How to Create KDP Interiors on Canva For Free

Hi, welcome to my page. I’m Subha and in this blog post I will show you how to create KDP interiors on Canva.

I have been using Canva for the last 7 years or so. It’s an amazing drag and drop software with a ton of graphics, icons, shapes and text built into it.

The good thing is Canva has a very quick learning curve, you can learn it fast and start creating your very first kdp interiors the same day.

With that said, now let create some KDP interiors in Canva…

Creating KDP Interiors On Canva Step By Step

Image by Author made in Canva

Below I will show you how to quickly create kdp interiors using Canva for free.

You don’t have to purchase a paid subscription for that neither do I.

With that said, let’s just dive in…

Step 1- Deciding on The KDP Trim Size

This is the very step you need to follow to create a free book interior using Canva.


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Choosing a trim size depends on the type of book you want to create.

If you are going to create a journal or planner you can go with the standard 6×9 inch trim size.


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On the other hand, if you are aiming for a children’s book like a coloring book, story book or activity book then you should select a larger trim size like 8.5×11 inch.

Below some of the most popular trim sizes that KDP supports;

Paperback: Small Trim Size

  • 5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
  • 5.06″ x 7.81″ (12.85 x 19.84 cm)
  • 5.25″ x 8″ (13.34 x 20.32 cm)
  • 5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
  • 6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Paperback Large Trim Sizes

  • 6.14″ x 9.21″ (15.6 x 23.39 cm)
  • 6.69″ x 9.61″ (16.99 x 24.41 cm)
  • 7″ x 10″ x (17.78 x 25.4 cm)
  • 7.44″ x 9.69″ (18.9 x 24.61 cm)
  • 7.5″ x 9.25″ (19.05 x 23.5 cm)
  • 8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
  • 8.25″ x 6″ (20.96 x 15.24 cm)
  • 8.25″ x 8.25″ (20.96 x 20.96 cm)
  • 8.5″ x 8.5″ (21.59 x 21.59 cm)
  • 8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
  • 8.27″ x 11.69″ (21 x 29.7 cm)

Hardcover Small Trim Size

  • 5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
  • 6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Hardcover Large Trim Sizes

  • 6.14″ x 9.21″ (15.6 x 23.39 cm)
  • 7″ x 10″ (17.78 x 25.4 cm)
  • 8.25″ x 11″ (20.96 x 27.94 cm)

For the sake of this tutorial, I am choosing an 8.5″ x 11″ as my trim size.

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Step 2: Creating a New Document in Canva

To create a new document in Canva, head on to create a free account.

Once logged in click on the Create a design button from the top right corner.

create a design in canva

From the popup window, click on the Custom size, as show below;

create a custom size design canva

On the next popup window, change the Units to in (inches) by defaults it’s set to px (pixels). Then enter your kdp interior’s width and height.

input design dimensions in canva

Finally click on the Create a new design button, this will create a blank document of your select size in the new tab.

blank document in canva

Step 3: Adding Margins

Margins are very important when it comes to creating and publishing books on Amazon KDP.

Though KDP asks you to add a different inside and outside margins, for the sake of ease you can set a 0.5 inch margin all around.

There are many ways to add margins in Canva, I found a very simple one for you.

First you need to drag a rectangular shape from the Elements tab.

You can either use the search bar under Elements tab, or scroll a bit down to see the shapes section as shown below;

adding a rectangle shape in canva

Next click on the first shape (rectangle), now you have a little rectangle on your canvas.

add a shape in canva document

If you click on the rectangle, you will see a shapes menu on the top. This allows you to change the color and border of the shape.

shape menu in canva

From the shapes menu click on Color Circle and set the shape color to No Color. This will make the shape transparent.

change shape color canva

Next click on the Border Style option from the shapes menu, set the border to line and Border weight to 4. Have a look at the screenshot below;

change shape border canva

As you set the shape margin, you can see a Border color button next to the border style button. Click on it and set the border color to red.

shape border color canva

Finally, click on the rectangle shape again, and from the top menu click on the three dots.

This will show a drop down menu, here click on the Position button.

Now you can see a big Arrange option on the left side. This allows you to align the shape on the page and change its width and height.

resize shapes in canva

From the position tab, set the rectangle width to 7.5 inch and the height to 10 inches. This will create a 0.5 inch margin all around (left, right, top, bottom).

Also, make sure the rectangle is both horizontally and vertically aligned on the page.

position shapes in canva

You have a 0.5 inch margin on your canvas to create a KDP book interior.

I know it seems like a lot of work but trust me it’s not that difficult once you practice it a couple of times.

Step 3: Start Designing Your KDP Interior

Now comes the exciting part. Below I will be creating some of the most popular KDP Interiors by using text, shapes, and elements.

1. Create a Sketch Book

Sketch book is one of the easiest KDP book interiors that you can create on Canva. For that all you need is to drag a rectangular shape onto the canvas.

Go to Elements, shapes and click on the rectangle shape to add it to your blank document.

Enlarge the shape by using the handles keeping it just shorter than the margins. Look at the screenshot below;

creating a sketchbook interior in canva

Next click on the shape, change the shape fill color to No Color and the set shape border as lined.

Then change the shape border color to black. You can do these steps by using the shapes menu.

using shape menu in canva

Next, click on the shape, adjust the border thickness and then delete the red margins. This will leave with you a simple sketchbook page.

blank sketchbook kdp interior

Finally you can duplicate this page 99 times to create a 100-page sketchbook interior.

duplicate pages in canva

Once you are satisfied with the look and feel of your sketchbook interior, go to the Share button from top-right, then click on Download.

Change the file type to PDF Print and click the download button again.

download as pdf print canva

Next, I will show you how to create a simple lined journal in Canva.

2. Create a Lined Journal

Creating a lined journal in Canva is super-easy. For the sake of demonstration, I will stick with the trim size (8.5 x 11 inches).

With your margin in place, you can press L from the keyboard to add a line on the page.

adding a line in canva

Next increase the length of the line by using the adjusting handles. Place the line to the top of the page as shown below.

adding simple line in canva

Next you can adjust the thickness on the line.

To do that select the line and from the top menu click on the Line style option and set the Line weight to 1.

change line weight in canva

Now select the line and press Ctrl+D from your keyboard to duplicate the line.

duplicate lines in canva

Now click on the second line, select the Position from the top menu and set the Start Y and End Y values to 1.19 inches.

This will add a line to line distance of 0.34 inches which is standard for creating a wide ruled paper.

line to line distance in canva

Note: The Start Y and End Y for the first line is 0.85 inch, so you can add 0.34 in for the second line (0.85 + 0.34 = 1.19 inch).

Next, press Ctrl+D while the second line is still selected, this will add a third line 0.34 inch below the second line.

To add more lines, keep pressing D while holding the Ctrl key. Add as many lines as many fit in the red margin.

kdp lined journal interior canva

Finally, delete the red margin then go to the Share button, and download this as PDF Print.

Before downloading, you can duplicate this page 99 times to create a 100 page KDP journal interior.

downloading journal interior canva

This is how you can quickly make a KDP journal using Canva for free.

3. Create a KIDS Coloring Page

You can also create simple coloring pages for kids and turn them into a coloring book to publish on Amazon.

To create a coloring page, select the trim size. In my case it is 8.5 x 11 inches.

First of all go to the text tool and add a heading and change it to whatever text you want.

create kids coloring page in canva

Next, change the font type to Poppins, it’s a kid-friendly sans-serif font perfect for creating educational books for kids.

changing font in canva design

Now select the text, click on the Effects button, and select the Hollow from the left side menu. This will create a colorable text for kids.

You can also play with the thickness of the outline, by default it is set to 50.

canva hollow text effect

Next you can go to the Elements tab from the left menu, search for apple line art and under the Graphics section pick an apple image with a black outline.

add line art in canva

Now you can duplicate this first page, go to the second page and change the text to Ball. Delete the apple image.

Then search and add a Ball line art on the page to create a ball coloring page for kids.

ball coloring page for toddlers

This is how you can create 30 to 50 coloring pages for kids and download them as PDF Print.

If you can’t find any relevant line art from Canva Elements, you can always download them from other sites like Pixabay, Pexels or Creative Fabrica and upload them to Canva.

There you have it, now you can create KDP interiors on Canva.

As you saw, I used texts, shapes and images to create very simple book interior pages.

You can also use tables, charts, and icons to create more complex pages for your Amazon KDP books.

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In conclusion, creating KDP interiors using Canva is a relatively simple and cost-effective process.

By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can easily create professional-looking interiors for your self-published books.

Canva provides a user-friendly interface and a wide range of design elements, making it accessible to both experienced and novice designers.

Whether you’re creating a journal, notebook, or coloring book, Canva has the tools and resources you need to bring your ideas to life.

Remember, the key to creating successful KDP interiors is to focus on quality and attention to detail.

By taking the time to carefully design your interiors, you can create books that stand out from the competition and attract readers.

So, get creative and start designing your own KDP interiors today!

Talk soon,


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Subha Malik

Subha Malik is a Amazon KDP Author and Self Publisher. He loves to write about Low Content & Medium Content Book Publishing via Amazon KDP.

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