Three years ago I made my first handmade planner from scratch. I designed the pages and bound it by hand. Last year I upgraded my game by creating my version of a Midori Traveler’s Journal and adding printables designed by me. This year (I’m a bit late), I decided to keep the Traveler’s Journal (you can’t even see I used it a whole year) and I make new printables. Printables that are perfectly re-usable for 2018 and beyond.
As I mentioned this year I made printables that are re-usable for years to come. I’ll probably still design new inserts every year (because it’s fun to do), but if you absolutely love this lay-out, you can use it again next year. 🙂 If you can’t wait to see all the pictures showing all the options I put in the lay-out, you can download the printable agenda inserts already.
If you don’t have an A5 Midori Traveler’s Journal at hand, you can use my full tutorial on how to make one. It’s not hard at all, al lot cheaper than the real deal and you can make it in any size you want.
I evaluated last year’s agenda and decided to drop a couple of spreads, because they didn’t get any use. I added more space for takes notes though. 🙂
Firstly, at the beginning of every month you can find a monthly overview. You can plan you whole month here and see everything in one glance. Next to the calendar you’ll find some white space, for adding extra notes or for doodling around. I’ll try to use this spread for planning my blog posts and social media posts every month. I’ll maybe add some sticky notes in the empty space on the right, for blog posts that don’t have a fixed date to go live.
A spread of lists
After the monthly overview you can find two pages where you can fill in a lot of standard lists. You’ll find space for your monthly to do list, blog & social media ideas but also for the books you want to read, things on your wish list or just random happy thoughts. On the page on the right there is a small doodle-box with a different drawing challenge for every month.
After the spread with lists I’ve put the actual planner part. You can see your week at a glance on the left side of the agenda, where I put all seven days. I decided I didn’t need all the extra space I had every day in my 2016 agenda, because I have the tendency to put way too much on my to do list. On the right side I put a lot of space to put down all the notes, lists and doodles you want to make. This is also the area where you can add you weekly meal plan if you want to, something that I had last year in the list-spread.
You might have noticed I didn’t add dates on the monthly overview and neither did I on the weekly overview. Therefore you’ll have to add the dates manually, but this also means the printables are reusable for years to come. I fill in the dates at the beginning of the month and because I don’t plan months ahead this works for me. I pondered upon this a long time, so let me know what you think about having to fill in the dates yourself? Is it too much of a hassle or do you not mind doing this?
Finally, at the end of every month there is an extra page for notes (here I keep my “books bought”-list) on the left and the title page for the next page on the right. All pages for notes have dots instead of lines, because I find these so versatile to use! Want to draw a box? No problem, just connect the dots. Want to write vertically? Also an option!
If you want to make your own planner, all you need to do is download the pdf files and print them on A4 paper. You only need to fold them and add them into the traveler’s journal. If you’re not sure how to do this, make sure to check last’s years tutorial on assembling the traveler’s notebook. If you don’t have an A5 Midori Traveler’s Journal at hand, you can use my full tutorial on how to make one.
Do you like my design for this year’s agenda? Do you use an agenda? Or are you more into bullet journaling. Or not into planners at all? (if so, I salute you for reading this post till the end) Let me know in the comments. 🙂