I don’t really like buying planners because the pages are never set up exactly the way I want, and they tend to be a bit pricey. I also have lots of little notebooks that live in drawers and never get used up.
There is a solution to this problem.
(This is kind of a silly thing but I’m very pleased with it. It’s not exactly a complicated DIY but an idea you might like to run with.)
Last year I made my own planner using leftover pages from a few small notebooks I had that were the same size. I’d had those notebooks for like 15 years and knew I was never going to use up those last pages. So, I tore off the cardboard covers and glued those pages into a new cover I made from thick cardboard and fabric.
I just glued the fabric over the cardboard to decorate it and make a flexible spine.
I also had an envelope inside to tuck away business cards and lists.
So that was working well until last week I used up the last pages. So today I tore out those pages and decided to re-vamp the planner. (Understandably the inside is a bit worn.)
I added a little re-used monthly calendar from a brochure that I’d found, and I just paper-clipped in a little notebook that I’ve turned into a weekly calendar. (It makes me laugh that my planner says ‘people to avoid’.)
And I tucked some pages from a notepad in the back for lists and other notes.
I also have a small address book I can just tuck in.
So now the old cover has turned into a little portfolio I can customize in a lot of ways, and when it’s all over I easily recycle the pages of the small notebook and start again.