The Colour Your 365 planner is design to be versatile. It fits both A4 + US letter sizes.

A popular question that comes up when creating your perfect planner is about printing planner pages. I want to share with you my tips, tricks + design secrets so you can enjoy setting up your planner as much as you do using it.

Universal Design

The beauty of the Colour Your 365 + FUSE:life large planner pages is that it was designed to be versatile. It was made so that you could design your day your way. Part of that is due to the planner pages being supplied as separate PDF files. So you can easily mix and match. But I am getting ahead of myself here. Let’s start at the beginning. As Sister Maria said, “a very good place to start”. Sorry no break out of song for you to hear, but you are free to hum along.

Colour Your 365 + FUSE:life Page Size

The Colour Your 365 + FUSE:life large planner pages are sized 210 x 280mm. It sounds like an odd page size, I know. And before you ask, no it isn’t a common size. I made it up. I designed it to fit both A4 and US letter page sizes. Perfect in this global age we live in.

One size fits both, really.

This means that if you are printing planner pages at either of these International or US page sizes you can print at Actual Size 100% and none of the page detail will be cut off. A bonus if you want to try out a new binder size too.

For example:
If you are printing on A4 paper, which is 210x297mm, and you print at 100% there will be a few extra blank millimetres at the top and bottom of your page. And who doesn’t like a little more space.

For those who are printing to the US letter page size, you will have a few extra blank millimetres on the sides of your page. A little bit more cushion for binding. Not that you need it.

With so many wonderful binder options available, I have designed margins of approximately 3/4” or 18mm. Plenty of space to accommodate a vast variety of binder preferences without your page detail being lost.

Because of the wide margins you can use each page as either a left or right hand side page, handy right. The other benefit is that you don’t need a print to edge setting. I love that because my laser printer doesn’t print to the edge.

Colour or Black + White

For those who like to have a Burst of colour, printing planner pages in colour doesn’t have to be expensive.

{ TIP } To save on ink costs use the Normal Paper option. It uses less ink than the photo paper settings. It’s like getting more miles or kilometres out of your tank of fuel. I’m no car nerd but I do like good mileage.

You can of course simply print the Colour Your 365 planner pages in black and white. With the rainbow of colours in the design you will have a variety of tonal variations as opposed to a straight black and white print. I personally like this option as it is softer and uses less toner. Yes I know, it’s the more mileage thing again.

Other paper sizes

You don’t have to stick with A4 and US letter sizes though. There are times when a smaller and more compact planner is preferable.

To print to an A5 page size, simply cut your A4 paper in half or buy a ream of A5 paper and print your planner pages at 75%. You can use the fit to page setting. Keep in mind you will want to check that it gives you enough margin for binding. If you need more binding margin then the percentage option may be your best choice.

To print other popular sizes, you can simply select the fit to paper setting. Or you can use this simple formula to work out the percentage:
% = final page size (either length or width) / planner printable size (corresponding length or width).

Using the width eg:
% = 180mm / 210mm
% = 85

When you are printing to a larger paper size than your planner page size, turn on the crop marks setting so you know where to trim your pages.

Double sided printing… easy

Printing planner pages double sided is easy when you know how your printer works. I keep a note in my planner just be sure when I have a moment of self doubt.

It is easy to do a test if you are not sure:

  1. First draw an arrow pointing to the top of your page and remember which way you put it into the paper feeder or tray, the arrow pointing in or out.
  2. Print out a page as you normally would. Before you move it from the printer take notice of whether the page printed in the direction of the arrow or upside down?
  3. Now flip the page over so you place the arrow pointing the same way as step 1 in the paper feeder or tray except that this time it the paper is face down. You won’t see the arrow on the page.
  4. Now print another page. Has your page come out with both sides the right way up? If so, you know it is a simple flip to print on the reverse side. If not, then you need to do a flip + turn.

You can always do another test just to make sure it works.

Now we know what page size we are printing + we know how our printer prints double sided. Next week we organise the order of our planner pages with my simple Planner Blueprint printable.

Success comes when you { Take Action }

Do a double sided print test + make a note in your planer for future reference with the FREE Printer Settings pocket card.

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