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How to complete your downloaded diary

The diary PDF is designed to be printed on A5 paper and then folded to produce a pocket-sized diary, however you may easily scale to print on larger sizes, for example to produce a desk diary.

If you would like to print on A5 paper but your stationers do not supply it then you may find that they stock plain A5 notepads or writing pads from which the paper can be carefully extracted.

The 174 B.E. diary requires 17 sheets of paper.

From the Print dialog in Adobe Reader...

Your diary should be printed such that all the pages are in the correct order, you may wish to check that none of the pages are poorly printed or creased.

There are three main ways of fixing the pages together: To determine the centre of the pages it may help to fold a blank piece of paper in half, open it again and then place it on top of the printed sheets. If you use this method, be sure to remove this extra page before binding the pages.

Do not fold the printed diary pages until you have secured them together, as this will probably result in problems closing the diary properly

Use a long-arm stapler to stable it together with two staples about 3/4 inch away from the top and bottom edges, along the centre.

Stitch the diary with needle and thread, make five small holes evenly spaced along the centre fold and weave the thread in and out of the holes a few times, ensuring it is tight, before securely tying the thread on the outside and cutting away any excess.

There are a couple of ways that string can be used to loosely hold the pages together, it may not be as practical to use.

 i. Make two holes through the whole diary about ¼ inch in from the edge, making sure that the hole is far enough in to create two separate holes on the centre pages, rather than going through the centre fold. Then use two small pieces of string to tie a loop through each hole, with the knots on the outside. Ensure that the knot is fairly loose else you will not be able to turn the pages properly.

or ii. Make two holes through the centre fold of the diary, about 3/4 inch from the top and bottom, then put one end of a piece of string through each hole so that you have a a solid length on the inside and two loose ends on the outside, tie the string together leaving a little bit of give.

Once you have fixed the pages together, fold the diary in half over the bound centre. Most of the page edges on the unbound side will now protrude out from the cover, use a guillotine, scissors or cutting knife to carefully trim the overlapping edges of the pages so that they are more neatly aligned.


While it may be rewarding to prepare your own diary, if you do not have the resources at hand it might be more economical to buy one that is already made.


A5 is an international standard paper size which is the equivalent to half A4 size. The dimensions are:
148 x 210 mm / 5.8 x 8.3” inches

Many specialist paper suppliers carry A5 paper, but it may easier to find a blank notebook of similar dimensions and carefully remove the pages.

When choosing paper for your diary, keep in mind that it will be folded in half after printing

PDF Readers can usually resize the page to fit alternative paper types..