What's better than the perfect weekend paper craft project that will result in a fun and functional DIY you could use all year long? ..and who better to show you how to do it than mambi Design Team member Janna Wilson? Janna has provided free 2016 calendar card printables to complete this flip desk calendar craft, along with steps she took to create it.
About this project, Janna writes:
"I really can't have enough calendars - especially if they are pretty and inspiring! I find myself always in need of a month-at-a-glance calendar on my desk. One that shows just the month/days/dates to help in planning ahead and something easy to flip to later months to check dates too.
"I created this design inspired by something by Mara Mi I saw years ago - and I've been wanting to do a DIY version ever since! The me & my BIG ideas Frame & Craft Elements pad was perfect to create a coordinating, neutral palette to which of course I added some fun pops of color! The giant numeral mambiSTICKS in gold foil were the icing on top! With my free printable calendar cards, this project is a cinch!"
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Here's how Janna created it:
- Print the 4 pages of printable calendars and cut to size using the trim marks on the pages. Finished size should be 3.5" x 5.5." Add the number stickers to each month and punch holes 1/4" from top and 5/8" from each side. NOTE: There will not be enough 1's to do all of the months, I used an I and trimmed/subbed it into a 1. Works fine.
- Cut 12 designs from the me and my BIG ideas™ Frame and Craft Elements pad and cut to size - also 3.5" x 5.5." You could also use photos cropped down or add photos to these to create a personal photo treasure. Punch holes same as on the month cards.
- Assemble the stand by scoring and folding 6.25" from short end, then 8" from short end, then 9.75" from short end. Fold to create the stand as shown in images. Add patterned paper to cover the outside 7.5" in width. You will need to splice it together to cover the entire piece. I recommend a glue stick for adding paper to chipboards.
- Use the punched cards as a guide to punch holes in the stand and bind the cards to the stand with the loose leaf rings. Add a fun tag or sticker for some color.
Below you can see the finished product in action on Janna's computer desk. This flip calendar along with her Happy Planner™ must make this Janna's spot to plan it all out and get things done!
Shop mambi supplies Janna used by clicking on the items below.