Monday, June 13, 2011

Waiting Is Hard: Near Witch Countdown Craft Tutorial

In case you haven't noticed, I'm very excited about The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab. So excited that I have the NW countdown widget over in the doobly-doo . See it?

Now, The widget is great and all, but I have this issue with remembering numbers. The issue is that I can't remember numbers. I have to give each number a letter to correspond with it, so I can remember what it is. Then I memorize strings of letters instead of dates or phone numbers.

What? You're surprised I do something bizarre? Have you met me?

The widget, as I said, is great. I love the widget. And when I'm at home, I can just bring up my blog on my laptop and I can watch the widget count down. I'm not going to lie to you, folks. I do that quite often. Especially since Netflix took my Sports Night away from me.

But, driving to work this morning, it occurred to me that I might forget that there are only 49 days until The Near Witch is released.

Forgetting is bad.

So, when I had a free moment, I decided to make a Craft. And now I will teach you to make it, too.

Near Witch Countdown Calendar

You will need:
  • Paper and access to a printer
  • A computer with the word processing or photo editing program of your choice
  • Scissors
  • A ruler or straight edge of some sort
  • Heavy-duty scrapbook paper in an appealing pattern and color
  • A stapler of dangerous proportions
  • The ability to count

1. Go here, and download the picture.

2. Open your photo editor or word processor, I used Microsoft Publisher, and put your newly-downloaded book cover in it.

3. Admire the cover of The Near Witch. Daydream about reading it.

4. Pick a font that goes with the cover font and a color that works with the cover's color scheme.

5. Make a text box, and put it somewhere on the cover. In the text box, put the number 49.

6. Copy your picture and text box.

7. Paste your picture and text box many, many times.

8. Start counting down from 49, changing the numbers in all the text boxes except the first one. The first new box should have the number 48, then 47, then get the idea. Count down to one.

9. Paste your cover one last time. Make another text box with a happy saying announcing The Near Witch's release. Mine says, "It's HERE!"

10. Print, in color.

11. Cut out each cover neatly.

12. Arrange the pages of your calendar with the highest number on the top and the smallest number on the bottom. The numbers should be in order.

13. Put the happy announcement cover at the very bottom.

14. Cut out a piece of pretty but heavy-duty scrapbook paper (card stock) so it is the same size as the other pages of the calendar.

15. Place the scrapbook paper underneath all the other pages.

16. Use the heavy-duty, dangerous-looking stapler to staple your calendar together.

18. Admire your finished Craft Project.

19. Each day, tear off a page of your calendar, to signify the passage of time.

While you use your fantastic new calendar, make sure you go over to Victoria Schwab's blog and enter her giveaway! You could win a signed first edition of Hourglass by Myra McEntire, a signed Hourglass poster, a $10 iTunes gift card with an Hourglass playlist, and Near Witch swag pack* (signed bookmark, bookplate, set of buttons, playing cards). Trust me, you want all of these things.

*I can tell you from personal experience, the bookmarks and buttons are lovely. I read my set of buttons when I need a NW fix. I have them memorized.


  1. Breathtakingly cool! I covet your stapler.

  2. It is the Magical Work Stapler designed for giant Library Stapling Occasions.

    But seriously, if I ever go away to another place, before I leave to go to whatever place that might be, I will order myself a giant stapler of my own.