Did you know that you can create your own planner? As much as I love purchasing paper planners (Happy Planners are my go-to), sometimes, store-bought planners just don’t have everything you need.
Or, maybe you want to save money by printing your own paper planner at home or you are a digital planner. Or, you want to supplement your current planner with some additional pages.
No matter the reason you’re here, I am here to show you how you can print your own planner.
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How to Create Your Own Planner
To create your own planner, you’ll need some supplies at home and some planner printables. The supplies you need will depend on the planner that you’d like to create (bound, rings, discs, etc. or the thickness of paper, etc).
Don’t worry about the planner printables, I have over 250 freebies here on Mom Envy that I will share links to at the end of this post.
The Supplies Needed to Create your Own Planner
Now, you don’t necessarily need all of these materials. You could use standard copy paper (and print single-sided). But, I do suggest using a heavier paper that will allow you to print double-sided without ghosting/little ghosting.
- Planner Paper (32 lb or thicker)
- Heavier Cardstock for Covers/Dividers
- Sticker Paper – repositionable/removable
- Sticker Paper – permanent/not repositionable
- Laminator (to laminate covers. This one is basic and will work but if you want to spend a little extra, I have this laminator and it’s amazing).
- Some sort of binding material – this could be an inexpensive plastic binder, binder cover, rings, discs, etc. Pick whatever binding style works best for you.
- HP Printer with Instant Ink
Doesn’t Ink Get Expensive?
Ink doesn’t have to be expensive. WHAT?? I know – I sound crazy, don’t I? But, with the HP Ink Program, you don’t have to worry about the high costs of ink. Read more about my experience with the HP Ink Program and why I suggest it for crafters and planner lovers!
The Parts of a Planner
You can add anything you’d like to a planner. But, here are the basic components of a yearly planner.
Want to see how I set up a planner? Click here to see how I print and set up my Adulting Planner.
Basic Planner Layout
- Planner dividers (one per month)
- Year-at-a-Glance Calendars
- Monthly Calendars (single or 2 page-spread)
- Weekly planner pages
- Daily planner (not necessary but some people enjoy them)
Additional Pages to Add
- Currently page
- Habit tracker + Mood Trackers
- Budgeting pages
- Fitness pages
- Cleaning/housework pages
- Note pages
- …and so much more!
Free Planner Printables from Mom Envy
With over 250 free planner printables, I have everything here on Mom Envy that you could possibly need to create your own planner.
Calendars at a Glance
Monthly Calendar Pages
Download this free currently to add to your planner. It's one of my favorite planner pages.
Weekly Planner Pages
Habit & Mood Trackers
Goal Trackers & Goal Setting
Extra Planner Inserts
Parenting & School Planner Inserts
House & Home Decor Inserts
Favorite Planner Blogs
Even though I make my own printables, there are plenty of planner blogs that I love to use to get printables for my own planner! Here are a few of my favorite planner blogs:
- Lovely Planner
- Victoria Thatcher
- My Life Planners
- The Cottage Market
- Paper Trail Design
- Home Printables
- CDP Planner Prints
Tuesday 28th of September 2021
Just wanted to say thank you- not just for access to your free planner inserts and printable but also for blog/site recommendations (including product recommendations too) for other content creators. I wish to quickly tell you my story as to why I am saying a very huge “THANK YOU” to you. I happened to be in a second hand shop and noticed a printer for $5 dollars; prints color and & w. It was an H P and less than a year old and the type you’d purchase with small business use in mind. I figured if it didn’t work I’m only out 5 bucks, however, the ink was astronomical in price compared to my minimal investment, so I decided to think on it and go through my e- mails with the extra free time I had. I happened to read one of your e-mails and seen the ad for HP ink program so I checked it out and the rest is history! I have used 3 shipments worth of ink so far for my $5 printer that is an absolute work horse in printing all my papers. I have. Spent less in the hp program in the past several months than I’d have paid for one cartridge of black ink. Thank you! Terri