Last year, I wrote about my plans to make my own 2015 planner. I did. I got lazy to take photos though, so I wasn’t able to make a post before today. But here we are!
- Cardstock (bought at Michaels and Target, 1 pound packs)
- Specialty Paper (Paper book bought at Wellmanson’s Quiapo for P80, square paper book bought at Circle C for P200, origami paper bought at Saizen for P88. Check out my Crafts Supplies on a Budget post for more.)
- Ring Binder (Easily available at Office Warehouse and National Bookstore)
- Cutting Tools. I used: X-Acto Knife, Cutting Board, Scissors (All of these are available at National Bookstore)
- Ruler (National Bookstore)
- 1-hole Puncher (Fiskars, bought on Amazon)
- Printer paper (if designing your own layout) or an old book (to cover over; basically you’ll use the book as your planner and write over it, like an art journal)
These are suggestions for extra embellishments that you might want for your planner. Get more value for your money when you buy at these stores.
- Washi Tape
- Stickers, Rub-ons, Thickers, Alphas
- Printed photos, magazine photos
- Colored pens
First, think about how you want your planner to look like. I’ve been using planners for years and over the many I’ve used, I’ve figured out what I need mine to be like.
- Adjustable. It’s been a gripe of mine that I waste pages on certain days, while some days barely have enough space to contain the day’s events. My solution for this is two layouts: one page for a whole day and one page for two days.
- Handy, will be able to fit in smaller bags.
- Daily reminders to input my expenses, calories, and outfits.
With those in mind, I created a 4×7 inch planner.
I cut some specialty paper to 4×7 for the beginning of each month.
I made my layout on Photoshop, printed, and cut them out. I used thin beige paper since I was saving money at that time. I wish I’d used a thicker GSM since some of the pens (especially the brush pens) I use bleed unattractively on the other side.
Next, I punched holes on a cardboard, which I used as a guide for the rest of the pages. I used clips to keep them in place. Punch, punch, punch!
I then put all the month markers in place inside the rings, then filled them out with pages.
The days of the week and dates have to be handwritten per month/day. I use the one page, two-day layout as my default, with my one page, one-day layout kept secure at the back, in case I need to change. It’s a great system so far.
At the front part of my planner, I have lists! I used graphing paper, washi tape, number stickers, and different colored pens to design these pages.
The things I’m allowed to buy until I can save for Korea and the things I plan to buy in Korea on graphing paper, stickers and uni pen in 0.8, and a subtle reminder about money on white vellum board written with Marvy Uchida Brush Pen in BV 733. I’m usually not one for resolutions but my Frappucino and Coke consumption last year was off the charts, so I’m limiting myself to two per month for the first, and two per week for the second, and then hopefully less as the year goes on. To the right, we have a New Year quote from Neil Gaiman, whose New Year blog entries somehow always end up at the beginning of my planner–something I only noticed when I was looking at my 2009 planner the other day for Project Life.
January 2nd and 3rd. I designed my planner with the left side blank so I can doodle, practice lettering, and do other random things, while keeping the right side for business. January 4th and 5th.
A closer look.
Stickers and washi tape.
That’s it! Let me know if you’re planning on making your own planner and link me the results 😀