Christmas and New year is often a time we buy or recieve a new Calender. If you were unlucky enough not to get one, you can print your own personalised calendar using your favourite photos. Many new cameras come bundled with ArcSoft Print Creations, which has several different projects, such as greetings cards, photobooks, scrapbooks, and calenders. If you've not installed it (it often installs with the camera software), you can install it from the software disc. If you don't have it you can download it from http://download.cnet.com/ArcSoft-Print-Creations/3000-12511_4-10710270.html, just click on the big green 'Download' button and follow the prompts. When it installs, you access the programme via the Windows menu. Instead of opening straight away, you naigate down to the required project. We need the subfolder 'Photo Calender.' Double click it, and when the programme opens, scroll down to the callender you like and click downloaad underneath the thumnail and follow the prompts. When it's installed the download link disappears. Just click on the image to open it. I've selected one called 'Snapshots''.
The template opens. At the bottom of the template are two arrows and a page number from 1 to 12. To the left is is a pane which says 'Add Photos Here'. Click the picture icon. then browse to the folder containing the first image you want to add. You need to do this 12 times, Make sure the box marked 'Hide Images In Use' is ticked. This will ensure you don't use an image twice. Flick through the 12 templates (one for each month) and ensure you have the right number of pictures for each orientation (landscape and portrait). Assuming you have, scroll back to the first template, and drag and drop the picture into place. Click the right arrow to switch to page 2, then drag another photograph into the space on the template. Do the same for the remaining 10 pages. Make sure you use a large file that hasn't been cropped. If the image is too small, you will get a warning on screen. Although the onscreen image might look alright, it will probably print blurred or blocky, so you might want to change it. 
Once you're satisfied with the layout, click the 'Preview' button beneath the navigation arrows at the bottom. You will see a small bar in the bottom left with controlls similar to that on a music player (above right). You can flick through each page individually, or click the green play button for a slideshow. The far right button is the exit button. Click this to return to the main window. If you'e satisfied with it, click the 'Print' button. You'll see a window like the one on the right. Ensure you click the 'Run Print Wizard' box as this will show you how to load the paper, and set the paper size to A4 as the programme defaults to the U.S. 'Letter' size. Set the print range to all pages and click print. Ensure the printer is empty, and count out 12 sheets of photo paper. The programme will then tell you how to load the paper, based on your printer driver's settings. If you want double sided images, you must have double sided photo paper, as printing on the reverse gives blurry or runny pages. If you have the right paper, click the box for double sided prints, click print and follow the prompts. Follow the instructions as it tells you how to manually insert the page so it prints correctly, saving you money and ink. As an alternative to printing, click the share button, and you can save each page so you can attach them to an email, but you have to send each one individually, as otherwise the email will be split into multiple part emails which can be tricky. An alternative is to use the 'Save as JPEG' for each page and upload it to a file sharing service for each family member to download and print off.
To finish off your calender, cut a shoelace in half, and cut the plastic ends off, ensuring they are of equal length. Next, take a paper punch and punch two holes through each page, being careful to align the holes up. Turn the punch around and punch a single hole in between the two holes, again aligning all 12 holes. Thread the lace through the left holes and knot it to form a loop. Do the same for the right holes. The loops should be roughly identical in size, and big enough to allow the pages to be flipped over easilly, but not too big. The knot should ideally be bigger than the hole. Rotate the left knot until it's behind the last page, and using a small dab of glue, stick it in place. Don't put too much glue on, otherwise it will soak through and stick two pages together, and don't use glue if you're using paper as it will weaken the page. Do this for the right hole and leave the calendar to dry. Voila! Your callendar is finished. To hang the callendar, simply use the middle hole with a nail or a small hook. Each month, remove the callendar from the hook and flip the pages over. Alternatively, many Office Beaureaux can professionally bind the pages for you.
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