Every year as Christmas presents, I give family and friends a calendar for the new year. The girls (and I’m even including myself and my mum in the “girls” category despite the fact we are both more than slightly over 21!!) get an A4 calendar and the men get an A5 desktop calendar. The A4 calendar will be the subject of a separate blog post but the A5 calendar is so easy to make, it can easily be done in an afternoon, so it is perfect for a Simply Sunday post!
I used the 4×6 calendar templates from the Digicrafter:
These are so easy to use, honest. All you have to do is open each month, copy and paste your photo for that month into the coloured area, make a cover page and then print and bind your calendar. If you are new to templates, then these are a perfect way to find out how to use them. If you are a template expert, then you will be able to make these calendars in no time at all.
In addition to the templates, you will also need:
- 6×4 photographic paper for the calendar printing;
- Heavy weight card for backing the calendar;
- Glue or double sided tape to adhere the cardstock cover together;
- Binding materials – I used my Bind-it-All but you could also use a hole punch and ring binder clips or ribbons to fasten the calendar together.
That is all you need so if you have a couple of hours free, you could easily make one of these calendars.
Since they come in a 6×4 size, all I had to do was open each month in turn and copy and paste the chosen photograph into the coloured area. the actual steps for this are as follows:
- Open up the template for the month you are making:
- Click on the photo layer in your layers palette and then using the magic wand, select that layer:
You can just about make out the marching ants around the yellow layer in the above photo.
- Open up the photograph you want to use for that month. I didn’t take any screenshots when I made the calendar originally, so the rose below is just a random photo I opened for demonstration purposes only – I don’t normally use pictures taken in a heavy frost on a June layout 😉 . Then select all (either use Ctrl + A on a windows keyboard or go to Select>All). Then copy the photograph (Ctrl + C or Edit>Copy). Apologies but I don’t know the shortcut keys for a Mac.
- Paste the photograph into the coloured area (which should still be selected) by either using the shortcut keys Alt + Ctrl + Shift +V or Edit>Paste Special> Paste into, as shown below:
- You will probably find the photo does not fit, i.e. it is too big for the coloured area. All you need to do then is resize it using Edit>Transform>Scale or Ctrl + T. Hold down the shift key (which keeps the photo in proportion) and then drag the corners of the photo until you get the required size.
- Here is my finished month (not the one I ended up with for June though 😉 )
All you have to do then is repeat the procedure for each month. It really takes no time at all – in fact, choosing the photographs actually takes longer than making the calendar 😉 !
Here is my full set for the year:
You may recognise the March photograph (Lacock Abbey in Chippenham) as this is the gallery in the Harry Potter films!
I then created a blank 4″ x 6″ document for the cover, added a photograph and basic numbers for the year:
The next part is the binding.
You will need two pieces of heavyweight cardstock, plain or coloured, each one measuring 4″ x 8″:
I then scored on the long side at 1″ and 2″:
Hopefully you can see the scorelines in the above photo. The 2″ flaps on each piece of cardstock is where the covers meet. The 1″ scoreline is so that the base can be folded in half for posting, or wrapping as a gift – it is a lot easier to wrap a flat calendar than one which is 2″ deep on one side 😉 !
To put the calendar together, put all the calendar pages together in order with the cover page on top. then place the two pieces of cardstock at the back with the scored edges at the bottom. the calendar pages should line up with the top of the cardstock, leaving 2″ of the cardstock showing at the bottom.
Now, to bind the calendar, you can either use a binding machine (I used my Zutter Bind-it-All machine) or simply use a hole punch and punch two or more holes through the calendar pages and cardstock. ring binder clips or ribbon can then be used to fasten the calendar together.
The Bind-it-Al lphoto below shows my calendar pages on the right and the cardstock on the left:
This is about the only time of year I actually use my Bind-it-All, unless I am making notebooks or albums 😉 .
Once you have bound you calendar, push the calendar pages out of the way and then adhere the cardstock pieces together:
You can use double sided tape or wet glue for this.The 1″ scoreline in the middle would fold upwards (into the calendar) and provided the cardstock is heavy enough, it then can be flattened out to support the calendar.
And there you have one completed desktop calendar:
It makes an excellent Christmas/New Year gift and can be put together in an afternoon. Please do give this a try as the templates are so easy to use. Why not post your finished calendars in the gallery and then we can all admire your handiwork?!!!
Other Articles by Lynn:
- Simply Sunday - quick and easy bookmarks - February 26th, 2017
- 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