There has been a discussion going on lately in a group I belong to about fabulously personalized planners to meet the needs to a TpT teacher author. I looked at them, they were nice and they were, in my humble opinion, very expensive. I just couldn’t bring myself to pay almost triple figures for a planner… seriously…. no matter how cute and how personalized it was. The more I thought about it, the more I decided that I could totally make my own! AND THEN IT HAPPENED….. Flash Freebie!
My friend Beth, you may know her as Zip-a-dee-doo-dah Designs sparked some creativity with a generous flash freebie that I happened to catch! Look at these amazing, geometric designs in my favorite shades of orange!
So…. that got me thinking…. I don’t want to pay a ridiculous amount for a planner…. I love this paper that Beth just posted….. DIY project!!!! So I started making my own planner. I used Publisher and I started laying out the calendar feature first. I found some really adorable calendars to use, but decided that I wanted a LARGE two-page spread for my calendar. I mean, c;mon, GIVE ME SOME ROOM TO WRITE!!
Then, after I finished my calendar layout, I started making some “blank” pages for brainstorming ideas! (I made a ton more than I’m showing here.. you don’t really want to see all 82 pages *grin*)
Then, because I have a data sickness, I added in some data pages:
And then I made a fun cover 🙂 personalized, of course!
Finally, I went to OfficeMax.com and visited the PrintShop. There, I chose to make color copies with a binding option. 66 pages, double sided with color, clear vinyl cover, black vinyl back cover, with black coil binding…. printed and ready to pick up in less than 24 hours for 1/3 of the price of everyone else’s fancy planners.
As you can see by the pictures, the planner turned out SUPER AWESOME and I am MEGA STOKED that it was ready so darn fast! I barely got in the door before I pulled out the camera to do a photo shoot!
So… if you can’t bring yourself to buy a super expensive planner for your teaching or business needs… make one yourself! It took me less than a week, start to finish to create and have it printed. Most of that time was spent with me being super picky about where I put stuff and formatting. But HEY, I got what I wanted! And now I look forward to making another one next year too!!
What do you think?! Am I nuts? (okay… don’t answer that!) How do you think it turned out?!
Do you have a suggestion for an awesome pen that won’t bleed and dries fast so it won’t smear? I’d love to hear about your favorite pen!