How to Add Multiple Inserts to Your Travelers Notebook

Travelers notebooks are one of my very favorite things in this whole entire world. Probably because I know I can customize it to fit my exact needs. If I have something I need to plan, I can just make a new insert for it!

As of now, I have a total of 8 inserts and there is more that I know I need to add in the future. I even use it as my wallet! (I’ll share more about that later.)

Wait, what? Is it possible to fit more than two inserts inside your traveler’s notebook? Yes! it is!

How to Add Multiple Inserts to Your Travelers Notebook

I know there are many seasoned planner girls out there who already know this, but I know there are a lot of new planner people out there who are just getting to know their traveler’s notebook.

Sometimes in my Etsy shop, I sell my own version of the traveler’s notebook (also known as the “FunkyDori”). Often times with my custom orders I would get asked how to add more than one notebook to a single elastic band.

Today, I’m going to show you how!

If you are not familiar with what a travelers notebook is, I recommend you check out this post.

How to Add Multiple Inserts to Your Travelers Notebook

Most standard travelers notebooks come with two elastic bands on the inside. What many don’t understand is how to hold 3 (or even 5) inserts on each bandThe trick is in an extra elastic band!

Step 1. First, you will need your travelers notebook (with one of the attached elastic bands free), three separate inserts, and an additional elastic band. You could use a standard rubber band, or buy some elastic from your local craft store (I bought mine at Walmart even).


Step 2. Decide which of the three inserts you would like to be in the middle. Open that insert to the middle, and wrap the elastic band (the one attached to your traveler’s notebook) around the inside of the insert.


Step 3. Open your second insert to the middle, and wrap the unattached elastic band (or rubber band) around it. When the insert is closed, the elastic band will wrap around the middle of the insert and its outer spine.

Step 4: Open the third insert and again you will wrap the elastic band around the middle, but this time you will use the elastic band that is already attached to the 2nd insert. When you are finished, both inserts will lay side by side when closed, spine to spine, but will be joined together by the elastic band.


Step 5. Wrap the band with the two joining inserts around the main insert already attached to the traveler’s notebook. The main insert will slide right in between the other two booklets.


You should now have three inserts attached to one elastic band within your traveler’s notebook!

For those of you like me who need to see it so you can understand it, I created a video tutorial for you to watch below.

Are you a travelers notebook junkie like me? I want to see how you use it! Share a photo with us by tagging @plannersquad on Instagram (and don’t forget to use #plannersquad!). I can’t wait to see them!

Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

Use Cardstock in Your Planner with these 5 Easy Ways!

I love figuring out new ways to use my planners and planning supplies, like how to use cardstock in your planner. There are just so many tempting good deals on planner goodies that I have a tendency to get a wee bit obsessed when adorable materials are on sale.

Please tell me you know this type of planner girl fever.

Cardstock in your planner is such fun! Check out these 5 awesome ways that you can rock your planner with cardstock.

How can you use cardstock in your planner?

When you walk into a store that sells planning goodies and you armed with coupons or see those beautiful sale signs, you get a bit feverish.  And excited.  Like wanting to turn cartwheels in the aisle and do a little yodel.  

Okay, you might not be quite as weird as me, but the thrill is real!

Sometimes, planning supplies that you have been eyeballing for a while are reduced in price to make it worth your while. Other times, you happen upon a glorious new planning gem and it’s like you want to sing to the rooftops!

Ladies, these feelings are real.  They are genuine.  And these feelings are what I go through whenever I discover a new pad of gorgeous cardstock.

Feel free to insert whatever planning material that you are slightly obsessed with.  These feelings are not restricted to just cardstock!

I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would amass the collection that I have today.  And the collection continues to grow!  I mean, when you walk into the store and find anywhere from 24 to 36 pages of beauty staring up at you and waiting to come home so you can use them to prettify your planner, how can you say no?

There are so many fabulous ways to use cardstock in your planners!

Now, you may own more or less of cardstock.  That’s cool. There’s no need for cardstock comparison or jealousy. There is definitely enough cardstock to go around, my planner friend!

Then, you get home. You wonder what you are actually going to do with it.  In the store, it looked so pretty and needed you. And you needed it. But, then what?

Don’t just let your pretty cardstock sit there, alone and unused!

5 Easy Ways to Use Cardstock in Your Planner

1. Dashboards

Dashboards are super easy to make using cardstock.  With the right type of punch for your planner, you can easily create decorative dashboards.  Use a ruler to size your paper to fit properly in your planner.  A paper trimmer can be useful to help you cut straight lines.  Or a nice pair of scissors will do.

When you have your dashboard cut to size, punch and insert into your planner.

Use cardstock for interesting dashboards in your planners.
Cardstock on cardstock ūüôā

2.  DIY Washi  Tape

Have you seen all that gorgeous washi tape out there?  Oh my stars!

If you can’t afford to have all the washi tape of your dreams, you can make your own!  Use a paper trimmer to correctly size and cut whatever cardstock you have on hand in place of washi tape.  A glue stick or glue dots can be used to adhere your DIY washi tape into place.

You can use cardstock for DIY washi tape!


Make your own washi tape using card stock! Great for themed planner layouts!

3.  DIY Inserts

Planner inserts are one of my most favorite planner add-ons ever!  These cute little babies can help you truly customize your planner.

Simply take a piece of your favorite cardstock.  Measure and cut to size.  Punch.  Decorate with stickers and stamps.  Use your favorite pens to jot down to-do lists, chores, errands, meal plans, and more!

4.  DIY Stickers

Have you ever seen some of the special pages in your cardstock pad collections?  Oooh!  They are so purty!

Choose a pack of cardstock for a beautiful planner layout theme.

Cut those sweet things out & glue them in as stickers!  Or use a decorative punch to make some super cute DIY stickers for use as decoration or functional purposes.

You can use a decorate paper punch to make DIY stickers out of cardstock.

Great way to repurpose cardstock trimmings.

Don't throw away cardstock trimmings! Use them to make DIY planner stickers!

5.  Pretty Planner Envelopes

You can make your own pretty planner envelopes out of cardstock.  They look so adorable and they really aren’t that hard to make.  With just a few materials and a bit of time, you can use up some of your cardstock stash for functional AND pretty planner envelopes!

Make some pretty envelopes for your planners to increase storage options.

What are some creative ways that YOU like to use cardstock in your planner?  Share your ideas in the comments below ūüôā

Free Tie-Dye Printable for Your Classic Happy Planner

Looking for a great way to rock your regular-sized Happy Planner?  Get these free tie-dye printable stickers that will help you channel your inner peace child (or at least have a super cool looking layout!)

Isn’t it fun finding new ways to decorate your Happy Planner weekly layouts? ¬†The possibilities seem endless. And what makes it even better is when you can find awesome printable stickers for FREE!

Save your money for great planner accessories like planner bags and pens!

Want to add a bit of tie dye to your next weekly happy planner spread? Planner Squad has got you covered! For more planner printables visit

To help us all create a gorgeous weekly layout in our regular-sized (Classic) Happy Planner (HP), Jenn made these fabulous tie-dye printable stickers.  The colors are amazing and make you feel at peace just looking at them.

Free Tie-Dye Printable for Your Happy Planner

This free tie-dye printable sticker set contains both pretty and functional stickers.  You will have sticker reminders for:

  • meal planning for the week
  • hydration tracker
  • to do
  • things to buy
  • little things
  • errands to run

You will also get bonus layout components of washi tape-like strips and completion stickers (“X” and checkmark).

Free printable stickers can be an easy way to decorate your planner and help you make sure you accomplish all that you need to get done in a week.

Tie Dye Weekly Preview Classic Happy Planner FREE Printable

To get your free tie-dye printable stickers for your Happy Planner, you must first make sure you are subscribed for Planner Squad emails.  Once subscribed, you will instantly become a Squadette and receive access to all our subscriber freebies.

CLICK HERE or on the image below to go to Planner Squad’s free printables page and subscribe. ¬†You will receive an email with your super secret password that lets you unlock the vault of all of our planner freebies.

Get free planner printables at Planner Squad. Subscribers get awesome planner inserts, stickers, & more-like these July monthly layouts for Happy Planner.

We would love to see pictures of your Happy Planner with these free tie-dye printable stickers. ¬†Tag us @plannersquad and show us your happy planning ūüôā


How to Make Pretty Envelopes for Your Planner

Need a great way to have extra storage in your planner? Check out this DIY tutorial on how to make pretty envelopes for your planners.


Do you need a great way to store and organize receipts and small notes in your planner?

Want a way to boost the use of your planner by making it more functional yet maintain its pretty?

Find out how to make pretty envelopes for your planner!  Super easy DIY project that you can do with only a few materials, a bit of time, and have creative fun.


What You Will Need to Make Pretty Envelopes for Your Planner:

1. ¬†12 x 12″ Cardstock

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2.  Scissors

3.  Washi tape (or regular tape)

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4.  Glue stick

5.  Marker (optional)

6.  Paper clip (optional)


Steps to Make Your Pretty Envelopes

You can make your own pretty envelopes for your planner out of cardstock & a few other materials.

  1. ¬†Select the 12 x 12″ cardstock that you would like to use for your pretty planner envelope.


It's easy to make pretty envelopes for your planners!

2. ¬†Use a 6 x 9″ mailing envelope as a template.


You only need a few materials to make pretty envelopes for your planners!

3.  Gently open up mailing envelope at its seams and lay out on cardstock.


Check out this step-by-step tutorial on how to make pretty envelopes for your planners.

4.  Use a pencil to lightly trace the template onto cardstock.


Pretty envelopes for your planners are super simple to make & enjoy.

5.  Cut on traced lines.  Save those paper trimmings!  You can use those pieces in creative ways in your planners!


Have fun making your own pretty envelopes for your planners!

6.  Optional:  Draw light lines on cardstock where you plan to fold.


Get step-by-step directions & pictures on how to make your own pretty envelopes for planning.

7.  Fold cardstock along seams (two vertical on sides and one seam on bottom).  Use a ruler (or other straight surface) to press the seam and flatten.


Making your own pretty envelopes for your planners is fun!

8.  Use ruler again to make sure seams are flat.


Easily make pretty envelopes for your planners with this tutorial.

9.  Use a glue stick to apply a thin line of glue to outer edge of one vertical side.  Overlap the other side and press to adhere.


Pretty envelopes are fantastic additions to your planners.

10.  Use glue stick on bottom seam of the envelope.  Fold bottom side up and press to adhere.


You only need a few materials to make pretty envelopes for your planners.

11.  To make your envelope even prettier, use a few pieces of washi tape to reinforce the seams.


Make some pretty envelopes for your planners to increase storage options.

12.  Fold the top side down.  You can use a piece of washi tape to keep envelope shut.

Pretty envelopes are awesome for your planners & easy to make!

13.  A paper clip can also be a great way to secure your pretty planner envelope.


You can easily make pretty envelopes to enjoy in your planners.

14.  Use a punch appropriate for your planner to place holes in the envelope on the side (or bottom).  (Shown:  my A5 Carpe Diem, Stella, with Recollections punch.  Yes, I name my planners.  They are like good friends.)


And there you have it!  Rinse and repeat for as many pretty planner envelopes as you like! You can even make these envelopes to use outside of your planners.  The possibilities are endless!

How will you use your DIY pretty planner envelopes?

5 Affordable Planner Bags for Planner Girls on a Budget

If there’s one thing all of us planner girls can understand and agree on, it’s that we love to bring our planners with us wherever we go. Not just our planners though. We need our favorite planner decorating essentials too, right?

Sometimes our standard purses aren’t enough to hold all of our planner goodies, so we need a good, reliable planner bag to get the job done.

Are you looking for a planner bag that is affordable and will fit your budget? Here's 5 to choose from! For more posts about planning visit

5 Affordable Planner Bags for Planner Girls on a Budget

A while back we shared a post about some amazing planner bags that many planner girls out in the world of planning recommend. Unfortunately, though, most of these bags were top of the line. Because of that, they were pricey!

We’ve had a lot of requests for a planner bag that’s more budget friendly, but would still be perfect for bringing your planner and decorating essentials on the go. Today, we’re delivering!

Check out this list of five totally affordable and budget-friendly planner bags for planner girls on a budget!

Craftsman 12 in. Tool Totes

This super cute Craftsman Tool Tote¬†pictured below was not originally designed with the planner girl in mind, but don’t let that stop you! Sometimes the best planner tools and supplies can be found when thinking outside the box!

The dimensions of this tote measures 12 x 11 x 19.5 inches, which gives plenty of room for a planner (or 6, let’s be real here). There are also plenty of loops (16 actually) that are perfect for holding pens, markers, scissors – you name it.

You can leave your ruler at home though because this tool caddy has a metal tape measure clip attached to one end. Perfect!

Not a fan of pink? No worries Рwe found this one in a couple other color options as well!

The price on this one last we checked ran for $21.99 and included free shipping. Totally affordable!

 Craftsman 12 in. Tool Totes РPink

Personalized Fashion Organizing Tote Bag

The Personalized Fashion Organizing Tote Bag is very similar to the Craftsman tote with its outside pockets, but this bag is not as heavy-duty. It also does not have any storage loops on the inside, but with plenty of outside pockets (there’s 12 total!), it’s still just fine for storing your planning supplies.

The dimensions of this bag measure out to be 10 x 8 x 8 inches so you should have no problem stuffing the main compartment with all of your planners and stickers!

Perhaps my favorite part of this bag though is the wide variety of colors and styles available and you can get it personalized!

This tote is priced at only $10.95 and Prime friendly (personalization is more and makes it no longer eligible for Prime).

 Personalized Fashion Organizing Tote Bag Р12 Outside Pockets 10

Portable Hanging Toiletry Bag

With the Portable Hanging Toiletry Bag, you will be kicking all of your toiletries out so your planner goodies can move in!

This hanging bag measures at 9.45″ long, 7.87″ wide, and 3.74″ high and comes in two different feminine prints and colors. It’s made with a water-resistant fabric to help further protect your planner goodies from moisture.

The inside has multiple compartments that are the perfect sizes for storing washi, pens, markers, clips, and even stickers. The double hook makes it possible to hang the bag wherever it’s convenient and will keep your planner supplies held upright so they won’t fall out.

The price on this beauty? Only $11.99 and Prime friendly!

 Ac.y.c Portable Hanging Toiletry Bag/ Portable Travel Organizer Cosmetic Bag for Women Makeup or Men Shaving Kit with Hanging Hook for vacation (Blue Flower)

Go Beyond Makeup Organizer Bag

The Go Beyond Makeup Organizer Bag is made out of a durable polyester, so this bag is made to last! It has 13 compartments so you will be able to find plenty of places to cram full of all the washi and pens you would ever need.

Measuring at 11.6 x 6.8 x 3.6 inches, this bag is plenty big enough to store all of your essentials. If your purse is big enough, you could probably stick this organizer right inside!

You can grab the Go Beyond Makeup Organizer Bag in multiple colors (and even in 3-packs!) starting at only $7.95 (and yes, Prime friendly!).

 Go Beyond (TM) Makeup Organizer Bag , Travel Compartment Handbag with 13 Inserts holder, Best for Coupon and make up accessories Large Liner Organizing Tote Purse with hanging handle (Black)

Pursetti Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote Bag

The last, but certainly not the least bag on today’s list is the Pursetti Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote Bag. This bag measures at a perfect size of¬†14.5″ L x 6.5″ W x 10.75″ H, so it’s not too big, and not too small.

It’s durable polyester makes it lightweight¬†and easy to clean with a damp cloth. It zips closed so nothing will fall out if knocked over.¬†

Store all of your planner goodies in its 6 pleated, and 2 mesh pockets along the outside of the bag. Inside of the bag, you’ll find an additional 5 pockets for storage. This bag will hold a ton!

There are 3 different colors/styles to choose from. While this choice is on the more expensive side of today’s list, it’s still totally affordable at only $29.97 (current sale price) and again, Prime friendly!

 Pursetti Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote Bag with Multiple Exterior & Interior Pockets for Working Women, Nurses, Teachers and Soccer Moms (Purple Circle)

What do you think of our list? Do you have a planner bag that you’d recommend we add to the list? If so we’d love for you to share your recommendations in the comments below!

Or, tag us in a photo of your planner bag on Instagram!