Here is the project I created:
I started with my basic 8 x 10 sketch journal. Because this paper wasn’t quite as thick as I would have liked, I first prepped the surfaces of the pages with Gesso- this is basically just painting the pages with the gesso to “prime” them…this allows the use of wetter mediums such as paints, etc. and the paper becomes less porous.
and because I am not a very patient person, I use my heat gun to quicken the drying process
To create the background, I used some snowflake chipboard and plastic pieces as a mask. (purchased these snowflakes at Walmart)
I used one of my Lindy Stamp Gang mists.
I wanted the background snowflakes to be a bit more pronounced, so I drew around the snowflakes with one of my Neocolor II watercolor crayons.
After outlining the snowflakes, I went back over the outlines with a wet brush to soften the lines.
I used my 1 7/8 ” square punch to punch the squares for my calendar days.
Tip: I used Mod Podge on the backs of the squares to adhere them to the page….my regular adhesive resists the gessoed pages for some reason, and I am not a big fan of going back and “fixing” projects that have come apart. I distressed the edges of the squares before adhering them.
I finished up the calendar pages with some number stamps, flourishes, and snowflakes….. stamps from CTMH, Stampabilities, and 2 beautiful little butterflies created by Reneabouquets.
And how about a sneak peak of a new Maja Design collection coming soon!