Free Printable Planner Note Pad

This free printable + tutorial is such fun! DIY planner note pad-great way to get organized & beautify your planners.

Hello Squadettes, I am back on the blog today with something a little different. Today’s printable is this free printable Planner Note Pad.  I am going to walk you through step by step to show you how to make it so you can use this in your planner.

What you will need to make this free planner note pad…

First off, lets talk about the supplies you will need to make this free planner note pad. The supplies are pretty basic but if you don’t have some supplies on hand, I will list some alternatives supplies you can use.This free printable + tutorial is such fun! DIY planner note pad-great way to get organized & beautify your planners.

 

  • 20 printed copies of the free printable note pad (the link for the download is at the bottom of this post)
  • Bone folder (you can also use an old credit card)
  • A pencil or something you can use to mark out measurements
  • Ruler for measuring
  • A craft knife for trimming the free printable note pad down to size (alternatively you can use scissors)
  • 2 x thick card to make the back of the note pad (A5 = 5.8 cms wide by 18.7 cms in height. Personal size = 6.8 cms wide by 15.5 cms in height)
  • 1 x coloured or patterned card stock (optional) (A5 = 17 cms wide by 21 cms in height. Personal size = 19 cms wide by 17.2 cms in height)
  • PVA glue
  • Hole punch (optional)

How To Make The Planner Note Pad

If you want to make your planner note pad look the same as pictured above, follow the instructions below. Measurements will vary depending on whether you are using the personal sized version or A5 size of of the free printable planner pad. The measurements for both personal size and A5 are noted above. The measurements can be changed according to your needs and, of course, you can choose to do something completely different.  Feel free to be as creative as you like with this project!

1. Start by measuring and cutting your coloured card stock and thick card stock in accordance with measurements noted above. This will form the base of the planner note pad. The coloured card is folded in half and creased using a bone folder.

This free printable + tutorial is such fun! DIY planner note pad-great way to get organized & beautify your planners.

 

2. Next, print and cut the free printable planner note pad using the link below and cut them down to size using a ruler a craft knife.

This free printable + tutorial is such fun! DIY planner note pad-great way to get organized & beautify your planners.

 

3. Place each of the two planner note pads to the thick card stock making sure all the edges are flush and keep them together using two bulldog clips per planner note pad.

This free printable + tutorial is such fun! DIY planner note pad-great way to get organized & beautify your planners.

 

TIP: Place the bulldog clips as close to the top as possible as this will help the glue bonding process and ensure the papers stick together.

This free printable + tutorial is such fun! DIY planner note pad-great way to get organized & beautify your planners.

 

4. Apply a coat of PVA to the top rim of each planner note pad. This will keep the planner note pads together and create the gummy glue that you find on note books that you purchase from stationery store. Once glue has been applied, leave both planner note pads to dry thoroughly.

TIP: Don’t be afraid to be generous with the glue at this point. You do not want your planner note pad paper breaking away too easily.

This free printable + tutorial is such fun! DIY planner note pad-great way to get organized & beautify your planners.

 

5. Once the planner note pads are dry, attach them to the coloured card stock base. I used double sided tape for this part of the process but you could also use glue. Remember to hole punch the coloured card stock so you can place it inside your planner.

TIP: I suggest hole punching the colour card stock before attaching the planner note pads. Remember to keep the coloured card stock folded a you hole punch them to ensure both parts are hole punched. Hole punching the coloured card stock first will help you ensure the placement of the planner note pads is correct as you attach them. Attach the desired planner note pad to the front of the coloured card stock.

This free printable + tutorial is such fun! DIY planner note pad-great way to get organized & beautify your planners.

 

6. Attach the second planner note pad to the reverse of the coloured card stock and place it in your planner.

This free printable + tutorial is such fun! DIY planner note pad-great way to get organized & beautify your planners.

 

And, there you have it….

Your very own DIY planner note pad! You can place this at the front of your planner to use when needed. If you use the standard week on two pages and you find you have no where to jot down random thoughts or non-date specific tasks, then you could place this in-between your current week and use it at will.

Free Printable Planner Note Pad

This free printable planner note pad comes in personal size and A5. Both print files are designed to be printed on to A5 or A4 paper. This free printable planner note pad is not designed to be printed duplex. It is a one sided planner note pad.

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Creating DIY Planner Kit From Your Own Stash!

DIY Planner Kit

Creating Kits

The craft room is beginning to resemble a craft store; the credit card is maxed out and the kid’s college fund has been (ahem!) wisely invested in a collection of Maldens. So, why is it, that when we spot a new ‘Planner Kit’ we can’t help but want it? Need it?

Convenience. Having a planner kit delivered each and every month takes the ‘hard work’ out of planning – everything that’s needed to personalise a planner; create a monthly spread or decorate ‘for the season’ is there, in a handy little box, ready and waiting to be used. It’s also really easy to throw a planner kit into a tote bag for that all important scrapbook club or planner meet.

Excitement. There is something amazing about knowing that there’s some happy mail waiting at home – and this is only exacerbated if the kit hasn’t been ‘revealed’ in full before it’s sent out to subscribers. Sneaks of kit contents and waiting for it’s arrival all add to the anticipation.

But what if we could emulate the convenience of a kit club and become excited all over again about the stash that we already have? And all without splashing out any extra cash?

I know that it’s tempting, especially when the ENTIRE WORLD seems to be sharing their haul. Believe me, I have been tempted to subscribe to some of the very lovely kit clubs that are out there. But there’s something stops me every time I think about it – and that’s the fact that I know there will be something in almost every kit that I won’t want/use; and that there will, usually, be a kit during the subscription period that I absolutely loathe. Not everyone likes unicorns. I know, it’s shocking, right? 🙂

So, instead of signing myself up for a subscription kit, I create my own kits by ‘shopping my stash’ and not only do I save myself a substantial amount of money, but I also end up with a kit full of stuff that I chose to spend my money on!

And, I want to show you how easy it is to do!


Make A Start ­

One of the easiest ways to start creating a kit is to have some inspiration in mind. You could choose a colour combination, a theme or an inspiration kit to emulate. As a member of the Design Team for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge, I’ll usually be working with a ‘kit to counterfeit’ and I’ll make a note of anything in the original kit that inspires me – like the colours, patterns, words, themes or embellishments – then find items from my own stash that remind me of those elements.

When I’m creating my own kits, I’ll usually start by deciding what I want to make with it and I find that having a project in mind will help me to narrow down my choices a little. Working in my Color Crush means that I tend to favour softer colour combinations and more feminine touches, like florals, fabrics and cute embellishments. But when I’m working in my Black A5 ‘Business’ Filofax, I tend to work with a more vibrant selection of colours. Maybe that’s in the hope that I’ll stay awake while I’m working on my business taxes!?


Find A Foundation ­

Clearing out the craft room last week, I found a cute little A6 binder that I had completely forgotten about. (Confession, I can’t even remember buying it. Um. Yeah. See? This is another benefit of creating kits. You uncover all sorts of things that are creating clutter, collecting dust, and would otherwise be a waste of cash!)

 

DIY Planner Kits

I’ve been meaning to start a little blog binder – somewhere to keep a little blog schedule; organise new ideas and check off deadlines – and the small size of the binder means that it will be easy to keep in my handbag so that I can make the most of my commute.


Add In Some Colour ­

Now, what’s next? Well, there’s not much inside the binder – a few transparent dividers and an inside pocket – it’s ripe for a little development. Knowing that I want to add new dividers means that I’ll need some nice colourful cardstock and the small size of the folder means that I have the choice of using a smaller size, like 6×6 or A5. It’s like the choices are starting to make themselves!

DIY Planner Kits
First Selection

 

Heading to my little selection of 6×6, I whittled them down to seven that were entirely monochrome on one side. Then I turned them over to check the colours on the other side of the sheet (it’s important to bear this in mind, if both sides will be on display) and then selected four that worked well with each other – more monochrome, red and a little touch of metallics. You can see that I removed the multi­coloured sheets that were a little more ‘neon’ – and this made the selection a little more cohesive.

DIY Planner Kits
Second Selection

 

I then went back to my stack of 6×6 and found a few more sheets with red, metallics and one small little accent of aqua to add to my selection. I ended up with seven sheets in total – and a colour combination to work with!

DIY Planner Kits
Final Selection

 

Embellish ­

Still with me? Oh excellent, because now it’s the fun bit! Anyone want to join me in dive­bombing their embellishment stash? Using the colours of my cardstock as a basis, I added alphas from Simple Stories and My Mind’s Eye; craft tape from Paperchase and DoCrafts; and a stack of index cards from WH Smith. (They are a perfect fit for the little binder – result!)

DIY Planner Kit
DIY Planner Kit

Last, but not least there’s an eclectic, little mix of buttons, stickers, charms, paperclips and sparkly stones – and a massive stack of ‘hand­stamped, hand­cut’ embellishments that are my cost- cutting alternative to die­cuts. (I’ll be sharing how I make those in another instalment, so keep coming back.)

Now that the planner kit is complete, treat it like a planner kit that would have been worthy of some cash – because, let’s face it, every item in it has been bought already. Sit back and admire it for a little while, then enjoy working with it until it’s all used or it’s time to move on – with the added benefit that there’s no need to feel guilty if there’s something leftover!


Need Extra Inspiration?

I’m hoping that I’ve inspired you to try creating your own kit, but if you need a little extra inspiration head on over to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge where we share a new ‘kit to counterfeit’ each month.

 

 

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