Friday, November 14, 2014

The 2015 CD Calendar

by Deanna


Oh I have been busy busy busy this last week.  Every year about this time I begin putting together small calendars that fit inside of a CD case and sell them at an Open House where the proceeds are donated to 2 charities.....Alzheimer's Research and Purdue Cancer Research Center.  This year I have created 4 different calendars....Tea Cups (see above), Flowers (always a favorite), Barns (you know how I love my midwest barns, and this year I have added Birds and Butterflies.  After my trip to Phoenix in January and visiting the Butterfly Museum I gathered quite a few butterfly and bird images and along with what I found in my garden this past summer I had plenty to create a calendar.


Shown above is a page from this year's Cup Calendar....Tracey Clark from The Shutter Sisters has provided the template for this calendar for at least 4 years.  Every year I wait patiently (well not really since I always send an email about the 1st of November begging for the next year's template) since I am always anxious to get started.  The first year I made them as gifts and then in 2012 when my good friend Marti asked me to join her Open House with my photography I thought these would be the perfect item to sell.  I do have great fun in combing thru my photos from the past year, if I was more organized (I am afraid that is never going to happen) I would have my thoughts on themes at the beginning of the year and focus on those themes when I am out and about.  I do tend to shoot barns, and flowers and butterflies and birds and teacups, so it really is just a matter of gathering.

So now that I have your interest piqued, here is all the info that you need to create your own, to give as gifts, sell, donate, or make for yourself.   I do print my own since I have a good printer and the calendar is a weird size....5 x 4.627 so your paper must be cut.

Link to the template for the 2015 Calendar -  http://ourcollective.org/2015-diy-photo-calendar/

Paper I use - Office Depot Professional Photo Paper Matte   It is a nice weight (61lb) and prints come out clean and bright.  If you are only doing a few you can use glossy paper but for the amount I do it might be too costly and glossy paper is more difficult to cut with a paper-cutter.

The CD Cases - I could not find the plain CD cases locally that have just the case without the raised hole in the center for CD's so I order them online at Amazon  (just copy and paste this into your browser)    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001IYFYKI/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_d0_i2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=07G0E8HJDWWD9CQ1618F&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846

I also sell quite a few greeting cards....the collectivity from the miracle of birth to loss thru death and everything in between.  This is my way of giving while creating.  

7 comments:

Sherri B. said...

What a beautiful idea - thank you for sharing!

Dotti said...

Oh, Deanna! You know I love, love, love those teacups! That would probably be my favorite, although who knows since I haven't seen the others. I'm sure you and Marti will have a grand time doing this and I wish you both well, hoping you raise lots of funds for your chosen charities. Thanks for all the calendar information, too!

Barb Brookbank said...

How gorgeous are these! I'm sure they will be a huge hit and what an amazing way to give back.

Nancy said...

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful idea…They are beautiful….

seabluelens said...

What a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing the link to the template. Your teacup photos are all so beautiful! I'm saving this post for inspiration.

Linda said...

Such a great idea! You pictures make beautiful calendars! Thanks for the link to the template and all the other pertinent information!

jennifer matthews said...

Thankyou for sharing. What a beautiful gesture to create these lovely calendars to sell.

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