Custom Calendars the Digi Scrapping Way

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Calendar topper by Dani Mogstad and Cindy Schneider available at Sweet Shoppe

Digital scrapbookers love to create calendars of all shapes and sizes for themselves and for gifts. I thought I would post today and share some of my favorite calendars as well as my digital workflow when I create calendars. It seems that each year I discover something new that helps me get these created pretty quickly.

This is not the first time I have posted on this topic (and surely won’t be the last…lol), here are some of the posts from the past (each one includes some tips):

Fall of 2010
Fall of 2009

Workflow

Here’s a quick look at my digital workflow when creating my calendars. I always do toppers (with matching bottoms) and some CD calendars as well. If you are new to digital and need a step-by-step how to, scroll down to the bottom of this post for a video.

 

Products

We found some very unique products from around digiland, let’s take a look…

These are the calendars that I used in my video and above:

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This one has a coupon for 20% off for TDD readers: 2012_20%_TDD   expires 11.1.11

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Now you can easily create an artsy calendar/layouts. This product are combination between art template with calendar. You can use it as calendar or scrapbook albums. Easy to modify to suit with your style.

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Mye De Leon has these awesome and versatile calendar collections in various sizes – 8 1/2×11 wall calendars, 4×8 note calendars (perfect for bookmarks!) and 5×6 CD calendars! Available for 30% Off for the whole month of October at her personal store – Digital Scrap Shop.

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A digital scrapbooking calendar set by Melissa Bennett. Get an early start on your gifts this year!! I have the new 2012 calendar set done. Each page is 8 1/2 x 11 and ready for you pictures and will make scrapping your memories easy!

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Designs by Lili has a great tool for creating your own calendar overlays. For personal and commercial use!

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The 2012 kit includes everything you need to put together a beautiful calendar that you’ll love to have displayed all year long. The kit includes a customizable calendar cover and a set of coordinating gift tags (also customizable!).  The calendar is available in both the US format (Sunday – Saturday and the European format (Monday – Sunday).

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If you’re looking for fast, easy gifts, then give the Calendar Quick Pages a try.  (Calendar Quick Pages cater to US seasons/holidays). If you’re not in the US, or if you’d like to customize your calendar, then try the Pocket Calendar Kit – You can choose which of the 14 backgrounds to use for each month, place the month titles, grids and elements of your choice on each page to create a truly custom Pocket Calendar.

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So Much to Remember and Do by Michelle Batton are fun, doodled monthly stamps (including a leap year February) that can be used to remember activities, birthdays, special events or appointments and can be used on your month-in-review layouts, desktops or printable projects.    More brand new 2012 calendars can be found in Michelle’s store.

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These calendars are 12×18 when finished.  Simply open one of the calendar templates, slide in your already-completed 12×12 layout, decorate your calendar bottom– using the same kit you used for your page or another one altogether.  Then, print your 12×18 pages.  After that month is over, simply cut off the bottom strip and the binding strip and slip your 12×12 layouts into an album.  This makes a perfect gift for family and friends, or even yourself!

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Printing

As far as printing goes, I can only talk about what I have tried. Last year, I looked all over for somewhere that printed custom calendar bottoms. I emailed just about every printer that offers calendar printing. I found out that Mpix does allow custom designed bottoms, but you have to download their software and order through that in order to get the customization feature. If you try to just upload on their site, it won’t work. I used them for printing last year and will use them again this year.

Typically, I have printed my CD calendars at Costco and cut them myself but last year, I discovered that Persnickety Prints will print them, cut them, and send them with a CD case all for around $10. Great deal and they do a great job printing. You will want to download their template first though, to make sure your sizing is right, not all CD calendars in digiland are the same size (I couldn’t find the template on their site, but will link to it when they send it over).

Tutorial

If you don’t know how to use calendar quick pages, here is a step-by-step tutorial for you:

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I love creating digital calendars and if I could think of more people that might want one of my family, I would make a bunch! They are super fun and really great gifts!

What about you, will you be creating calendars this year?