Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Perpetual Birthday Calendar

OK. So, today Kieran choked on a piece of cucumber at lunch. Luckily, years and years (read: nearly every year of my life since fifth grade) of CPR and First Aid training for summer camp, lifeguarding, babysitting, preschool teaching, and after school care came to my rescue. I leaned him over the tray of his high chair, gave a few back blows and out it popped. Next, came a very upset toddler and mother. But, he calmed down, went back to the high chair and finished lunch, sans cucumber. I, however, did not feel calm. With the adrenaline leaving my body I felt scared. I quickly called Nathan and asked him to come home early. Being the amazing husband he is, he didn't question, but did just what I asked *swoon*. With Nathan home, I was able to calm down much more easily. Once Kieran was down for a nap, I was feeling much better, still shaken, but much better. So I decided to try this crafty project to help distract myself.
I had recently been thinking that I needed something at my crafty space to help me remember upcoming birthdays. I googled "perpetual birthday calendar craft" and found this adorable project from a blog called eighteen25. They even had the pages to download free! I printed the pages out on cardstock and trimmed them up with my paper trimmer. I alternated between sage scallop strips and buttercup scallop strips at the bottom of the pages. The decor in our craft/guest room is blue, yellow, and green. So this little calendar will look perfect in it!
Paper: A Muse sugar, sky, petite gingham sky, petite gingham buttercup, and petite gingham sage cardstock
Misc.: Sizzix BigShot, A Muse scallop border die set, EK Success medium and small corner rounder, Martha Stewart Crafts paper trimmer, A Muse papaya grosgrain stitch ribbon, clear nail polish (to keep edges of ribbon from fraying)

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