One of my stamping buddies from SCS, Sharon Harnist, aka StamperSharon posted an adorable chipboard coaster calendar on Splitcoaststampers in mid-December--a definite wow project! You can see Sharon's calendar creation here, and you can visit her new blog here. My point: after a few weeks of futile resistance, I was assimilated by the chipboard coaster Borg last week--well, partially assimilated--thanks to Sharon. I bought 100. That's not bad; some people have 3000. . . (Aren't comparisons handy?)
About the same time my coasters arrived, my 6 x 6 pad of Basic Grey Blush Collection arrived from Jacksonbelle's e-Bay store too! I adore those 6 x 6 Basic Grey pads; the proportions are just perfect for cardmakers. I am determined to make all of the calendar pages with this Blush Collection, so you'll just have to tolerate flowers in Winter. I am only half finished with my little calendar, but I figured that four months would be enough to give you the idea. Instead of having chipboard covers and card stock pages, I used all chipboard. Instead of having thirteen pages, I have seven. My months are front and back in order to be a workable thickness. I punched holes with my Crop-a-dile--a great tool if you like eyelets and dislike noise. Finally, the bits of bling are the Amuse twinkle stickers from Ellen Hutson's store. Life needs a little bling now and then, right?
Stamp sets used on these pages are all SU and include Big Pieces, Bodacious Blossoms, and Carte Postale.
Edited to add: Several of you have asked where I got the chipboard coasters. I have gotten them from both StarLitStudio's e-bay store, where they are packaged 10-20 to a pack, and from a product split on SplitCoastStampers. To find a large quantity on SplitCoastStampers, I just went to the forums and searched for "Heavyweight Chipboard Coasters." If any of YOU have extra coasters or suggestions on where to get them, feel free to post in the comments section of this post.
Others have asked how to adhere paper to chipboard. I used Mod Podge. Xyron would work (but be tough to reposition if you didn't get it right the first time), or any good paper glue (like SU's Crystal Effects or Tombow Mono Multi) should work as well. Another good question was where the calendar template came from. If you click on StamperSharon's calendar in the first paragraph, she links to a printable calendar on SplitCoastStampers, posted by Suzyq01. I used that one, but I changed the font, and I printed it out at 75% because I wanted more space to decorate and a smaller calendar page. Hope this helps!