I also need to be able to see the calendar part. You know those fancy calendars that are all picture and the actual dates are down in the bottom corner, in very thin fine print? Yeah, those are gorgeous to look at but not very functional.
Oh, and there have been a few years where people have bought me a calendar for Christmas and I've felt obligated to use it. Cuz it's there, I guess, and probably because I thought there might be a chance they'd come over in the next 12 months and wonder where the hell their calendar was. One time in high school (high school!) I received a calendar of babies. Dressed as animals. Babies dressed as animals for 12 whole months. I thought, does this person even know who I AM?! I'm still wondering about it.
That's when I decided to start making them myself, so I'd have nothing at all to complain about since I'd be the one in charge of it. And making your own calendar is definitely not hard. If you can use a ruler (or are good at eyeballing things), you can totally make your own. I started off doing them by hand, measuring them out with pencil and going back over with ink, and over the years, I've started to get a little more artsy with my designs. A little more creative with the papers or coming up with a theme or even (gasp!) putting the dates in unconventional patterns.
Last year, I was trying to print some artwork from this website for a card and it accidentally printed the entire page. I was pretty pissed at such a waste of ink and cardstock, so I decided to use it as part of my calendar. I liked how that looked so much, I decided to print a few more for the year. This year, I only used artwork (for my own personal calendar) from that website and from a few other websites I had gathered pictures from over the year (I change my desktop weekly and the preloaded desktop pictures just don't do it for me). This was also the first time I've made the whole thing completely on the computer (mostly because I couldn't find pens, pencils, or rulers). It was... different. A little more fiddly and a little harder to get the calendar portion right, but in the end, I was really pleased with how it came out. So pleased, I decided to make another! Just for you!
It's a little rough, I'll admit. I kept my slacker ways by only adjusting the days of the week instead of the numbers which I've been doing for a few years now just so I don't have to rearrange the numbers each time (I have to figure out a better system). It also took me forever to get the dates right. I'm such a worried double-checker that when I noticed I was accidentally looking at the 2010 calendar for a couple of them, I still didn't think I got them right -- even after going back and checking and double-checking and fixing. I did have the holidays printed on, but I felt like most of them were a little too Albertan/Canadian/North American specific, so I decided to leave them off. People celebrate and don't celebrate so many different things, I didn't want to alienate or lump everyone together. So, sure, it's not perfect, but that's the point. You can write all over it. Scribble things at the top, bottom, and sides. I didn't want to make it too pretty, because I feel like your own personal writings and doings are as much a part of a calendar as the calendar itself (personally, I love how it looks when I write over images).
I had picked out quite a few different and random favourite photos from last year to use, but I decided to go with a botanical theme to keep it cohesive.