Happy Friday! Graphic 45 is wrapping up the Petaloo Blog Swap today and one of the calendars showcased on the Graphic 45 Blog is my perpetual calendar.  There’s lots going on over there, prizes, etc., so if you haven’t popped in yet, you probably should.  All the calendars this week have been absolutely spectacular.

Before I show you my calendar, I want to show you how the whole thing started.  I knew what type of calendar I wanted to make, but couldn’t find the one I wanted on the internet.  After hours and hours of time spent Googling, looking here and there, I finally decided that I needed to make what I wanted.  The calendar started out as this pine box.

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Well not this exact one, but one I had picked up junk storing one day for just a few bucks.  It had been stained in different colors already so it was the perfect box to alter and use.

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Here’s the completed calendar.


Now before you ask how can this be . . . . I tore the top off and cut the sides square with a jigsaw, leaving the back (bottom of the box) tall.  I didn’t like the squared off look of the sides, so they were then cut at an angle.


In all my trial attempts, I kept trying to work the square blocks (the day) on top of the month blocks (which happen to be some of my girls old building blocks).  I knew I needed a shelf (another reason for wanting the perpetual calendar from Walnut Hollow) . . .  SO, I used the side of the box I had cut off, and cut it down to fit inside the calendar.  A small base was added to the bottom so that the shelf would have something to rest on once it was glued in place.  To give it extra support, the shelf was also nailed from the sides and back.


All the wood was painted black and then covered with the new Graphic 45 Collection, Tropical Traveloque.  The numbers and letters on the blocks are from the stickers in the collection.


The flowers are from Petaloo and the chipboard leaves are Art Parts from Studio 490.


That’s all for me today . . . except

Smiley from millan.net


Project Supplies:

  • Graphic 45 Papers: Tropical Traveloque Collection – Tags 2, Oceania, Paradise Postage and Alphabet Stickers
  • Petaloo International: Darjeeling Collection – Mini Mix Black/Cream/Brown, Dahlia Mix, Wild Rose Mix, Black/Cream Hydrangea and Medium Mix Black/Cream/Brown
  • Ranger Industries: Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Vintage Photo and Antique Linen; Tim Holtz Distress Stains in Peeled Paint; Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Peeled Paint; Matte Accents; Craft Sheet; Heat-it-Tool
  • Other: Maya Road Brown and Turquoise Leaf Trinket Pins; Advantus Tim Holtz idea-ology Memo Pin; Americana Black Acrylic Paint; Studio 490: Art Parts – Leaves; Sanding Tools; Hinged Pin Box; Saber Saw; Dremel; Nails; Staples; Hot Glue Gun

21 Responses to “Graphic 45/Petaloo Blog Swap–Perpetual Calendar!”

  1. Sherry, YOU ROCK, girl!!!!! OUTSTANDING work…women and power tools, YIPPEE!!!!

  2. Wow….now that’s thinking outside the box. Sherry, so nice to see you back. don’t over-do it…..Happy Holidays and wishes for a most Happy and Healthy New Year.

  3. Wow what a wonderful project!! Happy New Year to you, too.

  4. Stunning!!!

  5. Wow!!! Stunning calendar creation…I’m lovin’ every square inch of it! Happy New Year!

  6. Very beautiful. I love it very much. You did an awesome job. Happy New Year to you too.

  7. one word……W O W!!!!!!!!!

  8. Wonderful. You are so creative.

  9. This is an awesome project!!! I would love to try it but me and sharp tools just dont get along!!! Great job & TFS

  10. Awesome job Her Badness! I can just about see you wrastlin with that box to make it work lol, but you did a fine job of mastering the box and then accomplishing one of the nicest perpetual calendars this week! Chalk one up for you and a loss for Walnut Hollow 😉 Thanks for sharing and inspiring, and bringing a smile to each one who read your blog today! Blessings,

  11. Hey Sherry! It’s so good to see a project again on your blog. I can always count on something amazing and different on here and todays calendar is no exception. I love how you sawed apart a box and made this one. Simply awesome! The flowers and colours are all so pretty and the alphas are so whimsical and cute.
    Thank you for all your inspiration and great ideas over the last year. All the best to you in 2012 and hopefully your health will improve so you can get back to all your activities. You are one busy lady! Cheers and here’s to 2012!

  12. Seriously! I would have looked at that and thought *a box*. The way you altered this is amazing and gorgeous.

  13. Sherry, only you could have the eye (and the muscle) to turn that box into this calendar- so amazing! I wish you health, happiness and lots more crafting time in the coming year:)

  14. Your artistic talent and eye for the absolutely beautiful, completely breath taking pieces you create is mind boggling. I can look at them a dozen times and always find something hiding or another little something that I hadn’t seen before. I love all the extra attention and detail you give to each of your masterpieces.

  15. wow. how handy of you. gorgeous as is everything you make. here’s hoping 2012 is better in every way. (and doesn’t that year look so sci-fi?)

  16. Oh Wow that is too cool, Great style, Gorgeous arrangement, love the papers!

  17. Awesome, Sherry!

  18. Amazing! You’re so much more than a stamper. You’re a real craftswoman. Happy new year, Sherry!

  19. Sherry, this is just amazing!!!!!!! Fabulous project! I found you through your You-tube tutorials, which I love!

    I just wanted to say that I hope you’re feeling better and better and that your treatment has been massively successful,,,,,,,,you’re in my prayers!


  20. Sherry, as always I love your work. You are one very creative woman! Best to you in 2012. I look forward to lots of amazing projects from you! – waving from Boston – Carol

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