Creating Your Own Calendar in MDS Tutorial

I cannot say enough about the calendar feature in MDS. I have been creating calendars for many years as Christmas gifts for my parents and in-laws. Originally, prior to MDS, I used to create them by hand, hand-cropping pictures and embellishments. Then I would mail away my precious creations in a kit and hope and pray that they’d arrive by Christmas. Since MDS was made available, I then shifted gears and began creating my annual calendars in MDS. Oh my goodness! This is the next best thing since sliced bread! Well, maybe not sliced bread, but it has really made my life much simpler. My pictures are digital, so why wouldn’t I create digital calendars. Plus, I can create three variations of each calendar, keeping the same backgrounds and layouts and just swapping out the pictures. It’s so much simpler than how I used to make calendars.

MDS includes many of Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Paper, Stamps, Inks, and Embellishments, both current and retired. The options are endless. I compare my calendars to those that are done by picture companies or retail stores and I have to say, there really is no comparison… you can do so much more for the same price.

Below, I’ll share with you the steps to create a calendar from the template within MDS.

Steps to Create a Calendar:

  1. Launch MDS. The New Project Options dialogue box appears; it looks like this.
    2-New Project Options
  2. Click Calendar. The Calendar Size Options dialogue box appears; it looks like this.
    1-Calendar Size Options
  3. Select the size. I select 11″ x 8.5″ Landscape. The Choose a Template dialogue box appears; it looks like this.
    3 - Choose a Template
  4. Click Create Your Own. The New Project Name dialogue box appears.
  5. Type the Name of Your project and change the location [if necessary].
  6. Click OK. MDS will take a minute or two to build 26 blank calendar pages.

Steps to Insert Monthly Templates:

  1. Click Page 3. The odd pages, starting with page 3 will become the monthly calendar pages.
  2. Click the Add Month Calendar button. It will insert the current month and year. You will change this in the next step.
    5 - Add Month
  3. Change the settings, such as Month, Year, Header, Lines, and Numbers. I tend to turn on the Header, Lines and Numbers.
  4. Edit the font if desired by clicking the Edit button.
  5. Edit the settings. I tend to turn off the month and year and insert the month only using a stamp. However, you may choose to keep one or both and simply enhance the font. The Calendar Settings Dialogue box looks like this.
    7 - Calendar Settings Dialogue Box
  6. Click OK.
  7. Click Apply Settings to All Calendars. This will remember these defaults for the remaining months.
  8. Click Yes to confirm.
  9. Resize the calendar grid, leaving about a 1/4″ on all sides for the page bleed. I leave a little extra room at the top to insert the Month using a stamp if I turned off the headers.
  10. You can then decorate your calendar pages with background colors, stamps, pictures, embellishments as you’d like. An example of a completed calendar page is shown below.

January Monthly Calendar PageI hope you found this tutorial helpful.  If you have any questions about creating a calendar, please contact me at or leave me a comment.

Blessings, Kelly


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