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16 March 2018 @ 09:18 am
DIY Binder Planner  
I have been into planners and stationery for a long time. A few years ago I found out about binder planners but decided it couldn't possibly be my thing since it was way too expensive to even buy a cover, not to say all the decorations and paper. However, I recently started coming across some cheaper options, and... then I realized the price was not the main problem, I'm simply not willing to spend money on anything that is not entirely a necessity, my mind keeps saying "Don't do it! What's the point of planning if you don't even save!". That could pretty much be what my dad would say to me, too, so with all of those thoughts inside my head, I came to the conclusion that I wouldn't get a binder planner any time soon... unless I made one.



Now I have a pretty binder planner without having spent a single peso!

[The making process...]So, how did I make this? Well I recycled a very old binder that I got around 2003-2004, I never used it much since it was such a special thing, back then these were a lot easier to find where I live but anymore. It had this cute puppy on the cover.




This one here is about an A5 size, like the average binder planners. A4 size is a lot more common for binders but might not be as practical, though if you like it despite it being bigger you can use it the exact same way.

For the front cover, I used one of the sheets that come with my scrapbook kit, the only one I have which my sister bought for me a few weeks ago. I was so happy because, once again, it's not something that we usually find in our local stores.



Some other materials I used were this double sided masking tape I had bought for a school project, scissors, a normal tape and a cutter (for the inner paper).



First of all, I used the double sided masking tape to paste the paper on the cover.



On the side, I used another pattern and also pasted it with the tape.



I used the same pattern for the inside.



For the back I used these stickers for decoration and a normal red paper sheet (I didn't want to use any more scrapbook papers :P).



This is how it looks.



And that's pretty much all I did! I also put some plastic my sister had at home from one of her class projects. It will help protect the covers. As you can see, all the stuff I used were either things I have had for a long time or things that I got from/thanks to my sister.

This is how it looks when you open it, the binder originally came with three dividers so I all did was to decorate them with the same stickers.



The most interesting part of a binder planner is all the options you have for the inner papers. I decided to print some very useful designs I found, which are actually the reason why I felt the need of having a binder planner: I believe they will help me a lot to be more organized.



Cleaning, grocery shopping and cooking: my everyday activities that I need to carefully plan or else I won't have time for anything. These designs are just great for that.



And there will be a section just for myself, for example, I found this interesting challenge that can help you create a new positive habit or delete a negative one. I really want to try it!



And that's it! I will keep looking for more interesting and useful printables, though I don't plan to print many at once so we don't run out of ink (which, by the way, was also bought by -you guessed it! :P- my sister). I'm hoping having this planner works for me, I wanted it to be as practical as possible and add all the stuff I need to be organized at.


Being all honest, deep inside I know I'll end up buying a binder sooner or later, just because I have months looking at all the options there are and I actually already have my eyes in a certain deal I feel like I shouldn't miss. However, in the meantime this will do and it'll help me find out if binder planners are really for me or not.


Printable resources: Printable Crush, byDawnNicole & DIYHSH.

 
 
 
C.O.L.D.: pic#127894284cold on March 16th, 2018 01:41 pm (UTC)
I've always done this for myself also with basic Moleskine journals. They are basic black but I would order this nice Japanese paper from a shop in Toronto and cover my journals with them, making each unique.



This is a older photo but shows some of the different papers I used to cover each journal. I'm glad you found a way to make a binder more personal to you.
Paola: Lighttsukisagi on March 19th, 2018 11:18 pm (UTC)
These are so beautiful! I love the Japanese paper, it really makes them so unique.
Harukocsg_dear4life on March 17th, 2018 09:36 am (UTC)
looks good
Paola: Lighttsukisagi on March 19th, 2018 11:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
𝑀𝓈. 𝒮𝒶𝓂 𝒲𝒾𝓃𝒸𝒽𝑒𝓈𝓉𝑒𝓇jalerie on March 18th, 2018 09:07 pm (UTC)
It looks so cute. :)
Paola: Lighttsukisagi on March 19th, 2018 11:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)