Scrapbook Calendars as Holiday Gifts

by Lyn Worthen
Scrapbook Calendars as Holiday Gifts

Personalized calendars - with photos of family, friends, and special events - make wonderful holiday gifts. And what better way to create meaningful art for your calendar than by putting your scrapbooking talents to work!

One-of-a-kind gifts

Think of undecorated, inexpensive calendars as albums-in-progress, just waiting for you to add your own special touches. Create a special layout for each month on the upper half of the page, and add photos and embellishments on the calendar grid for a truly unique gift.

"Thankful" calendar page by Meagan Hoeppner, as seen in the Creating Keepsakes video 2 Unique Ways to Scrapbook on a Calendar

 

On a slightly smaller scale, a scenic photo taken while on a vacation trip makes a perfect background for a single-page calendar. Mount your photo on coordinating - or contrasting - patterned paper backed with stiff cardboard for stability, adhere month grids printed on transparencies and a few embellishments, and your gift calendar is ready to wrap-up for a lucky recipient.

"Down by the Sea" calendar by Lyn Worthen

 

Digital Duplicates

If you'd like to create multiple copies of the same calendar to give as gifts to your extended family, members of a club, or other groups of friends, you can take advantage of the many calendar options offered by custom photo-printing services.

"It's All About Family" 2013 desk calendar by Lyn Worthen

 

Simply upload photographs of your traditional layouts - or jpg images of your digital layouts - and choose the calendar style you'd like to create from the options provided by the service. Choices range from full-page or flip-style desk calendars (using a separate photo for each page) like the one shown above that you might want to give to members of your family, to small magnetic calendars (using a single photo) that make fun, simple gifts for co-workers.

"2013" magnetic calendar by Lyn Worthen

Whether you create brand-new layouts, or select layouts you created during the previous year, your scrapbook calendar gifts are custom albums filled with memories that will last long after the Christmas wrapping has been discarded and the New Year's confetti has been swept away.

 

For more scrapbook calendar ideas from Creating Keepsakes, check out:

 

The following are just a few of the many online services you can use to print custom photo calendars:

 

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November/December 2012

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