SewTara the planner.

So, I know I’ve said it before, but having a blog, online shop, family and ‘real’ job gets tricky to balance. I’ve been missing opportunities and dropping the ball on things because I’ve been *gasp* disorganized. I decided I needed to unplug in order to feel organized by going back to pencil and paper and planning things out. I started to poke around Etsy looking for printables or a complete planner but nothing was fitting exactly with what I wanted. I spent some time thinking about what my needs would be and made a sketch. A very professional sketch with my finger on my ipad.

With no idea how to go about making a graphic printable or a PDF I turned to my friend Mollie for some advice. I have no many things on my to learn list and graphics and PDF creation are on it. However, the sweet Mollie just went ahead and quickly whipped something up, and it’s stinking perfect!

Here’s a close up.

It has a 2 page layout for the week with 2 columns ready for listing To Dos and checking them off as you go. She squared things up a bit and created some balance and even added some pretty colours. We thought it was pretty comprehensive as a planner for a blogger and so we’re going to share!

Click to see and download the calendar

I printed mine on 32lb white paper, double sided it and made up a cover based on some of LA’s blog redesign drafts. I took the pile of paper over to Staples and for around $11 they cut the pages in half, added covers and coil bound it. Voila my very own custom made planner!

20 Responses to SewTara the planner.

  1. I saw this on Mollie’s blog. Such a fantastic idea!

  2. This is SO great Tara! I used to make my own planners all the time too. It’s awesome to just have in there what you need and none of the extra silliness.

  3. Very nice! I saw it on Mollie’s blog & came over to say thank you for sharing!!

  4. This is just what I needed! Great job putting it together.

  5. I saw this on Mollie’s blog aswell!

    Its a brilliant idea, I’ve just printed off a stash – thank you :)

    p.s. tara I’m really enjoying reading your blog – I may be reading through an awful lot of your archive tonight!

  6. Linking over from Wild Olive…. this is an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing it!

  7. thanks for making this planner!
    you both are gorgeous!
    i do need this planner ;D

  8. I saw this over on Mollie’s blog and I had to hop over and say thank you. I have been writing my ideas on small scraps of paper, back of receipts, and even on a box of cereal I was eating for breakfast. Needless to say this will be much more useful. Thank you so much for your time on this project.

  9. what a fantastic planner! thanks for sharing :)

  10. Tara this is wonderful! Can I share an image of this on Heart Handmade UK with a link up to your blog post? Im definitely downloading it but we dont have a staples here. I will need to find some other binding solutions!

  11. Hi Tara!

    So I was super inspired by your design that I created my own pages and want to make my own planner! I was wondering, how did you print yours double sided so that when it prints out it is properly aligned? I for the life of me can’t figure it out, perhaps its just thesis writing syndrome though!

    Thanks :-)

  12. I just printed one side then ran one page through the way I thought it would work in my printer. I believe it was just face down. I didn’t have to turn it upside down.

    You could just have the binding place copy it but I didn’t want to pay the crazy amount they wanted for colour printing.

  13. Thanks for coming up with this! I printed some out to try, and bound it up over here: http://sashamakes.blogspot.com/2011/08/diy-blog-planner.html

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  15. Thanks for sharing!!this is so cute!!

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  17. How did I miss this one? : ) I am in love with it. Like, for real love. Good thing I just bought new ink cartridges. Printing it out today. Thanks so much!!! Totally going to blog this too.

    Amanda

  18. Love this planner!! Linked over from Wild Olive – thank you so much for sharing! And I love the new contact sheet you guys thought of – pure genius! Much thanks!

  19. How cool is that!?! I want one!

  20. Hi, I found your blog planner via Pinterest and wanted to thank you for sharing it, it is just what I was looking for. Beautiful and useful, what more could you ask for!

    Amy

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