About a week ago, I ran across an awesome tutorial for making your own 2009 planner out of trash and decided to give it ago! Lots of cutting and gluing later, it’s all finished!
I used the tutorial by Matt Embrey over at Green Upgrader and made a few adjustments, so I could use all materials that I already had. Instead of an old Priority Mail envelope, I found a bubble mailer in our recycle bin that was the perfect size! Since my printer is a little janky, I opted to make the pages by hand. This took…forever. I went through three glue sticks sticking the day boxes to each page:
The date boxes on a few pages are made from security envelopes, but most are from a notebook that I used at work. It was fun to scour through for blank parts of pages that would work! My planner is bound a bit differently than the one on tutorial over at Green Upgrader, too. I found a bunch of awesome book binding techniques over at Thimble Arts & Crafts and sort of improvised based on the techniques there.
The planner is bound with orange vintage embroidery thread, and I left a long tail on there that I’m going to use as a bookmark!
I’ve got to say that my favorite part was drilling the holes so I could bind the pages. There’s something about drilling through paper that I really like! Matt gives this tip in his tutorial, but I think it’s critical enough to repeat here: put a piece of scrap wood under your pages when you’re going to drill! You don’t want to drill through your tabletop or floor!