One of my favorite things about A Muse…is their never-ending desire to help others. For the past few years, A Muse has released a calendar project that is not only cute, but also benefits those in need.
The proceeds from the sale of this year's calendar
will be donated to Water 1st. Water 1st's mission is to server families
in the poorest communities in the world as they implement
community-managed projects that integrate water supply, sanitation, and
We are so lucky to have clean drinking water by
simply turning on the tap in our kitchen. In areas where there is no
clean drinking water, the job of getting water is typically left up to
the women and girls in the community. This means that girls cannot go
to school, and women cannot work. When a well is installed it instantly
CHANGES their lives. Water 1st community-based program has been very
successful and all of the wells they have helped to install are still
in operation today.
I am so very honored to be part of such an organization that makes a difference!
Now, on to my project…
Before I even get to ink up stamps or cut paper or sometimes even before I can enter my studio, I daydream about what my design will be. This was the case for this project. I'm not very good at remembering people's names, or phone numbers but I can remember dates really, really well. Don't know why. Anyway, I don't typically use a calendar – I store dates in my head and the calendar in my head looks a lot like this…
Okay, it doesn't look quite as cute in my head because my calendar isn't stamped! HA! In any case, I decided to make this calendar appointment book for me to carry around so that I can take notes at meetings and plan better. I printed the full sheet calendars on the back of the A Muse lined paper and then I used my Rub-i-coil (yes, blast from the past and predecessor to my Bind-it-All… I needed this type of binding on it not the BIA kind ;)) to bind it all together. Very easy.
Wouldn't this make a great teacher gift?
Now, on the stamping… the fun part, eh?!
It was fun to look through my stamps and use a sort-of code for different things on my schedule:
boy scout = for cub scout stuff
pencil = for PTA stuff
"I'd rather be stamping" = for A Muse classes I'm teaching
apple = for school events
school house with a line through it = No school
gift for b'day parties and the tiny cupcake for family b'days, etc.
I made my cover out of the purple kitchen 8.5×11 paper. You're surprised, I can tell! And covered in spiral daisy with twinkle stickers, too!
There is a clear cover sheet over the whole thing to try to keep it "clean".
Finally, I have to share part of November's with you…
Do you see? November 19th (well okay, November 20th at 12:01am) – NEW MOON comes out. I have my tickets already. How about you?
Be sure to go check out amuseartstamps.com and get your calendar today and help out Water 1st!
Thanks for stopping by!