2014 Computer Desktop Wallpaper Download - A Chalkboard Calendar! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

2014 Computer Desktop Wallpaper Download - A Chalkboard Calendar!

I am really, really, really excited about this computer desktop wallpaper!  Why?  Well, I mentioned in these two posts that I have a new computer.  Woo!  Since getting it, I have been customizing absolutely everything, and I am about 95% done.  Yay!

Anyways, it was January 2nd, and I realized that I still had my 2013 wallpaper up, which would not normally matter, except that I like having a calendar on my desktop background for quick reference.  I was inspired by a chalkboard calendar, and although it is completely different, I love my final product.  In fact, I think it's pretty awesome, so I'm sharing it with you all!

Scroll down to download either version, and I hope you enjoy it!  :)





Now, this may be a funny thing to share with you, but I'm a little bit of a nut!  I thought it would be interesting to share a couple of my past desktop wallpapers so you understand what I was looking to create.

These four desktops are ones that I used from years ago, before I learned how to photoshop.  Obviously a bit vintage and retro-flavored, and super cute!


2014 Computer Desktop Wallpaper Download - A Chalkboard Calendar!
Pic 1 source
Pic 2 Source unknown:  Let me know if this is your image!
Pic 3 source
Pic 4 Source unknown: Let me know if this is your image!


Then, I decided that I wanted something that would help me be more organized.  The month calendar was okay, but annoying to switch up every month.  That's when I ended up using a 2012 calendar that I downloaded.  For 2013, I could not find a similar calendar, so I customized a more fun calendar.  It was great, but there was one tweak I wanted to implement.  Whenever I had a few icons on my desktop, they would end up blocking parts of the calendar.  How annoying!  In fact, that is why I almost considered this organizing wallpaper, which helps to sort through icons...


2014 Computer Desktop Wallpaper Download - A Chalkboard Calendar!
Pic 1 SourcePic 2 Source (no longer available), Pic 3: By me!, Pic 4 Source


With all of this in mind, this is what I whipped up in Photoshop!  Yay!  I am loving the chalkboard look, and it is still cute and vintage-y while being practical.  It makes me happy whenever I need to take a peek at the date.  :)

This is the first version, which is completely centered in the screen.


2014 Computer Desktop Wallpaper Download - A Chalkboard Calendar!


Now, it is a wonderful wallpaper, but I had to shift everything slightly left and downward to make room for the icons and status bar.  See, my icons on the right fit perfectly now!

2014 Computer Desktop Wallpaper Download - A Chalkboard Calendar!


  So, if you have a Mac, you may want to download version 2 below.


2014 Computer Desktop Wallpaper Download - A Chalkboard Calendar!


Let me know if you find this useful or if there are any tweaks that need to be made.  :)

Happy 2014!




10 comments:

  1. Reading this recipe is making me crave french toast for breakfast this morning! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  2. Ha! I hide mine in those folders as you can see in the post. :) Gimpshop is a decent free option that does things slightly clunkier than Photoshop.

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  3. Did not ever think to hide the icons in a folder; good idea. Thanks for the tip on Gimpshop too.

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  4. This is perfect. I have been meaning to change my Christmas light ball desktop paper for weeks now but haven't found anything that I liked. But this, this is just too cute and fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Thanks! It seems like I always need a calendar for reference while I'm working, so when I swipe to see my desktop, it's nice to see something pretty. :)

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  6. Great project !!

    I would love you to come and share @ Craft, Create & Inspire linky party !!!

    Look forward to seeing you there :)

    http://livel0vecreate.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/craft-create-inspire-linky-party_18.html

    Claire x

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  7. Oh great! I was wondering if anyone would find it useful. :) Thanks!

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  8. I love the blackboard chalk look! Thanks! I found you over at Round Tuit party...

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  9. Thanks for visiting and I'm so glad you like it! :)

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