For the past year, a little calendar has sat on the corner of my desk and helped me keep track of the date. Space is at a premium on my little desk, and this one resides in a CD case so it doesn't take up much room. I thought when I bought it that it was a clever concept and one that would be easy to duplicate.
So I've been playing around in Photoshop putting a new one together. Photoshop is such a complex program, and I tend to work in a rather narrow area editing photos so this is the perfect project to experiment with digital brushes and increase my understanding of layers.
For several years, I've been downloading free brushes when someone recommended them or I stumbled on designs that appealed to me, but I rarely use them. Most of the brushes I used on the calendar were from Jason Gaylor but I had a few from Two Peas(September, November and December) as well. And in several cases, the images created with the brushes were further enhanced with standard shapes available in Photoshop.
Here's how they turned out:
Creating them was fun and a good way to improve my skills, and I have a new little calendar all ready to go. And (donning my Santa hat) I want you to have one, too...an early Christmas present from me to you. You can add one to the corner of your desk or maybe you're in need of a little something for a gift exchange or for...say, the mailman, and this would work. At any rate, I'm happy to share.
The files are in .pdf format so you'll need Acrobat Reader to view and print them. If you don't already have it on your computer, you can get a free download here. When the print menu pops up, make sure the Page Scaling is set to None...you'll see it about half-way down on the left. That will insure that you'll get the right size to fit in the CD case. There's a thin black line around each month's page as a cutting guide. Cut the line off entirely and your page should fit perfectly inside a CD case.
With any luck, it will all work just fine but if not, e-mail me...the link is under my photo. Feel free to share the word with others, if you like. The calendar is here for anyone who would like to have it.
I still hope to create and post new pages for the planner from last year but there's a few things on the list ahead of that...like Christmas. I might be ready for 2009 but I'm not ready for Christmas!