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Designer Series: Perfect Patterns Calendars with Nichol

I'm so excited to share a new layout today featuring an incredible Perfect Patterns Calendar Set available from Mama Elephant!

These calendars can be used in so many ways: as a title card for each month in your Project Life album, on birthday cards (just circle the date and add some embellishments and a greeting!) and of course on scrapbook page layouts and so many other ways! I chose to use all but one of the calendars from the pack on this 2-page layout!

I wanted to create a "showcase" type of layout where I picked one favorite photo from each month in 2013 and compiled them on one scrapbook page spread. I love layouts like this that span a certain frame of time where you can look through one page and get a glimpse, in this case, of an entire year.
Now, each photo may not necessarily be the best photo taken each month but more like my favorite photos due to the memory behind the photo or what was happening at the time. (i.e. in May I was trying to get a photo of my two oldest dressed up for their band concert and a certain little brother photobombed them on his scooter!).

I used the ME Perfect Patterns Calendars as embellishments on my page, and layered on punched and die cut heart shapes, sequins, wood shapes, etc. The polaroid frame from We Click is the exact same size as the calendars and looked perfect placed side by side on the page! I stamped the frame multiple times on patterned papers, cut out the frames, added a photo and then layered each frame over another stamped and cut out frame to make each look like stacks of polaroid photos. Curling the edges gave a simple distressed look to the design.

For my title I die cut the ME Bold Banner from thin wood veneer paper and stamped the word, "photos" using the Midnight Letters Alphabet Stamp Set and the Hazel Ink Pad. I added the words "favorite" and "of 2013" using a roller stamp from my stash. I love how the Hazel Ink on the wood veneer paper looks almost like the calendars!


I added the stamped number border from Four Seasons along the right side of the page and the stamped phrase from We Click.


For additional distressing to my page, I used the ink splotches from Fair Feathers stamped with the Blush Ink. It's subtle but looks awesome in real life and compliments the wood calendars and punched hearts!

The Washi tape stamped image from We Click was the perfect embellishment for some of the stamped polaroid frames and since it's a stamp I was able to perfectly match the "washi tape" to my layout with the Winter Ink and Blush Ink!

Another look at the calendars at work on my page...


I hope this has inspired you to try the Perfect Patterns Calendar Set or the Fabulous Friends Calendar Set on your next creative project!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Oh wow!!! I think this 2 page layout is amazing!!! I loooove those calendars (I have them but haven't used them yet! Lol!) and the wood veneer paper title matches PERFECTLY to the calendars! I can't believe it! This is so amazing!!

  2. is an amazing project, love it!

  3. This is amazing! LOVE this idea.

  4. I love this, Nichol! Super cute and such a great way to showcase the entire year!


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