Throughout the year, I take photos of my work. It not only helps me to remember what I did, but if I sell something, I can use the photos for “show and tell”!
Plus, it’s kind of silly, but I actually find it inspires me to look back and see all the cool things I’ve done in the past…I’ve looked at some of my pieces and thought “Hey, I really liked that! I should make something similar again.”
Last year I made myself a calendar using the software that came with my HP printer. I hung it up in my studio where I could be inspired all year long. This year, however, I’m thinking about going a little higher tech and ordering a calendar through Shutterfly. I’ve gotten posters and my daughter has created scrapbooks using her own photos, and I’ve been amazed at the quality of the finished product!
Here’s a sample of the posters I ordered. You do need to have pretty high quality photos to end up with a decent product, but the software will tell you if the photo you’ve chosen won’t work for a specific layout. (I’ve found that changing the style or size of the photo layout may allow me to use a photo that was giving an error message in another layout.)
A great gift idea for a jewelry maker would be to hijack their computer for a day, create a calendar for them using photos of their work, and then watch their eyes light up when they see the calendar. Whether you use Shutterfly or software you already have on your computer, it’s really thoughtful to give something so personal.