To say I get excited about making my own planner would be a gross understatement. I have been planning since Thanksgiving.
If you're not up to date, last year my favorite planner was discontinued and, with a very stubborn and somewhat angry attitude, I decided to make my own version
While perusing options for 2016 on Pinterest, I found tons of tutorials for this beautiful leather cover
. Since the inserts for these planners are interchangeable (and I love interchangeable), I knew that this style would be the perfect cover option for 2016. Here's what I did...
Materials for Cover:
9" x 12.5" piece of sturdy leather (I use folded 8.5" x 11" paper for the inserts)
Smaller scraps for inside pockets: 1 at 4.5" wide x 9" high and one triangle at about 5" high x 4.5" wide.
Elastic Cord (for center straps and outer band)
This is the tutorial
I used for making my cover. (I used different sizes for the cover but the process is the same.) Again, you can find lots of tutorials from this search on Pinterest
. Below is a breakdown of my finished piece.
I added two outer pockets to the inside front and back.
• The middle contains four elastic bands threaded through from the outside and finished with a decorative bead.
• At the center I added another piece of elastic for the outer band (shown in the outer picture above).
Detail of hand stitching for the inside pockets.
I created four small booklets shown below:
1st - month at a glance
2nd & 3rd - weekly divided into two signatures
4th - blank notebook.
Each booklet has a kraft paper card stock outer page.
As stated above, the weekly pages are divided into two booklets.
Blank booklet for additional notes & sketches.
Once the booklets are completed, each can be threaded through one strand of elastic in the center.
I know I say this every time, but this is my favorite planner to date. It's a combo of great leather and I can decorate and personalize each booklet then start over with new booklets when ready! It's the best of both worlds.
Are you still a paper planner or are you all digital?