Tuesday, December 28, 2010

December Calendar Blog Hop

Welcome to the December Calendar Blog Hop!

This month I’ve decided once again to join Karel at One By One The Flamingos Are Stealing My Sanity in another Blog Hop. This time around we are doing a Calendar Blog Hop from December 28 through 30. We have more than 12 bloggers, each with a gorgeous 12X12 Double Calendar Layout for you to re-create for your very own 2011 Calendar...just in the nick of time.

A bunch of wonderfully talented ladies have gotten together and we're each making a 12X12 double calendar layouts--at least one for every month of 2011. Every blogger will design a two page layout for a 2011 calendar. The first page will be a cute layout, to include the month and some mats for pictures. The second page will be the days and weeks, with cute embellishments for special days. Each blogger will post her (his?) creation for the hop---along with the detailed how-tos of making it. Every person who participates will then have all the instructions for making the entire year's calendar just as they need it!

*The Blog Candy for this hop is the fantastic Designer's Calendar Cricut Cartridge, donated by our own hostess, KarelJ. You need to leave some love, in the form of a comment, on Each and Every Blog along the way. Make sure you leave a way to contact you in each comment. On the 31st, KarelJ will use random.org to generate a blog number and then a comment number from that blog. She will announce the winner on her blog, and contact them by whatever means they left for this.*

1. January and April: Celeste at Touched by a Butterfly at http://touchedbyabutterfly.blogspot.com/
2. January and September: Jessica at Overjoyed Scrapper http://www.overjoyedscrapper.blogspot.com/
3. February: Christel at Scrappin' Sista http://onescrappinsista.blogspot.com/
4. February and March: Karelj at One By One The Flamingos Are Stealing My Sanity http://karelj.blogspot.com/
5. March and July: Diane at Crafting This Moment (You are here!) http://www.craftingthismoment.blogspot.com/
6. April: Bonnie at A Scrap Above http://ascrapabove.blogspot.com/
7. May: Michelle at Peanut Butter and Jelly Designs http://peanutbutterandjellydesigns.blogspot.com/
8. May: Natalie at Timeless Legacy Designs http://timelesslegacydesigns.blogspot.com/
9. June: Lisa at Lisa's Paper Butterflies http://lisaspaperbutterflies.blogspot.com/
10. June: Jamie at Glitter, Paper, Stamps, Oh My! http://jamieisacraftymomma.blogspot.com/
11. July: Summer and Jennifer at Cricut Diaries http://cricutdiaries.blogspot.com/
12. August: Denise at Starlight Scrapper http://starlightscrapper.blogspot.com/
13. August: Gina at Gina Thornton Stamping http://ginathorntonstamping.blogspot.com/
14. September: Deb at If It's Groovy http://ifitsgroovy.blogspot.com/
15. October: Rebecca at Creations with Becka http://www.creationswithbecka.blogspot.com/
16 . October: Lora at Notes From The Scrapbook Lady http://scrpbooklady.blogspot.com/
17. November: Belinda at Queen Bee's Musings http://www.queenbeesmusings.blogspot.com/
18. November and December: Col at Col's Creative Corner at http://www.scrappycol.blogspot.com/
19. December: Deb at Tidbit's Place http://tidbitsplace.blogspot.com/

When it came to creating my calendar pages I’ve had to change them up a bit because of some unseen events that kept me from having the energy to scrap. Therefore instead of doing 2 two page calendar layouts I was only able to create 2 one page layouts. I’ve managed to create these layouts with a place for your calendar, journaling as well as included photos and have the page not be cluttered.

I am so far behind on my calendar pages that this blog hop gave me motivation to work towards getting caught up. Now that my son is 24, it’s hard to get the photos & events to scrap with him in them. I find calendar pages are perfect for keeping up with our lives on a month to month basis.

I keep a purse sized calendar on the go at all times as well as a wall calendar to keep track of important events, birthdays, etc. By doing this I am able to take the information from them & create calendar layouts. Right now I am working on the year 2005. It’s scary to think that I am that far behind on my calendar layouts.

I chose the month of March & July for my months to do. For my layout I chose a background paper in green keeping with the color for St. Patrick’s Day. I also matted my calendar in green & made a little booklet on the left hand bottom corner to do my journaling in. The photo’s I printed off & fit them in little slides that I made. I then added the month & a couple of Shamrocks to finish off the page.
The month of July basically followed the same sketch idea (the sketch idea is my own). For this month I did in red & white keeping with our Canada Day colors. I added the fireworks, again the slide mounts were hand cut with photos in them and this time the journaling booklet is on the right hand side of the page. Again I’ve added the calendar which is filled in with monthly events.

I really like how they’ve turned out & how I’m still able to include pictures & journaling all on one page. I’ve covered the calendars for the pictures as to protect the names, etc on them.

I hope you’ve enjoyed another option of creating calendar pages without having to do two page layouts. These are fun pages & a great way to showcase those special events in your life.

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy the rest of the blog hop. The complete list is above and if a blogger did 2 calendar layouts both can be seen at the same post. Enjoy!

Editted to add: I've had a lot of comments about my "firecrackers". I bought a die cut a long time ago of a firecracker & saved it. I used it to trace my firecrackers & cut them out by hand.


Lora said...

Nice layouts - you did a great job of including all the elements on just one page.

Angela R said...

Wow, first comment, thats rare for me! I love your idea of includeing photos, layout and journaling all in one! Thank you so much for sharing!
Contact Info: Incase I get a chance to win the amazing blog candy! Happy New Year to come!
New Blog: www.scraptillyadrop.blogspot.com

Jennifer said...

I think you did a great job on you calendars!! Thanks for joining us in this hop!!!

Josie0602 said...

Wonderful calendar pages! I really like the July with the firecrackers!

Anonymous said...

Great layouts.. I like your take on them.

Anonymous said...

love youre calendar.

Summer said...

Thanks for joining us on this great hop! Such cute LO, and really like your fire crakers!

Donna said...

I really like your calendar pages. The firecracker is great!!

GreenScrap said...

Love your layouts!! So cute!!
TFS!! Take Care!!
Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

Lindy said...

Your calendar layouts are great. I love that you fight everything on one page. Thanks so much for sharing.

ScrappingDeb said...

Love the firecrackers! great job.

Groovy Deborah said...

Hi Diane! So for the last few years I have been amazed by your cards so to see a lo is wowing me! Good job. Love those firecrackers too!!!

Denise From Boca said...

Thanks for taking the time to share such great projects.


dhoffman at spacey dot net

Jessica said...

I like your take on the calendar layout.

shakyteach said...

Great layouts. You did a great job.

creative patti said...

Love your LO's. Great Job!

joann valdez said...

very nice layouts . thanks for sharing.good luck to every one.

Queen Bee said...

Great idea to do the calendar and layout on one page. I may try this since I have not gotten very far on my calendar!

McVic said...

great layouts! Happy New Year!

pattyk said...

Great pages-thanks millierose651@aol.com

Jenn said...

The calendar pages are great. I like how much you got on a page without it feeling crowded.

Scrappin' Sista said...

I'm sorry to hear that you having troubles. I pray all is working out quickly for you. I love your idea for a simple layout that includes everything. TFS!

Blog Hop Sista

Natalie M said...

I like the layouts a lot. Great job! I couldn't imagine not having journaling area on layouts like this! I did that, too.
mtmcbroom at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I love your July Layout hun. Thank you for sharing. I especially like these as they are tasteful and not overly done!

Heidi Browning aka Liadan

Michelle said...

Love the Firecracker!!!
You did a great job on both of these Layouts. It's nice to be doing this hop with you. Thanks for taking the time to share your creativity with us.


Gina Thornton said...

I love your pages! I do calendars each year for all of the grandparents, but I totally cheat and buy the premade ones they sell and add pictures. Only one is a scrapper, and the others dont appreciate the time that goes into it all! :( I like how your layout and calendar all all in one! Great idea!
Thanks so much for hopping along with us!
dot net

Theresa said...

This hop is so fun..great job on making it all fit on one page...love it!

Reddy said...

Cool & smart thinking on covering the names since there is really no telling who is looking

Scrappymama Elaine said...

great job and an alternative to two pages. tfs!

Kathy's Kreative Spot said...

very nice calendar pages.

Katsews at gmail dotcom

Jennifer said...

Nice calendar pages, Diane! Thanks so much for sharing!

Karelj said...

Love both of these! Thanks so much for hopping with me again...I'm so glad we're blog buddies! Karelj

9kids said...

Sweet! Love the Canada Day theme for July.

Anna said...

Great job. Just lovely.
annadowdy at gmail dot com

SueNJ said...

This is such a great blog hop and I love these pages! Different is great in this case. I love the firecrackers and St. Paddy's Day holds special memories for me. TFS them and hope you are feeling 100% soon :)

Happy Scrappin'

Sue B


BunnyFreak said...

Love the firecrackers. What a fun hop! Love your calendar pages.

Tanya said...

Wonderful job!!

phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

scrapperbecka said...

Great layouts

Zeni Pradel said...

Very nice! TFS!


PinkBlingCrafter said...

Love both months!! Very pretty. TFS

MaryNSC said...

O These will make the New year so much FUN!!

jennyplace2 said...

Love the calendar, both months are very lovely, tons of work TFS

Amy said...

Very nice! I like the one page LO. TFS!

country grammie said...

I absolutely love these pages! TFS!


country grammie said...

Love the pages and especially the pockets for journaling


Bass Family said...

Great job on your LO's I love the July one...but maybe thats cause I am a firecracker baby :) XoXo Niki_Ray

Kristin said...

I LOVE your design, I think I need to make one now :) TFS

Happy New Year!

A Scrap Above said...

There are really good, love all the details you added!
Thanks for being in the hop
I am a new follower of your blog
Bonnie C
ascrapabove at aol sot com

Tina said...

very nice you did a great job.

Melissa said...

What great calendar pages! Thanks for sharing!


cdm317 said...

I hope you are feeling more energetic these days. I have to say, the layouts are just gorgeous. I really love the 1 page layout ideas.

Stephenie said...

Love your March layout..my birthday month...and my son loves shamrocks...so two for one! The July layout just explodes!! TFS

Anonymous said...

You ladies are all doing such great things. I love your pages. I am so happy Natalie and Groovy Deb let me know about this hop...I am off to hop to the next blog!

Jamie said...

I think these LO's are so cute! I love that you added journaling stacks right to the. How fun would that be to have everything right there all month to scribble the monthly things on so all you have to do is pull the calendar out when you are ready to scrap the whole month. I also especially love the fire crackers, what did you use to make those?

Thanks for joining in this hop, it's been alot of fun!

Denni said...

Cute Layouts TFS!

v said...

Nice:) LOve your use of the slide mounts w/ the torn pattern paper. Cute! ~Vanessa W

Reneeleeak said...

Very nice layouts. I really like the journaling idea.
Happy New Year!
reneeleeak at yahoo dot com

Marianne - Fiskateer #6701 said...

I like the one-page LOs. It is good that you did them to show some ideas for people who would rather do just one page. Both of your pages look great!

Karelj said...

Just stopping by one more time to let you know how much fun I've had hopping with you in the Calendar Hop! I hope you've had tons of fun, gained some new followers and made sure to leave a comment on each blog so you can maybe win the Designer's Calendar! Thanks again...Karelj

SimpleScrappin said...

So very cute!! TFS!

Raven B said...

Girl i think both of these came out fabulous. I love the way you put it all in one page. Saves paper and space. CUTENESS.
thatsmerb at gmail dot com

Lisa said...

Cute lo!

Jennifer said...


I love your calendar pages and the sketch/layout you made up!!! :)

Thank you so much for sharing,

partridgelu at yahoo dot com