Perpetual Calendar Card Holder

This project is a great one for all you stampers. It's a perpetual calendar and card holder. Not only can you keep track of birthdays, anniversarys and special occasions, but you can also store cards so you are ready to celebrate when that special day comes. This would make a really thoughtful gift, especially if you filled it with some of your own handmade cards.

I used mostly Close to my Heart supplies this time. I chose bamboo and cranberry papers and ink and a fun set of stamps called Seasons of the Heart. Make this project your own and use your favorite colors, stamps and papers to bring out your style and personality.

Materials

  • 7 pieces of white 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock
  • 2 pieces of colored cardstock for the covers cut to 8 5/8 x 7 1/4 inches
  • 6 pieces of colored cardstock for the pocket pages cut to 8 5/8 x 7 1/4 inches
  • 6 pieces of coordinating paper for pockets cut to 8 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches
  • 6 small rivets
  • 1/4 inch binding comb
  • paper cutter
  • small hole punch
  • rivet setter
  • binding machine
  • stamps
  • ink
  • adhesive

Directions

Begin by printing the left calendar page template onto white cardstock.

Now, we're going to get the trickiest part of the project out of the way. Print the right calendar page template onto the back of the left pages. Take your time with this step. You will need to figure out how to load the paper into your printer correctly. Print one page at a time if you are worried you don't have the pages in the proper order. Each of the following months should be printed on one page, back to back.
  • Blank - January
  • February - March
  • April - May
  • June - July
  • August - September
  • October - November
  • December - acknowledgements
Hooray! You are done with the hardest part.

Place your calendar pages in order.

Cut the month pages so they are 8 5/8 inches high and 7 1/4 inches wide. To do this, you will only make two cuts per page. Your first cut on each page will be 8 5/8 inches from the top edge. Your second cut will be 7 1/4 inches from the left edge.

Now, let's make the six pocket pages.


Fold each piece of coordinating paper in half so the pocket will measure 4 1/4 inches x 7 1/7 inches.


Slide a piece of colored cardstock into each pocket so the sides are neatly aligned.


Punch a hole about 1/4 inch in from the right edge of the page and 1/4 inch down from the top edge of the pocket on each page.


Insert a rivet into each hole and set them.

It's time to use your binding machine.


Punch holes along the left edge of your calendar pages.


Punch holes along the left edge of the covers and pocket pages.

Open up your binding comb.



Place your pages face down onto the comb starting with the front cover,


then the blank - January page,



then a pocket page,


then the February - March page, then a pocket page...

You get the idea, a pocket page goes between each calendar page.


When all the covers, calendar pages and pocket pages are on the comb, close it so they are secured.

Finally, it's time to decorate. Grab your stamps and scraps of paper and decorate the front cover. You could also stamp or write a special message on the first page.

Fill your card holder with some greeting cards and you have a sweet gift for someone special.

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