Thursday, March 12, 2015

How to make a DIY Planner from a Notebook

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.
Read on for How to Make a DIY Planner from a Notebook.


How to make a  DIY planner from a Notebook  |  She's Crafty




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It's time to get organized.  And the best way to do that is with a planner.  But hold on, you don't have to run to the store and buy an expensive planner, you can make one from a notebook. 



How to make a  DIY planner from a Notebook  |  She's Crafty

Supplies needed to make a DIY Planner





How to make a  DIY planner from a Notebook  |  She's Crafty


Directions for making a DIY Planner


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.



add a closure to a DIY notebook



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
  • blog calendar
  • meal plan calendar
  • section for Church work
  • section for various notes



add tabs to notebook for  DIY planner



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 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.


sections in notebook for DIY planner


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.


sections in notebook for DIY planner


I made an envelope by folding a 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.


meal calendar for DIY planner


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!


washi tape holder


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.  


DIY Planner - how to make a planner from a notebook



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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