Calendar woes.

A commenter found that the September month for some reason (probably my fault) retained the 2015 date arrangement.  It doesn’t happen often but it aways chills me to the bone when I find I’ve made an error with the dates.  I always try to be super careful in checking again and again but occasionally I miss something.  I am so grateful when someone else notices and lets me know so I can correct it.

Here is the corrected PDF

The worst of it is that the new printer driver doesn’t allow me to say PRINT, then create a PDF of the 1/2 and 1/4 size calendars with a click. It will only do the 1/2 size by duplicating the image on the page, rather than doing two pages on a sheet.  So while I can produce the 1/2 and 1/4 size PDF, they will have either 2 or 4 of the months and be 2 or 4 times as many pages.


This is a very annoying lost-function!  So I put it to you- would you accept having to print 2 or 4 calendars in order to get the smaller size?  Do most people print multiples of the smaller sizes for gifts, etc?

Here is the half-size PDF so you can see what I mean. Seems when I added the corrected September/October months I got them upside down.   doh!


So tell me what you think, and I’ll keep it in mind when considering making1/2 and 1/4 size versions in the future.


2016 Circular CD calendars – have your say

With a bonus at the end.

I’ve had a couple of comments and two emails, asking about the pretty CD calendars I have done for a few years.  Seems people are already wanting them.  So I have been playing with them for a couple of weeks and am very undecided about the options.  I don’t like to do them the same, every year, and this year I have narrowed the field down to four possible options. I figured why not ask and see which one I should do first.  I am not opposed to making more than one, but for now, I’d love your feedback on which one you like best.

Each one is shown smaller here but you can click them to have the image open a bit bigger.







Assuming that the block of dates is going to be a plainer font, or at least very readable, if a little fancy, the real question is the big MONTH and the circle.  I’ve added a strip that shows each month, cause some of them may not look as appealing. May and July, being such short words, work less well in a lot of fonts, to my eye.  Now, I know Mutlu is pretty ornate,  But in the circle, I think the month names look so pretty and lacy, it works.  Hobbes is more handwritten and maybe a bit more casual, but I like it so I’m making it an option.

Just adding, as a bonus, a version of the funky calendar that is small enough to fit on one page.  2016key

Heck it doesn’t even fill a page!  I’ve been playing around with keychain calendars, based on an exchange with a UKS member who makes them and thought since I had resized them I might as well add them. So here they are.  I just need to refine a couple of things then will share how I used them.

I did go to the Newbury Papercraft show yesterday.  It sprang up to fill the void left by Artistamps.  It wasn’t too bad.  Not a ton of stands, but the ones that were there had plenty of stuff to look at.  I got a great deal on some black cardstock from Limetree Crafts and some incredibly tightly nested circle dies by Presscut – 24 dies, from 19.5 cm to .9cm.  I have given up on circle cutters.  None of them work as well as dies and I hate firing up the Cricut to cut a circle, so these suit me down to the ground.  I picked up a couple other things to play with, like Brushos, but not a massive haul to be sure.  If I had a complaint it would be the same one as Artistamps – the stands were packed together so densely it was near impossible to see everything you would want to see.  There has to be a way they can spread out and make the shopping experience a better one, surely.  I’m sure they have to pay my the footage, but they would probably make up the extra because people have the room to actually see what’s on offer.


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Thankful printables – three versions

One of my problems with making printables is I can never decide between colours, fonts and patterns.  Usually, before I add one, I have made three or four versions behind the scenes.  I thought you might find it interesting to see the variations.  Sometimes I will add more than one, but usually I just pick the one I like best  or that I think is likely to be the most useful.  S when I sat down to make some Thanksgiving printables, I had these three to choose from:


I like all of them and can’t decide which one I like best!  I’ve added a single page PDF of the above, a sampler, if you will, of the variations, and would be really interested in your thoughts.

First, just cause I’m curious… a poll:

Next, something interesting to note is the huge variation in colour between the ones I printed using matte photo paper and HIGH for the quality (in all cases, the darker versions) and the plain paper standard quality settings.  HUGE.




I would just say keep this in mind for mine or any one else’s printables. The sampler might be a very handy thing, to see you doing what I had to do before I thought of it, and printing the same sheet multiple times.  As a matter of fact, I wonder if adding a test strip to print for my printable sheets would be helpful, so you can print the swatch using different settings and compare.  For me, I really like the very dark blackish-brown of the doodle set, much more that the reddish-brown – but what sort of variations do YOU get when you print?Having thought of it now I have to try to test my theory.  Here is a PDF of just the colour swatches – you should be able to print it in one quality the flip the paper and print in a second quality and fit both on one side – then you can do two more on the back – to see which ones you like best.  Not sure about the paper size variations, but you will surely see enough of them to decide even if a bit gets cut off on US letter, for example.  I am SO curious to know how you get on.  I hope SOMEONE will do it and share the info.  Just FYI, I have a Canon iP4950 printer.  Be sure to say which one you have.


Help me decide!

I did finish the cover of the mini, sort of.  I finished it three times!  Not really – but I did play around with three options and can’t make up my mind which I like better.  It’s been a while since I did a poll so I thought this might be a good way to collect some info about what fresh eyes think looks better.

To begin with, I took the photo and altered it in Photoshop Elements.  It was pretty much two simple clicks and a few sliders.  First I did Enhance > Convert to Black and White


Then I clicked Enhance > Adjust Color> Color Variations and Increase Blue to the highlights. Wish I had played around more with the GREEN to get it slightly more of a turquoise shade, but then it might have blended into the background a little too much.


Options One Although I do use a few circle elements, I’m just not sure that this many dots work.  Some times I like it, some times I just think for it to work I would have to go back and add circles to every page to tie it all together:


Options Two I originally thought The 3 STAGES of Jack but then I thought playing on The Three Ages of Man (painting, by Titian, actually in the Scottish Gallery, so that is another tie-in, since DS is living in Scotland at the moment) worked better so went with that.  But space was tight, and really I should have decided first then stuck stuff down, but…


Option Three I like spelling numbers out, but then I thought that the number might be best.  The die I used didn’t have numbers on it so I opted to trim the lower-case m to make something a bit like a 3.


Letters a bit wonky cause none of them are stuck down…yet.

So what do you think?

Just a day to reply, so I’m not expecting many but I would be interested in your opinion.  Cheers!