Online Finds: Colorful Blank Calendar for 2019

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Time to find a monthly calendar for next year.

Printable Blank Calendar for 2019

This colorful calendar is by Lena at What Mommy Does. She designed it to be all blank on purpose; this way it’s useable every year.

Thanks for sharing, Lena!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Free Printable Harry Potter Valentine’s Day Card

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This printable Harry Potter Valentine’s Day card project by Nicole at Tikkido is clever – and it’s even possible to make the larger size with an optical fiber wand that lights up.

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Nicole at Tikkido.

“You are the ‘lumos’ in my life.” Very apt for Harry Potter fans!

Visit the post by Nicole at Tikkido for more.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Colorful Calendar for 2018

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Time to find a monthly calendar for next year.

Printable Calendar for 2018

This floral calendar is by Ananda at A Piece of Rainbow. Each month has a different bouquet with a bit of space for notes. I think December is already my favorite. Very beautiful!

Thanks for sharing, Ananda!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Colorful Calendars for 2016

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Time to start thinking about next year. (Already?!) Thanks to the generosity of fellow creatives, there are already free printable calendars available online. I prefer monthly write-in calendars, so I picked a geometric one by Botanical Paperworks (pdf; personal use only):

Printable Calendar for 2016

In fact, they have three different patterns to choose from; check out their website. I also liked the monthly calendars by Scattered Squirrel and by Sarah Titus. Thanks, all!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Colorful Calendar for 2015

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Time to get a 2015 calendar! Thanks to Miss Tiina, I now have a gorgeous, colorful monthly write-in calendar:

Printable Calendar for 2015

It comes in two versions, North American (the week starts on a Sunday) and European (the week starts on a Monday), and is free for personal use only. I also really, really loved this colorful pixel design calendar by Maryanne:

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Maryanne at Scrappy Sticky Inky Mess.

Unfortunately, as I’ve come to realize, I need a lot of space for notes. As much as I liked my 2014 owl one, I have to have a calendar I can write on. To each their own. 🙂

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Creativity Is: Playing Music through a Dot Matrix Printer

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There are many definitions of creativity. Despite the differences, most include originality or novelty and imagination, and the creation of something new. However you parse it, this video by MIDIDesaster of playing “Eye of the Tiger” through a dot matrix printer(!) definitely counts.

“Eye of the tiger” on dot matrix printer from MIDIDesaster on Vimeo.

MIDIDesaster explains:

“This old 24-pin dot matrix printer has been converted into a MIDI compatible sound generator. Up to 21 notes can be played simultaneously. It features up to 16 MIDI channels with individual volume and pitch.”

The rest of the technical information is way beyond me. However, I cannot but admire the effort that went into this project, starting from the concept (I. Cannot. Even!) and all the way to solving the pragmatic issues.

The curiosity, creativity and imagination of us humans never ceases to amaze me. It’s thrilling to see what we’re capable of!

Discoveries: Oana Befort

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Well, re-discoveries. Apparently I ran into her work a year ago already. *cough cough* 🙂 Anyhoo: Oana Befort is a Romanian graphic designer and illustrator with a distinctive, lighthearted style.

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Oana Befort; collage by Eppu Jensen.

(All images by Oana Befort; originally published in her blog.)

On her website, Oana shares her work, inspiration, images from her sketchbook and family moments. And freebies! For example, there are these fabulous monthly calendar pages (personal use only). Here is November 2013:

Oana Befort Nov 2013

Oana Befort.

I find the white-color ratio in Oana’s work really appealing and the detail is very impressive!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

EDIT: Shared Oana’s 2012 gift tag freebie here.