It’s no secret that the Whitney English team loves a good calendar… and beautiful artwork… and quotes… and multi-use products. All the necessary things in life, if you ask me! Our team meetings always circle back to how we can take all the pretty things we dream up and get them into your hands. Whitney’s been busy creating more and more artwork, so we’ve been thinking about the best way to showcase it. We loved the idea of creating a printable 2023 Desk Calendar. Making it a printable calendar means a great price point for you, and it’s something that serves you well beyond the current month. Plus, we know y’all love Whitney’s artwork, so this is a great opportunity to have some in your homes and offices.
Here, I want to give you a step-by-step tutorial on printing and cutting your calendar. No need for fancy paper or printing processes—your home printer and some lightweight cardstock will do the trick.
Select the paper you would like to use.
I suggest using a Solar White or Bright White cardstock for this. The colors will be vibrant and the artwork will print more true to the design.
Here is a link to a pack I think will work great.
Tip: Be sure to change your paper settings within your print dialog to “Cardstock” to avoid jams, misprints, and overall issues if printing at home.
Cut each sheet in half on the 11″ edge.
I used a paper trimmer for this (this one is great!). You can also use an Exacto knife and a straight edge or ruler. I like to make a mark on the back of the paper where I need to cut. It makes for a more accurate cut in the long run.
After you’ve cut the sheet in half on the 11″ side, it’s time to display! A few suggestions:
- Clip your calendar at the top with one of our binder clips, flip the arms up, and hang from a push-pin.
- Grab a desktop easel and display it on a desk or side table. I’ve always loved the look of a gold bamboo easel.
- A cute plate stand will hold it beautifully!
- Cut the calendar in half one more time and frame each side! I’ll show you how…
Create two sheets to frame
On the 8.5″ edge, mark the halfway point and cut it in half one more time. Use your frame to display either the artwork or the calendar… or get two and display both separately!
I had two empty float frames, so I decided to go ahead and frame both the artwork and the dates. The calendar sits on my desk and the artwork is displayed on a side table in my living room. I used a dry-erase marker on the frame glass to mark dates on the calendar and wrote their importance on the lines below. You can also mark your calendar before framing. It would be super cute to frame the artwork and add it to a gallery wall!
This 2023 Desk Calendar is so versatile and a great gift for friends or co-workers—especially with Valentine’s Day coming up! Print one out, add a frame or stand, wrap it all up in some cute ribbon, and you’ve got an adorable gift ready to go.
written by our graphic designer, Kristen
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