I think this posting is a bit of a plug for one of those internet photography shops but it explains why it has been yet another week with minimal textile work. Three years ago I decided that making calendars of photos I had taken was the perfect Christmas present for brothers and brothers in law. The first year we ( and it was definitely John and I as my Photoshop skills were not quite up to the job) used a template that appeared in Digital Photo magazine. It was OK but there was nowhere in Penzance that could spiral bind them for us so they all looked a bit amateurish. Also I use the kitchen calendar as my main diary these days and these did not have enough space for that.
The next year we discovered Photobox http://www.photobox.co.uk. This company does wonderful A3 calendars on heavy quality paper. They are not cheap so I like to take advantage of their special offers. The offers only appear for about a week so I missed the October 'two for one' offer but it did remind me that I should start the design process and then wait for the next offer. Last week there was a '3 for 2' offer so we now have three on order but really need another two. I decided I could afford to wait a bit longer in the hope that another offer will appear. It is quite a lot of work because you have to choose your photos, edit them, upload them and then put them into the calendar. I have learnt that Photobox do not do 'shrink to fit' so bits can disappear off the edges (I think I have lost the bottom of some legs on one of this year's photos!) and portrait shots suffer from this more than landscape.
I like to have a theme. The first year they were Cornish scenes. In 2009 we enjoyed photos of my 2008 trip to New Zealand. Last year I decided it would be English country views since I am primarily a landscape photographer. I was surprised at how I had a reasonable spread of different places built up since we got our first digital camera about 2002. This year it has been a bit more of a problem for various reasons, not least taking package holidays where groups will not stop for serious photgraphers! As a result I do not seem to have very many suitable images. I persuaded John that since he now takes photos himself he should use his photos for his brother's. This will be getting mostly Cornish shots on the theme of the Sea. I decided Venice would be my subject this year but most of my photos were in portrait format. I have paired some and hoped for the best when it comes to the shrink to fit problem.
The covers always look lovely but unfortunately you only see them before you hang the calendar up.