I know a lot of you have probably already made your mini calendars for the new year, but I finally got around to figuring out a project I've been thinking of. My friend, Pam, taught me this fold years ago...but, I changed the size and shape to fit those cute little mini calendars. (You can also use it as a photo frame!!) I'll try to explain it as clearly as I can (I also took a lot of pictures). Ok...here goes!!
Start with a 4" x 5" piece of paper. Fold it in half both lengthwise and widthwise, and then open it up.
Fold each corner down to the lengthwise fold and crease (the sharper you make the creases, the better!).
Flip the whole paper over and fold the 2 flat edges along the center lengthwise fold.
Then, fold the 2 pointed sides down.
Are you following me so far? Ok...next open the whole thing up, with the white side of the paper up.
You'll see a little diamond shape at each corner. Fold that little diamond section in half. So, now you'll see a white sheet with 4 little triangles in each corner.
At the tip of each triangle, you'll notice a fold line. Fold each corner again at this fold line.
At this point there should be 4 remaining fold lines. Fold each side back along these lines.
That's it for folding!! Not too bad, huh? Now you can cut a contrasting/complimentary paper to a 2" x 3" rectangle. Slip this piece into your folded piece and then glue down all the flaps in the back.
Next cut a 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" cardstock and fold that in half. this will serve as your "easel". I punched out another piece of contrasting cardstock with a scalloped oval punch and glued this down at the top of the "easel" and glued the folded frame over that.
I decorated using various stamps and some silver wire. Wow! I hope that made sense!! Please feel free to ask questions if it didn't! Here's a few more samples using the same fold: