prints 8 full calendars - so it will take 13 sheets of cardstock but you will end up with enough for 8 calendars.
Next adhere your pattern paper to the NOT walnut inked side of your board book pieces. I used Zip Dry glue - which is fabulous for this type of project because it boogers up if you get it on the front of the paper or extra oozes out. (the excess will rub right off in other words!) You can sand the edges of the paper to make them match right up - and if you do I would dauber the edges again to cover the white edge of the paper also.
Next punch all holes for Bind It All - you will do both the board book pieces and all the 2 3/4 x 2 cardstock pieces - along the 2" side. These pieces will be the pages of the calendar that you will attach your calendar punch outs to.
Next insert the wire and bind your covers and pages together - do this BEFORE you add the calendar punch outs - to make it easier to NOT mess up the order! I made the pages smaller than the covers by enough to have 2 wires on either side not being used by the pages. This will allow you to flip the page without Messing up the ribbons we will tie on at the end! Genius! You will want to stack them with the pattern papers inside with the calendar pages in between.
The squish the wires
After you have it bound together you can now attach the punch outs to the front and back of each page. I wanted mine to go in order on one side and then you just turn int around and go back the other way for the rest of the year. SO I started with my stack in order - and i took my first piece from the top of the pile (December 08)
and then took my next piece to attach to the back of that page from the BOTTOM of the pile (december 09).
For the next page - top of the pile (January 09)
then bottom of the pile for the back of that page (november 09).
And so on until I had the entire thing completed. It sounds confusing - but it works! Feel free to attach them however you want though if you do not get what I am saying!
Once all the pages are applied - you can now tie ribbons to the outside wire only. You can do both sides - I like doing just one side.
And there you have it! The most adorable Mini Calendar ever!