Creating your own Blog planner from scratch is the perfect way to create a custom planner tailored exactly for your blogging needs.
You get all the pages you need, none of the pages you don’t need, you get to choose the size, the paper, the type of binder, and you get to choose exactly what you want it to look like.
Not decided what you need in your Blog planner yet? Read this in-depth Blog Planner planning and set up guide before you spend your money on supplies.
It’s also the perfect excuse to buy new supplies! And who doesn’t love new planner and stationery supplies.
So, if you’re looking for inspiration, or just wondering where you can get the bits you need to customise your Blog planner, this post is for you.
Keep reading for my list of DIY planner favourites
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Your binder is one of the most essential pieces of planning kit you’ll buy. And there’s a lot of different ones for you to choose from!
- Multiple sizes, including Personal, A5, or A4 / Letter
- Multiple styles, including ‘standard’ folders, zipped portfolios, or journal-style folders
- Different bindings, such as standard clip-open rings, disc style rings, or you could even try a traveller’s journal with inserts
It helps to make a decision of size, binding type and style before you go shopping.
Paper is obviously another essential. I use standard copier paper with a weight of 120gsm / 32lb (which is what I recommend as a minimum weight when printing your own planner pages.)
Pre-printed Planner inserts
I often include pre-printed daily or monthly inserts in my planner, to save time, and my paper! I’ve included some of my favourites from Amazon here, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, have a look on Etsy.
If you’re planning on printing your planner pages at home, you need a printer. I use an Epson DX8400, which photocopies and scans as well as prints and has lasted me over 6 years!
If I were to buy a new printer now, I would definitely go for something wireless and that prints double-sided, and possibly one that uses ink tanks instead of cartridges.
Hole punches are a bit boring but definitely necessary! You can get various different multiple-hole punches depending on the type of binder you have, or a single-hole punch might be a cheaper alternative if you have a 4- or 6-ring binder.
So now we get to the fun part; the accessories. This is where you can let your creative side run free, and personalise your planner exactly the way you want it.
Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for creative planners, but here’s some of the things I like to have on hand for my planner
Split up different sections, or months with planner dividers.
Stickers can be purely for decoration, or more functional with words or icons to act as reminders and simple sticky dots are great to colour code projects or tasks.
Post-it notes are a favourites for my planner. I like the tab style ones to make it easy to find regularly used pages, or sometimes I’ll just stick a note on a page as a temporary reminder that I can get rid of when I don’t need it any more.
Washi Tape is another fun addition to your planner that can be used purely for decoration, or more functionally to colour code your pages, cover up mistakes or even as handmade tabs.
I don’t use a pouch in my planner because I keep it on my desk, so my pens and other bits are always to hand. But if you carry your planner with you a pouch is super useful for keeping your planning essentials where you need them.
You can go crazy with pens or keep it super simple, it’s up to you. Personally, I’m a big fan of pens and like to use them to add colour, highlights, doodles and lettering to my planner.
Just some of the pens I’ve got included with my planner supplies are:
- PaperMate Ink Joy gel pens
- Tombow brush pens
- Uniball fine rollerballs
As you can see it’s easy to get carried away with planner supplies but you definitely don’t need everything for a functional, organised planner.
Just start with the essentials, and see what works best for you.