Thursday, January 05, 2012

Perpetual calendar + Tutorial

With the New Year having arrived & most of us getting organized I have a project to share with you that you might find helpful. A Desk Calendar. It is a simple, yet stylish way to make sure you always know what the date is no matter the time of year.
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Fancy Pants supplies: 
Off to School: Strips patterned paper
Off to School: Flash cards patterned paper
Off to School: no. 2 pencils patterned paper 
Off to School: Favorite teacher patterned paper 
Off to School: School year patterned paper 
Off to School: Chipboard banner stickers
Artist Edition: Black chipboard alphas stickers 

Other supplies: 
Modge Podge
Tombow Hook & Loop adhesive tabs
Variety of small punches
Sewing machine
Download & print box templates (you can download the pdf here.)

Instructions:
Step #1:
Select your patterned papers, embellishments & download & print out the box templates onto cardstock.
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Step #2:
Once you have cut your box shape out of cardstock, score fold lines & assemble.
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Your boxes will look like this~ x2 cubes will sit comfortably on top of the rectangle box. 
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Step #3:
Cut x6 squares of patterned paper to decorate your x6 sided cube & x6 pieces to decorate your rectangle box. Use your box template as a guide for the sizes. 
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Step #4:
Adhere to boxes.
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Step #5:
Cut x12 labels from  no. 2 pencils patterned paper. You will need the following alphas: Box 1= 0,1,2,3,4,7; Box 2= 0,1,2,5,8,9 ( the 9 will double as the 6).
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Step #6:
Adhere labels & alphas to cubes & decorate with layered punched shapes. Remember to keep your embellishments as flat as possible.
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Step #7:
Stick a hook & loop tab in the centre of the x2 chipboard banner shapes. 
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Step #8:
Create your 'month' labels from a piece of School year patterned paper & chipboard alphas. Stitch through for added strength, when pulling on & off the box. 
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Step #9: 
Place your completed cubes on their stand & find your date! 
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(NB: For longevity I would Mod-Podged this project, to protect it from finger prints & dirty marks. It'll make it stronger too.)
If you enjoyed this tutorial, I would LOVE to see your versions of it on the Fancy Pants Designs Facebook page.

Happy new year to all my dear blog readers. May 2012 be fantastic in every way for you all!