Printable Perpetual Calendar

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First you will need to print your pattern. If you try to print it from the web it will not print the right size. So you will need to save it to your computer.

There are 5 layers on this project on four sheets. For this project you will need to print layer 1 and 5 directly onto your cardstock. Choose a light color so that it can be read. Just in case you do not want to do an Oriental theme calendar, I have included a second layer 5 with a standard font. You can print layer 2 and 3 directly to cardstock also if you choose a light color. These are reversed so the printed side would go down. That way if the edges of the lines are still there they won’t show from the front of the calandar. I wanted to use dark colors and print lines do not show up well so I used my pattern method below, making my printed pattern into a giant sticky note. To do this just print the pattern on standard white computer paper then follow the insturctions below.

If you are running windows do this by right clicking on the picture of the pattern. A box will pop up with a list of options. Choose "save picture as". Now another box will pop up. Choose where you would like the picture to be saved and make a note of where you put it so you can find it when you have a program open that you can print it with. My documents or My Pictures is a good place to save your pattern to. Once you have chosen the location click "save".
Any photo program will work to open and print the pattern. Open your photo program then look for the icon to open a picture file you saved from the tool bar of that program. If you don't have any photo program you can use "mspaint". This use to be under "Accessories" on your start menu but the new computers don't have it in the accessories anymore. It is still on your computer though and you can still use it. To find "mspaint" on your computer begin at your computers start button. When the menu pops up look for search. Once you have search open click on the arrow that says "All files and folders" type "paint' in the box, click on the search button. A list of files will form in the white area to the right of the search box you are looking at. Find "mspaint" on the list and click on it. Windows paint will open and you can open the file and print your pattern. Under "File" then "Open" look for where you have stored the picture of your pattern. Once the image is on your screen just click on the Print icon choose the "fit to page" option on the printer options menu.
Now that you have your layers printed you can use a repositionable glue stick lightly on the backside of the layers chosen for dark colors. This will make your pattern into a giant Post-it-note. Stick it to a scrap piece of paper to remove any excess glue. You would not want to get glue on your project and after it has been stuck once any glue that is going to come off will. Place the pattern on a sheet of cardstock score it and cut it out. Remove and discard the post-it pattern. After removing the pattern from your cardstock wipe it with a used dryer sheet to remove any unseen glue. This way if you plan to use embossing powder it will only stick where you want it to.

Once you have your calendar printed, carefully cut it out. The hash marks represent areas that are to be removed. Here is a little trick to make sure you have smooth edges on your circles. Use a heavy grit nail file that is made for acrylic nails on the edge. Those tiny little bumps or points will smooth right out. Make sure your holes are directly in the center of that center dot. I just used a giant needle. Stamp it as you like then assemble the layers in the numerical order listed on the patterns. Put a brad through the center hole and your done. To set your calendar start with Layer 1. Check and see what day the first of the month starts on for the desired month. Then just dial so that month shows in the window of layer 4. Layer 2 is not used much. It is only used if the first of the month starts on a Friday or Saturday and there are 30 or more days in that month. Layer 3 is used most of the time to adjust the amount of days in the month. Just dial it around until it covers the extra days. Then dial the top layer to represent the month :)

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