Handmade Holidays Blog Hop – Day #2

Welcome to the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!

Calling all crafters! We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could make for the holidays, all in one place on this Hop!

To sweeten to Hop, we’re offering a gift for you! For every comment you leave on the blogs in the Hop, you’ll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors!

Visit the list of blogs below and leave a comment on each by Nov 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST. Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from!

November 5
Clearsnap – http://clearsnap.blogspot.com
Spellbinders  http://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/Community/Blog.aspx
Hampton Art – http://blog.hamptonart.com/
Zutter – http://binditall.blogspot.com/
Graphic45 – http://g45papers.typepad.com/
Donna Salazar Designs – http://donnasalazar.typepad.com/
The Twinery – http://www.thetwineryblog.com/
Authentique Paper http://authentiquepaper.blogspot.com/
Glue Arts – http://gluearts.blogspot.com/
Jan Hennings – Glue Arts http://papercraftpleasures.blogspot.com/
Kim Sonksen – Donna Salazar Designs – http://kimsonksen.blogspot.com/
Jamie Harper – Hampton Art www.jamieharper.typepad.com
Jenny Suchin – The Twinery http://www.suchins.blogspot.com/
Heather Conklin– Authentique Paper  http://goldiecar.blogspot.com/
Gloria Stengel- Graphic 45 http://gloriascraps.blogspot.com/
Christine Emberson – Spellbinders http://hope-chances.blogspot.com/
Julie Overby – Spellbinders http://joverby.blogspot.com/
Mary Dawn Quirindongo – Clearsnap http://mypinkmexico.blogspot.com/
Lea Sanders – Zutter https://leasanders.wordpress.com/
Tara Orr – Graphic45 http://eachmoment-onlyonce.blogspot.com/
Patti Milazzo – Glue Arts –  http://pattimilazzo.blogspot.com/
Emily Lanham – Authentique Paper http://createserendipity.blogspot.com/
Jessy  Christopher – Donna Salazar Designs – www.teacherjessy.blogspot.com

Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!

Happy Hopping!


It’s my turn, my turn, my turn! =)  Hope you all have been inspired by the beautiful projects so far on the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop. My take on holiday projects is The Calendar.  This everyday life tool can be made as simple, elaborate or personal as you want it to be for family, friends, co-workers, anyone that is near and dear to you.

{{{Don’t forget to leave a comments on this and all of the blogs you visit for a chance to win awesome product prizes!}}}

The Bind-it-All makes easy work of combining different pieces of my calendar.  My project displays family moments throughout this past year in a home decor format.  You can choose to make your calendar a table-top display instead.  To see an example of a tabletop calendar, click here and here and here.

To help you in your calendar crafting, I’ve already made JPEGs for 2012 – Click here to go to the post and save them to your computer.  If you’d like the 2012 with Federal Holidays, email me at leasanders@yahoo.com and I’ll send you a zip file. =)

How to —

  1. Trim Zutter frosted acrylic sheets into 4″ squares.  Trim patterned paper into 3.75″ squares and adhere.  Pay close attention to which months you are adhering back to back!
  2. Print calendar months and photos.  Punch photos and attach epoxy shapes or leave photos unpunched.  Arrange and adhere months and photos as desired.  I popped up the epoxy covered shapes with pop-up glue dots to give more dimension.
  3. Zutter punch and bind using the Bind-it-All.  I attached three months per column x 2 but you can choose to make one long 12-month or a 6-month back-to-back calendar.  You choose!
  4. Embellish with twine and additional epoxy shapes.
  5. Add both columns of calendar months to a dowel and glue end caps.
  6. Tie twine to the end caps to make the holder.


  • Zutter – Bind-it-All
  • Fiskars – scissors and paper trimmer
  • Epiphany Crafts – punches
  • Glue Arts – Glue Glider Pro

Supplies –

  • Zutter – 1/2″ white o-wire, frosted acrylic sheets
  • Creative Imaginations – patterned paper
  • The Twinery – twine
  • Glue Arts – adhesive
  • Epiphany Crafts – round and heart epoxy caps
  • Zots – glue dots
  • Gorilla – Super Glue
  • wooden dowel and caps

186 thoughts on “Handmade Holidays Blog Hop – Day #2

  1. I love this calendar idea! It has so many possibilities. As well as being a calendar it would make a great way to display just photos. Or a gift calendar on one side and pics on the other so after the year is over the recipient could turn it over and have a great keepsake.
    Thanks for sharing such a fun idea! 🙂

  2. So great idea!! Thanks a lot for sharing! I’m going to make one for my home!! Big Hugs.. Maggy

  3. Glad to hop here and see so many twilight twilights! {really fun fun enjoyed super super} love the bracelets wanna grab them off the monitor. {hahahah} fantastic! calendar and glad to hop here.

  4. What a great project for the kids to make for Christmas! I have gotten so many wonderfu ideas from this Blog Hop……..two down one more to go…..! Thanks

  5. Oh Lea, what an awesome idea! To link the calendar months together in this way–I’ve never seen it done that way before and I really like the look. Awesome project!

  6. Just love your calendar. The little photo buttons are sweet. I just added a bind it all to my holiday wish list. Thanks for sharing. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  7. What a great idea, and can be used of anyone, and even if they already have one, you can always use an extra calendar, especially when it´s a specialmade one for you.

  8. I like this project! Hope I win a binder! But even if I don’t, this is definitely a project for the someday…,folder. Thanks!

  9. Great calendar for when you don’t need to write anything on it–just need to know the dates. Very cute.

  10. I have long coveted a Bind-It-All and your wonderful project simply makes me yearn even more! Hoping Santa is generous in a very specific way this year. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful project.

  11. Fabulous project Lea! I love all of your calendars – I checked them all out – my daughters would probably love the Team Jacob one 🙂 Thanks for showing both styles – the desk and the 6-month – I love them both! Thanks also for the link to the 2012 calendar – I definitely want to try these.

  12. Great way to organize a group of people, at work or the family. the bind it all really makes the idea come together. thank you for sharing.

  13. Wow! What a fabulous idea! I love my Zutter Bind it all, haven’t managed to get a destresser yet, but it is on my Christmas list. This blog hop has so many good ideas. thanks for taking the time to share 🙂

  14. I’ve been making your calendars for the last 3 years — LOVE them! And this is another good one — Thanks, Lea!

  15. Calendars are always such great gifts…thanks for all the details!
    (now I am going back to check out some of your twilight projects!)

  16. I really like these frosted plastic sheets and have seen so many wonderful projects using the Bind-It-All (making me wish I had one to make this amazing calendar). Thanks for sharing this super project (and adding to my wish list!)

  17. Love the calendar and your blog. Loved the braclet you made stunning. loving the mixed media talents on this hop

  18. Thanks for the calendar inspiration. I really like how you connected it together at the very top with the wooden dowel, finishing the ends with beads and then also with the o-wires attaching the other months:)

  19. Oh, How Cute! I Love your Calendar. I can tell you put a lot of time into it. I would Love to make something like this. Thanks for the Inspiration! :0)

  20. Really like the calendar, and glad the blog hop sent me here, even more so because now I am subscribing so I can come back and enjoy all the Twilight material you have created—fantastic!!! Love the bracelets and the printer trays! Thank yu!

  21. Thank you for the great calendar idea! Perfect for gifts for my daughter’s teachers. I love the idea of being able tosee six months at a time. Thank you also for the 2012 calendar.

  22. I love this calendar. Could be done up all cute for a little girls room or with sports for the guys! Fantastic idea! Thanks

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