Monday, October 25, 2010

2011 Calendar



Wel... Another year is upon me. And another year where I'm going through the internal debate about whether or not I'll do a calendar. I'm over a year behind on my scrapbooking, so the idea of a calendar seemed kind of daunting.

However....
1) They're my standard Christmas presents. Without them, what would I do?
2) Someone asked. :)

So I got to work. I wanted to do them different than year's past. The result, and I'll apologize in advance, is ridiculously large file sizes that require you to download 4 separate files to get them all -- and each file is between 100-150MB. SO SORRY!

However, I do hope that they've provided you some flexibility as well. Here's a preview of what you'll be getting. I really love the style of a large background photo with a textured / washed out overlay -- it's kind of my "go to" scrapbooking style, if you will. So that's what I've tried to create for you.



Let me give you an idea of some of the features of these calendar pages (which may explain the reason the files are so big!)

- You can customize your colors. The background colors are their own layer, so you can choose the layer that best speaks to you the color of the month, or the color that best coordinates with your chosen photos.

- The texture layer is already set to "overlay" -- so you just have to drag your favorite photo into the layer between the background and the texture layers (marked in each file), and the effect will be applied for you.

- In years past, I've had requests for things other than Bible Verses. I personally want Bible Verses, and since I'm creating this for my own gifts, that's what I've included. However, I've made them their own layer, so should you prefer to remove them, that's easy for you to do.

- The "Frame" layers are movable and interchangeable. I've included a separate download just for the frame clusters if you'd like them. However, they're on each of the pages as well -- both ways work.

This approach almost is more of a quick page than a template -- not typically the direction I go. But I do hope that you enjoy it. Included in the downloads are some instructions for how to manipulate your large photos to make it work well with the texture overlay.

I've had people request in the past if they can use my calendars for gifts or church / school fundraisers. The answer is yes. However, I do request that you don't sell them as your own, and that you don't sell them to make a profit for yourself. That permission is granted for the printed calendar only -- not individual bits and pieces of the kits.

I hope that you enjoy it, and those who you're giving the calendars do too! I'd love to say I'll be back with some templates...but I can't promise anything. I do have a few scrapbook pages that I could probably convert to templates.... but honestly, I'm hunting for templates and quick pages right now, too, simply to catch myself up! My goal is to complete 2009 in time for Christmas gifts.... but I'm still on June. Who else needs life to slow down just a touch!?

Alright, so here are the download files. Again, my apologies for the large file sizes.


If you'd like the elements only, those can be found HERE. They are only 3MB. Go figure! :)

Enjoy!

18 comments:

stampin123 said...

Thank you so much! I can't wait to make calendars for everyone! I did it 2 years ago and my family still asks for it!

sdwrdt said...

Thank you! These are wonderful!

Diamond said...

These are amazingly beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I haven't scrapped in a looong time as well.

the chan family said...

thanks for sharing your hard work with us!

diney said...

Thanks you for your talents and your gift. Good luck with your calendar too.

VW said...

ARGHHHHHHHHH I just created my own because I saw you didn't have any. I love your stuff!!! Now what should I do??? Use yours or mine? Sigh. Thank you for putting it out. I can always use the biblical quotes! Thank you for such wonderful options.

Tink said...

Glad to see you post again Sarah. Thanks for the templates and maybe we'll start seeing more of you????

Stephany13 said...

Sarah,
Thank you so much for all your hard work. These are beautiful and I am going to try really hard to use them this year. I too am waaaaaay behind on scrapping (Christmas 2008 and our trip to WDW). Crazy thing is we are planning our next trip for WDW for November 2011 so hopefully I can do some catching up by then.
BTW, I love your style. These calendars are terrific and I love that you still kept the Bible verses. May God continue to bless you and your family. Thank you! :)

katieclaire2002 said...

Thank you very much!!!

Sue - Texas said...

WOW thank you so much for sharing all of your hard work with us. You are such a blessing to so many of us non-talented people ;-)

Tinadell said...

what about using them to give away as freebies, after they have different papers and elements on them?....I will give you all the credit for your GREAT calendars!!!!

Just want to see if that is possible! I LOVE the Bible verses....that is where my heart is! Thank you for being obedient to Him.

deb said...

Thank you so much!

Vana63 said...

Thank You for sharing your awesome calendar :-)

anitab said...

Thank you so VERY much - this is such a generous sharing - I do calendars every year, also; was just getting ready to begin mine - this will be perfect!!
BTW, last year I got the $9.99 calendars at Costco, and was very happy with them. When I went in to begin a 2011 calendar, it transferred all the birthdays (& photos on the dates) over to the new calendar. I will update photos for some people, but this was huge.
The only thing I don't like on the Costco calendars is that the layout isn't 'full bleed' - but I still get to create my layout for each month...

iMom-Lynn said...

Thank you! Took forever to get July-August-September downloaded. Finally got it today! :)

Love your wedding album templates too - just discovered you. Some of the download links aren't valid anymore. Just FYI. Thanks again!

Patricia said...

THANK YOU! This is exactly what I have been looking for! These are AMAZING! And I can't wait to see it finished and I really can't wait to for my inlaws and my mother to have them. They will be so pleased! THANK YOU!

LouAnn said...

Thank you so much. I wasn't planning to make calendars this year, but my stepdaughters and my husband all requested them! So... the first place I checked was your site since I've loved the ones you did in the past. Thanks so much for sharing your talent. God bless!

Rose said...

Thank you! I depend on you every year with help with my calendars. <3