Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Eating Well in 2012 Guide created a list of the Top 10 Most Common New Year's Resolutions. Did yours make the list?

  1. Spend more time with family and friends
  2. Fit in Fitness
  3. Tame the bulge & loose the weight
  4. Quit smoking
  5. Enjoy life more - less stress
  6. Quit drinking
  7. Get out of debt
  8. Learn something new
  9. Help others/volunteer
  10. Get organized!

If #2 or #3 are on your list like most people, you want to get fit, eat healthy and maybe lose some extra pounds. I tasked Mae Armstrong on our design team to come up with a creative way to stay on track with your goals. She answered with a beautiful calendar.

This is a simple reminder each month to try and buy organic products, supporting local farmers, cook more at home and making wise decisions to create a healthy life style. Mae used a 5"x7" layout, created the monthly spreads and drew the vegetable and fruit monthly theme using Adobe Illustrator. This took Mae hours to do – she is quite a talented graphic designer! All the artwork is 100% original by Mae Armstrong. She added starburst as a background to unify each page – each month is a different fruit or veggie that corresponds with the season. She printed them out and cut them individually.

To identify the months , Mae used PSA Essentials Peel & Stick Vanilla stamps and stamped the letters to complete the calendar. After stamping the letters, she used her circle punch and glued the month to the card.

After setting the stamped circle cards, Mae chose the zigzag stitch and sewed a straight line through the circle tags. It's easier if you glue the letter accents down before sewing. This is an extra step that takes this project one step further!

When all 12 cards were done, it was time to punch them. She used her mini Zutter Bug to punch the notebook holes. She also used a nice silver wire coil to bind the calendar. 

Before binding, use a chip board and cut two 5"x8.5" cards to serve as the calendar backing/stand. Score 1.25" edge of the card and fold. Punch holes and bind with the rest of the calendar. And here's the end result!

If you'd like to do this calendar at home, you can purchase the template from Mae on her Etsy store. She's selling it for just $9.99!


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