Making inserts for my planner

I don't know about you, but I always feel like whenever I find a set of inserts for my planner that I really like, there's something lacking. Some feature that would have made it perfect for me. I've mainly been using Filofax Week on Two Pages Diary, Gillio and DIYfish (my current setup), and although every brand has something amazing about them, I end up rather distracted from its real purpose because I don't like the layout very much.

Ever since I started using a planner again I've been toying around with the thought of making my own inserts, but with Adobe InDesign in front of me I felt demotivated and bloody stripped of creativity. As we all know I'm immensely creative when I should be sleeping like normal people, but suddenly one night it all came to me. I don't know what happened as I wanted to design a set of Wo2P, but ended up with a practical Do1P instead. Don't ask. I must have taken a wrong turn somewhere. Unfortunately my life isn't interesting or busy enough to be using Do1P in my planner (also it would probably make my planner explode), so it was back to the drawing board for me.

I've been using the DIYfish LMI V3s1, but to me they are in dire need of some tweaking to be functional to me. I ended up using them as a template of some sort, redesigning them, tweaking them to more suit my likings. I wanted some blank space for stamps (like the infamous water bottle, or maybe something indicating the daily weather or even my mood) or doodles for every day, and I didn't need the weekly chart. Some days I need a few checkboxes, other days I just need to remember an appointment or an event, and the most important thing was leaving them undated.

These are the inserts I ended up with, for now, and I've been using them for a about a month. I have also made some other inserts, mainly for tracking monthly happenings and staying on top of things, and I've had much fun doing so (even though it might quite possibly have caused me to sprout another gray hair). I just wish I could make up my mind on which kind of paper I prefer it printed on.. it would make my life so much easier, and my planner so much more consistent.

Photo(s) © Shamini Thevarajah 2015

Posted by Shamini on July 31, 2015 – 2:16 PM

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  1. This is more a thing for people that keeps their plans in notebooks, but maybe you will find something to draw an idea from here? https://youtu.be/fm15cmYU0IM

    • Thanks for the link, André! I have heard of bullet journaling, but I never understood the system. This video explained it well, and I might adopt the bullet system into my planner even though I don’t plan the same way as explained in the video. I mostly use my planners to remember happening, events and appointments, logging who’s working when, and maybe doodling a little when something special happens – like.. a planner slash scrapbook, maybe. Smile

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