The calendar Project | 2019

Two months ago, a friend asked if I can make him some desktop calendars to gift his clients. And project calendar 2019 was born. The idea was simple – to try and make a calendar that wouldn’t get thrown out at the end of the year.

So this is how it works. This small tabletop calendar actually doubles as a postcard. After each month is over, cut out the date part along the dotted line and you will be left with a standard size postcard. Just fill in the address, write a note, attach a stamp, and send it to whoever and make their day. If you are lucky, you might even get a postcard in return! Once the year is over, you can reuse the easel as a photo stand that will easily hold a 4 x 6 or 5 x 7-inch photograph.

Easel – 5 x 3 inches
Full calendar – 19 x 9 cm
Postcard part – 14 x 9 cm
Paper – Acquerello (240 gsm / white)
Printing style – vintage muted colors (like how I normally edit my photos)

The easel and the calendars – one for each month. Week starts on Monday. Sundays are highlighted in red. I’ve left some blank space below the dates in case you want to jot down a birthday or whatever.


The final product.


The easel – 5 inches tall x 3 inches wide.


Premium 240 gsm Acquerello white paper, which has a beautiful fine texture.


The black dotted line that acts as a guide for cutting.


Once the month is over (or whenever you feel like it), cut through the dotted line and you have your postcard. You can either throw the date part away or use it as a bookmark. 


Write a note, fill in the address, attach a stamp, and post it.

10 thoughts on “The calendar Project | 2019

  1. Such a thoughtful and creative idea. I like how the cards can be sent on to someone else. A sense of gifting forward. The whole concept strikes me as very caring. I love the little wooden easel.

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      1. Always my pleasure Dilip. I’ve been curious about some of your latest photographs like #116 &117. There is no ‘like’ button or space to comment. I want to tell you how much I enjoy looking at these two photographs, taking them in, and the quiet stillness that I experience when being with them.

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          1. Hi Dilip,
            I read what you wrote about ‘likes’ and ‘comments’. Is it that participating in this process became too complicated and perhaps overwhelming in a way, and that you are wanting more ease and spaciousness around posting your photographs? I also hear your frustration in dealing with WP.
            I wonder too if you value authenticity and integrity and the way you were timing your posts wasn’t meeting this for you. I appreciate you sharing about your experience.
            I don’t get anywhere near the amount of likes that you receive and I do connect through comments with a small group of blogging ‘friends’. I enjoy sharing with them what comes up for me when I look at their photographs or read their writings, and I often find their feedback on my photographs very helpful. I hold that ‘likes’ are given and received joyfully and freely. I don’t expect someone to like my work just because I ‘like’ theirs and vice versa. Although if someone whose work I am not familiar with ‘likes’ or comments on mine or someone else’s work that I enjoy then I am usually curious about theirs and check it out. This is how I found your work and many others. 🙂
            And then there is the question of time…..
            With care, Arati

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            1. Thanks for the detailed comment. What you said is very correct – the whole process became too overwhelming and time consuming for me and somehow I started feeling not quite correct about the way it was all moving forward. Keeping the likes and comments open is indeed the best way to get more people to see your work and follow you, but of late I am seeing not much purpose in that. In fact, I hate the word “follow” also. I really wish sites used “friends” instead. That was how the old Flickr used to be. You make “friends” there and over time you have the option to convert them to “family” and so on. It was such a beautiful platform, but unfortunately is dying a slow death thanks to some new changes they brought in and other social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram. etc. Well, so for now, I am just going to keep the blog as is. Those who want to see my work can always view it, but there is no pressure to leave a like or a comment. In fact, what’s really surprising is people emailing me. I have received around 10+ mails after I closed the comments and likes. And I really appreciate people taking time out to write me and say how much they love my work. It’s very encouraging and I now make it a point to reply all those emails. 🙂 Thanks again Arati.


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