Happy New Year!!
(Imagine me standing in front of you with my arms over my head yelling Happy New Year and throwing confetti!)
Here we go into another year… one more time to try again… another chance to dream big and achieve!
I love giving gifts! Do you? I love making people happy! I love being the hostess so I can “do” for others.
(But, of course, I love to be pampered too!)
As a gift of thanks, I made y’all something to get you started in the new year.
A calendar! Not just any ole’ calendar, an accordian fold calendar you can print and build yourself. I’m going to show you how to do it.
Do you like it? I think it turned out super cute!!
So, let’s get started making it…
Depending on the quality of printer you have, you can either print this on the text with graphics setting or photo setting. My printer is high quality and I just use the text with graphics setting.
After you’ve printed, gather your tools.
I recommend by starting to trim each calendar. Only trim the left and right edges, not the top and bottom. Each calendar has a right tab which will be used for gluing. (Masking tape? Oh, I always have that handy.)
After all your pieces are trimmed, you’ll want to score the tab so the calendar will easily fold into an accordian once it’s all together. You can score if you have a trimmer that has a score edge included. Or if you are using an exacto knife, you can turn it over and lightly run it down the card stock and it will score your paper.
Once all your calendars are trimmed and scored. It’s time to glue. I use the pieces of paper cut from the original under the tab so glue doesn’t get everywhere on my cutting mat.
Next, position the next calendar in order onto the tab and use your fingers or a bone folder/burnisher to secure the two together. I burnished mine on the top and flipped it over and did the same on the back.
At this point, you can decide if you want to continue gluing the last six months of the calendar right in a row, or do what I did and add them on the back. I have a shelf above my desk where this will sit and this size works well for me. If you do continue on and just make it one long calendar, you will need to add card stock to the back to add to it’s stability.
The reason I asked you not to cut the top and bottom is that at the end we will cut those off and it will be a seamless finish. This way it’s a lot easier than trying to line things up. It’s a lot harder that way and never looks good. (Believe me… I KNOW.)
(As you can see from my picture, I used scrap paper for printing. I’m a big believer in not wasting. Sincethis project is double sided, using something already printed on will work.)
Additional steps that help with this process…
Only glue one panel at a time.
Now, it’s time to trim this baby down to size!
If you don’t have a long steel ruler or straight edge. I do have thin guides lines on the project, so you could simply use scissors carefully to cut the full calendar.
Here is the final project. In fact, here’s lots of pictures of the final project.
My cute little glitter house is in this picture. It’s the second one I’ve made and have another one in the works now. I blogged about making one here and gave it to my Mom.
There you go! I hope you enjoy having this little beauty on your desk as much as I will!
I have also done two more designs of this accordian calendar. I am working on getting those finalized, print and assembled to sell in my Etsy shop. So, stop by the shop the later part of next week and check them out. I’ve did a geometric pattern and a red/turquoise version.
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Have a great week! And I truly hope the start of your new year is amazing!!
Download: 2012 Accordian Fold Calendar
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