|With interchangeable photos and a tear-off calendar, this is a gift that will be useful throughout the year.|
Thank goodness it's Friday! I have had a crazy week with a sick rugrat and sleepless nights of worry, but now he's all better and I have some wonderful news to share. I have been a huge fan of Lifestyle Crafts (formerly known as QuicKutz) and I was so thrilled to be invited to become an Affiliate of this fabulous company. The best part is that all my readers get to benefit by receiving an exclusive 20% off coupon off purchased made in the LC store!
|Enter the code: BEAN for your exclusive savings!|
It is going to be such a pleasure sharing with you some projects created with Lifestyle Crafts products, and I wanted to begin with this interchangeable photo calendar that was inspired by the Taylored Expressions Calendar Challenge. I was so in love with this project that I thought I would create a mini tutorial for anyone interested in making one:
|A sturdy, precisely cut easel-back makes this perfect for display.|
It folds flat, which would make it easy to mail.
I began by die-cutting the pieces to assemble my photo calendar stand from the very cool Card & Photo Easel Die. To make this extra sturdy, I used Craft-A-Board, which is a thin cardboard that runs through die-cutting machines using wafer-thin dies with ease.
|You will want to cut two of the panel on the right in order to create the interchangeable photo frame.|
|After covering one panel with patterned paper, die-cut a frame using the included frame (BEAN TIP: use removable tape to secure your die in your desired spot.)|
|Punch or die-cut a circle on the second panel. After trimming a photo to your desired shape, secure the two panels together using Scor-tape. Be sure to leave the top of the "pocket" free of glue/adhesive.|
|Photos can be easily interchanged with the formed "pocket" between the two panels. Adhere the easel back piece after you have finished decorating your front panel.|
Print out as many photos as you would like, trimming to fit the pocket. For my project, I also added a fun Mini Tear-Off Calendar from Taylored Expressions. The Card & Photo Easel Die is so versatile that I think I'll be able to create a ton of other display and gift items, such as single- or multiple-photo frames, table toppers, and memo holders.
I hope you enjoyed my first "tutorial" -- I hope to do more in the future. I'm so pleased to be able to offer a discount for readers of TSB.
Don't forget to visit the Lifestyle Crafts store and enter the code: BEAN at checkout for 20% off!
Have a Happy Bean Day!
Patterned Paper: Blink of an Eye (My Mind's Eye)
Cardstock: Baby Blue Medium (Bazzill)
Specialty Paper: Craft-A-Board (Ellen Hutson)
Fibers: Ribbon (Stampin' Up!); Embroidery Floss (generic)
Calendar Product: Mini Tear-Off Calendar (TE)
Accents: Button (October Afternoon)