Gift Calendars, a sale and freebies!

Happy Thursday! Woah, what a week, it has flown by, I have been cranking out stamp sets (3!) trying to get samples done and my kids had a snow day but by some miracle I have a project for you, but first I want to tell you about a sale I am having in both of my stores:

Yep, that’s right by 2 stamp sets, get 1 free! Now here’s how it works, if you are shopping at the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Shophandmade store you order your two sets, when I email you your order I will ask you what stamp set you want for free, easy peasy, and you will still get a free single stamp for every $5 you spend! *Amendment to this sale, since I sell single stamps in this store I will include them in the sale as well. To keep it simple if you orderd a total of $30 worth of product from my Shophandmade store when I email you your stamps I will ask you to pick $15 woth of free product, that way you can pick what you like and keep it less confusing…I hope;)

If you are shopping at the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Shop at MyGrafico you order your two Lindsay’s stamp sets and when you go through the checkout you need to write the Lindsay’s stamp set you want for free in the comment box and you will get that set emailed to you separately. This special is available in my shop only so you cannot combine sets from other designers at MyGrafico to get the deal;) Let me know if you have any questions.

OK now on to the project! I released two sets of calendar stamps this week. They are great for using as the title for a monthly wrap up page or for making calendars, I make one for my parents and MIL each year and they are always a hit.

Calendar cover: Bookplate element: Lindsay's stamp Stuff (Embossed Mats Set), Papers and other embellishments: Shabby Princess, Cover stock, Comb binding: Office Supply store

To make the base for my calendar I printed a free calendar from this site. You can customize it to your language, country and font preferences, it is very handy! I print out the 12 months and place a blank cardstock on top and bind the stack together, there are step-by-step instructions here on how to bind your calender with a Crop-a-Dial. then I simply make scrapbook pages and adhere them inside the calendar. Now the coolest thing is that if you digiscrap you likely have 12×12 or 8×8 pages already done, well if you resize them to 8.5″x8.5″ and paste them in a new 8.5″x11″documents you can add the calendar toppers which are 8.5″x2″, slide them together to make a 8.5″x10.5″ page, print, trim off the strip at the end and it will fit your calendar perfectly allowing room for the binding! See:

Stamps and papers from Lindsay's Stamp stuff

I love it when a plan comes together! Here is a look at the new calendar kits:

Colored Calendar & Scrapbook page toppers $4

Calendar Page topper stamps only $4 in png and jpg format!

And here is your freebie:

Please click on the picture to download this freebie in both png and jpg formats.

Here is a Christmas stamp using the bible verse Luke 2:14, enjoy, I will have more religious Christmas stamp freebies on Monday along with quick & pretty Packaging ideas!

You can download an SVG fileย  of the Star of Bethlehem here.

Now Lets see what the talented Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Senior DT had been up to this week:

Janet Rossi

Shannon Neparko *with a bonus freebie!

Margie Visnick

Lisa Jurecek

Erin Bailey

Tracey Allen

Diana Stout

Melissa Craig

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper December Guest DT

Don’t forget the buy 2, get 1 free sale is going on until December 23rd in both of the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shops! Thanks for Stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

CC&M Blog Hop Time!!!

Yippee Skippie, it is time for the Creative Cuts and More Blog Hop. If you just arrived here from Jen’s blog thanks for joining us and WOW, wasn’t her project FAB! If you are jumping in in the middle of the hop make sure you start from the beginning over at the Die Cut Diva blog…rumor has it that there is some blog candy hidden along the way ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here is my Creative Cuts project, I used the Castle mini album cut from brown chipboard:

Album: Creative Cuts and More, Stamps: Imagenesance, Watercolors M Graham, Paper: Autumn Leaves

Album: Creative Cuts and More, Stamps: Imagenesance, Watercolors M Graham, Paper: Autumn Leaves

Tip: I used a Bic Mark-it to color my clear rhinestones pink!

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Wing Stamps: Sunday international, Swirl: Autumn Leaves, From Imaginescense

Wing Stamps: Sunday international, Swirl: Autumn Leaves, Frog: Imaginescense

the horse was a coloring page downloaded from: http://dulemba.com

the horse was a coloring page downloaded from: http://dulemba.com

and another of the sweet little imagenessance (I have no idea how to spell that!) stamps I won a couple weeks ago!

and another of the sweet little imagenessance (I have no idea how to spell that!) stamps I won a couple weeks ago!

First I traced all if the pieces on to Autumn Leaves paper, trimmed them and glued them to the blank chipboard pages. Don’t forget to color the backs! Then I sanded and inked the edges, added photos, stamped images, bling and punches. I bound the book together by punching holes with my Crop a dial and inserting a cheap-o binding coil from Staples (you get 25 11″ long coils for $5!) Who need a Bind it all? OK I’d love one but it’s not in the budget so this will have to do ๐Ÿ™‚

Now that you have seen my Creative Cuts and More mini Album (I know your disappointed that I have no candy for you ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ) you can hop right on over to Guest Designer Eva’s blog to see what she has in store for you. Thanks for stopping by and as always happy crafting!

Free Printable Calendar & Instructions!

OK, OK I promised a calendar tutorial today…well mine aren’t finished yet but the nitty gritty stuff is so here is what I have done so far:

Calendars by Lindsay Weirich 2008

Calendars by Lindsay Weirich 2008

I made my calender with a cool pdf program called PDF Calendar, you can download mine (an American/English version with the weeks starting on Sunday) here, or go make your own with other languages, fonts and setup here.

Here is what you need for this project: 13 Sheets of neutral colored cardstock to print your calendar on and an extra sheet for the cover (I used neutral tan by The Paper Co.), Binder clips (From an office supply store or any small clamp should do), Crop-a-dial or heavy duty hole punch, Comb binding (also from the office supply store, I got a pack of 25 at Staples for $5), Pattern paper (My Minds Eye: Wild Asparagus stack), photos, stamps, ink (I am using Stampin Up Old Olive and Creamy Caramel) and lightweight embellishments such as stickers and die cuts.

Step 1. Print your calendar pages and place a plain sheet of cardstock on top. Make sure they are in the correct order. Clamp the sheets together.

Clamp and mark.

Clamp and mark.

Step 2. Hold you binding comb against the top edge of your calendar and mark where the “legs” touch the paper.

Punch on marked lines.

Punch on marked lines.

Step 3. Punch two holes over the mark overlapping each other so there is room for the comb to slide through. Use the depth gauge on the Crop a dial to keep the holes in a row. Keep an eye ion the gauge though since it has a tendency to slip when punching through really thick material!

Insert the binding.

Insert the binding.

Step 4. Insert the binding.

The inside view of the bound calendar ready for scrapping (that's the fun part!)

The inside view of the bound calendar ready for scrapping (that's the fun part!)

Step 5. Trim paper to fit the pages. I trimmed mine 8 1/4″x10 1/2″ and rounded the bottom corners then inked with creamy caramel to give a “shabby chic” look. By using one line of paper it is quick and easy to coordinate and keep a continuous feel though the calendar.

Step 6. Print your photos. To make this a quick project consider putting only one 4″x6″ or 5″x7″ picture per page.

Step 7. Put it all together and wait for the praise! Seriously expect requests for another one next year!

I make calendar for my parents and Mother in Law each year and they love them, The year my twins were born I didn’t get one done and boy oh boy was that a mistake, my mom laid such a guilt trip on me that she got one for her birthday in February! Beware, once you start making these prepare to keep making them!

Enjoy your night, I’m have some girlfriends over to craft tonight (an hopefully I’ll finish my calendar!) Until next time happy crafting!

Bind it all with your Crop-A-Dial!

I was thinking of investing in a binding system but then I saw the prices of them! Egad! I can think of other ways to spend $60…stamps, paper, paint, etc…. So I thought Why can’t I do this with my Crop-A-Dial (heck, that baby does just about everything!) I went to staples and grabbed a pack of 25 binding combs for $5 and grabbed my CAD and went to work! This is what I made:

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Stamps: Inque Boutique, Sunday International, Hampton Art, SCAL Templates: dan99.blogspot.com

And you can do it too! Here’s how. Gather your supplies, papers/chipboard to bind, scissors for cutting your binging comb to size, binder clips, a pencil, original CAD and binder combs.

Gather your supplies

Gather your supplies

punch holes and insert binding

punch holes and insert binding

If you want to stamp your book do it before you bind it. Assemble your book papers and hold them in place with binder clips. Holding the comb on the book’s back cover mark where you want to punch your holes. You will need to punch 2 holes side by side for each binding comb leg to fit through. Punch holes. Feed the “legs” through the holes. Decorate and you are done!

The pages will lay flat!

The pages will lay flat!

wing covered in gold embossing powder, heated, them pressed with stamp.

wing covered in gold embossing powder, heated, them pressed with stamp.

If you like the book and wings I used I grabbed them at Dan’s blog. He has free SVG files every week, this weeks freebie is a wonderful pack of wings! Past files are available for purchase.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time Happy Crafting!

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