My wife prefers a long thin calendar like this (see featured image) so that she has plenty of room to make notes on it. It hangs around the coffee table all the time. She doesn’t want to bother with an electronic one, although she has that option. Her mother has a similar one lying around in the corner of her kitchen worktop with a pen at the side. It’s very easy to scribble daily items down. There’s no shortage of room on it. Any extra notes can always be written on the back of the pages. As the months tick by the pages can be folded over at the top so that the next month becomes visible but the past is not thrown away.
What Is This ‘Long Thin Calendar’
I have been making a Long Thin Calendar in this format since 2007. I actually make one for my wife and her mother. The 2015 version is the 9th so I only have to make another five in the future and I’ll have a full set of 14. Yes there are only fourteen different calendars required. Seven are required to allow for the first day of the year occurring on every day of the week and another seven are required to cover the same situation but on leap years. Eventually all I will have to do is change the year at the top of each month and check the anniversaries, edit public holidays and dates when the clocks are adjusted. I personalise these calendars with birthdays, etc. for each recipient.
Currently for each new year I have to:
- edit an existing calendar to align the dates of each month with the days of each week;
- edit the highlight colours I use for weekends;
- add 29th February to Leap Year calendars.
I do all the editing work using Serif Page Plus (currently version X8). I used an earlier version of this application to establish the original calendar since it can be set to build calendars from scratch. I see Serif are currently giving away their Page Plus Starter Edition free.
The first ones I made were on A4 but my Mother-in-Law asked for one with larger text so I began printing hers on A3. Then my wife asked for the same. Now I print them both on A3.
“I use an HP Photosmart Pro B8350 printer to print on A3 paper.” – Helpful Colin
Two months are printed side by side and then the sheet is cut lengthways into two pieces. Six sheets are required. The twelve months are then stacked and stapled along the top edge. The final calendar can have a central hole punched along the top edge to hang on a hook or a nail, or it can have two holes punched so that a piece of string can be attached to hang it with. That makes it difficult to fold months over the top but they can be ripped off at the end of the month if needs be. I staple mine about 6mm (¼ inch) from the top edge with three staples in a row. They don’t have to hang up and historic months are kept and folded over at the top.
Printing A Long Thin Calendar For 2015 and 2016
NOTE: The holiday dates on these calendars are appropriate to the UK.
The images below of a 2015 Calendar and a 2016 Calendar each show the first two months as printed on one sheet of A4 (or A3) paper. If you want to print one of these Long Thin Calendars just select (click) the image and the whole calendar will be displayed in your browser in Portable Document Format (PDF) so long as you have a PDF File Reader Browser Add-on.
Installing A PDF File Reader Bowser Add-on
NOTE: A browser add-on for viewing PDF files may need to be installed on your computing device. You can get Adobe Reader for Microsoft Windows PC’s and maybe for Mac’s from Adobe by following the link from the web logo below:
WARNING: Be careful to uncheck (un-tick) any premade selection for other applications offered by Adobe unless you do want to install them too.
If you do use Adobe Reader, on a desktop PC, but can’t find a toolbar from which to print just move the pointer down to the bottom centre of the browser and it may appear. Look for the printer logo on that toolbar. Alternatively select print from the browser tools. You may get the same functionality. When selected you will be given opportunity to adjust your printer settings. If you do have an A3 printer you will have to choose which size paper you are actually going to print on so familiarity with your own printer and its settings will be required. I advise you print one page to begin with and check it is how you want it. If possible set your printer to print to the edge of the paper with no margin to get the maximum size calendar.
If you have an older type of printer which isn’t capable of printing to the edge of the paper it will print within some margins. Within the printer settings these margins can usually be adjusted. So adjust them to their minimum settings, e.g.:
- Top Margin = 3mm
- Left Margin = 3mm
- Right Margin = 3mm
- Bottom Margin <= 15mm
Then when the calendar is being viewed in the browser use the rotating tools within the PDF Reader to rotate the image through 180º, so that it is upside down. Then it may be possible to print so that all the printer margins fall within the white border of the calendar. Under these circumstances the bottom of the calendar will be printed first at the top of each page and the top of the calendar, where the largest white border on the calendar is, will be printed at the bottom of the page where the deepest printer border is. With any luck the whole calendar will get printed without any part getting truncated by the printer borders.
Printing With or Without A Dividing Line
For each year a calendar can be printed with or without dividing lines between the two months on each sheet.
If the calendar is going to be put together uncut print it without the dividing line. The dividing line is simply to assist in cutting the sheets.
If the calendar isn’t printed centrally on the paper the dividing line will be seen on one of the two halves after cutting them to exactly the same size.
The dividing line is really there for those who will have to cut up their calendars using scissors. Be careful to print centrally or cutting along the dividing line will result in some months being wider than others.
2015 Calendar With UK Public Holidays
2016 Calendar With UK Public Holidays
Cutting And Assembling The Calendar
The best result will be achieved by using a modern wheel guillotine available many stationers.
By using a guillotine a neat job can be done with all months cut to exactly half the width of a sheet without using a dividing line as a guide.
If you only have scissors print calendar sheets with the dividing line and cut along it with the scissors.
Assemble your calendar with the months in chronological order. Tap one long edge down on a flat surface like a table or kitchen worktop and tap the short edges to get all the pages neatly aligned. Then grip the pages tightly and present them to the stapler. Apply staples about 6mm (¼ inch) from the top edge in a row so pages can easily be folded over as the months go by.
Making An Academic Calendar
Because I have provided enough calendar material for two consecutive years it would be possible to make an Academic Calendar beginning in September 2015 and ending in August 2016, or any other period, simply by printing only the sheets required.