I am officially releasing the 2017 Edition of the Printable calendar today. Consider it my St Nicolas present to you all. Ishita woke up to a bunch of candies, you guys get to start planning your year 2017 in style.
As usual I spent a lot of time deciding the look I wanted to go for, and even more time to turn each of my doodles into actual calendar pages.
I started the thought process in July, put together my first page by September and finished the whole thing by the end of November, but only after a sudden bout of panic that prompted me to say : "Holy crap! We are running out of November faster than I thought".
This year there are quite a couple of changes compared to the 2016 or even the 2015 edition. First this is the first edition I designed using Photoshop, the two previous years I was working with a very old version of Paint Shop Pro. This isn't the change you will notice as it is a backstage thing, but it's still worth pointing it out.
You probably got a sneak peak of the look I went for when I posted a picture of my January page on last month's "Bulk Tasking" post. It looked like this:
As you can notice, the biggest change this year is my moving away from the traditional square boxes for the days. I replaced them with a hexagonal boxes instead, and decided to colour their outline to match the image I painted for each month. You'll have to download the calendar to know what I am talking about as I also decided to not give you an entire sneak peak in this post, nothing like a little curiosity in this world.
For both 2015 and 2016, I went with an Indian season and festivals theme for my graphics. This is not going to be the feature of this calendar. Nothing wrong with it, it's just that I wanted to try something new. That means that the header for each month is a watercolour painting with geometrical -ish doodles.
Another big change is that the Month name is NOT typed with a fancy font. This is my ACTUAL handwriting. I wrote each month in cursive with a calligraphy brush pen, scanned it, edited it to look nice and dark and added it to my calendar page as a separate element from the background image (so that I can re-use it in other graphics).
The few things that didn't change are:
- I spent hours working on that calendar, like I did the two previous years and I all I ask in return for this hard work is that you DO NOT claim it as your own, redistribute it as such, or take my work apart to create your own. I watermarked each of my watercolour designs to discourage this kind of behaviour.
If you love my work, re-share my blog post, or write about it in a blog post and link back to me.
- I will repeat what I did all this past year and offer each individual page for download on the 1st of each month for those of you who cannot download the whole calendar at once (it's a big file).
- As usual, a comment to say thank you is always going to be appreciated, we all love warm fuzzies, and it is a good habit to be grateful in life.
Wishing you all the best for the end of this year (I'm not going to disappear of the blog) and the next Calendar post will be due on January 1st.
So what are you waiting for? Go download it already!