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.
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!
Hi there! My name is Becky Striepe (pronounced “stree-pee,” like “sleepy”), and I am a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. My life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Check out my new book: 40 Days of Green Smoothies!