notebook planner.

DSC_00301I knew that freshman year in high school required actual organization skills. And that means *planner!* I had fun looking around, looking at other people’s planner styles and varieties, and I found one that fits me.

I used a Moleskine lined notebook that I got in a two-pack at Barnes and Noble. LOVE these. They have enough pages that I can fit the whole school year in if I use half a page for every school day. These notebooks are also nice in quality. There are some pens that write like a dream on these pages, let me know if you’d like to see a post on that. 🙂

There are a bunch of planner “techniques” out there. From the chronodex to bullet journaling to project breakdowns like this one. However,  I didn’t need an hour-by-hour breakdown of my day. I just needed a place for deadlines and assignments. That’s why this technique (kind of like the bullet journaling) is the answer.

DSC_00421At the top, I have the date, and the events/deadlines for the day. A few lines down is the start of my task list. Some days it almost filled the column, and others requires some embellishment to fill that empty space. The last two or three lines are where I record my outfits. I started recording them because I wanted to make the most of all the clothes I have. I have a good amount of clothes that I wear all the time and I wanted to remind myself to “not wear that gray tee five times a week.” And, I get to look through and see all the outfits I’ve ever worn and how my style has changed.

This system has worked out for me great this year. It’s not any hassle to write down my tasks, which means I’m more likely to actually write them down!

Tell me in the comments what type of planner and any tips you have as well. 

DIY: Notebook

DSC_6645Heyo! We all know Twitter has some amazing opportunities hidden in there and recently, the lovely Sophie and I did a topic swap. She gave me the idea to do a DIY, something paper related. I’ve actually been thinking about doing more of these, and once I got thinking, I thought of a lot of fun projects-stayed tune for those! 🙂 The DIY I want to share with you today is making notebooks. they can be any size and are totally customization. Here’s how to do it:DSC_6562Materials:

  • Thin, paper (or whatever you want to use as the filler paper)
  • Cover paper (to use as you know, the cover )
  • Embroidery thread (three-strand is fab for this)
  • Push-pin
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors (optional)

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So how does it work? 

1. Pick out your paper! You pick how many pages you want, divide that number by two, and thats how many sheets you need. Pick out a paper for your cover too.
2. Decide your notebook size, then double the width. Cut your chosen paper to that size.DSC_6594DSC_65913. Fold each paper in half, into the size you want it and stack them together. Place your cover (fun side facing down) on the very bottom.DSC_6601DSC_6602 4. Take a ruler and measure 1″ (or a quarter if you’re doing a big one, it’ll probably work) from the bottom and top and mark on the middle crease. Put another mark on the very center of the crease.

5. Poke holes where you put the three marks.
DSC_66076. Thread your needle. (it’s okay, I’ll wait)
7. Now this part can get a little confusing. You still have your papers stacked, flat with the filler paper on top, right? Okay, pull your needle from the top to the bottom (cover side) through the middle  hole. Make sure to leave quite a bit of thread , you’ll need this later.

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8. From the outside (cover side) go back through the stack from one of the other holes.
DSC_66229. Then go to the other not-already-used hole.
10.And, finally, go through the middle hole again. you should be where you started.
11. Using what’s left of the the thread and the length you previously left to tie a big knot.
DSC_662612. You’re done! You can decorate and start using it. 🙂

DSC_6665These are quite fun and easy to make and would be perfect for gifts. You can even just include the materials and give it as a DIY kit. Amazing.

DSC_6579I hope you try it! Make sure to send me a photo (@heyirisz on twitter) or leave a comment if you do. Also make sure to check out Sophie’s post with my idea.