Every year, usually somewhere around October, I start obsessing about what planner I'm going to use for the upcoming year. Like most people, I have very specific wants and needs when it comes to a planner, and the perfect planner is one that exists only in my dreams. For the past few years I've consider making my own planner but never followed through, mostly because I lack the technical skills to design my own planner pages and wasn't sure how I would bind them together, anyway. So I've always chickened out and ended up purchasing a planner that was close enough to the one that only existed in my dreams.
For 2014, however, I actually did succeed in DIYing a planner (at least for the first quarter of the year), perhaps because I began my planner obsession a little bit earlier in the year, due to the impending arrival of E. Of course, the one year I follow through with DIYing the planner of my dreams, the brilliant Kyla Roma offers an e-course on designing your own planner. Since I only got around to making a planner for January - March before E arrived, I went ahead and signed up for Planner Camp. I'm sure it will take me until March to finish customizing the templates and assembling my planner, but I will definitely be blogging it when I'm done.
What I used:
- XL Moleskine Volant (one notebook has enough pages for 3 months of daily pages, with a few pages left over)
- Girl of All Work calendar tabs
- 12" x 12" scrapbook paper
- washi tape (the skinny washi tape was purchased at Michael's)
- rolling alphabet stamp
- Dear Lizzy date stamp
- Plan It and List It stamp sets from Studio L2E
- printable planner templates from Ahhh Design
The outside (I had plans for making a fabric slipcover but didn't get around to it):
I printed the monthly view at 75%, then cut it down a bit and adhered it to a piece of scrapbook paper with tape runner glue. I used washi tape to create a sort of hinge to secure the month page. This actually works far better than I had anticipated.
One featue I liked about the Erin Condren Life Planner I used last year (you can see how I used my Erin Condren planner here) was having the day broken up into morning, afternoon, and evening, so I borrowed that idea for my own planner. Before baby, it was helpful to plan out my days in such a manner. Now, with a baby, things rarely get done when I would like to do them, so I'm not sure I'll be using this idea going forward.
I hand-stamped each page and added a strip of washi tape underneath the date.
The hydrate stamp is kind of my favorite and definitely a helpful reminder to stay on track with water consumption throughout the day.
I try to do a load of laundry (in addition to cloth diapers) each day during the week, so it helps to write that down to keep me on track. I have a separate planner for plotting out blog posts, but I find it useful to note what post I have scheduled so I can promote it during the day.