I'm a sucker for good old fashioned wall calendars. Sure, the calendar in my phone is convenient, but there is just something about having a beautiful calendar hanging on my wall that I can look at everyday - especially if it's personal and meaningful in addition to being aesthetically lovely. A couple of weeks ago, I started thinking about how cool it would be to create a custom calendar for 2016 that featured our daughter Essley and some of our favorite memories from each month of this past year (and some from 2014 too). With our little boy arriving in early January, knowing how much attention he'll be receiving (as he should!), I felt like paying tribute to our little lady through a special calendar would not only be fun for us, but also for her grandparents as holiday gifts.
A few months ago I'd used Snapfish to create some gorgeous canvas prints from photographs I'd taken on our travels, and I knew that they also offered options for custom calendars as well. I looked into their options and decided on an 8.5 x 11 calendar. And you guys, I seriously had so much fun putting it together. They have a super easy to navigate calendar builder, with all sorts of options to upload pictures (your device, Facebook, Instagram, or Flickr), a huge variety of different photo layouts, pre-designed template and other styles that can be easily edited and switched out to your liking, different background options, hundreds of cute embellishments and themed collections to add, the option to add text captions, and more. You can also start your calendar on any month of the year! One of my favorite features was the option to mark special dates on the monthly grid. I used photos to mark some of our favorite holidays, our daughter's birthday and our son's due date, anniversaries, and more. And although I kept the design fairly consistent, I really enjoyed playing around with different layout and background options.
When then calendars arrived I was ecstatic. The quality is stellar, the photos are vibrant and clear, and our whole family had a great time flipping through it. Even though we still have a couple of months until 2016 begins, I already hung it in our kitchen. And since my calendar is saved in my Snapfish account, I'll be able to order more of them in minutes to give as holiday gifts. It's going to be so great to be able to see the special pictures that correlate to the different months and seasons throughout the upcoming year.
And now for the best part! One lucky Bubby and Bean reader is going win a $50 gift card to Snapfish to get some custom calendars of your very own, or anything that Snapfish offers! To enter, just use the form below. (For the blog comment option, which is the main way to enter and worth the most points, be sure to visit Snapfish and then leave comment below with what you would get with your gift card if you won.)
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