I had a couple of emails asking for specific calendars. One, for a matchbook calendar, I figured I could do easily by adapting something I had already made. The other I couldn’t, but more because what my commenter asked for I simply could not picture in my head – all my imaginings would have produced something too big to suit and probably required printing on both sides of the paper. I tried, I really did, but I just couldn’t make anything suitable in the end. That annoyed me.
But the matchbook calendar, that was fairly easy. I began with something I had already been playing with, it was just the sizing that needed to be made right. But while I was making it, I thought of my favourite calendar related quote, one that I have used a few times on various things, including what may be my most popular Project Life printable. I figured a few tweaks and I could easily make a cover to include with the month blocks. So I did.
One of the issues with designing when you use A4 and loads of your visitors use US letter is that you either have to adapt ONE file to work for both or make two files. I usually choose to adapt one file, as I did with this one (here is the PDF download.) In order to accommodate both paper sizes, I chose to make a 3 page set that prints two full calendars.
This is what I would suggest – when you print, tick the option to print From Page 1 to 1 (or when you open the PDF if your reader gives you the option, Print Selected Page) to print just the sheet with the covers on heavy, good quality cardstock. Then print the remaining pages 2 to 4 (or skip the cover entirely and ONLY print the remaining pages, if you want to make your own cover!) on plain printer paper. Thicker card might make it hard to get a staple through all 12 pieces.
Cut out the cover and all the monthly sheets. These monthly sheets could be used to make a tear-off calendar as well.
Score along the top of the coloured strip – the one at the very top here. This creates the flap of your matchbook.
Insert the month sheets under this flap then staple all the sheets in place, like so (I used a blue staple) about 1/4 inch up from the folded edge
Fold the top down and insert the edge under the flap. I find this works better than scoring and then trying to make it fit, as any slight variation in paper thickness, staple placement, etc will affect it.
Finally, run over the top with your bone folder.
I print on a photo paper matte and high quality setting – I promise you I did not tweak the photos at all – it’s really that vibrant!
I still have my original one but not 100% sure I am happy with the font combo. I also have a pretty scripty font one, in brown, also with a cover, but the font is one of those where some letters are bigger, fatter or thinner, rise up or drop down, and my eye will not help but focus on the slight wonkiness. I either have to get over it, or pick a different font. You may still see it. You may even see the original, who knows?
If you want to make your own cover, the dimensions are 6 3/4 x 3. The flap score is at 1/2 inch then do the same, tuck the edge under and smooth the crease with a bone folder.