I created a new altered project — a vintage desktop calendar caddy. I found the calendar at AC Moore in the unfinished wood section and wanted to alter it for a friend who's a teacher. I used Graphic 45's ABC Primer paper collection and some lovely vintage-colored flowers from I Am Roses. The flowers coordinated so beautifully with the tones in the paper.
To dress up the caddy, I took one of the cute vintage frames from the Michael's $1.50 bin, deconstructed the back and mounted it to a chipboard die cut. I used the Tim Holtz baroque shape and covered it with Graphic 45 paper. I mounted that to the calendar to give it more of custom look. The image in the frame is from the paper collection. I did a lot of fussy cutting for this project which was fun because the images in the paper collection are so adorable.
I finished the wood with a warm pecan stain and sealed it as well.
The calendar caddy is embellished with flowers from I Am Roses (see the list below), a feather and a black vintage key from Tattered Angels. I hand-dyed the seam binding using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo reinker, which I watered down a bit for a lighter look.
For more dimension, on each side of the calendar, I have fussy cut images from the paper collection and a Tim Holtz bookplate that I colored with Espresso Color Wash.
The calendar is also a caddy which held a very sad-looking white pad, so I created a tag jotter using the Tim Holtz tag die and tucked that in there instead. MUCH BETTER. I had to the trim the tags down so that the jotter didn't pop up past the die cut where the frame is mounted.
For the tag jotter, I found this cute little mini chalkboard at AC Moore as well. Super cute.
For edge distressing, I used the Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I LOVE IT. It's perfect for vintage projects, and I hope Ranger adds the color to their permanent line up.
Hope you like my project and happy crafting!
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