Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Look Familiar?

My project today is my take on Annette Green's desktop infinity calendar featuring Graphic 45's Time to Flourish paper collection. As some of you know, Annette was a design team member of G45 and when her term expired they made the wise choice to keep her on as a Special Projects Designer. In December of 2014 she created this fabulous calendar and shared it on the G45 blog along with a video tutorial. I fell in love with it and ordered the supplies right away to create my own calendar. I got as far as cutting out the base layers from the 8x8 TTF paper pad and fussy cutting a few butterflies. Then, for some unknown reason, I put it aside. 

It was recently re-discovered in my stash and frankly I was in need of a project that I could "follow" and not have to "reinvent the wheel." I'm so happy it's finished and ready to serve as my desktop infinity calendar. There are a few minor changes to mine such as the paper which I covered the outside of the box with...I didn't have enough of the paper she used so I improvised and used a similar dp from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection. The only other real change is I painted the inside of my box and used a dp on the bottom not the template she shared for covering the inside with paper. 

The photo above shows all of the large and small monthly cards which follow Annette's original layout. All of the ephemera is from the Time to Flourish 8x8 paper pad. The small monthly cards were backed with coordinating cardstock while the large cards were backed with kraft cardstock. All edges were inked with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink by Tim Holtz. 

A close up of the details that were added to the box front. Annette provides all dimensions to cut the cardstock base and dp layers plus techniques for making those front additions (keyhole & hinges) look so awesome. She also took the time to provide a PDF for 2015 mini calendars and recently she added a PDF for 2016. You can download yours by clicking here and if you do I'm sure she'd love it if you left her a comment. :)

Inside of the box where the remaining months are stored. 

Instructions for creating the easels are also included in the video tutorial. 

The above photos feature the large monthly cards and the last one shows a selection of the smaller calendar cards. 

It's on the small calendar cards that you'll add your downloaded 2016 mini calendar from Annette. She held hers in place with a pretty gem clip from Tim and I followed suit. I absolutely love my desktop infinity calendar Annette and thank you for sharing your enormous talent with all of us.

That's all for me today, we're getting ready to take our college girl back tomorrow to prepare for her spring semester as a junior. I am going to miss her terribly...

Take care,
Lisa xx


Annette Green said...

Oh Lisa, your calendar turned out absolutely beautiful. I am truly honored that I have inspired you, and can't thank you enough for sharing with all of us. You have made more than my day, you've made my entire MONTH! I hope you enjoy your calendar for many years to come. I never tire of mine and always love when I change to a new month. Time To Flourish is truly one of the most beautiful collections made by Graphic 45, in my opinion. I'm thrilled you didn't give up and you finished it this year. It's simply gorgeous!

Asia King said...

Oh your infinity calendar is just adorable! I love it and can't imagine how long it must have taken lol. Goooorgeous! xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Wow this looks like a labour of love and it turned out so beautifully. The time and effort that has gone in to this project is phenomenal but you have the most beautiful calendar that will be with you for many years to come.

Lisa Minckler said...

I had this on my phone this morning and I couldn't wait to see it on the computer. The details, the fun, the fabulous statement it's a beautiful infinity calendar. You always do projects that are so elaborate and "BIG" and I LOVE that about you. Absolutely love the decorative props you used to have the papers stand up. This is a complete knock out of a project!!!
Big hugs to you, L1 and thanks for the morning inspiration.

Paper Profusion said...

Oh my goodness, the term 'labour of love' came to me too. What an amazing and brilliant project - a wonderful heirloom in fact. FAB-U-LOUS! Nicola x

Sue Lelli said...

So much work and so worth it! Absolutely GORGEOUS! Now you can count the days until your college girl comes home for a visit!!!

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