Estella Banks
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Friday, January 3, 2014

The 2014 Calendar Project

Each year, either in December or January (depending on when our schedules converge), a friend and I get together to make ...
"The Calendar."

The Calendar project started a few years ago as one of the "Santa's Workshop" projects, or perhaps a class I dreamed up after seeing the calendar on a blog.  It's a beautifully useful gift for friends, family and clients. The project can be as involved or as simple as you choose to make it.  (wink!) The finished size of each month's page is 3-1/2" x 5" and is designed to fit into a bent acrylic frame of the same size.

This version of the calendar yields calendars in batches of 5 because we used the "One Sheet Wonder" technique and Whisper White card stock in 8-1/2" x 11". (If you want to make a "simpler version" of this calendar you can use patterned scrapbook paper or Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper.)

If you decide to use the One Sheet Wonder technique, you will need various stamp sets representing the seasons and/or events occurring each month. We also carefully selected our color combinations to reflect the seasonal or special event themes for that month.  Of course, creative license is heavily utilized throughout this project. Here are some themes for each month to get the creative juices flowing:

January - Winter Theme/Snowflakes
February - Valentine's Day
March - St. Patrick's Day and/or Easter, Windy, Green, Beginning of Spring
April - Spring Flowers, Easter
May - Mother's Day, Flowers
June - Father's Day, Cherries, Beginning of Summer, Beach, Picnics
July - Independence Day, Fireworks, Picnics, Swimming
August - Summer Vacation, Cameras, Back to School, Summer Activities
September - Fall, Labor Day, Back to School, Leaves
October - Harvest Festivals, Fall, Pumpkins, Cats
November - Thanksgiving, Leaves
December - Christmas, Hanukkah, Gifts, Trees, Menorah

The rest of the details about this project, including a list of supplies and cutting instructions can be found on this Google Doc.

#PlanetCreative365 entry for January 2, 2014.

Estella Banks

Chief Creative Officer
Inspiring, Nurturing, Sharing Creativity

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Happy New Year!

Welcome 2014!

Only a few hours from the last year, a new year is exciting and holds much promise for creating something new and different for our lives. It feels so refreshing to have a blank canvas on which to design the next 365 days.

As 2013 drew to a close, I had been reflecting on my own life and creative practices.  I had a little more free time during December since my dear friend and favorite No Weapon Productions CEO gave me a little costume creation break. I took advantage of the opportunity and used the time to make some of my Christmas gifts.  I made a cute crochet beret for my daughter and some Happiness Jars for my family and friends (still in progress - smile - photos are forthcoming). I also have a fleece robe in progress for my daughter. It has been fun to create fun and useful items (my mantra when I create is to make sure the item is useful as well as beautiful) and I always yearn for more time to just be creative. I was careful to maintain a calm attitude toward the timing of the completion of my projects, but I did have a big goal in mind and did not set aside enough time to complete everything in "timely manner."  My take-away from this experience is that in order to accomplish the goal of giving unique hand-crafted gifts, I must start a little earlier!

And so I've decided to challenge myself to be creative everyday. #PlanetCreative365 is my way to learn and grow creatively and stretch myself with respect to the daily discipline of creating.  As you may know, discipline and routine can be a challenge for creative types, yet the most prolific creators have an established routine of working on their craft EVERYDAY.

Will you join me?

The rules are simple...make something each day and document it with a photo. Some projects will be bigger and take more time to complete, so document your progress. Some of your creations will be "top secret," so feel free to photograph only what you are comfortable with the public seeing (i.e. a corner of the item, an artistically blurred version). Occasionally I may post an inspiration for your creativity, just to mix things up a bit.  Use the hash tag #PlanetCreative365 when you share your creations. I will feature some of them here on the blog.  You can follow my daily progress on Twitter and Facebook and weekly progress here on the blog.

What will you create today?

Estella Banks

Chief Creative Officer
Inspiring, Nurturing, Sharing Creativity

Something to think about...