Design Basics: Now & Later Calendars


Whether designing from a template or completely from scratch, there are a few things you need to know about when creating a custom 12 x 18 or 8 x 12 Now & Later Calendar. The tips in this article will help you understand the Design Guide in Studio and what to expect in your published project. The photos and screenshots in this article are all of a 12 x 18 Now & Later Calendar, but the same information applies to the 8 x 12 Now & Later Calendar size.



The Design Guide:

When you first open Studio to work on your project, the Design Guide is visible on any page and can be a bit overwhelming. It is important to read and understand the tips and guide areas for each product type. If you have read and understand the tips laid out in the Design Guide, you can hide the tip bubbles by clicking the Design Guide button in the upper right-hand corner of the Studio window.







The main distinguishing factor of our Now & Later Calendar products is a double-perforated design that allows you to remove the spiral binding and lower portion to retain a 12 x 12 or 8 x 8 scrap page that can be framed or displayed in our Post Bound Album (or any traditional 12 x 12 album). Don't just throw your calendar away after the year is over! Enjoy and remember those precious memories for years to come.



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 When the Design Guide is turned on, you can see a thin red line marking each of the two perforations. After the calendar is printed, it will be perforated in these two areas so that the scrap page can be easily separated after you are done displaying the calendar. On the left is the upper perforation line and on the right is the lower perforation line. 








The Safe Area is designated by a purple dashed line around the edge of the design space in Studio. It falls about 1/8 inch to the inside of the edges of a project. On Now & Later projects, you will see that the Safe Area is also shown as a guide around perforated areas. Projects look better when words, photos and borders aren't sitting right on the edge of the paper. To avoid this, keep text, photos, and borders well to the INSIDE of the safe area. 





The Crop Marks indicate where the page will be cut. However, cutting is not 100% precise. That's why we have the Safe Area and the Bleed Area. These provide us with some necessary allowances in the cutting process. 




Projects are printed on paper larger than the final cut area. That's why we have marks for the Bleed Area. The Bleed Area on your project is represented by the gray border surrounding the page. Your background paper, background art or anything that you want to come completely to the edge of your cut project needs to extend all the way through the bleed area. Otherwise, your project might end up with white edges. 




Notice that there is also a Bleed Area shown on both perforation lines. If you are designing your Now & Later Calendar with the intent of retaining the 12 x 12 (or 8 x 8) scrap page portion of the design, it is important that the background of that portion of the design extend fully through the Bleed Area on all four sides. Otherwise, your scrap page may have a white edge or may have a small portion of the lower area visible after perforation. We highly recommend that you extend the upper background fully through the grey bleed area, even slightly into the lower section, and make sure that it is layered over the background of the lower section.





This tip bubble lets you know that, depending on the size of your monitor, you are likely not viewing your calendar at its full size while designing in Studio. To make sure that your design elements are not too large or too small, it is good to adjust the zoom tool at the top center of the page to 100% every so often. Just grab the triangle on the slider bar and slide it to zoom in or out until you reach 100%. 


To add, duplicate, remove, or rearrange pages in your calendar, you will click the "Manage Pages" button in the upper, right-hand corner of your Studio window. This will open the Manage Pages tool. For more information, click  here or go to



The Spiral Binding Area: 

While designing a Now & Later Calendar, you will notice an area at the top of every page that is designed to show where the spiral binding of the calendar will be after production. This is how the binding area appears while designing your calendar in Studio: 




When your calendar is printed, the area between the upper perforation and the spiral binding will be white. As long as your design extends through the full bleed area at the top of the calendar, the perforation will be on your designed background, not the white area. This is how the binding area appears on a printed Now & Later Calendar:



Separating Your Calendar Pages: 

After the year has ended, once you have finished enjoying your calendar on the wall, you can separate the perforated 12 x 12 (or 8 x 8) scrap pages of your Now & Later Calendar. Simply fold and gently tear along the two perforated lines on each page of the calendar to remove the binding area and the lower portion of the page. The separated pages will fit into our Post-Bound Album or any standard 12 x 12 (or 8 x 8) album. Enjoy your project for years to come!



*Note: The photos and screenshots in this article show a 12 x 18 Now & Later Calendar, but all information is relative to both the 12 x 18 and 8 x 12 sizes.

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