A Seasonal Sensation: Helen Kirkham’s Easel Calendar
Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter… crafting can be such a seasonal affair, that sometimes our projects barely last a week before they’re out-of-date. Well… not this time! Helen Kirkham’s fantastic easel calendar will not only last the whole year through – but it’ll stay in season for a whole year too, thanks to a clever little trick that allows you to swap your seasonal embellishments in an instant! Read on to discover exactly how she created this fantastic piece, and how you can make one too!
For a unique way to celebrate the changing seasons of this year, why not create this crafty little calendar? Simply swap the acetate sheets as each season passes, and it’ll look gorgeous all year round.
You Will Need:
- 2x 6×6 Blank kraft cards
- Die cutting machine
- Spellbinders Lene Lok Four Seasons Die Collection
- Blue card
- White card
- Green card
- Pink card
- Orange card
- Red card
- 2 x Brads
- Craft knife
- Calendar tab
- Tattered lace essential square die no.6 (5.08”by 5.08”)
- Hole punch
- Blue ink
- Blending tool
Cut the tree die from the discarded half of the cut kraft card, then add your embossing mat and send the die and card back through to emboss. Repeat with all the canopy dies (spring in the pink card, summer in the green card, and autumn in the orange card and red card).
Use the blue ink to blend around the edge of the blue card to add some extra depth. Glue the tree to the middle of the blue card, and stick to the piece of kraft card you cut earlier. Then glue the bottom of this piece of kraft card to the bottom of the mountain fold on the blank card base, to create the easel card.
Fussy-cut the apples from the red card and paper piece onto the orange autumn canopy.
Glue each canopy to a piece of acetate.
Helen’s Helpful Hint:
Glue the calendar tab onto the bottom base of the card to create the easel stopper.
Simply remove the brads and replace the acetate as the seasons change!
What’s your favourite season to craft for, and why? Let us know in the comments!