How I Made a DIY Day Planner

4 years ago

I think we've talked about my planner addiction before. I am drawn to them everywhere I go. It is acceptable in the store, but my addiction goes beyond that. I will walk up to a stranger writing in their beautiful planner and ask them where they got it!

I have been super picky and choosy about one lately. I have loved Emmy's Much Ado About You, as you may have noticed, but I wanted a page every day. I went back to my old pal Franklin Covey. Their planners have a page per day -- but they are lacking things I want out of a planner. So I decided to make my own.

planner, calendar

Little did I know what I was getting myself into. I have a new appreciation for Emmy :)


I used Adobe Illustrator to make my planner. First I doodled on a piece of paper all the things I wanted for each day. Then I took that to my computer and started to work. After I got the first couple of pages how I wanted them, all I had to do was copy and paste... and also change the days and dates. You can do it, too! Or you can purchase the one I made here.



Here is an awesome link on how to do double-sided printing, so March 6 comes after March 5 and so on.


I used 30# bright white, super smooth paper. I wanted it thick enough not to show words through the other side, but still thin enough to move like regular paper. I wanted it smooth for writing -- and I love the touch!


Every other month ends with fun list starters, journal ideas, and planning prompts. Binding was $4 at a local print stop and it took less than a day. DSC_0072 DSC_0078 DSC_0102

My favorite pencil? My TUL from Office Max. Love! Write it in pencil unless it is unchangeable like Christmas, because plans change!


I also wanted a place to journal a quick snippet to remember my day. And even more important, I wanted a spot to write something I am thankful for each and every day. I loved One Thousand Gifts.


I made the cover and back with scrapbook paper from Basic Grey and laminated them and had them all in order when I took my planner to the print shop.

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Details on the planner I made:


  • 8x10 planner
  • One page per day with two page per month layouts.
  • 4 colors rotate for 3 months each: candy peach, aqua, lemon yellow, and raspberry.
  • Includes US holidays on month and day.
  • January 2014 - December 2014.
Each day has:


  • A to-do list
  • Appointment slots from 7:00am to 9:00pm
  • An area for household
  • An area to plan meals
  • A place to journal
  • A place to write down something you're thankful for
  • A place to track exercise
  • A place to track spending
  • A place to track vitamins
  • A place to track water
  • There are even little weather icons to track the day's weather

And the months are lined!!



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