2013 Calendar bits

I cannot believe how easy this was this year!  To be fair, 90% of the ease comes from using Intaglio rather than Photoshop, but that may be peculiar to me as I have a Mac and run an old OS.  But I think some of the tricks may be transferable.

The first trick is to create a file of months.  After all my play last year I twigged to the fact the week columns will always follow the same pattern – remember? 1 will always be followed by 8, 8 by 15, 15 by 22, etc.  Likewise, each MONTH can only have one of seven Start days (1st of the month n a Monday, a Tuesday, a Weds. etc) So I have a file, to be used year after year, with seven “start” days, like so:

They are “grouped” (although Intaglio uses layers I don’t use them as groupings works well for what I need) into two groups – one group all the weekly columns, one group all the day strips.  With a click I can select either group and change the font in an instant. So I can make all the day strips one font and all the weekly columns another.  One thing I really like about Intaglio is that even after you save a file you can easily ungroup things, so if a font change created a problem (if the for was not a monospaced one, for example, and I needed to re-center the text) I could fix it fast.  I can also delete extra days (which is why each month starts with 1 and ends with 31) without ungrouping them! For all future years, I need only assign the month headers according to that years start day, then delete days for all 30 day months, and February!
Now, what you really want are these – one set is a six page PDF, two pages each of  black, brown, and coloured 4 x 3 blocks.  I thought about what to make that would be the most useful, and the 4 x 3 blocks work perfectly for Project life, for scrapbooking pages, or to create tear off blocks (and how to do that is in the Calendar Making Posts in the menu at the top of my blog.

As usual, your own printer setting, and whether you use A4 or US letter paper, MAY affect how these print.  I did add tiny red lines to indicate where to cut but you MAY need to print one page and see if they work for you.  And you will need to trim to fit the PL sleeves (which are ever so slightly smaller than a true 4 x 3) but I opted for the lines rather than just a plain white background because the guidance might help you with your first cut.

What works for ME (and sorry for the rubbish lighting this early in the AM)

  • Cut the sheet along the red lines across the sheet.  That will give you three 3 inch x the width of your paper strips.
  • Turn one so the printing is face up, but reads upside down.
  • Place the now left edge against the 4 inch mark on your trimmer and cut at the right

  • Slide the remaining piece over, line up the left edge with the 4 inch mark, and trim off the excess at the right.

Now you should have exact 4 x 3 blocks.  Just trim of a tiny bit on one long and one short side to make it fit PL sleeves.

The other set is composed of 4 pages, two black, two brown, all .pngs for digital scrapbooking.  They are probably not suitable for printing as they go right up to the page edge.  No colour version, because if you are using .pngs for digital work they you probably already know how to colorized things to suit you and not be forced to use MY colour choices!

Have any problems with them, LMK and I can sort it.

I was working on a set for printing to make a CD calendar.  But the whole printer-settings/paper-size/borders thing means my choices may not work for you. To be honest you can easily print the ones here, cut them out, and mount them on CD sized blocks of card (patterned or not) and carry on – or use your Photoshop skills to copy the months from the PDF and add them to a file to print on any size paper you want.

My favourite thing is to just stamp something above the month bit, like this one from last year. So simple, so clean, and you could even use the same stamp in different colours for the months.

As it is so stupidly easy, I may create another set or two with different fonts, later in the year. LMK if you find them helpful.