New Planner

Awhile back, I made this DIY planner for myself. At the time, I made it according to how I wanted to use it. Unfortunately, what I wanted and what was reality were two different things. I found I wasn't using the time slots at all, and really only listing out my to dos for the day. Plus, I had no real space for blog planning, something that has become more necessary now.

I headed to Staples over the weekend to look at new planner possibilities and came to the same problem as before - no planner met my needs. So I set out to make a new one.

I came across this really great planner setup by Beckie at Infarrantly Creative. I loved her video, showing exactly how her planner flipped open, and she even included her pages as a free download. I ended up making my planner based off of hers.

First, her pages were too large for what I wanted. Even though she mentions on her post that she could create a custom one for her readers, I didn't want to bother her when I could do it myself. I first shrunk her calendar page down to an 8.5 x 5.5 page size in PSE, and added a background pattern (from this freebie from Sweet Shoppe Designs). I copied the Notes section over twice, erased the text on the bottom two boxes and added spaces for photo ideas and items to purchase.

Next I manipulated the planner page boxes. I selected some of the boxes, dragged them into a blank 8.5 x 5.5 file, and then erased her text and added my own. I happen to have the same font, as it used to be the old logo for The Perfect Loop. You can download it for free here.

I liked Beckie's section for blog post ideas, but wanted to adapt the page to my own needs. Rather than three sections for post ideas, one was sufficient, while I could use another spot for my current craft projects. I wanted a section where I could write our dinner meals for the current week, a spot for my tasks/to dos, and another for a listing of any appointments or meetings. (I don't have them every week, which is why the time slot layout in my original planner really wasn't functional for me).

Here's what everything looks like all put together:

I bought a set of 3 file folders from Dollar Tree (surprisingly good heavy quality), and trimmed them down. A piece for the flap for the calendar, another for a pocket, and a couple of sections for dividers. I added a section of lined note paper, and another with graph paper, for planning freebie designs. I attached the calendar pages with some small metal brads, so that I can easily tear off the page when I'm done with the month. I could have glued them like a notepad but didn't feel like spending the time gluing. :)

Hopefully this will work better with my needs, but only time will tell. I definitely feel like it's going to be more functional than my old planner.


  1. I LOVE this!
    I just love love love that super personalized page. That is exactly what everyone needs in their planner.

  2. Nice! This is the kind of planner that I'd actually use!

  3. Hi, I'd love to buy one of these from you, if possible. I'm not a blogger, but this is perfect! I am a journaler, so those spots would be good for other creative notes, my bible verses study, other things. I don't know how to do 99% of all the digital editing you just blogged about, so that is why I'm asking to buy one. I can be contacted at forsara at netzero dot net. Thanks so much!

    1. Oh, that's really flattering. However I don't plan to make these for sale. (They're a lot of work, actually, for me to pull together - mine took me about 5 hours). If you like, I could change the headings on my template and send you a pdf for free that you could print yourself and have bound. Let me know - you can email me at mswhittaker23 {at} gmail {dot} com.

  4. Ohhhhhh. My god. I need one of these. NEED. I have a similar planner at work (more a to-do thing with note pages), and I could totally use one for my personal life, too. I prefer yours to the one I have, at least for that! :D

  5. must be a time for it, I just made my own project life "smash" style planner. I went through my scraps & added in some line paper (torn from an old note book with the torn side out) some tabs & got it bound and is just perfect to plan my layouts/pics to print, jot down stories I want to tell & also to add in the bits & pieces I collect that dont make it into my album.

  6. I have a few questions about the planner itself. did you use a notebook and add everything to it? what program did you use to edit the pages to the size you wanted. if you could email me at ashleyobrien05 at gmail dot com that would be amazing. Thank you =]