For the past four years, I've made personalized calendars as Christmas gifts for a few of our friends and family. They are usually full-sized, two-page wall calendars with pictures of their kids/family on the top and all of their family's important dates (birthdays, anniversaries, etc) on the bottom.
This year I ran into some trouble. The old website I used to purchase the templates from, decided to forgo making them, and I found slim pickin's on other sites. I did find one package bundle that could work but it had really limited slots for pictures. I like to include pics of all the birthday guys and gals for any given month, so one picture slot for the 5 birthdays we celebrate in September just wasn't cutting it.
I usually attempt some Photoshoping magic for those situations, but was quickly walking a path to no where but frustrated. So what did I say to myself? "Hey self, why don't you just make your own?" Perfect!
No, not perfect. That's a lot of work for needing a quick turnaround. I typically send the calendars after Christmas, so I can include all the sweet photos from the holidays. And we're now well into 2013.
About 5 minutes ago, I sent an email to all my usual calendar receiving peeps, apologized that they wouldn't be getting a full calendar this year, and assured them that they would get something in the mail shortly to help them keep track of all those special dates, until I could get myself together for next year.
I figure if I create one template each month for the next year, I'll have my calendars ready to go by this upcoming Christmas. But let's not go there now. I'm having a hard enough time accepting that January is almost a done deal.
So in place of full sized calendars, I created a one page sheet for each family with all their important dates and a few favorite pictures from the past year across the top. And I made a free printable fill-in-the-blank version for you too. Merry Belated Christmas!
Do you have a system for keeping track of your family's birthdays and anniversaries? How do you stay on top of gift giving throughout the year? I'm vowing to be more on top of the game this year since I made one of these for our office too!