Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Taylored Expressions November Sneak Peeks: Calendar Critters + Project Life 2015

Hello! Welcome to day 3 of Taylored Expressions November Sneak Peeks! The Creative Team is continuing peeks today. All products will be released tomorrow, Thursday, November 5 @ 7 AM PST. My post today is very long and photo heavy, so I hope you will settle in for a bit because I'm really excited to show you what I've created!

Calendars make great gifts and are always well received! Today I went a different route with my set, creating filler cards for my 2015 Project Life album. I used the 2015 3x4 Calendar (the 2016 version is available in the TE store now).

My calendar features the new Calendar Critters (stamp set and coordinating dies sold separately) and Build a Scene - Calendar (which contains elements sized to work with the 3x4 calendars. To give you an idea of what the calendars look like when you purchase them, here's the packaging photo:

I customized mine with the new stamps and dies and also added my own patterned paper. Here are all of them together:

Here's a closer look... Each critter was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored with Copic markers and die cut with the coordinating die. I also added some shimmer with a Wink of Stella clear marker. The frame, hill, fence and sun below are included with Build a Scene - Calendar. January, February and March:

The tiny cloud and grass are also part of Build a Scene - Calendar. April, May and June:

July, August and September:

October, November and December:

As I mentioned, I opted to use mine in my Project Life album. I went super simple with my 2015 album this year. I've been using the Collect and Project Life apps on my iPhone. I use Collect to save a photo a day, then I use it to create a polaroid type 3x4 photo and export them monthly. Next I use the Project Life app to create a 4x6 photo (importing 2 of the 3x4 polaroids on a 4x6 layout). Every few months I upload photos and have them printed at Persnickety Prints. All I have to do is cut each 4x6 in half and slip it into a 3x4 pocket. I've already printed photos through September and have them in page protectors. When the year is over, I'll have October - December photos printed and will only have to slip them in the pockets and my album will be complete! I used Project Life Design F page protectors and trimmed them so that my pages are 9" wide x 12" tall.

Here are a few monthly layouts that I have finished:

ETA: I just noticed that I mixed up my February and March cards in the photo above and below. Oops!

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win.

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you'd like to see more projects and new product information, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete blog roll of our participating designers!

Products in BOLD will be available in the TE store on Thursday, 11/5/15 @ 7 AM PST!

Supplies from the TE store:

Stamps: Calendar Critters (TE)
Paper: Premium Cardstock: Poppy Seed, Sugar Cube, Toffee (TE); assorted patterned paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Taylored Dies: Calendar Critters, Build a Scene – Calendar, Stitched Banner Stacklets, Cloud Duo, Designer Mini Tags, Journal Tabs Month (stamp & die combo), Evergreen; Halloween sequins, Butter felt (TE); Circle punch (EK Success), Markers (Copic), Wood veneer snowflake, heart, flower, trees; Pearls, Enamel dots, Wink of Stella clear marker, Liquid Applique, Foam tape.


  1. Love your little calendar pages. I can't believe I didn't think of putting the sentiments onto little white shapes like you did. Great idea! I really really love your PL pages - what a great way to do that! I may have to get some more detailed info from you on those apps and such. I still haven't gotten started despite buying a bunch of supplies!

  2. Incredible way to decorate your PL pages! Love each and every detail how you created them so beautifully, very inspiring and attractive approach!

  3. Wow, what an awesome idea for the project life books. These little calendars are fantastic for this. Thanks for sharing. Couldn't find the Collect and Project life apps on Android. But I love your system of snapping and getting them printed.

  4. Spectacular idea for the calendar and Project Life. i enjoyed seeing what you did with those cute Calendar Critters. I love the colors you used. I want to make a card every month for my 2 grandsons with these!

  5. I love these and the coloring is so good, I am going to have to get these

  6. OMG, Stephanie!!! Just look at all your hard work...WOW!!! Every one of your pages look all those super cute scenes you created!!!!

  7. Hi Stephanie! My name is Michelle Houghton I work for Imagination International, Inc. running Copic in The Craft Room and teaching classes for them. I would love to use your Tailored Expressions calendar for our Featured Artist post Tuesday December 22. Would that be OK with you? I would post a photo and a link to your blog. Just let me know!


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