I got my 2013 Calendar finished last week. Now I’m finally getting around to posting about it. It evolved during the process and although I’m happy with the results it isn’t what I thought it would be when I started. I thought I would do something that could be printed in black and white but in the end it looked better with the colored backgrounds. I wish I had made the backgrounds myself but I didn’t. I didn’t have enough time for that. It was fun working with paper a pencil and I think I’ll find reason to mix some more of that in with all the computer stuff in the future. Feel free to make copies of the calendar for your personal use. I hope you have a great year in 2013.
I’m working on my calendar to give this Christmas. It is still in process but I’m getting close. I’ll post about it when I get it finished. I’ve done a calendar many times before and there are lots of ways to do them. Most local copy centers are set up to do a calendar. You supply the photos and they do the rest. There are tons of online sources for calendars too. Here are just a few.
I’ve always made my calendars myself, using Adobe InDesign, so I can’t recommend any of these options but I’m sure that they all make some great calendars. It is fun to add family birthdays and special events to your calendar. I’ve seen calendars where you put the photo of the person on the date too. You can use current family photos or historical photos. This can be a quick project by using one of the services available or a longer project if you do it yourself from scratch. The possibilities are endless but a family calendar is sure to be a big hit.
I love advent calendars and I think putting together one that focuses on family would be lots of fun. There are tons of fun ways to make your own advent calender. DesignMom shares some of her favorites in a recent Inspiration Scout article. The advent calendars that include an activity or message would work perfectly for this. Just plan something for each day that shares something about an ancestor or family member. You could focus on just one person or you could do lots of different people. Another option would be to do little photos of family members with just a bit about them. Wouldn’t that be a beautiful sight on Christmas to have lots of family photos to share the holiday with. Below are a few ideas to get you started.