Fall is upon us and that means it’s time again to create next year’s calendars! Giving a custom calendar makes a terrific gift too. Spotlight your family, pets, or favorite spots with a calendar made your way.
Interested? I’ve got the easiest way to make your own calendars right here. Read on!
Calendars Make Great Gifts
If your family is even a little like mine, I bet you get a calendar (maybe even two) every year during the holidays. We all need calendars, even with smartphones offering the functionality of a calendar at our fingertips; hanging a calendar on the wall is still common. For a lot of us, the physical calendar is more useful and important than the digital one.
Well, if that’s you or anyone you’re thinking of giving a gift this year, make them a custom, unique calendar!
Lulu xPress + Calendars
Lulu xPress showcases our new book creation interface and our updated product options and pricing. In the next few months we’ll be talking a lot more about these new products and interfaces, but for today, let’s focus on one aspect of our new interface: the calendar creator.
Making Calendars Faster and Better
While the Studio Wizard was a good way to organize and create a calendar, there are a number of issues with this tool. The most pressing being that it uses old technology quickly disappearing from the modern web. Our Lulu xPress calendar maker is a simpler process for anyone who wants to quickly upload images and make a calendar. And for our more dedicated designers, we offer a PDF upload option.
That means, for the first time ever, you can make a calendar using Lulu without a template design!
But that’s not what we’re focusing on today.
No, I want to help everyone who has a bunch of pictures from the year and a bunch of people to give gifts to this holiday season. Is that you? Well then, a Lulu xPress Calendar is the gift you need!
Your Calendar, Your Way
When you use Lulu xPress to make your calendar, we strip away a lot of the choices from the Studio Wizard that no one ever used. Instead, we make the process as simple as possible. Before we dive into actually making the calendar, let’s quickly hit on what you need to prepare beforehand:
- 14 Images, JPEG or PNG, sized at least 1650 x 1275 pixels (ideally around 3300 x 2550 pixels), at 300 PPI resolution
That’s it! Once the images are ready and sized correctly, head over to Lulu xPress, sign in or create an account, and start making that calendar!
Pick a date range, holidays from the standard list, add some unique holidays, and upload those images! Lulu xPress uses an image for the front and back as well, so you might want to customize those images a bit.
What I did was pick out a couple of images I wanted to use and went to Canva. Using a free account, I made a couple of custom images (at 3300 x 2550 pixels), uploaded the images I wanted to use, and made the front and back cover:
Since the Lulu xPress Calendar designer is just built for image uploading, you have to finish the image completely before you design the calendar. But with Canva (or any quality image editor) it’s simple to design and customize.
With the cover uploaded, I uploaded my 12 other images for each month. Once they’re added, you can drag and drop to rearrange and of course, it’s simple to upload a replacement.
In the last step, I picked a template for the date grid.
And that’s it! Lulu xPress has a great preview tool so you can see what the calendar will look like. Now you can order a copy or two (or three!). And the calendar is saved in your account, so it’s easy to order more.
Lulu xPress Calendar Video Guide
Our amazing videographer and creative team built this quick video to show even more clearly how simple the Lulu xPress Calendar designer is:
Ready for the New Year
Okay, maybe just ‘ready for the fall’ will do for now. How ever you want to look at it, diving in and creating next year’s calendar is a great way to prepare for the holidays. And with Lulu xPress offering a simplified calendar designer, it’s never been easier!
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.