Craftie Cafe - DIY Calendar (Video)

Hi everyone, today I'm here for Craftie Café and for today’s project I’ll be making a DIY Calendar using some Lawn Fawn stamps. This would be such a perfect Christmas gift, even though it’s now passed; there’s always next year, right?

To begin my calendar, I first made up my template calendars on word. I just made a simple 7x7 table, removed all the lines in the top row and then made the second row not as high. Then, typed in the month in the top row, then the days in the second row and then using the calendar on my phone, filled in all the days. For this calendar, I didn’t want to make it like a planner, where you write things on the day – it’s more so to see the date at first sight and maybe to highlight important days. It’s something that you can stick on your fridge, or desk or even attach it to the inside of notebook for school/work, since it’s quite flat. Once I made my calendar pages, I printed them out four to a page on some basic printer paper, then trimmed around them and stapled them all together at the top. I did this so it would be easy to rip off each month as it comes around.

Now to move on to the making of my calendar. I took the Party Animal stamp set by Lawn Fawn and stamped out a ton of images onto some white cardstock, using Jet Black Ink from Lawn Fawn also. I coloured my images in with Copic Markers and cut them out using the coordinating dies. Next, I could work on my main panel. I cut down a piece of watercolour cardstock (but white cardstock could work here too) to 7” tall by 4 ½” wide. I felt like this size would fit my entire scene well. I then took a strip of masking tape, cut my own hill shape and adhered down the positive piece first over the bottom half of my panel. Then I took Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean Distress Ink to ink blend over the entire top half of my panel, fading up into white. Then, removed my positive piece, put over the negative piece and blended some Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink at the bottom, again fading down to white. Once my background was coloured, I flicked a little water over top and heat dried it too give it a little water splotch effect.

Next, I needed to work on my numbers. I cut the numbers from the Modern Numerals Die Set from WPlus9 to make 2018 and used Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to ink blend some ombre effect on there, just to make them stand out. Now I could assemble. I added foam tape onto the backs of the numbers and most of my images. I then adhered my numbers at the top of my panel first, making sure they were centred. Then, I placed over my calendar underneath temporarily and placed my balloons in place. I knew they needed to go under my calendar but I wanted to make sure they weren’t covered too much. I adhered my balloons down with flat adhesive, then adhered my three main animals over top. I added the two birds each next to them and the party hat on the centre fox. Then, used flat adhesive to adhere all the party poppers and things in their mouths, to make them seem excited for the new year. Lastly, I adhered my calendar in the middle with some more strong flat adhesive.

So that finishes up my calendar for today. The video is linked down below as well as thee document to download the calendar word document (hopefully it's works!)


 I hope you were inspired to create something a little more DIY and that can be used for a gift. Below are some tips to make the calendar last longer in quality and in years.

  • Tip One: Laminate the base, images and numbers. This is going to increase the quality of your project, you can still do everything the same; like the steps and all, since the coordinating dies will even still work with the laminate. I chose not to do this since it’s only going to be used for the year and only for me, but if it was going to be a gift, I would laminate most aspects of the project. But still assemble the same.
  • Tip Two: Either removing the year or making it magnetic. You could include extra paper or laminated numbers with a magnet on the back so it could be changed for later years to come. You could use strips of magnetic tape or magnetic dots to create this effect and this brings it to the next tip. Of course, because it will be bulkier and the magnetic numbers could fall off, it won’t be able to go inside a notebook or be travelled with; but hey, it can be used for many more years!
  • Tip Three: Make more than 1 year of calendars and include it in the gift. Do exactly what you did in word with the calendar templates, but make an extra couple for the next few years. That way, when the year is over; if the calendar survived – you can just tape the new calendar over the previous year and start all over again. This will work when using Tip Two also.

So, thank you so much for stopping by today and I’ll catch you next time!

-       Eloise

Craftie Café Supplies Used:


WPlus9 – Modern Numerals Dies
Tim Holtz 8.5 x 11” Watercolor Paper
Distress Inks – Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry
Ink Blending Tools
3M Scotch Post it Tape 2”

Copic Markers: YG21, YG23, YG17 / B21, B24, B26 / V01, V15, V17 / Y11, Y13, Y15 / Y32, Y35, Y38 / Y21, YR12, YR18 / RV13, RV25, RV09 / E40, E41, E43 / E42, E44, E47 / E50, E51 / E53, E55, E57 / E000, E00, E21 / BG11, BG23, BG49 / RV10, R22 / YR21, YR24, E07 / W1, 0