Creating a Calendar of a Selected State
Created by Patricia Janann Nicholson

Your job is to create a calendar that will display graphics of a particular state. Your instructor has enlisted the help of the teaching staff at your school. Teachers have indicated the state in which they were born or have lived in and you will be assigned to create a map for them that showcases that particular state's symbols, landmarks, or other interesting information.

Download State Coloring Sheets
Create a Horizontal Hierarchy SmartArt Graphic
Using Fireworks to Color and Enhance Graphics
Saving Graphic as a Fireworks File and as a Gif
Enlarging Canvas and Adding Text
Formatting Text
Creating your Calendar
Add Holiday Graphics
Add Cover Page

Download State Coloring Sheets

First download your coloring sheets by clicking on the state name that corresponds to the teacher you have chosen. Your instructor has already provided this information for you. When you click on the state name it will prompt you to save the file or open it. You will open the zip folder. You will also need to open your student folder. Once the zip folder opens drag the coloring sheets from the zip folder to your student folder.

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State Coloring Sheets

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Delaware

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Kentucky

Maine

Maryland

Mississippi

Montana

Nevada

New Mexico

North Dakota

 Rhode Island

South Dakota

Tennessee

Utah

Vermont

West Virginia

Wyoming

Create a Horizontal Hierarchy SmartArt Graphic

Once you have all your picture downloaded you will need to create a concept map in Microsoft Word to organize how your calendar will appear.

Open Microsoft Word. With the Insert tab selected click Smart Art. Select Hierarchy then click the Horizontal Hierarchy from the choice of SmartArt Graphics. Click OK to begin constructing your hierarchy chart.

Smart Art

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Your SmartArt should include the following in the order that it appears bulleted. You will use the text pane to get the bulleted list to format correctly. You will use promote and demote option to move your bulleted list farther left or right.

Promote Demote

First you will need to view the picture in your student folder to determine which picture you will use for January. You can easily see your pictures if you set the folder to thumbnail view.

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Using Fireworks to Color and Enhance Graphics

Now you have your calendar outline you will begin coloring them in Fireworks. Several things you will need to know. You will be graded on adding bevels to your pictures and you will need to add text to the sheets that do not contain words. Your job is to color the graphic as close to how the object appears in real life. The steps for adding a bevel is listed below followed by a video you can view.

Saving Graphic as a Fireworks File and as a Gif

Before we add text or enlarge the canvas we need to save the file. First you will save it as a Fireworks file that will retain your individual layers. By saving it with the layers you can always go back and modify your graphic. Click File then Save As and in the file format drop down list select Fireworks PNG (*.png).

Fireworks Format

Next save it as a gif by selecting GIF (*.gif) from the drop down list.

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Enlarging Canvas and Adding Text

We will be working with the gif file for this activity so make sure you don't have the fireworks graphic open. To be on the safe side close your graphic and open the gif file shown here: File Formats

First we ill enlarge the canvas and then add text. You will only need to do this step if your coloring sheet does not contain any words. We are going to add Pennsylvania State Flag to the graphic. Click on Modify > then choose Canvas Size. Depending on the amount of text you want to add will depend on how large you will make your canvas. Select the Text tool Text then click on the canvas to add your text. Use the Properties panel to change your font face and size. We will cover how to create innovative text fills in the next section so don't worry about the color at this time.

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Formatting Text

There are several fill options that are available in Fireworks. To get to these fill options you will need to click on the small arrow at the bottom right hand corner of the paint bucket on tools palette. Then click on Fill Options at the bottom of the palette.

Fill Options

Below shows you the choices you have. We are going to explore the solid, gradient, pattern, and imported pattern options.

Fill Options

To add a stroke to your text you simple click the pencil icon, then click Stroke Options. You can play with the different stroke options available.

Stroke Options

Add a solid fill and stroke:

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Add a gradient fill and stroke:

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Add a pattern fill with a stroke:

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Add an external pattern (a picture) fill with a stroke:

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Place all your text at the top of the picture in order for it not to hind the month on the calendar.

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Save your file as a gif. It is now ready to be inserted into your calendar.

Creating your Calendar:

You will be adding a background graphic as well as your created state pictures. You will want to match the graphic you have created on your page. I used fabric swatches I found at Joann's Fabric. I used Printkey to select the swatch and saved it to my folder.

Open Microsoft Word. Click the Office button the new. Click calendars then 2010:

Calendar

Select 2010 photo calendar (Mon-Sun) (Southern Hemisphere). The picture on this calendar does not matter because you are going to replace the background photo as well as the main photo.

Photo Calendar

Open your concept map that you create as an outline of your calendar. This will tell you what pictures to use for each month.

First you will need to replace the main picture with the January state picture you have created. Click on the main picture, then right click and select change picture. Navigate to your folder and select the picture you have created for January.

Next click on the background picture. Then right click and select change picture. Find the picture (fabric swatch) that will go along with your graphic. Click on it to select it.

The last thing you will do is insert a text box (Insert > Text Box) and drag it to the bottom of your page. This is where you will place your two sentence description of your picture from you concept map.

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Continue adding pictures and text boxes to the remainder of your months.

Add Holiday Graphics

You will need to add small clipart graphics on the days when holidays fall. You can find a list of holidays at the following website:

http://www.holidaysmart.com/2010/year2010.htm

To insert a picture, click on the day the holiday falls and with the Insert tab selected click on ClipArt to open the clipart search box. Type in a search word (Example: Christmas) then click on the picture you want to insert it. You will need to format the text wrapping to In Front of Text.

The How To Videos will demonstrate how to add clipart to January 1st (New Years Day) and January 18th (Martin Luther King Holiday),

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Add Cover Page

With the Insert tab selected click cover page. Choose a page style from the drop down list.

Insert Cover Page

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