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New 2019 5x7 Desk Calendars Now Available

I can’t believe it’s November already! This year has zoomed by so quickly and 2019 will be here before you know it. Now is the perfect time to pick up my new 2019 desk calendars for your office, for your kitchen, your coworkers, or for stocking stuffers. These calendars will certainly make you smile and make your work or home space a little bit brighter.

My favorite new calendar this year is my super cute garden gnomes calendar.

This 5”x7” 2019 desk calendar features 13 original photos of my mischievous and adventurous garden gnomes.

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE:
13 loose 5”x7" pages (1 for each month and a cover) that feature a 5”x5” photo that you can trim and frame after the month is over. The images are professionally printed on premium quality Fujicolor Crystal Archive photograph paper which provides excellent resistance to light fade.

You can display this calendar in a 5x7 frame, on your desk at work, hang on your refrigerator, pin to your inspiration board, use as a bookmark, or hang from a clipboard-- the possibilities are really endless!

Once the month is over, you can trim off the bottom calendar portion and hang or frame each remaining 5”x5” photo. This is a super affordable way to get 13 mini prints!

In addition to the adorable gnome calendar, I have three more new 2019 desk calendars:

2019 5x7 Desk Calendar Collection

Each of these calendars will certainly bring a bit of nature and calming beauty into your space and life.

 

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NEW 2017 Photo Calendars and DIY Calendar Templates.

Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is treating you well so far. Is one of your resolutions to organize and clean out your home and make your space a little more relaxed and cozy? Toss/donate all the stuff that doesn't make you happy or serve a purpose anymore?  Maybe redo your office space at work? (yeah, me too!)

If you're looking for a new 2017 calendar that is pretty, inspirational, and functional, check out my new 2017 5x7 desk calendars. I love these calendars! They are small enough to be unobtrusive on your desk (ugh, who wants that big old ugly blotter calendar?) You can display these calendars in a 5x7 frame, on your desk at work, hang on your refrigerator, pin to your inspiration board, use as a bookmark, or hang from a clipboard or mini clothespins-- the possibilities are really endless! And, here's the best part-- after the month is over, you can trim off the calendar portion and you have a 5x5 print ready to frame and display. This is a fabulous and inexpensive way to get 12 5x5 prints to decorate your walls or shelves.

2017 Photo Desk Calendar- Succulents

This 2017 calendar features 12 of my most favorite succulent and cacti photos from various botanic gardens including the Chicago Botanic Garden, The Mitchell Domes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and The Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin, Texas.

2017 Calendar- Secret Garden

This 2017 photo calendar features 12 of my most favorite garden and nature photography from various gardens I've visited including the Chicago Botanic Garden, Cantigny Garden in Wheaton, Illinois, and the Anderson Japanese Garden in Rockford, Illinois.

2017 Photo Calendar- Zen Garden

This 2017 calendar features 12 of my most favorite relaxing zen images from various Japanese Gardens I've had the pleasure of photographing, including the Chicago Botanic Garden, The Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon, The Anderson Japanese Garden in Rockford, Illinois, and the Dallas Botanical Garden and Arboreutum in Dallas, Texas.

2017 Calendar- Waterlily Garden

This waterlily 2017 photo calendar features 12 of my most favorite images of one of my most favorite flowers-- the waterlily. These photos of waterlilies were taken at various garden locations including the Chicago Botanic Garden (of course!), Maui, Hawaii and Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin Texas.

 

If you like to DIY your own calendars, I have 2017 calendar templates available too, in several different styles. The downloadable calendar templates are perfect for anyone who wants to design a desk calendar with their own photos. The templates are designed to make it super easy to add your photos and print, either at home or your local photo lab. Perfect DIY gifts for grandparents and photographers (think client gifts or special add ons.)

*You will receive 15 customizable .PSD files. There will be one PSD file for each month plus three additional cover styles.
*Each file is 5x7 inches and 300 dpi so you can print it out and it will look amazing!
*Text has been rasterized so you can customize the font color. The background color can also be changed to suit your needs.
*This template is compatible with Photoshop and PS Elements.

You can find these calendar templates and more in my etsy shop

 

So what will you be organizing and re-vamping this year? Do you have any great tips (especially to deal with procrastination?) Let me know in the comments section below-- I'd love to hear from you!

 

 

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How to use my 2016 Calendar Templates

Hey friends, it's that time of year to get your calendars updated, or to start thinking about making gifts for your friends and family. I thought I'd show you one of my calendar templates that I'm using to make a gift for my friend that features photos from her daughter's princess photo session (shhh!!!! don't tell her I'm making this for her-- it's a surprise!!! )

2016 Calendar Template- How to add photos

How to add photos to your DIY calendar template:

1. Open the calendar page template in your preferred photo editing software. These templates will work in Photoshop (CC and earlier versions) as well as Photoshop Elements. 

2. Locate the photo you would like to use and open it or drag it onto the window with the template that is already open. 

3. Position your photo on the top half of the template where it says "Add your photo here!" Also, in the layers palette, make sure that your image is layered above the layer that says "Be sure your photo doesn’t extend beyond this line!"

2016 Calendar Template Tutorial

 

4. Right click on your photo in the layers palette and select "create clipping mask" from the options. This makes sure your photo will fit perfectly within the template.

 

5. Ta-da!!! Your photo fits perfectly in the allotted space. Simply move your photo around or resize it if necessary to position the photo in the space correctly. When your photo is in the right location, hit the enter key.

6. Save your calendar page! Be sure to "Save As" and save your brand new photo calendar page!

7. Print it!! The templates are all created as 300 dpi files and will print out beautifully. Your calendar page is now ready to print at home on photo paper or to be sent to a print lab of your choice. If you print the calendar pages out at home and you don't use 5"x7" photo paper, be sure to go to the print menu, scroll down to "Printing Marks" and select "Corner Crop Marks." This will add little crop marks that will aid you when you trim the calendar page.

You can find all of my 2016 calendar templates in my art shop here: 2016 Calendar Templates

The templates are available as an instant download so you can start creating right away. They are available in 5"x7" or 4"x6" sizes are are 300 dpi so they will look amazing when printed. The templates ARE compatible with Photoshop and PS Elements.

You can display these calendars in a frame, on your desk at work,  on your refrigerator, pin to your inspiration board, use as a bookmark, hang from a clipboard or from a clothesline with clothespins-- the possibilities are really endless! All you need are your beautiful photos.

 

**EDIT** 2017 Calendar Templates are now available and can be found here: 2017 5x7 Desk Calendar Templates

 

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Easy to Customize 2016 Desk Calendar Templates

**NOTE** 2017 Calendar templates are now available! You can find them here: 2017 Desk Calendar Templates

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year! This year has flown by so fast! Since 2016 is just around the corner, it’s not too early to think about photography gifts for clients, family, and friends.  I have the perfect gift idea— customized 2016 desk calendars! I have been busy creating easy to use & customize 2016 calendar templates, and I’m super excited to share them with you. 

 

These 2016 Desk Calendar Templates are really easy to use— you just drop in your photo, maybe resize and re-position it a bit, and you’re done!  You can change the color of the calendar text and the background if you want. They can be printed out at home, or since they are already 5x7 inches, they can be sent to your favorite photo printing lab. 

Here’s what you’ll get:

*You will receive 15 customizable .PSD files. There will be one .PSD file for each month plus three additional cover styles.

*Each file is 5x7 inches and 300 dpi so you can print it out and it will look amazing!

*Text has been rasterized so you can easily customize the font color. The background color can also be changed to suit your needs.

 

You can display this calendar in a 5x7 frame, on your desk at work, hang on your refrigerator, pin to your inspiration board, use as a bookmark, hang from a clipboard or from a clothesline with clothespins-- the possibilities are really endless! This calendar template would be a great gift idea for your photography clients too. They would be so happy to see photos from their session every month. And the calendar is small enough they can keep on their desk at home or work. Or, they can send the calendar to the grandparents (I can’t think of any grandparent that wouldn’t be thrilled to receive a calendar with their children and grandchildren on it!)

 

You can find these 5x7 desk calendar templates in my art shop! Once you purchase them, you'll immediately be sent a link to download the files so you can start working on your new 2016 calendar right away! 

Check out how easy they are to use: How to customize your 2016 Calendar template

If you have any questions, please let me know--I'd love to hear what you think!

 

Looking for 2017 desk calendar templates? I have them here: 2017 DIY Desk Calendar Templates

They work just like the 2016 versions and are designed to be super easy to add your own photos.

 

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New Arrivals- coffee, landscapes and cupcakes- oh my!

Oh it's been so long since I've had a big shop update! I'm pleased to announce several brand new products in my etsy store!

I am soooo excited to introduce you to prints of my latest coffee paintings. They look amazing.  When I got the prints back from the lab, I was astounded to see the level of detail-- you can totally see the texture of the canvas and the strokes of paint. Simply Amazing.  (don't they look fabulous framed and grouped together?)

Coffee Love- Original Oil Painting Prints by Creativeapples


Close up of Coffee Love Painting(look at the texture! **swoon!**) Really, these prints are amazing!


Top Row: Coffee Love 01 and Coffee Love 04

Bottom Row: Coffee Love 02 and Coffee Love 03


These prints  are a reproduction of my original oil paintings.


Images measures 8x8 inches (20.32 cm x 20.32 cm) with a white border for easy framing.

The prints are professionally printed on premium quality Fujicolor Crystal Archive photograph paper which provides excellent resistance to light fade. They would look amazing grouped together in a frame on your walls, desk, or shelf.

Prints are signed and dated.

They are also available in 5"x5" or 6"x6". Please email/contact me if you are interested!

I also listed new prints of my photos-- two of my favorite shots from when I was in Oregon:


Tree of Life 8x10 Fine Art Print and Cannon Beach 8x10 Fine Art Print

Tree of Life - 8x10 Fine Art Print (click to see a larger image)

Cannon Beach- 8x10 Fine Art Print (click to see a larger image)

These prints are also professionally printed on premium quality Fujicolor Crystal Archive photograph paper. They can also me made into into greeting cards, 4"x6", 5"x7", 8"x10", 11"x14" prints and larger! Please contact me and I will be happy to customize your order to provide you what you need!

The last new arrival in my shop is a cupcake greeting card set:

Cupcake Greeting Card or Invitation Set- Make a Wish

Cupcake Greeting Card or Invitation Set (5)- Make a Wish

This set of cupcake greeting cards would be perfect for birthday party invitations, or just to have on hand when the unexpected (or forgotten!) birthday pops up. This set also makes a great hostess gift, or teacher gift too! You will receive:
•Five vertical 4.5" x 6.25" photo greeting cards featuring an original photo of a fun and brightly colored cupcake with a lit candle that's ready to be wished upon! The card also comes with a matching white envelope. You'll receive five of the same card.
•Photos are 4x6, professionally printed on acid-free archival photo-paper.
•The photos are adhered to sturdy white cardstock.
•Cards are blank on the inside, ready for your personal message.
•Each card is individually wrapped in its own clear bag.

New Arrival- Follow Me 5x7 Fine Art Print

Hello! Happy Friday!

(I hope your week was better than mine!) I'm looking forward to getting a hair cut (at a fancy salon) tomorrow morning. Let's hope that the amount of tears is inversely proportional to the amount I spend to get a cut. I'll post photos tomorrow if it doesn't look too bad! I'm also looking forward to hanging out with my oldest and dearest friend Liv tomorrow nite (hello cosmic bowling!) and I'm especially looking forward to seeing all my old girlfriends from high school on Sunday evening! It's been, what, 10 years since I've seen some of them? I'm super excited!!!!

Today's New Arrival is my Follow Me 5x7 Fine Art Print. I added the photo greeting card yesterday (and will be adding the 8x10 print tomorrow)
Follow Me- 5x7 Fine Art Print Follow Me- 5x7 Fine Art Print


Follow Me- 5x7 Fine Art Print Follow Me- 5x7 Fine Art Print


Follow Me

Take my hand and follow me
to that place I long to be.
Take my hand and trust my way,
in that place forever stay.
Follow me toward the sand;
we'll run and play, hand in hand.
Take my heart and hold it true;
forever I'll stay close to you.
Seize my words and listen well,
then forever I will tell.
Release your heart and feelings too,
just as I will do for you.
Trust your heart and follow me,
to that place we long to be.

-by Michelle Newton
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Follow Me
5x7 Fine Art Print

This 5x7 fine art photo is professionally printed on premium quality, acid free, archival paper.

Shipping will be combined if ordering more than one item from my shop!

Not exactly what you are looking for? This photo can be made into a greeting card, 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14 prints, and larger! Please contact me and I will be happy to customize your order!


You can fine this print, as well as the photo greeting card in my etsy shop:
http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com


Be sure to check back tomorrow for the 8x10 version!
Have a great weekend!!!!

New Arrival- Sunset Table for Two Photo Greeting Card

Happy Monday!

I had a fabulous weekend! The show, A Program of One Acts, was FANTASTIC!!!! I watched it on Saturday evening, and came back on Sunday to video tape it. Sunday's performance was even better than Saturday's! I only managed, however, to get 75% of it tapped...Note to self... BRING EXTRA BATTERIES!! *sigh*

I have a new arrival in my etsy shop this week!!! It's a photo greeting card with one of my new favorite shots-- I took this last week at the Chicago Botanic Garden at dusk.

Sunset Table for Two- Photo Greeting Card

Tomorrow and Wednesday I will add this image as 5x7 and 8x10 prints, and Thursday will be a brand new item-- don't forget to check back!

Have a great day!

 

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New Arrival- Arizona Highway 8x8 Fine Art Print

I am in love with Arizona and would go back there in a heartbeat. This photo was taken during my last trip out there (about 2 years ago) while in Saguaro National Forest, in Tuscon.

Arizona Highway- 8x8 Fine Art Print Arizona Highway- 8x8 Fine Art Print

Arizona Highway- 8x8 Fine Art Print Arizona Highway- 8x8 Fine Art Print

Well, I wonder just what makes a man keep pushin' on
Why must I keep on singin' this old highway song.
I've been from coast to coast a hundred times or more,
And I ain't seen one place that I ain't been before.

-Merle Haggard

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Arizona Highway- 8x8 Fine Art Print
8x8 Fine Art Print

This 8x8 photo is professionally printed on premium quality, acid free, archival paper.

This print is available in my etsy shop
http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com


as well as in my Art Fire Shop

http://www.creativeapples.artfire.com



Love this print? Hate it? I'd LOVE to hear your opinions!