Design Basics: 11 x 16 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 16 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.







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. 




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. 





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 an 11 x 16 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, your design will extend to the edge of the page, with the spiral binding across the upper edge. If your design does not extend through the full bleed area at the top of the calendar page, you may end up with a white edge in this area. This is how the binding area appears on a printed 11 x 16 Calendar:



Displaying Your Calendar: 

The 11 x 16 Calendar is designed to hang flush on a wall or other flat surface. Each page is single-sided, so that you simply flip the page over at the turn of each month, to display a new page. 


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