Calendar Makeover by Judi Kauffman
My friends love knowing that I will turn their old calendars into something brand new! It’s a January ritual that extends throughout the year. Here it is March and I’m still having fun slicing and dicing the pages…
I cut some of the pages and fold them into envelopes. I cut other pages into small pieces for layering onto card fronts and gift tags! If the paper is heavy enough, I’ll even die cut some sentiments.
When I’m done, I give some of the cards and envelope to the friends who donated the calendars! I get to have the fun of repurposing would have otherwise gone into the recycling bin, they get to enjoy the calendar again in its second incarnation.
Sometimes my goal is to render the original calendar unrecognizable by choosing how to cut up the pages and how to position the folds on the envelopes. You might know that there is a sky or get the feeling that you’re looking at snow or fall leaves, but the end result is as abstract as I can make it.
Sometimes it isn’t so abstract. I’ll keep it obvious that the card was cut from a Matisse painting, make sure that a rose or puppy is right side up on an envelope, show that beach scene… Every page in each calendar offers so many options!
Since no two people have the same assortment of old calendars, please use the projects as a jumping-off point.
- Look through the calendar and decide which pages to use for envelopes and which to use for card fronts. Choose some solid color cardstock in coordinating colors. Hand- or die-cut envelopes and lots of layering pieces.
- For cards and tags: Create a top- or side-fold card base; die cut a tag or start with a pre-made one. Add a rectangle cut from a calendar page, bordered with one or more contrasting cardstock mats. Not shown – use additional calendar pages for some or all of the borders. Add a word (or several!) die cut from Adhesive Velvet Sheets, or from cardstock or Shimmer Sheetz that’s backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.
- For envelopes that will be mailed: Add a white label for the name and address. For envelopes that will be hand-delivered: Add die cut sentiments, spell out the recipient’s name in die cut letters or use alphabet peel-offs.
- More options:
*Embellish cards with peel-offs or buttons that coordinate with the colors and designs in the calendar. (Shown: Glitter Stars, star-shaped button)
*Add a layer of lightly sanded Shimmer Sheetz for extra sparkle and use Washi tape to hold the die cut word and Shimmer Sheetz rectangle in place.
*Hand-deliver any item that includes fragile embellishments like the shell button on the tag.
Solid color cardstock in assorted colors