My 2012 Calendar Gift

She’s done it again! My sweet friend Wanda Thomas, who sent me the lovely calendar last year, sent another stunning calendar for me to kick off 2012.  You can just imagine my absolute glee when I opened the box!! I love it – it so different and it’s sitting front and center on my desk. Now I didn’t design this calendar and Wanda didn’t a link to send me, but I couldn’t resist sharing this with you. I haven’t made one myself, but I want to give you enough details so that if you want to make one you can.  It’s adorable!!

The calendar came with 12 different tags – one for each month of the year plus a tag for the recipient.  The month grid is either stamped on printed on each tag.

I emailed back and forth to Wanda to get some of the details and here’s what I gleaned . . . She used coin envelopes (12), trimmed the top with a die or border punch, then stamped on both sides and distressed the edges.

It looks like each envelope has a strip of adhesive vertically down the back to adhere it to the envelope behind it.  The entire bunch of adhered envelopes has a cover that extends down the front, bottom and up the back.

That cover is adhered to a coaster that is covered with design paper and stamped.  So clever, Wanda cut out a small hole before adhering the design paper down and backed that hole with a magnet.

A small binder clip holds the tag for the month and is held in place by the magnet.

Each of the twelve tags is themed and embellished to correspond with the month.  She used a different color to distress each tag and different ribbon is looped in the top.


Okay, now some dimensions for you.
The coaster is 4″ x 4″ (chipboard)
Tags are 2-1/4″ x 3 -1/4″ (cardstock)
Trimmed length of the Coin Envelopes are 3-1/8″
Width of the Coin Envelopes are 2-1/2″
Cover extends 3-1/8″ down, 1″ along bottom and 3-1/8″ up back (heavy cardstock)
I can tell she used very strong adhesive on the bottom.

Bottom part of binder clip is 1/2″ x  1/4″
Cut opening for magnet is slightly larger than binder clip.

So there you have it.  I think it’s a pretty simple project and stunning when finished.

Thank you so much Wanda!  You made my day, girlfriend – there’s nothing like handmade!!

  • facsmomJanuary 7, 2012 - 7:05 am

    WOW-what a beautiful gift of love! So many elements executed for this lovely creation!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie WeissJanuary 7, 2012 - 7:12 am

    Wonderful gift and wonderful friend.ReplyCancel

  • Iris, Saved by GraceJanuary 7, 2012 - 7:18 am

    So pretty, so creative.ReplyCancel

  • rose cJanuary 7, 2012 - 7:19 am

    Thank you so much for sharing. An adorable, creative project. I want to make one.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky SchmidtJanuary 7, 2012 - 7:20 am

    That is so neat. That would be a great gift for anyone.
    I love it. What a wonderful friend & gift.

  • Dee in N.H.January 7, 2012 - 7:25 am

    That is awesome!!! What a great gift! Thanks for sharing it with us!ReplyCancel

  • Mary RobersonJanuary 7, 2012 - 7:32 am

    Cute project! I’m curious, is there a calendar on the backside of the tags?ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJanuary 7, 2012 - 7:36 am

    WHEW!!!!!!! That took SOME TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VERY NICE!!!!!!!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Monika/buzsyJanuary 7, 2012 - 7:39 am

    What a fabulour gift you got Becca. Such a treasure! :o)ReplyCancel

  • Ellen - CardMonkeyJanuary 7, 2012 - 7:40 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Does Wanda Thomas have a blog or something that we can follow too for more inspiration? You sure have talented friends, too!!!

    Ellen ? CardMonkey

  • Carol EJanuary 7, 2012 - 7:44 am

    What a clever idea, thank you for sharing it.ReplyCancel

  • christiJanuary 7, 2012 - 7:45 am

    what a cute remembrance and a great way to start the new year and to be remember all year long.ReplyCancel

  • JudyJanuary 7, 2012 - 7:45 am

    What a fantastic gift to have received Becca from one of your friends. The complete calendar looks like it was pretty time consuming, but definitely worth it to have a friend such as you. I may want to try something like this sometime. The best thing about receiving a gift like this is that everytime you look at the calendar that is sitting right there on your desk, you’ll be thinking of your fabulous friend.ReplyCancel

  • FrancineJanuary 7, 2012 - 7:56 am

    Many thanks to Wanda Thomas and to you for sharing your gift.
    It is such a wonderful project. It will be fun trough the year to keep in mind
    and develop each month our own tag. I really feel this project just like
    pleasure to release and there is no stress I have the year for do it.
    Sincerely thanks you very much Wanda et Becca.
    I would like to visit her blog is she have one?
    Becca it is like if you open a boxe of chocolate you just receive and gave a piece to every one. We all win.
    Merci Francine.ReplyCancel

  • Nan GJanuary 7, 2012 - 8:21 am

    I agree with Francine – this is a gift to all of us! Thanks for sharing! It’s an amazing calendar love the way she did each tag. You are blessed to have such a friend.ReplyCancel

  • Lynne NJanuary 7, 2012 - 8:22 am

    This is just great. Thanks for sharing this really cute idea with us.ReplyCancel

  • MargJanuary 7, 2012 - 8:22 am

    What a wonderful gift. Each month you will have an opportunity to think of the ‘giver’. Thanks to you both, I might just give this a try.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy MJanuary 7, 2012 - 8:24 am

    Gorgeous! You have a very good friend in Wanda.
    The calendar is very different than what you usually see. You will even be able to use the envelopes part next year. Just make new month tags and you are good to go.
    thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • Maryellen WebberJanuary 7, 2012 - 8:25 am

    What a stunning gift! I just love the calendar with the beautiful images
    for each month. Thanks for sharing this gift with us Becca!ReplyCancel

  • CherylJanuary 7, 2012 - 8:40 am

    Thanks Becca for all the details, and thanks to Wanda who created such a nice project! I can see lots of possibilities for this idea! Hope you both have a great year!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl LeaJanuary 7, 2012 - 8:40 am

    You lucky girl! Thanks for all the deets. I’m going to give this one a try. ~Hugs, CherylReplyCancel

  • shawneegalJanuary 7, 2012 - 8:56 am

    That calender is absolutely stunning. Please tell Wanda she is a very talented lady and what a treasure she gave you , no wonder you were thrilled. What a wonderful gift !
    Thanks for the directions as this is something I would definitely love to make for someone or myself but may have to wait till next year unless I hurry and that doesn’t seem to be one of my strong suits ( hurrying ) ha ha
    It’s always a pleasure to visit with you here Becca and see all the wonderful creations you post and to read your thoughts.
    Have a great weekendReplyCancel

  • Darlene GabrielJanuary 7, 2012 - 9:07 am

    This is gorgeous and such a unique idea for a calendar. Thank you for sharing this with all of us along with so many details about it. Thank you to Wanda for the beautiful idea.ReplyCancel

  • Denise TrottierJanuary 7, 2012 - 9:11 am

    Wow! What a great gift…what an original idea! How nice of you and Wanda to share with us how to make this beautiful calendar…have a blessed day, Becca…
    Denise TrottierReplyCancel

  • Christy HawkinsJanuary 7, 2012 - 9:11 am

    What a great friend and a really nice project! Thanks for pulling together the instructions.ReplyCancel

  • Bev J.January 7, 2012 - 9:21 am

    Beautiful project-I was wondering about the calendar month grids and where she found them? Need to do a little searching I guess. Wonderful gift!ReplyCancel

  • Peg Y.January 7, 2012 - 9:34 am

    This is really clever and such a diff twist to a calendar!
    I’m sure you’ll try one and it’ll be fascinating to see what you come up with!
    Thanks to Wanda for sharing the details with you do you could pass along!!

  • janeyJanuary 7, 2012 - 9:44 am

    Wow – what a friend and what a gift and what a talented friend and what a generous friend. I enjoyed Wanda’s calendar last year and this year is just as stunning.

    Share our thanks and amazement with Wanda, please…..and thank you for sharing it with us.


  • AntonellaJanuary 7, 2012 - 9:49 am

    What a beautiful gift! I wish I could tap some of Wanda’s creativity – she is awesome! I love all the little details she’s added.
    Antonella :-)ReplyCancel

  • Liz S.January 7, 2012 - 9:52 am


  • Christine Harrop, Oxfordshire, UKJanuary 7, 2012 - 9:53 am

    Oh wow, what a fantastic gift, and so original. I really must have a go at this, although I’m sure it will not be as great as Wanda’s!ReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisJanuary 7, 2012 - 9:54 am

    Such a gorgeous calendar and a lovely thing for your friend Wanda to do. Love it, handmade gifts are the best. As always Becca, TFS!!! :-DReplyCancel

  • Dottie DavisJanuary 7, 2012 - 10:23 am

    This is a wonderful gift and idea. I know just exactly what I am going to do with mine. Each month I have listed all the people I send cards to with a check off for the year sent. This would be awesome way to remind myself who’s next. Right now I have 12- 3×5 cards clipped to a ruler. LOL. Thanks so much for sharing this.ReplyCancel

  • Laura (sandytoz)January 7, 2012 - 10:26 am

    What a wonderful gift, thanks for sharing with us via Wanda!
    Love, LauraReplyCancel

  • MarilynJanuary 7, 2012 - 10:46 am

    What an adorable idea, thanks for sharing. You are blessed by wonderful friends. Thank you for sharing all the details so we can make ourselfs one too.
    Enjoy your day!ReplyCancel

  • sandiJanuary 7, 2012 - 11:34 am

    gorgeous way to send tags or bookmarks to friends with thots for our friends.ReplyCancel

  • KathyJanuary 7, 2012 - 11:40 am

    What a terrific friend and gift. What a creative lady!!!ReplyCancel

  • Omega BrooksJanuary 7, 2012 - 11:56 am

    What a nice friend. This is beautiful and such a nice gift to keep a friend motivated throughout the year. Thanks for the information, I’d love to try this.
    BTW – HAPPY NEW YEAR!ReplyCancel

  • Judy McMullenJanuary 7, 2012 - 11:57 am

    WOW! WOW! WOW! What an amazing and lovely calendar gift! So very creative and something to be appreciated all year!! Great job Wanda!!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura with Layers of ColorJanuary 7, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    Oh what a delightful gift and project! It’s colorful, beautiful, thoughtful and clever! You are blessed by your sweet friend. Thank you for sharing with us!ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaJanuary 7, 2012 - 12:04 pm

    That Wanda! What a great idea for a gift. You tell her she did a beautiful job! It is a blessing, I’m sure, to have a dear friend capable of making such a priceless gift. I know you’ll enjoy it all year long, too.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy SJanuary 7, 2012 - 12:09 pm

    This is an amazing calendar idea. I only wish I had half the talent you have. I love working with tags, so I can see them coming out to try this one. TFSReplyCancel

  • Lisa HarrisJanuary 7, 2012 - 12:11 pm

    Ohhh, that is sooo clever!!!! What a beautiful job and this would be a fairly inexpensive project for little gifts.ReplyCancel

  • auntie em (emily)January 7, 2012 - 12:15 pm

    This little tag calendar is so sweet and I love that it’s personalized just for you! The tags she created are gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah MillerJanuary 7, 2012 - 12:18 pm

    This is awesome, thanks for sharing it!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie BJanuary 7, 2012 - 12:25 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. Creativity inspires creativity. If you surround yourself with friends that are creative like yourself, how can you lose? I have made a mini book similar to this but not as beautiful. Love it. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • RiJanuary 7, 2012 - 1:00 pm

    Genius idea.
    Thanks for sharing this with us and tell your friend thanks as well.


  • LaurenJanuary 7, 2012 - 1:17 pm

    Yahoo! What a lovely and generous friend you have and your kindness to share with us. Thank you, thank you! You have made the day a better day…….how did you know I needed something so generous?
    Please tell your dear friend she has a lovely nature.

  • EileenJanuary 7, 2012 - 1:47 pm

    What a lovely friend you have to make that for you Becca, it is a lovely gift to receive…..made with love for someone special! She has put so much of her time into making that for you…..thank you for sharing that with us.

    LOL EileenReplyCancel

  • Clare CurcioJanuary 7, 2012 - 2:19 pm

    How unique and sweet! Wonderful idea – way, way out-of-the-box!ReplyCancel

  • Lindyloo, South Wales, UKJanuary 7, 2012 - 2:33 pm

    Wow Becca, this is so desireable. It is the kind of gift that keeps giving and therefore is so very special and a treasure. What a lovely friend to think of you for a gift like this, but mostly to spend so much time making this while thinking of you. I think you will be treasuring her too won’t you.
    Fabulous share today, thank you. Linda x
    PS I have after almost 3 months, found some of my mojo and made a very lovely card today (if I say so myself). My first in a long time and it didn’t fail either. So 3 of my goals achieved today.. (Inner Peace- my mojo basicallly, Patience with my crafting and Time to craft)… I feel so proud and so grateful to you. You asked us to tell you our crafting goals for 2012 and I did, however, it was more to me; it made me evaluate my life in more ways than just crafting and I am determined to keep it up. So thank you so very, very much.
    Love across the miles. Linda xReplyCancel

  • cindy ClickJanuary 7, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    Wanda is a genius! What a unique, crafty calendar. Does she have her own blog? Would love to see some other of her creations. I just finished a mini “Gratitude Journal” (on my I love creating for others and incorporating crafting with my faith. Our friend had been on a transplant list for over a year and rec’d his liver Wed. night. Praise God. I thought it would be a nice little gift to give them, so they can write down all their blessings and gratitude with a new lease on life. You inspire me so much. Thanks for all you do.

  • RebekkaJanuary 7, 2012 - 2:47 pm

    wow, Wanda did an awesome job on these. A Special project for a special person.ReplyCancel

  • E. MarieJanuary 7, 2012 - 3:34 pm

    What a wonderful friend and wonderful gift. I know you will cherish it and I hope that as you look at each month, it will remind you that you are very special and loved. Good friends are so precious. Thank you for sharing this.ReplyCancel

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  • DWDJanuary 7, 2012 - 4:23 pm

    WOW!!! That’s so cute. Those coin envelopes remind me of my elementry yrs in the 60’s. Teachers collected milk money in them. I loved when the milk cart came in the middle of the day for a snack break. LOL

    One thing about the calendar…..How did she line up the envelopes so they all cut the same??? That has to be a challenge!!! Thanks for sharing!!!ReplyCancel

  • YvonneJanuary 7, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    Becca, you are one lucky girl!! You’re friend is wonderful to send you such a personalized gift……and handmade just makes it so special. I love the idea and I just may be running with this one for a very good friend of mine. Love it and thank you so much for sharing it with us!ReplyCancel

  • FMJanuary 7, 2012 - 5:39 pm

    What a wonderful gift and I so appreciate your sharing it with us1ReplyCancel

  • MichelleJanuary 7, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    This is so beautiful. What a lovely gift. :)ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn ClarkJanuary 7, 2012 - 6:22 pm

    What a wonderful gift to have sitting on your desk. TFS.ReplyCancel

  • BernieJanuary 7, 2012 - 8:14 pm

    What a lovely gift! Filled with love. TFS
    Blessings BernieReplyCancel

  • CarolenJanuary 7, 2012 - 8:42 pm

    Thanks for featuring your friend; what a beautiful gift!ReplyCancel

  • Gail RJanuary 8, 2012 - 7:16 am

    So simple, yet stunning!
    hugs GailxReplyCancel

  • marcelleJanuary 8, 2012 - 7:20 am

    wonderful concept, I am always looking for another way to do calendars. Great job Wanda!ReplyCancel

  • Evette K. CiampoJanuary 8, 2012 - 7:48 am

    Oh Becca you have one talented friend in Wanda and what a great friend to sent you calendars she makes each year!!! Lucky gal u are . I am a homemade present type of person so this gift would delight me. Might give it a try one of these days but doubt I could make it as well as Wanda did. Wonderful job Wanda. Great gift to you Becaa. God bless. ekcReplyCancel

  • Ginny K.January 8, 2012 - 9:25 am

    What a wonderful gift, your friend is so very talented. I know you will treasure that gift forever! thank you so much for sharing it with us. I just love tags so I am in love with the design of it. so very clever!! ~gin~ReplyCancel

  • Wanda ThomasJanuary 8, 2012 - 10:35 am

    Wanda Thomas here – Thank you all for the very special comments and a special Thank You to Becca for the kudos and photos that make it look even better!
    To answer a few of the questions:
    1) I teach computer classes to seniors but don’t have a blog. That is on my goal list for this year though.
    2) Getting all the envelopes the right height is easy. I cut off the flap and the top about 1/2 inch, then I used the decorative border punch on them. When you glue them together, Use red-line tape to attach them to the front/back and regular adhesive to attach them to each other. Don’t extend the adhesive all the way to the bottom of the envelope; stop above the bottom flap.
    3) The tag was a die from Our Daily Bread Designs.
    4) The calendars were formatted in Microsoft Publisher to fit a 3/4 inch square. I punched them out with a 3/4 inch punch and inked the edges. I punched a 3/4 hole in the tag and put the calender in the hole (taped on the back).

    I’ve never met or talked to Becca. I was drawn to support her after the death of her husband. It was a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) that has developed into a friendship. So please honor Becca with her daily RAK’s for us by doing one yourself for someone in need.

    Once again – thank you all so much for your kind comments.ReplyCancel

  • Anne McIntoshJanuary 8, 2012 - 12:23 pm

    Becca…I’ve been remiss during this holiday season for my daily Becca dose of artistic talent. I’m back on the horse and ready to be re-inspired. I love this calendar! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I’m anxious to give it a try. Hope your holidays were wonderful and that Santa was really good to you!ReplyCancel

  • GaelJanuary 8, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    WOW!….this is inspiring….I am thinking of creating something similar with square envelopes, using school photos – like a mini scrapbookReplyCancel

  • Becky DJanuary 8, 2012 - 10:29 pm

    ok, this is amazing! I love this calendar! How sweet of Wanda to make this for you and how sweet of you to give us some inspiration on how to make one of our own! This is such a great idea! Way to go Wanda!ReplyCancel

  • FrancineJanuary 9, 2012 - 6:36 am

    Thank so much Wanda for take time to give us all the information.
    Like you can see you did a real success with this calendar.
    The day you have a blog let us know please.
    We are waiting for you here.
    If I have Becca address for sure I send her a birthday card but I don’t know where I can find it and by the web I don’t have the equipment for doing it and maybe she prefer not receive letters from her fans.
    Last week I wash very happy a had the feeling I really did something for her when we evaluate the cards we prefer. But it is not often she ask us something so I think she consider if we pray for her it is the best gift so
    she is cherish by us by all those prayers.

  • Charlotte ZweigoronJanuary 9, 2012 - 9:57 am

    I can see why you couldn’t resist showing this to us. It is fabulous! Not surprising that you would have such a talented friend… like attracts like.ReplyCancel

  • Marcie SmithJanuary 9, 2012 - 10:29 am

    What a lovely gift!!!! Great to have such a talented friend. These are perfect for setting next to a phone, or on your desk. Thanks for sharing Wanda’s calendar with us. Great gift.

  • Rebecca SlocumJanuary 9, 2012 - 10:52 am

    My friend saw this calender and said it was a “must do” project, & since I happened have a box of coin envelopes and tags, us 3 crazy papercrafters spent all day Sat. making our versions of this charming project. We were very pleased with our results. Thank you for sharing such fun and beautiful projects.ReplyCancel

  • KandyJanuary 9, 2012 - 12:16 pm

    Dear Becca

    I truly admire you and your crafting, I have learnt a lot from you, I just love your flare of card making. I have only just recently brought spellbinders, and hope to add dies in the future.

    I honestly dont know how you fit in the time, around family and friends, you are a truly an amazing lady. I mean that sincerely.
    Kandy (England) xxReplyCancel

  • bribrie51January 9, 2012 - 1:28 pm

    J’adore, aussi bien le concept, que les couleurs, c’est une superbe idée ! A mettre dans la liste “à faire”.
    Merci de nous l’avoir montrer.ReplyCancel

  • DonnaJanuary 10, 2012 - 5:48 pm

    Lucky girl you are Becca, that is a wonderful gift!!! And I so agree, I love getting home made gifts for presents!! That is a wonderful idea and great calendar.
    Thanks to your friend Wanda for us!!
    And thanks to you for sharing!