Making Your Own Customizable Planner Inserts: Get Designing

Last week we talked about how to start brainstorming ideas for your own planner inserts. By now, you should have a bunch of really good ideas of what you want the pages to look like and now it’s time to start designing them on the computer. So, here we go:

  1. Open up Mac Numbers or Microsoft Excel.
  2. Set your size. If you are in Excel, go to page setup and set your paper dimensions. If you are in Mac Numbers, go to the “Format” button and select “Arrange.” Screen Shot 2016-01-28 at 5.00.33 PM
  3. Build from the smallest unit up. What I mean by this is start with the smallest element of your inserts. For instance, I wanted to have a grid included in all my inserts, so I started by creating those boxes first. Once I had done that, I divided those boxes into larger boxes.
  4. When you have completed a page, repeat the process for the subsequent pages. If you want to make pages fold in and overlap with certain parts of other pages, then a simple way of accomplishing this is through copy and pasting. For example, in the image above, I wanted the calendar to extend beyond the margins of the page laying on top of it. An easy way of accomplishing this without getting too complicated is to simply use this calendar page as a template and build all subsequent pages off of its dimensions.

Have fun customizing the pages to suit your needs. Next week, I will share with you how to print your new planner inserts.

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