|paper source wall art calendar|
Enter the Paper Source Wall Art Calendar. The genius folk over at Paper Source sell a calendar that not only has gorgeous, colorful silk screen images, but the back side of the each month is a template for making the artwork into one of a number of projects: gift box, gift box pillow, note cards, book mark, file folder. The pages are sturdy cardstock so will hold up well to being handled. Now there's no excuse NOT to do something with the pages right away - the instructions are right on the pages! I love built-in motivation!
I first found the calendar last year and loved the artwork so much I bought one again this year. Since the 2012 calendar has been hung, I decided that rather than relegate the 2011 one to the craft bin, I should actually make use of the projects the Paper Source folks had so nicely included. What better activity for a snowy Sunday crafternoon!
file folders, note cards, gift boxes
|some of my favorites|
|folder pattern traced |
over existing template
After about 20 minutes and some expert cutting and folding, six file folders were complete! The instructions recommend using a bone folder to help crease the folds. I don't have one (yet) but found that a mechanical pencil with no lead sticking out works well to create a crease. This was easy enough for these straight folds, but might be a little more challenging for the curved folds that some of the other templates have. I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.
|following directions with |
my expert cutting
|finished file folders|
Regardless of what I chose to do with the remaining prints from this calendar or with the prints from any of the old calendars I have tucked away, this year I really do need to take better heed Paper Source's advice: