I am ok admitting that I am a very forgetful person. I have alarms to remind me to do the laundry and make lunch, post it notes all over my computer to remind me of any work I need to do, and way more. However, I don’t own a calendar, which is where I got the idea for this project! I wanted something that was really big, something that could be used for years to come and could go in a main area of the house without looking out of place.
I searched the Silhouette Online Store for a bit until I found the My Life Month Tag file. I loved the way the circle tags looked and quickly came up with a plan to incorporate them into a calendar.
I headed to my local hardware store and purchased a pre cut 24″ square piece of fancy plywood and a pack of 7/8″ x #17 nails. When I got home I sanded the edges a tiny bit and hammered in two sawtooth hangers, that I already had on hand, on the back. I did both of these steps first because I felt if I did them later it may mess things up.
I opened up the tag file in Silhouette Studio, along with the Calendar Grid file, Week Tickets Fri-Sun and my all time favorite Plus Sign Background file. I made my artboard 24″ square so I could see exactly how everything would look and started moving and resizing everything.
I used the splice tool to cut off the top part of the calendar (where the month would normally go) and to cut the calendar grid in half so it would fit on the 12″ Black Adhesive Vinyl I was planning on using. To make the circles fit in the grid nicely I resized the file without locking the aspects. Basically I squished it a bit to make the rectangles into squares. I also ungrouped all of the plus signs and divided them up so I could place some on the top and some on the bottom of the design. I cut them out using the 12″ Gold Adhesive Vinyl.
I wanted this calendar to last me a very long time, so I made sure that I could change the months and move the dates around. I used all of the Script Lettering Titles month files by Jamie Koay to make large tags to hang at the top. I was originally going to print them (which would probably be easier) but I wanted to use metallic paper, and I never have good results printing on that stuff. So I cut all of the months out of Black Adhesive Vinyl and adhered them to the front and back of my copper paper. By putting them on the front and back, I end up only having 6 tags hanging up. So as you can see above I can only show 6 months, because the other 6 are on the other side.
I cut the My Life Month Tags out of a dark gray metallic cardstock. I also ungrouped the file and deleted the numbers so I could have basic tags to write down things I needed to remember. I cut out a lot of them and am keeping them in a nearby bowl.
This project looks like it took forever to make, but in truth it took me about an hour total (I’m guestimating since I had to break up my work time since I’m a mom). My CAMEO seriously did most of the work!
I placed it right at the bottom of my stairs so I will see it every single day, and maybe it will help me remember all of those pesky doctors appointments and such.
- Week Tickets Mon-Thu
- Week Tickets Fri-Sun & Now
- My Life Month Tags
- Plus Sign Background
- January Script Lettering Title
- February Script Lettering Title
- March Script Lettering Title
- April Script Lettering Title
- May Script Lettering Title
- June Script Lettering Title
- July Script Lettering Title
- August Script Lettering Title
- September Script Lettering Title
- October Script Lettering Title
- November Script Lettering Title
- December Script Lettering Title
- Calendar Grid