There are photo calendars in almost every home in this country, making it possible for families everywhere to run their lives and keep track of the many dates which are important. This is largely because of the simple fact that calendars such as this work incredibly well, making it easy to input, update and access a wide range of information.

Despite the ubiquity of photo calendars and their undoubted practicality, there’s no escaping the fact that they have a definite downside, and this is that, while the ‘calendar’ side of the equation works perfectly, the ‘photo’ part of things is frequently a huge let down. It has to be borne in mind that a calendar is going to be displayed in your home and you’re going to be looking at it virtually every day of the year and, since this is the case, it’s really not too much to ask that it will be something that will give you pleasure when you see it.

The average calendar as purchased from a shop will feature imagery which is, at best, dull and anodyne, usually based around tedious shots of nature or supposedly ‘cute’ animals such as kittens, puppies and ponies. The only alternatives to these tend to be collections based around pop groups or film stars and, if you’re over the age of 15, these might seem a little juvenile and lacking in style and taste. The answer to this conundrum lies in making your own personalised calendars but, in the past, this would have meant getting busy with the paper and glue and doing your best to cobble something together.

Unless you’re blessed with greater than average artistic talent, the chances are that the resulting artifact would be somewhat shabby and amateurish. The way in which digital photography and computer software can be used, however, means that self designed, perfectly produced calendars or canvas prints are now well within the reach of anybody. The only ‘work’ involved lies in choosing the pictures which you want your calendar to feature. You might want to base it around a year’s worth of pictures of your children, featuring a different favorite happy snap for each month of the year.

Alternatively, you might want to give a calendar as a special gift to mark an occasion such as Fathers day, and opt to put one together which uses a shot of one of your dads favorite places on each page. Once you’ve selected the images you want to utilize, the rest is simplicity itself. Simply upload them to the relevant site and then utilize the software provided, taking advantage of the fact that it has been developed to be instinctive, organic and easy to use even by those with no experience.

Once the images are uploaded, they can be arranged however you wish, whether that means one big picture on each page or multiple images arranged in a mosaic fashion. Whatever style you opt for, personalized photo calendars will combine the practical usefulness of their shop bought counterparts with an aesthetic and emotional appeal which will hit home each and every time they’re used.

Whether you want to keep them for your own kitchen, or design one which starts in July to give as a summer gift, personalized calendars will provide pleasure throughout the year and for many years to come.

Author's Bio: 

Albelli is a subsidiary of Albumprinter BV, one of the largest European photo calendars & canvas prints suppliers active in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.