This is my project for the fourth and final Creative Crew challenge for the month. For this challenge we were to use a past holiday item to inspire a scrapbook page or décor item. I decided to use this year’s advent calendar to inspire a Valentine Kiss Calendar. This calendar works in the same way as a Christmas advent calendar, but it counts down to Valentine’s Day instead of Christmas. The second part of the challenge was to use your newest Big Shot toys to create “this beauty.” No problem! This project uses the Big Shot in abundance.
If you saw my Christmas Advent Calendar, you will notice that this calendar is based on the same design, with the exception that this calendar has 15 cubbies instead of 25. There is one cubbie for each day until Valentine’s Day. The extra cubbie is for a SPECIAL treat (maybe a piece of jewelry or a note to where a bigger gift is hidden) OR you could close off this cubbie if you wish. If you would like to make your own Valentine Kiss Calendar, just follow the tutorial below...
Valentine Kiss Calendar Tutorial
1. Start with a piece of 10-1/8” x 7-7/8” piece of card stock. On the long side, score at 1-1/8”, 2-¼”, 3-3/8”, 4-½”, 5-5/8”, 6-¾”, 7-7/8” and 9”.
2. On the short side, score at 1-1/8”, 2-¼”, 3-3/8”, 4-½”, 5-5/8” and 6-¾”.
3. Cut off the corner squares and the two adjacent squares. (you will be cutting off 3 squares from each corner). Also, cut along the 4 score lines as shown to create 4 inner tabs.
4. On the outer strip, cut slots 1-1/8” inch down (to the first score line) on each of the four sides. Make the slots about 1/16” wide by cutting down on either side of the score mark and then cutting away the little strip. This will ensure that there will be enough room for the dividers to fit properly.
5. Fold ONLY the outer two score lines on each side. The middle score lines will NOT be folded.
6. Put a piece of score tape on the outer tabs on each side. Also place a piece of score tape on the square opposite the inner tabs (4 total).
7. Remove the score tape liner on the four inner tabs. Pull the tabs over to the sticky strip to form a box. Bend back the remaining outer tabs. Set aside.
Horizontal strips (make 4)
8. Start with a piece of 2-¼” x 4-3/8” piece of card stock. On the short side, score at 1-1/8”.
9. On the long side, score at ½”, 1-5/8”, 2-¾” and 3-7/8”
10. On both 2-¼” ends, cut up along the score line 1/2" (to the first score line). Make the slots about 1/16” wide by cutting down on either side of the score mark and then cutting away the little strip.
11. Fold the strip along the score line length-wise.
12. On the long side (with the strip still folded), cut the middle two score lines halfway up from the open side of the strip. Make the slots about 1/16” wide by cutting down on either side of the score mark and then cutting away the little strip. This creates slots that are large enough for the strips to form a grid without bending.
13. Here are the four finished horizontal strips.
Vertical strips (make 2)
14. Start with a piece of 2-¼” x 6-5/8” piece of card stock. On the short side, score at 1-1/8”.
15. On the long side, score at ½”, 1-5/8”, 2-¾”, 3-7/8”, 5", 6-1/8”.
16. On both 2-¼” ends, cut up along the score line 1/2" (to the first score line). Make the slots about 1/16” wide by cutting down on either side of the score mark and then cutting away the little strip.
17. Fold the strip along the score line length-wise.
18. On the long side (with the strip still folded), cut the middle four score lines halfway down from the scored (folded) side of the strip.
19. Here are the two finished vertical strips.
Interlocking the strips
20. Bring the four horizontal and two vertical strips together to form an inter-locking grid.
21. Bend the outside tabs along the score lines.
22. Place the grid in the middle of the calendar base.
23. Start removing the sticky strip liner from the tabs one at a time. Fold down each tab to adhere. This photo shows five of the tabs folded down and adhered.
24. Finish removing the sticky strip liner and folding down the tabs.
25. Punch a Petal Card Punch piece out of card stock. Please Note: The Petal Card Punch requires a lot of pressure, in order for the piece to be punched properly. I usually load my card stock into the punch, push down and rock back and forth from the lever end to the opposite end. This will ensure all parts of the piece get punched out and that all four score lines show up.
26. Place sticky strip on one of the petals.
27. Decorate the drawer fronts as desired making sure the sticky strip towards the bottom.
28. Make enough drawer fronts for the fifteen cupboards.
29. Remove the sticky strip liner from the first cupboard front and adhere to the top left corner of your calendar grid. To close the cupboard just tuck the top and side tabs into the box opening.
30. Add the rest of the drawer fronts to complete the calendar grid.
31. Decorate the rest of the Valentine Kiss Calendar as desired.
Need Extra help with this project? Check out the video tutorial for my Christmas Advent Calendar. My Valentine Kiss Calendar is based on this calendar and although the measurements are slightly different, the basics of the construction are the same.
Stampin’ Up! Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Take it to Heart, Short & Sweet, Calendar Alphabet & Numbers; Paper: Twitterpated DSP, Red Glimmer; Card Stock: Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Blushing Bride, Shimmery White; Ink: Island Indigo, Blushing Bride; Punches: Petal Card, Small Heart, 1” Square; Big Shot; Hearts Collections Framelits; Labels Collections Framelits; Fashionable Hearts; Square Lattice Embossing Folder; Ribbon: 3/8” Blushing Bride Pleated Satin, ½” Baja Breeze Seam Binding; Marina Mist Brads; Clear Rhinestone Brad; Rhinestone Jewel; Simply Scored; Sticky Strip.
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