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Saturday, January 01st, 2011
3:00 AM

The fonts are hard to see, but printed well.

I don't really have a banner for "I stole this idea, but I sort-of made it my own" - I don't think crafty fits too well. But I did want to share what I did, because it was really easy!!

Bloggers John and Sherry over at Young House Love have made their own calendars for the past two years. They also have been generous enough to share the Photoshop file so that their readers (like me!) could make their own! Here is the calendar they made for this year (can you believe it's already 2011??)!

My mother had mentioned that she really wanted to put together a black and white album of some of the pictures she has of Carolynne (my niece). I figured a calendar would be nice, as you could actually use it (and it was a bit easier to put together than an album). I found 12 pictures of mostly Carolynne (and a few of my brothers and I) and made them all black and white in Gimp (freeware Photoshop). I then resized them and added them instead of the text that YHL had done.

I then printed the pages out on regular paper, and used a paper cutter (we have one in the office) to trim the edges. The calendar is really small, but perfect for an office or some other small space. I then punched two holes on the top, so that it would be easy to hang up. Since I had just printed it on regular printer paper, the calendar was a bit floppy. I cut 2 sheets of cardstock down to size and placed them on the front and back. I then used my handy-dandy lazy-mans printer and typed out "2011 Calendar" onto Word, and traced it onto the front cardstock. I then  filled in the trace with a permanent marker.

My favorite months are April and July. I love April - because of the saying " April Showers bring May Flowers" and July, since that is Carolynne's birthday. It was really easy to put this together (since YHL did all the hard work) and I think I really made it my own and made it very personable. My mother loved it, so I think I did OK.

Here is the link to the Photoshop file that John & Sherry were so kind to share: Calendar 2011

Comments [ 10 ]
01.01.2011 | 6:32 PM
Very cool! I might steal this idea :D
Post #2 by Mom
01.02.2011 | 6:29 AM
I do love the calendar, great photos of my favorite people what more could a person want?
01.04.2011 | 1:07 PM
I really like some of the photos you chose (especially Feb & June... man whoever took those is an awesome photographer :p )

Well done!
01.04.2011 | 1:23 PM
Har Har Har Thanks for taking awesome pictures :D I think you took December as well :P
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