Several weeks ago, a post title in my Google Reader feed caught my eye: Moleskine Notebook Transformation – A No Binding Required Weekly Planner Tutorial, by Kyla Roma.
This caught my eye for a couple reasons:
- I had been searching for the perfect planner for approximately 1 month and I was tired of spending money on planners and finding out they just didn’t work for me.
- I didn’t feel like binding my own planner, like I did last year.
- It sounded super easy and fun
- I love Kyla Roma and anything she does
I used Kyla’s tutorial as a guide in the transformation of my own Moleskine, but I personalized it to my tastes. This project cost me $19.00 – the price of the notebook plus tax. It was a little time intensive (probably about 9 hours total) but that’s still less time than what it takes me to handbind a notebook.
I used a Moleskine Classic Large Squared notebook (hardback), in black. I wish other colors would have been available but I have plans on embellishing the cover so it’s no big deal.
I wanted the twelve months in addition to weekly pages. I also wanted blog planning pages, and plenty of space for lists, brainstorming, journaling and whatever else I may feel like scribbling.
For the monthly pages, I began three rows down from the top for the horizontal lines, and three rows up from the bottom to create a box. Each day of the month is a 7×7 square (7 cubes across, 7 cubes down). This will total to 5 weeks and plenty of space for long months (there are a few long months this year!).
After completing a monthly page, I then began the weekly pages for that particular month. Again, I started three rows down from the top of the page for one long line across. Each day of the week is a column – 9 cubes across x 26 cubes down. The weekend is in column at the end, slightly smaller at 7 cubes across and 26 cubes down, but cut in half at the 13th cube.
I used a small ruler and a black ballpoint pen to draw all the lines.
I purposefully left large gaps in the weekly pages at the start or end of each month, depending on what day of the week it ended or began on, so I would have space to write out important dates, monthly goals or anything else. I like to use this space as a bill tracker right now so I have the entire list of the month’s bills in one spot.
The bottom of the weekly pages is open for whatever notes I may need to make – weekly goals, contact information, blog stats, etc… What I record there changes week to week, depending on what’s going on that week!
After I had completed pages for the entire year, I had quite a bit left of the notebook so I could easily make blog planning pages. I used the same template I had created for my hand-bound planner because that worked for me last year. One page is devoted to planning out the month; it has 6 blocks total – 1 block for each week, plus an extra block for stats or whatever else. I began three rows down again, and each block is 12 cubes across by 12 cubes down. The facing page is open for notes, brainstorming, etc…
I still have a pretty large section of the notebook open which I’ll use for journaling, creating lists, making notes and so on. The notebook has a little pocket at the very back which is super nice, too! It’s perfect for business cards or stashing treasures.
I tabbed out the months using Martha Stewart’s Avery NoteTabs, which are available at Staples. I really love these tabs because the paper is thick and durable and you can easily remove them, too.
So, that’s my planner for this year! It’s working wonderfully so far. I actually kind of hate Moleskine notebooks so I was surprised that I am liking this one so well, but I think it helps that I’ve customized it because that makes it fun to use.
Have you found your perfect planner for 2012 or are you still searching?