Monday, January 9, 2017

Slice and Dice Calendar Cards and Bookmark By Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

Do you have a calendar from last year that hasn’t yet been tossed? Get out a craft knife, straight edge and cutting mat or your paper trimmer and turn it into something else!

Slice & Dice is what my friend Debbie and I have dubbed our Round Robin projects. We like to chop up cards we’ve sent to each other. It’s not something either of us would have done without permission and a conversation about the whole idea, but it has turned into something we’ve enjoyed for several years and it is the inspiration for the Slice & Dice Calendar Cards and Bookmark.

Calendars are just right for getting sliced and diced! The number of new card fronts, tags, bookmarks, ATCs and other items depends on the size of the calendar.

As you can see from the photos above, my 6” x 12” 2016 calendar gave me enough pieces for two cards (the top and bottom sections) and a bookmark (strips cut from left and right sides combined end-to-end). Both cards have a solid cardstock tent-fold card base attached; the bookmark is solid cardstock as well. The cards now incorporate cookie fortunes. I added polka dot pattern washi tape to all three projects.

Another option:

Instead of cutting up last year’s calendar, make a new one for THIS year!

Print or purchase a small calendar. Get out your favorite long, narrow border strip dies, a clipboard style die or punch, some sheets of coordinated 6” x 6” patterned cardstock for the background, your favorite Shimmer Sheetz for extra sparkle, and some washi tape. The little lines that look like staples are the small leftover bits from one of the borders (waste not, want not!). Reinforce the top and bottom edges with a decorative ‘hem’ so the calendar won’t buckle – an extra layer of patterned cardstock that folds over like bias tape on a sewing project. (The calendar was first featured on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog in January 2016 and is in the archive if you need step by step instructions.)

  • Old calendars
  • Double-sided adhesive tape
  • Solid color cardstock
  • Cookie fortunes
  • Washi tape
  • Paper trimmer OR craft knife, straight edge, and cutting mat

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