Monday, August 8, 2011

diy planner

 So tomorrow is my first day of school, and not only that, but I am going to a new school (eek!). Summer has gone by so fast! The one thing that makes me excited about starting school is getting new school supplies! This year I was trying to search for the perfect planner, when I came across this post on Decor8 and saw this picture:
Isn't it pretty? As soon as I saw that picture I knew I wanted a planner just like that. Since the ones in stores look nothing like that, I decided to make my own.

So first you'll need a sketchbook. You could get a moleskine with blank pages, but a plain sketchbook is a lot cheaper and I like that it is spiral bound.

I used plain white acrylic craft paint to paint the cover. I figured it would be a lot easier to paint it then cover it with paper, because of the spirals.

This is after one coat. I had to apply 3 coats to cover up the black completely. I used a smaller brush to paint between the spirals.

Then paint a design on the cover! I used watercolors (except for that plus sign) and I really like the effect it gave. It's a lot different using watercolors on acrylic paint then on paper because they don't soak in, but they are still easily blendable.

On the inside use a pen and ruler to draw a calendar for each month. I use the calendar to write important dates like tests and projects.

I drew my calendar 3.5x7 inches. Each rectangle is 0.5x1 inch. I write small, so this is the perfect size for me but if you write large you might want to buy a bigger sketchbook for more room to draw a calendar.

Decorate the calendar however you want. I used washi tape and colorful pens like in the inspiration photo. You can also put envelopes on the blank sides to hold notes.

ps. That thing in the top right corner is my jar I use to hold washi tape, in case you were wondering what it was.

I use the rest of the pages to write down homework assignements, one page per week. Another great thing about this planner is that there is lots of doodle space for when you get bored in class (not that I ever do, of course).

Now I have to go get my things together for school tomorrow! I still need to figure out what I'm going to wear, and what I'm going to bring for lunch (I am not eating cafeteria food).

19 comments :

  1. Nice Jordan. Yes, I'm sure you NEVER get bored in class.(sarcasm)

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  2. nope, because I just LOVE learning about the pythagorean theorem ;)

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    1. Soooooo entertaining when you have a teacher who is literally has no ida what she is doing ;)

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  3. Your calendar is so sweet! Great little tutorial too, with inspiring photos. I made a calendar this year and I love using it! :-)

    Take care!

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  4. Thank you so much! I looked at the one you made on your blog, and I really like it! :D

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  5. wooow! love this project!
    Hugs!

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  6. This is so cute! I'm definitely making it for this school year. Plus I'm going to art college this year do it'll be perfect!!(:
    Thanks!

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  7. Thank you! I'm glad you like this tutorial! That's so exciting that you're going to art college this year! I hope you have an amazing time! :)

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  8. can you let me know what name brand the gel pen is, the one located by your alegbra notes? thank you!

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  9. Sure! It's Pentel "Milky Gel Roller". I've had those pens for a loooong time so I'm not sure if they still make them. :)

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  10. I figured, they don't any more... those are the classic gel pens from the 90's lol... Thanks for letting me know.

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  11. thanks for this...gonna do it for next year...

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  12. I really love this notebook/ planner idea. Do you know if there are any stores that sell pretty cheep washi tape?(:

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  13. amazing i am definitely gonna do this i have looked every wear for the perfect planner now i can make it my self thakss this is the first post that i am reading of you i am definitely gonna check you're blog more

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  14. Wow this is the only planner tutorial I've seen that is easy, affordable, and actually has a good result. I'm actually going to do this, and it won't break my wallet !

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  15. I love you so much right now. Thank you so much for posting this. I have been on the internet for hours trying to figure out a good DIY planner for the start of school and this is such a good idea. I will be headed to the craft store after work. Thank you!!

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  16. I love this will be trying to get organized and use this.

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