Tightwad Tuesday: Featuring Making Plans and Calendars for the New Year!

Hi All,

Welcome to the first of 2010’s  Tightwad Tuesdays.   Tightwad Tuesday and Frugal Friday as most of you know concentrate on stamp sets and product under $20 as well as providing ideas and tips for uses you might not have thought of.  The full sets of Under $20 lists can be found in the right hand side bar and in my SCRIBD database of files for viewing, downloading or printing.

One other note is that as of today all purchases in qualifying amounts are now eligible for Sale a Bration benefits.  Can’t get more frugal than free stuff right?  For every $50 of product purchased you qualify for free stamps or paper or even a new border punch!   SU has widened the selection this year by also offering many of the stamp sets you’ve seen featured here over the last few months as SAB freebies!  Wow!  So many choices.   If you haven’t already done so feel free to download the new Occasions mini and SAB mini from the Left hand sidebar.  There are even some new Decor Elements as well including new stencils (my all time fav product!).    To see the alternate sets also available as SAB Freebies you can download a flyer created by my friend and fellow demo Linda Aarhus here.  You might also want to check out her fabulous blog creations and resources here.

With New Years just past today seemed like the perfect time to focus on Calendar and planning stamp sets.  Okay confession time this was supposed to be up last week but my internet connection went down Christmas Eve and has just gotten back up and functioning on a full time basis – nothing worse than writing posts that keep disappearing every little bit when the link drops out.  ARGHHH.  So lets all pretend this is really last week okay?  😀   Besides calendars are helpful tools and gifts all year round and we still have the better part of twelve months to go.

By the way does anyone care to chime in on the latest raging debate on what to call or how to pronounce the year 2010.  Are you using twenty ten or are you going for the long form of two thousand ten.  Believe it or not businesses and news groups are very concerned about this as the extra syllables have an actual cost in advertising as well as everyone wanting to be in on the cutting edge.  Personally I prefer twenty ten.  The other version reminds me too much of the Sci Fi book and movie and I’m not sure I’m ready for the implications outlined in them – lol!

So on to the focus product……

You can click on the above samples for a close up view.


Note few of the images below are to 100% scale.  To see actual sizes you need to refer to the catalog or online store images (though even some of those are not exact either).  Generally Background stamps are 4 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ in size.

Calendar  #109298, $17.95, pg. 132

Another Background stamp that coordinates with so many other sets. 

Perfect as a background for a card front or as an actual calendar.

tip: Separately inked Icons from the set Short & Sweet fit perfectly inside the squares. 


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=10565

Stampin Addicts Gallery: index picture only






Calendar Alphabet & Numbers  #111610, $20.95, pg. 151

Just the right size for many project types and also provides all numbers 1 through 31 as well as a nice sized alphabet for creating your own words and phrases.  Regardless of its name this set isn’t just for calendars.  Works for scrapbooks, cards and anytime you need a small/medium sized alphabet or set of numbers.  You can even use this set to create some fun puzzle games, crosswords and party favors.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=14607

Stampin Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=584





Full Calendar #114966, $17.95, pg. 148

Looking for a set with all the months of the year?  Here’s the perfect set.  You can, not only create calendars you can also use it to organize your office files, to do lists, make birthday reminders and cards and more.  The only limit is your imagination.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=12484

Stampin Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=659








It’s a Plan (Background Stamp) #111658, $26.95,  pg.134

While at first glance this doesn’t appear to be a frugally priced stamp it actually is since it contains two background stamps not just the usual one.  And when you divide the price by two you see that each background stamp is only costing you $13.48 (approx.) a savings of more than $4 on the usual background stamp price of $17.95.  One other note:  This is a double mounted stamp so you will have one block of wood and two stamps (one on each side).  Part of the reason for the cost savings :D!

This is another set that can help you with your work and organization or help you create fun collage backgrounds.  You can also selectively ink the boxes and lines of either one and use them for journaling or as scrapbook elements.


SCS Gallery:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=14653

Stampin Addicts Gallery: none







Digital Choices:

New MDS calendar and calendar related brush set downloads are now available and add to your options when creating your own printed or professionally printed (through SU) calendars.  Some images though included in the calendar program can also be used in non calendar applications as well.  To see all the downloads available check out this link here.

Reminder that MDS downloads while intended for use with the MDS program can also be used with any publishing or graphics program that reads .jpg and .giff files  such as Microsoft Publisher, Photoshop, Microsoft Word, etc.

Note: The full MDS program comes with another Calendar set included in the basic set of images.

Calendar Basics Digital Kit – Digital Download   #118120, $9.95

Making plans has never been so much fun with the downloadable Calendar Basics kit for My Digital Studio. This 70-piece stamp brush set has everything you need to create calendars that will get you through the year in style.


Calendar Grid Basic Digital Kit – Digital Download   #121423, $3.95

An excellent foundation for your calendar projects, the eight stamp brushes in the downloadable Calendar Grid Basic kit for My Digital Studio are just what you need to get your calendar projects – and your year – off to a great start!

Here’s a few links for MDS Calendars to inspire you:






http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hqe1oEvNmM – MDS Calendar Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2RxmBmKwlg&feature=related – MDS Calendar Video



Paper Calendar Options from SU:

Birthday Calendar – #101398, $7.95

Keep track of birthdays and other important occasions with these perpetual date trackers. Acid free, lignin free, and buffered. 5-1/2″ x 14″.






Days to Remember Calendar – #104144, $9.95

Scrapbook pages you create enliven each month.   The perforated pages can be removed from the calendar and added to an album. Acid free, lignin free, and buffered. Whisper White


http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1530225?&si=days to remember calendar

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/681326?&si=days to remember calendar



Other fun possibilities:

Stamping Calendar Grids with StazOn on the new Chalkboard Décor Material or on pieces of slate or tile will give you a reuseable calendar grid.  You could even use the stampin pastels to place short term stamp images in the grid.   Not having tried this yet myself you might want to try this on a scrap of the material to make sure the pastels will wash off as I think they will.   Another demo friend did try this and reported the pastels washed off for her just fine but you should probably test this idea out for yourself.

With all these possibilities you now have no excuse not to get yourself organized and on time throughout this new year right?   Between the rubber and the digital there’s hopefully something in everyone’s price range and the added bonus is that unlike paper calendars from the store at the end of the year none of these stamping sets expire (well at least for as long as they remain in the catalog anyway)!  You can go on to create calendars and other projects for years to come using all the above products.  Once in your workshop these stamps and downloads are yours for all the years ahead.   Call or email me if you would like to add these to your stamping arsenal.

Frugalistas of the world unite!  We have an entire new year to create, inspire, save and of course stamp in. 

Hugs and blessings – Jean

As a new years bonus here’s what some people with lots of time on their hands found to do.   And here I thought sheep were just for raising wool for me to spin and weave!


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