My Material Life

Custom Calendar & Planner Ideas

I was so excited to receive my very own My Material Life blog calendar from the Fed Ex delivery guy on Monday – he even had me sign for it. It turned out so well that I just had to share each month with you. Why not dust off some of those photos you took for your blog and put them to additional use?

This is the second project I’ve had printed by Parabo Press. You see the photo for the month of December? I had that printed on Christmas cards. Parabo’s products have a material and design quality that I find very appealing. They have offices in San Francisco, but are actually part of India’s large online photo printing service, Zoomin. In fact, my calendar and cards were printed in Mumbai.

Parabo is an app and works with your camera roll (which means you need to give them permission to access it). I’m not very keen on that for privacy reasons and because most of the photos I used were taken with a digital SLR camera, not my phone. So I had to find them, send them to myself via email and then save them to my camera roll. Also, the app doesn’t always work properly (it’s young still), but Parabo’s support team is fairly responsive. Another drawback is that you can’t add text to your projects – say, a caption for the calendar photos. But again, the design and materials are exceptional. The calendar pages are actually perforated so you can remove the square photo prints later if you desire. Keep your eye out for promotions. I used discount coupon codes for both of my printing projects.

mml february kraft calendar

At some point during the holidays, I found this kraft paper calendar at Target for $3. I couldn’t resist it. I added the heart stitching and cutout copy from a magazine. This kind of calendar is just begging for a little embellishment and reminded me of last year’s calendar from Paper Source …


I made a good start on illustrating this one, but then August hit and school started and it just didn’t seem right that August should be all about school and I lost my monthly calendar illustrating mojo. Well, it happens. It is a big fallacy that one should finish everything one starts, by the way. If the wind can change direction, why can’t you? Sometimes it’s better to cut your losses and move on. But I do love the idea of this “decorate your own” calendar and the printing on it is so smart. Paper Source is still selling this little calendar for 2016. It’s even on sale as I type this.

I’ll leave you with my new planner for 2016. This is the same MUJI notebook I picked up last year. I love that it fits easily in my purse and contains the right amount of paper (not lined, but a graph of sorts with very light dots) for a year’s worth of my notes, lists and scribbles. This year I decorated it with some washi tape and some rub-on letters. Is it really January 20th already? Here’s hoping your year is off to a good start.

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