From shame to pride

Hello lovely people! :) Did it ever happen to you to buy something and never use it? Well, it happened to me, I’ve bought a “decorate it yourself” calendar for 2011 and never did anything with it! What I felt about it was shame… Till I saw that my lovely co-DT member, Els, shared on her blog files for a DIY 2012 calendar! So I’ve taken out my old calendar, unmounted it and used the back of each page to create a brand new 2012 calendar! My shame was gone and was replaced with something like pride! :) Here are excerpts from it:

This calendar is also supposed to help me remember people dear to my heart to whom I’d love to wish birthday wishes. So I’ve printed their names and dates on copy paper, cut it in stripes and adhered over some stamped images along with one small picture of one of the birthday persons. Here, obviously, it’s my daughter! :) Along with snow flakes from Let it Snow! set.

Next up is my son. The other day, my kids were playing with my inks and stamped with pads directly on paper. Then my son doodled something over the squares and it looked gorgeous! So I took his idea, stamped colors from his tee and stamped also some robots from Programmed Robots set! Frankly, after I did this page I didn’t want to move forward unless making all other pages with the same technique! Finally, I overcame this tentation but not entirely. To be continued… ;-)

For the April page I was inspired by the proverb “April showers bring May flowers”. And clear embossed a cloud from Wishing you Sunshine set and then colored rain drops with markers in rainbow colors. Stamping Cherry Blossoms from the new set was a breeze and a pleasure!

My birthday is in May and I even have a not very old picture of myself with my daughter! It was a nice occasion to print it! And since it’s quite rare, I used the camera from Snapshot set to underline this fact!

Another page without any picture! And with only one birthday date!!! I’ve added a simple but nice stamping technique: first, I’ve stamped some flowers from Abundant Blossoms in white, let them dry and second I’ve overstamped with butterflies from Colorful Companions set. The flowers are gently peeking from under butterflies, here’s a detail shot:

Next up is the July page with my nephew’s picture. I used the stamp from Road Trip set – this sweet boy and his family will be going away soon after plus it’s the usual vacation month. So this “bon voyage” stamp was very “à propos”! :)

In August, in Switzerland we’re celebrating our country’s foundation day, there are always tons of fireworks! Hence the stars (Back to the Basics set) in all the colors of the rainbow! And my favorite technique of the moment – multi color heat embossing!

September is the back-to-school month by definition so I’ve stamped the whole alphabet from Summer Alpha set after first aligning each and every letter on my cutting mat. I liked the effect so much that I’ve stamped the alphabet on copy paper for my kids to play with. Some more ideas are coming…

We’re skipping one month and going straight to November. In Polish, my mother-tongue, it means literally “falling leaves”. So here they are (from Floating Leaves set), white embossed and stamped over with ink pads directly to paper! I told you I liked it! :)

A little close up for you to appreciate the look! After stamping with pads, I’ve smeared ink with my fingers which made those leaves pop a bit more.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this “trash-to-treasure” post and understand now why I’m sort of proud of saving us some money on buying another DIY calendar. But I might spend some more for next year! :) Yes, stamping is dangerous so beware!

Happy stamping,

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  1. Janet Zeppa says:

    Agata this is a brilliant idea!! Love all your stamping and yes I too should feel some shame regarding some untouched supplies.

  2. Tiffany says:

    Ahh! These are super sweet calendars and very special indeed, that you added specific names as a reminder, I love that idea! So sad I am sure for you to leave the team, but new changes are always good and promising.

  3. Els says:

    Your calendar is gorgeous, Agata!!It’s very fun to see you use my templates and turn them into this very personal and fabulous calendar! Great use of techniques! :)

  4. Piali says:

    Awesome Calender ,Agata!!! Love the idea … it really helps to send out b’day wishes if its on the calender and plan ahead for parties too!

  5. This is just wonderful! I love all the ways you used stamping for each month. This will be a joy to look at each month.

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