Updated: I’ve added all my supplies (and more) into one convenient shopping list!
I am a planner addict. Every year I think I’ve found the perfect planner for my needs. Then the end of the year rolls around and I start browsing other planners. So shiny. So pretty! I’m not the only one right?
Last year I went the printable/DIY planner route. I bought a gorgeous binder that felt professional and classy. Best of all, it was red. My favorite color. Printable planner pages work well for me. It allowed me to try out different page formats without spending a ton of money.
Short of making my own planner pages, I have yet to find a layout that is perfect for me. I’ll keep playing around with Miss Tiina’s unplanner printables. I love her free and paid calendar printables because she uses bright colors. I bought the A5/Half sheet size for easier printing. I also use pages from Secret Owl Society Life Binder.
For 2016, I’m shrinking my planner to make it more portable. I want to be able to tuck into my purse or tote bag without being too bulky.
I’ve been oogling the Levenger Circa (and its less expensive cousin Staples Arc) disc bound systems for a while. Both of these systems can work interchangeably. Then the perfect storm of coupons and sales happened. I jumped in with just a small investment. It also helped that Staples Arc has a faux leather cover in red. Plastic dividers were only $4. Not bad.
You can see in the first photo how the sizes compare. The bottom one is my old planner. The one on top is the Staples Arc Junior size.
The discbound planners are exactly how they sound. Instead of a wire or ring, flat discs hold the pages together. They are a lot sturdier than they sound. You can easily remove and insert pages wherever you want in the binder. The caveat to the disc bound planner is that you need a special hole punch or you need to buy already punched pages. Amazon to the rescue!
My planner (so far) has monthly calendar pages, daily docket pages, a section for notes (with paper that came with binder), and a section with sketch paper (that I punched for the book).
DIY Discbound Planner Supplies
To recap the supplies I’ve used for my half-sheet planner:
- Staples Arc Junior Leather Binder (6.75″ x 8.75″) Head to a Staples store for more color choices
- Levenger Circa 1-2-3 Portable Punch only punches 3 pages at a time but it’s only $19 versus the $49 big version. Plus the portable punch is small for easy storage.
- Levenger Circa Page Finder, Junior
- Staple? Arc Notebook Poly Index Dividers, Junior-sized, Assorted Colors
- Canson Universal Sketch Paper Pad 5.5 x 8.5 “ the pages are perforated, making them easy to tear out and punch.
- Sharpie Pen Fine Point Pen, 6 Colored Pens I <3 these pens! I use different colors to brighten up my planner. I’m too lazy for color coding or washi tape.
- Paper trimmer. The one I have has been discontinued but Fiskars 12 Inch Titanium SureCut Paper Trimmer is very similar (and only $12!) I use it for all kinds of projects and the kids use it to craft. It doesn’t take up much space either.
What kind of planner are you using for 2016? Need ideas? Check out my tips on finding the perfect planner.
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