Well, you saw last time just how easy it was to make a small desktop calendar. This time, I will show you that it is just as easy to make a larger wall calendar. The great thing is, the templates in the store make life so easy, all you need is time. Unfortunately, the downside is that you do need rather a lot of time to make a whole calendar but believe you me, the finished calendar is definitely worth it.
I started with the 2014 calendar template from Cornelia Designs:
These templates make creating a calendar simplicity itself as everything you need is there. The templates come in several formats: psd, png and tiff with one template for each month plus a cover page. If you are used to making layouts, and using templates and clipping masks, then really all you are doing is creating 13 layouts for the entire year – Cornelia has done all the hard work for us so like I said, you just need is plenty of time 😉 !!!
I will not be going into details about how to use templates here, so if you are new to templates and would like to know how to use them, then just leave a comment below and then I will do a future post about them.
I used a total of 14 kits in this calendar as follows:
If you click on each thumbnail, it should take you to the relevant page in the shop.
I created an A4 size file in Photoshop for the calendar and then just dragged each month’s layers onto the psd file. There is a separate layer in each month’s files for everything:
- Each template has separate layers for every letter in the month, (January has 7 layers for instance (J, A, N, U, A, R, Y), April has 5 (A, P, R, I, L) );
- There are 35 separate layers for each date mat and 7 layers for the mats for each day
- Separate layers for each date in the month (1, 2, 3 and so on).
I merged all the letters for the month title together, then the dates, the day mats and the dates mats (ending up with 4 layers instead of 60+ layers) and placed them on the A4 file along with the various embellishment layers. It was then a case of using the chosen kit for that month to create the layout. This is how the April file looks in the layer palette:
The layer “WeeknameMat” is the background mat underneath the days of the week whereas the “DatenameMat” is the background layer of the mats under the dates of the month. I clipped papers to each of these and then merged the clipping layer and the mat layer in each case. The great thing about the template though is that if you wanted to, you could have different colours/papers for each day or each date. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to do this as I wanted to give this calendar as a Christmas presents. It never fails to surprise me just how quickly Christmas comes around each year and how the available time I have gets even shorter!
If you want to know how long creating this calendar is likely to take, then you are probably looking at 1-2 hours for each page, maybe more, depending on whether you already have your kits chosen or not and the other distractions/commitments you may have. It is not something you can complete in a couple of hours.
I added photographs to each month and tried to ensure that the photograph on each month’s page was taken in that month so that, for instance, the May page had a photo taken in May.
So, here are the completed pages:
I then saved each month as a jpeg, printed them out and bound the calendar (well, I actually cheated and had them bound and printed at Staples, although every other year, I did the printing and binding myself). Here it is the finished calendar hanging on my office door:
This does make a really unique and personal gift so why not try this out yourself? I’m thinking of making a start on my 2015 calendars soon, but leaving the dates until Cornelia produces a 2015 date template! However, knowing me, I will probably end up leaving it until November/December as usual and then panicking to get it finished in time!
If you make one of these calendars, don’t forget to post it to the gallery – we’d love to see how you used this template!
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