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When awesome products don’t stay around!

I am having a planner problem! Crisis!!    Mild annoyance Preference problem. You see when I was in high school two of my sisters went to a local christian book store and found these awesome planners. They where kind of like the filofax, kikki.k, etc. designs but it was a soft plastic 3-ring binder. We all got a different design and the two in school used it for school and I don’t know what my older sister did with hers. I’ve gone back to this store over the years to find another one but they only carried them the one time! I never knew the name, but I know that was the most organized year of my life!

The problem I am having is that last year I was trying to minimalize and figured why do I need this old book? It really hurt to put it in the trash because I loved that binder and I never ever thought about just printing out my own calendars to refill it 😦

The closest thing I can come to in size and feel is this Imagination Academic Year Daily Dated Planner but in my dreams I could have this size, shape, weight, spiral bound but with the layout more like Day-Timer Family plus loose-leaf planner (which for some reason I can’t find a correct link to the one I saw in Walmart last night but linked is the actual website, also pictured below). The problem with the family binder is that it’s super bulky and not portable in my opinion While the academic one mentioned about.



Also!!!!! A big grrrr is how the planner is $24.95 at my Walmart but the refill alone on the website is $28 plus shipping! that is ridiculous! The only thing I can think to do it buy the one at walmart that I like and find a cover of my prefered size. I like my planner pages to meet with the edges. No extra room for things to get into the planner.


Planning a planner and music

I have been passionately time consumed with watching videos on how to plan a planner. How to make a planner. It turns out it’s really super expensive. So I set out to make my own for cheap using mostly what I already have and buying the bare minimum. So far I have only spent $22 dollars on a whole pinch, a pack of card stock, and the calendar divider inserts. Comparing that to the setting price of most binder systems ($50-200!) I think that’s rather frugal.

After a rather frustrating search I decided to make my own printable calendars on grey car stock since my binder is white. These are for a mini binder 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.



I also got a to do list paper pack at Target on clearance

^^That’s my plan on how to set up my planner.

I didn’t want to spend big bucks on a system that I may or may not use. I am very forgetful and want to start holding myself accountable for not much money.

And here is the mini binder I already had:


So after I do my round of chores today, I’ll be putting this baby together and trying to start using it. If I find I use it and I really will use a Filofax or a Kikki.k than I will save the money and get one at the end of the year. A5 size.

The link to my video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NHeP76qxuc
The three videos that inspired me in my set up:
1. MrsLizzieAnn and her Erin Condren
2. Moe Howard and her DIY setup
3. Alexis aka MissTrenchcoat and her Kikki.k

Oh and because I mentioned it in my video here is a link to my daughter’s favorite song Life. Then most click on the channel name from there. The song I referenced is only available for purchase but you can listen to a previews of Heartbeat on iTunes or Amazon mp3. I believe she said the album would be up on Spotify in June or July. You can always listen to the other CDs on YouTube and/or Spotify.