Ancestry Blog » Wendy Jessen The official blog of Ancestry Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:40:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 It’s never too soon to start a MyCanvas calendar Sat, 10 Oct 2009 20:17:42 +0000 Wendy Jessen Read more]]> As I was looking up at the wall by my work desk, I realized that I had never made a fun calendar for work.  Crazy as I have made many calendars for home and for gifts.  Instead, I see a blank wall with only a single picture from my son that says “I love you, Mom.”  Don’t get me wrong, that little picture lights up my wall, but it would be great to have more of these warm fuzzies every day of the year.

A treasured timepiece.
One of the things I love to do when making a calendar is to look back on photos that resemble the same month from the previous year.  September was particularly fun.  Every year I take pictures of my kids in front of the mailbox in front of our home.  Now that my oldest son is in the third grade it is fun to look back and see how much he has grown over the four years since kindergarten.  My younger son just started first grade and likewise, it is neat to see how in just one year he finally reached the bottom of the mailbox.  Next September I’ll be able to look up at the calendar and remember the previous year. Sept

Even more special is that I can share these memories with others.  All I have to do is copy the project and add a few additional photos with pictures of my parents to the appropriate months and I have the perfect gift for my mom and dad.  They also love seeing how much their grandchildren have grown over the year.

Where do I start?
A great thing about MyCanvas is that you start a calendar with any month of the year.  You can begin today on a calendar for this month or change the start date to January 2010 for a great holiday present.

Another great thing I love to do with MyCanvas calendars is to put a picture of the birthday person on their special day.  One of my son’s birthday also falls in September, so I put a picture of him in front of his birthday cake from this year’s birthday. It will be fun to remember that celebration next year when I get to September.

Make it your own.
MyCanvas lets you share your pictures in print.  There are many fun things to do with the MyCanvas calendar application.  You can be as creative as your imagination allows.  MyCanvas provides many cool backgrounds.  I chose the baseball background to remember opening day of the baseball season.

For the month of October, I put in pictures of my boys in their Halloween costumes.  plus a couple of other funny shots of my little one.  The picture of him sound asleep standing up at his bed after having run around the neighborhood collecting candy always makes me laugh.


If you have some cleaver ideas or have done neat things with MyCanvas calendars, please let us know.

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