I have a confession to make. I don't like my Happy Planner. Wait, let me clarify...I don't like the Discs on my Happy Planner. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the set up and the page layouts of the Happy Planner, but I find it difficult to turn the pages and I don't want to take it with me anywhere. It just sits on my coffee table for me to look at and admire all of the pretty layouts I make.
I have seen people that have coil bound their planners. That is nice for those who have had the Erin Condren Life Planner, but I like the fact that I can take my pages out to decorate them and write on my page when it's Wednesday. Writing on Wednesday with the Discs is a pain in my a$$ and I know the coils would bother me just as much as the Discs do. So this option was out for me.
I have also seen several people posting that they have put their pages in an A5 Kikki K Planner. I decided I would try and store my past layouts in my Kikki K. In order to get the pages to fit in my Kikki K, I found I had to cut off some of the designing area on the top and bottom of the pages to make them fit. Also, after you punch the holes, some of the boxes on the weekly layout get cut into. That doesn't bother me cutting and punching holes in the pages after the month has passed, but if you plan on trying to do this to your blank future pages, chances are you will probably hate it.
I felt I needed a Blog Planner for me to write ideas down in and track my thoughts and time spent on my blog. I was browsing Hobby Lobby and found this Happy Planner:
It is totally blank and you set it up to start whatever month you want. The Happy Planner I have started in July 2015 and goes through December 2016. I bought this with the 40% off coupon which made it about $22.00. It's Pretty Cute. Here are the stickers and accessories that it comes with for you to mark the dates and months:
This is the front of the planner:
This is the page right before the Monthly Spread:
This is the Monthly Spread:
This is the weekly spread:
This is the last page and the folder that it comes with:
Anyway. I was racking my brain trying to come up with a cheaper alternative for those of you who don't like the Discs like me. I needed something big enough to store my pages and I didn't want to do anymore cutting then I had to. I only wanted to cut off the middle of the pages to punch holes. And I found something!
I was browsing Michael's and found this binder. It is a planner system by Recollections. It is perfect because the binder is 9.5 x 8.25 inches and The Happy Planner papers are 9.25 x 7 inches. And guys, the binder was only $4.99!
I also bought these cute post it notes. They were only $2.99. And the main reason I wanted these is because I wanted to use it to make a template to punch holes in my pages after I cut off the arc punch holes I didn't need. I punched them with a normal hole punch I bought from Walmart. I'm not going to lie, this took a long time, but it was so worth it!
Here is what the planner looks like on the inside with the post it notes on the rings:
Here is what my pages looked like after I cut off the Disc binding part. Not perfect, but I wanted to reserve as much of the page as I could. And you can hardly tell after I put it in the binder:
Here is what the pages look like after I put them in the binder. The date circles on this page are .5 inches around. I printed them on clear matte sticker paper and the headers are a printable I made a long time ago, but they work well with the colors in this planner. I will link both of these printables at the bottom of this post:
I made these circles start in the month of November because that's when I wanted to start mine. I will make more circle dates when I need them. (I just noticed my typo! I forgot the "R" in Planners, but I am too lazy to fix it! I hope you don't mind. :)
Monthly Date Circles pdf HERE
Monthly Date Circles studio3 HERE
Font used is My Own Topher from www.kevinandamanda.com
Blog Header pdf HERE
Blog Header studio3 HERE
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