Well, Christmas rolled around and being one who hates consumerism and wasteful gifts that people won’t even use, I had to think of a present for some close friends. While I make books for my family members, this gets costly so I was more interested in a lower cost item that still involved some DIY and photography of course.
I stumbled across Shutter Sisters and their super cool CD case calendars. I loved the idea and I had a box of old CD jewel cases lying around so it was right up my alley as the cases were likely headed to the recycling depot. The one thing I didn’t like about their calendars is that although they fit perfectly in the jewel cases, you could only print one month per page on a 8.5×11 sheet of photo paper, what an enormous waste of paper!!! I rejigged it to fit 4 months on each sheet which still wasted some paper but only a marginal amount. They end up being the correct width but slightly shorter than the case (a small trade-off for a huge paper savings!)
To create the calendars, I imported pictures into InDesign and typed in the dates underneath each month. I kept them very plain and denoted holidays/weekends by using red instead of black text. To make the cases stand up on their own you need to file off a small part of the case by the hinge. This was very easy to do with a small nail file or an exacto knife.
The calendars were very well received and will hopefully be adorning the receiver’s desks this year!