Thursday, December 6, 2007

My Date Book

I should have finished my sewing today, but that was frustrating. I think I'm going to resort to hand stitching and hot glue. The fleece is too thick to do the gathering I need to do. I have a new computerized machine and I keep getting error messages. I wasn't in the mood today to deal with error messages. I'll try again in the morning after a good night sleep. I think I'll take the manual to bed with me... It's not an expensive machine, just different from the $40 bare bones machine I've used and disassembled and reassembled for years. Once I get it figured out, I think this machine is going to be a big help to me in my creative endeavors.


In the meantime, I worked on my Date book. I can handle stamps and ink. After several tries I settled on a design for my monthly dividers. Simple and elegant, but very practical. I print the calendar in Outlook. Hey, if you need to print a calendar and that window pops up about making Outlook your default email. Tell it "no" and uncheck the box so that it won't ask you again. For my monthly dividers, I set it to print the calendar on a half sheet. I also print lines on the other side of the sheet so that when I fold the cardstock in half I'll have a page for notes on the other side. If I glue the bottom shut, each monthy divider becomes a pocket folder. I don't know if that makes sense so I'll add more pictures tomorrow in the daylight.


I'm still loving that MM trimmer. I was able to easily cut 5 or 6 sheets of filler pages at once!
These pages (above)are idea blocks. I got that idea to add pages like this just this morning from a link on Becky's Blog. Creating Keepsakes has calendar downloads. I couldn't use any of them, but I took the sketch file idea and made my own. I usually carry a sketch book so that I can sketch out my card ideas. This way, I don't have to carry an extra book next year! I printed two pages per sheet and cut them in half.


I'll probably stamp that swirl design on the lined pages too. I also printed double-spaced lined pages. If you can use PNG files, and would like these files emailed to you, just let me know.




As you can see I still have visitors, although they are fewer in number. I noticed her in the view finder crawing across the trunk while I was trying to photograph my pages. How rude!

We are almost finished with the Christmas cards... still right on schedule. I'm excited! Because, if I get them mailed this month, I'll be doing better that I have in the past. I usually end up sending a Happy New Year letter at the end of January!



The pink ones I showed in this post are going in the trash, unless somebody wants them.

2 comments:

KayellWY said...

I love your planner and the flourish stamping and special tabs to "make it yours." Thank you so much for sharing!

Karen/WY

Sharon in NE said...

Yes, you added your special touch to "make it yours", but I'm stealing it all to make it mine. :D Love your ideas and anything to make my calendar look better, always helps!