Compliments to Penny K
for today's post title.
As most of you know, it's going to be a lean Christmas here at Bezzie Manor. Every year I make the grandmas a custom Chunky-Calendar. It all started when I got suckered into buying one of those $25 custom Kinko calendars back in 2003 for a daycare fundraiser. Now my mom whines about getting one each year.
I love my mother, but no freaking way am I shelling out $25 for a calendar with my kid on it every year.
As a result of my stinginess, I've had to get creative. I made 2004's and tried to bind it using a hole punch and some kind of keychain contraption. Yes, that was a disaster, but since it had Chunky featured my mom didn't care--or at least she said she didn't care! 2005 was the same deal.
Finally, by 2006 I got smart and bought some of those blank calendars you can find in scrapbook stores. But dear mother of Fatzah, it got so boring making 24 scrapbook pages for the year. (One calendar for each grandma.)
This year I believe I've finally found the answer.
First off, I have to give credit to some children's hospital in San Antonio. They gave the girl who had my job before me (interestingly enough also named Martha now that I think about it) a little CD case calendar. I've seen these in calendar/Christmas card catalogues as well. Very cute, but again, very expensive for what you get.
So I decided to create my own! Behold!Step 1.
Find a funkalicous CD case you don't want anymore. Make sure it's a fat CD case--not one of those skinny ones you get with blank CDs. Thanks to Darbyrose
for swapping me a pattern for these fat CD cases!Step 2.
Pull the CD and paper junk out. Save the paper junk. You'll use this as a template to cut out your picture later. Measure how big the paper is. Mine was approximately 5" in height by 4.75" in width. You can save the CD too if you like. Lord knows you can make all types of crafty stuff out of those too.Step 3.
Using a small screwdriver, or even a butterknife, run the edge of the sharp object around the black CD holder stuck to the back of the CD case. Do this gently as you don't want any of the plastic to break.Step 4.
Now that you have the CD holder thingy free, pull the back paper out. Feel free to discard this stuff. Or again save it to give to your plastic squirrel lawn ornaments to build a plastic nest out of. Whatever flips your cookie.Step 5.
Gently separate the two sides of the CD case. They should be attached with a peg and hole type mechanism.Step 6.
Flip the front part of the CD case over, and reattach it to the back of the CD case again utilizing the pegs and holes on either side. When you flip it open, it should stay propped up like this:Step 7.
Here's where it gets tricky if you're doing a calendar. Using a photoshop program cut and paste a calendar and picture of your chosing onto a canvas size that's going to fit your CD case. I found some blank calendars here
for personal, non-sale use.Step 8.
Print out your first calendar month. Using the insert from the original CD that was in the case oringially as a template, cut out around the image. I did this one on plain paper, but I'll probaby do each month of the final calendar on cardstock. Slip the month into the little holders that held the original cover of the CD case to secure it. For each additional month, slide them behind the month you want to display, and as the new month comes up just rotate them.
This would also work as a cheap-o picture frame if you were so inclined. You could take it a step further and decorate the sides of the frame with a little somthin' somethin' too if you were feeling ambitious.
These will make my mom flip and will look great on the desk shrine my mother in law keeps with all her grandkids' pictures on it at work. Even better is they're lightweight and will cost nearly nothing to ship to Alaska! Not to mention all I have to do is hit "print" twice instead of spending hours scrapbooking January through December!