Yes, the popular Ztampf! Bookmark Calendar is back!
Stay tuned for the “Cool” one!
Yes, the popular Ztampf! Bookmark Calendar is back!
Stay tuned for the “Cool” one!
Make unique, personalized holiday gifts at home quickly and easily with the Bookmark Calendar 2013 Kits!
Freshly brewed – still steaming hot :)
And yes, if you haven’t used it, you can use the ZTAMPF7TH Coupon Code to enjoy 30% OFF Discount of your purchase at Studio Ztampf! through Sep. 30th 2012. Enjoy!
December 2005. It was winter in Hong Kong and I was home alone as my husband was away and wouldn’t be back until the first week of January 2006. I was into my third month of designing digital scrapbooking and Ztampf! was basically all I spent my time on then – it was my baby!
My husband and I didn’t exactly do Christmas then, we exchanged New Year’s gifts instead. So I wanted to gift him something handmade that is not only nice and unique but also useful and practical. Then I got this bright idea of making him a desk calendar that can be collapsed into a flat booklet which he can carry with him whenever he travels – which he does quite a lot. I started to make some sketches to design the look and to work out the construction part of it. After some experimentation, I arrived at what would become the basic of all the Ztampf! CraftyCalendar Kits that came after that.
Then the digital works begun: creating the tabbed pages, the dates and months, the backgrounds, etc. Being totally immersed in digital scrapbooking, of course I made use of my own designs. I used my own personal layouts that I have made since I first started digiscrapping in August 2005 to decorate the calendar pages. I loved how it looked like as if they were actual mini pages stapled or stitched onto the calendars pages! And I was so pleased with myself to come up with the idea of unique Date Markers to mark the important dates in a way that is fun, special and practical! But most of all, I couldn’t wait to see my husband’s face when he saw it later! (Yes, he loved his New Year’s gift; it was such a super special and thoughtful gift. A total surprise too!)
The finished calendar, the first ever calendar I have ever made up to that point – turned out very well! Once I figured out the construction, it was so easy to put together I decided to make another calendar to gift to my parents back in Jakarta. And then it dawn on me that anyone would be able to make their own Crafty Calendars like the ones I just did, totally personalized with their own photos and important dates marked. I just need to provide the materials and the instructions!
So I worked on it, thinking up ways to provide my customers with as many options as possible to create the most personalized, customized calendars while keeping things easy to put together. I photographed the process of making the calendar so I can show how things are done better. The most challenging part for me at that time was to put together a comprehensive instructions, when English is not my first language and I couldn’t ask my husband (who is a native speaker) to help proof-read it as he wasn’t supposed to know about the calendar yet! But I managed to pull it off! The Instructions is in PDF format so people could print it and refer to it easily while creating the calendars. And so the Ztampf! CraftyCalendar Kit was born. It appeared on the first time on Ztampf!Shop on January 5th 2006. Obviously a bit late but perhaps because there was nothing in the market like the Ztampf! CraftyCalendar Kit, people loved it and bought it. Well, it makes a great Valentine’s Day gift… and Anniversary and Birthday – if those happened to be early in the year! So the first ever Ztampf! CraftyCalendar Kit did very well despite its late release!
This is how the first ever Ztampf! CraftyCalendar looks like.
And here is how the first Ztampf! CraftyCalendar appeared in the shops!
The following year in 2006, I made some improvements for the Ztampf! CraftyCalendar 2007 Kit, incorporating some customer inputs. For example, adjusting the size to use Legal size papers instead of A4 size because it is very hard for US customers to find A4 size papers, especially for digital prints while on the other hand, it is easy to re-size down from Legal size to A4. Another thing is to provide two versions: US English with weeks start on Sunday and Global English with weeks start on Monday. Started from this year onward, individual date layers in PNG are also provided to give people greater flexibility in creating their very own calendar pages. I also improved the Folder/Stand part of the calendar; to use thicker material so it is sturdier, and to use the then new Basic Grey magnetic discs for the closure.
Beside the more paper-crafty CraftyCalendars, I also released the Poster Calendar and the QuickCard Calendars that year!
>> To Be Continued
|The Mini is Here!|
It has been an extermely busy time with so many unexpected happenings and hurdles came my way. That’s why this month’s Ztampfever is so late! But… better late than never!
Many of you have been waiting so patiently for the Mini-Vertical CraftyCalendar 2011 Kit. I thank you for your patience – really appreciate it! Please welcome it now then:
As usual, it comes with various versatile goodies for the ultimate customization of your super special calendars that you can use for many other uses as well. The Seasonal Charms include the ones for Chinese New Year, Valentine/anniversary, Easter, Idul Fitri, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and Winter.
A few of you have been asking for more of the expressive Soaring Strokes ARTiStrokes as well. Sorry for the delay; I have been working on it and it is almost ready – so watch out for it ;).
Also available is the Ztampf! CraftyCalendar 2010 – Large Version in various languages:
This time I have not just one, but two coupons for you! Yes!
Both coupons valid through December 20th 2010 – don’t miss using them!
If you haven’t done your bit in this season of love, caring and giving, or wanting to give just a little bit more – then check this out. Remember: Every Little Bit Counts!
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Enjoy your Coupons! I hope you will enjoy creating your CraftyCalendars too. Watch out for the Global English Version (weeks start on Monday) and the CD Calendar Kit coming up soon too!
And there is a brand new little thing for your Halloween projects too:
Have a wonderful week ahead!
Yes, Version Française of Ztampf! CraftyCalendar 2010 Kit is now available at Ztampf!Shop:
of Ztampf! CraftyCalendar 2010 Kit is now available:
13-Month Ztampf! CraftyCalendar Kit 2010 – Deutsche Version with Weeks start on Monday!
The original collapsible desk-calendar great for super special gifts that last the whole year and then some! Create fully customized keepsakes to give for Christmas, New Year, Valentine’s Days, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Just Because…
Created using various recent ztampfilicious kits, the Ztampf! CraftyCalendar Kit 2010 comes with so much goodies to give you a greater flexibility in creating your very own unique calendars.
• A 13-Month desktop calendar that is collapsible to a portable, flat ‘book’ – perfect for mailing and traveling!
• The finished, display size is Half-Legal Paper Size (approx. 8.5 x 7 inches).
• The Magnetic Snaps closure is not only cool: it is sturdy, practical and compact – available from many local/online scrapbooking supplies shops .
• Individual Monthly Date Overlays in PNG format are provided; you can use them in various ways for various types of calendar.
• Tabbed Calendar Page Templates are provided so you can create your calendar using any paper you wish!
• All the Weeks start on Monday.
Content of the kit:
• 28 hyper-realistic Tiny Ensembles ready to ‘drop’ to your Calendar Pages. They can be used for many other purposes as well.
• 27 fun and unique Date Markers for those important dates!
• 13 Months PreMade Calendar Pages (complete with background and the dates) – Deutsch.
• 12 Blank Calendar Pages (with background, without the dates).
• 3 Background Overlays for use with the blank pages and date overlays.
• 2 x 13 Months Date Overlays in PNG format (Dark and Light versions) – Deutsch.
• 3 Reversible Tabbed Calendar Page Templates in PNG format.
• 3 Sets of Designer Cover Pages.
• 9 Seasonal Charms to further embellish your calendar pages accordingly.
• 4 Sets of Title for the PullOut Note Cards – each provided in 3 colors.
• Template and 3 Overlays for the PullOut Note Cards.
• Illustrated Step-by-Step Instructions Booklet in PDF format with Tips’n Tricks Section – in English.
• Diagram for the collapsible Stand/Folder.
OTHER LANGUAGE VERSIONS:
• US English Version (Weeks start on Sunday)
• Global English Version (Weeks start on Monday)
• Version Française (Weeks start on Monday) – coming up!
E-mail me should you wish a version in your language (Only the name of days and months are in specific languages. The Instructions Booklet is all in English only).
Get your Ztampf! CraftyCalendar Kit 2010 – Deutsche Version here!
Looking for inexpensive and yet super special Valentine’s Gift?
Go handmade with these unique calendar kits… Easily craft your own, fill them with pictures of your memorable moments, personalize further with special dates and captions or messages… These make distinctive gifts that will last a whole year and then some! Precious and yet affordable :). Perfect for Anniversaries and Birthdays too!
And… they are now on SALE:
Have you seen this latest addition to Ztampf! Shop?
Use them to make Postcards, Tent-Fold Greeting Cards, Two-Fold Greeting Cards, Fridge Magnet Cards… The QuickCards can be used to make a mini album too! These make great gifts and keepsakes for your loved ones and yourself :).
What’s included in the pack:
• 3 5×7 inches Card Calendar pages in PNG format and transparent windows for your photos
• 3 5×7 inches QuickCards in PNG format and transparent windows for your photos
• 3 Styles of Dates Overlay (2009) in PNG format with transparent background for you to use with any papers/kits you want to create your calendars from scratch.
• 6 Unique Date Markers in PNG format as reminders for those important dates!
• 3 sets of matching Card Covers (spread, 10×7 inches)
• 1 Postcard Back
• 1 Tent-Fold Card Template
• Instructions with Illustrations
Created using various recent Ztampf! kits at 300dpi for optimum print out result. These are designed to fit into an A3 size paper to result in 5×7 cards but can be easily re-size down to fit into Letter Size, Legal Size, and other paper sizes. For Tips and Tutorials on resizing, click here.
Yeah! I’m writing this from Shanghai – we got here in the evening of Thursday, Oct. 2nd and we’ll stay here for 4 nights. More on Shanghai later. Now I’d like to let you know that the Mini-Vertical CraftyCalendar 2009 Kit has been released:
There are more preview pictures available at the shop! Oh and the kit is available in US English Version (Weeks start on Sunday) and in Global English Version (Weeks start on Monday). Let me know if you want it in your own language :).
Bye for now! More later!
Yeah! I’ve finally got this done and now it’s sitting pretty in my CafePress Boutique :). I had this idea for months but it’s not until recently that I managed to work on it and yesterday, I’ve uploaded it! What is it?
Well, it’s an actual, physical Wall Calendar that you can order from my CafePress Boutique. So… what so special about it? Well, it IS customizable! How? The concept is similar to that of QuickPages. The top part of the calendar which is usually a finished image/photo is instead a QuickPage! But of course there is not ‘transparent window’ to insert your photo as in the digital version. This paper version provides a Photo Space instead: a framed matting in a scrapbook layout setting. When you received your calendar, you can then add your own photographs on it by gluing (or using double-sticky tape or glue-tape runner) them on the provided Photo Spaces. Because of the beautiful matting, it doesn’t matter if the size or the proportion of your photos is not exactly the same with the provided space. It’s designed to even allow you to be playful by tilting your photos inside the Photo Space if you wish! There are spaces around the Photo Space to add your title or notes i.e. date and occasion or even a short journaling in some cases.
This provides a super quick and easy way to create personalized gifts for your friends and family! You can even send them blank without photos for them to put their own too! And of course, you can always added more actual embellishment if you wish! I think this will come in handy when you are pressed for time or simply don’t like to do any paper crafting and yet wanting something with a more personal touch. What do you think?
Oh! And my own CafePress order came in the post today! Yay! A customer who placed an order a while go also got hers today! And she told me how she loved everything she got – mostly apparel. And as for me, I got the Black Pondering T-Shirt and the two A Perfect Blend Mugs, plus the Vintage Clock! Love them all! Now that I have the ‘Seize The Day… and digiscrap it!’ Collection, I want them too! Ha! I’m rushing out now – leaving for Jakarta the day after tomorrow. But I’ll try to get some pics taken with them and post them!
Some previews of the new designs uploaded yesterday:
I still have to finish one Mini Crafty Calendar and one Half-Legal Size Crafty Calendar by tomorrow, my last day in Hong Kong before going to Jakarta to see my folks for 2 weeks. I’ve printed all the pages – will trim, make the covers and bind them tomorrow. Oh and I still have to wrap some Christmas presents too… and the cards to be mailed… among other things! And now it’s already 3 a.m.! Where have all the time gone?
Oh before I forget… The posting period for Ztampfans Challenge #4 is through Dec. 13th. Post away and who knows… win the prizes :).