Every year I do a calendar, for the past two I've done two seperate calendars for each side of the family. This year I only got to one.
Here's the details of my operation: I use Microsoft Publisher, because I know it and I have it. I print on cardstock on my printer, that's a pretty nice one. (I've printed with laser printers on glossy paper too, and I like the way the photos look better, but the trip to Kinkos or Printing shop was kind of a huge hassle).
I bind the pages with my Bind it all, an O-wire binding tool.
My layout for the Daley family calendar, is landscape, with pictures on the top page, and a full calendar for each month on the bottom page.
Each family (7 of them in all) gets a month, then the other 5 are specialty ones- their themes include/have included the following:
- Reunion page of pictures of us all together
- History page from z John's parent's (this year was about the 1960's/their teenage years, years past were about ancestors with dates/small history)
- Quotes page where each family member is asked the same question (this year was "What do you want on your own private island?"
- Halloween page of costumes
- Pictures from Christmas time/playing in the snow
- Portrait gallery
- Small cousins in various dressup costumes
- All the babies born that year
If you're thinking about doing this for your family- it's great! The only thing- it will take some time, especially if gathering pictures from family members does not include blog picture snatching. I start in September, and do it occasionally on Sunday afternoons and after the kids are in bed. Then it's not stressful and most of the calendar's done before Thanksgiving.