My 2013 Planner (Yes, I know it’s March)

I take my planners pretty seriously. I had the Lilly in 2010 & 2011 and Erin Condren‘s Life Planner  in 2012. Lilly was pretty and flirty, but it didn’t flow the way I wanted it to. My sister got me the Erin Condren for Christmas in 2011, and it was life changing. It was beautiful and well organized. I loved that thing more than words can say. Alas, I was graduating college. Honestly, I didn’t think I needed something so elaborate now that I’m not in school anymore.

So, I bought myself a May Book. Pretty, personalized, and as simple as can be, I was so excited to start 2013 with my little pocketbook planner.

may book

Oh boy was I wrong. January rolled around, and that little thing drove me crazy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s exactly what it should be: cute and simple. But, I wanted more! I needed space for to-do lists and goals and notes, and the weeks didn’t even have the date on each day (which was really the straw that broke the camels back).

I was about to order a new Erin Condren Life Planner when Jenn from IHeartOrganizing posted about her 2013 Daily Planner. She designed the whole thing herself and used the discbound system from the Martha Stewart line at Staples. She’s a rockstar. Y’all should have seen my mind churning! A few days in Microsoft Publisher, and I had designed the most perfect planner-perfect because I designed it for me! I took all of my favorite elements from all of the planners I’ve ever had (and dreamed of), and I designed my own!



I also included a ton of notes pages, and (now that I’m a college grad and all) meal planning sheets.

Notes meal planner

Now, all of this was designed, finished, and printed in January, but I still had a couple of bumps before I could finish the whole thing. The discbound process put a few hurdles in front of me that I wasn’t really prepared for. I thought this was a common type of punch, but it really wasn’t. I searched high and low for someone to punch the thing for me because a $60 price tag for my own punch just didn’t make sense for a one time project. I could have just made the planner into a spiral notebook, but I really did love the ease of the discbound notebook.

I finally gave in and decided to buy a punch, but trying to cut a few corners, I bought the $12 single punch from Rollabind. Yep, that means I would punch every single page individually. A pain, I know, but as a recent college grad, I chose to save money over time. Oh, but this isn’t the end of the story! I ordered the punch, then learned it was on 3 week back order! It was mid-February at this point, and I was desperate for that planner, so I called the company to see what was up.

Blessed customer service rep was so awesome and offered to punch the planner for me (for free!) if i sent it to him (why didn’t I call this man weeks ago?!!?!?!!!). So here we are, a few UPS shipments later, and my planner is designed by me, printed, punched, and placed in my beautiful Martha Stewart discbound notebook with a lovely monogram vinyl from The Sassy Coconut Etsy shop. I am as happy as a buzzing bee about this thing! It was a sure labor of love, but it was honestly so worth it.

Something Southern Planner Cover

Something Southern Planner

As for my May Book, I didn’t want it to be a complete waste of a super cute purchase, so I’ve been using it for my blogging calendar! It’s so small, it fits right into the pocket of my planner!

Have y’all ever created your own planner? or taken on any major projects like this? Totally worth it??

10 thoughts on “My 2013 Planner (Yes, I know it’s March)

  1. It turned out so wonderful! Isn’t it great to have something that works great for YOU since it was created by YOU? It was fun to see how you came up with your own designs, thanks for sharing!


  2. Um, this is pretty much the most amazing thing ever. I LOVE this DIY because it’s functional and practical…and cute to boot!! I think this is awesome. Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my new blog design! I truly appreciate it :)

    1. Thanks Sandi! I don’t have a template from last years, but I’m working on a new 2014 planner this year. I’m hoping I can make some printables available. Be sure to check back!

      1. I am in direct sales and I feel the same way…I have yet to find a perfect planner that works for myself. Where did you find all the clipart images, framers and banners? Will you have any to share as freebies for 2014?

  3. I’ve been debating using jen’s 2014 planner but being a college student, TAing two college courses, prepping for med school, and managing my sorority social calendar I need a planner tailored for ME! Could you help a sister out on how to design your own planner pages??

    1. Hey Charlotte,

      It honestly wasn’t hard at all, you should totally go for it! I used Microsoft Publisher, and while it doesn’t have as many functions as Photoshop or Illustrator, I found it was really perfect for a planner. Just decide what exactly you need in a planner, sketch some ideas, and start designing. Shoot me an email if you have any specific questions. :)

  4. Hi there ~ after using your notebook for almost a year, has your vinyl monogram stayed on nicely? And do you think it would remove nicely (not damage the notebook) if needed? I have the same notebook and would LOVE it to look as cute as yours! Thanks! ~Rebecca

    1. Hey Rebecca,

      The monogram vinyl has honestly been perfect the last year, and I brought that thing everywhere. I was hesitant at first, but it’s been perfect.

      I can’t say for 100% positivity, but I want to say it will come off without any residue. It definitely won’t damage the notebook, but it may take a little goo-b-gone to remove the adhesive. I’m considering removing mine to switch out for a straight monogram. Just to switch it up a bit :)

      I hope it goes well, the monogram was seriously my favorite touch!

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