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Many families celebrate time-honored traditions during the holidays. One that my family looks forward to is the annual calendar I’ve made for the past six years and running. Since 2012, I’ve made a calendar with Mixbook for my side of the family and my husband’s as well, chock full of the best photos of the past year. Hands down I prefer Mixbook for my calendars. There’s no other company I can think of which offers the most flexibility when customizing my calendars and the end product is of really good quality.
Mixbook’s software runs online. Once you upload your photos, you can work on your calendar anywhere you have an Internet connection. I like being able to take my project with me and work on it here and there.
Another feature I love is the ability to easily duplicate a project. I usually make one general version of the family calendar and then duplicate it. I can then change out key photos, birthdays and anniversaries. Since my calendars go out to aunts, cousins etc. it makes sense to have two different versions to go out to the two sides of our family and the duplicate function streamlines that process. I also like that my key dates are all stored into the program – I save a ton of time not having to re-enter birthdates etc. every year. Anything that can help me get a quick-start is welcomed when it comes to creative projects. Here’s some other key features of Mixbook calendars.
By the way, many of the software features mentioned above are true for photo books and cards as well.
Since I give my calendars as Christmas gifts, I’ve also made different covers for them for different family members. It’s a nice way to personalize each gift for each household. You can’t go wrong with a personalized gift. I know I sound like a broken record, but a customized present is cherished and kept forever – you normally can’t say that about an off-the-rack sweater – no matter how cute and cozy that sweater is!
Photo Book Girl’s Best Calendar-Making Tips:
- Gather photos from family members – if you’re like me you’re probably the family historian. Think about how many pictures get trapped on our camera phones that never see the light of day again. Ask family to send you a few of their favorite photos from the past year to help those memories be remembered;
- Short on time? Calendars can be a quick project. You only technically need 12 photos (one for each month) for a calendar, plus 1 for the cover. See this example of a single photo layout at left. It makes for a great quick and custom gift for the holidays;
- What photos to use? I usually utilize a year in review format for my calendars and I generally put them in chronological order, but there are lots of other themes that can work well. Make a compilation of your best travel photos, or compile your favorite nature photos, or gather photos of the grandkids for a wonderful gift for a grandma and grandpa;
- Pick a design theme – there are lots of really unique designs from which to choose. I usually scope out my favorites and then get my photos together. Here’s a few of my faves this year:
Pirate Calendar by Hello Lucky! This pirate calendar is super cute. I usually make a calendar for my boys with just their photos. They love to flip over the new month’s page to see what photos will appear. I know they would love this design. We had a pirate themed party for my older boy when he was two.
Thankful Love this rustic look – it’s modern but cozy at the same time. This is a likely candidate for my family calendars this year.
Lucky Star My kids like stargazing. I’m sure they’d like this calendar too!
Gemstone Succulents Light, airy and a fresh feel overall. I’m a sucker for succulents too.
So now that you’ve seen my picks, be sure to check out the other 80+ designs. There’s something for everyone.
A Deal for Photo Book Girl Readers!
Just as I look forward to making my Mixbook calendars every year, I also look forward to helping our readers get a great deal as well. Mixbook is also continuing the tradition of offering our readers a BOGO deal on calendars. Buy one calendar and get one free! The two calendars do not have to be identical. They can be two different calendars. Just add two calendars to your cart and put the code in at checkout.
Coupon Code: PBGCAL17
Deal Expires: 12/31/2017 11:59pm PT
By the way, it’s not too late to get 10 FREE Custom Cards from Mixbook as well. Check out my post about how to get your free holiday cards!