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. 

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