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Calendar Creator Announcement

With Fall upon us, it’s that time of year for sweaters, pumpkin spice, and next year’s calendars! So today, I’m happy to say, our new calendar creator is available for everyone to use. 

Let’s take a look at this new addition to Lulu’s publishing tool.

How We Make Calendars

Our calendars use a 100# paper and our Premium Color ink. The binding is a ‘wire-o’ wound through 0.375″ of the page, with a hole pre-punched 0.25 in from the top. 

Those are the specs, but what about actually creating the calendar?

You’ve got two options to create and print your calendar!


Create A Calendar Today!

Use our online calendar creator to make a calendar with your images and events. Upload and assign images for each month and add national and custom events.
Or create an original PDF for your calendar using our specifications and we’ll print your unique design!

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Getting Started

Head over to our Calendars page to grab templates and start your calendar. Once you begin, you’ll see the option for Calendars in the list of products.

Product options from Lulu

Just like other products, you give your calendar a title, select a language, and select a category.

If you’re selling your calendar on the Lulu Bookstore, you’ll need to complete all the steps for copyright, details for your calendar, and assigning a payee. But today, I’m going to skip that and get right to the new calendar creator options!

On the Design step, you’ll see the option to Create a Calendar or Upload a Calendar. 

Create A Calendar

Okay, this is the cool option that makes calendars easy to create. You’ll start by selecting 12 or 18-months for your calendar and the start date.

Calendar creator settings

Next you’ll add Events. To make that easy, you can download events from your favorite calendar tool (like Outlook, Google Calendar, or iCalendar) and upload them here as an ICS file. 

We also feature standard national holidays and the option to add custom events.

Once we have the calendars settings, you upload images for the front and back cover, as well as one image for each month.

Uploading images for your calendar

Upload all your images and select from one of our four themes to complete your calendar.

Selecting a Theme

Upload a Calendar

This step is a little simpler. We offer pre-formatted templates for 12 and 18-month calendars you can use with your favorite design program to make an original calendar. Just select the option to upload your calendar, download the template, and once your file is ready bring it back to the calendar creator!

Upload a PDF to create a calendar

Preview Your Calendar

Once you’re done using either method to create your calendar, you can use our print preview to make certain your calendar is ready to print!

Calendar Creator preview

Picture Perfect Calendars

If you’re getting excited to build your 2021 calendar, let me help you take the hardest step; preparing your images.

You’ll need to bring some images (14 total, 12 for the months, and 2 for the front/back cover) ready to print for a 1 year calendar. It can be a little tricky to sort and move around images from your phone, camera, or computer. So I recommend starting with whatever your preferred image editor is and getting all your pictures against our image specifications.

Image Specifications

The image frame is 11.25″ wide x 8.75″ high (with the bleed included). That equals 3375 x 2625 pixels. To ensure high-quality printing, your image’s resolution needs to be between 300 and 600 pixels per inch (PPI). The minimum size for your image is 1688 x 1313 pixels, so be sure your images are at least that size.

Be sure to review our Image FAQ on the Lulu Help Center for more detailed information and answers to common questions regarding images.

We like to make creating your calendar easy, so all you have to do is make certain your images are print-quality resolution and sized to meet our calendar’s page size. Get those right and you’re well on your way to creating an amazing calendar!


Create A Calendar Today!

Use our online calendar creator to make a calendar with your images and events. Upload and assign images for each month and add national and custom events.
Or create an original PDF for your calendar using our specifications and we’ll print your unique design!

Calendar Creator Featured button image

Calendar Creator: Just In Time

With the holidays fast approaching, now is the perfect time to create a calendar for next year. They make amazing gifts for friends and family. Or you could fill a calendar with your own art to sell alongside your other books this year. 

Here’s a little pro tip: get ahead of the holiday shipping surge early this year. Don’t let shipping delays put a damper on your holiday! Whatever kind of calendar you want to create, now is the time. 

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