Gift Calendars

Friday, December 28, 2012

The last few years, I’ve made photo calendars as gifts for my parents, sisters and sister-in-law for Christmas. I don’t make wall calendars – these are simply 4x6 prints with a photo and the month’s dates on them. Awhile back I purchased some small acrylic frames. I gave everyone a single 4x6 acrylic frame with a magnet on the back (in case they wanted to hang them on their refrigerator!). I purchased myself and Trung a simple standing one that had a spot for two 4x6 photos for my desk. I find this works better, since I think many of us don’t have a good place to hang the wall calendar! It’s also very economical. For the cost of 12 prints every year, I have a calendar gift. Perfect!

If you aren’t a digital scrapbooker, I know this can be a daunting task. But trust me, it is much easier than it sounds! You can purchase some fantastic calendar templates online already made, or you can customize your own. Here are some I’ve made over the years with supplies listed below.

For non-digi scrappers, you can download a free trial of Photoshop Elements to make these! Then check out either this class at Jessica Sprague’s site, or Ali’s simple instructions (free) here for how to use it.

At the end of the year, I’ve been saving my own calendar for use in scrapbooking. Since the month doesn’t ever match up with the dates below (since I make the calendars a year ahead), I trim off the calendar and have a nice 4x4 photo to scrap with when I have a page in mind!


01 Jan copy09 Sep copy10 Oct copy

This year I did a few extra steps. I used the brushes from Tiffany Tillman’s 5x7 calendar kit (it was on sale, but I wanted 4x6 prints, so I just used the months on my own 4x6 canvas in Photoshop Elements).

Month brushes by Tiffany Tillman

Month washi from Gennifer Bursett “Elemental – Kym’s Washi”

Papers are from One Little Bird “Beige Like Me” and Paislee Press “Altered Ego”

You can see I use a mix of candid photos and photosession photos from our talented friend Kate Kintzel. I try to matchup the setting of the photo with the month of the year. I think it flows better that way!


01 Jan copy06 June copy12 Dec copy

Calendar templates by Paislee Press

Papers by Crystal Wilkerson “Chrysanthemums”


05May copy07July copy09Sep copy

Calendar templates and papers by Paislee Press (Sorry, I can’t remember the kit!)


Apr copyJul copyDec copy

Calendar templates Paislee Press

(Unfortunately I can’t remember where the papers are from!)

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