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Yes – that’s right – the very gorgeous and collectable annual whipup.net crafty calendar for 2012 is ready for purchase. Just like the 2011 calendar, we are offering a printable pdf version for only $5 – this printable comes in three different sizes – and you get all three in the one hit.

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We also have a print-on-demand version – Through redbubble – we have found their calendars to be the best quality – and they ship world wide for very reasonable prices.

PRINT ON DEMAND VERSION AVAILABLE HERE.

We have some excellent contributors to this years calendar – and you will be meeting them over the next couple of weeks…

January trula kids :: February giddy giddy :: March soozs :: April lola nova :: May a keeping of days :: June duo fiber works :: July Mossy mossy :: August kisskus :: September rice babies :: October mini eco :: November & Cover cauchy :: December fuori borgo

Here is a pic of the printable calendar hanging up in my studio – amongst my other inspirational bits and pieces.

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Lovely Jho has created this delightful printable. Link to post.

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How I made our christmas family calendar cards this year. It takes a little fiddling to create the sketch – but the rest goes together very quickly – and then you have a PDF which you can print out to make as many cards as you like – doing it this way is perfect if you don’t have a colour printer – or if you want to create something just a little different from your usual cheesy christmas photo cards.

Make the sketch: (see the image gallery for screen shots)

1. Take a photo of your kids, yourself, your pets or your favourite flower/tree/vegetable and open it photoshop [don't have photoshop - try a free online photoshop alternative like Picnik or splashup or aviary].

2. Create a new layer by opening the layer palette and clicking on the little arrow in the top right corner – select ‘new layer’. Then select the background layer and create a copy – which enables you to select the opacity tool. Deselect the background layer by clicking on the eye, then change the opacity on the background copy layer so that the main highlights are still visible. Then select the new layer on your layer palette.

3. Select your drawing tool – the pencil or brush – and select your brush width – I like to choose a thin brush – experiment with different widths. Choose a colour – I usually just go for black. Zoom in on your photo and use the pencil or brush tool to outline the main highlights.

5. Turn off the background layers to examine your image, then turn them back on if you want to add more details. If you are happy with the sketch, keep the background layers turned off and open the layer menu bar – select flatten image this will discard the background photo and leave you with your sketch.

6. Your pic should look a little like the one above – save it and you are ready to use as is – or go a little further and smooth your drawing and vectorise it – I use illustrator – but there are plenty of online vectorising tools try vector magic, or aviary’s raven tool. Once you have vectorised your image it will be smoother and more even – a little cartoon like and you can size it up or down to your liking.

Create your calendar
Download my free 2010 yearly calendar template – already formatted for printing 2 per page – download the pdf – or create your own by downloading this calendar spreadsheet - once you have downloaded it and opened it in your spreadsheet editor you can tweak it as much as you like.

Now to put the elements together
1. Open a new document in photoshop, word or indesign – make your document the same size as the paper you put in your printer – letter or A4 size. Create a vertical centre line – as you will be printing 2 per page. If you have downloaded my pdf template then this will already be set up for you.

2. Place or insert your drawing on the top section, then place the calendar on the bottom section – in between you will write your text. I used a fun pre-school font – you can find heaps of free fonts to download at dafont.

3. Once you have adjusted all your elements on one side of the document – repeat for the other side. Flatten the layers if you are in photoshop – and save as a pdf if you are in word or indesign. Print out onto slightly heavier than usual paper and go.

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For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website

over the next couple of weeks we are going to find out a little more about the wonderful makers featured in the 2010 whipup calendarMalka Dubrawsky is featured with her image of her quilt shack.

Malka Dubrawsky also has an etsy store called stitchindye and lives in Austin, Texas, USA
Main Craft: Sewing
Craft Hero: Ed Rossbach (weaver)
Fave craft supplier: dharma trading

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I asked all our participants to answer a few questions about their creative process:

1. When did you start making/crafting, and who or what inspired that first creative burst?
I’ve made things for as long as I can remember. Even as a kid I hooked rugs, drew, and stitched. I’ve always felt empowered by the idea that I could make something that would otherwise be purchased.

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2. What would you say was that light-bulb moment when you discovered your ‘style’ and really hit your making stride?
I really feel that is an ongoing process. I think I have more confidence now that if I want to craft something I can figure it out and bring my own personal style to it. I also know that the more I’m able to create the things I imagine, the more confidence I have and the more I’m likely to take risks.

malka.pillow

3. Why do you make – what do you get out of it?
What don’t I get out of it? When I craft something I get to think creatively about a design problem, fashion something that’s aesthetically pleasing, and share that item or idea with others. That’s an amazing privilege.

Find out more about how to get your hands on a copy of the 2010 whipup calendar here.

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over the next couple of weeks we are going to find out a little more about the wonderful makers featured in the 2010 whipup calendarMaritza Soto is featured with her image of her loving softies.

Maritza Soto – also known as soto softies lives in Cambridge, MA (in the US).
Main craft of choice: sewing, specifically sewing softies
Craft hero: there are a few – Lisa Congdon, Hillary Lang (wee wonderfuls), Stephanie Congdon Barnes (little birds), Nicole (craftapalooza), Caro (splityarn)
Fave crafty materials supplier: ReproDepot fabric, Hancock of Paducah’s, A Child’s Dream Come True

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I asked all our participants to answer a few questions about their creative process:

1. When did you start making/crafting, and who or what inspired that
first creative burst?

I first started seriously crafting about 3 years ago. I was inspired by all these wonderful crafty blogs. Once I picked up a few Japanese quilting and toy-making books, I started playing and experimenting more with design.

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2. What would you say was that light-bulb moment when you discovered your ‘style’ and really hit your making stride?
I’m not sure. I would definitely say that I have a style, but I think it is still developing and growing.

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3. Why do you make – what do you get out of it?
I have to admit, I am all about the finished product. I really enjoy photographing and playing with my softies once I finish them. I get tremendous joy from seeing other people appreciate them. I love how people of all ages respond to them at craft fairs; they always manage to bring a smile to someone’s face. That’s a great feeling, knowing that your work can do that.

Find out more about how to get your hands on a copy of the 2010 whipup calendar here.

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