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Calendar Creation Made Easier Than Ever

It’s that time of year again: time to get started creating a calendar for the new year!

With Lulu’s print-on-demand, you can make a calendar with ease. We’ll walk through it today, but it’s so easy now, you don’t even need instructions! Because creating a calendar shouldn’t be hard, right?

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How We Make Calendars

Our calendars use 100# paper and our Premium Color ink. The binding is a ‘wire-o’ wound through 0.375 in of the page, with a hole pre-punched 0.25 in from the top. The calendar is sized 11×8.5 in—equal to the US Letter Landscape page size.

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

We made it easy and versatile. Now you can create your calendar by uploading images and assigning holidays. Or you can download one of our templates and use InDesign or your favorite design software to create a calendar that is totally unique to you.

How We Make Calendars

Our calendars use 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!

Getting Started

Head over to our Calendars page to grab one of our templates to design your own calendar. Or use the designer we built to make the process even easier! 

Initially, you’ll select our Calendar Product and give your project a name, language, and category. If you plan to sell your calendar, it’s important to find the right category. Shoppers will be able to sort by ‘calendar’ so the category you pick will be key in helping them find your work!

Product options from Lulu

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 design 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 and the start date.

Calendar creator settings

Next, we’ll add some events. These can be standard national holidays or custom days (like birthdays) just for your calendar. 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. 

Once we have the calendars settings, upload your 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

And that’s it! Hit that ‘Create Calendar’ button and you’ll be ready to preview the calendar and finalize any details before publishing!

Upload a Calendar

Your other option is to upload a calendar you designed, using our templates to get the page size and month grid set correctly. 

We offer preformatted 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 begin creating!

Upload a PDF to create a calendar

This option is perfect if you want to create a custom grid or add unique elements (maybe you put a picture of your cat on his birthday!) to your design. Just be sure to respect the specifications and bleed/safety areas so none of your content is trimmed or misaligned when we print your calendar.

Preview Your Calendar

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

Calendar Creator preview

The preview is terrific for catching errors, but I cannot stress enough how important it is to order a printed copy to review too. If you’re planning to sell your calendar, this is even more important. You wouldn’t want customers buying an item you’ve never seen yourself! 

Picture Perfect Calendars

If you’re getting excited to build your 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. I recommend getting your images together, resizing them, and checking resolution before you create your calendar on Lulu.

Image Specifications

The image frame is 11.25 in wide x 8.75 in 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.

Creating your calendar is easy; all you have to do is make certain your images are print-quality resolution and sized to meet our specifications. Get those right, 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: 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 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. 

Paul H, Content Marketing Manager
Paul H

Paul is the Content Marketing Manager at Lulu. When he's not entrenched in the publishing and print-on-demand world, he likes to hike the scenic North Carolina landscape, read, sample the fanciest micro-brewed beer, and collect fountain pens. Paul is a dog person but considers himself cat tolerant.

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