Monday, December 13, 2010

A great gift for three special friends

Good Evening,
Let me first just say that it is COLD!!  What happened?? I thought I was in Florida. My husband just walked in and he told me it was 38 degrees and it is only 9:44pm.

This past weekend my husband and three of my friends participated in a 5 K run which supports The American Cancer Society. I was not up to running but I did go to cheer on my husband and my three friends. At the end of the race I was able to get some great photos of them and decided I wanted to do something special with the photo. I ended up making a desk top calendar/sticky note Christmas Card. I was very proud of the end result and want to share how I made it.  

First let me show you the picture.
I used My Digital Studio to decorate the phote. MDS (My Digitial Studio) is a digital scrapbook software that is sold by Stampin' Up! You can make digital scrapbook pages using the same lovely stamp designs by SU. Below is the same picture after I played with MDS.
See how cute this picture turned out after I added all the embellishments and card stock? Then I sent it to Walgreens to the 1 hour photo. The neat thing is that the colors in the picture were an exact match to the SUs Real Red and Old Olive colors.

OK so here is the tutorial for how I made the desk top calendar.

This is a side view of the finished product.

On with the tutorial

First I took an piece of card stock and cut it down to 6 1/2 inches by 11 inches. Next make a 6 1/2" long score line at  5 1/2" and 2 3/4".

This makes up the bottom and stand for the card. Next I cut a piece of Chocolate chip card stock 4 1/4" x 6 1/4". The photo size I used for this project was 4 x 6.

Next I used glue dots and adhered my photo. I never like to glue my photo's in place because it makes it so permanent. I may want to change the photo to something different and I can do this when I use glue dots on four corners.

Next is the support card stock for the picture. I cut a piece of Old Olive that was
6 1/2" x 5 1/2".

Next I ran it though my Big Shot and my Vintage Wall Paper embossing folder. I love this embossing folder!!! I am never disappointed with the way my project look after I use this great folder.
There is a trick when using such a large piece of card stock. You have to run it through twice. Lining up the pattern on the second run through the Big Shot.
Here is the first run through .....

Here is the second run through.

This is a close up of the pattern match.

Very easy to do...
So next I adhered the photo to the embossed piece of Old Olive Card Stock then....

Then I glued the embossed Old Olive Photo to the scored piece. Notice that I used tombo glue on the top quarter section of the sheet.

This is a side view of the card.
Front view of how it folds.

OK now for the calendar part of the card.

Cut a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock 6 1/4" x 3 1/2" and a piece of Old Olive 6" x 3 1/4"
Run the Old Olive through the Big Shot and the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. You will have to run it twice lining up the patterns on the second time through.

Adhere the Old Olive to the Chocolate Chip and the adhere to Card using dimensionals. You will want to be sure to fold the picture into place before you adhere this piece. This will guantee that you get the piece in the correct position.

Here I have not folded over the photo but you can see that this piece was attached on the larger scored side.
Next glue the calendar and sticky note pad in place. If you would like for me to email the calendar to you please send me a request. I can send either a word document or PDF file. Just let me know when you send the request which version you would like to have emailed. Also let me know how I did on this tutorial. I welcome your feed back.

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