Monday, December 28, 2009

MMX Mini Calendar

Julie Imsland, our first featured designer of 2010 has created a cute mini calendar featuring several different micro bead techniques.   With lots of room for personal expression and an opportunity to use up some stuff, I think this is a great way to start off the new year!   “MMX” are the roman numerals for 2010, in case you didn’t know.

MMX Mini Calendar


12” x 12” calendar paper by Teresa Collins

(Journal-It girl # TC-6447)

Black cardstock, cut 14 pieces 3.5” x 4.5”

Poster board, cut 7 pieces 3.5” x 4.5”

Permanent pink marker

O’So Sticky Tape, various widths

Large alpha “M” & “X” stamps

Colorbox Classic Pigment Ink, Pink

O’So Sticky Powder

Ultra fine micro beads

Small number stamps

Permanent black dye ink

Two – 1” binder rings

Assorted punches, brads & ribbon


  1. Front Cover: Stamp “MMX” on sized black cardstock with pigment ink. Sprinkle ink with O’So Sticky Powder, heat just until the powder melts. Pat the image face down into a tray of ultra fine micro beads. Heat the beaded image again to “set” the micro beads. Once cooled the micro beads will be fully adhered.
  2. Remainder of front cover was border punched, and adhered to a piece of sized poster board with O’So sticky tape behind the punched edge. Pat the exposed tape into a tray of ultra fine micro beads. (White poster board was used, edges and exposed punched areas were colored with a permanent pink marker.)
  3. Cut the calendar months apart, and stamp the appropriate numbers for the days using black ink.
  4. Decorate each page as desired with small brads and ribbon. Use punches to decorate some pages and use O’So Sticky tape as directed on the front cover to fill in the open punched areas with micro beads.
  5. January page backs the front cover. Each of the next 5 pages have months on both the front and back. The month of December is inside the back cover page.
  6. Punch two small holes for the binder rings along the left edge to hold the calendar together. Embellish with short ribbon pieces.

Assorted Free Printable Calendars are also available at:

Here is a closer look at some of the details of Julie’s calendar:


MMX Ribbons

Bits of ribbon are the
page turners of the
mini calendar

Julie punched April’s calendar page and backed it with O’So Sticky and dipped in micro beads to create a reverse beaded image.

MMX April
MMX February

A cute little heart shaped
brad marks Valentine’s Day!

Be sure to click the photo for a close up view of Julie’s inset beaded snowflake on December!


     MMX Mini Calendar


  1. Great ideas Julie, very cute calendar.
    Cathy V

  2. Really cool Juilie,
    I was looking for a small calendar for my desk at work. This would be so cool to look at during the day.

  3. When I see Julie's creations, I get the feeling it's going to be very difficult to meet the standard she sets on the DT! Beautiful, Julie!

  4. Thank you for the compliments! All of the supplies for this were in my "stash". It's amazing what you can come up with once you select a theme or color scheme.

  5. What a great calendar Julie. I really like the use of the Roman numerals--they add such a classic flair. I keep thinking I should start on calendars for 2011 and just may get them done in time. Darlene L

  6. I really like your calendar! I love the ribbon idea. Thanks

  7. Julie I absolutely LOVE your MMX calendar.

  8. Who would not love to win this calendar? It's just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing how you made it.

    Sally B.

  9. Wow that is awesome. So cute. I love those colors.

  10. Chosen by our random name generator, the winner of this lovely MMX calendar is Marianne!


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