“Autumn is the Glory of the Year” September Calendar Tag for Crafty Secrets
Good Monday morning, friends. For those of you who are mourning the passing of summer, I will begin with an apology. This September calendar tag was made to celebrate the onset of my favorite season of the year: Fall. I trudge dutifully all through Summer’s relentless heat and humidity, her savage swarms of mosquitoes, gnats and flies, the sultry nights, and the burning daytime sun, counting the days until the calendar page flips to September. Fall is in the air, and I could not be happier. Autumn always fills me with a fresh energy, an inexplicable joie de vivre, and a new surge of creativity. It is the most beautiful season of the whole year: leaves put on their fancy clothes and dance in the wind. The sky turns a particular shade of blue, so clear and bright you can almost see through it. Pumpkins bask lazily in the autumn sunshine like golden orbs just waiting to be plucked and baked into delicious pies. And don’t even get me started on the apples! With all this wonderful inspiration around me, I pulled out some of my favorite supplies from Crafty Secrets and made a September Calendar tag.
The inspiration for this tag was found in the Heartwarming Vintage Seasonal Image and Journal Notes Booklet. There are 32 pages of images in this book. The 3″x 8″ size of the images and journal tags makes them exactly the right size for using on a standard manila tag. This image of two ladies under an azure sky spoke to me of a beautiful fall day, and so I chose it as the focal for my September calendar tag. I treated the tag to several fall colors of Distress Ink, ran it through an embossing plate that I had coated with Walnut Stain and embedded that rich color right into the tag. I then spritzed it liberally with Copper Perfect Pearls. I love copper and teal together!
I used a waterbrush to paint around the outline of the journal tag portion of the page. This makes it very easy to tear an image out of paper exactly the way you want it to tear. I then inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI, and used Studio Multi Matte Medium to secure it to the tag. The image of the two girls was treated to a few coats of UTEE to create the cracked glass effect that I love to use with vintage photos. I matted the image with teal cardstock. The frame was treated with copper alcohol ink, Aged Bronze Distress Stain and Copper Perfect Pearls Mist. I just kept layering these mediums on until the chipboard frame looked like old metal. I then stamped it randomly with the “Carte Postale” stamp from French Mail. This really added some nice depth to the frame and made it look tarnished and old. I also sprinkled it with some teal mica chips, just because I felt like it.
For the calendar portion of the tag, I used Seasonal Calendar Creative Scraps. While the calendar scraps are keyed to 2009 and 2010, I just find a month where the days of the week and the date match the calendar month I want to work with. This was actually the calendar for October, but it worked just fine for September. I just covered the “31” up with some mica chips! No worries! The title was also cut out, matted with teal cardstock and coated with Glossy Accents and set aside to dry. I suspended the actual calender from the base of the tag with copper jump rings.
The butterfly was also an image on the Creative Scraps. I fussy cut it, matted it on teal cardstock, and colored it in with my enamel pens. But it was too bright for this tag, so I went back and covered it with Copper alcohol ink and some Vintaj Patina ink. In the end, I’m very happy with the texture that resulted from this.
The bow is rayon seam binding, sprayed with Copper Perfect Pearls Mist, scrunched, tapped with Vintaj patina ink and tied through the eyelet of the tag. I added some vintage jewelry to cover the eyelet and completed the tag with some stick pins, metallic tape and a teal sequin. The September title was added to the base of the tag with foam tape and copper brads. The sentiment was handwritten with a black fine tip Sharpie…and the tag was complete. If you’d like a closer view of this tag, just click on one of the pictures, and you’ll be able to scroll through a larger version of all these images.
Nothing but good news!
And, I’ve saved the best for last….all of these items are in stock and ON SALE! The Seasonal Calendar Creative Scraps are on sale for just $1.25, the Seasonal Image and Journal Notes Booklet is only $3.95 and the French Mail Stamp Set is half price! Think of how many wonderful projects you could create! I’m planning on making one of these tags each month. They make wonderful birthday gifts, and a whole set of them would be a fabulous Christmas present, too. (Just match the calendar scraps up to the correct months in 2014!) The Crafty Secrets online store is filled with great sale items, so do stop by and take a look. We all love to shop, don’t we? Especially when there is a sale!
Thanks for taking time to stop by the blog today. I hope you enjoyed seeing my September Calendar tag. If you decide to make one yourself, I’d love to see it! I’m always tickled when you share your take on one of my projects. I’d love to hear from you; your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers. Until next time,