2018 Calendar How-to

 

I love making calendars each year. They are very similar to greeting cards which is my first passion.  There are many ways to produce calendars, here are a few:

Easiest- Print one photo or collage on 8 1/2 x 11 with all the months printed. You can download the template from Etsy creators or use an online printer such as Shutterfly or Vistaprint for example.

Fairly easy – upload 13 photos to Shutterfly or other online printer and choose a format. This can be pricey ($15-25 each)

One Sheet – a 16×20 poster available online (runs $22.99 at Shutterfly)

My favorite – I create *12  5×7 sheets for each month and print them through a discount online printer as they seem to do just fine at this size.  Then I give or sell them with a 5×7 acrylic magnet that goes on people’s refrigerators or any metal surface. It is easy to change each month as the year goes by.  The magnets are available in other sizes too through http://www.pfile.com. (order more than 12 and they are about $3 each with shipping) – so your total on this project is your time and under $10.  I either order clear boxes from http://www.clearbags.com (extra cost) or slip the 12 sheets into an envelope.

*this year I am using the templates from Lil Owls Texture Club (you need to join). They are very well done and allow customization.  See samples above. Etsy also has many calendar template creators.

 

This is a great way to share your photos and creativity!

 

 

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2017 Calendars

I have been making calendars for years, putting 12 of my favorite photos into an 8 1/2 x 11 wall calendar and giving it to family and friends. Each has a sentence of inspiration or wisdom that has meant something to me.

Several years ago I came up with some other calendar ideas which are really fun.

One of my calendar series is made of 5×7 cardstock sheets that go in a standup acrylic frame. One for each month with a photo and all the dates for the month.

But my next version of this started several years ago.  I now print 4×6 cards that go in a 4×6 magnetic acrylic frame. These lay flat so easy to mail and they go on any magnetic surface. Each has a photo and the dates of the month. I package them in a clear box with elastic gold cord and bow.

I print these on Lustre 11 x 14 paper and cut 4 from a sheet. The cost is minimal and they can be sold or given as presents.