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Hi! I’m Sydney from The Optimistic Amateur and, given that this is my first blog post (bear with me), I set out to tackle an easy DIY project, learn something new, and create something I could share.
Last year, I purchased a clipboard with monthly calendar pages from the Target Dollar Spot (aka my happy place). Instead of fueling my Target addiction, and purchasing a new calendar, I decided to be responsible and make my own free printable pages. Plus, I’m only two months late to making it (oops).
I chose to use Canva, which I had minimal experience with, and while it wasn’t difficult, it still took me a bit of time to create something I loved. Instead of just sharing what I made, I wanted to share what I learned while making these vertical calendar pages. (If you don’t care, directions on how to download my printable are linked at the end of this page.)
The first issue I ran into was that when I searched “Calendar” on the template search, the only designs that came up were horizontal calendars. I needed a vertical 8 ½” by 11” calendar. So, I googled the px convertion and found that 2550px by 3300px is the size needed for printer paper. From there, I was able to figure everything else out easily.
Go to Canvas website and sign in. On the home page click where it says “Custom Dimensions”, type in 2550px by 3300px, and then press “Create new design”.
Click on “Templates” in the left side bar and search “calendar”. At the time that I made this post, there were only 5 results that showed up. I chose this one, but you can choose a different one, or start adding in text and boxes (through searching in “Elements”).
Edit! For you, this may be as simple as selecting the elements and changing the colors. I decided to completely change the look of mine since I was going for a more minimalist design.
(Hint: A lot)
To start, I deleted the flower elements, the notes title, the notes box, the numbers, and “personal planner”. Then, I changed the background color to white, the bottom bar to black, and the letters to black.
I deleted all but one box, then changed its dimensions (to 325 by 450) by zooming in and adjusting the sides. I added a number and aligned it to go in the top right hand corner of the box. I selected both elements and then centered them above the bottom bar.
From there, I coped the elements and worked my way out, adding one box at a time. Afterwards, I copied the bottom bar and used it to place behind day headings (which I centered to each column).
Lastly, I added the titles, changed the box colors, and fixed the dates for each box.
To create a new month you can click “Copy Page” (located on the top bar) and edit what you need.
***Bonus tip! If you’re making a DIY A5 planner printables, change the px dimensions to 1748px by 2480px and be sure to add a margin so you can hole punch it. Print your design on A5 paper and change your print settings to reflect that.
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To print I’d suggest this paper, which is what I use for all of my planner printable projects. (This is the Amazon affiliate link which allows me to earn from qualifying purchases. I have purchased and used this product.)
*Note that printers and different digital screens may distort the colors and print slightly different to what you see. Also note that hole punching the paper may cut off come design elements.
I hope my first post was bearable and you are now enjoying some new free 2019 calendars! I absolutely love the look of a minimalist calendar and I’m super proud of the end result. It’s perfect for my clipboard, but it also would be great to add to a binder or planner!
If you decided to design your own calendar or planner printable using Canva, I would love to hear and see how they worked out for you! If I can do it, you can too!