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      Not Too Shabby

      Registered: August 2009
      Location: North Dallas, TX
      Posts: 4
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      Okay, love the calendar idea, love the 3 ring binder clips with ribbons, but I really wanted a store-bought looking calendar and couldn't find ANY company who didn't make me use their bottom date pages. So….

      I had my 2011 "Calendar" printed through Millers Lab, but instead of going through the ordering process as a calendar, I created it as an 8x10 soft cover book with saddle-stitching for $25… I had to resize the templates, but it didn't take forever and I don't notice any weird stretching since the proportions are different. I LOVE it! On my calendar (this one's for my MIL) I changed the cover to last year's May top because I wasn't too thrilled with this version's cover… But that's beside the point

      MPIX offers soft cover, saddle-stiched books at different sizes. None 8.5x11", so all would have to be resized. I think it's worth it Maybe SP will make new sizes???

      A couple more things…
      1) For some reason they (Millers) needed the pages to be in multiples of 4 and I think they included the covers in that. So I had a total of 26 pages after using the entire template (and a full bleed picture for the back cover). So, I included a "Scribble Pad" using the notebook paper from Sugar Plum Dreams as the last two pages (it goes well with the pics of my 4 yo daughter who scribbled "love notes" all over her body with marker…) You can obviously leave them blank or add your own design, but that threw me off for a second...
      2) Since there are no holes, I plan on hanging in with cute clips from an art line (similar to the pictures...but cuter). It would be super easy to punch holes and hang it from the wall or bulletin board like you would a "normal" calendar.
      3) You can easily write on the paper (I selected matte paper). I printed the cover on linen paper.
      · Date: Thu December 2, 2010 · Views: 1,030
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      Keywords: Calendar, Saddle-Stiched Binding, Book, Soft Covered book
      Layout Credits: Calendar Two Page Volume 2
      Fonts Used: N/A
      Special thanks to...: SP

  1. Thu December 2, 2010 3:45pm
    1. beckie

      Shabby Artist

      Registered: November 2008
      Posts: 991

      Laura these are just awesome!! thanks so much for sharing all the details!!

      I've never printed at Miller's, but I've looked at places like WHCC and Simply Color Lab...do you have to be a professional or have a Tax ID to use those places? They have to approve you as a customer, which I don't understand (obviously you're a photographer so it isn't a problem for you!).

      Anyhow, I really love them! the scribble pad is SUCH a great idea!

      I'm taking a year off of full-size calendars, i was seriously just to stressed out to figure out where to print them. I used Artscow last year and cried the day they showed up. the quality was horrible (I think their quality is inconsistent, because I've seen many LOVE 'em/HATE 'em posts on Artscow). I am going to do the little pocket calendar covers - I printed those at home and everyone LOVED those. I might also do CD calendars, I have lots of extra plastic cases and I can easily get those printed anywhere.

      great job - thanks sooooo much for sharing all the details!!

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  1. Sun December 5, 2010 8:43am
    1. annamarieje

      former Shabby Artist :o)

      Registered: May 2010
      Location: Utah
      Posts: 2,597

      for sharing all these wonderful details. Your calendar turned out !!!
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