Chances are that you like the images on your calendars – the pictures are usually selected because they are good ones and are appealing. And if you have chosen the calendar then it generally means that you like the pictures. So don’t waste them. Recycle them into cards so that you and others can continue to enjoy them.
Generally the pictures are much bigger than the cards so you will need to identify scenes within them that you can pick out. Sometimes you can get multiple cards out of the one picture. You can literally just cut out the piece of the picture and stick it on a card (with a complementary edging to lift it) or you can get as adventurous as you like. I tend to favour a clean and simple style but you can layer and add further embellishments as you desire.
And don’t forget the little pictures on the back of the calendar that show what’s inside. You can use them to make little gift cards or combine them to make bigger cards.
Here are some examples:
I had 2 different NZ Native Bird calendars, and had to select just a portion of the bigger image to put on the card. Here are some of them. You can see what the bigger image looked like below.
And I used the miniatures from the back of the calendars to create some combination cards.
This one was difficult to do justice to on a normal size and shape card, so I put it on a long skinny card.