Special Occasion Reminder Book, part 2

Well, it took about three full days of my holiday break to complete this book, but I think it was worth it – my mom LOVED it! She can’t wait to start filling in all of the important dates like her children’s anniversaries and grandchildren’s birthdays.


I may have also been working on the upcoming retreat projects in between tasks so hopefully it didn’t really take three whole days! I do like how it turned out, and although I would settle on a specific color scheme for myself – my mom is colorful and that made for a fun project.

In the previous post I discussed the foundation for this book – the pages – and how I used Make-the-Cut‘s Print and Cut feature to create the special dates lists for each month. This post will focus on the embellishment and completion of the Special Dates book. This post is photo intensive – be prepared!


Opening of front cover – I was able to fit 3 blanks in the oval behind the written one, in case she ever wants to change the title.

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Here is my first page with Gemstone metallic – Wow, does that make the tulips POP off the page!


The flowers and frogs for May were airbrushed with Copic Markers.



Many of the shapes I used came from Team KNK posts. Others came from my own files or the gallery in MTC.

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I love Bird’s baubles, swirly deer, and Christmas trees!


I decided to use craft plastic to increase the book’s durability.


The craft plastic cover also gave me a nice, strong foundation to be able to attach the metal book plate. I used a gel pen to write the title with my KNK Maxx before cutting out the oval.


In the end, I also decided to add some pockets/envelopes so she can store notes or other small/flat items.




  1. Cut all of the vinyl shapes to embellish the pages.
  2. Color with Copic markers if desired.
  3. Use transfer tape to apply the vinyl decals to the pages.
  4. Cut the front and back covers from patterned card stock and from craft plastic.
  5. Assemble the book and install the book plate.
  6. Embellish as desired.

I’d like to make one for myself now, but I am exhausted!  lol!

Special Occasion Reminder Book

I saw a lovely special occasion reminder book on Bloglovin, and just loved the concept. That particular one was focused on a specific brand of stamps, but I wanted to create one that utilizes the power of my KNK digital cutting systems. This post is step 1 of 2 for the project. Step 2 will follow on January 7th. This is where the project will come together using a variety of mediums.

The first thing I needed to do was create my pages; one page for each month. I imported a scroll shape for the frame and added lines for the items that will be handwritten into the book. I used the Print and Cut feature in Make-the-Cut and printed the insets on various colored card stock with different colors of ink. The cut lines were created using basic shapes (a rectangle and circles).


I want the book to be durable, so I also cut hole reinforcements.


I added double sided adhesive and placed the reinforcements over the ring holes on both sides. I thought about using the back side of each page for the next month’s list, but decided to keep that area free for decoration/embellishments.


I am making this book for my mom and she likes as much color as possible, so I went with a multitude of color combinations.


Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 25
  • v = 300
  • passes = 1



  1. Import shapes, or use basic shapes in MTC to create the desired page shapes. For these tabbed pages I used the rounded rectangle in multiple sizes.
  2. Weld shapes as needed.
  3. Import shapes and/or use basic shapes to create the inset with note lines and any desired decorations. Be sure it will fit on your page without covering the ring holes.
  4. Follow the instructions in the appropriate KNK User Manual (Maxx Air) to complete the Print-and-Cut.
  5. Adhere the hole reinforcements and insets to the cut pages.