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Sep 11, 2015 12:53 |  #31

I haven't seen any mention of Shutterfly on this thread. I don't have any experience with other suppliers, but saw a colleague from work who had a Shutterfly calendar hanging by his desk and was impressed, so I've used them for the last couple of years to make wildlife calendars for friends and family. They have been well received, and Shutterfly frequently has sales at 40-50% off, with free shipping if your order is over a certain amount ($39 if I recall). John


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Sep 14, 2015 20:01 |  #32

At Lulu, it gets cheaper, the more you order. They run sales with either a % off your order or free shipping.


Last year I purchased a calendar that was made in a CD case, each month was on a sheet of paper with a photo and a small month calendar. I'm thinking about doing this, but can't find anywhere that prints this size so I would have to cut down each month which isn't a big deal, but it will be getting old after 20+ sets.


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Sep 25, 2015 22:12 |  #33

Found some 6x4" jewel cases, so I'm making some of these this year but also having some 11x8.5" calendars printed as an option this year. Doing the 6x4's at my house since each piece of paper only cost about 4 cents (thanks to Canon's sale 2 years ago). Still not sure where I'm having the regular size ones printed at.


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Sep 29, 2015 17:34 |  #34

I do wish to print some of the cheaper calendars (like the kind you get from insurance companies. banks etc) to give to family members this year. The ones I printed this year from Adoramapix will only be given to certain family members - haha! Any suggestion on the calendars with cheaper paper.

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Nov 10, 2015 09:48 |  #35

Lulu has 30% off on calendars but the offer expires after today. Code is NOVFLASH30


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Nov 10, 2015 21:52 |  #36

Anyone else have any thoughts? Getting close the that time. I'm thinking at this point of giving Bay Photo a try, although their software give me a headache.


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Nov 11, 2015 07:30 as a reply to  @ Methodical's post |  #37

Unless you can hit someone with a real good sale (it happens this time of year), then the best prices come from qty buys. It's simple economics. it costs them less (and you) to run larger quantities, so they pass the savings on to you. My min order has to be 25 before it's worthwhile to sell them. Thankfully this year, I have had to place 2 orders so far..:lol:


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Nov 11, 2015 07:56 |  #38

http://www.vistaprint.​com …4+AM&GPS=366305​7910&GNF=0 (external link)

40% off calendars


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Nov 11, 2015 12:59 |  #39

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Anyone else have any thoughts? Getting close the that time. I'm thinking at this point of giving Bay Photo a try, although their software give me a headache.

I just got a test order back from Bay Photo. I actually like the ROES software myself. The calendar is of a high quality but the pictures were rather dark and flat. I also aggressively sharpened the photos and they still seemed a little soft. I think both issues are just a result of the paper stock. The default (as it is with all companies I've found so far) is to crop the 3:2 aspect ratio. I tried it but it really changed the feel of some of the images to the point where I hate how some of the image look.

I am also trying out Lulu and MyPhotoCreations and for those I kept the 3:2 aspect ratio by adding some blank space below the images in Photoshop where I put a photo title and caption. I haven't got those back yet so we'll see how that works out.


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Nov 11, 2015 19:31 as a reply to  @ Bcaps's post |  #40

Except 8.5x11 is not a 3:2, 8x12 is. Unless its a pano, all of my images are 3:2, and I still lose some of the image in the calendars.


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Nov 11, 2015 19:46 |  #41

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Except 8.5x11 is not a 3:2, 8x12 is. Unless its a pano, all of my images are 3:2, and I still lose some of the image in the calendars.

I'm not sure that I understand what you are saying. Where did 8.5x11 come from?

My point was that I am keeping the 3x2 aspect ratio by adding some blank space below the photo. For example, in the MyPhotoCreation calendar, the calendar is 12x18 so the top part where the picture goes is 12x9. So I resized the pictures to be 12x8 (no cropping needed) and used the leftover 1" below the photo for a caption.


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Nov 11, 2015 21:56 |  #42

I was happy with the VistaPrint calendars this year, but without their 50% off sale, they wouldn't have been worth it especially with the glossy option selected. I bought 2 rounds of them, 25 the first and 10 the next. Both times I got the 50% off, but I think they raised the price of the glossy the second time. Both orders ended up being slightly under $10 a calendar.


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Nov 11, 2015 22:39 |  #43

Bcaps wrote in post #17780049 (external link)
I just got a test order back from Bay Photo. I actually like the ROES software myself. The calendar is of a high quality but the pictures were rather dark and flat. I also aggressively sharpened the photos and they still seemed a little soft. I think both issues are just a result of the paper stock. The default (as it is with all companies I've found so far) is to crop the 3:2 aspect ratio. I tried it but it really changed the feel of some of the images to the point where I hate how some of the image look.

Well that part about the images being both dark and soft is not encouraging. I went through the cropping bit last year when I printed with Costco, I may just go with them again this year if Bay Photo is not really doing a good job. Cropping does really detract from some of the photos, although some survived it just fine. (due to circumstances partly out of my control, I never did get to see my Costco printed calendars, although the reviews from those who did were good)


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Nov 12, 2015 09:07 |  #44

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I'm not sure that I understand what you are saying. Where did 8.5x11 come from?

My point was that I am keeping the 3x2 aspect ratio by adding some blank space below the photo. For example, in the MyPhotoCreation calendar, the calendar is 12x18 so the top part where the picture goes is 12x9. So I resized the pictures to be 12x8 (no cropping needed) and used the leftover 1" below the photo for a caption.

Because most wall calendars are 17x11...meaning, the image area is 8.5x11 and the date section is 8.5x11...that's where I got it from. 8.5x11 is not a 3:2 format.


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Nov 12, 2015 09:13 |  #45

digirebelva wrote in post #17780911 (external link)
Because most wall calendars are 17x11...meaning, the image area is 8.5x11 and the date section is 8.5x11...that's where I got it from. 8.5x11 is not a 3:2 format.

OK. Well, I know that 8.5x11 is not 3:2, that was exactly the point I was making when I said that "The default (as it is with all companies I've found so far) is to crop the 3:2 aspect ratio", so I guess I am/was confused by your, "Except 8.5x11 is not a 3:2, 8x12 is."


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