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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Creating a CD Case 2010 Calendar - Tutorial

Seems impossible that 2010 is just 3 months away. The time goes by so quickly. One of my customers (thanks Betty H.) told me about a calendar she had seen on-line that was displayed in a CD case. Well, I just had to research it for myself. I was so excited to learn how to make these, that I just had to share with all of you too.

Supplies: All Stampin' Up! Products except as noted
5-Petal Flower Paper Punch (item #109041)
Butterfly Paper Punch (item #116629)
1/2" Circle Punch (item #104390)
Crop-A-Dile (item #108362) - altho in the photo, changed design and didn't use it
Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper (DSP) - (item #115671)
Rich Razzleberry Card Stock (item #115316)
Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen White (item #105021)
Stampin' Marker Basic Black (item #100082)
SNAIL Adhesive (item #104332)
Sticky Strip (item #104294) - used to adhere calendar to DSP
CD Case purchased at store -- needs to be clear and standard size, not slim line.
Calendar - create on your computer or purchase. Size used here is 2 1/2" x 1 3/4"


Paper Descriptions: (width x height)
#1 - Rich Razzleberry - 4 3/4" x 5"
#2 - Cottage Wall (micro dots side) - 4" x 3 3/4"
#3 - Cottage Wall (white with vines) - 3" x 2 3/4"
#4- Rich Razzleberry - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" (used for the butterfly)
Calendar not shown

These papers are used the flowers. You will punch out 3 of each pattern to layer.
#5 & #6 are both Cottage Wall DSP (6" x 2")

The CD case is clear with a black insert. It will hold one CD.

Gently separate the lid from the base by individually pulling outward on each side.

The black insert should be fairly easy to remove. It can be tossed (recycle if it has a code on it).

Now you are going to assemble these to make a clear stand for your calendar.
Flip the base so that the part that held the black insert is now facing downward.

Gently doing one side at a time, attach the lid to the hinge area.
The smooth area will be facing you and the inside with the tabs will be facing away. When complete the calendar will slide in between the clear area and the tabs. The clear front will protect your calendar from finger prints etc.

When the stand is in place properly, you will not be able to close the case. It can go forward to lay totally flat, but will not go back.

Here's an examples .... without a calendar in it and one with.

Be sure you test your #1 piece of card stock to be sure that it will glide smoothly into the CD holder.
IMPORTANT: Be sure when you set the paper down that you are working with the height up and down. If you miss this step, your calendar will not fit properly in the holder to be displayed as shown above.

Using SNAIL adhesive, attach the micro dot (#2) DSP to the Rich Razzleberry (#1)

Using SNAIL adhesive, attach White with Vine DSP piece (#3) to the micro dot DSP (#2).

Using a couple pieces of sticky strip on the back of your calendar, attach calendar to the white with vine DSP #3.

Using the 5 Petal Paper Punch, punch out 3 flowers from each piece of DSP (#5 & #6).

Here are your 6 flowers.
You are going to make 3 flowers. Each flower will have 2 layers (1 lighter, 1 darker) and will be attached together using SNAIL adhesive.

Using Rich Razzleberry (#4) piece of card stock, punch out one butterfly.
Using the scraps from this piece, punch out three 1/2" circles to use as flower centers. Using SNAIL adhesive, attach the center to each flower.

Using the Uni-Ball Signo Gel pen, outline your butterfly with little stitch type marks. If you would like, you can also do the same stitch marks on the flower centers.

Draw in the body of your butterfly using the Stampin' Up! Marker in Basic Black. I usually do a straight line, then a tiny circle with 2 tiny lines for the antennas.

Determine the placement you would like of the flowers and the butterfly on your calendar. Be sure that the petals and/or the wings do not go over the edge of the large Rich Razzleberry card stock. Attach using SNAIL adhesive.

Slide your calendar into the stand and you are all set. Use your imagination on all the different possibilities for this calendar. You could also design one page per month and store the other pages in a box until needed. You could personalize with a name or an initial, even a photo if you would like.

I thought these would be wonderful holiday presents or stocking stuffers. If you needed a gift for co-workers, these would be perfect as you could personalize them for each person. They wouldn't take up a lot of room either on their desk.


Mary
http://marydirector.stampinup.net/
Stampin' Up! -- Discover Your Creativity
(On-line ordering now available thru my website)

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3 comments:

Kelly Anderse said...

Very neat idea. Any tips on where to find the calendars to fit these?

KreatesKards said...

Kelly, the store that I purchased them from no longer has them in stock. You should be able to locate some by using google and mini calendar or calendar used for crafts.

Susan Vilar said...

Mary!
THANKS so much for this idea!! If you peek over at my blog, I did them the HARD way last year!!!

This will make the process so much simpler, faster, more streamlined, etc. etc. etc.

You're a lifesaver!!

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