Mini CD Jewel Case Calendars - Template Available
Well, it's that time of year again. I know it seems early but it takes me a while to cut & design the Mini CD Jewel Case Calendars. I've been doing them for a few years now.
I stumbled across these when I purchased some retired Stampin' Up!© products from Craigslist. The lady I purchase them from and I got to talking and she showed this to me. This was prior to me becoming a Stampin' Up!© demonstrator.
I can't remember if it was before or after I became a demonstrator that I decided to give it a whirl and make some for the local craft fair. I know at one point, at one of the team meetings with my upline, that we made some of these. The designs were very simple, in order for use to finish them in the time allotted. After that, I created my own template and have been using that same one, pretty much ever since.
Each month has a different them and the pages of each month rest in the hinge part of the calendar and the top flips back to create an easel for it to rest on. They are great for stocking stuffers or just a little Christmas gift. My massage therapist has had one on her reception desks since I gave her the first one. Thanks Ramona!
I have printed out all my calendars This year I used a whole ream of paper. I found a guillotine paper cutter at Aldi's a couple years ago, thanks to a heads up from my sister-in-law.
It takes me a while to come up with the individual designs for each month, which is why I start in August.
I also love being able to use some of my favorite, retired stamp sets. Sometimes I do a bit of die cutting or punch art for my designs. When I first started out I did a lot of labor intensive designs. I've tried to simplify them a bit the last couple of years.
My Stamparatus is an indispensable tool in creating my calendars. It allows repetitive stamping with ease. I had purchased a couple other brands, but ours, from Stampin' Up!© has replaced the others I have purchased. It has options the other's don't. I have even purchased a couple extra plates. so that I can have from 1 to 8 surfaces to stamp with. Ironically, these extra plates came out right have I had finished my calendars a couple years ago, and wishing I had a couple plates. Great minds! LOL Here's a link to a video I made when it first came out. (Click on the photo for more information.)
I also love using our Stampin' Spots© which are smaller and helps not to get ink all over the Stamparatus with my regular size ink pads. (Click on the image for more information.) These come un-inked so you can add your own favorite ink color. I actually use a lot of the Stampin' Spots from our Paper Pumpkin kits! Make sure to order re-inkers/ink refills!
I have a few customers who purchase from me each year, by preorder. I usually send out an email to those who are interested the end of August. If you would like to be added to that list, shoot me an email or leave a comment. My calendars will be available at a local craft fair the first weekend in November, and any that are left over will be available in the Crafts section of my website, after November 7.
If you are interested in creating your own calendars I have updated the calendar for 2022. I have sold this as a digital download on Etsy in the past. This year I'm switching that over to my own website. You can find it in the Digital Products of this website. Click HERE for a link to the template download.
Well, I best get going on my cutting! I have my work cut out for me! No pun intended!
Images: Stampin' Up!©