Saturday, July 14, 2012

Perpetual Card Organizer and Calendar

Hey there Divas!  How have you been?  I have been crazy busy with the end of the school year, our first graduating class, a cruise and much more.  But I'm back with another project from the crafting retreat I went on in May.  I am going to show you how to take this...

and turn it into this!

Here's what you will need!

Materials and Supplies
  • Coordinating Papers - I used a kit from Crate Paper called Cottage Collection Kit
  • Chipboard for covers
  • Binding - I used my Cinch and a 1 inch spiral binding wire in Spun Sugar (clear)
  • Printed calendars (attached below)
  • A5 card bases and envelopes
  • Various embellishments of your choice - ribbons, flowers, etc
This is a Perpetual Card Calendar and it is so easy to make!  I have to give a shout out to my girl Kim, aka Bling Dazzler for sharing this project with us at the retreat.  What made my project so easy to make was that I used a scrapbooking kit with double sided paper.  You will definitely want to use a kit because everything is already coordinated.  Most kits include embellishments that will make the card making really easy.   Watch the video below on how to make the pages and covers.

After you make the pages, you will need to bind everything together.  I used my Cinch but like I said in the video, you can use whatever you have - Bind It All, loose book rings, etc.  Once you have everything bound, print out your calendar pages and cut them out.  I cut mine 3 3/4 x 5 1/2.  These measurements make them fit on the pages perfectly.  There should be 12 pockets for the 12 months of the year.  Glue one month on each pocket.

Once you have all your calendars in place, it is now time to work on the cards.  Use a card base that coordinates with your papers.  My papers had cream in them so I used cream cards.  Use the various elements and embellishments in the kit to decorate your cards.  

Stick your cards in your pockets, add some ribbon to your binding and you have a completed project.  I added a cute plaque to the front and put some dimensional brads on it to add a little more to the front.  You can add as many embellishments to your project as you want to make it as unique as you are.

To download the FREE file of the calendars, click here!   Remember to cut these calendars at 3 3/4 x 5 1/2 so they will fit on the pages perfectly.  If you decide to make an organizer, send me a pic of it to  I would love to see what you made.  Until next time...