Summer is slowly drawing to a close here in Indiana. Last year was definitely a unique school year - our towns used a hybrid approach to keep schools open and the students attended every other day due to COVID. I had the opportunity to substitute teach locally when COVID was in full swing and our communities were trying hard to keep schools open. It was a fun (and hard) experience! I decided to make a school year easel calendar and sticky note holder for one of my favorite middle school teachers!
- Cardstock Warehouse Cardstock Papers in:
- Colorplan Tabriz Blue, Racing Green, Real Grey, Smoke
- Pop-Tone Lemon Drop, Sour Apple, Wild Cherry
- Sirio Nude and Ultra Black
- Speckletone Kraft
- Cherry Wood Veneer
- Green polka dot cardstock (or any patterned or printed pattern cardstock)
- Printer paper (to print calendar)
- Lightweight Chipboard
- Binder Clips
- 2 Way Zig Pen
- Paper Trimmer
- Score Board
- Sticky Notes (3x3 pad or larger - smaller than 5x5)
- Electronic Die Cut Machine (optional, for back to school die cuts)
Assembling the Calendar:
I started by assembling a tear-off school year calendar using timeanddate.com. I printed the yearly calendar, landscape orientation, onto regular printer paper, and used my paper trimmer to cut each month into 2.75” x 2” rectangles. I assembled the months in order starting with August. I cut a small piece of chipboard down to 2.75” x 2” and I attached the calendar pages to the chipboard with a binder clip. To create a tear away binding, I applied liquid adhesive along the top edge and allowed the calendar to dry. I repeated the glue application twice and allowed it to dry overnight before removing the binder clip.
Building the Easel Card:
To create the easel card, I cut Colorplan Tabriz Blue into (1) 5.5” x 5.5” and (1) 5.5” x 11” panel. I recommend using at least 100 lb. cardstock to create the easel card so it can hold the weight of the tear off calendar. I scored the 5.5” x 11” panel, landscape, at 2.75” and 5.5”. I folded in the two score lines, towards the 5.5” square portion of the panel. I adhered the 5.5” x 5.5” panel to the 2.75” portion of the larger panel - applying adhesive only to the 2.75” portion.
When the easel is closed, the two 5.5” portions should fully align. I cut and adhered (2) 5” x 5” panels of green polka dot cardstock to the outside and inside of the easel.
Assembling the School Die Cuts:
To create a chalkboard, I cut a 4” x 3” rectangle from the wood veneer cardstock. I cut a second rectangle from racing green, measuring 2.75” x 3.75”. I adhered the racing green rectangle centered on top of the wood veneer cardstock with liquid adhesive. I cut a thin strip measuring 3.75” x ⅛” out of real grey cardstock and adhered it to the bottom of the racing green rectangle. I used a scrap of smoke cardstock (measuring ½” x ¼”) and adhered it to the bottom of the chalkboard. Using scor-tape, I glued the calendar to the chalkboard.
I used Cricut Design Space Files to cut the apple and the pencil. I cut and assembled the pencil using Lemon Drop, Nude, Ultra Black and Kraft. The apple was made using Sour Apple, Wild Cherry and Kraft. I picked a font and used the offset feature for the teacher’s name.
The sticky note pad was adhered to the bottom of the easel card (see photo). The sticky note pad is what holds the easel open. To finish the easel calendar, I adhered the chalkboard, apple, pencil and teacher’s name.