Thanks for all the positive feedback, and for the links to your own website, Joe: many beautiful photos of Iceland.
In regards to how I actually made the calendar: yes, all on photoshop, and I had never used it before. Let me know if there are specific questions you have. I'll try to generally outline: I had my negatives scanned to cd. Chose a canvas size appropriate to printing. I constructed the calendar grid from scratch, which wasn't easy. But once I had the grid made, I could shrink it, warp it, add/remove effects, etc... to fit into the layout of various months. The background was probably my most innovative trick: this surprised me, but my uncle, who owns a photoshop in BC, said he'd never heard of my method, and his customers were also intrigued to hear about it: I am red-green colour blind, which causes no end to problems with photography, especially those red rocks in green landscapes: lost to me. My friends helped me in such situations. When in photoshop, I used the eye-dropper tool very very frequently, to match colours within the photos with good fade/gradient combinations for the background, not to mention shadows and shading etc...
Some of the backgrounds, like August and September, I constructed by cutting and pasting small segments of the photo itself to form a unified background of the same texture. For instance, behind the grid in September is actually a series of pastes of upside-down/rightside-up clouds from the bottom photo. Some minor touch-ups, strategic bluring, and the lines are not terribly noticeable, certainly not on the printed calendar.
For March (Mars in Icelandic) the background photo actually cuts off half way up the calendar grid. I disguised the cut-off and the begining of the background gradient behind a line in the calendar grid. In the printed version you can just barely notice a small difference, because the photo is textured slightly, while the gradient is utterly smooth.
Let me know if you have other questions/criticisms.
Cheers - Leif