Friday, January 28, 2011

Card Organizer/Matchbox Calendar

NOTE: The cardstock I am using in these two projects is pearlescent with a great deal of sparkle... it doesn't photograph well, but does look great in person... and it coordinates with the papers used this week for the CD Folder album, the Seed Pocket, and the Magic Box.)

Card Organizer

This organizer is a great way to keep track of those special days throughout the year and get your cards made early so you don't miss any! With 12 pockets, one for each month, you'll have plenty of space to put them as you get them made and keep track of them until it is time to mail them.


  • Paper and Cardstock
  • 8 sheets of 12" x 12" Pearlescent Blue cardstock
  • 2 pieces of poster board or lightweight card board, each 6" x 8"
  • Scraps of paper and cardstock to coordinate with pearlescent cardstock
    • Two pieces of patterned paper, 3/4" x 8" each
    • One piece of patterned paper, 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"
    • One piece of cardstock about 2" x 3", for punching tag

  • Embellishments

    • K&Co Cottage Garden dimensional stickers, Hydrangeas
    • About 18" of white organza ribbon
    • 1" binder coil for Bind-it-All (I used white)

  • Tools

    • Scor-Pal or Scor-buddy     (
    • Tag punch
    • Bind-It-All
    • Purple fine-tipped marker
    • Crop-a-Dile (I used it only as a hole punch)
    • Wire cutters for cutting binding coil

  • Ahesive

    • Tape gun or other glue of choice


    • Cut two piece of the cardstock into two 6" x 8 " pieces each.
      Glue these to the front and back of the two pieces of poster board to form the covers.
      Add the strip of patterned paper along the binding edge.
      Set aside.

    • Score each of the remaining pieces of cardstock at 4".

    • Fold each piece on the score lines.
      Place the fold against the top of the Scor-Pal.

    • Score each piece at 6".
      Fold each piece on the score line.

      These are the pages of the organizer.
    • Put the Bind-it-All on "D" for punching pages.
      Place each page into the Bind-it-All punch, one page at a time with the bottom fold closest to the edge of the machine, and with the open end down in the machine.

      Punch the page.
    • Turn the page so the bottom fold is outside of the machine, but the open end is still down in the machine; punch again.

    • Punch the covers on the edges with the patterned fabric in the same manner (do NOT move the setting from "D".)
    • Make a stack of the pages.
      Place the front cover on top of the pages, right side up.
      Plave the back cover on top of the front cover with the right side against the front cover (down).
      Align the punched holes.
    • Cut two 6-coil pieces off of the binder coil.
    • Put one of the coil pieces through the punched holes from the cover side of the stack.
      Bind in the Bind-It-All according to manufacturer's instructions.

    • Cut out each of the month's from the organizer blank (I used the one I found HERE rather than re-invent the wheel.
      Affix one of the organizer calendar blank pages to each of the pockets in the organizer book.

    • Affix the ribbon to the front of the organizer so it can tie around the center of the organizer.
      Adhere the square of patterned paper to the front, diagonally, over the ribbon.
      Adhere the hydrangea dimensional stickers over the diagonal square.
    • Make a small tag using the plain cardstock scrap and the punch.
      Punch a hole in the tag.
      Neatly print "Card Organizer" on the tag with the purple marker.
      Add a small tail of ribbon to the tag, through the hole.
      Attach the tag to the hydrangeas with a foam dot.
    • Tie the organizer closed with a bow in the ribbon.

    My second project for today is a very quick and easy Matchbox Calendar.

    Matchbox Calendar

    This project is a wonderful way to use up scraps of patterned paper or cardstock. Perfect for the purse, these calendars are very quick and easy to make, and are a wonderful little gift for a friend.


    • Paper and Cardstock
    • Scrap of Pearlescent Blue cardstock, Cut to 2 3/4" x 5 3/4"

  • Embellishments

    • K&Co Cottage Garden dimensional stickers, Irises
    • About 6" of white organza ribbon, tied in a bow

  • Tools

    • Scor-Bug or similar tool
    • Scor-Pal or Scor-buddy
    • Stapler with standard staples


    • Download this Calendar Blank (in PDF format) and print it.
      (Note: this is a 2011 calendar. Updated calendars can be found here: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

      Cut out each of the months along the solid lines.
    • Using a Scor-bug or similar tool on the Scor-Buddy, perforate each of the calendar pages at 1 3/4" from the top edge, as shown.

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    • Stack the calendar pages in order, with January on top (I use a little adhesive near the bottom edge of each page to hold them together.)
      Set aside.
    • Score the piece (in landscape orientation) at 3/4", 3 1/2", and 3 2/3" (the triangle on the Scor-Buddy.)
      Valley fold each of the scores.

    • Place the stack of calendar pages inside the smallest fold.
      Staple the pages in place with a single staple, as shown in the following photo.

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    • Tuck the edge of the matchbook lid under the lip of the stapled end and set aside.
    • Attach two Irises to the matchbox lid.
      Attach the bow to the matchbox lip, over the staple.

    • The Matchbox Calendar is done.

    Here are the two projects re-visited:

     I hope you have enjoyed your visit with me this week. I don't post this regularly as a rule... just on occasion (I have a couple of jobs that keep me pretty busy, plus I am recovering from ACL reconstruction surgery, which means LOTS of therapy), but I hope that when I do find time to create again, you'll come by for a visit and leave me a note. A Smiles,


    1. Wow Kathy! Another great project with great direction. So pretty, You amaze me everyday.


    2. I love this kathy Girl you are one talent lady


    3. WOW! I really love this idea. I will have to try it myself. You are so talented.
      Thanks for being a part of Debbie's blog hop I have enjoyed your projects so much.

      endurapuppy at yahoo dot com

    4. Every single item that you have posted this week is absolutely beautiful. I hope you are feeling better and doing well with your therapy--we need to see lots more beautiful creations from you. Thanks for this week and the chance to win. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

    5. Love the continuity of each piece you have done this week. Thanks for sharing.This series would make some one a great Christtmas giftj.
      Happy Birthday Debbie
      debbie_craine at hotmail dot com

    6. Love this set. It's beautiful. Thanks so much for being part of a fun blog hop. I have enjoyed it daily.

    7. Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!!

    8. So glad you were on this hop, I have enjoyed all the fabulous ideas for us this week!!
      miller896042 at bellsouth dot net

    9. What a wonderful way to organize all your cards and celebrations!

    10. Wow! Another couple of great projects.
      I'm so glad that you were a part of this hop, and I'm very thankful for the chance to win!

      Hope your ACL recovery goes speedily!

      WomanInACrystalCase at Gmail dot com
      {I'm in Canada}

    11. WOW more awesome projects. Just wonderful. Love your work.
      I'm a follower.
      Thanks so much for the chance to win.
      annadowdy at gmail dot com

    12. You have awesome projects! TFS!

      Hugs, JennRo
      jennro at yahoo dot com

    13. Wow. A binding machine.... Now where can we put that? . . . what a great tool.


      Mike at sbcglobal dot net

    14. I love the card organizer!! That is even better than the bill organizer!! ha ha ha...thanks so much for the directions!

    15. Beautiful pieces love the colors and the floral embelishments

    16. OMG!!!!OMG!!! How do you think of these incrediable projects?? Do you even know the measure of your talent? I really do hope I get one of these amazing projects!!! I am in 'awe' I think that is how you spell it,lol you know what I'm saying anyways...I am really going to miss this hop, like I said on Debbie's blog, this hop has truely stirred my soul...I thank all of you who have worked so hard to show us some of the best projects ever!!!!

    17. Thanks so much for another wonderful and very helpful project. Know a few ladies who would love these. Thanks for sharing.
      tabitha4cm at yahoo dot com

    18. Wow those are really nice,,

    19. Very beautiful! Thank you for such a wonderful project! I have enjoyed hopping with you!

    20. Hi I just discovered your blog. It is wonderful, I love the Card Organizer and the matchbook calendar. I could not download the 2012 calendar. Is it still available?
      Thank you,

      1. Try the link now. I had to move the file to a different host, so hopefully this will work for you.