January heralds the start of the new year and is usually the time for us to buy calendars, but that is no longer the only window of opportunity that we have to get ourselves a nice new calendar to hang on the wall. With companies such as Vistaprint, we are able to create beautiful bespoke calendars, which can begin at any month of the year!
Vistaprint gave me the opportunity to make my own wall calendar, with months going from April 2014 through to the end of March 2015. Starting calendars on different months is a great idea if you moving house and want a new calendar to display or if you decorate and want one to match the new colour scheme. Having them start on a particular month to coincide with a birthday makes a great gift idea - and one that will last for a whole year. Or make one to run along the school year from September or the financial year from April. It would be a lovely present for someone off to university in September to make a calendar starting from then filled with photos of family and home to hang in their uni lodgings.
The website offers hundreds of different design choices with the option to include your own photographs. For children there are some fun Nickelodeon templates, while other designs include block colours, geometric patterns, floral print, landscapes, cartoons and nature. With themes that would suit various industries to backgrounds that are perfect for families, there is a design for all tastes.
Once you have chosen a design you can personalise the calendar by uploading favourite photos which can be added to each page using a chosen layout featuring up to six images per page. Events can be added to the date grid to remind you of special occasions. Text can also be added to make a title and captions.
You get to preview the calendar before you order it and a pop up box alerts you to anything you may have missed.
Prices currently start at £6.66 for a single calendar order (which excludes VAT and postage) a saving of 50% off the regular price. Glossy paper comes as standard on the calendar but you can currently upgrade to a premium, thicker paper for just £1.24. At the checkout, Vistaprint show images of other products you might like using the photos you used, but you can easily skip these offers and head straight for your cart.
Checkout is easy and the charges are shown clearly along with any discounts that have been applied. Payment is by major credit card or Paypal and is secure. Various postage alternatives are offered.
My calendar arrived securely packaged within a week. It is printed exactly to my specifications and the thick paper upgrade has a lovely finish. It will look fabulous on my wall and is a super way to display favourite photographs all year round.
Vistaprint also make a huge range of items for business and home including photo products, invitations, business cards, signs and banners. Check out the full range at vistaprint.co.uk.