For the past several years, I have made calendars in some shape or form for a few people on my gift list. They are fairly time-consuming. I'm sure there is an easier way to accomplish the same thing, but being fairly computer UNsavvy, I have yet to find it. So, suffice it to say, I find them time-consuming.
Usually I spend the month of November creating these calendars. HOWEVER, as you probably already know, my November, as well as my October, my September, my . . . need I go on? were horrendously, well, horrendous.
We downsized from 4,000 square feet to 2,500 square feet. I know, 2,500 still sounds like a pretty big house, but when you've filled up every square inch of 4,000 square feet, and you lose 1,500 of them, it is a huge challenge. Moving day was finally the day before Thanksgiving.
Thus, I had absolutely no time to create these little lovelies.
My mom, one of my calendar recipients, never looks ahead to the design beyond the month we are currently in. On the first of each month, she shares her excitement with me when she sees what page she gets to look at for the next month.
She sadly accepted the fact that there would be no calendar for this year. And I felt guilty.
The past few weeks, my dad has been very ill. His illness not only is taking its toll on him, but on Mom as well. I feel so helpless, living 100 miles away from all that is going on.
Since my husband and I were off yesterday, we decided to take a drive down there to visit the two of them. I thought maybe it would be a little day-brightener for Mom if I would have a calendar for her when we arrived. So, I spent a few days working with my MDS (My Digital Studio), creating a 2015 calendar for her.
When I presented it to her, she was thrilled, and announced that she was not going to look ahead. And proceeded to set it up immediately. I'm glad I did it for her.
The last few years, the calendars were made to fit inside the cute little plastic cases that Stampin' Up! sold for awhile. Mom just keeps her case, and I fill it for her with 12 cute little seasonal pages that she will enjoy for the year to come.
This is what the calendar looks like standing up inside its open case:
Here you can see the array of all 12 months of the year:
And, finally quarterly close-ups:
MDS makes it so fun and easy to update calendars from previous years. Simply delete the prior year's month and replace it easily with the current year. You can then build your pages around the calendar portion.
If you are so inclined, please keep my dad (and my mom) in your prayers?