"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Vintage Calendar

What do you get when you combine Graphic 45 papers and Maya Road acrylic and chipboard? A beautiful vintage calendar. My friends and I saw this at the Crafty Scrapper booth (a wonderful scrapbook store in Waxahachie, TX) at the Great American Scrapbook Convention in June. I'm not sure if it had been a class or if it was a store sample, but all four of us instantly fell in love. They graciously allowed us to take photos of the project and we purchased the supplies to reproduce it.

Life happens, so we weren't able to get together to work on the project until this week. But finally the project is complete and I love it as much now as when I first saw it. The base is an acrylic stand that comes with 12 chipboard "pages." I think it was maybe intended as a calendar, but it could easily be used for addresses or even a mini album with photos. I like that it is freestanding.

Here is the front of the calendar on the stand. The only thing I would do differently would be to stagger the calendars on both sides of the chipboard piece so all the embellishments wouldn't end up on the right side. It's a bit "fat" on that side and lopsided. I bought the cardstock calendar pieces at the convention and liked that they are vintagey, but then I noticed that they aren't "real" as each month starts on Tuesday. I was going to print a real 2010 calendar and insert the pages on each month, but now I think I will leave it as is. I like the look and I doubt I will use it as a functional calendar anyway.

Below are the first four months. I like that the designer didn't make the pages too "themey" for each month. I much prefer letting these gorgeous papers take the stage!
Here are May through August. I am missing one thing - a black rhinestone oval to surround the woman on the June page. My friend located some, so I'm just waiting to get it from her. We didn't have the black glittery stars which were on the original July page so we embossed some black art metal with the new star Cuttlebug folder, cut out the stars and sanded them. They look even better!
And the last four months. I couldn't find a suitable clock or compass for September, so made one with a compass stamp, a small round gold frame, Glossy Accents and a tiny Tim Holtz spinner. The "diamond" accent on the December page is a vintage button from my button box.

Here's the back of the stand. I love that metal flourish frame and the metal corners, all from Tim Holtz.


Diann said...

Susan, this is wonderful and I have fell in love with your calendar! I love the Graphic 45 papers and how fun to create with it. Could this be made without the acrylic pieces? Diann

Teresa said...

This is just awesome, Susan! Love perusing your blog; you are so very talented!! - Teresa