I started making custom calendars over 10 years ago. Back then I bought pre-made calendars with blank spaces where I glued photos. I made one for my office and one for my mother and mother-in-law. In 2000, the process became much quicker because we had a digital camera and it was easy to just print off the photos I needed instead of deciding on the photos and then having reprints made. Then when I started digital scrapbooking, it became even easier. The first one I made in 2004 used templates and it took me several months to put it together. I was new to scrapbooking so I didn’t have any digital scrapbooking supplies so I ended up cobbling things together and did a lot of recoloring. Then designers started coming out with quick page calendars and now you can make a calendar very quickly. Also, it’s much easier to find custom design kits so that templates are much easier to use as well. Now days, I make calendars for all the family and usually customize the calendar for the individual recipients and I’m still finished much faster than ever before.
The calendar products that we have this year are Kay Elfin’s 2011 Printable Bookmark Calendars where you add a photo and text, print it out, and you have a speedy and quick gift. Here’s one I just made in a matter of minutes using a photo of our granddaughter getting ready for their Halloween parade at pre-school.
Coppercurls made some beautiful 8.5 by 11 vintage calendar pages for 2010. I can image how lovely these would look printed out and displayed on her wall.
The second calendar product we have at the E-scape and Scrap Boutique is Build It Hybrid 2011 Calendar by Lady Bug Designs. It is a comprehensive kit with calendar brushes and png’s, frame clusters, date markers, page templates, and instructions. With this kit you will need to provide at least a background paper and any custom embellishments you’d like to place on your calendar page but with the frame clusters and date markers, you won’t need many other items to complete your calendar. Of course, if you want to have a plain white background (and save some ink) you wouldn’t necessarily need background papers. Coppercurls has used the calendar bases to add the tabs to her pages. Once you punch holes and add ribbons or bind the pages, you have a great desktop gift to enjoy all year long. Click on the image below to view all the products used on Coppercurls calendar pages.
JD’s Mom used Lady Bug Designs’ Build It Hybrid 2011 Calendar without the tabs. Since they are exactly 5”x7”, it’s a snap to upload and print at your favorite local store or use your home printer. Click on the images to view all the products used in JD’s Mom’s layouts.
Here’s a calendar page by Lainey also using Build It Hybrid 2011 Calendar by Lady Bug Designs.
Another fun way to use calendars is to make gifts for your friends. Use a scenic photo as a background or make your own scene using the myriad of digital scrapbook kits available for custom themes or topics. On the page below, Lainey used Shiver by Busy Elf Designs.
I hope that you found some inspiration for creating and enjoying printable calendars all year long. Also, check out our posting from last month for a free set of bookplate calendars for 2011 generously create by Erica922. This will be my last post for 2010. Wishing you a happy holiday season and new year.