With a New Year we get to buy new planners and get all organised and use all the new stationary and ah it’s just great!
Last year I discovered that I could make my own planner! Something to fit into the way I want it, instead of trying to search for something that I like. Plus I get to decorate it all pretty!
So I’m going to show you what I’m doing this year for my planner and what materials I use.
You can choose what type of notebook you want to use if you don’t want to use an actual planner or diary.
I chose an A4 notebook from PaperChase… it has a hefty amount of paper which will have enough for everything I want to include in my planner for the year. And as this is a desktop planner, the size isn’t a problem!
The perfect thing about creating your own planner, is you get to design the way YOU want it. The first thing I did was print off free printable calendar so that I was able to have an overview of the dates of this year! I got mine from Wendaful Designs and I glued them on the inside of the front cover! (minus August, still have to include that month)
As this planner is mainly to help me keep organised with PennyxxLane at the beginning of each month I like to start with a page with all my blog post ideas that I would like to write. Each month I can delete and add as needed, this prevents me having a long list of things that I’ve either completed or no longer want to do.
I spread my week across 2 pages… I draw out the layout with a pencil so that I can easily rub away any mistakes (I make many).
At the top of the page, I write the date Monday – Sunday… I currently enjoy using a Dymo Embosser and label maker to make headers.
Then I have a small section for writing my goals for the week! I tried to keep this box small because it’s easy to write a million things I want to do but the reality is that I’m not going to get half of those things done. So I restrict myself to a few realistic number of goals. I use thin washi tape to separate the boxes.
I try to give each day the same amount of space, however, a Friday I make smaller, as Friday is my busiest day which means less time for doing anything else! But that’s the great thing about doing a DIY planner you can amend it to your life!
I also make Saturday & Sunday smaller too! Although they can be busy days I find I need less room.
There are so many ways you can decorate your planner! I like to use washi tape! (check out my recent Stationery haul here). I also have paper squares that I use to brighten up the page and to write notes down on top of the washi tape. It’s perfect to cover up the paper in the notebook if you wish too.
There are so many shops on Etsy which sell amazing planner stickers and packs especially for planners like The Happy Planner or the Erin Condren Planner… But they can work for anything really. I design my planner weekly, so each week is so different and you can go as colourful or minimal as you like.
A few months ago I picked up some blogger stickers from DorkfaceShop on Etsy, which I used a lot in my planner last year!
Theres also some incredible blogs out there that offer free printables which are what I have done for the first month!
This month I’ve downloaded the following:
Vintage Glam Studio plum crazy [Planner Stickers]
Pink Bows and Twinkle Toes [Tribal kiss planner stickers]
Planner Problem 101 [Multicolour glitter date covers]
Planner Problem 101 [July Watercolour Kit]
This week I have a pastel layout with a mix of glitter washi tape… I used a mix of my stationary ( Stationery haul here)
I really enjoy taking some time out on a Sunday evening to plan the next week, it’s my chance to get creative… It’s up to you how far in advance you want to go, I mainly do week by week.
I also highly recommend a paper cutter to cut things in a neat and straight manner.
What are your top tips for journaling and planning, I’d love to hear?