Wednesday, January 6, 2010

MFT HOP! Make The Date calendar book (templates & tut.)

MFT make the date calendar mel stampz

Hi All! Welcome to the MFT blog Hop. It's a release night hop & shop. (My first one! *GRIN*) I made a wee purse-sized calendar for it...with a couple of new MFT stamp sets (Make the Date & Thinking of Hoo) & a couple of MFT digital goodies--a gorgeous calendar template & sweet dotted digital paper.

Here's the inside:


I thought a calendar would make a little nice gift with
a mini fountain pen & brightly coloured ink cartridges.

MFT make the date calendar SIDE mel stampz
The calendar could stand up too, for a nice little office-themed gift.



1...My Favorite Things blog hop!
2...Free curvy mini book templates
3...How to put the calendar together
4...Vellum collage Thinking of Hoo owl
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These is the My Favourite Things hop order:
  • Please start with Kim here, if you're not already hopping!
  • Susan
  • Megan
  • Frances
  • Barbara
  • Joanne
  • Julie
  • Jessie
  • Amy
  • Christina
  • Michele
  • Lisa Henke (guest designer!)
  • Melody
  • Sherrie
  • Cindy

(you are here with me ;o) Mel)

Up next is the ultra talented Jody!!!

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(curvy mini 4x6" book)

This is a set of templates to make a curvy-topped mini book
(the front & back cover & the inside pages.)

pages

Download 6x4 inside pages PDF here
Download 6x4 inside pages JPG here

cover

Download 6x4 covers PDF here
Download 6x4 covers JPG here

The PDFs print to make a book that is roughly 6" tall x 4" wide
It's sized to coordinate with the MFT Small Calendar Sheets (2010).

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Make the Date 2010 purse calendar




Step 1) Make the calendar book covers: Print the cover template on one side & the Simply Spring Collection: Dots on the other (I used the blue dots, but there are 10 different colours.) Cut the covers out & score along the dotted line.



Step 2) Make the calendar pages. This is really speedy, since you can just print everything off & stamp the months out.

2A) Stamp the months from the MFT set Make the Date.
2B) Cut the months out. Mat them on cardstock. Trim & stitch them.
2C) Print the Small Calendar Sheets from MFT Digital Template All Calendar Files 2010. (I printed them at 94%)
2D) Trim them (a paper cutter makes this super fast) :o)



Step 4)
Assemble the covers & pages. Score along the dotted line (on all the printed templates) & pierce & stitch the book together.



Piercing & stitching gives you a fancy little fan detail at the top, but gluing would make a nice sturdy top & there's plenty of room for adhesive on the templates.



Step 4) Make the calendar pages. Print 3 copies of the page template & cut them out. (You should have 6 pages total for the 12 calendar months. I printed my pages on pale turquoise paper.)



Step 5) Adhere the calendar months to your cut out pages & add the stamped vellum months.
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...make a vellum collage image:
with Thinking of Hoo

MFT make the date calendar DETAIL mel stampz

Don't ya just adore this little feller?



Step 1) Stamp the image on vellum & stick it to patterned paper. Stamp The owl & branch from the MFT set Thinking of Hoo onto vellum cardstock. Cut it out and cut the owl away from the branch.

To get a patterned paper piecing under the vellum: adhere the pieces to patterned paper scraps & cut them out again. (I also added layers of cardstock to get dimension--like homemade chipboard.)



Step 2) Die-cut a shape in patterned paper & a smaller nesting one in vellum. (These are cut with Nestabilities Label 9.)



Step 3) Adhere the Thinking of Hoo branch & owl to the vellum.
and
Step 4) Embellish & Assemble the die cut shape:

4A) Punch a circle--for a moon.
4B) Adhere it under the vellum behind the owl.
4C) Copic colour the vellum moon & add shading to Hoo.
4D)Adhere the vellum die cut over the patterned paper.
4E) Pierce & stitch around where they meet, if you like.



Step 5) Add finishing touches: Cut leaves from patterned paper, edge them in silver & add them to the tip of the branch. Adhere Swarovski crystals for stars & adhere the image to the book....
....and that's it...



Thanks so much for stopping in!

73 comments:

StampOwl said...

cool calendar project Mel

Kim said...

I am in AWE.

Jessie/knightrone said...

Completely awesome!! It is awesome to get to work with you again!!

Barbara said...

Oh. My. Goodness. What an awesome project. LOVE all your details and your DETAILED directions. And I love that owl! He's never been cuter!

Christina Fischer said...

Amazing, Mel! So many fabulous details! :)

Kelli said...

Thanks SO much for the tutorial SO thorough I think even I can handle it... just in case, I know where to find ya... ;)

Thank you for a week of WOW!!!!

mekei said...

gee, you gave me lots of great ideas, made me want to try some neat techniques, and made me start a shopping list. and thanks for sending me on the shop and hop. never been before.

Amy Sheffer said...

Fantastic, Mel! Can't wait to try one of these!

Peggy said...

Fantastic project! I am going to have to make one of these!

raduse said...

Oh my word!!! What a fantastic tutorial!! I'm sure I can do this one too.

Anonymous said...

Oh Mel this fantactic.,your tut is awesome,this is definitly one I'm going to make.
Jocelan

jen said...

I love that vellum overlay & moon with your sweet paper-pieced owl! AWESOME!

Christy Dillman said...

Fabulous project and thanks for the tutorial!

Hugs,
Christy

Chris said...

Wow, that's a great calendar, and with all your great instructions I may even be able to make one of them. I really like the cover.

Jan Scholl said...

Owl. Please and thank you.

Ola said...

I love the calendar!!! Thank you so much for the instructions... they will be put to good use! TFS

okj83@live.com

Lori said...

Thank you for freebies. Link on your post was added to Lori's freebie list

Big Mamma~ a.k.a. Mary S said...

What a great project! I just love that Hooter too.

Big Mamma's gotta hop.

Melody said...

Wonderful tutorial! I love the vellum and stitching. I will have to give this a try with your detail instructions!

Barbara said...

Stunning calendar..and i love owl ;)

JessicaK said...

Very cool project and thanks so much for sharing the visual tutorial. Way to rock the bling.

Debbie Pamment said...

This is just a stunning project - and how cute is that owl!!!! Your work is always amazing and the details you share are truly incredible - many many thanx!
xXx

Domna said...

Great idea,Mel!
I thought about somthing like this yesterday...I will do it! ))

Crissy Armstrong said...

Wowzers Mel, this is outstanding! Thanks for showing us how you did it too. This is wonderful! I love how you used the image with the nesties and the sewing you did. You are amazing!

Dotty Jo said...

Totally wonderful Mel!!! That little owl is a hooooot! Jo x

wendy said...

cute idea thanks for the tutorial and templates

Joanne B. said...

Oh my goodness Mel!!!! I LOVE the way you did Mr Owlie, he's fabulous. The MOON. GASP its brilliant!

Love your curvy template. Read your embossing tutorial yesterday and now off to try the matte medium thing. I had a little toner smear yesterday - I'm guessing the embossing solves that problem!

Fantastic project!

Dawn said...

how cutely unique! love the vellum! yadda yadda...you know what I think! teehee

Cindy Haffner said...

Oh Mel this is FABULOUS!!!

Peggy said...

Love the calendar date book w/cute little owl. Thanks also for the instructions and templates. You are the best. God bless!

Lisa H. said...

oh, my wow! your project and tutorial are amazing! love the look of the vellum, this is awesome!

maryrose said...

Wow! What a fun calendar! Thanks for the detailed instructions!

Kerry J. said...

Awesome Mel!! Love the calendar and the paper piecing is fabulous!!

Tricia said...

Mel, you are incredible!!! I love this idea!

KYCrafter said...

Love this calendar!! Espicially the bling!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Megan said...

Darling calendar! I love the colors and the neat template!

Erin Smetak said...

What a cute calendar! Congrats on being on the MFT team!

J said...

What a great project! Great detail! Congrats on the design team. :)

veronica said...

love your vellum. the owl is just too cute.

Anonymous said...

What a great calendar project!!
jennik

Allison said...

How brill is this? Love-y that owl and the shape of this calendar. Ugh! What are you doing to me woman? It would take me weeks to come up with an idea and implement it whereas you do it everyday...damn you! JK!

Krissy said...

love it! great idea!

gotta hop!

Julie Dinn said...

Gorgeous project Mel! I love all the details you add to your projects! Just amazing!

Leslie Rodriguez said...

Mel, I'm so excited to see your part of the MFT gang!! Great project!! TFS.

Cazzy said...

That is truly gorgeous! Thanks for the templates.

Love it,

Cazzy x

Michelle (mla1111) said...

This is a fabulous calendar...thanks for the tutorial!

Kim Etherington said...

Lovely calendar in the beautiful blue with the cutie putie owl. I'm drooling over your new nest shape! MFT is lucky to have you join their team!

Tracey said...

This is a gorgeous calendar!!

StacyC said...

Awesome project and tut as always... Love it!!!

Michele Boyer said...

Oh my gosh! This is absolutely amazing, Mel!! And SO creative! I love it!

annheidel said...

So cute - thanks for the tutorial!

Chelsea said...

Great ideas! Love this calendar!

H. said...

Love this project, must get out some vellum and play!

Digi Free said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 07 Jan [LA 03:00pm, NY 06:00pm, UK 11:00pm] - 08 Jan [OZ 10:00am]).

Shannon Kraft said...

This calendar book is the BEST gift idea. You did such an amazing job.

Cher said...

such a great project...u are a teacher with these great directions...Norton wont let me download any tho...so I have to figure sometthing out...cuz I wanna make this! yes..that darn owl is toooooooo cute! great set!ty

Jamie said...

Love the calendar, it is adorable. Thanks for sharing the template too!!

Karinn said...

Wow! I was so excited to see you on this blog hop, you're my fave!! I love your calendar!!

shellpole said...

What a marvellous project. I am going to have to give it a go...beaut colours and awesome stamps.

Ironlady said...

Great project love the idea and colours

Mama mia said...

so cute! My daughter was looking with me (7 yr old) and she loved the calendar. She told me I had to make one for her. We loved it!!

Elena said...

Wow! Look at this amazing project! I love all the shapes and all the deatiled work! Look at your beautiful stitching! And how neat the paper piecing look! You are incredibly talented, Mel!

Anonymous said...

a useful piece of beauty,love lady

Jackie said...

What a wonderful calendar! And the step by step process...LOVE it!

CBH-Freebies Search said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Alpha(s),Word Art(s), Word Book(s) post on Jan. 08, 2010. Thanks again.

Suzi said...

Love it! TFS!

Tyggereye said...

Okay this is by far my fav thing you have ever posted. I really love how your owl turned out and I just bought some vellum today! woot! I'll be playing with this very soon. Great blog.

solid wood baby cribs said...

This is an awesome project! I love the details and the directions! I am not going to have a hard time reading the instructions.

Fiorella said...

Thank you so much

Digi Free said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 09 Jan [LA 03:41am, NY 06:41am, UK 11:41am, OZ 10:41pm] ).

Crafty Math Chick said...

Thanks for the great tutorial - love all the sparkles and twinkles around the owl!

Laurie Marmon said...

this is an awesome calendar and so nice of you to add the technique details...i might just have to try this out.

Audrey Frelx said...

This is waaay too cute! Great job, and all the detail is awesome!

Love, love, love...!