Saturday, January 31, 2015

It's a Wrap

Cavallini & Co. images
Perhaps, like me, you are a fan of Cavallini & Co.'s vintage image calendars. And if so, perhaps, also like me, you cannot bear to throw them away. So there they sit in the studio, more years' worth than I care to count, trimmed and neatly stacked...

Enter four certificates created for much-appreciated volunteers at my school (sorry, can't reveal them here in the unlikely event the recipients follow my blog). I always hesitate to frame things for other people, not wanting to assume that the piece will live on display rather than tucked in a safe place and taken out occasionally to enjoy. But how to present in a decorative fashion?

Inspiration, fortunately, struck: I took a calendar page, cut a piece of vintage Fabriano colored paper the same size and lay it in as a liner (Canson Mi-Teintes would work well, too), set the certificate in the middle and folded the calendar and the liner squarely. A strip of the same paper was used to made the band, and fastened with fragrant Atelier Gargoyle sealing wax. (I'm a little out of practice with the creme brûlée torch, but it got the job done.)
Cavallini & Co. images

Cavallini & Co. images
Cavallini & Co. images
Cavallini & Co. images
Forgot to photograph the backs, but the calendar grid itself is visible, and a little more of the image.

This isn't the first time I've upcycled these gorgeous images; here's a link to my post on some more complex stationery portfolios. Enjoy!


  1. What a wonderful idea. I have a few of these calendars in the corner myself waiting for a perfect use.
    Thank you for sharing,

  2. I've just 'stumbled' across your blog and am delighted I did so....this is a wonderful idea...haven't seen these calendars in the U.K. but it could be replicated with something similar...will have to keep my eye out.
    I am a humble 'letterer' - still striving to be better every day but a lot of birthdays doesn't help matters, but hey I've a while to go 'til I reach Sheila Watters' age.....being in the U.K. I am a foundational hand person but do a little copperplate but not at all proficient at it so I mostly stick to my foundational. I am also a cardmaker and will try any craft at all if time permits.
    Thanks for inspiring me to use old calendars.
    Joyce in a very dull Northern Ireland.



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