Hand-Craft Gifts: Forever Calendar Designs

creative cultivation Because I earn a living as a creative professional, I feel under particular pressure at the holidays. If I send cards, I feel I must design them. And for gifts, I feel I must make them. Here are some of my favorites: Forever Calendars. These are made for relatives, scaling each to the recipient’s individual style. The parameters are: 1. Make them visual from a photo theme that reflects the recipient. 2. The calendar portion has no years, just day lines, so that it is always used. 3. Designed to record significant family dates and events so each year, they are remembered. The photographs were clipped from magazines, old stock photo books, mail, brochures, books, and booklets. The formats may inspire ideas of your own. If you are curious how these are made, please email me.

Created for artistic niece, images of visual art tools. Fold-outs extend each spread horizontally. Stitched bindery.

hand crafted calendar by Liane Sebastian

Created for musician nephew-in-law. Nested envelopes with musical images are glued together forming a little book to collect music stubs, program mentions, and notes.

hand crafted calendar by Liane Sebastian

Created for nephew’s girlfriend. Nature photographs are grouped in themes such as water, sky, foliage, wood textures, stone, etc. Staggered pages allow an interesting composition of groupings. This is the center spread. Stitched bindery.

hand crafted calendar by Liane Sebastian

Created for creative brother-in-law, the little book has pockets to collect notes, lists of favorite things, goals, accomplishments, music, etc. Tree images are grouped on each spread in themes and textures. Little booklets glued inside the book open, pockets reveal surprises, and the forever calendar carries through. Stiched bindery.

hand crafted calendar by Liane Sebastian

Created for best-friend with whom we share a spiral theme—gathered for years from everywhere sources. Calendar itself is a spiral that unfolds, each month a panel. It can hang vertically on the wall, like a scroll.

hand crafted calendar by Liane Sebastian

Liane Sebastian, illustrator, designer, writer, and publishing pioneer

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