I’m working on a 2017 project — a beautiful calendar featuring the Elizabeth Craft Designs Susan’s Garden dies. They are designed by Susan Tierney Cockburn, and are just gorgeous.
Today I want to share the January page, featuring the Garden Notes – Whitepine Boughs & Pinecone dies by Elizabeth Craft Designs —
I chose the pine boughs and pinecones because January is normally a snowy month for us, and we don’t see a lot of flowers. I can’t wait to work through the months and show you some of the beautiful flowers that are a part of the Susan’s Garden collection. They are all just gorgeous. It is going to be hard to decide which ones to use.
For the calendar, I began with a fun vintage calendar print background paper (this paper will be used as the background throughout the year). I cut the sheet 4.5″ x 6″. I layered it with a beautiful blue (a cold color, I know, but seemed to reflect January in the Midwest). The background layer is cut 4.75″ x .6.25″. The calendar page is one that I printed from the Internet — there are lots of different designs and sizes out there so it is fairly easy to find what you want to use for free. I trimmed the January calendar to 1.75″ x 2″, and added a blue layer behind it 2″ x 2 .25″. I cut the word “January” using a Tattered Lace die set.
Using the Whitepine die set, I cut several of the pine boughs and the pieces to make several pinecones. I usually cut extra pieces so when it is time to do the layout I have everything I need. Extra pieces can always be used later on a quick card, etc. I used a medium green cardstock to cut three of the larger pine boughs, and three of the smaller ones. I sponged these pieces with two colors of green ink to add some color and dimension. Once I was happy with the appearance, I sponged on a little white ink to soften the branches.
For the pinecones, I began with kraft cardstock, and cut three bases and six sets of petals. I added a little dimension to the pinecone bases and petals using the Susan’s Garden tool set and a spongy mat. I began at the bottom of each pinecone, and glued the petals in place. Tweezers and a fine-tipped glue bottle help a lot in this process. I love to watch how the pine cones come to life! Once the pinecones were complete and the glue dry, I sponged on a couple of colors of ink to add color and dimension.
With all of the pieces cut and assembled, it was time to lay out the calendar page. I began by attaching the background layer to the calendar print, and the January calendar to the blue background paper. Then I placed the pieces on the calendar sheet, moving them as necessary to get the best layout. I loved how the flowers, a part of the background paper, seem to come to life on the calendar. This was a happy accident! My last step was to attach the pieces. I tacked the pine boughs in just a few strategic places using liquid glue. I wanted them to remain a little loose so that they have some movement. I attached the pine cones using a low dimensional adhesive. I wanted them to remain dimensional, but not raise too far off the page. I used a dotted adhesive runner to attach “January”, and clear photo corners to attach the calendar (I want to be able to update it easily for 2018)..
I think that I will display the calendar using a small metal picture frame stand, however I could also frame it or place it on a clipboard, etc. My main concern is finding the best way to display it without losing any of the dimension (this will become much more important in the coming months with some of the flowers). I’ll show you what I decided on in the next post.
Thanks for joining me today. Please stay tuned for future posts where I’ll show you how the rest of my calendar comes together. I can’t wait to share more of the beautiful Susan’s Garden dies.
Supplies used —
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Garden Notes – Whitepine Boughs & Pinecone die set
Tattered Lace – A Date to Remember die set
Assorted cardstock (the calendar cardstock is Blue Fern Studios Autumn Anthology – Balcony)
Assorted inks — I used Altenew inks (Evergreen, Forest Glade, Paper Bag and Dark Chocolate) and VersaMagic Cloud White.
Glue — I used Scotch Quick Dry tacky adhesive (I added a fine tip to better control the flow of glue)
Tombow dot runner (permanent adhesive)
Clear adhesive photo corners