How YOU can make a Super Simple DIY Planner.
This planner was super easy to make. I’m not sure why I felt the need to make another planner… I already have 3, plus several travelers notebooks, none of which get used enough… oh well. It’s done now. LOL
So, how can YOU make a super simple diy planner too?
- You can use the printable I’m including below.
- You can create your OWN planner inserts.
Don’t know how to make the inserts? No problem!
Here’s how I did it:
I used 2 free software programs.
- Google docs
- Inkscape (optional. I LOVE playing with Inkscape. But you it does have a bit of a learning curve, so you may want to stick with google docs if you don’t know how to use the imaging software.)
And I used a spare notebook that I had purchased (and not used) last summer.
First you’ll want to decide what type of inserts you want. Many planners start off with a calendar, and maybe a weekly planner. The notebook that I chose to use measures 9 ½ inches x 8 ½ inches for the cover, so I decided on 9 inches x 7 inches for the insert pages. Which, as luck would have it, is the same as one of the Erin Condren LifePlanner page sizes (according to their webpage).
So I created my page inserts using the EC dimensons… which means that the calendar boxes measure 1.5 inches x 1.66 inches, and the weekly boxes measure 1.5 inches x 1.9 inches…. Which means the Erin Condren size stickers will work on my new planner pages! WIN!
So get the measurements for the boxes for YOUR calendar, and let’s make new calendar inserts.
First, open a new document in Google Docs.
Insert a table. The tables on my calendar (I’m doing a month on 2 pages) will have 4 columns and 4 rows. Resize the boxes by first highlighting in one of the columns. Right click, and select table properties. Change the column width (1.5), minimum row height (1.66) and cell padding (0).
You should now have a grid like the one below:
Next, you’ll add a row at the top that is ¼ inch tall. This is where you can label the weekdays.
Then just position the margins. I like centering the page so I can trim it back with the correct margins. The outside margin should be approximately ¼ inch, and the bottom margin is ¼ inch.
Then you do the same thing for the weekly pages. You’ll want your table’s basic dimensions to be a 4 x 3 grid for each page, with the boxes resized at 1.5 inches x 1.9 inches. (I copied the tables into inkscape with additional rows and columns, and added a couple of images for ascetics… but that’s optional)
Once you get used to working with tables, you can do a lot of other formats for your calendar pages and there is no limit to what you can create!
Once you’ve got the pages created and printed, all you need to do is cut them to size and punch them for your planner.
Video showing how to make a super simple diy planner (using my free printables)!
Feel free to use the ones that I created that will fit a 8.5 inch x 9.5 inch planner. And check out the printable library for other designs and sizes… more will be coming soon!
If I can make it, YOU CAN TOO