DIY Planner Tutorial

Hey paper crafters, happy Thursday. I know it’s already the tail-end of February but I just finished setting up my planner and wanted to give you guys a tutorial and some free printable planner pages. This planner can be made and used any time of the year and would make a great gift. The printable planner pages can be customized for any year. I am a firm believer in keeping yourself organized and I really love writing down my ideas so a personal paper planner works perfectly for me.

The first page is a pocket page. I use this to hold stickers and post-it’s that I like to stick inside the planner to keep myself organized.


I added dividers to be able to flip to different sections quickly.


There are four different printable pages. They can be printed double sided or single sided to give you more room for writing, journaling and note taking. The first pages in my planner are the month-at-a-glance pages. You write the date in the blue hexagon making these printables customizable for any year.


The second set of pages is the weekly view. There is also a section for notes at the end of the week.


The next printable planner page is a shopping list. This was a page I really needed as I’m constantly writing down things I need to buy but always on different papers. This will help keep all of those shopping lists in one place.


The last printable is a notes/ideas page. I left this one blank. This one is for all of you brainstormers, jotters and doodlers. Take this page and make it into something special. You can attach photos, notes or anything that you want to remember. Decorate it and make it special.


I used the paper collection from Heidi Swapp called Sugar Chic to complete this DIY planner tutorial.


DIY Planner Video Tutorial

To learn how to make this watch the video below. If you haven’t already, please subscribe on youtube and give this video a thumbs-up.

Products I Use

Grafix Chipboard – $11.10 for 25 sheets

We R Memory Keepers The Cinch – $88.44 (Bind it All is cheaper at $49.06 or use a coupon at Michaels, Joann’s or Hobby Lobby)

Book Binding Wires – $4.60  (Use a coupon for this at Michaels, Joanns or Hobby Lobby)

Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic Paper Pad – I found this at Tuesday Morning for $4.99, I cannot find it online anymore

Martha Stewart Scoreboard – $17.65 (Use a coupon for this at Michaels, Joanns or Hobby Lobby)

Purple Cow 2 in 1 Trimmer – $37.99 (I got this at Costco cheaper, I see it there seasonally somewhere between Summer and Fall in the office supply stuff)

Planner Printables

To download the printable planner pages just click the link below. You will find all of the files in a ZIP folder. There are single pages as well as multi-page PDF’s for duplex printing. You can cut down on bleed through by turning down the print density in your print settings.

Matching Planner Stickers |

If you like this download don’t forget to check out the matching stickers, dividers and full size papers. The colors of the stickers perfectly match the colors of the printable planner pages.


  1. Hi there…I just love your pages!!!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us….just want you to know I downloaded them but the notes and idea pages were not in the download.

    Thanks again…I too am waiting for my Heidi Swapp planner that is probably a prisoner of the strike on the docks! lol

  2. Hi Chelsea,
    Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to start on this project. Not all of the pages print (only the shopping list and notes / ideas print. I can open them but when it came out of the printer it is all blank.
    I downloaded it twice now, but it is the same problem. Can anyone help?

      1. the ones that you linked wont let me open them and either will let me print they just come out blank pages!

  3. Chelsea…. This is just what I needed….Thank you for helping me become a better me! Always love your pages & your blog with the tutorials… you give me so much inspiration. Can’t wait to see what’s next. Debby

  4. Love this tutorial found you by accident will defo be having a go at making one of these .Will also check out any other tutorials you may have done .This was simple and very straight forward perfect for a newbie like me 😀

  5. Got it! Thanks Chelsea. Now to my craft table and try to make one for myself. Thank You so much!!!!

  6. Hi Chelsea! Thank you so much for this project. I’m inspired the way you do it and yet it’s simple and decent. I’m making my own planner for senior high school and I’m using your printable planner right now.


  7. hi Chelsea !! im new to the world of crafting and planner is my very first project. i think your video tutorial is simple, easy to follow and simply superb!! thanks a bunch!! would love to watch more of your crafts soon! ^___^

  8. Just wanted to say thank you for the video tutorial I bought the cinch last year and it as been left in the box as I thought it was hard to use but seeing your tutorial it will be coming out of the box as I want to make a baby album for my new grandchild xxx

  9. Hi! You are truly a lifesaver! But I was wondering if I could get a .doc file? For color changing. I would be really happy 🙂

  10. Hello,
    just wanted to know if I can use this as a 3 ring binder instead of the cinch type ring?

    Love your videos…they are very helpful for beginners, I am very inspired. keep up the great work.

    Sandy aka blkbutterfly

  11. Hi! Well, I loved it, but when I download the file it doesn’t open, and I tried to print the other links, and the page doesn’t print completely, I don’t know how can I do it. Please help. And sorry for bad english.


  12. Omg thanks so much. I think this is totally going to work so much better than what I have been using. Plus now I don’t have to buy one every year. Life saver….

  13. I love these pages. And i really want to download them for my planner but my planner is a A6 size. How do i make sure to change them to fit my A6 planner??? Please help

  14. *I was wanting to make my own planner but for the weekly layout instead of having the days horizontal I was hoping to have it in vertical columns with the days at the top. Also I would love to have the lines underneath the days. However, I can’t edit the documents. Is there a way I can access it so I can move the titles around?


  15. This is so nice and generous of you!
    I have a small recommendation to make if that’s OK. There are some countries out there that their week starts on Sunday (like mine). I would like it if next time you consider that. This would really really nice of you and I would appreciate it. *hugs*

  16. I have been trying to open this file and it will not open. It says it downloaded, but cannot open.. Can you help? Thanks so much for posting.

  17. Hi I was wondering if you can put the files individually like you did with the monthly because I also cannot open the file please and thank you

  18. Hi I was just wondering if there is any other way to open these files. I tried to download them as they were in a ZIP file but once I was able to see them as a PDF file I tried to click on them and none of them will open up. Are these files still available? Thank you.

  19. Can you email me the pages to print for your planner? I would really appreciate it. Can’t seem to get it here. Love your videos. Thanks for sharing. Donna

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