Design Basics: 11 x 8.5 Calendar

 

Whether designing from a template or completely from scratch, there are a few things you need to know about when creating a custom 11 x 8.5 Calendar. The tips in this article will help you understand the Design Guide in Studio and what to expect in your published project. 

 

 

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.

 

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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. 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. 

 

 

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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. 

 

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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. 

 

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  https://heritagemakers.zendesk.com/entries/48720110-The-Manage-Pages-Tool.

 

 

The Spiral Binding Area: 

While designing an 11 x 8.5 Calendar, you will notice an area at either the top or bottom of every page that is designed to show where the spiral binding of the calendar will be after production. You will also notice a red circle that shows where there will be a round hole cut out to hang your calendar on display. It is important not to place any crucial design elements in either of these areas. 

 

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This is how the binding area appears on the Front Cover and on even-numbered pages, while designing your calendar in Studio. These pages will be the lower pages of the calendar while hanging. Notice that the page has been designed so that the upper hole marker will not endanger any crucial design elements or faces in any photographs. 

 

 

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This is how the binding area appears on the Copyright page and on odd-numbered pages, while designing your calendar in Studio. These pages will be the lower pages of the calendar while hanging. Notice that the page has been designed so that the binding area will not endanger any crucial design elements. 

 

 

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When your calendar is printed, your design will extend to all edges of each page, with the spiral binding through the center of each two page spread. If you place any crucial design elements in the binding area, the spiral binding may be placed through those elements when the calendar is produced. This is how the binding area appears on a printed 11 x 8.5 Calendar.

 

 

The Copyright Page: 

The last page of your 11 x 8.5 Calendar is the Copyright page. This page will be the back of your calendar and it will have a white strip across the bottom that contains the Heritage Makers logo, yours or your personal distributor's website, and the project ID of that individual project. The small barcode in the bottom left-hand corner is used for production purposes only. 

 

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Displaying Your Calendar: 

The 11 x 8.5 Calendar is designed to hang flush on a wall or other flat surface with a two page spread for each month. Each page is double-sided, so that the calendar hangs open, like a traditional flip calendar. 

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