So, the comments on my last post have prompted a follow-up post. I mentioned the cool deal Qoop had on their poster-sized calendar, but unfortunately it looks like they are no longer on sale. The price isn't bad though, in my opinion. The Shutterfly and Kodak Gallery calendars are $20 for 8.5 x 11" calendars, and they aren't printed on linen paper. So, to get the larger sized calendar for only $5 more...can't complain about that!
Anyhoo, you'd think that would be all I have to say about calendars...but it isn't. I have a bit of a dilemma that I have yet to resolve, so I'm hoping someone has an idea or suggestion for me! A year ago, I decided to make a calendar for my mama using my digi-scrap supplies, and print it at kinko's or something. Well, that turned out to be really expensive! I took the digital files to kinko's to have them printed & bound, and discovered it would be over $70 for two calendars! I can't remember the exact price, but it seemed awfully steep. I ended up printing the pages for my mom's calendar at home...which didn't really save any money b/c I used an entire color cartridge which costs $30 by itself. Ugh. So...I printed my calendar at work, ha ha! I still ended up taking them to Kinko's to be bound. And it bugs me cuz of course the pages aren't double-sided like they would have been if I had ordered a Shutterfly calendar.
So, why don't I use the Shutterfly services, and stop whining about it? Well, just for fun, take a look at some of my pages. They're nothing special, but they might give you an idea why I don't want to use the various websites' templates:
Anyway, you get the idea. Notice how the calendar grid matches the photo page? Ya, turns out I can't find anyone who will print the calendar and allow me to use my own date pages. I emailed the customer service dept at both Shutterfly & Kodak, thinking they might be willing to work with me, but that was a bust. I then proceeded to scour the internet, checking every site that offered calendar services to see if I could customize the grid page. I discovered there are a lot of websites that offer calendar services...but they all have preset date pages. Every last one of them! It makes no sense to me. Surely there are other people in the same situation, who have designed their own calendars, want full control of their date pages, and need to have these calendars printed?! (And don't want to use a printing service because the calendar pages won't be double-sided...).
So, unless someone has the answer of joy and wonderfulness, I'll probably end up printing them myself again. Most likely at work...lolol. Then I'll probably mount the pages on cardstock to sort of 'deal with' the single sided photo paper issue.
Whew. Who knew a calendar could cause so much hullabaloo? LOL. Unfortunately, when you are a geek and your entire life revolves around your job, your husband and your projects (most of which involve the computer), there really isn't much hope. But hey, it works for me...at least, most of the time!