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DIY 2014 Desk Calendar

January 7, 2014

Each year, I buy myself a little calendar to go on my desk at work, but this year I wanted something a little more personal. I was looking at buying a calendar with my instagram photos on it, but the prices were too high, everything was too big and there was nothing available that matched what I had in mind, so I decided to just make my own instead.IMG_2316 copy IMG_2319 copyAfter deciding that I’d make my own, I decided to use photos from our road trip instead of my instagram photos. I designed the whole thing in photoshop – there was probably a much easier way than typing up every date by hand myself haha, but it worked, and at least it looks exactly like I wanted it too.

I then added the photos that I wanted for each month, highlighted the dates I get paid (obviously haha) and bank holidays and printed them all out. Our printer prints 4×6″ prints, so I made sure that I designed them for that size which just happens to be the perfect size for my desk too!

I’ve uploaded the jpeg templates of the 4×6″ calendars for each month (which shows only the month title and dates) incase you want to use the template for them to make your own too – all you have to do is drop the template for each month into something like photoshop or picasa on then choose your image that you’d like to use for each month, drop that in and resize it to the size and position you want! Then you’re ready to print them out. I found the colours print out better on glossy photo paper rather than just ordinary printer paper or matte photo paper. You can download the whole set here. If you’d like the photoshop files, then just email me and I’d be happy to send them over.

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    January 7, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    This looks beautiful – such a lovely idea! 🙂 x

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    January 7, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    This is such a cute idea! Definitely a better alternative than going to one of those instagram printers and paying like £20 for it!

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    January 7, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    these are soo lovely! gives me inspiration to create my own:)
    wishing you all the best,
    rach xx

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    January 16, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Hi April they look absoloutely wonderful! I would love the photo shop file!

    Can’t open the .rar files 🙁

    Please email me at

    [email protected]



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    February 11, 2014 at 1:07 am

    These are gorgeous! Go you!

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    November 15, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Hi, can I check what font are you using for the month and dates for the calendar? Thanks!

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    December 9, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Once you printed them out what did you use to display them on? A clipboard?
    Looks beautiful!

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      December 10, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      I used to have a paper stand at work, but now I just stick the current month to the bottom of my screen instead – I’m sure you can find a clipboard or something that would work.

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