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Create Custom Printed Calendars for the New Year

If you have been looking for an economical but memorable gift to give to your friends and family, then we may have just the gift for you! We would like to talk about how to create customized calendars for the New Year to give out as a gift. Most of us love receiving photos of our friends and loved ones so what would be better than seeing a great photo each month instead of the usual pile of pictures sent out. These can be done very easily and are super economical if done at home. For just a little more, using an online service can give you even more ideas, templates and options than you might have on your home computer.

Most of us already have some type of software program to get this project started but did you know that you can alter these slightly to produce poster, wallet or desk calendars? You can even add magnets by printing on magnet sheets! This allows your gift to be a true one-of-a-kind gift. Grandparents love these as well as loved ones you don't often get to see and is a beautiful reminder of how much you love them. If you are going to make several then be sure to reuse craft paper, buy photo paper in bulk and end in and buy remanufactured printer ink cartridges from a reputable site. This way you reduce your costs while saving the plant as well.

You can start on your home computer to see what type of software you can utilize. Photoshop is widely recognized and is extremely easy to use. Even starting with a basic Word document and inserting your image can get you started. Once you have found the desired size and background setup then you can create the actual look of your calendar. Manipulate and play with the color, size and font settings till you are happy.

Next you can look at adding your photos. A basic calendar can just have one picture per sheet but you could create a collage effect. Uploading a child's drawings as a picture is fun or even using pictures of travel sites you may have been to can be good. There are many different themes that you could incorporate also. Does your son love horses? You could take shots with your child riding horses, in his horse PJ's and so on. Print a test page on plain paper to see how everything will look if you aren't quite sure. Go back and adjust if needed.

Now, if you really want to get crazy, you can go online and find several different companies like Snafish, VistaPrints, Zazzle and PhotoWorks. These are just some of the names you might recognize. Many of these sites offer great bargains around the holidays which will help to keep your budget under control. Find one that you like and go through the step by step process. Most have great visual tutorials to really walk you through each phase of creating your calendar. Pick a background or template that you like, upload your photos and place them, make sure to go back through and check your work and pay! You really can create a great calendar in about 15 to 30 minutes in just a few steps! What are you waiting for - go create your customized calendars now.

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