2012 photo desk calendar + free template

I made these photo desk calendars for Christmas gifts–one for my hubby to keep at work, and one for my dad to keep on his desk at home.    I cut some cardboard I saved from 12 x 12 inch paper packs into 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch pieces for the covers, and prettied them up with some Cosmo Cricket papers.

The calendar pages are 4 x 6 inches so I just printed them like I do my regular photos, and them matted them with some 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch cardstock from a Making Memories cardstock pad.  SO easy!  Then I bound the whole thing with my cinch machine.  (That machine might possibly be the reason I’ve been so obsessed with making calendars lately.  It’s so fun!)

**If you’d like to make one of these you can download a free 4 x 6 inch layered calendar template HERE.  Simply add your photo just above the “photo” layer.  Right click on your photo, and select “create clipping mask”.  Then you can resize your photo if you’d like by clicking Edit>Free transform and holding the Shift key down while you drag the corner of the box around your photo.  Then all you have to do is click on the eyeball icons next to each calendar title and page layer to hide/show them before you print each time.  That way you don’t have to mess with 12 different templates.  All I did was delete the photo layer and start over again for each calendar page.  I also recommend flattening the layers before printing (right click on the background layer then select “flatten image”).  Then you can click Edit>Undo after you print before starting the next page. Enjoy, and Happy New Year!!

4 thoughts on “2012 photo desk calendar + free template

  1. You look SO much like your mother in this picture! I'm Ann Best, the one who knew your mother way back in our BYU early days, and with my first husband; the one trying to write the book about Jeffrey with her. All your posts are lovely. Everyone should see them! But it takes time to blog and build a following, and with your business and children, that wouldn't be a priority. You are incredibly talented and creative. Have a great New Year. And good luck with your house in Alabama. I just talked to your mother and she told me the situation. She's as stressed about you and Derek as I am stressed about my oldest daughter's financial situation right now. BTW, my one and only son is Derek also. Great name!
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

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