January 2014 Crafty Secrets Linky Party

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January 2014 Crafty Secrets Linky Party

Happy New Year!  I hope you all enjoyed a merry, festive and happy holiday season! And here we are at the start of a brand new year….and the January 2014 Crafty Secrets Linky Party!  This month, our theme is calendars.  The design team is featuring the free printable 2014 calendar that Sandy made available on the Crafty Secrets blog.  The link above will take you to the black and white versions of this calendar.  If you want to use the original gold version of the calendars look here.  And, Sandy just released a gorgeous free printable of a January calendar that you can find here.  To play along in the January Linky Party, simple download one of these free calendars and feature it in your project.  Link it up on the Crafty Secrets blog and you’ll automatically receive a $6 gift certificate (one per person…not one per entry) to the Crafty Secrets online store.  One lucky winner will be randomly drawn to receive a $50 gift certificate!  And with so many items on sale, you can really get a lot of bang for your buck! (Be sure to mention Crafty Secrets in your post.) Before you get started, let’s see what the design team has cooked up for you in the way of inspiration.

Rebekah Faries of Midnite Lullabies is unable to party with us this month, but will be back soon!  We also have past design team member Julie Campbell joining the party this month!

Kathy Clement  Kathy by Design….you are here

Vicki Chrisman  This Art that Makes Me Happy

Michele Kovack  Thoughts of  Card Making Scrapbooker

Darlene Pavlick Dar’s Crafty Creations

Sheila Rumney

Elizabeth Lincoln  (I Love Rubber on Splitcoast Galleries)

Cherry Nelson Cherry’s Jubilee

Past Design Team Member Julie Campbell  A Vintage Chic

Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Ideas and Tips

For the Birds…a 2014 Calendar

I created a tag calendar using the beautiful bird images from Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD#2.  I also used papers from Creating with Vintage Patterns CD.  Here’s a picture of the supplies I used to make this 12 month tag calendar:


I started with 6 vintage tags from Graphic 45.  I then went into the Vintage Patterns CD and chose 3 different papers that I thought would work well with the images.  I traced around the tags, cut out the papers slightly smaller than the outline and covered the front and back of each tag with these papers.  I inked around the edges of the tags and the images using Vintage Photo and Broken China Distress Paints.

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The cover is one of the gorgeous black and white images on CD #2.  I used my Distress Markers and a detail water brush to color in just a little bit of the picture.  I wanted to create a sort of rustic, outdoorsy feel for this tag calendar. The banner at the top of the page was created from the print on the vintage calendar.  Waste not, want not, right?

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The January page features another black and white image from the CD.  I also added a little bit of ink to this image, and then tore around the edges.  The layered burlap adds to the rustic feel of the calendar.

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February and March had to share a page so that I could have a front and back cover on the calendar.  I tore out more bird images and just added them to the page.  Very simple…the paper did most of the work for me.  I just had to add a few embellishments here and there.

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April features another gorgeous black and white design.  I copied and pasted all the bird images into Word where I was able to size them to 4 1/4″ square.  I was able to fit 4 images onto each page.  This not only saved me paper, it made the scale of the images correct for the tags.  That is one of the wonderful things about working with digital images: you can size them just the way you want them.

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Don’t you just love this sheet music page from the CD?

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The image I chose for June just looks like summer!  All the bird prints are easy to find on the CD preview page.  The background papers have either tiny wildflowers, small birds or gorgeous flourishes on them.  You can click on the photos to see more details if you’d like.

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July and August also share a tag.  I cut out small images from the Mini Vintage Creative Scraps to embellish the pages.  I used decorative “postage” scissors to cut them out and inked the edges.

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September features this beautiful pair of birds from the vintage scraps and a sweet nest, too.  The white doily was tapped with Vintage Photo Distress Paint, and the metal embellishments were tapped with Broken China.  I kept each page fairly simple, as I didn’t want the calendar to get lost or covered up. Using the burlap ribbon on each page helps to unify the project.

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October is one of my favorite pages.  I just love the darling owls!

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This robin image from the CD is so gorgeous!  I love everything about it.

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On the December page, I added some little pine boughs to the page.  I also added a mini postcard from the creative scraps.  Love those!

And that completes the year!  Here’s a look at the back cover:

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This calendar was really simple to put together, the images were a dream to work with, and I love that fact that one afternoon’s work will provide me with a whole year of joy!

I hope you found some ideas and inspiration for working with our vintage calendar images.  I love it when my followers share their projects with me, so if you do make one of these sweet 2014 tag calendars, I hope you’ll send me a photo or link to your blog so I can see it.  Be sure to link up your calendar projects to the January 2014 Crafty Secrets Linky Party.  I can’t wait to see what you create…and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this tag calendar.  Hearing from you makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.

Until next time,



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11 thoughts on “January 2014 Crafty Secrets Linky Party

  1. kathycNC Post author

    Thanks so much all…it was a very quick “make” and so much fun to do. I love those Crafty Secrets images! Anita…the ribbon spool was a Christmas present from my daughter. I don’t even want to use any of the ribbon because I love it so much! LOL

  2. Julie Campbell

    What a beautiful calendar, Kathy! Each and every month is filled with creative fabulousness! So nice to join you all this month–Happy New Year! {and congratulations on your new team leader position!}

  3. Elizabeth Lincoln

    What a work of art Kathy! I love the bird images and all the detail on each pages. I found myself looking at each page closely to take it all in.
    Happy New Year.

  4. smithgfb

    Oh girl you make my fingers itch! You totally inspire me to be more active in my craft room. I have been purging all the “stuff” out of my room and I can finally breathe again! We are a snowy 26 degrees this morning with dropping temps all day. Stay warm and toasty my friend!

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