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Another Moleskine Notebook Transformation

So, a few months ago (actually, more like several months), I ordered an Erin Condren planner. I had seen so many bloggers talking about how amazing these planners were and my Moleskine notebook I’d turned into a planner for 2012 was just about done so I thought maybe this new thing would work for me.

I did a review but, shortly after the review, I noticed that I was using my planner less and less. The reasons I was using it less were:

  • It was almost too pretty. As weird as that sounds, I hated writing in it because I was messing it up and it seriously bugged me.
  • I really missed the big block of open space I had in my week view for my Moleskine planner, under the daily columns.
  • I wasn’t really happy with the division of the days in the Erin Condren planner. I don’t organize my day by morning, afternoon and evening when I’m planning things. I know some people just re-name those segments into things like “day,” “To Do’s,” etc… but I didn’t want to have to rename 365 columns.
  • There weren’t enough lined notebook pages, and I hated that the add-on notebooks I got were unlined pages. I’m left handed and write with a slant so I need lines!!

So now I have a really pretty unused Erin Condren planner sitting on my desk. Oh well.

I decided to just transform another Moleskine since I was really happy with my 2012 planner. For some unknown reason, though, the local bookstore near me stopped selling large grid notebooks like I’d previously used and none of the office supplies stores sold them either. I had to order one online, but that turned out okay because I was able to get a white one.

I love the color white. (Yeah, yeah….white is technically not a color. Whatever.)

white moleskine cover

white moleskine notebook planner

 I know this sounds silly, but the flower sticker on the cover of the notebook? I’ve been saving it for years. I didn’t know what I was saving it for. But then I got this notebook and it seemed absolutely perfect. So I put a flower on it (not as good as “put a bird on it,” but you know).

Have you seen all the Smash Journal stuff lately? It’s been around for a little while, but it seems like it’s picking up steam the last few months. I thought I’d take the idea of the smash journal and apply it to my planner. I love collage art and have always wanted an art journal but since I don’t keep a paper journal anymore I thought this would be a great in-between.

Ezra and I visited Joann Fabrics and they had quite a few Smash stuff on sale. We got the fabric tabs I used to divide the months, a roll of washi tape (I’m late to the washi tape parade, but man is this stuff fun!) and a roll of decorative clear tape. I also grabbed a small deck of 4 x 4 square scrapbook paper in different patterns.

moleskine notebook cover page

Here’s the cover page. I picked a few of my favorite paper patterns from the scrapbook deck and taped them down with the decorative clear tape. That tape is pretty cool, actually. It’s just as removable as washi tape so there’s no pressure when placing things.

You can only see the tabs of March – September, but the planner does go all the way through to December.

monthly page moleskine planner

monthly moleskine

I did everything the same as last time – 7 x 7 squares (7 columns, 7 rows) with 3 rows at the top and at the bottom. This time, I added washi tape on the side, to keep the monthly tabs in place. Only in March I added a strip of washi tape at the bottom because I forgot to leave the 3 row space and it was bugging me.

I have quite a few of the Erin Condren labels left that came with that planner; that’s what the birthday sticker is on the 6th.

weekly view moleskine planner

I didn’t change anything with the weekly view, either. I am using the section below the daily columns for weekly budget tracking and for goals with my Etsy shop. I’m also tracking daily spending, any errands or To Do lists I have and dinner plans in each daily column.

moleskine planner monthly tabs

The tabs I used kind of feel like a fabric. They were square, so I folded them over and wrote each month on a different tab. The blank tab is a notes section but I’m not completely committed to calling it notes so…hence it being blank.

moleskine planner blog planner

I did change the blog planning pages. I decided to use one side as a monthly calender to plan out posts and the facing page is divided into two columns – one for blog To Do’s and the other for inspiration (post ideas, picture ideas, etc…).

blog planner page moleskine notebook

blog planner page moleskine notebook

The last section, as I mentioned, is for notes and lists and whatever else. I haven’t been doing a lot in that section but there are a good amount of pages leftover that it should last me for the whole year. I think I’ll probably journal in that section, too.

notes section moleskine planner

And that’s that!

If you’re interested, the supplies I used were:

Multi-colored Washi Tape by K&Company
Fabric Smash Tabs by K&Company
Smash Clear Triangle Tape by K&Company

You can check out the entire Smash line of products here.

Other planners I’ve made/used –

2012 Moleskine Notebook Planner
Erin Condren Planner
2013-2014 Plum Paper Planner

16 Comments
  • January 6, 2014

    I’m so glad this system is working well for you! It’s so simple & adaptable that once you start using it it’s hard to leave, isn’t it? I love your commentary on the Erin Condren planners – I want one too, but I feel like I’d do the exact same thing! I know it doesn’t *need* to live in a china cabinet but somehow it’s hard to get out of that mentality. Happy 2014!

  • January 8, 2014
  • July 13, 2014
    Mildred

    Love it….going to incorporate your ideas into my bullet journaling…. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • August 3, 2014
    Titus2Homemaker

    The white Moleskin and all those fabulously-colored tabs and such complement each other beautifully!

  • August 12, 2014

    I love this! It’s nice to see someone be honest about Erin Condren. It’s highly overrated imo. Live love my moleskine.

  • September 7, 2014
    Beverly

    Love your ideas! I also have the exact same flower sticker! Don’t know what I’m saving it for, gonna put it to good use!

  • March 5, 2015

    Could you share how you use the color-coding with your highlighters? And what kind of pen are you using to draw your calendar grids? Thanks.

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