December 20th, 2010 | 2 Comments »

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

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August 26th, 2010 | No Comments »

Now Ztampf! CraftyCalendar 2011 Kit is also available in Scandinavian Languages:

Weeks start on Monday!
Days of the Week: M  T  O  T  F  L  S
Months are provided in Norsk (No)/Svenska (Sv)/Dansk (Da)
(Januar, Februar, Mars, Marts, April, Mai, Maj, Juni, Juli, August, Augusti, September, Oktober, November, December, Desember)

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.

Remember that the 30% OFF Discount Coupon given in the Ztampfever #58.2 is valid for all versions of the Ztampf! CraftyCalendar 2011 Kit! The coupon is good through end of this month, so don’t miss out!

Get yours now.

 

 

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August 25th, 2010 | No Comments »

Yup! Ztampf! CraftyCalendar 2011 Kit is now also available in
Global English, Deutsch and Française – with weeks start on Monday!

You can start early creating your super special holiday gifts for those special people in your life now. This is a gift that will last a whole year and then get treasured for years to come!

See what’s included in the kit:

Remember that the 30% OFF Discount Coupon given in the Ztampfever #58.2 is valid for all versions of the Ztampf! CraftyCalendar 2011 Kit! The coupon is good through end of this month, so don’t miss out! Get yours now.

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September 29th, 2009 | No Comments »

Yes, Version Française of Ztampf! CraftyCalendar 2010 Kit is now available at Ztampf!Shop:

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August 27th, 2009 | 2 Comments »

of Ztampf! CraftyCalendar 2010 Kit is now available:

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13-Month Ztampf! CraftyCalendar Kit 2010Deutsche 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.

Features:
• 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 2010Deutsche Version here!

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August 25th, 2009 | No Comments »

Have you seen it?

Start creating your extra special and unique Christmas/New Year gifts now! Ztampf! CraftyCalendars make fabulous gifts that last for a whole year and then some! I know many customers whose loved ones have came to expect a Ztampf! CraftyCalendars every year now! Just like my own family members :). Fully customizable with your very own photographs, date markers, notes and more, Ztampf! CraftyCalendars are made with loving attention to be collect, cherished and treasured year after year.

Currently Ztampf! CraftyCalendars is available in US English (weeks start on Sunday) and Global English (weeks start on Monday). Deutsche Version and Version Française are coming up next! Don’t forget to make use of the coupons in the Ztampfever #47 before you go purchasing the Ztampf! CraftyCalendars!

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ZtampfCraftyCal2010L_DemoZtampfCraftyCal2010L_ContentEnjoy creating your super special Ztampf! CraftyCalendars! Email me should you need any help with it :). Happy scrafting!

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August 28th, 2008 | 1 Comment »

Many of you have asked me to release Ztampf! CraftyCalendar Kit early this year to give you more time to create more CraftyCalendar gifts for your loved ones for Christmas and New Year. Some of you told me how it has now become a tradition to gift CraftyCalendar for Christmas and how it’s always such a hit with the recipients. I am so happy to hear all these :). Please do share your experience with making and gifting Ztampf! CraftyCalendar with us here – I’d love to hear more!

And guess what?

The Ztampf! CraftyCalendar 2009 Kit is here! Now. Yes! It now comes with even more goodies to provide you with even more options in creating your very own CraftyCalendars. Check out the list of content:

Currently it is available in these languages:

Email me if you want to have the Calendar in your own language. Please note that only the name of days and months on the PreMade Calendar Pages and the 2×13-Month Date Overlays are in specific language. All the instructions will still be in English.

The finish, display size of the Calendar is approx. 8.5 x 7 inches. To see the content of the kit at a glance:

Some sample pages that I did for my husband’s calendar:

I hope you like it! If you haven’t subscribed to Ztampfever Newsletter, make sure you do! Here is the page to subscribe: http://ztampf.com/ztampfever/?p=subscribe&id=1

Enjoy :)

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