Planner Peek: Melinda
I am really excited to bring you another planner in the Planner Peek series! Today we're taking tour of a DIY planner from an XL moleskine cahier! I don’t know about you, but I just LOVE being able to sneak a peek inside other people’s planners. I love to see how they use them, how they decorate them, what type of planner they use, etc. I have asked my readers to submit photos of their planners and to tell us a bit about how they use their planning system. (You can submit your planner by filling out this really short and easy form. If you’re selected, you’ll get a free copy of the digital Sweet Life Planner worth $35!) All of the Planner Peeks in this series have been so fun to see.
Melinda's DIY planner, which includes the cover and the internal pages, is made from an XL moleskine cahier.
Melinda hand drew most layouts, however, some are printed and glued in, while others she bought. She even found some layouts that were free. Melinda likes to use a ton of washi tape and glue in random project life type cards or deco post it notes. You can learn more about Melinda's DIY planner on her blog.
Melinda's planner tracks her everyday life. It is partly a planner that is forward looking but she also uses it like a bit of a scrapbook and glues in ticket stubs or other mementos of an event. Sometimes it is a week on 2 pages, a week per page or 2 weeks per page…it just depends.
Melinda says, “We moved this spring to a new town and a new state. So I did a lot of organizing around the move. But I also track where we go to eat and what we do for fun, because this is a new area for us. Not to mention it is the largest city we have lived in, so there are things to do all of the time. We try to visit a new restaurant each week and I keep track of all that in there. In addition, I do go back and forth on using it like a bullet journal/errand tracker. I also write down every single book I read, which I then save to my librarything account. I also track movies I want to see and gifts I want to buy others. What I love most about my planner is that it allows me to be creative and flexible. I usually draw the layouts on Sunday. I rarely put in more than 2 weeks worth of layouts at once.”
Melinda has a lot of layout pictures of her 2013 planner on her blog. She has even made her own washi tape and her own work planner with ARC supplies. Her creativity inspires me for working with my own planners.
For even more inspiration with your planner, check out all the Planner Peeks in this series.
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Leave a comment and let us know how you liked the planner peek and how it’s inspired you.
trying to avoid having multiple lists and post its . looking for advice to super simplify
looking to organize weekly tasks by topic : online tasks, appts, groceries, sams (monthly), department store purchases to be made/returns, phone calls, bills to pay this week, chores/projects this week
wanted to make organize by these topics sort of not by the day of week, although I like the idea of using color coder tabs perhaps for these tasks instead of highlighting if items don’t get done.
I love the idea of a journal and planner. Just think how much fun it will be to look back over a year in your life! I forget so many of the little things that really did and do bring me joy. Plus it would be a way to remember special life events and add them to the planner so you would remember the next year, such as births, graduations, ect.
Love the creativity of this journal/planner as well. I have to add a little of me to my journal as well!
So true – the idea of a journal and planner is great.
I absolutely love this planner. I have been using notebooks as planners all since high school. I love that I can talior the pages to the week or make a few daily pages when I see a heavy week coming.
I love how Malinda decorates her planner, it’s beautiful and colorful without being overdone.
So glad you love it!