Every Christmas, I always make calendars for my friends and family – A4 wall calendars for the ladies, and desktop calendars for the men. When Charla came up with her calendar templates, I knew they would be just perfect for the desktop calendars.
For the desktop calendar, I used Charm Box Studios 2014 Word Calendar Template:
The template comes in two parts, one for each month and the other with the dates so there are 24 templates in total.
I created a 6″ by 4″ portrait file in Photoshop, then for each month I added the dates to the bottom half of the file and a photograph to the top half. the template for each month’s title has each letter (and it’s outline) as separate layers, so I combined each of these to make just two layers, one for the month title and the other for the background. So instead of having, for instance, j, a, n, u, a, r, y as seven separate layers, I just had one layer for January with a separate layer for the “January” outline.
These are the completed pages:
They are all photographs of some of the places I have been to in the UK.
For the cover page, I just used a photograph and added “2014 Calendar” from the template to this page. I then printed the cover and each page on 4×6 glossy photo paper. To create the backing for the desktop calendar, I used one sheet of A4 cardstock trimmed to 8″ wide. I then trim,med this down to create two long pieces measuring 4″ by 8″, scoring at 2″ on each 8″ side:
I then bound the calendar together using my Bind-it-All although you could use binder rings, ribbon, or whatever you have to hand and I added red sticky strip to the base as shown below:
I find the red sticky strip much stronger than than the normal double sided tape so prefer to use when I want a more permanent fix although you could also use PVA glue or similar. This is how the backing for the calendar is adhered together:
This creates the stand for the calendar:
I just managed to avoid the heavy rain shower when I took that photograph!
These make a lovely personalised gift as you can use photos of family to produce a unique calendar. If you have some spare time, why not give this a go? These really are very easy to make, honest!
In addition to this desktop calendar, I have also made an A4 wall calendar and part 2 of this article shows how I made that.
Other Articles by Lynn:
- Simply Sunday - quick and easy bookmarks - February 26th, 2017
- Simply Sunday - 2017 desktop calendar - January 1st, 2017
- Simply Sunday: basic album - September 4th, 2016
- Listen to the Music album - August 7th, 2016
- Fun in the sun album - June 28th, 2016