Bummed about Calendars

by Todd Smith on October 18, 2008

Just after I announced the flowers calendar for sale on Thursday, I got the final proof in the mail from my printer in Ecuador. While the printing looked good, the binding was not satisfactory, and the pages were not ordered properly. This is the second attempt, and my fear is that we just don’t have time to keep trying to get it right before the end of the year.

Last year, I used a printer who got delayed, and some customers didn’t receive their calendars until after the new year. I thought, by starting the process in July this year, I would have sufficient time to get things right, but sometimes things don’t go the way you expect them. My printer in Ecuador had never done a calendar, and there were just too many details we were unable to get right.

So I’ve decided to cancel the calendar for this year. The good news is that I can use all the same pictures for next year’s calendars. I may reformat the calendars to a smaller size, since more people seem to buy calendars in the 12 x 12″ size. At least that’s what I see more of in the stores. If you have a favorite size, let me know (last year I made an 8.5 x 11″ calendar).

I’ve got time to work out these details now for the 2010 calendar. I have to admit, I was pretty bummed for a day or so after I saw the last proof for the flowers calendar. But that’s the way it goes sometimes. There is also a very good side to it… I’ve got plenty of time to get my marketing done before printing next year’s calendars.

If you were interested in the 2009 flowers calendar, I’m sorry to disappoint. Hopefully, I’ll have some great calendars to offer for 2010!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Beth October 22, 2008 at 10:24 am

Maybe you should consider a downloadable calendar so your friends and loved ones can enjoy it. But that would mean you couldn’t use the same lovely photos for next year. 🙂 🙂 But, it would also mean you would have the fulfillment of completing the project for this year. 🙂 🙂

Dorit Dornier October 23, 2008 at 6:42 am

Why don’t you go with: http://www.lulu.com ?
They are offering several formats for calendars. The printing is very satisfactory and fast and inexpensive. You can order one sample to see if corrections need to be done, then order again and again, as many as you need. I have printed a catalog for my exhibition there.
I understand you want to help people in Ecuador. But maybe there is another way to help them, than to print.

Elaine Luther December 21, 2008 at 10:37 am

Yes, I was going to say the same thing, why not put it on Lulu right now, people can still buy it this year and no cost/risk to you.

Regarding size that you asked about, I use the More Time Moms calendar, which has HUGE squares to write in. So I would probably want a large calendar size, in hopes that the squares would also be large.

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Todd Smith December 21, 2008 at 1:27 pm

I’ve checked out Lulu and I love the concept. The only problem is that you have use their standard calendar template.

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