Planners have blown up in popularity, which is great news for those of us who love options! It’s easier than ever to order your perfect customized planner, though oftentimes they’ll cost you a pretty penny. That’s why, instead of shelling out for a branded planner, we decided to make our own. Here’s how to create your own planner, exactly to your specifications!
If you do decide to go the ready-made route, here are our favorite suggestions for personalized planners.
To design your own planner, you’ll need the following:
If you enjoy decorating and embellishing, grab some extras to personalize your planner. There’s a whole wide world of planner décor out there. Consider these options:
You’ve got the materials and you’ve got the motivation. Now it’s time to make your own planner.
Step 1: Print out your templates. If you’re using our templates, they’re sized to fit standard letter-sized printer paper and will print with two sheets per page. To separate each page, cut straight down the center, like this.
Step 2:Separate your cover, back, and spine pages. The front and back cover pages will be cut down the center to separate just like the other template pages, but the spine page will require a little finagling. We recommend leaving a quarter inch of white space around the design as an ‘invisible border.’
Then, slide your cover and spine pages into the plastic sleeves.
Step 3:Hole punch your inner pages. We recommend an adjustable hole punch so you can set your hole punch to the correct size without having to measure every time, like you would with an individual hole punch. Our holes slightly overlapped the design, but we were careful to only punch through areas where this wouldn’t obscure information.
Tip: Make sure to punch your pages on the correct side! Consider how you want them to lay inside your planner and punch the side accordingly.
Step 4: Set up your planner. Choose which style you prefer – weekly layouts, monthly overviews, checklists and daily tasks – or make a mix of several. The benefit of putting together a DIY planner is that everything is within your control. You can create the perfect planner tailored exactly to your needs.
Step 5: If you like a little bit of flair in your projects, now it’s time to decorate! Don’t limit yourself to simplicity. The sky’s the limit when it comes to making your planner yours. Use washi tape, colorful markers, stickers, and more to perfect your planner.
Here are the same steps in video form:
Teachers have different needs for their planners and their layouts must reflect this. Creating the best teacher lesson planner – or just a great DIY teacher planner binder – is simple. To create a DIY teacher planner, you’ll need the same tools as above with a few slight adjustments.
Instead of laying your calendars out from January-December, you’ll want your start date to align with the start of school. Find planner pages templates without dates to make this process easier.
Then, choose what works best for you!
Turn pre-formatted list pages like ours into alphabetized lists of parent contact info.
Find half-letter size 3-hole punch grid paper and turn this into your gradebook.
Regular daily calendar pages can keep your lesson plans, with weekly and monthly overviews keeping you organized at a glance.
Are you a student instead of a teacher? Follow these steps to make your own DIY student planner to keep track of homework, important test dates, and more.
What other ways do you personalize your planner? Have you created your own before? We’d love to hear about it! Send us an email if you have a question or just to chat. You can also follow us on twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to ensure you don’t miss an update.
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