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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3 Inexpensive Ways To Store Your Planner Supplies

How do YOU store your planner supplies?  I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite frugal ways-and hope to hear how you do too!

Planning has become such an amazing lifestyle for me.  A hobby that I was once resistant to, planning has become beneficial in so many areas of my life.  I knew that I could find ways to make this new passion enjoyable and affordable.

One of the main reasons for my resistance to becoming a “planner girl” was financial.  I was afraid that loading up on planner goodies was going to put a major dent in my budget.  All of the glittery washi and super cute stickers looked amazing-but expensive!  How could I justify spending money on all this planner goodness and find ways to store it?

Planner Supplies

Friends, like Jenn, helped me to see that all of the yumminess of planners can still be had while on a budget.  Coupons, deals, and discount stores have been game changers.  Oh, and our monthly Planner Squad Facebook group swap led by the rockin’ Sarita has added to the fun!

Once I began to amass a collection of washi tape and free stickers and printables, I recognized the need for some frugal storage and organization options for my beloved planner supplies.  My office is already crammed with homeschool and blog supplies.  I required some fast and frugal thinking to keep my planner mojo going (and my family from being buried under washi, stickers, and clips!).

I have been thrilled to face the challenge of finding deals on gorgeous planner goodies.  I love how much fun it has been to search for deeply discounted washi tape and free stickers.  Browsing through my current craft supplies for items to create planner clips has been relaxing and enjoyable. The search for affordable and adorable planner supplies has given me a chance to exercise my frugality and creativity.

I know that I cannot be alone in needing to watch my budget while still having planner fun.  I plan on sharing more tips and ideas on having an inexpensive approach to planning.  Also, Planner Squad will be sharing sites and shops that provide rockin’ planner supplies at affordable prices.

These three ways to inexpensive planner supply storage are simple yet effective.  You may even have some of the supplies at home, waiting to be converted into planner storage.  If not, you can likely find these items at stores like Walmart or your local dollar store.

Three Inexpensive Ways To Store Planner Supplies

  1.  Binder for Sticker Sheets:  I was in heaven when I discovered that you could find free planner stickers to print!  (Yes, I literally did a happy dance!)  Along with stickers that were gifted to me and my neighborhood Dollar Tree, my sticker collection had grown to quite a size.  I do not, however, have a very good memory for items that I have purchased or received.  I would just finish a spread and think, “Doh!  I totally forgot that I could have used that sticker set!”I dug through my office supplies and came up with this approach.   It has rocked my planner world!  Now, I can see all my pretty stickers and easily find what I need.  (I am super visual so this really works for me!)
    I simply found a 2″ binder and clear page protector sheets.

    Planner Supplies Binder
    Sticker Binder on display. Cover=cardstock plus washi. A few of my favorite sticker sheets.


2.  Clear Tackle Box:  I had some cute stamps that I had collected over the years (dollar bins at Michaels!).  These stamps, as well as the new ones I added to my stash, needed a home.  (Scattered about my home is not a good place for these lovelies!)

While a pleasant jaunt through Walmart (and I say that with all the sarcasm that I can scoop upon that!), I happened upon a fantastic frugal find.  For a mere $2.44, I brought home this awesome clear tackle box (for fishing!) for my stamps, stamp pads, and paper punches.

Planner Supplies box
My planner supplies box-blinged out with my soccer! (Thanks Sarita!)



3.  Paper  Towel Holder:  I needed a way to store my washi yet still have it out to see what I have.  (I had all of it shoved in a box-I shudder at the thought now!)  What could I use to display my washi without it costing a fortune?  A paper towel holder from Dollar Tree!

Planner Supplies paper towel holder washi
My washi out where I can see & easily use!


What are your favorite inexpensive ways to store your planner supplies?  Please leave a comment below with your tips and tricks.

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