Bookworm Does: Daily Planner

Design, Life

After making my editorial calendar, I got to thinking that I should make myself a planner as well. I’m currently not using one, but I really ought to, especially since I keep confusing weekends/dates and what not. My dry erase calendar in the kitchen can only help so much. I also wasn’t in the market to purchase a 60+ dollar daily planner/binder. Well, I’m a designer, so why not just make my own?! 

I got the binder from Staples, it’s Martha Stewart, along with the divider tabs as well. All the pages are printed on card stock paper so that even if I write in pen it won’t bleed through or anything. It also makes the pages more durable. I divided the binder into five parts: Addresses, months, budget, blog, and design. 

Each month is divided into a calendar section, which is followed by a day-to-day breakdown and a nice little inspirational quote and image at the end! (images all made by me and what not!)

This is just what I needed to keep myself organized, start a budget, and keep all my work in one place that is easy to tote around if needed! I’m really loving this!
Do you have a favorite way to organize your life?

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By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • Melissa Prange

    That looks amazing! I need to make something like that for myself. I have to-do list sticky notes and a calendar, but it would definitely be nice to have everything more self-contained like that.

  • I'm a bit of a planner junkie. I've tried everything under the sun. Right now I'm using a Moleskine Turntable planner and I just love it. I've made a promise to myself to finish this one out to the end of 2015 without buying a new planner… it'll be hard but I'm going to try!

  • I use sticky notes too from time to time, mainly for shopping/errand lists when I'm out and about, but this planner has been so helpful overall!! Thank you!

  • I have a bunch of unused planners around my apartment too! I use one or two months religiously….and then I get another one or forget about them completely! So far though, I think using one I made myself is going to cure my habits of buying new ones all the time and never using them! You can do it!! You can make it!! 🙂

  • Taylor Yates

    So cute! I love the idea of making your own planner – it's so much cheaper than the designer ones, and you can add exactly what you want.

  • This looks really pretty and usable. I am thinking about getting a planner too.

  • Wow, great work! I love how you'd rather make one yourself even though it's so much more work than buying one. I think it looks really nice! I'm personally using 2 planners, one for my blog and one for work. 🙂

  • I definitely wanted to customize this to include exactly what I wanted, which was why I loved making my own!

  • Thank you! 🙂

  • It was a bit complicated, setting up all the calendars and what not, but so worth it! I love it! 😀 I have a different section with blog dedicated calendars, so it's all combined, which I love!

  • How cute! I do not have the patience to design my own but I would love to one day… that would be awesome. My sister makes her own planners too. She even makes about 10 other copies for her teacher friends at school! I don't even want to think how much paper that uses! 😀


  • This is so great! You're so organized and top of it! I love the idea of planners, but I end up using them for a week or a month and then forgetting about them. For some reason, sticky notes are generally all I need, but I would like to print that editorial calendar you made!

  • Kay

    Wow, beautiful! I love the design – having everything in one place must be so convenient! I have each of your tabs as a separate notebook/planner haha. All in one would be much more organized!

  • I LOVE your layouts! I'm toying with the idea of making my own, since I can't seem to find the perfect inserts that I'm looking for ><;

  • I'm probably going to make one for my boyfriend as well! He is so busy, I don't know how he manages his time as well as he does!

  • Omg this is amazing. If you ever set up an Etsy shop, let me now because I would totally buy this!

  • I do have an Etsy shop, but I don't have planner pages on it yet….but maybe I should do that! 🙂 Thank you!

  • This looks gorgeous, I love planners and pretty ones are the best ones!

  • sabrina

    please add these to your shop. I would love to purchase for the new year!

  • Thank you!!

  • I will work on getting these up then! I'm glad you like them!! 🙂