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Moving Through the New Year with Artifact Uprising + A Giveaway

by Margaret Kelley

Since 2019 arrived, I’ve been slowly able to meditate on all of the possibilities the new year holds. The post-holiday fog tends to linger for me, so helpful doses of positive reinforcement and visual pick-me-ups really help me focus and pull me back into the essence of the moment. Realizing that we at Design*Sponge probably are not the only ones that need some reminders to be present and smile, we connected with our friends at Artifact Uprising to help create an inspired desk calendar filled with some timeless and colorful patterns from the one and only, William Morris. Artifact Uprising is kindly gifting their standout Walnut Desk calendar to 10 lucky Design*Sponge readers. Giveaway details are at the end of this post!

We’ve always been big fans (and customers) of Artifact Uprising because we’re always blown away by their beautiful, high-quality photo gifts. We love the many ways you can customize each piece to make it truly feel like your design. Through the years Design*Sponge has not only covered inspiring homes and up-and-comers in the design world, but we’ve also paid homage to icons of the past. This year, we’ve curated our 2019 calendar filled with patterns from William Morris, the 19th century British textile designer. His timeless patterns are closely associated with the Arts & Crafts movement and during his career, he created over 600 designs for wallpaper, textiles and embroideries.

The William Morris images we used are public domain and we’re including links to the images so you can create your own calendar with these lively patterns. But don’t limit yourself to our choices — think about what inspires you and scroll through your favorite photos pulled from your phone or Instagram, and create your own calendar customized with your photos to lead you through the year with a smile!

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As we alluded to before, Artifact Uprising truly elevates inspired keepsakes. If photos of your family and friends makes you smile and remind you why you do what you do each day, have at it! It’s always a fun exercise to go through old photographs or pictures on your phone and rediscover those moments that tickle your heart. We love, love, love the small profile walnut clip-board of this calendar and the brass hardware really sets it apart from your average desktop object.  “Turning” the pages of this calendar is a treat too — the deliciously thick paper reminds you to keep your scissors handy so you can pop the image into a frame or tack it to your cork board.

We interviewed Artifact Uprising’s co-founder Katie Thurmes back in 2015 and learned about how the company came to be. Katie, her sister and brother-in-law were professional photographers when they took a dive into the entrepreneurship pool and created the company. You can read the interview right here. High style and quality products were the goal from day one.

Each product at Artifact Uprising is a design-lover’s dream, with a simple, clean look and feel that looks beautiful in all environments no matter what the style. Beyond the walnut calendar we’re currently obsessed with, we especially love the Layflat Album with luxuriously thick pages and a foil-stamped cover. When the album is laid out, flat of course, your photos can span both pages for a great seamless effect. This is so perfect for special occasions or to finally commemorate that vacation from years ago with all those gorgeous sunset photos you saved!

Collage above clockwise: Tree in Bloom London, Canada by Scott Webb (Public Domain)| Artifact Uprising’s Walnut Desktop CalendarPink Candy by Karolina/Kaboompics | White Christmas Tree by Karolina/Kaboompics | Artifact Uprising’s Walnut Desktop Calendar | Yellow Daisy by Aaron BurdenCamellias in Portland, Oregon by Scott Webb | Artifact Uprising’s Walnut Desktop Calendar

We’ve ordered too many Artifact Uprising Every Day Prints to count because the textured matte finish makes each moment captured feel so special. If you haven’t seen or felt them, you’re in for a treat!

My favorite aspect about all of Artifact Uprising’s products and gifts is that they can all stand alone as décor pieces. The Walnut Desktop calendar absolutely falls into that category because once the year is finished, it can be continually used as a lovely framed piece of art. Brilliant.

Image above: Artifact Uprising’s Walnut Desktop Calendar using the bold font option. We also love that a serif and script font are options and that they now offer foil-stamped versions of each font.

You can download our curated William Morris calendar images below.



Now let’s get to the giveaway! Artifact Uprising is kindly gifting 10 Design*Sponge readers a Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar. To enter this giveaway, be sure you are registered with your email address to leave a comment on this post. Share what kind of images you’d love to see on your desktop calendar all year. Donuts, babies, cats — all ideas are welcome! Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed! Our 10 lucky winners will be notified by email. All other participants will receive a 15% discount code to use on Artifact Uprising by email. Thanks for entering!

*Winners will be contacted via email between February 4 and February 15 2019. U.S. readers only are eligible. By entering this promotion, you agree to receive a post contest 15% off discount offer from Artifact Uprising via email.

















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  • I actually LOVE what y’all did using the William Morris prints so if I won the calendar I would go with that!

  • I would be inclined to use photos of my family and fur babies, but I love your curated images! I may do a seasonal food theme and keep it in my kitchen – citrus fruit images for winter and spring veggies, etc. It would look beautiful on my counter!

  • I like to make calendars looking back on photos of the places I’ve been in the past year – always inspiring! I would also consider making a full calendar of my dog in all her glory. #noshameinthedogmomgame

  • I love looking at photos of the National Parks I want to visit — it’s a good reminder that I need to get outside more!

  • I absolutely LOVE this William Morris Calendar! As a gardener, I LOVE the botanical themes and images. They provide great inspiration for garden design and flower colors. Great idea for a calendar. I also love calendars….you can’t have enough of them!

  • I have become the cliche who looks at photos of her dog when she needs a mental break at work. It would be lovely to have them displayed :)

  • Peonies. So many varieties and cultivars, would make a luscious calendar. On these dreary winter days they would certainly lift my spirits.

  • I love this calendar! A great one to keep out in the open where visitors can see it. I like to make a calendar at the beginning of the year with a picture each month that relates to something we did that month from the previous year. I have two kids, and making memories is a priority, and to see a pic from a ‘year ago’ is a great way to bring that happy moment back into the discussion!

  • i’d love to have a calendar full of portraits of my friends and family so i can be reminded of how loved i am throughout the day!

  • I love these William Morris prints—genius!—but I’d also love to see the goofy, smiling face of our rescue pup Percy, a Springer Spaniel who’s brought so much joy and doggy slobber into our lives.

  • I was so tickled to see you use William Morris designs here! My sister lives in England, and we can’t get enough of Morris & Co. and Liberty print patterns…they’re a welcome tonal shift to mix up our beloved Marimekko.

  • I don’t see a window from my desk – so I’d love natural photos in my calendar! These are beeeeautiful!

  • I’m an actor and gardener, so in the warmer and/or unemployed months, I’d include images of people and projects that inspire me and keep me creating, and in the winter, I’d definitely want to look at plants, soil, mosses, lichens, everything that I’m missing right now!

  • OOOH, love the William Morris wallpaper!! I would probably like to see graphic patterns too – maybe within architecture.

  • I would love to create mine with my favorite family photos! Thank you for the amazing giveaway!

  • I’d put together a calendar of curated photos of my daughters, because I feel that as a parent, it is my duty and obligation to have excessive digital and physical images of my kids!

  • a close up of something colorful from under a microscope in a lab. Normally we don’t see them but are unfortunately often confronted with them, there is a visual beauty in it.

  • I would love a calendar with photos of landscapes to inspire me to travel more. Tropical beaches, African plains, that kind of thing.

  • Images for me would be my photo project that showcases my pup Moose on street sofas. To see just look up #sofasinthewild on Instagram.

    I actually bought an artifact calendar last year and cut the bottoms off after the month was over. That way I could reuse the images without the calendar. I have their photo block and I keep the pictures on that. I love that the pictures are reusable and on such nice card stock.

  • I would love to have the selected images above (sans random couple/family pics :D) on my calendar! The floral patterns are incredible and so soothing.

  • I love William Morris, so that’s what first drew me to this post. Travel, nature, and classical design elements are all things I want to see each day. Thanks for offering this gift!

  • OMG, what a lovely post this is!!! Thank you for the downloads of the gorgeous William Morris calendar. . .it’s printing as I type.

    What would *I* like to see on a calendar??? I’m a sucker for stars/aurora borealis/night sky. I follow the International Space Station’s flyovers religiously. Hooray for outer space!!!!!

    Thanks for the beauty, D*S.

  • Nice. Wonder if a landscape layout is offered. Portrait is great for a calendar though.
    I’d use photos I shot, family, vacation, etc.
    Glad to learn about Artifact Uprising.
    Always love what Design Sponge delivers.

  • The William Morris images are stunning. As for my own photos, I enjoy taking photos of nature and then distorting them slightly to create an abstract effect. There’s a bit of serendipity involved, and that makes the results all the more interesting. Thanks to Artifact Uprising for the giveaway!

  • WM is my idol…love his designs for a calendar. It would be awesome to create a calendar of my own designs inspired by the great William and his brother/sisterhood! Thanks for the calendar offer and the downloads!

  • I always love a good William Morris, too! I’d love to see some new and interesting fabric patterns. :)

  • So, so gorgeous! I would love to create a calendar with my daughter’s novice photography. Not only are her travel and local photographs truly incredible, seeing her work like this would be so encouraging. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • I’d definitely want a calendar of floral paintings from the the super talented Victoria MacMillian! They’re so lively and colorful.

  • Pictures of Nature always hit the spot. Especially during the times when the dreariness of sitting in a grey cubicle surrounded by a maze of other grey cubicles gets to you.

  • I love these William Morris prints just as they are and they are going to be my calendar whether I win them or print them out myself at Staples – but of course I’d love the frame, and the paper they come on which is surely far superior to anything Staples can produce for me. But either way it’s a lovely idea and beautifully executed.

  • I am a huge fan of Artifact Uprising’s minimalist aesthetic! :) I’d fill my calendar with dreamy landscapes and colorful street scenes that I captured on a recent trip to Israel. 🐪

  • I love AU!! I’d of course put my daughter in the calendar, but now we have two senior rescue shih tzus who wear sweaters and sleep all day that will definitely make an appearance in the calendar :)

  • Artifact Uprising is awesome! I have the most beautiful wedding album from them. I would put photos of my bulldog Bagel on my calendar.

  • So beautiful! I like my calendars simple with floral prints like this rather than personal images, keeps my space clean :-)

  • Oh I love those William Morris designs! I’d probably make a calendar with my family, pup, and kitties photographs :)

  • I LOVE William Morris wallpaper so I’d probably keep the calendar as is. But there are a few designs you don’t have like the ones with fruit, so…maybe I’d mix it up. Either way AU’s calendar is gorgeous!

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