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Custom Planner- San Antonio Photographer

I have been very unorganized, pretty much my entire life!  Over the last year of running a business, I’ve been writing notes on sticky notes…I bought myself a notebook but the notes and pages always got lost!  About a month or so ago I saw a tutorial on the fabulous Megan-Kathryn Photography’s blog and I knew right then that this was a tutorial I had to try!!! It was easy and fun and since you are designing it, you can customize it to look any way you want! I added a few special touches of my own, such as my little bow, my 3×2 luxe sticker from Miller’s and decorative brads.


Per her instructions I gathered these materials (plus a little of my own changes):

52 sheets of blank planner (printed from home, please refer to Megan’s blog for the blank psd files)

12 sheets of blank calandar (printed from home, please refer to Megan’s blog for the blank psd files)

Decorative Front and Back Covers (printed at home)

1 large chipboard (cut into 3 pieces)

Ribbon for pen loop and flip loop

Spray Adhesive

Brads (not in Megan’s instructions)

Hole Punch


One File Folder

Binding Service


1. To start I customized the calendar and planner psd files to be cohesive with my branding.

2. I then printed out 52 copies of the planner and 12 sheets of the calendar….you can make as many as you’d like!

3. I created a document 8.5 in x 11 in and customized it to my branding as well and printed 2 copies for my front and back covers.

4. I outlined the chipboard to the sizes of my custom designed front and back covers and cut them out.

5.  I then took my front and back covers and my 52 planner sheets to Staples and had them bind it together for me (a little over $4)


6. When I returned home, I cut down the sides of my calendar pages to the side borders and attached them to another cut-out piece of chipboard.  Rather than using the glued tear-off pad method, I opted to use a single hole punch for the top and bottom of the left side of the paper and attached the planner sheets to the chipboard backing with two decorative brads (fasteners) that I had from Hobby Lobby.

7. I then cut my file folder down to size and used the spray adhesive to attach it to the inside of my planner.

8.  Once the file folder was attached and dry, I used the adhesive to attach the back of my calendar to the front side of the folder as pictured below.:-)

9. Lastly I hot glued a little piece of ribbon to the inside of the file folder to create a flip tab for ease of opening and did the same on the inside of the back cover for a pen loop, but you can place it where ever you’d like!

10.  For fun I added the bow and flower onto the front with excess materials I already had to dress my planner up a bit!

You can do this!  You can use it for any type of planner, whether it be for a business or your everyday life it will help you to organize your days and weeks!

Thank you to Megan-Kathryn Photography for the crafty tutorial on your blog!  Without it, I would be….less organized! Stop by her site and leave her some blog love.  

I believe she also will custom make one for you if you don’t have the time or patience.

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