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Calendar Ideas

Explore Year-Round Ideas for Making Calendars For All Occasions

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Make a calendar using some of these calendar ideas

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Calendars make great gifts and promotional items. You could even develop a business around personalized or specialty calendars, including some of the ideas presented here.

Today's calendar creations are more than a bunch of numbers in a box. Get creative and adapt these ideas using software you already own, a little imagination, and free printable calendar templates.

Six Ways the Basic Monthly Calendar Gets Personal

Personalize monthly calendars with your own photos, your own dates for birthdays, anniversaries, or significant events.
  1. Preserve happy memories.
    For the month of November or December use a photograph of Uncle Harve carving last year's turkey or a closeup of the family Christmas tree with its collection of ornaments gathered over the years.

  2. Relive significant moments.
    Put Mom and Dad's Wedding Photo on the Month of their Anniversary.

  3. Honor a lifetime of achievement.
    The year Grandma turns 100 give a calendar to everyone at her birthday party that is full of significant dates and photos of her life from birth to present.

  4. Coordinate your calendar.
    Give a gift set of personalized calendars along with matching birthday, anniversary, and other special occasion cards. Use a family theme or decorate with your own artistic creations.

  5. Keep family history alive.
    Use photos and birth dates of long gone ancestors. Create a collage of all the 'Juniors' or other family members -- past and present -- that share the same name, the same birth month, or the same occupation.

  6. Watch baby grow.
    Make a Calendar Baby Book. Start with the month of the child's birth and for each month provide a place to record 'firsts' measurements, and other milestones. Decorate with appropriate graphics or baby photos of the parents.

Two Ways to Plan Ahead with Special Purpose Calendars

Create a calendar for busy cooks or forgetful husbands (or wives) who want or need to plan ahead for special occasions.

  1. Don't forget the cranberry sauce.
    The absent-minded Chef in the family would appreciate a custom daily/weekly meal planner for the holidays. Put in reminders for ordering the Thanksgiving turkey, when to start baking and freezing cook ahead dishes, or the best times to stock up on seasonal ingredients.

  2. Never forget another birthday.
    Keep birthdays and anniversaries handy with a business card size calendar listing significant dates for family and friends. Make it a folded business card style and add a birthstone list, favorite colors, or sizes.

Promote Your Business Month After Month

Personalize business calendars with more than just your business name. Make an impression every day of the year with these ideas for promotional calendars for yourself or to create for a client's business.
Do Business Marketing With Calendars using these promotional ideas.

Calendar Design Software

You don't have to be a designer or hire a designer to create personalized calendars for family, friends, or clients. There are easy to use specialty calendar design software programs that help you turn out great-looking daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly calendars for personal and business use. These specialty programs are primarily for creating calendars from your own desktop printer.

Calendar Templates

If are already a designer, computer crafter, or a business owner who creates their own marketing materials, chances are you already have desktop publishing software. That program should work just fine for designing calendars of all kinds. But if it doesn't have quite the right templates, try one of these:
  • Basic Calendar Templates come in all kinds of layouts that you can customize with your own choice of colors, fonts, and pictures.

  • Calendar Templates With Artwork are a little fancier and often have some great photos and other graphics already included.

  • Free Printable Calendars by Jacci are a handful of fanciful calendars I created, some quite usable and others more fun artwork than real countdown. There's a doodling calendar to color too.

  • Business Calendar Templates help to keep you organized but you could also personalize these layouts and use them as promotional tools as well.

  • Family Calendar Templates feature colorful graphics or line drawings for family crafting. A coloring calendar makes a great gift for kids -- or one that is colored by your own kids makes a great gift for the grandparents.

  • School Year Calendar Templates keep teachers and students in public, private, or home schools on track. Make them for the favorite teacher or student in your life.

Pick Your Path to Desktop Publishing
Get Started:Basic Guidelines and Requirements for Desktop Publishing
Choose Software:Desktop Publishing and Design Software
Tips & Tutorials:How to Do Desktop Publishing
Training, Education, Jobs:Careers in Desktop Publishing
In the Classroom: Back to School With Desktop Publishing
Make Something: Things to Make for the Holidays
Use Templates: Templates for Print and Web Publishing

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