Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year! - Planner for 2015

With the coming of the new year, I am inspired by seeing so many creative friends posting their Personalized Paper Planners for 2015. I have carried a Paper Calendar Planner ever since I was in high school. One Friday I double booked myself to play with the Marching Band at a football game and perform with my church theater group, and used a planner ever since.

When nearly everyone got PDAs to keep track of schedules and contacts in the '90s, I actually got a paper planner binder with a pocket at the front for the PDA. I never could totally give up the paper, even with smartphones. I even had printable pages so I could make my own custom pages to add to my planner.

Heather Zoppetti, an awesome knitwear designer and author of Everyday Lace (Interweave/F&W 2014), uses lots of colorful pens with these customizable planners from Arc. I need to check these out! Although I am not sure how well the large rings will work for us lefties, I love the idea of printing pages to meet my needs.

All above pics courtesy of Heather Zoppetti, digitalnabi on Instagram
Rebecca Velazquez, another talented friend who designs both crochet and knit, starts each year with a basic graph ruled Composition Book, and truly makes it her own with stickers and scrapbook paper. Creating her own organizational system from scratch. This may be more than I'm up for, but it is the ultimate in personalization.

Pics from Rebecca Velasquez of RV Designs
After seeing Heather and Rebecca's photos, I did a little search on Facebook for #planneraddict, and found lots more inspiration. Since I used to do a lot more scrapbooking in my previous life, I do have a rather huge stash of stickers, papers, and fancy pens. I even used to collect stickers with phrases, many inspirational ones that will be perfect for a planner.

The whole personalizing thing is new to me but I think it's totally fun that custom decorating planners seems to have become a 'thing'. I still have 6 months left of the planner I currently use and works well for me. So, I will start with decorating the rest of this one, and begin looking for the next one. I'm LOVING this trend and am ready to raid my old scrapbooking stash. Guess I'll start with these awesome yarn themed stickers that came with the current issue of Simply Crochet magazine.

My own planner, soon to be made more colorful!


  1. I love this idea! I desperately need to get something together as a planner but so far I can't seem to find something that works. Maybe I need to build one from the ground up.

    1. Yeah, I had to search and search for the one I'm using now, which is why I'll use it up, while I ponder what aspects I most need.