January 5, 2015

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures (A Tiny Tutorial)

Simple Planner Tutorial
Fact: I live by this utilitarian planner.
Fact: I've learned a lesson. Don't procrastinate. 

Sadly, said planner has been ordered since mid December and it may not come until mid February. Apparently my favorite planner is everyone else's favorite planner. And they don't procrastinate. Clearly, I had to take measures into my own hands.

A Simple Planner DIY
(feebly copycatting favorite features of my regular planner)

You'll need:
8.5 x 11 Kraft Paper
Several sheets of 8.5 x 11 copy paper
Awl or nail
Waxed linen or twine
Double sided tape

Simple Planner Tutorial
1) With the kraft paper on the outside, fold the paper in half.
2) Poke 6 holes in the middle as shown (2 top, 2 middle, 2 bottom)

Simple Planner Tutorial
3) Thread linen through each set of holes, inside to outside. Knot then trim.

Simple Planner Tutorial
4) If desired, print a full month blank calendar, fold in half.
5) Tape inside the first page so that it can be unfolded.
(I used this calendar source)

Simple Planner Tutorial
6) Print a weekly blank planner. (I used this source)
7) Tape to the left side of the following page, leaving the right side for notes.
Continue doing this to complete a month (or whatever your prefer)

Simple Planner Tutorial
8) I taped an envelope to the inside back for additional notes, receipts, etc.

DIY Simple Weekly Planner
There you have it! My simple, "Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures" weekly planner.
I no longer run amok.

How do you manage life? Are you as dependent as I am?
If so, what's your favorite planner?


  1. This turned out great, Lori, and I actually think I would like it better than a purchased one.
    I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and I wish you a bright and beautiful New Year.

    1. Thanks, Lisa. I am very tempted to cancel my order and work with this. I could learn a little more about book binding and create a quarterly planner if I'm feeling extra ambitious. :)

  2. I love that simple planner, looks great. I didn't used to have a diary until I started my degree, then I found that I was so busy and I had so many deadlines (plus the addition of a Nephew and Niece, more birthdays to remember), that I really found it useful. I opted for a refillable one, which has butterflies on the covers, so I just buy the inserts every year. I've had it for about 5 years now and I don't think I could do without it, I would be reeking havoc otherwise ;-)

  3. Great post. I love your version too! Also-thanks for introducing me to "Scattered Squirrel." I live by my planner too but it is an odd calendar mash-up which I have on a clip board. I have my daily sheet printed from Microsoft Office. Behind that is a week view, also printed from Microsoft Office. Then I have three monthly sheets printed from my iMAC calendar. Behind that is a 12-month view and behind that is a list of birthdays for the whole year.


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