And most importantly, it has to be pretty!
I'm pretty proud of the way it turned out, so I posted a picture a few weeks ago on instagram and several people wanted to know more. This prompted me to put it on the blog as a printable to share with all of you! I went to Staples and bought one of their new Arc system planners to use as my cover, and gutted it of the generic planner inside. To make my pages fit, I bought the special hole punch that they sell as well. This system may not be for everyone since the hole punch is pretty pricey. You can use a regular binder and 3-hole punch to make your own. Another option is to have Staples bind it for you. i hear it's pretty inexpensive, and it looks professional! You can also do like I have in the past and buy a cute notebook, and glue the planner pages inside. That's what I typically do for my planners.
Click this first image to download the planner PDF. The green chevron cover page is a separate download and can be found HERE.
These two were the only ones I didn't design myself, but I had to include them as well. I use the weekly mom planner from Barely Mommy as a "week at a glance" page where I jot down the highlights of the upcoming week. Color-coded, of course. :) On the right is a weekly meal plan printable I found at Kissen Studio. It's perfect! I love the section for groceries on the side.
My weekly sheet. I separated it into categories, with a daily weight and steps spot in the Fitness section, and I added a spot to log miles and weight changes at the end.
I've decided to cut these pages out of my own planner because it's getting way too bulky already, but I left them in the download for you in case you wanted to use them. The left is my daily sheet, and I also have a plain lined sheet included that I print to go to the right of this one. I like having a spot to write down how my day went and stuff, and you can also use it to write down your food if you'd like.
I found these fantastic cardstock sets at Michaels and had to use them! I made tabbed pages to separate my months with them, and I plan on using the scraps for iphone covers.
Some quick notes:
1. I bought the 6.75x8.75" pink leather binder from Staples' ARC system because I'm planning on reusing it year after year. They have several different sizes if you want something bigger. Or, you can always use a regular 3-ring binder to hold your planner pages. Another idea is to glue them into a cute notebook.
2. Staples will also bind it for you for just a few dollars. I don't know details on that, so can't say what sizes they do or anything, but they look great. I've seen it done on other blogs, and their planners look professional.
3. This is the hole punch I bought to fit my planner pages in the ARC binder. I love how easy it is to take pages in and out!
4. I found 5.5x7.5" cardstock at Michaels, and printed all my planner pages on that. It took some figuring to get it to print to the right size because it's not a standard paper size listed. It was the perfect size for the ARC binder. I can walk you through it if you decide to do this as well. If not, it'll automatically print as a standard 8.5x11" sheet.
5. I can design a dedicated food journal page as well if there is interest in that.
Once again, click this image to download the planner PDF. The green chevron cover page is a separate download and can be found HERE.