Do you love your planner? Learn how to make your own easy DIY planner.Do you love to organize your ideas and get your schedule down on paper? I'll show you how to get organized and add your own personality to your planner book. Let's make a planner today! I've got some ideas to share with you and a few DIY planner printables too.
Make Your Own Easy DIY Planner
You can make your own planner without a ton of supplies. You can print out pages, make your own, or do what I've done here… head out to the store and grab the mini planner accessories. I bought all my components at Target, but you can find mini binder pages and accessories at all kinds of stores.
This notebook is a half size binder so it fits perfectly in my purse and backpack without taking up a bunch of room.
Create your own planner in minutes
I've used a variety of organizers and planners over the years. Remember the Franklin Covey and Day Timer craze? Some of my planners have been actual notebooks with real paper. I've also tried to keep my schedule and life organized with digital tools. I think they each have their pros and cons. Lately, I've been needing tangible lists and the ability to write with a pen on paper to keep track of my ideas. Mostly because I think I need to doodle on everything to remember it… Usually my sketchbook ends up with all the notes. Now it's time to get organized with a real planner… on purpose!
I purchase a few different paper sets to include in this easy DIY planner
- Calendar pages
- Lined paper for notes
- Plastic divider pages to keep sections of information organized
- Clear pockets for anything else I want to keep in my planner
- Pretty pens
You can also make your own planner stickers!
Think about Personalizing Your Planner
I was really excited to find coral planner accessories when I was shopping. it's my favorite color right now, or as my kids call is, my “corporate color” and it's not always a common color to find. See, this planner project was meant to be! I picked a binder that has a clear pocket cover so I can add my own art to the front of the planner. All the personalizing is what makes planners so fun to put together!
Tips to Make Your Own Planner
Make sure you have enough room to write what you need to write. You can have all the fancy pens and paper you want, but if it's not easy to use or there isn't enough room to keep track of all the things, it won't be very useful. Make sure you think about how you want to use your planner before you buy all your supplies.
I've created a series of planner pages for larger binder sets. You can print it at a smaller size to fit your mini binder, or make your own planner using a standard sized binder.
To keep costs low, you can always print or draw out your own planner pages. Time is money in my day, so buying these pre-printed calendar pages makes all the difference right now. I will be designing some calendar pages and note pages to use, when I do, I'll be sure to share with you too!
Here's another idea for cover art. I took a photo of my watercolor paint tray and then printed it. I then sprinkled some glitter over the page and applied packing tape… so now it's a little sparkly colored art design for the front of my planner.
Are you looking for printable DIY planner pages?
I have some tips and ideas to share about creating your own planner pages. You can create your own pages, customize store bought pages or print out pages (see below) and use as you'd like. Here's how to diy planner pages.
How to make DIY planner pages
You can create your own planner pages by setting up a formatted page using software like a spreadsheet or grid layout. I like to lay out the pages and then use a nice font to make the page pretty. I'll walk you through the process in another tutorial. To short-cut the process, print out pre-made pages that fit what you are looking for. I've created a variety of printable pages you can use when you make your own planner. These planner pages are all designed as full 8.5″ x 11″ sheets, so if you are making a mini planner, make sure to print each page at a smaller size. You might want to try printing 2 to a page and see how that fits your planner.
Printable planner pages for your DIY planner
I've created a printable mini planner page set that works great with this mini binder size. The set includes: weekly and today to-do lists, meal planner and grocery list plus note & ideas page. If there's a page you'd like that I don't have, let me know!
This set includes 3 printable planner pages.
This set includes 3 printable colored pages to use with your planner pages. Print the colored page then put the print back in your printer‘s paper tray and print the planner page over the top.
I'm sharing how to personalize this mini planner set over at The Country Chic Cottage.
More Printable DIY Planner Pages
- Printable Planner To-Do List Set (comes with printable “stickers”)
- Special Dates printable pages
- 52 Weeks of Savings tracking sheet
- Meal Planning Printables Set 1 and Set 2
Have you ever put together your own planner? I'd love to hear your tips and ideas for organizing your schedule and daily tasks.