For me, I just needed something big and visual with deadlines noted. I didn't include days of the week or the month because I didn't want to fuss with changing it every month and because I figured I usually know what month I'm in (that's the hope anyway). I wanted it to be permanent so that all I had to do was move the due date markers for the current month's deadlines. So here's how I made this bad boy:
I started by punching out what seemed like millions of white paper circles with a 2.5" circle punch and coloring them with various shades of Distress Ink using sponges and the mini blending tool. Monotony Factor? 10+.
After the backgrounds of my circles were colored, I added splotches of Distress Stain and more smears of Distress Ink. To get these splotches, just hold the Distress Stain bottle above your paper and smack it vertically down without angling it. The splotch is created! The harder the smack, the further those "spider leg" edges will fly. Note to self: not a good day to wear a white shirt.
I decided I wanted more variety to my circles, so I made some with stripes by fingerpainting lines across a piece of paper with Dina Wakley's acrylic paints. Then I punched more circles out of my home-made striped paper. For future reference, this was ten billion times easier and faster than doing each circle individually like I'd done with the other circles.
Once my circles were moving along, I stamped a wonky circle around each one using Ranger Jet Black Archival ink and Simon Says Stamp's "Sparkle and Shine" stamp set.
Here are my circles awaiting their exciting next step!
I bought a bulletin board that was 17" x 23" (ish) and glued sheets of Prima's "Timeless Memories" paper to the bulletin board's surface. I decided my circles needed a little more depth, so I inked around each one with some Ranger Jet Black Archival ink, smudged some extra here and there, and laid them out of my bulletin board to get a rough idea of the spacing.
I glued each circle to my background and laid a couple of heavy books on top so they'd dry flat. While my glue was drying, I made the "due date markers." I did this by cutting some banner flags, covering them with Washi, cutting out some Tim Holtz butterflies, and attaching them to some circle-wound clusters of black Prima wire thread. I added the words "Due" with some Tim Holtz label letters.
Now that my glue had dried, I cut numbers out of black vinyl (1-31 to accommodate any month) and Tim Holtz's "Word Play" Sizzix die. My husband was the one who suggested black vinyl when I was whining about having to glue on every single number and I must say that it worked brilliantly!!! Just like stickers!
I did some stenciling and more ink-smearing on the background of my board to give it some more oomph, then I added a push pin to the top of each circle so I could hang the due date wire circle over any upcoming deadline days.
I've been enjoying my new calendar and haven't missed a deadline since its creation (knock on wood). And hey, if it ever stops functioning well as a calendar, I figure it could double as a crafty game of ring toss when the creative juices aren't flowing!
I used all sorts of goodies on my calendar, which you can buy at Simon Says Stamp:
This week's theme is a great one, so I can't wait to see how you put it into action! Upload a picture of your creation to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and you're automatically entered to win the $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store. You do not want to miss the due date on this one (see what I did there? Wink).