By Karina | April 2, 2008
I know I’m several months behind the curve here, but I just finished making my planner for 2008! In my defense my planner was from February 2007 through March 2008, and it’s JUST April now, so I’m not too far behind. Though this tip might not timely for anyone else.
I really loved my last planner. It is the perfect size to fit into my tiniest pocketbook. And the cover was totally totally cute – featuring some of the very cool Ed Emberly drawings. So when I couldn’t find something Just Right to replace it, I decided to DIY a solution. Because the neat-o cover of my calendar slips off, I just had to find a suitable replacement for the bound calendar pages inside.
I started with something I already had – a moleskine cahier notebook. I am sorry to report that this was not made from recycled materials, but I already had it, so that counts for something. It’s a hair narrower and quite a bit longer than my original planner.
So I trimmed the bottom. Then I got out my ruler and measured the awesome calender from my 2007 planner:
You can see how even though it’s really small, it serves my purposes. I think this is another tiny choice – to undersize, instead of oversize, if there is no perfect size.
After I figured out how big to make the calendar page, I made a template. This is where I got fancy: I got out my exacto knife and cut out tiny little squares in the template where the calendar lines meet. And then using a highlighter I dotted this grid onto the pages of the moleskine notebook.
And then I got my ruler and colorful sharpie out and drew in all the lines. And at this point I realized that sharpies really really smell bad, and that it was probably not good for me to be inhaling so deeply while I was working.
But look how pretty it came out!
There is a problem with this planner: the moleskine cahier paper is very very thin. Like, ballpoint pen see-through thin. So the sharpie goes right through it, and I can only use every other page for the calendar.
I’m sure I’ll just end up using post-it notes on these pages so I can write on them without bleed-through or eye-strain.
So, while I am pretty darn proud of my old-made-new pretty planner, that’s not why I’m posting about it. I made a few tiny choices when I put this together:
- I reused the sleeve of the old planner instead of buying one that was entirely new.
- I used something I already had (the moleskine).
- I used a stinky stinky sharpie marker, potentially impacting my brain cells (hopefully temporarily).
- I’m going to probably continue to use post-it notes, which are probably not so great for the environment.
I am pretty sorry to say goodbye to my old friend Jimmy Carter, though:
Did you ever make a calendar decision earlier in the year? If you’re still looking refresh yourself with the great info in Jenn’s post from earlier in the year!
What did you end up choosing to keep your time with?
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