If you’re anything like me, you are all about the new planners that come out at the end of the year. I had a few different ones in my hand, but realized none gave me everything that I needed.
You see, in the summer, I made a blogging planner, and it has absolutely saved me. I am able to write down the posts I have ideas for, a space to keep track of statistics, area for contact info, giveaways, sponsorships, and more. I knew I wanted this in my planner this year, but didn’t like carrying about two with me all the time.
Last week, I set out on a mission to create my own planner and I absolutely love it! I took to Pinterest to search for the printables I wanted! Yes, I know I could customize one on Etsy or spend even more money on planners else ware, but I wanted to keep the cost low, so I searched for free printables. Here’s a look at how to customize a planner for less than $5!
I finally came across The Handmade Home, which is where I found the bulk of my planner! Here is the link for the exact page! From her page, I found the 2015 cover, and my weekly planner, but I made a few tweaks to it (more later on that).
I added a yearly calendar as soon as you open, just so I could have an overview of the year. I found this one here, from Scattered Squirrels. (Side note, everything was put back to back after the front cover).
Next up came my blogging printables! In my planner last year, I used a monthly page for social media statistics, and pageviews, etc. This year, I knew I wanted to keep it on one page, which is what the next page was, but for some reason I can’t find the link now. Here is the printable, though.
Blogging Statistics Page
Next up, I filled the pages with sponsored posts, giveaways, guest posts, and featured on printables. I printed a few of each back to back.
For my monthly calendar, I wanted a two page view for the month. I plan to use the days to write in my meals for the week, along with major things coming up that I need to keep track of. I found this on Scattered Squirrels website, too. Now, she had a column for notes. I knew I wanted a space that I could put my blog topic ideas on without getting lost. I like to think ahead and see what topics would fit in at different times of the year, and this helps keep track of them! I edited it in Photoshop so it could say Blog Posts instead of notes. You will find in the full file, all pages to the calendar are in one file. I simply printed out the odd pages, so the left side of the calendar, and edited the right side. Those can be found here if you want them.
Next up came the weekly planner pages. I got these from the same website as the cover above. I printed them front to back, and also on the sides of the monthly calendar. I wrote in the days, and edited the bottom. In the original, there’s a spot for “This Week.” I chose to change that to Blog Posts, divide it up into 5 days, and add some social media icons on the bottom so I know if I shared them, scheduled them, posted them, etc.
Here is the link to my edited files.
Lastly, I threw in two notes pages at the very end. These were from the large packet from Life with my Little’s above!
I printed off the cover and the last page of notes on cardstock to keep it durable. I took it to Office Depot to have it bound, and a clear cover and black back put on. It cost less than $5 to do that.
I used slightly heavier paper, at 24 lb and 97 bright. This way, the ink doesn’t bleed through when you write on it.
And there it is! I swear it sounds like more work than it really is. It took maybe 3 hours to find all the printables, edit them, and print them. I have already loved filling this in. I know it will keep me organized this year, and I just love the look of it! The lady at Office Depot who bound it even asked where I got it from
Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions! I know it seems like a lot, but it really isn’t!