Getting Started with your Calendar

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edited February 14 in Photo Books & Calendars


Download our Step-by-Step Calendar Creation Guide (PDF)

Calendar Printing Specifications

Standard Calendars

Lulu's Standard Calendars can have as few as 6 months or as many as 48 and are bound by a white wire-o coil ring. The ring covers .375 inches of the top of the cover image and bottom interior images. A hanging hole is punched .25 inches from top edge of the calendar. Pricing is for a 12-month calendar with a per month charge for each additional month.

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Premium Calendars

Lulu's Premium Calendars can have as few as 6 months or as many as 48 and are bound by a white wire-o coil ring. The ring covers .375 inches of the top of the image. A hanging hole is punched .625 inches from top edge of the calendar. Pricing is for a 12-month calendar with a per month charge for each additional month.

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Select Calendar Size and Paper

To select your calendar size and paper choice:

  1. Choose Create > Calendar.
  2. The Book Builder page opens.
  3. You can choose the standard size calendar from the preformatted options or the premium calendar from the build-your-own options menu.
  4. Click Make this book to launch the Studio Wizard.
  5. Select your desired theme from those displayed in the pop-up window.
  6. Click Next, add images.

Standard Calendar Printing Specifications

  • 11" wide x 8.5" high (closed), 11" wide x 17" high (open)
  • 100# unlaminated white cover stock
  • 100# white gloss interior text stock
  • White wire-o binding ->Covers .375" at the top of the cover image and bottom of interior images
  • Hole punched in photo .25" from top edge

Premium Calendar Printing Specifications

  • 13.5" wide x 19" high
  • 100# white gloss cover stock
  • White wire-o binding ->Covers .375" at the top of the image
  • Hole punched in photo below coil binding, .625" from top edge

Add a Title and Author

When you start working on your calendar, you may be unsure what you want to call it. The default calendar name is therefore set to My Calendar.

If you search the Lulu Marketplace, however, you will find there are 300+ pages of calendars offered for sale with the "My Calendar" title. To make your remarkable work stand out from the crowd, you should give it a unique title and give yourself credit for your efforts.

To enter title and author information

  1. From within the Calendar Creation Wizard click File in the top menu bar.
  2. Choose Edit title and author(s) from the resulting list.
  3. Complete the title and author fields.
  4. Choose whether to make your calendar public or for your own private access.
  5. Click Save.

The title and author information you enter will be applied to the cover of your calendar. You can modify the title on your calendar cover by clicking on the title box displayed on the cover and entering a new title.

Select or Change the Calendar Theme

Lulu provides several calendar themes to get you started with your project. There will be times, though when you decide you want to try a different theme altogether.

To select a calendar theme:

  1. Choose Create > Create Print Book
  2. Choose the Premium product line.
  3. You can choose the standard size calendar from the preformatted options or the premium calendar from the build-your-own options menu.
  4. Click Make this book to launch the Studio Wizard.
  5. Select your desired theme from those displayed in the pop-up window.
  6. Click Next, add images.

To change a calendar theme:

  1. Click the Themes icon in the menu bar at the top of the window.
  2. The Choose a theme pop-up displays.
  3. To preview a theme, click the Details button and a preview of the available layouts will display.
  4. Click the Apply theme button to apply the new theme to your project.

Set a Date Range for Your Calendar

You may choose to create a calendar beginning at the beginning of the year, the month of your favorite holiday, or your birth month. The choice is yours.

To set a calendar's date range:

  1. From within the calendar creation wizard, click on the Range button in the menu bar. 
  2. Select Choose your date range.
  3. In the resulting pop-up window, select the date range for your calendar. Calendars can include from 6 to 48 months.
  4. Choose the day you want your calendar week to begin. 
  5. Click Update your date range to save your choice.


Add Multiple Authors

You can give credit to everyone who contributed in the creation of your remarkable work.

To add multiple authors to your calendar project:

  1. From within the Calendar Creation Wizard click File in the top menu bar.
  2. Choose Edit title and author(s) from the resulting list.
  3. Complete or edit the title and author fields.
  4. Click the green plus (+) symbol to add another author.
  5. Click the red X to remove an author from your project.
  6. Click Save.


Additional Information

Calendar Formatting

Calendar Images FAQ

Calendar Publishing

Calendar Creation Guide (PDF)

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