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Perpetual Calendar 2016

The things I like most about starting a new year are organizing and setting new goals! You put away the Christmas decorations and your home feels fresh and clean all over again; you mark your new 2016 calendar with annual events, activities, and special days; and you look forward to the start of a NEW Stampin’ Up! occasions catalog!

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In looking through the new occasions catalog, one cute bundle caught my eye in my quest to get ready for the New Year! It was the Number of Years Stamp Set and the Large Numbers Framelits Dies bundle (item 140811). Instantly, in my mind I saw a perpetual calendar! I cut the Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Thick Cardstock (item 140272) into 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" pieces, trimmed the corners with the Project Life Corner Punch (item 135346), and made the centered top holes with the 1/8" Circle Punch (item 134365). You’ll want 13 tags in all.

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Then I stamped the Number of Years Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento ink (item 132708) and cut them out using the Large Numbers Framelits Dies and my Big Shot (item 113439). I adhered them to the tags using SNAIL Adhesive (item 104332). To optimize space on the hooks, I used both sides of the tags: even numbers and the first six months are on one side, odd numbers and the other six months are on other side (as shown in the photos).

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I grabbed the Project Life Day to Day Stamp Set (item 135785) that has each month’s image, about EVERY color of Stampin’ Up ink, then stamped directly onto the Whisper White Thick Cardstock tags. I wanted them to have a tone-on-tone or ombre look. Some are stamped off for a lighter version of that color. You can see how the colors selected for each month match the season.

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Then I needed to figure out how to display my calendar, and after finding a long, oblong wood slice at a local store, I knew I had it! I also bought a package of gold metal c-hooks that you just screw evenly placed into the wood. It still seemed to be missing something to finish it off, so I added a piece of my favorite Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon (item 132982).

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You could always put the calendar on a wire frame holder and place at your desk—or hang it, like I did. I even cleaned and organized our messy command center in the kitchen after I put my finished perpetual calendar up on the wall! One of my new goals is to change the date each day as I pick up mail to send, make a grocery list, or grab my keys. If I miss a day, I’m sure my family will always catch it for me!

Cindy Schuster

2015–2016 Artisan Design Team


  • Martha Quintero

    Oct 19

    Looking for new design on stamps

  • Therese Arsenault

    Oct 19

    Love the wood for the background. Great gift idea!

  • Christine Alward

    Oct 19

    This is such a great project, love that you show how we can do projects other than cards. Thank you Cindy.

  • Wendie

    Oct 19

    Love it, Cindy!

  • Connie R.

    Oct 19

    Cindy -- you are so talented. I have loved following your blog and participating in MDS virtual crops and I am really looking forward to seeing and being inspired by your Artisan creations!!

  • Deanna Sue Nelson

    Oct 19

    This perpetual calendar is just wonderful! I love that you put your hooks on a slab of wood. Also like the boldness of the numbers--easy to see from great distances.

  • Sandy Perry

    Oct 19

    Wow what a wonderful idea and it could be made as gifts for next year! I need to decide who I will be making this project for :) Thank you for sharing.

  • Krista Jensen

    Oct 19

    I love this Cindy! You're so clever!!

  • Michele Zygmunt

    Oct 19

    Awesome project! Thanks for sharing.

  • beth rush

    Oct 19

    Great project Cindy!

  • Lynne Brandt

    Oct 19

    What a way cool idea! This is going to make a fun class project. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  • Faith Wedemeyer

    Oct 19

    Love this! But...what about the 11th and 22nd of each month? If you have only one "set" of each number (which works well for the rest of the days), you don't have the other digit. Or perhaps I'm overthinking? Maybe to be safe, I will make one more tag with a "1" on one side and a "2" on the other. After I've done that I will probably see in the error in my! This is, however, a beautiful and FANTASTIC idea! :-D