Linda’s CD Calendar for 2016

January Calendar CD Case

My dear paper crafting friend, Linda White, sends me a beautiful, handcrafted CD calendar year after year.  Each year it becomes one of my most popular blog posts.  I’m proud to share Linda’s 2016 CD calendar today!  Thank you, Linda, for allowing me to showcase your creative genius and generous details!

FREE PDF!  I know many of you love to make your own calendars or create a class using Linda’s ideas.  For the first time, I’m offering a FREE PDF you can print with information for all 12 months!  Like?

WHERE TO FIND IT!  Linda purchases her pre-printed calendars and CD cases from eBay seller, Painter410 – you can find Painter410 by clicking here.

Linda’s base color for each calendar size is 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″.  The black mat is 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″.

January CD Calendar


  • Base:  Soft Sky cardstock
  • Designer Series Paper from Nordic Noel 2″ x 2 3/4″
  • 1 3/4″, 1 3/8″, and 1″ Circle Punch
  • Sponge Whisper White circles with Early Espresso Ink
  • Large Star Punch for nose, Pumpkin Pie cardstock
  • Early Espresso cardstock with Snowflake Punch for arms
  • 1/4″ Gingham Ribbon for scarf, attach with Mini Glue Dots
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Bling for black eyes is from Recollections.  Apply with Tombow Glue.

February CD Calendar


  • Base:  Real Red cardstock
  • Designer paper from Specialty Love Impressions, 3″ x 2 1/2″
  • 2 3/8″ Scallop Punch, Real Red cardstock
  • 2″ Circle Punch, Whisper White cardstock
  • Smoky Slate cardstock for whale
  • Small Heart Punch
  • Stamp Set:  Oh, Whale and Sizzix Clearlits Happy Whale
  • Ink:  Real Red
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals and Black Bling from Recollections for eye of whale

March CD Calendar


  • Base:  Daffodil Delight cardstock
  • Perfect Polka Dots designer series paper 2 3/4″
  • Whisper White cardstock 1 3/4″ x 2 1/2″
  • Stamp Set:  For Peeps Sake
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight
  • Trio Flower Punch, Pretty in Pink cardstock
  • Markers:  Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Pool Party, and Pumpkin Pie
  • Pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals

April CD Calendar


  • Base:  Lucky Limeade cardstock
  • Sunshine and Sprinkles designer series paper 2 3/4″ x 2″
  • Ink and cardstock:  Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Pacific Point
  • Whisper White cardstock
  • 1 1/4″ Scallop Punch and 1″ Circle Punch
  • Stamp Set:  Spring Sampler
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

May CD Calendar


  • Base:  Calypso Coral cardstock
  • Calypso Coral cardstock 2 7/8″ x 2 1/8″
  • Best Year Ever designer series paper 2 3/4″ x 2″
  • 1 1/4″ Circle punch, Crushed Curry cardstock
  • 1″ Circle Punch, Calypso Coral
  • Butterfly Punch, Best Year Ever designer series paper
  • Pearls and Stampin’ Dimensionals

June CD Calendar


  • Base:  Pool Party
  • Specialty Sweet Shop designer series paper 2 3/4″ x 2 1/4″
  • Pennant Punch, Crumb Cake cardstock with Square Lattice Embossing Folder
  • Build a Cupcake Punch, Pretty in Pink cardstock, Early Espresso cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, and Red Glitter Paper for cherry on top
  • Mini gemstones (an impulse buy in Walmart!!)

July CD Calendar


  • Base:  Crumb Cake cardstock
  • Confetti Star Punch, Night of Navy cardstock 2″ x 3″
  • Silver Glimmer Paper for under Night of Navy, 2 3/4″ x 1 1/2″
  • Mini Star Punch from Bitty Punches, Silver Glimmer Paper
  • Stamp Set:  Sunburst Sayings with Starburst Framelits Dies
  • Ink:  Real Red
  • 1″ Circle Punch, Real Red cardstock
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

August CD Calendar


  • Base:  Garden Green cardstock
  • Crushed Curry cardstock 2 3/4″ x 2″
  • Stamp Set:  Sheltering Tree
  • Whisper White cardstock 1 7/8″ x 2 5/8″ for stamping image
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Garden Green, Crumb Cake and Crushed Curry for sponging in right corner with Sponge Dauber

September CD Calendar


  • Base:  Basic Gray cardstock
  • Howlstooth & Scaringbone designer series paper 1″ x 2 3/4″
  • Basic Gray cardstock 2 3/4″ x 2″
  • 2″ Circle Punch, Tangerine Tango cardstock
  • 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Whisper White cardstock for stamping
  • Stamp Set:  Tree for All Seasons
  • Markers:  Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Black, Hello Honey, Dusty Durango, Lucky Limeade, and Cherry Cobbler
  • Small Leaf Punch, Tangerine Tango and More Mustard cardstock

October CD Calendar


  • Base:  Pumpkin Pie cardstock
  • Black cardstock 2 7/8″ x 2 1/8″
  • Pumpkin Pie cardstock 2 3/4″ x 2″ with Spider Web Embossing Folder
  • Stamp Set:  Warmest of Wishes and Spooky Bingo Bits
  • Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and Lucky Limeade, Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker
  • Owl Punch
  • Small Oval Punch
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

November CD Calendar


  • Base:  Garden Green cardstock
  • Brights designer series paper 3/4″ x 3 1/2″
  • 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, Garden Green cardstock
  • 2 3/8″ Scallop Punch, Crumb Cake cardstock
  • 2″ Circle Punch, Whisper White cardstock
  • Stamp Set:  Acorny Thank You
  • Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, and Garden Green
  • Hemp Twine for bow, held in place with Mini Glue Dots
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

December CD Calendar


  • Base:  Real Red cardstock
  • Winter Wonderland designer series paper 2″ x 3″
  • Whisper White cardstock for use with Sleigh Ride Edgelits
  • Tombow Liquid Glue and Dazzling Diamonds Stamping Glitter
  • Primitive Star Punch (EK Success) with Real Red card stock
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF of the instructions above.

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  1. Jacquita Davis

    Mary I don’t seem to find the instructions on how to fix the cd case and putting the calendar inside of it. Also, do you put one month in and remove it to put the next month in?
    Thank you Jacquita Davis

  2. I’m thankful to be a neighbor of Linda’s and recipient of this calendar! The beauty, cuteness, and finishing details are so much more special than the photos can show! Thank you Linda for sharing your creative talent with us!


  3. I don’t use the cd case, instead I bought a small easel from Michaels. Just a different way to display them. They look adorable any way you see them displayed.

  4. the stand is a CD case (perhaps you have one around).

  5. I’m thrilled to see this wonderful (and expected) response to Linda’s calendar. Thank you for leaving your comments and questions!

  6. What a delight! Her detail for each month is perfect. Thanks for sharing her lovely gift and the directions❣

  7. Thanks for sharing! Where do you buy the stand? From the same ebay seller?

    • I bought mine in bulk from a site called CDRom to go, but there are people on etsy who sell smaller numbers.

  8. Hi Mary, Thank you so much for sharing the incredible calendar created by your friend Linda along with all the information needed to make one of our own. I have wanted to make a small monthly desk calendar for ages and all of the sizes, sources and inspiration you provided will finally make that possible. I continue to marvel at the creativity you and your amazing friends possess!

  9. Linda, thank you so much for sharing your artwork. I have been hoping you would make this again so we who are not talented as you could copy; I ordered my calendars in October and was hoping you would make them again. Whoopee! Thank you Mary for sharing them with us. I’m getting in to my craft room and making them right away.

  10. Thank you so much for taking the time make a tutorial for Linda’s beautiful calendar! Linda is so talented! I love her calendars!!

  11. Does Linda purchase the spiral bound calendars and the just cut off the tops? I only see where the eBay seller has spiral bound 2017 calendars for sale. Thank you.

    • If you go to the contact seller and let her know, I am sure she will get more available. They are the 2 1/2 x 5 blank 2017 calendar, no cutting of anything off, they are perfect when you get them!!

  12. Thank you Linda and Mary for sharing this pdf. I love giving calendars for gifts. I just purchased these on ebay. Can’t wait to get them!

  13. Ooo,that’s such a wonderful idea, Linda, vary nicely done ,
    Tfs and MsMary for the PDFs,
    Hugs to both of you

  14. One of my favorite projects ever! I love calendars.

  15. LOVE! TFS and for the free PDF File, too! Beautiful calendar! 🙂

  16. Mary – these are precious! What a lovely gift to receive. So much to see on every page.

  17. Donna Register

    Last years calendar I made for 2016 and this one I will make for 2017. I didn’t make that clear in my previous post.

  18. Donna Register

    Mary, I am so glad you posted next years calendar. I made 15 of these using the instructions for the 2016 calendar and all my friends and family love them. I also kept one for my self and enjoy it while doing dishes as it sits on the kitchen bar. Getting ready to make this one now.

  19. Do you happen to know which website she downloaded the actual monthly calendars from or did she create them herself? Thanks.

  20. This is great. Thanks so much for sharing!

  21. I love this. It is wonderful!! So great. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Oh my gosh…..that calendar is SOOOO adorable!!! Thank you for sharing!!! Happy New Year!!!

  23. This is FABULOUS!
    MANY THANKS to Linda for all the hard work that went into creating this masterpiece…….And to you for sharing it with us…….LOVE IT!

  24. Ohhhh!! so beautiful!!! Thank you for giving the dimensions for each panel, this calendar is amazing.
    Thank you Mary and Linda for sharing this truly lovely gift.
    Hugs to you both.

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