A Thifty Gals Calendar Cards – Part I

Scroll down to see cards.  Sorry for the long post but the enabler in me needs to tell you that you should see this through to the end :-)

I often talk with fellow designers and we notice that people love the projects that they can easily reproduce themselves.  Well it’s no secret that I can sometimes get a little bit detail oriented or intricate with some of the embellishments on my cards.  I dunno – my muse pushes me down that road.  So then, frequently an email comes in asking if I ever do anything simple.  Well, dear blog reader who always asks me for simple, today is your day ;-)   By the way these cards were made from my very, very favorite Our Daily Bread Designs sets, Scripture Collection I and Scripture Collection II.  I have to say this – this is a must have set and if you have never purchased from ODBD, these should be your first sets.  They cover any occasion and my heart swells with any opportunity I get to use them!! 

Thrifty gal that I am, one of the many things I’m drawn to collecting is out of date calendars.  I’m looking at the artwork and always thought that at the very least they could be used as envelopes because of the big size.  Earlier this year I purchased two calendars at Hobby Lobby for a dollar each since they were 2008 calendars.  My goodness the artwork was lovely!  I sat down to the task of making a set of cards to go in the purse I showed you about a week ago – you can see it HERE.  Because (often to my chagrin) I labor over things far longer than I should – I gave myself a 10 minute time limit on each card. 

I pulled each of the calendar pages apart for both calendars and kept one sheet for the card and one sheet for the envelope.  Use what ever envelope template suits your need and if you don’t have one, THIS one is excellent.  From the two pages I was able to get an envelope and enough to make two cards.  Now since I had the luxury of having enough paper, I was picky about the focal point of the card and was often able to get one of the lovely flowers in the center. 

I shared these earlier this year in my Dirty Dozen Fan Club Gallery but the pictures were mighty small.  Now I can share them in full size!  Since there are 11 of them – I’m gonna break it up into two posts.  Here are the first six:


 I’ll be back with the remaining five in the next post.

In the meantime, be sure you jump over to JustRite Stamps – they are having a spectacular Thanksgiving sale, really!!  Don’t shoot the enabler, but click HERE to see the fab deal they have in store for you.  It’s an excellent time to jump on those stamps you haven’t purchased yet!!

  • […] Here are the remaining 5 cards from my Thrifty Gals Calendar set.  If you didn’t see the others, the inspiration and how to are on this post HERE.  […]ReplyCancel

  • SamNovember 26, 2009 - 2:22 pm

    that is a very clever idea indeed, I would NEVER have thought of that – must pick up some calendars next year when the prices drop!ReplyCancel

  • CaaraRNovember 26, 2009 - 2:55 pm

    Becca, I knew that one day my used calendars would come in handy. Thanks for the great idea…another one on my list to do.ReplyCancel

  • SabineNovember 26, 2009 - 6:53 pm

    Becca, I like those scripture verses very much and they really work for different occacions. What an awesome idea to use up old calendars!
    Thank youReplyCancel

  • Sonya AppelNovember 26, 2009 - 7:47 pm

    Becca, Beautiful and simply elegant! These calendar pages are gorgeous! I have to ask a detail question, does the inside of the envelope show the calendar or did you line it? I asked that because it brought to mind an article I read in a mission magazine once, that the author had saved calendars and such to send to the mission field for art projects etc., and that the recipient loved it because the sender had sent their personal picture calendars with all the dates written in with appointments, birthdays, events, and such. The recipient missionary said she got “to know” the sender by reading them, and was blessed by the connection to the sender. Tnd hank you for the memory jog and reason to recycle or search the dollar bin,!, for supplies!ReplyCancel

  • Judy DunavenNovember 26, 2009 - 8:08 pm

    Becca Hi,

    Great idea. Now I can finally use those old calenders I have stacked in my Craft Room. I just purchased the scripture stamps so I am anxious to use them. This will be a fun project Thanks for the idea.

    Happpy Thanks Giving,

  • SophiaNovember 26, 2009 - 11:07 pm

    Wow! Those are beautiful! Thanks for the wonderful idea. I always stock up on out-of-date calendars when they’re practically giving them away, but I never thought to make matching cards and envelopes. (I usually use them on decorated composition books.)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa D. Atha (inspired by purple)November 27, 2009 - 12:04 am


    Absolutely Gorgeous! All of them are fabulous on both posts!


    Lisa AthaReplyCancel

  • Regina NNovember 27, 2009 - 12:17 am

    Very Beautiful as usual. thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Gloria FlowersNovember 27, 2009 - 12:32 am

    I too purchase calendars when they so on sale to make cards….we have something in common…the cards and envelopes you made are just lovely…what calendar did you use?

    Thanks, I really enjoy your blog.


  • Debbie OlsonNovember 27, 2009 - 1:20 am

    These are lovely, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Bernice BarnesNovember 27, 2009 - 5:12 am

    These look gorgeous! Great way to recycle those old calenders.

  • Peggy MaierNovember 27, 2009 - 9:17 am

    You have inspired me again!!!!ReplyCancel

  • BarbaraNovember 27, 2009 - 9:56 am

    Love the cards Becca, Can’t wait to own the stamps. Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • RuthieNovember 27, 2009 - 10:18 am

    What an inspirational idea!!! I want to be just like you when I grow up! :) I was goin to make a packet of all occasion cards for my secret sister at church …. and now i know definitely how I’m going to do it! She is a recycle queen so she will love this idea! Thanks so much!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • DianeNovember 27, 2009 - 10:41 am

    These are so neat!!!


  • StamptNovember 27, 2009 - 11:41 am

    Absolutely lovely! Thank you so much for sharing these. Very inspiring. Now I’ll have to go find some old calendars!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy KelsheimerNovember 27, 2009 - 10:26 pm

    Becca, These cards are breathtaking! Thank you so much for the inspiration. Your samples are going to bless many! What a great way to use calendars and other beautiful papers.ReplyCancel

  • PaulaNovember 27, 2009 - 11:42 pm

    Great idea! I save old calendars because they are too pretty to throw away and this is the perfect way to make use of them! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • TerriNovember 28, 2009 - 4:08 am

    Wow! I speechless! What a great idea that is also ‘green!’ I can’t wait to share this with my pupils!

  • Christy HawkinsNovember 28, 2009 - 7:27 am

    These are gorgeous, but don’t feel that you are too detail oriented. The items you make are very inspiring and prompt me to use the many toys I’ve purchased…dies, punches, and on and on. I love the idea of the cards and envelopes to match from the old calendars. Timely project since 2009 is coming to a close and there are probably many, many calendars out there for sale!!
    Thanks for all your beautiful ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Karla TempestNovember 28, 2009 - 4:46 pm


    Great idea and love the flowers. So clean and will great gifts.
    Did you use a 12 by 12 size calendars. Thank you for all your great work you do.ReplyCancel

  • Janet LarsonNovember 29, 2009 - 11:04 am

    Great idea, I have made cards from calendars for years but never thought to make matching envelopes. This will make great Christmas presents. Thanks for the idea.ReplyCancel

  • Barb HardemanNovember 29, 2009 - 8:06 pm

    Becca, you are a marvel! I just love your blog and your awesomely creative ideas! This is fabulous – what a great idea! Now I will wait until after the new year starts and begin to hunt down those calendars or facsimilies. What a super idea – did I already say that! Wonderful idea to keep on hand for last minute gifts…ReplyCancel

  • Kerry D-CNovember 29, 2009 - 11:02 pm

    Oh Becca! You clever girl! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and talent! These are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • KarenNovember 30, 2009 - 10:41 am

    Wow, Becca, these are absolutely beautiful. What a novel idea and so, so gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing this idea and your wonderful talents.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy LempinenDecember 2, 2009 - 9:17 am

    Oh my, your “calendar” cards are spectacular! Thanks so much for sharing and another use for outdated items.ReplyCancel

  • EarlineFebruary 28, 2010 - 4:09 pm

    May God bless you for willing to share your talents with other so more smiles can be shareReplyCancel