Making a photo calendar for someone is a nice way gift for someone special. It can be a family calendar you mail out as a holiday gift or a present to your mom on Mother's Day. Photo calendars can be made of any type of pictures --- family photos, friend photos or landscapes. Photo calenders are also relatively easy to make. You can either make a calendar online, have a professional photographer make it, have it made at a store or make it yourself.
You can decide to make your photo calendar using a website such as Snapfish, Shutterfly, iPhoto or Kodak (see Resources). Give your email to the website to start. Choose a background color and then create a theme such as, "Our First Christmas," or "John's 50th Birthday." Gather 12 photos together that you want to use for each month. Upload them to the website by clicking on your photo and then clicking "upload." Arrange your photos and make sure they are in the right order in your calendar. Once you finish the site will charge you a fee of up to $20 to print out the calendar and send it to you. Enter you payment and shipping details.It should take about two weeks for you to receive the calendar.
Professional photographers can be hired to make photo calendars, but can be costly. The costly part about hiring a photographer to make your calendar is that they will most likely shoot the photos themselves. This is a good option if you need professional photos for a special occasion such as your wedding or you want family photos shot. Wear your Sunday best for the photo shoot. The photographer will require you to choose a dozen photos of the ones he took for the calendar.
You can also make a calendar at a nearby shop such as Target, CVS, Wal-Mart or Walgreen's. The kiosks at Target and CVS can access your photos through Facebook, Kodak and Shutterfly accounts if you belong to these services. Choose your photos and then layout for the calendar. Some of these services may also let you customize certain days in the calendars. These stores can usually print out your photos within hours.
Make your calendar yourself by using services like My Calendar Maker (see Resources). This service will provide a template and then allow you to print out your own personalized calendar. Or you can print out 12 photos and print out the calendar months separately. You can bind them together using clips.
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