2018 Desktop Calendars

By | May 9, 2017

I’ve been debating with myself whether I should continue posting my desktop calendars this year.  For those of you who don’t know, each year I design twelve 4″ x 6″ desktop calendars for the following year.  I usually make one page a month and accumulate them over the year so I can give them out as Christmas gifts in December.  The only thing is that making these calendars is a perfect opportunity for me to use up my retired supplies, so I’m really not sure how relevant these projects are to my readers.

One reader recently asked if I was going to continue posting the desktop calendars, so I’m really curious.  How many of you out there really want to see me continue posting them, especially considering that most, if not all, will most likely include a few retiring/retired products?  Please leave me a comment below.

I’ll go ahead and post the first three months of 2018, (which are the only ones I’ve completed so far.)  January 2018 features the Mountain Adventure and Project Life Day to Day stamp sets (both retired.)  I really loved the Mountain Adventure stamp set and thought it would work perfectly for a Winter calendar page.

I stamped the images with Basic Black Archival ink on Shimmery White and Kraft paper and then watercolored with an Aqua Painter with the colors listed below.  I really used a lot of water in the sky in order to get a good blend effect.

At the bottom of this post, I have a link to download all the calendar pages I created, so you can print them out and create your own desktop calendars if you’d like.  The background DSP that I used for my January page is also retired.  I don’t remember the name of it, but it came out with the Gift Box Punch Board, and it’s a heavier weight paper originally designed to make boxes.

For all the calendars, the outside measures 4″ x 6″ and the inside layer measures 3″ x 5″.


For my February page, I used products from the current Annual and Occasions catalogs; however they are all retiring May 31, 2017, so there availability is iffy.  (Click on the link to my online store to check.)  I loved the Sealed With Love stamp set and coordinating Love Notes framelits and thought this would be a great opportunity to use them one more time.

I printed the calendar layer on Whisper White cardstock, and stamped with Real Red ink.  For the month, I used the Project Life Day to Day stamp set again.  I embossed it in white on Real Red cardstock, and then cut it out with a Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits.


For my March page, I used my favorite stamp set Botanical Blooms.  I just love that stamp set, and I’m so sad to see it retiring.  I cut the flowers out of Shimmery White cardstock so I could watercolor them with an Aqua Painter.  This technique look is so pretty with these flowers!!!  For the fern framelit, I turned one upside down so it would point the  direction I wanted.

I also used Shimmery White Paper for the calendar layer so I could paint a watercolor wash of Marina Mist before stamping with the same color.  For the month, I used the more recent (but also retiring) Project Life Date It stamp set.  I particularly love the script font of that set.

Major supplies used:

For the calendar layers, I created 8-1/2″ x 11″ pages using My Memories Suite software.  You can cut four calendars out of each sheet.  Print the page directly onto your cardstock with the smallest margins possible.  (I set mine to zero.)  Use a color printer, as the downloads below are color coordinated to match the pages.

Links to download and print the calendar JPEGs:

January 2018

February 2018

March 2018

I’ll try to post the next three pages sometime in June or July, if I get a good response.

Speaking of retiring products, you can get some great deals right now.  Check out my online store for the latest availability and discounts.


13 thoughts on “2018 Desktop Calendars

  1. Bev Mamayek

    Please continue to create & post the calendars. Each month is beautifully done!!

      1. Barb Cost

        Tami – I have always used your calendars to make my own, which I love!!! But it’s been awhile now since I worked on them and I’m just now getting ready to start making my 2018 calendars and I’m not sure how I need to print your calendars??? Like I said, I’ve used them before, but I’ve forgotten. When I open up your link – and print, it doesn’t print right. I’m not the greatest with computers, so can you assist me with how and where I need to adjust the margins like you indicated. If you can give me steps, that would be greatly appreciated – as to when I open your link from then on…. Thank you!!!

        1. Tami

          Thanks Barb. Unfortunately, the printing setup depends on your printer. I can at least give you some more specific advice. The calendars are JPEG photos, so it would be just like printing a photo. Do a preview and ensure that the size of the photo matches the paper size, or select a setting where the computer adjusts the photo based on the paper size. Definitely go into the margins and lower them to zero if possible. I had one printer where I could get close, but had to leave a little margin. Make sure the orientation is correct as well. It should print portrait. If you can get a preview to show up where you can pull the size out to the edges of the paper, that might work as well. Lastly, if all else fails, you could try your local Office Depot. Hope that helps.

          1. Barb Cost

            Ok, thanks for all the advice. I will give it a try. I think one of my issues was it was “landscape” not portrait. I will see what I can do. Thank you again for replying back so quickly!!!

  2. Deborah

    Please continue to post these calendars. A great idea for Christmas presents. Doesn’t matter about retired products (I probably have most of them anyway), because substitutions can be made! Love your blog.

    1. Tami

      Thanks Deborah. I really appreciate the feedback❤❤❤

  3. Gayle McCracken

    Tami…I most definitely WANT you to continue posting your annual calendar!! While I design my own, your samples help give me great ideas when doing so. I’ve been holding calendar classes every November for the last 9 years & it by far is my most attended class. This year there were a combined 60+ made!! So yes – PLEASE don’t stop!!


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