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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Free Planner Printable!

I've been making my own planner for awhile now because I can never seem to find exactly what I want. I'm pretty picky with the planners. For me, I need a monthly calendar to write down my workouts (and earn my stickers!), and important events. I also need a weekly calendar to add more detail, and I love having it split into categories so I can keep things separate. I use my planner to keep me in check, so I need to be able to log things like runs and measurements as well. I use myfitnesspal to track my food, so I find I don't log every bite into my planner. The store-bought fitness planners I have found in the past tend to focus on the food logs and the workouts only take up a small section. I wanted the opposite. While I do use runkeeper to log my runs, I like to see my mileage in writing because it helps me see how I improve.

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.

47 comments:

  1. That is so cool!!! I'm totally going to do it.

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  2. Ummm...L.O.V.E!!! You are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks!

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  3. Yay! I love this!! Totally using it!

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    1. Brandi do you know your measurements are in the april printout????

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    2. Brandi do you know your measurements are in the april month printout?? just letting you know
      love the planner

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    3. I didn't! Oops! Thanks for the heads up. I'll fix it. :)

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  5. Love this!! You should sell them. I know I'd buy one off you. I can never get results like this - mine look like a 1st grader's school project LOL

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    1. You made my day, KayLynn!! I can't sell it, though, because a couple of the printable aren't my own creations. And I have no idea how I'd even go about selling them!

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  6. I completely agree with KayLynn!

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  7. Absolutely love! Thank you so much for sharing! :)
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  8. I'm really disappointed right now. I bought all the 'stuff' but when I click to open the printables, nothing shows up. It's just a blank white page. Any suggestions? Am I doing something wrong?

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    1. Okay, never mind. When I signed in to leave the comment, it then allowed me to open the printables. I'm going to call that mommy brain. And, yes,I have twinners, too! ;)

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    2. I'm glad you figured it out, Bridget. :) It's a google doc, so I had no idea you'd need to be signed in to view it. Please let me know how it turns out, and if you have any questions! It's always great to meet another twin mama!

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    3. I'm trying to figure out how to print this doggone thing! Did you print out the odd pages and then the even so that everything could be front/back? Every time I try to mess with the sizing it crashes adobe. :(

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    4. How did you print this out front to back? Do the odd pages first? Then even on the backs? I'm still trying to figure out how to change the sizing, too. I have it pretty close, but not exact. I hope mine turns out as beautiful as yours!

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    5. I'm sorry I'm no help with the crashing issue. I didn't have that happen, so no idea how fix it. :(

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  9. Bridgette, I just did one page at a time. Once I figured out the order I wanted, I printed one side of the weekly pages, for example, flipped, and printed what I wanted on the back side. It's a little time-consuming, but I was worried if screwing it all up and having to start over.

    For the sizing, you should just have to click "Actual Size" when the print pop-up screen comes up. I made them 5.5x7.5, so that's what the actual size is. When you click on the picture, it takes you to google docs. Click the printer icon toward the top-right, and you should have a separate screen with printer options pop up. Click on actual size there. There should be a small preview on the right, and right above it will say what size it's printing. It should say 5.5x7.5.

    Let me know if you have any other issues! I love hearing that people are actually using the printable I made. :)

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  10. Thanks! I'm going to give it a try!

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  11. Thank you for sharing this! I'm actually thinking of making my own planner, but I was too lazy to do so. With this PDF that you've shared, I won't have any more excuse in having a planner. This is what I want, a personalized planner which I can use in my every day life.

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  13. Thanks for the planners! There are beautiful :)

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  15. Where can I download the monthly calendar you showed??? LOVE IT!!

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    1. Which monthly calendar? The planner pages can be downloaded by clicking on the image right above the "pin it" button. There are monthly pages included there. Or are you talking about my calendar page I posted on Instagram a few days ago?

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  16. Where can I download the monthly calendar you showed above?? LOVE IT!!

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  17. awww..got it..I was so excited about the 2 page monthly calendar..THANKS this made my day. (it is the little things.)

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  18. Is there a way to scale this to fit on 8 1/2 x 11" paper?

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    1. I think most people have printed it on 8.5x11. You can change the PDF settings to that, and that's what it'll print. There are typically a few options to click, and I think one is "fit to page" or something like that. If you change your paper to 8.5x11 & click fit to page, I think it'll work. The printables up there that are mine are 8.5x11 and I just adjusted them to fit my size paper.

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  19. This is awesome! Thank you!!! Please email me when you get the rest of 2014 calendar moralm27@gmail.com. Again thank you for this!!

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  20. Thanks for sharing! :-) Keep it coming! Once I make mine, I'll let you know.

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  21. I really like your print-outs, do you think you'll be doing a 2014 planner? I run an Arc blog (arcit.blogspot.co.uk) and would love to feature your print-outs, but as people will be looking for 2014 planners, I thought I'd ask!

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  22. will you be making new ones for 2014?

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  23. What did you make this in? I absolutely love how simple it is, and I've been trying to make my own pages for 2014!

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    1. I made pretty much the whole thing in excel, with the exception of the cover page. That was done in Photoshop. Unfortunately, we're moving to Des Moines, IA, next month, so I won't be making another one for 2014.

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  24. How do you design your planner pages? I've been trying to create my own, but I'm not sure if I'm doing it right!

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    1. I'm so sorry I'm just now getting back to you! I designed everything but the cover page in Excel.

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    1. No, I'm sorry I didn't make one for 2014. We recently moved from CO to IA, and that kept me from blogging and also making a new one.

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  26. I love your printouts! I just started my own beauty blog and I was really inspired by this post!

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  27. This is amazing!! Thank you so much for these print outs :)

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  28. HELP!! I just got my arc jr planner and am excited to start using it, however I can't seem to get pages to print correctly for me to do front and back. I'm putting my printer to print A5 unless the pages are set up where there's two pages to print on one regular sized printer page but if you flip it to print on the back no matter what they won't line up. I need help I'm so ready to get this fixed so I can use my planner.

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  29. You should make one of these fitness calendars for 2014. So cute and practical at the same time.

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    1. Thank you! Unfortunately, we moved halfway across the country this year, so I just didn't have time to make a new one.

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