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« on: October 09, 2007 07:21:42 PM »

I want to make handmade calendars for my friends and family this year, and need ideas. I am more concerned with the making of the actual grid/dates part-- how should I make this, without printing it on a computer, and have it come out looking clean and professional, and reproduce-able for 15-20 finished calendars?

I am planning on doing it mostly with block printing, some collage and/or paper art. Any ideas for the art part of it?

Advice much appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2007 07:25:40 PM »

I've made a gridded page using post-it notes before.

Stick the post-its on the paper in the arrangement you want.  Then paint over them, and when the paint dries remove the post-its.

It comes out looking like this:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tracyu/sets/72157594510652760/
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2007 01:21:37 PM »

The sign-ups have closed, but bookmark the discussion for the 2008 Handmade Calendar Swap to get/share ideas:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=200426.0
The gallery will also probably be up within a couple weeks, at the rate people are crafting.

For easy reproduction, I recommend making a grid stencil, 7 squares across and 5 squares down, so you can always have the squares (or whatever shape you make the days) be the same distance apart and the same total size on every page. You could even do some kind of blended colorization across all the squares that way, with the little blank space of the grid in between each one.
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