If you are anything like me, then your calendar is an indispensable part of your life! I love the feeling of writing down appointments and scratching things off my to-do list. However, I’ve never found a planner that had everything I needed. So I decided to design my own. This allows me to get everything I want in a planner without spending hours searching online!
If you haven’t used InDesign before, don’t be discouraged. Just like the rest of the adobe suite, it is fairly intuitive. What I particularly love about it is the ease with which you can add margins and set files up for printing. This is a great tool any time you are designing something for print, especially a booklet of any type.
To start off the process, I did some research and found the styles of planners I enjoyed. Then, I chose my theme. I decided to go with a cosmic theme because I follow the phases of the moon. I also wanted to incorporate a place to journal each day. Next, I decided how large to make my pages. I knew that the journaling aspect of the planner would make it fairly thick, so I decided to go with A4 pages to make it easier to store the planner in my bag.
Next, I chose what colors and fonts I wanted to use. Because I was going with a cosmic theme, I decided to use varying shades of purple. I also chose a script font for my headers and a sans serif font for my body text. The sans serif font makes it easier to read small lettering and the script font gives the planner a bit of pizzazz.
Finally, I designed my page layout. I knew I wanted a monthly calendar view, a weekly view, and a daily view. To make things simple, I started out with the daily view and worked my way up. In the daily view, I knew I wanted an hourly breakdown to write in appointments and meetings. I also knew I wanted a place to track the phases of the moon, a place to track the weather, and a place to write my to-do list for the day. Also, being the witchy woman that I am, I also wanted to add a place to record what tarot card I had pulled for the day. Last but not least, I wanted to stay true to the “cosmic” theme and add a place to track astrological movements. Your planner might be more simple than mine, or it may have even more information. The most important thing is that it works for you!
After designing the daily view, I moved on to the weekly view for my planner. I wanted to incorporate a little more color into this design, so I decided to go with a gradient motif for the days. I also added a background with the astrological sun sign of the week. Because I love lists, I also added a goals checklist on this spread.
Lastly, I designed the monthly calendar view. Because my other views were so detailed, I chose to go with a simplified design for the monthly view. I simply added in notes for any holidays and the days of the full and new moons. To keep things smooth transitionally, I also added a place for notes. This allowed me to keep everything arranged in two-page spreads.
My last decision was how to bind the planner. Because my planner contained so much information, it would have been extremely thick if I kept all of the months together at once. With this in mind, I chose to do a ring binder style. For simplicity, I ordered an A6 size leather binder off Amazon and called it a day.
The trickiest part of this entire project was getting everything to print correctly. Of course, you could always pay someone to print this for you, but I wanted the flexibility to test my planner and make adjustments. Therefore, I went the economic route and printed it myself. Before going to print, I exported my file as a PDF to make things easier. I had to tweak my PDF settings to get everything to print in the correct order and direction so that I could print on both sides of the paper.
After I finally got those settings worked out (they will be unique to your printer) I printed on high-quality laser paper. I printed the planner with trim marks and used an x-acto knife to cut each page out individually. I also bought a six-ring binder punch off Amazon and punched the holes in each page.
The final result was a unique planner that fits my lifestyle perfectly! I love it and use it every day.
If you want to make your own planner and you like my design, check out this template!