Make it a beautiful year!
Are you ready for 2019?
Oh my goodness, I’m soooo not ready yet. The hussle bussle of the holiday season is just about to begin, so the last thing I want to think about is the new year.
But actually, now is a great time to plan ahead, before we get to the point where you can’t think straight.
Kathy is one of my cleverest students who is always experimenting with new digital products and crafty machines. She’s got a great 2019 Calendar project for us today.
I know I can easily crank this out before Thanksgiving!
And oh, major smarty pants alert: if we order more than one, we can give the extras as Christmas gift!. I’m going to send one to my parents and another to my inlaws. I’ll catch them early before they start their yearly quest for the usual dog or pretty landscape calendar.
Or even worse, that dumb generic one the insurance agency always sends them. Last May I spent an entire visit wondering why my dad so proudly displayed a “Deserts of the World” calendar when he absolutely hates the heat, can’t stand sand, and has never mentioned a fondness for cactuses or weird lizards. I mean seriously, free is nice but he was voluntarily looking at a desert picture at every darned day!
No more, I’m sending him a better calendar!
And hey, want more artistic gift ideas?
You can find Kathy’s first Repurpose project, a Classic Tote Bag here. This is the perfect gift for someone you love but don’t usually give an extravagant gift to.
And Kathy’s second project is here, she shows you how to customize your holiday table.
Now let’s get on with the calendaring!
Repurpose #3: Artistic Calendar
Your calendar. Your art!
By Kathy F.S.
We may live in a digital world, but I can’t live without a physical calendar on my wall!
Truth be told, I have TWO wall calendars: an artful one in the kitchen and a functional one next to my desk.
It’s an adventure each year to find that perfect artful calendar.
This year I didn’t have to leave home to find the perfect calendar.
Instead I went online and looked at all the amazing calendars that I could create and order from home. I searched for “photo calendar” and was presented with so many options to explore.
My calendar incorporates six Vanilla Arts images and a single hydrangea bloom that I created on my own.
Please note: it is not possible for me to write a detailed tutorial on how to create this project because whenever a computer is involved, there are just too many ways to achieve the desired result.
Even if we use the same software, printer, and vinyl cutters, there are lots of ways to get the job done.
Instead, I’ve created a helpful run-down of the process I used plus a few troubleshooting tips. Hopefully, this can serve as a starting point to guide you through a similar process using your software, your printer, and your cutting machine.
My process is available below in a printable PDF download.
Kathy FS is a Vanilla Arts student who enjoys hand-lettering her pointed puns and getting up early to sleepwalk the dogs. You can follow her on Instagram here.
completed coloring projects (the number and kind will vary based upon the calendar template you select)
camera or scanner
basic photo editing software (Adobe Photoshop- any version, Affinity Designer, Pic Monkey, etc.)
the print on demand website of your choice
basic photography or scanning skills
basic photo editing skills plus the ability to save the photo as a .jpg file
Print on demand website
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