Thursday, December 27, 2012

handmade calendar/planner

This is the time of year when I always get organized and there is nothing that I love more than a fresh calendar and planner. And while I could probably go digital with my planning, I love a good ol' fashion paper calendar and planner. This year I decided that instead of buying a calendar/planner I would make my own from a blank sketchbook.  


(A blank sketchbook is great to use for creative planning because there are lots of pages to fill up with notes and the paper is great for painting, painting and collage.)

I started by creating a fun cover - I used a piece of black chip board and drew all over the surface with a white pen. I glued it to the cover of my sketchbook (I used black paint to touch up the edges).

I split my sketchbook into three sections- 

1. A calendar with one month on each page.
2. A blog section where I can keep all of my blogging notes, ideas, sketches, and blogging schedule.
3. My to do lists- The only way I am able to get so much stuff done is by keeping detailed to do lists for each and every day of the week. Keeping these lists in one place (instead of all over the house) will keep me more organized.

Each section has plenty of room to for notes and sketches.
















































Now my pages are ready for a year of creative planning, ideas, organization and of course,  some sketching!

58 comments:

farine fiori e fili.. said...

hi!I don't speak english..but..WONDERFULLLLLLLL!!
bye bye
simona

noomiy said...

Well Done, girl!

Cristiane Marino said...

Wow! Your calendar is amazing!
Wonderful!
A Very Happy New Year!

Pink Pearl ® said...

Love your year planner. I like the way you have it done!!!
I follow the blog a long time but now I have it on my blog.
Happy New Year.
xx Helmie.

Els04 said...

great! lot's of fun in it I wish you!

Emma said...

That planner is so pretty, love the calendar's look but also the watercolor washed memo pages :)

Deniz Yildiz said...

this is increadible! beautiful beautiful beautiful!
totally inspiring!!! so gonna copy you!

Lallabel said...

I love this idea so much!
I would like to try to do it for myself!
thank you for the inspiration, I adore everything you do!

Transmogrified Limn said...

This is a perfect idea! Why... Why did I not think of this? I've seen Moleskine hacks but never a regular old sketchbook! Oh my gosh. Maybe I'll go both routes and do a Moleskine sketchbook planner... I know I've got plenty sitting around, haha.
Have a great day!

Preeti said...

simply amazing !!! and "find balance" is the best part of the planner ! :)

Bee said...

I love this idea! I'm never able to find a planner in the stores that is exactly what I need.....this is a great answer and so beautiful!

HollyM said...

Wow, the book itself is a work of art. You are filled with creative energy!

Sharon Tomlinson said...

Wonderful inspiration! I seem to just keep blank journals....so of course I have one that will work. I'm doing it!

Carol B. said...

AMAZING!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your creative energy. You have inspired me to make my own. Who would want to go digital after seeing this wonderful planner?
Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year.

Kasey said...

I am pretty addicted to my digital calendar but if I went to paper I would so buy one from you!

Le petit monde de Louison said...

It's so beautiful!! Very inspiring!!

Ashley said...

SOOOO beautiful!!!

AUBREY @ Project Lovegood said...

This is absolutely beautiful and definitely very inspiring! Thank you for all that you do because there isn't a post that you do that I'm disappointed in or don't pin. :) Cheers to ya!

Kiki Halbert said...

Love this agenda Alisa. How many pages total did the sketchbook have when you started? I think I'll use one of my older sketchbooks for something along these lines. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kristina W said...

So, so lovely!! Now I'm inspired to give this a go!!

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susiecarranzastudio said...

LOVE this! definitely going to try this - i have a sketchbook (or 2 or 3...) to spare. :)

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Almu said...

Hi, Alissa, we " met" at One of Carla Sonheim's Sillyland.i love all your creations, you're amazing!! Thanks for being an inspiration!

marie said...

This is such a nice idea...you're so creative! I love the thought of a personalized calendar/organizer!

dawn said...

I LOVE LOVE your sketchbook planner, it's so creative and pretty!! This is something I'd like to try now, maybe one small one for each month. I'm really loving this, thanks so much for the inspiration!! Must go buy a sketchbook now!!

Could you show us little peeks thru the year as how it's going or what you may change/add to it??!!

Thanks for always having fun and inspiring ideas to share with us!

Melanie Jade said...

I love this idea!

Serena Lewis said...

What a fantastic idea! You are so inspiring, Alisa...thank you!

carrantuohill said...

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anna maria said...

Your creativity is limitless!! Beautiful job.

dibujosdenube... said...

so beautiful!!! Lovely!!
^-^

Heli said...

this is great, thanks for sharing

Anna - Krulik said...

Great! I have to make my :)

Sarah said...

That looks amazing! I'm going to try it out very soon:) And I will definitely keep it in mind when I'm looking for a gift for one of my friends!

I love it!

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Elaine Edwards said...

Oh my gosh I love it!

JGG said...

I would love love love to create my own calendar - but to have look like yours would take me the whole year!! Seriously - how long did you work on that?

Jane LaFazio said...

oh Alisa..this is very inspiring and certainly beats my online google calendar! here I thought I was being all efficient. Great post, great idea. You continue to amaze me! I admire you very very much. xoxo

lifeofdeb said...

I love this calendar. It looks like it was a lot of fun to create and will be so much fun to use. I always buy one, but maybe next year I'll try to create my own to use.

Sheila said...

This is beautiful and such a great idea. I always love what you come up with. Definitely going to try and do one of my own. Thank you for the inspiration.

Caryl said...

Love how organized you are... this looks great.

Geisslein said...

this is simply amazing! I am flashed now! thanks for the inspiration! greetings from germany, geisslein

Teddi said...

it's oh so much prettiness dear alisa!

Betsy said...

Alisa, this is a lovely book - quite inspiring. For me, 2013 will be a year for seeking out and surrounding myself with beauty (what else can be done in such a dark world?). You've inspired me to create a journal like yours. Thanks for that!

Karen Pruzansky said...

Amazing ideas as usual......I needed to see this Today! First day of a 4 day weekend before the New Year. THANK YOU!

lizziebusy said...

That's so cool! Such a cute idea!
Lizzie

Andria said...

Gorgeous! I love your page inspiring you to keep balance with the importance of your little girl. I indulged in a new three-ring planner for the new year, and while it doesn't have the artistic personal touch yet, I am having fun making it my own!

Janet said...

The cover is gorgeous, such a great idea! I love how clean your white doodles are on the black cover, looks like it was smooth with no skipping. Could you please tell us what white pen you used for the doodles?

Sharon Stanley said...

wooohooo! love this idea! i do love a good planner.

Aurora Drysdale said...

Glorious New Year Day on the seaside coast! My Year is already starting crafty, Thanks Alisa I'll post picture of my version on Instagram.
Keep inspiring!

Alyssa Renæ said...

Hi! I love this idea! I designed a planner on my computer, but it seemed like it would cost a lot of money to get it printed. This way sounds soooo fun, plus, I'll have plenty of space for all my to-do lists! Thanks for sharing! :)
Alyssa

أنا حره said...

I WANT ONE OF THEEEEEEEESE :(

Good job, you're my INSPIRATION ;)and you'll always be..

Thanks for being that CREATIVE..

Tiffani said...

Very pretty and creative! I bet just looking at your calendar will cause inspiration! (It inspires me!)

Rose :: Fine Craft said...

Gorgeous!!! and functional too! wow.

MAD14kt said...

I L*VE IT!!! :)

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Beth said...

This is genius! Definitely doing something like this for next year!

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