Birthday Calendar Album


This album was TONS OF FUN TO MAKE!! Although, I had intended it to be a quick simple project, my mind ran away with me! I started with inspiration from: Kathryn's blog.

Birthday Calendar Album, mixed media, mini album
The Calendar is using 9x6 envelopes. The ones I found were with the flap on the long part as opposed to the top like I have normally seen. It allows for you to hold cards for each month inside for the special birthdays that month. They are hole-punched at the top of each envelope (2 holes) with metal rings. When it is opened, the pages flip up... so each open page is a two envelope spread.I started by painting the edges with TH peeled paint distress paint. While that was drying I found my papers... a different coordinating bunch for each month.
My next step was figuring out how to do the letters for each month. I wanted each one to be a bit different - different look and technique. I ended up cutting out different fonts from my Cricut all in white cardstock so that I could customize each month. Some months I ended up using foam stickers or rub-ons.

For the cover...

the birthday was stamped using a CTMH promotional large alphabet stamp set. I stamped each letter on patterned paper with CTMH Seafoam ink, then fussy cut each letter. After they were cut, I sprayed Goosebumps over the top to give a bit of gloss and texture. I layered them out on twilight cardstock and cut around each one to leave a border. I arranged the letters on another CTMH cardstock scrap and popped it with 3d foam squares. The "calendar" was stamped with "heritage caps" CTMH in Seafoam Green. I cut around the word and layered it on CTMH Twilight cardstock.
The ribbon is a variety of ribbons from my stash. Some were white and I colored them with distress ink. I am super happy with how it came out! I hope you enjoy looking.


I punched out 1 1/4" and 3/4" circles for the title. Stamped the letters in Brilliance black pigment ink and went over them with a Sacura gel glitter pen. Some of the letters are popped up on foam dots.

The snowflakes are punched out with a Martha Stewart and a Fiskars punches. I used frosted gold and silver velum and added a bit of bling to the center.


The letters were cut in white cardstock from my Cricut - melded in Cricut Craftroom. I sponged them with TH spun sugar and then with worn lipstick on the edges. I stamped using a word background stamp (dollar bin - Michaels) in worn lipstick.
CTMH rik-rak on the sides.
The hearts on the bottom are stickers from my stash. I covered them in glossy accents, and dipped them flat into clear micro beads, then smooshed them flat to make only one layer. - adds dimension and a bit of bling to plain stickers.


This was a fun page...
I cut the letters with my Cricut in white cardstock - two layers. The first layer was misted with perfect pearls shimmer mist - Turquoise. The top was misted with Dylussions Pure Sunshine (I just LOVE the bold color of their sprays)
For the embellies: I used Spellbinders Nestabilities, ran it through my Cuttlebug with the spots n dots embossing folder. The circles are cut from a 1 1/4" and 3/4" punch. I used a combination of sponging and water color with TH distress inks (Mustard Seed) and CTMH ink (Dutch Blue).


The umbrellas are misted using Tattered Angels Periwinkle glimmer mist. I used a Dreamweaver umbrella metal stencil.
The letters are cut from my Cricut - two layers. The first layer was glimmer misted with the same periwinkle spray. The top layer was painted in in a thick layer from the bottle with liquid pearls (buttercup). A dew drop was added to dot the "i".  Dew Drops adhered to the page like scattered raindrops - stuck on with glossy accents.


The letters again were cut in white cs on my Cricut - two layers. The back layer was sponged in TH distress ink - tea dye. the top was sponged by daubing a sponge in CTMH ink juniper.

The flowers were cut from TH tattered florals die. the larger flower was created with 3 separate patterned papers (from my leftovers bin), each petal was twisted with my needle-nose plyers to give dimension then distressed with TH tea dye ink. They were layered alternating the petals and secured together with a fabric covered brad.

The smaller flower (again from my left-over bin), were from the Tattered Forals die also. Each flower layer was crinkled up and then unfolded, then distressed with Tea Dye ink... adhered with a cloth covered brad. I glued them to the paper with Tombo liquid glue (green and white bottle - LOVE that stuff!!) I used some raffia strands for a little extra behind the flowers.


Direct stamping to paper for the birthday sentiments...

The letters were cut from my Cricut in white cs. I first sponged them with TH bundled sage distress ink, then heat embossed them with "you've got flair" stamp and clear embossing powder. The last step was the resist sponging CTMH ink (blue -can't recall the name). the letter tags were adhered with eyelets.


The letters are rub-ons. The chipboard arrows were from my stash - not sure of the name. They were glimmer misted in homemade glimmer mist from pearl powder and reinker. The stars were stamped on chipboard, then cut out by hand. I sprayed them with Dylussions Pure Sunshine spray. I drew a star within each star with liquid glue and sprinkled iridescent microfine glitter over the top... not sure that you can really see the bling. The edges were sponged with TH walnut distress ink.


The letters are single layer cut in white cardstock on my ricut. I applied the pearl lime ink direct to paper.

The balloons are simply circles that I punched from my scrap stash... buttons on the bottom with embroidery floss for the string. The strings are gathered together with a glue dot towards the bottom.

The cupcakes are foam stickers from my stash.


The letters are foam stickers that are sponged with TH distress inks.
The sunflowers were cut in white cardstock on my Cricut.  The top was sprayed with Dylussions - Pure Sunshine, the bottom sprayed with Dylussions Cut Grass.
I used a 3d glue dot for the center of the sunflowers and covered it in nut brown flower soft.


The letters were cut out of sunflower cs. I put them through my Cuttlebug with the Happy Birthday embossing folder from Cuttlebug. Then I distress lightly with TH walnut distress ink.
The leaves are some stickers from my stash.


The letters are foam stickers... they started as pink. I sponged them to the right color with TH distress inks. The leaves were rocked onto the ink pads to vary the color, then misted using a TH mini mister of water - then, stamped direct to the paper.


The letters were cut on my Cricut, then put through my Xryon to make them sticky. I covered and burnished each one with red glitter.


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