There are so many different ways to personalize your planner but one of the easiest ways to make it truly yours is to start by personalizing the pages that you will probably use most – your diary inserts. It doesn’t matter which format you use or what size but there is something nice about putting your own mark onto your pages. There are lots of different ways of making the pages truly yours form doodling around the edges, color coding your notes, functional stickers to mark bin days and household routines to full blown weekly sticker kits, washi edges or delicate calligraphic writing, the choice (as they say) is yours.
I started out decorating my pages a few years ago, at the time I was using day to a page format in my Personal Pink Filofax Classic, with a washi strip at the top and bottom of the pages, using the same washi for each day of that week before changing to a different washi the following week. I made the mistake of decorating all the pages like this for the year in pretty much one sitting so I didn’t really have anything to think about or look forward to week to week decorating wise. I then switched to an A5 Paperchase planner which had week on 2 pages inserts that I started to decorate with stickers and washi, I loved the space and the format but the planner was a little too big to lug around daily in all honesty.
Now I am in a personal sized Kingfisher Blue Filofax Malden and using WO2P inserts again. I decided to use weekly kits to decorate for this year and have so far loved each week in my planner. I decorate my pages on a Sunday and share the images to my Instagram (@plannermontannah). I find decorating for the week ahead to be really therapeutic and it gives me something to look forward to each week, and there is something really nice about looking through your weeks and seeing how each one changes and differs.
Some planner girls to check out and their pages can be found in the links below –
DIYFish (painting and drawing on pages)
Micah (colour coding)
Megan Dearing (calligraphy and lettering)
Alina (washi and stickers)
Have you personalised your diary pages? If so how?
I run a shop over on Etsy selling planner charms that I make. I started the shop back in November and have decided that part of my new blog series will be “Shop Additions” where I can showcase what I’m making for my shop and things that are finished and will soon be for sale. I thought this would give you guys a chance to see behind the scenes, see items before anyone else and get to tell me your thoughts!
So without further ado, this is what I have been up to …
This is how my equipment and pieces looked last night, I seem to work best when I can see the things that inspire me and have some kind of thought process into what I am making – I need all the “ingredients” on display!
These are finished items. They are heart shaped lockets that are decorated to look like Angel Wings are wrapped around them. I will be stocking all 3 of these in my shop. They are decorated with different colored stars.
The other charms I made are a peace sign on a shell disc, a resin heart with dried flower and foliage in it and a charm with a load of brass toned jingle bells on it.
I’m playing around with the idea of customzation, firstly in allowing customers to select whether they would like an initial added to the charm to make it more personal and secondly, adding and option where customers can choose to change the planner attachment to either a key ring or clip to make the charm into a bag charm. All I need to really do now is to photograph these properly and work out how to add them to my shop!
If you would like to see finished items then please visit my shop on etsy which can be found either by going to etsy.com and searching for PlannerMontannah , or typing into the search bar http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Plannermontannah?ref=hdr_shop_menu or clicking here
I’d love to hear your thoughts on my planner charms!
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!