Hello, Friends! It hardly seems possible, but it’s time to share my Authentique July Desk Calendar Tutorial with you. This year is really flying by, isn’t it? If you’re new to the blog, I’ve been sharing a monthly desk calendar made with the Authentique Calendar Collection. These 6×6 easel style calendars double as a mini folio to hold photos and memories from each month of the year. Many of you have told me that your are giving these as birthday cards. I think that is a brilliant idea!
The easel design of each calendar allows it to fold flat for storage. My hope is that you will pull these out year after year, perhaps adding a new photo or memory as time goes by.
This month I’ve added lots of stars, glitter clothespins and patriotic plaid ribbon to enhance the gorgeous vintage images and patterns.
You’ll find all the usual bells and whistles inside the folio: a July calendar for recording special dates, wallet sized folios, photo mounts, journaling spots and a nifty hidden pocket folio.
This larger folio has a pull out tab and room for (3) 5×5 photos.
Authentique July Desk Calendar Tutorial on YouTube
If you’d like to make this July calendar project, just follow along in this video tutorial.
If you are new to the series and want to get caught up, you can find the other Desk Calendar Tutorials HERE. You can also find other calendar projects made by my Authentique teammates over on the Authentique blog. To purchase the products used in making this calendar, check out the linked supply list below this post.
I hope you enjoy making these sweet calendars as much as I enjoy designing them. We only have 5 more to make!
Summer Days: Blue Skies, Sunshine and Buzzing Bees
Hello, Friends! Hello, Summer: time for blue skies, sunshine and buzzing bees! Today I’ve pulled out my favorite Authentique June Calendar papers to make this summery greeting card.
This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is entirely made with the scraps I had left after making my June Desk Calendar Tutorial. It’s amazing what a little clever paper piecing allows you to do! Add a little shabby chic detail with a Spellbinders Heirloom Oval Die cut from cream cardstock. Machine stitching and gingham ribbon add a sweet homespun feel to the card design.
TIP: Stitch panels of the plaid and floral patterns from the June calendar collection onto a white cardstock mat. Then use ribbon to cover the seam! It looks like a design element. Is that sneaky or what?
TIP: Die cut too short ? Try cutting it in half across the middle. Then adhere the halves where you want them. Now cover the seam with your focal image. That’s another sneaky trick!
This handsome bee charm is headed straight for that bodacious yellow blossom in the corner.
Blue Skies, Sunshine and Buzzing Bees: A Peek Inside
Dress up the inside of your card with pockets. Layer scraps of patterned paper to cover the card base. Then turn an image into a pocket by gluing it down on the sides and bottom.
Mat leftover image and sentiment panels on plain cardstock to create mini folios. Measure the height of the image,double it, then add 1/4″ . Then cut the paper about 1/4″ wider than the image. Fold in half and adhere your image to the front. Easy peasy!
Since I’m a tea drinker, I like to tuck in a tea bag, honey stick and a vintage demitasse spoon. Chocolate is always a welcome treat. But you can tailor your add ins for the recipient. It’s such fun to find little treasures that turn a card into a gift.
I hope I’ve inspired you to break out those precious scraps and make something beautiful today. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Hello, Friends! Can it really be time to share my Authentique June Desk Calendar Tutorial with you? It does not seem possible! But the calendar says it is, so here we go! This month’s Calendar collection feels just like the blue skies and sunny days of summer. And, people…it’s got bees! Hooray!
Like all the previous months in this series, this desk calendar measures a tidy 6″ x 6″. But it has room inside for loads of photos, memory keeping, and list making. The easel style allows it to stand upright for display and close neatly for storage. You can pull these out year after year and add new memories and photos as the days roll by.
The inside has a blank calendar where you can write down special dates. The pocket on the bottom holds photo mats, journal cards and two little wallet sized folios. I’ve tucked a nice sized folio into the hidden pocket built into the folio base.
Authentique June Desk Calendar Tutorial on YouTube
This video tutorial will guide you step by step through the process of creating this lovely bit of home decor. And if you’re new to this series, click HERE to see the January-May calendars.
I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Authentique April Desk Calendar: Singing in the Rain
Hello, Friends! Can it really almost be April? I’m almost late with this Authentique April Desk Calendar project, but I think you’ll still have plenty of time to get yours made before the calendar turns.
Since this calendar follows the same steps and measurements as the March Calendar, I did not create a video tutorial. Just use that design with the April Calendar Collection. Easy peasy!
Do you remember how much fun it was as a kid to walk to school under an umbrella? I can remember waking up excited if I heard raindrops outdoors because I knew all my classmates would be breaking out their umbrellas, too. We bobbed along in the rain like cheery little puddle posies while the rain tapped away at our umbrellas. Those fun memories prompted me to select this darling image and sentiment as the focal for our calendar this month.
Opening this desk calendar is always an adventure! There are so many sweet goodies tucked inside!
Here’s the hidden folio for the April Desk Calendar.
Plenty of room to add a few sweet photos to these colorful pages.
Use the back side of this darling Easter image to mat a photo. The journal card tucked in the pocket is a great place to write down memories or important dates.
And there’s lots of room for smaller photos and journaling in the wallet sized folios that tuck in to the pocket.
You can watch the March Video Tutorial HERE. Are you following along and making each monthly calendar with me? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: January and February
Hello, Friends! I just love the month of January. The whole year stretches out before you like a blank book just waiting for you to write your story. This Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial is an idea that I think you are going to love.
You know that old song, “Brighten the Corner Where You Are?” These sweet little easel style folios are designed to do just that! Each one measures 6″ x 6″ and is decorated in vintage style using the Authentique Calendar Collection. They are the perfect way to decorate a desk, entry way, or studio and they make a great birthday gift, too. I built some fun features into the design that I think you are really going to enjoy! Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: Filled with Fun
Open the desk decor to find the January Calendar on the inside along with a lovely pocket of goodies. Fill the dates in on the calendar, or use it to write down birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.
Adding a pocket to an easel style card is one of my favorite design tricks. I’ve tucked 2 wallet sized photo folios inside the pocket along with a journaling card. You could also add a couple of photographs here. But there’s more to this design than what meets the eye!
Pull the tab on the right to reveal a hidden pocket built into the base of the folio. How fun is that?
This folio measures 5 1/4″ square and will hold 3 photos.
Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: February
The February Desk Decor is created using the same techniques as the ones from the January calendar.
Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial on YouTube
Because I thought you would enjoy creating these lovely little desk decor calendars, I created a video tutorial. Just follow the simple step by step instructions. I will build the February folio in the video, but the measurements and steps are the same for January. Just change out the papers and images and you’ll be all set.
How do you feel about me sharing a new desk decor calendar each month in 2020? Let me know what you think in the comment section below.