How to Customize a Planner for less than $5

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.

How to customize a planner for less than $5

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.

How to customize a planner for less than $5

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!

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).

How to customize a planner for less than $5

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).

How to customize a planner for less than $5

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.

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I found these pages on Life With my Little’s Blog and you can access the printables here. (There are more pages you can choose from, but I only chose these ones.)

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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.

{January. February. March. April. May. June. July. August. September. October. November. December.)


How to customize a planner for less than $5

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.

Mon-Wed Planner Pages //Thurs-Sun Planner Pages

How to customize a planner for less than $5

Lastly, I threw in two notes pages at the very end. These were from the large packet from Life with my Little’s above!

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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. How to customize a planner for less than $5

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 Winking smile

Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions! I know it seems like a lot, but it really isn’t!

What do you look for in a planner?

How do you keep your blogging things organized?

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  1. That is so cool, and so involved! My blogging planner consists of my head and a bunch of post-its… but this would be amazing for my work blog. And getting it printed and then bound is genius. I did that for my thesis, why not do it for a planner??
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  2. I love that you customized this entirely to fit what you wanted! I am kinda in shock over here that you made this. It’s just so cool! I just bought a new planner at Target for work, but I really like the idea of having a planner for my blog too. Then again, I already have two planners, so I’m not sure I should throw a third one into the mix lol.
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    • Fit N Cookies says:

      I had 2 planners last year and was just tired of either writing similar things in both, or having to look in both to find what I wanted! ha

  3. This is amazing!! I use my google cal to keep my posts straight but now I’m thinking I should have done this at home where I could print it lol.
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    • Fit N Cookies says:

      Aw darn! I was behind on making it so I couldn’t get it up earlier. I am so behind with google cal. I love writing everything down, call me crazy!

  4. Love this project! It is making me think I need more organization. I have a calendar and a notepad that I use along with a whiteboard. I tend to use someone tools like Evernote for tracking too. Thanks for the idea.
    Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment recently posted…Cocoa Lemon Detox SmoothieMy Profile

    • Fit N Cookies says:

      I used Evernote so long ago, and now I don’t think I could even do it, or know why it’s useful lol I have heard many people who use it though!

  5. So cool! I love planners and I have a huge one at the office for work stuff. I wanted more of a personal planner to write stuff in, so I found one a TJ Maxx that I can write down my workout plans, blog post ideas, and meal ideas.
    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food recently posted…Heading back to the real worldMy Profile

  6. Love this!! I usually just look for a planner with room to write on the days. I will do notes, or I write my thoughts in a draft in the wordpress app on my phone.
    Chelsea @ Raw N’ Toned recently posted…HIIT WorkoutMy Profile

    • Fit N Cookies says:

      I used to do the thoughts in drafts but then it became too hectic for me. I just love writing things down!

  7. This is SO cool! Thanks for sharing. I am like you in that I LOVE when I have a brand new, fresh, and clean planner!
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl recently posted…What’s in My Grocery Bags + Weekly Meal PlanMy Profile

  8. Erm…I don’t mean to be a the messenger of bad news but isn’t it against the terms of Scattered Squirrel to link to the PDF file it’s self? You also hacked her work and changed it and removed her watermark which is actually illegal and it’s agains intellectual property rights and you could risk being sued.

    I suggest you take that file off of your site before someone finds out, if you want to avoid that sort of headache..
    Just some friendly advice.
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    • Fit N Cookies says:

      They both said just to give them credit. There was no water mark on their sites, and I never removed it. I did exactly what they both asked in giving them credit. I never claimed the other one as making it on my own, just changing some things to make it better fit. Thanks for the worry though!

  9. Uhm… hello amazing! I can’t function without my planners. I’ve been using a Moleskin for the past 2 years, but it definitely had it’s limitations. This year I took the plunge and went for an Erin Condren planner, and while I’m expecting to love it (still waiting for it to ship!), it’s definitely pricey. I love the idea of customizing your own so you can have it exactly as you want it.
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    • Fit N Cookies says:

      Thank you! Erin’s planners are pricy, and since I’ve never actually seen one, I wasn’t sure if I wanted one or not. I’m sure it will be totally worth it, though!

  10. Wow! You are super organized. That’s awesome! I have been trying to move from paper/pencil planning to online planning. My husband set up some spreadsheets for me to use. We’ll see how that goes! I may be coming back to this post to see how to make a paper/pencil planner! 🙂
    Lindsey recently posted…A Fit Life Pursuits Adventure in South AfricaMy Profile

    • Fit N Cookies says:

      I wish I could get into the online deal, but I just want my paper and pencil! haha so weird!

  11. YES!!!! I finally made mine this weekend!!!! Thanks again!!! I mentioned you in my post today! I am ready for blog organization, you inspired me!!!! 🙂

  12. This is so cute and such a good idea! I just bought a new planner at Target this morning and now I’m wishing I had done this!
    Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes recently posted…New Years in Boston!My Profile

    • Fit N Cookies says:

      Always time to make a new one 😉 Or, when things start to get crazy through the year, I’ve resorted to making new planners throughout!

  13. WHAAAAAT? In love with this idea!! You’re soooo organized. Teach me your ways Yoda!!
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  14. This is awesome, I definitely need something like this to keep me organized! Thanks for the printable and walking us through it!!

  15. THANK YOU. This is the best. I was trying to get a blog planner and keep a notebook to track stats and products sent but this is all in one! Totally copying and making one with these printables like you did!

  16. I’m a little behind on comments this week (ok- a lot behind 🙂 But this is soooo cool! I work with three different notebooks right now and it is sort of a mess! I love this idea of just making exactly what you need and it is sooo cheap.
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    • Fit N Cookies says:

      Yes! It’s the best! I know what you mean with comments 😉 I’m working through mine now!

  17. Ooh I wondered where you could get a binder spiral bound like that! Great idea!!!
    Alysia @ Slim Sanity recently posted…Weekly Meal Plan: January 11 – 17My Profile

  18. I love that you just went ahead and made your own, homemade, insanely cute planner! I love using planners, but I can never find one that has all the space for everything I want to keep track of – and when I find ones that have the space, I hate the format. I want to do this, now! And I love that because it’s customized, you can put whatever you want in it and make it look exactly like you want it. I’m big on aesthetic and if something isn’t pretty I don’t want to use it, so the fact that I can even choose the color and material of the binding on my planner is a big YES.


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