Monday, January 31, 2011

Calendars finished!

Whew! only a few days later than I had hoped, I have finished all the graphic work on my calendars! Next step is for me to send them off to have a test set printed. As long as everything looks alright in print, I can then photograph everything with the display stand & get them listed on my Zibbet shop.

I had someone mention they would have liked to have seen some without the moon phase info on them. The finished product, as is, is how I first envisioned them. If there are enough people, I can certainly offer a set without the moon information. My only concern with that, is that I placed the bigger box where I did, to allow for the moon info box below. The way these were put together, it would be easy for me to just omit the moon info but if I had to move that box, I'd be starting over since its all done in layers. I'm sure I'll figure out a better way to do these as the years progress, without giving up what I like so much about the current features.

So here is a few samples of a finished month...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Calendar Update

So, in my previous post I talked about the new idea that has been churning in my brain for about a month now. It took me more hours than I care to count to get to the point I'm at now. I have all the boxes in place.

I added the months & year.

Then I added the number grid for each month from February 2011 to December 2012, on 3 sets of calendars. Next I added the days of the week & a line to separate the days from the numbers. Thought it gave it a nice look.

All this left was how to add the moon info underneath it all. This is the look I think I'm going for ...

To have it look the way I want, it'll be a 2 or 3 step process. First I'll go add the box to all the pages. Then I'll come back & add the words you see. Not sure if I want to add the dates right then, or separately. I'll try it both ways to see which process works better.  Now, to think positive that my hard work on all these is worth it! I should have the first listed by the weekend! What do you think?

Monday, January 17, 2011

A new twist on a classic idea

Being creative all the time can be truly overwhelming on the mind. Sometimes, we just need to take a break. Well, my break came in the form of a year turned upsidedown & inside out. Yes, that was 2010.

2011 promises to be better, at least from the creative standpoint. We’re halfway thru January & I’m loving the fact I even have creative juices flowing after last year.

I had to come up with something that was different. Something useful. And of course, something that reflected me, my photography & my creativity.

The first of 2 ideas is almost finished. The second is in line to be just as fun & creative as the first & even more useful!

I know, spill it already right? Okay. I’m making desk calendars. Not exciting you say? Well, what if I told you they are not the same as the store bought ones? Or not even the same as other artist ones? How are you so different you ask? ….

All the calendars you buy begin in January & end in December. Kinda feels silly to buy new calendars anytime after the very beginning of January right? Not anymore. My calendars will start the month you buy them, or even the month after. Heck, they can start in whatever month you want! And they will run for 12 months from then.

The calendars are full color, a small 4x6 size, complete with moon phase info, & can be ordered for 12 or 18 months. They will come in a clear plastic case/display stand suitable for any flat surface. The first 2 designs released will feature some beautiful blossoms. You’ll see traditional flowers, wildflowers & weeds. Yes, weeds… My favorite is the dandelion bloom I have. I love the yellow, & the cool detail. Plans for a more varied photo selection are in the works as well. The whole flower/weed thing happened mostly by accident as I was browsing thru my pictures. I just found it much easier to pick out beautiful flowers.They were so easily cropped just right for this format.

These calendars are completely custom designed. I looked for templates, but found nothing that appealed to me or that I could understand how to manipulate the way I wanted. So, I worked from scratch! Not the first time, as I did this with all the bookmarks I designed & printed too.

So there you have it. A new twist on a classic idea. I will have actual photos to share as soon as I decide which picture will go with what month. So look for those by the end of the week. For now, here is a sample pic. I have decided to not label them but to instead raise the grid/box slightly & show the moon phases below the monthly grid. If I can identify ALL the flowers I may include a label on the backside of each photo with that information.