Saturday, January 1, 2011

Do-It-Myself Calendar

Cheapskate that I am, I always wait until after Christmas to buy a calendar, because they're always marked down at least 50%. Unfortunately this year I didn't find even a single one that interested me. I don't want a calendar with photos of puppies, Thomas Kinkade paintings or scenic Tuscany.*

So, since I couldn't find a store-bought calendar that I liked, I decided to make my own.

I measured my old calendar to get the dimensions, then used InDesign to lay out all the pages. Then I went through my digital illustrations and found twelve that I liked and inserted them. I printed it out, and Violin! My very own homemade calendar featuring my art work.

Here's a few sample pages from my do-it-myself calendar. As always, I apologize in advance for the poor photography.

* This brings up a pet peeve of mine. I like looking at photos of China. I've been there in person, and I can say without a doubt that China has some of the most unusual and breathtaking scenery on the planet. But go to a store and try to find a calendar containing photos of China. It can't be done. They've got scenic calendars of Japan, New York City, Paris, Rome, Tuscany, even Ireland for poop's sake, but God forbid someone publish a China one.

Do the calendar makers think China's not important enough? Let's see... population of Tuscany: 3.7 million. Population of China: 1.3 BILLION. So where are all the frakin' China calendars?


  1. I somehow missed this post, WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!! I need to make my own calendar too! Simply Brilliant!

  2. Thanks, Dawn!

    I wish I'd thought of this earlier; I could have set up a little online shop and sold them. Maybe later this year.


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