Thursday, March 12, 2015

DIY Planner

I've been looking for ways to get more organized and finally decided on a planner.
 I had pretty specific requirements for sections and pages so I decided to DIY it.  






I started with a spiral bound notebook that measures around 6.5" x 8.5".


It didn't have a closure, so I added some elastic, held on with grommets.


I gathered supplies of paper, washi tape, binder clips and planner inserts.  
I ended up purchasing printables from Miss Tiina on Etsy.  
When planning my planner (ha), I wrote down the different sections I wanted.  Those sections were:  year at a glance, monthly calendar, week at a glance, a blog calendar, meal plan calendar, a section for my church work and a section for various notes. 


I used the 2015 Every Day Planner and Unplanner printables.  
For the monthly pages, I printed each month on a separate page.  
I glued the printed sheets directly to the notebook pages, leaving one blank between each month.  


For the monthly tabs, I used my tab punch (purchased from stampin' up years ago) 
and punched 12 tabs in various colored papers. I folded them over and glued them right to the notebook page.  Then I wrote the month onto each of them.


I separated each section in my planner with big binder clips that I covered in washi tape.
This is the "week at a glance" section.


I made an envelope by folding a regular piece of patterned paper up to form a pocket and glued the edges down.  Then I covered the edges with cute washi tape.  Now I have a spot for notes.


This section is my favorite- it's my meal planning section. 
 I love having the entire 2 weeks on one page so I can see at a glance what we are having
and what ingredients I made need to purchase.
 I have been working hard to be better at meal planning this year and 
this section is making it so much easier!


Even though I have washi tape storage in my craft room, I made a small, portable
 holder just for my planner.  (I use any excuse to make something)  
I used a dowel, cut in half, and a small wood coaster-type piece of wood. 
 I drilled a hole in the wood, the same size as the dowel.  
Then I put some wood glue in the hole and tapped the dowel in with a hammer.  


Here are the supplies I used for my planner:
notebook- Target
planner pages- Miss Tiina on Etsy
elastic, washi tape and polka dot notes- Michaels


binder clips and self stick flags- Walmart
washi tape holder- made by me with supplies from Hobby Lobby
tab punch- Stampin' Up.  (This punch is retired now, but you can probably find it on ebay or something similar at the craft store)


Do you use a planner? What do you like best about your planner?





9 comments:

  1. Great way to make your own planner! I'm visiting from Your Turn to Shine :)

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  2. This is awesome. I've yet to find "my perfect planner" but i've never thought to make one. Great idea. :) Does it feel bulky? That's my only concern with making one with work and home combined. Thanks for sharing at "Your turn to shine" link up.

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  3. Wow…We never even thought of creating our own planner…such a great idea! We love planners and trying to stay organized! Thank you for sharing this at our Something To Talk About Link Party!

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  4. Oh you clever girl. Now why didn't I think of that! Will be browsing some more. Tx for this post. Sharon

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    1. Thank you Sharon!! I hope you have a great weekend!

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  5. For those of you that are now considering making your own planner after reading this, i totally agree with this post as far as what printable she chose just to let you ladies know! i have browsed (honestly probably 100s of planner printables) and the one used here is definitely one of my top favorites. the designer of this line of printables has an amazing etsy store thats super affordable too! her store name is miss tiina. her name orginally drew me towards her store lol. anyway, just thought id give my opinion. making your own planner is the way to go because its nearly impossible to find a perfect fit! planners are too personal! great post and great job with your planner!

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  6. For those of you that are now considering making your own planner after reading this, i totally agree with this post as far as what printable she chose just to let you ladies know! i have browsed (honestly probably 100s of planner printables) and the one used here is definitely one of my top favorites. the designer of this line of printables has an amazing etsy store thats super affordable too! her store name is miss tiina. her name orginally drew me towards her store lol. anyway, just thought id give my opinion. making your own planner is the way to go because its nearly impossible to find a perfect fit! planners are too personal! great post and great job with your planner!

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