So, our troupe is located in Southern Ohio, in the land of Appalachia, in the United States. For better or for worse, I was raised on inches and feet, not ____meters. We learned the Metric System, but my knowledge of it isn’t second nature. And our paper simply doesn’t readily come in the A’s.
When designing the planner page downloads, I considered adding specific files for all sizes, but really the difference isn’t that huge. So I just left them as-is with a warning that the margins will be slightly different. For those of you using the A’s, I made a couple of comparison images so you can see about how much margin difference you’ll be looking at when printing to fit your page.
The grey margins aren’t actually in the design, they’re just to show the difference in these illustrations.
First, a note on Print To Fit
To be on the safe side when printing your pages, I recommend looking for the magic word “Fit” in your print settings. The wording may be different, but in most cases, you’ll want something that says “Fit” in order to get the whole design on your paper.
Make sure you don’t let it go over 100%. As long as you’re between 85% & 100% you’ll get a good-feeling page without any fuzzies.
Printing to fit actually should shrink all the pages a touch on all paper sizes, but as long as you’re smallerizing and not biggerizing (these are technical terms I learned in college, I promise), you shouldn’t lose any quality.
Feel free to manually scale for more control. Some people scale even smaller to fit field-note Dori’s and pocket-planners. If you’re a tiny writer, this is totally acceptable.
Half-Letter/Half-Page vs. A5
Apparently across the pond you can get paper that is already cut to A5. Which is super cool. It isn’t as common to find paper already cut to half-letter in the US. In fact, you have to add it as a custom size on most printer settings. Worth it, in my mind, if you do the 1/2 page a lot.
As you can see, the half-page file shrinks just a bit and leaves a wider margin on the sides of an A5 page. No big deal for most.
Letter vs. A5
The letter sized pages are for big-home-binder makers. It’s a bit large for my personal taste, but some people love it, especially if you use something like the FlyLady system (my ma’s a fan).
As you can see, if you’re printing this guy on A4, it still shrinks it down ever so slightly, but the margins are on the top and bottom. Again, this usually isn’t enough to bother anybody.
It’s possible to manage your page sizes to fit a Dori-Sized spread, too. But if you’re printing on average run-of-the-mill paper found at the local store (without precutting), this is about the difference you’re looking at.
For More Information
For more information on paper sizes, this is a decent reference. If you’re a Dori user, I highly recommend requesting to join the Midori Traveler’s Notebook resources group on Facebook. There’s an amazing FAQ guidelines note pinned right to the top with quick info and lots of links.