Chipboard Calendar

by Beate Johns

Create a small desk calendar with two coasters. They make great gifts.

Supplies

  • Two 4" square Coasters

  • Four 4" squares of Patterned Paper

  • Glue Stick

  • Tape adhesive

  • Brads

  • Paper Piercing tool

  • Binding machine (Bind-It-All™ Machine used here)

  • Binding wire
  • (7/16" wire used here)
  • Calendar pages

  • Additional cardstock

  • Paper Cutter

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Print out your calendar pages and cut them in equal pieces.

    I printed mine out at redcastle. I set my template to a 2 3/4" square and used Tahoma Small Cap font. I cut the pages into 2 3/4" squares.

  2. Step 2

    Line the pages up on top of each other, center it over additional cardstock layers (I used a 3" black cardstock and 3 1/4" sponge Always Artichoke cardstock squares.) and use your paper piercer to add two holes on the top two corners.

  3. Step 3

    Secure your calendar pages with brads to your cardstock layers.

  4. Step 4

    Apply glue all over your chipboard coaster.

  5. Step 5

    Adhere one of your patterned paper pieces to your coaster.

  6. Step 6

    Clip the corners of the patterned paper around the coaster.

  7. Step 7 (Optional)

    Sand the edges of the paper with a sanding block.

  8. Step 8

    Adhere patterned paper to the second coaster as well as to the back side of both coasters.

  9. Step 9

    Punch binding holes in both coasters with your Binding Machine.

    Alternative:
    You can also use a Crop-a-dile to make the holes.

  10. Step 10

    Insert wire through binding holes and close it.

    Alternative:
    Use ribbon or binding rings to connect the coasters together.

  11. Step 11

    Tape the calendar to one side, decorate the other page with a stamped image or photo.

Variations

    Use only one coaster and add magnets to the back to make a calendar to put on the fridge.
    Use one coaster for each month and bind them together with bigger wire.
    You can buy preprinted calendars at vippies.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Chipboard Calendar. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

What a wonderful idea and tutorial! I can't wait to try myself! Thanks for the step by step instructions! {SMILES}
Nikki  |  Thu Dec 27, 2007 at 10:48 AM
can you tell me where to get the calendars. Can you download them from a website?
Pam Penn  |  Thu Dec 27, 2007 at 2:35 PM
Please can you tell me what size binding wire you used please with the bind it all. Got a machine for Christmas and trying to work out what size wires are good to get. Thank you
Janine  |  Thu Dec 27, 2007 at 10:05 PM
What a cute idea! I could have used this for those little fill in Christmas gifts. I will get started soon on some for next Christmas!
MichiganFan  |  Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 6:55 AM
Beate, this is fantastic! I'll have to make one or two or three or four, lol. They will make great gifts for co-workers. Thank you.
Michelle Zindorf  |  Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 8:23 AM
Very cool.....now I have to find calendar pages......I know someone had these posted on one of the forums.
Melissa  |  Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 10:19 AM
Ok - - let me read ALL the directions. I printed my calendar pages out at REDCASTLE.....SORRY for my stupid question!!!!!!!!!!!
Melissa  |  Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 10:51 AM
Great project!! I have some extra 2008 calendars - so I'm off to stamp. Thanks so much.
Ali Manning  |  Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 10:58 AM
This is awesome! I am going to do one tonight! What great little gifts to give my family for the New Year! Thank you, as usual you rock! I will post one when finished...
Georgia Ehrmann  |  Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 3:11 PM
Another great tutorial Beate! Just another reason to buy a BIA! These will make great hostess gifts. Thanks.
Sharon  |  Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 4:58 PM
Great project. I started one already. Sooo different from anything I have made in the past. Thanks Beate for the great tutorial. smile
tlw411  |  Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 5:25 PM
Gorgeous project Beate, thanks for the step-by-step instructions.

Happy New Year,
Jennifer smile
Lovetostamp6  |  Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 5:57 PM
Where can you find 4" square Coasters?
This is such an adorable idea! Thanks for sharing your step by step project!
Jackie  |  Sun Dec 30, 2007 at 11:10 AM
I love this idea. I can not find the calendar pages at Redcastle. Can you help me?

Thanks for sharing Trish
Trish  |  Sun Dec 30, 2007 at 11:59 AM
Charming!
Michelle  |  Mon Dec 31, 2007 at 3:36 AM
This is such a simple project! I love it! I plan to punch holes with my crop a dile in lieu of using the BIA. Thanks Beate!
Vera  |  Mon Dec 31, 2007 at 6:28 AM
Thanks for sharing such a fantastic fun project!!!
Ann Marie  |  Mon Dec 31, 2007 at 1:19 PM
What a great simple project! Just happen to have a calendar or two laying around and some time on my hands. Will give it a try! No binding tool but I like to idea of the Crop-a-dile and ribbon! Thanks again Beate, you are the best!
Suzette  |  Mon Dec 31, 2007 at 1:47 PM
Love this tutorial. Any suggestions for another site for a calendar download that can be reduced for size? I cannot open the download from redcastle - maybe because I am working on a Mac??? Thanks for any suggestions!
Pat Pobst  |  Tue Jan 1, 2008 at 8:35 AM
I have the same question as Janine. What size wires did you use with your BIA? I have a brand new machine and want to try this. Thanks so much for a great tutorial!!
Jackie Peffer  |  Tue Jan 1, 2008 at 1:40 PM

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