Sunday, November 23, 2014
Pressed botanicals and handmade paper calendar
I started by tearing sheets of white handmade paper into twelve 4.25" squares and choosing 12 different pressed botanicals to use - one for each month. I used thinned Matt Modge Podge to adhere the botanicals to the handmade paper then coated a piece of white tissue paper and laid it "glue side down" over the botanicals applying yet more Modge Podge to the outer surface until everything was nicely sealed. I left them to dry and then pressed them between parchment paper under weight over night.
I chose cardstock (8.5" x 5.5") that coordinated with my botanicals and stamped them on both sides with a coordinating ink using a flourish background stamp (IO). I glued my printed calendar pages to the bottom section of each piece of cardstock and applied a strip of double sided tape just about in the center and adhered some small pieces of ribbon to it which creates a fun textured border between the main element and the calendar page. Once the ribbon pieces were in place I used double sided tape to
Once they were all finished I wrote the names of the botanicals on the handmade paper elements by hand using a fine tipped Sharpie marker. Really happy with this calendar! Subtle backgrounds, lots of texture from the handmade paper, flowers and ribbon and a cohesive look overall. Here is a look at all the pages I created.
I created a similar calendar last week which you can view here using little birdie collage photos. I am really loving this format and appreciate that the pages can be held together with a bull clip for easy hanging. This calendar is somewhat thicker than the last one
because of the many layers of handmade paper. I am glad to be using some of my handmade paper as I have quite a stash of it from the last few years. A person can make many sheets of paper in a day so it doesn't take long that you have more than you can readily use. I will be
making an effort to include it in more of my creations in the new year.
I hope you are all getting your Christmas cards ready to go and getting around to any Christmas gifts that you make for family and friends. Thanks to my group swaps I have been exploring some gift giving options for this holiday season.