Well, I know it is March already and I made this desktop calendar in December, but calendars always come in useful and you can always use this idea for your 2017 calendars 😉 !!! I love making calendars and always try (with varying degrees of success) to get them finished in time for Christmas. If, like me, you have very little free time, then the ready-made calendar templates in the Digichick store are perfect 🙂 .
I used the UK version of the calendar templates, but there is also a US version:
And a French version!
Aren’t they neat? Not only that, but they are so simple to use, you can actually have a calendar ready for printing within half an hour! All you need is:
- Photographic paper for printing – I used 4″ by 6″ paper;
- 12 portrait photos – it actually takes longer to choose the photos than it does to make the calendar 😉 . You could also use landscape photos but you wouldn’t be able to fit the whole photograph into the calendar;
- Heavy weight card stock for the backing for the calendar. I used 300 gsm card which I think is around 110 lb ins US measurements; and
- Something to bind the calendar with. I used my Zutter Bin-it-All machine and O wires but you could use any wire or comb binding machine, or even book rings.
Then just open up the psd for each month in turn and add your photo, as everything is ready for you to just clip your photo onto that month and print. This is what you see when you open up the January file:
You can just see from the above screenshot that there are layers for the days, month, background, etc. Make sure you are on the “Clip your photo here” layer then use your magic wand tool to select that layer (the magic wand tool is the one that looks like a sparkly magic wand 😉 ). Select the area by clicking on the gray shaded area in that layer:
You should end up with the white marching ants that you can see above. Sorry for the poor quality of the photo – I ended up having to use my camera rather than take a screenshot so you could see the marching ants.
Then open up the photo you want to have for that month. I try to use a photo from the same month as the one I am making but sometimes cheat and use one from the month before or the month after 😉 . When you have opened up the photo, then go to Select>All (or Ctrl+A), then Edit>copy (or Ctrl+C) to copy the photo. Switch to the psd file for that month (January in this case), making sure you are still on the “Clip your photo here” layer, and then go to Edit>Paste Special>Paste Into (or Alt+Shift+Ctrl+V) to paste the photo directly onto the grey shaded area. You will probably find that the photo is much larger than the grey shaded area, so then you would need to reduce the photo in size to fit into the calendar page.
This is easily done using the transform tool which can be found by either going to Edit>Free Transform or Ctrl+T. This then highlights the photograph and if you keep the shift button pressed down you can resize the photograph using one of the corner squares, just dragging it in to fit.
Here is my photo almost resized to fit although you will see that it is not the one I used in the actual calendar – I am afraid I forgot to take photos of that!
Repeat this for each month and then print them off. Here are my twelve months:
Really quick and easy to make!
I made a cover page for the calendar using another photograph the same size (6″ x 4″) and printed that too. Then for the base of the calendar, I used a sheet of A4 cardstock (8.3″ by 11.7″) and cut it to 6″ width so it was 6″ by 11.7″. I then scored it on the long side at 4″ on either side (i.e. at 4″ and 7.7″). I burnished it along the scorelines and then inserted both ends into my Bind-it-All and punched 5 holes. I then bound them using the Bind it All and you can found further details on how to do this in last week’s Simply Sunday post 😉 .
This is how the finished calendar looked:
This really is a very quick and easy calendar to make, and I would definitely recommend these templates. Just be careful when printing as for some months, e.g, December, the actual text of the month may extend beyond the printing area of your printer. I know I had to reduce some of the month headings (the longer months 😉 ) to get them to fit before printing. As long as you watch out for this, it really won’t take very long to produce a unique desktop calendar that makes a lovely gift.
Please do post your creations in the gallery so we can all see how you have used these templates 🙂 .
Other Articles by Lynn:
- Simply Sunday: basic album - September 4th, 2016
- Listen to the Music album - August 7th, 2016
- Fun in the sun album - June 28th, 2016
- Simply Sunday: Quick and easy gift box and cards - April 24th, 2016
- Simply Sunday: Mad Hatters tea party - March 27th, 2016