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January 5, 2015

diy weekly planner (+ free template!)

Happy New Year, everyone! I can hardly believe the holiday season is over - it was a hectic one this time around. The last of my family went home this weekend, & everything is falling back into a normal routine again.  Even though I'm sad to see the holidays go, I'm eager to start a fresh, new year. While last year was declared the year of saving, I'm still working on a good theme for 2015. I definitely want the focus to be on growth, organization & improvement. Either way I'm in need of a planner. Since it's the beginning of a new year, I've made this weekly planner template available for download so you can make a planner of your own. If saving money is one of your resolutions, don't fret - I made this planner with materials I already had on hand. 

To DIY up some organization, you'll need: 
  • Calendar template (click to download)
  • Binder clips
  • Needle & thread (sew by machine or by hand)
  • A piece of cardboard (12 x 9")
  • X-acto knife
  • Hot glue
  • Washi tape
  • Paper, fabric, stickers - anything you want to use to decorate your planner

Step 1 - Create the Inserts // Print fourteen copies of the calendar template, double-sided. Next, make three piles of pages; one pile will have five pages, the second will have five, & the third will have four. Fold each pile in half, creating a crease down the middle. Clamp each pile together with binder clips, & sew a line up the crease in the middle (you can sew by hand or by machine). You will end up with three inserts. 

Step 2 - Create the Cover // Cut a piece of cardboard that is 12" wide & 9" tall. Sketch out the spine by drawing two lines up the middle at the 5.75" & 6.25" mark (making the spine 1/2 inch wide). Score the lines using an x-acto knife (when scoring only cut into the front of the cardboard, leaving the back intact. This will allow the cover to bend at the spine). 

Step 3 - Attach the Inserts // Clamp your three "booklets" together with the sewn edges lining up. Glue the sewn edges of the inserts to the middle of the cardboard. Make sure glue doesn't run down the sides or in-between the pages. Let glue completely dry.

Step 4 - Cover the Edges // Run washi tape around the sides & the spine of the cardboard to cover the rough edges. 

Step 5 - Decorate! // Cover your planner with paper, stickers, fabric - whatever materials you want. I glued different scrapbook pages to the inside & outside covers using rubber cement, then stuck gold stickers to the cover. Use colors & shapes that you enjoy so that you'll be excited & eager to use your planner. Resolutions are easier to keep when you're excited about them! 

Do you have any resolutions for 2015? 


Font credit goes to marsnev!

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