The Year Ahead – Calendars, Part 1

Well, I’m finally getting around to choosing my office calendar for 2014, and I have to admit, I’m struggling. Wall calendars, desk calendars, perpetual calendars—the options are both numerous and beautiful.

Here are just some of the calendars I discovered this year at the National Stationery Show. (Please note: my point ‘n click images do not do these products justice!)

Bison Bookbinding and Letterpress

These two letterpress calendars are from Bison Bookbinding. The Zodiac Birthday calendar is both lettepress-lovely and an interesting way to keep track of folks’ birthdays—by their astrological signs. The calendar appears to be available through Anthropologie (though right at this moment, their site is down, so I can’t confirm that).

The 2014 Seasonal Produce Calendar is sold here, but seems to be out of stock. That said, keep an eye out for a copy at your local Bison retailer, because this little beauty is striking in its two-color simplicity of charcoal and gold.

Waste Not Paper/Paper Source

Waste Not Paper’s booth was chock-full of fantastic calendar designs from the folks at Paper Source. From large to small formats, and everything in between, from calendars in black and white to ones in full color, these guys probably have a calendar you’ll fall in love with.

The 2013 version of their ever-popular Paper Source Wall Art Calendar is still hanging in my office, and I’m loath to take it down, it’s such a happy thing to look at. I should really get to it, though, because then I can take advantage of all of the fun project templates Paper Source builds into each page for when the year is done, including gift and pillow boxes, file forders, postcards, and more.

Wild Ink Press

I love the clever packaging of Wild Ink Press’s Garden Greetings Calendar as much as the simple, upbeat, earthy art it features. With its nifty clipboard display, you can hang it anywhere you want. (And, I admire their smart and effective use of letterpress in the snow on the branch in the month of January.)

1canoe2

The folks over at 1canoe2 are seriously calendar-minded. They offer several calendar formats, including their gigantic 20″ x 32″ “XL” Wall Calendar; the more traditionally-sized Pieces & Patterns wall calendar; and their desktop 2014 Wood Stump desktop letterpress calendar, complete with—you guessed it—a wood stump base.

Also available? A nifty Perpetual Calendar, housed in a wooden berry box, and a couple of menu notepad designs for helping plan out your meals each week.

Good stuff, right? And, this is just the tip of the iceberg, folks. I’ll be posting more on calendars later this week. So be sure to check back for further calenderiffic eye candy. In fact, you may want to pencil it in on your…well, you know.

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