Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Tuesday To-Do

I shared this step-by-step project on the Ranger Yahoo group last month. Since January isn't yet over there's still time to get it made before you have to start using it!


6 or more colours of Tim Holtz Distress ink pads

Ranger Cut & Dry Foam

12 manila envelopes about 6.5” x 3.5” – you can use pre-punched envelopes, or punch your own holes at the sealed end

Seasonal rubber stamps and embellishments

Assorted patterned papers

2 nesting square punches – 1.5” and 2”

Calendar for 2008 printed on white cardstock (available here http://craftysecrets.com/images/pattern%20pics/2008%20calendar.pdf)

Hole Reinforcements

Chipboard, patterned paper, number and letter stickers for cover (optional)

Step 1:

Using a small piece of Cut & Dry Foam, apply one colour of ink all over front and back of


Step 2

Ink seasonal stamp with same colour ink, and stamp randomly over front and back of envelope, re-inking stamp as necessary

Step 3

Punch out calendar month with smaller punch, and stamp same image lightly on it

Step 4

Punch a piece of coordinated patterned paper with larger punch and use to mat month. Cut another piece of patterned paper 6”x3” and use as a mat on the envelope, remembering to punch a hole through.

Add matted month

Add seasonal embellishments and hole reinforcement

Repeat for the remaining months in the year, varying the colours, stamps and embellishments as necessary to suit the month and season. Now throughout 2008 you can add a wallet sized photo above the month, and tuck mementos from that month into the envelope!

To make a cover for the book, cut a piece of chipboard 6.75” x 3.75” and cover with patterned paper and embellishments as shown below

Other ideas:
1. Feel free to substitute your favourite inks for the ones I used. You can also do away with stamping on the envelope and simply mat with your favourite patterned papers
2. You can highlight family members' birthdays on the calendar and use a photo of them that month

If you create this project I'd love to see it, so please come back and leave me a link!


Nan said...

What a great project - I loved seeing it step by step! Thanks! I'm definitely putting this on my "to do" list! Nan

Sarah C. said...

Beautiful mini album! Love the mix of papers & colors. tfs! :)

VexedAngel said...

Cute, I love it! And congrats on the mention at the other site!

L Vanel said...

Page one reminds me a little bit of TATI in the color scheme. I love it.

Amy Teets said...

That's a cool project!