First of all, Happy New Year! I wish everyone a safe, healthy, simple, and genuinely wonderful year :-)
If you are in need of a simple calendar to start the year off with, then have I got the answer for you! I know, I know. You just program all your important dates to remember into your smart phone. I'm just not there yet. I really enjoy sitting down and writing all my important dates by hand and then color coding and highlighting them all. I hang it inside my kitchen cabinet and can simply open the door and see the entire month at a glance. Oh, and it is large enough to read too!
Recently when I was up in the Adirondacks helping take care of my mom after her Christmas Day injury (Read that post here.) I saw this great calendar the local Black Bear Restaurant gave out (see below). It's so simple I wasn't sure if they made it themselves or had it printed professionally, but I loved it! It was printed on 8.5" x 11" paper and stapled to a piece of thick black construction paper that was a little longer than the paper itself. Every page had the same 'picture' at the top, but was a different month. They didn't even use color printing, but the black and white on black construction paper was so simple, yet so perfect!
Well, that got me to thinking, "How hard can it be to make your own calendar?" I began an online search right away and it wasn't long before I foundthe site: Homemade Gifts Made Easy.
They had a very simple 2017 downloadable calendar template that could be personalized with one or more photos and a choice of calendar size (letter or A4). It is a microsoft word file so it was super simple to download and use! The directions are available on the site and are very easy to read and follow. Not only that, there is also a great video to watch and see it done if you prefer!
I made two calendars: one for personal use with a different picture for each month and a business caledar that could be given out as an advertisement similar to the Black Bears Calendar above.
Personal Photo Calendar Slide Show:
If you like the calendar above and want to print a copy for your personal use, feel free! You can download a pdf of it by clicking the button above :-)
The website provides very simple directions for inserting your photos. I also chose to add a separate text box with my website on top of each picture. I love the way it came out! All the pictures I chose were shared on our Instagram account over the last year (Follow us!).
Simple Business Calendar (one photo):
For the business calendar above, I used the same "picture" for every month. I printed them with two months to a page so that the entire calendar would be smaller (4.25" x 5.5"), and I also printed regular 8.5" x 11" calendars as well. All of them were, of course, stapled to construction paper and looked great when finished! In my opinion anyway....
If you want to create your own "business photo" like mine above, you can download the microsoft word template I created, with instructions to make it your own, by clicking on the button below.
And lastly, here is the link to the awesome 2017 Calendar download I used to make both calendars that was created by Hommade Gifts Made Easy. And yes, I think you could make it into a great gift for someone too! Oooh, my parents anniversary is coming.....what a great idea!
LINK TO DOWNLOAD AND MAKE YOUR OWN 2017 CALENDAR!
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Hi there! I'm Kathie, the author behind Creating A Simpler Life blog. I'm excited to share our longterm projects (and planning) toward building our future retirement homestead in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In the meantime I will be sharing all the other little things we do that are part of creating our simpler life!