There are so many different ways to incorporate a Birthday/Occasions Reminder into your planner the list is almost endless and, even in its most basic form, can be adapted to any planning style or any planner size! This post will help you with setting up a Birthday/Occasions Reminder in several different ways.
The first way is probably the most basic and one I have used previously – the pull out Year Calendar
You can purchase this kind of calendar from Filofax online or some stores that carry the Filofax line of inserts. I really like the ease of use with this style of insert for the purpose of Occasion Reminder, you can see the whole year at a glance and see when certain events fall. The downfall of this for me was that once it was filled in, unless I had something else to add it wasn’t something I was checking on a day to day/week to week basis.
You can use sheets of paper titled with the month, dates listed in a margin and then write in the occasions you want, if you leave the pages without a year on them they can be carried from one year to the next. Month on a page inserts would be perfect for this if you decided that you would rather purchase than make inserts! These could then be placed in its own section in your planner or at the start of each new month in your planner.
I really like the idea of having a monthly overview at the start of the month so you can see in detail what is happening that month and be prepared for the days ahead. I am currently using these dividers in my Filofax to separate out the months and write down all my Occasions on. The dividers are set so that the beginning part of January is on one divider, the second part is on the second divider which has part of February on the reverse, the second part of February has the first part of march on it etc…and it is the only thing I think I would probably change – I’d have half of Jan n the front of the first divider and the remaining part on the reverse etc, so that each month is on one divider rather than 2. But, that aside, this system is working for me so far!
I have seen other monthly view dividers, from gridded layouts (like in the Happy Planner) to laminated designs, if you have a search on instagram (#montlyoverview is a good starting point) you will find lots of inspiration!
What sort of Occasions Reminder will you be using?
Today on Planner Makes I am going to talk you through making your own dividers for your planner. I know what you are thinking, its the same thing I had running through my mind before I made my own… “this is going to be hard” or “where do I start?” and then “ok, whats the easiest way to do this?”… Read on and I’ll go through it all step by step with you but first I’ll show you the dividers that I made and have been using since December.
So, these dividers are double sided so I can flip them over if I fancy it and use co-ordinating scrap book paper that I bought a while ago, I believe it was Dovecraft’s Back to Basics Paper Stack from Hobbycraft (but I don’t have the sleeve for the paper anymore and only about 2 sheets left…). These dividers have been laminated to make them a bit tougher and are used daily in my personal sized Filofax Malden.
What you will need to make your own dividers…
- Cute paper (I used scrap book paper but you could use wrapping paper or wallpaper, any paper that takes your fancy)
- Old dividers
- Laminator (optional)
- Hole Punch
- Lay out your paper face down onto a flat surface and then place your old dividers on top , making sure all the tabs are in the right place (for double sided dividers this does not matter so much, but for one sided then it can be useful to make sure all the tabs are in alignment then mark them so you know which way up they need to face.)
- Mark around the old dividers onto the paper with a pencil, it may be useful to use a ruler to make sure the lines are straight.
- Once you have got the outline for all dividers drawn out you can then cut around the new dividers or use a guillotine to get most of the straight edges cut. You will need to use scissors to cut around the tabs.
- Now that the dividers are all cut out you can either run these through a laminator then re cut with a bit of a border around the plastic or you can just hole punch the new dividers and add them to your planner.
If you want to make double sided dividers then you will need to re-visit step one but turn all of the old dividers over before tracing the shape out onto new paper, so that you have a mirror image of each, new, divider. You will then want to attach the mirror images together with glue or double sided tape before laminating and finally hole punching.
Variations that you could incorporate are using different shapes for the tabs (like parts of circles – punch out or cut some circle shapes from different patterned or colored card) and overlay the shape on to the tabs so the shape just covers the original tabs before fixing down and laminating. You could personalize the dividers with letters or pictures, photos or artwork, glitter, stamps or material….the list is almost never ending!
Have you made your own dividers? What did you choose to make them more personal to you/your planner?
Dividers are an easy way to keep track of the contents of your planner and section them out from each other, making things easier to find, and using your planner a lot easier.
Most new planners come with a set of inserts, Filofax and Paperchase both include the current years diary, notepaper and an a-z phone section among others along with a set of dividers, sometimes they are labelled for each section and other times they are blank. The blank ones give you better placement options for your sections, what sections you use and how you want them to be labelled.
The other thing, aside from the practical aspect, that I like about dividers is that switching them about and using either pre-made or making your own style dividers is one of the easiest ways to personalize and really make your planner your own. There are lots of people over on etsy that make dividers for all sorts of planners, from Filofax to Kiki K, to Happy Planner, the easiest way to find what you are looking for is to be specific in your search terms, for example, if I was browsing etsy for dividers for my planner I would search “filofax personal sized dividers” which will bring up so many search results, the trick now is to narrow down your search field by, for example adding “glitter” or “rainbow” or “cartoon” between the words “sized” and “dividers”. Knowing the broad terms for the style you are looking for really helps.
Alternatively, you could make your own, which I will be showing you in my Planner Makes series on Monday 20th February!
What dividers do you use and what categories do they mark in your planner?
I wish someone had told me, way back when I first had a planner, that you could customize and personalize it and really make it your own. In high school I had a green and tan Collins binder system that could have done with something to make it feel properly like mine. Back then, and probably for much of my time in a planner, I have not really thought any more of personalizing it than writing my details onto the information sheet and placing it behind the clear plastic fly leaf.
I was the sort of girl who would buy her diary inserts off the shelf and just use them to write everyday things down on, I would use the dividers that came with the binder until they fell apart then go and buy more and I would write in what ever color pen was available.
Roll forward a few years and I have personalized my planner to perfection – well, perfect for me!
This series will give you hints and tips, things to try, and other ways of personalizing your planner to match your style and personality.
The first of this series will be posted on 13th February so come back then to see how you can personalize yours!