Friday, August 10, 2012

DIY Planner

Being a Full time college student, small business owner, and blogger...well, sometimes I have a bit too much on my plate to remember it all. So what's a girl to do? Why, get a planner of course! However....a pretty and functional planner for me was looking to be more expensive than I was willing to spend, so I looked around my craft corner, and decided to make my own.

I started with a plain spiral bound journal, with lined pages. Forgive the silly horse sticker on the front...I like horses. This journal had nothing in it but plain lined paper, no dividers, no tabs, nothing.



After a few hours (ok, two days off and on), I managed to come up with this! Using nothing but scrapbooking cardstock and paper, a bit of glue, and a couple stickers, I made this from that same journal.

The Cover 

 Not sure what I'm going to put on these two decorated pages yet, so I just left them open for now. I'm thinking some kind of frame to put a couple photos in...

I hand drew all my entry places. I made it more like a Student Planner here, having it go from August to August. Each set of weekly pages it laid out this same way, with a place at the bottom for comments, quotes I like, doodles, etc. You can see the monthly tabs I made on the right side, in green.

The end of my calender section. I put some ribbon around this section divider, and put fun paperclips on it so i always have some if I need them. Not sure what to put on the rest of the divider either, so suggestions are nice!

The other side of the same divider. This one has pretty little note cards in it, this would also be a great place for business cards.

 A pocket I made for spare papers, so I don't lose them. 

My favorite divider. No function, but to look elegant and pretty. 

 Other side of the previous divider. I fell in love with this paper set, lol.

This is the inside of the back cover, with again, more pockets. This is actually an accordion style pocket, which opens pretty wide when I pull on it. This has index cards in it.

From the side.... 

In my calender section, I wanted a way to distinguish holidays, birthdays, festivals, etc at a glance. So I went through my stamps, and inked away! These are only a few of my stamps, can you guess what they're for?


It took longer than just buying a planner, to be sure, but I'm so happy with how this came out!

Love and Lightning Bugs,
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20 comments:

Unknown said...

Thats beautiful!! You have so much talent =]

Unknown said...

Thank you! It was frustrating sometimes, but it was really fun!

MommyMandi said...

You are so creative! I wish I had a creative bone in my body. :)

Diane said...

That is so creative and pretty!

Unknown said...

That looks great! Can you make me one? ;-)

Unknown said...

Lol, I can! Only cost you like $20.

DeDa Studios said...

Very very nice! Unique! Love it!

Mariah @ FormulaMom.com said...

I wish I was crafty! This is amazing! It does look like it took some time but it is gorgeous!

Shawna said...

Very pretty! I wish I had the time to do something like this, but I'm already burning the midnight oil just trying to keep up with what I have now. I'd totally buy something like this though!

MamaMunky said...

Such a good idea, can you make mine now?!

Holly (Woman Tribune) said...

You are incredibly crafty and super talented! I am loving how your planner came out, and I totally know the feeling of not being able to remember everything you have going on. Life can get hectic!

Ashley Montgomery said...

What a neat idea! I know what you mean about spending more than you want to. Every planner I find that I actually like is more than I am prepared to dish out.

Ashley @ Dr. Pepper Diva

Unknown said...

Wow! That looks fantastic! You did a wonderful job!

ATLanta Saving Moms said...

I love it and you have done a great job! :)

Brr23 said...

Looks amazing! What a neat Idea! Thank you for sharing! You did a great job!

Kelly said...

You are so incredibly talented. This is so beautiful!

Crystal said...

Such a great idea! Now I want to make one for me, lol that is when I find some time =)

Unknown said...

What a wonderful idea. I probably would have just stuck w/the horse planner and not liked it! I love seeing creative ideas, but just never seem to have the time. Your work is amazing though! :)

Hobbies on a Budget said...

Beautiful planner! I love the way you personalize everything and give it your special touch!

Lil' Daily Deals said...

I really need a planner. Thanks for sharing yours. It gave me some great ideas.