I knew this was a silly waste of money and resources. I am a fan of buying great inserts for my planner that work for me, but for all my do-it-yourself pages, I was spending quite a bit of money over the course of the year.
This weekend, I spent some time finding links for free paper. I found one, in particular, that prints out graph paper. Before, I always just used lined paper. But graph paper is easier to measure out and cut along the straight lines, plus it has so many possibilities for planning.
I am not crafty at all, but anyone can do this. So, step-by-step, here's how I made my DIY notepads using graph paper printables:
1. Print out graph paper. (I used to run my own law firm, so I have way too much copy paper on my hands.) I print in the cheapest greyscale for this purpose, since I want to save money and keep the lines subtle.
2. Make a template. I just traced a piece of one of my planner pages.
3. Use the template to mark and cut the graph paper. I do several pieces at once.
4. Use a hole punch and the template to hole punch several pages at once.
Yes, you saw that correctly. I use a single hole punch only - nothing fancy here - and I just keep all my planner supplies together in a makeup bag.
5. Put the blank pages in your planner as your dashboard.
6. Finally, file the template in your Notes/Files under the word "planner." It's a good place to keep track of things such as the measurements of your planner. Tip: Write "planner" in a box in the upper right hand corner to make filing easier.
Quick, easy, and cheap.