Once I figured out the program it was easy, Love the final product
I received a Free calendar from a promotion and made it for my Husband's office. I included fun quotes and pictures of our daughter. I used the black and white background - which I loved. This will become a yearly tradition. Printing came out beautifully and we had so much fun putting it together.
At first it was very frustrating to put together. I kept logging out and leaving because it would not save or it would change my layout randomly ect. . . . Once I figured out to save often and do one page every time I logged in it went much better.
I highly recommend this product!
February 23, 2014
Family is enjoying the 12 x 12 calendars I made for them this year. I would like to see a 12 x 12 blank calendar (include months and days) so I can use a 12 x 12 scrapbook page for the top each month! Thanks, Barbara
February 5, 2014
Good but frustrating
I really like all the background options and having a large selection of layouts, but I'm getting increasingly frustrated with those same layouts. Trying to find a layout with good options for vertical/portrait photos is so hard. Everything seems to be landscape or square if you want to show more than 3 pictures on a page, and then half my photo is cut off. And the overlaps are terrible. I came from Kodak Gallery, and they let you place photos any way you wanted, changing the size, location, rotation, etc. But Shutterfly puts photos on top of photos with huge overlapping areas, making some layouts impossible for me to use.
January 28, 2014
Liked the finished product, but was frustrating to make
This is my first time making a calendar, I thought making a calendar would be similar to making a book. I was really frustrated that I couldn't move, size, or layer the pics. It was especially frustrating when I would find a cute background, and the pics covered what made the background special. The project took much longer to do than I expected due to the inability to be creative with the pics.
I was also disappointed that there was no option to add stickers. That would have been fun to work with.
My husband loved the calendar and wants me to make another one for his parents. I'm dreading the process.
January 24, 2014
Love these calendars, have been ordering for years, always good quality.
Wish you could place photos free-form instead of sticking with the preset options - would love to see that option added.
January 23, 2014
My First Photo Project
This is a beautiful, high quality keepsake! It was my first project on Shutterfly and I was very aggravated with the calendar layouts and my iPad. As I kept going, it got better and worth the troubles! I used mostly collage type layout for each month. I've ordered many other similar projects and love all of them! Don't give up....it's always a learning experience and I did get great assistance when I called Shutterfly with my concerns.
January 22, 2014
8x11 wall calendar
I am very happy with the calendar I received. I initially ordered my calendar from a cheaper website and was not happy. The Shutterfly calendar is much higher quality- especially the image and the stock.
January 20, 2014
New 12x12 Calendar
I ordered a 12x12 calendar and have to admit, it's so much better for me in the new size, as it's easier to see and the photos stand out so much better. You can actually read the birthdays that you put on the calendar. It's beauitiful! Thank you Shutterfly for going bigger!
January 19, 2014
8x11 Wall Calendar
I agree with other people posting before me. Some of the multiple photo layouts are very limiting. Actually, because of that I ended up going with the one photo layout that covers the entire top page. Another feature that I am not sure I understand is the photos for events. Though it implies that you can crop and edit the photo in the date box, I have not been able to get one to do so yet! Those are my complaints.
However, I am very pleased with the quality and clarity of the photos in the calendar I received. I will continue to check in and see if Shutterfly has improved this process for future years.
January 16, 2014
I thought making a 12x12 calendar would be fun and very similar to making a photobook. I'm very disappointed that I can't customize the page and photographs. I'm not impressed with the layout options either. I love making Shutterfly photobooks and don't understand why making a 12x12 calendar can't be the same process with all the same options. I doubt I will finish my calendar, just not happy with the overall look.
January 14, 2014
I have been working on a calendar this past week. For the most part, it goes well, but every time I work on it, "something" happens, and I am not able to finish...the next day, I make more progress. But today is the final straw. I am almost done, and one month (October) dates have disappeared and the website says there is a problem. Although I have saved my project as I go along, at one point, the site shuts down completely. I am concerned my work will not be recovered.
I am not happy that every time I work on the calendar, something goes wrong with the website. Now I have to go somewhere else to get this done. Shutterfly....you're outta here.
January 12, 2014
Let us have bigger pictures in layout!
Very disappointed that the layout options did not allow for bigger photos to go to edge of page, or at least closer to the edge of the page than allowed now. The margin around the layouts meant there was huge amounts of empty space bordering the constrained photos. The 3-photo layout was especially disappointing. How hard would it be to allow a layout that gave more image space so pictures could be bigger.
January 12, 2014
Very Poor Layout selection on 12 x 12
I have been making calendars for all family members for years and years. This year I was going to make the 12 x 12 big one. Then I read that the layouts were so bad I took a look and agreed. I'm not going to use this new style for all the reasons that everyone else lists. I need variable shapes for pics and variable sizes. I even have problems with the layout choices for the 8x11 and wish there were more. Too bad! I was eager to have the big size this time but it will have to wait.
January 11, 2014
I made a photo calendar for my family in 2010 and they are still using it today, 4 years later (for the photos, of course)! Can't wait to make a new one!
January 9, 2014
2014 8x11 Calendar
More good than bad about creating this calendar. I've made several photo books and would like to see some of the options there in the calendar creation like:
Create my own layout
Easily grab pictures from my computer, not just from pictures I've downloaded to Shutterfly
Adding captions (although I understand that is available on 12x12 version)
January 9, 2014
Disappointed with the layout changes
The quality of the finished product was wonderful as usual, but I was disappointed this year. I have been making these calendars since my first baby was born, and I was not only disappointed to see the change of not being able to let the photos fill the top page, but with the 12x12 calendars, the photos had to be squares. I loved that various sizes and orientations allowed in previous years. I also saw the smaller wall calendars had a MUCH smaller number of max photos per month. I use these to document family life, activities, and milestones. They are usually much more than 5-8 of these per month! One change I did like was being able to caption the photographs. I do hope that option stays next year. If they don't allow the same photo layout options as previous years, I will probably look for another manufacturer next time.
January 7, 2014
Loved the calendar!! But the date blocks were pretty small and the date numbers were so faint it was hard to read them from three feet away! the date number need to be larger & DARKER.
January 6, 2014
Calendar gifts and cards
Calendars have been an Anniversary gift for my in-laws for many years now and they have started simple and embellished over the years. Kodak was our favorite to work with, as well as the cards. Since we no longer have that option we use Shutterfly. They give us great deals with coupons and shipping rates as well as unique options that not everyone seems to offer.
Also in our family we no longer give the standard holiday card since our son was tragically taken from us 5 years ago- we like to include his face in the cards. We love the note-cards that Shutterfly has. Please don't ever stop having these with the option for a photo on the back.
January 6, 2014
I have been making calendars for about 10 years now for my family. I've had to switch over to Shutterfly when Kodak went belly-up. Shutterfly offers many options in creating a calendar & there is always another road to turn down in the making. My family looks forward to theirs every Christmas.
And, I really do enjoy taking photos & making them.
January 6, 2014
Ups and Downs
Having only made calendars with others, I was anxious to try Shutterfly, because I had received some very good looking Christmas cards made using your website.
I found the website very difficult to master, but once I did, I loved the result. I am pretty computer literate…. at least my grandchildren think so, but I found your directions lacking, and it took hours to get used to it. However, I love the calendar I've made and will probably try a Christmas card next year. Should be simpler. Looking forward to receiving my calendars… I've ordered one for each of my 8 grandchildren.
January 2, 2014