Monday, November 19, 2012

2013 Day Planner DIY and Freebie!

I have something very exciting to share with you!

Given my recent explorations into bookbinding, I decided to make my day planner this year. I've been using the Moleskine version for years, which I like, but you know, there are a few things I'd do differently if I made it myself. So I spent a whole bunch of hours creating a document that you and I both could print out, slice up, and bind into your very own, homemade 2013 day planner. Choose your paper, choose your cover, assemble and enjoy!

Click the image below to download your very own printable planner pages...

Things to know about using this document:

  • It should be printed double-sided.
  • Every double-sided page = 8 book pages. Every printed page needs to be cut in half, hamburger-wise. (If you remember kindergarten perhaps you understand... If you're printing on 8 1/2" x 11" pages, each page will become two 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" pieces of paper.)
  • To ensure your calendar remains in calendar-order, pay careful attention while constructing your signatures. This document assumes signatures of two full, double-sided printer pages, a.k.a. four pieces of cut, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" paper. They are ordered as intuitively as possible, I hope: 
    • Take your first two full, double-sided pages, cut in half. Stack the top half of page 1 on top on the bottom half of the same page. Stack these two on top of the top half of page 2, and finally stack them all on top of the lower half of the second page. Fold this stack in half to create your first signature. (See image below) Repeat until you've grouped and folded all pages into signatures.

If you don't know how to assemble your signatures into a text block, check out my tutorial from September:

For my cover, I pulled out the sewing machine, some brown suede and blue binding, and put together a cute little envelope cover. Remember to make your cover about 1/4" bigger than your text block, all the way around, and get creative!

With love,

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