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DIY 2015 Weekly Planner Printables

I’m so forgetful. It’s really bad. I swear my brain has been reduced to half its usefulness since I had babies. That’s why I designed this cute new 2015 Weekly Planner! I know I’m a couple weeks late with this, so I’ve marked it down $2 to make up for that… and if you purchase the new planner printables through Saturday (1/17), you’ll save an additional 20%! The good news is that it’s super easy to put together in a day and you can have your own cute planner in your hands by tomorrow! :D Let’s get organized for the year, shall we?

DIY 2015 Half Letter Size Weekly Planner Printables

 

You’re going to LOVE getting organized this year using this cute, printable weekly planner! Includes easy to print PDF files. Sized 5.5×8.5″ (half letter size), this is the perfect size for everyday use and fits in mini binders (found at Staples, Walmart, Target, and Office Depot) and the Staples Arc Junior planner.

This planner includes a title page, monthly dividers with tabs, blank tabs to create your own, year at a glance spread, monthly calendar spreads, weekly spreads (Monday start) with a place to plan out meals each day, lined note papers, monthly goal sheets, and a holiday shopping gift list for December. Calendars and weekly pages include standard US holidays.

Two versions of the planner are included:

  • A PDF file with 5.5×8.5″ sheets, which is suitable for printing directly on paper you have pre-cut down to size (if you have the ability to print on a custom size paper, it is recommended you print using this option)
  • A PDF file with 2 pages on each 8.5×11″ sheet so you can print directly onto letter size paper and then cut them down to size after printing (for those who do not have the ability to print onto custom sized papers). This file is only suitable for printing double-sided pages.

JPEGS of the title page and dividers are also included.

Where do you find binders for half letter size 5.5×8.5″ planners?

I found a couple styles of mini binders that would work perfectly with a planner this size. Look how CUTE this bright pink binder is with the gold polka dots (the aqua and green ones would also work well with these printables)! I picked this up at Target. I also found a pretty Martha Stewart mini binder on clearance last week at Staples for just $3. Sadly, this line has been discontinued so they’re hard to find.

Mini Half Letter Binders

Avery has a line of mini binders that are sold at Target, Walmart, Staples, Office Depot, and are also available online on Amazon. Staples also carries their own brand of mini binders. The Arc system (sold at Staples) also has a folder that works with this size (6 3/4″ x 8 3/4″ size).

I opted to go with a mini binder because it worked out to be quite a bit cheaper than something like the Arc. I got a mini 3-hole punch from Staples online for just $6.40 (on sale) and it was at my house the very next business day using their free shipping with a rewards account (free to sign up – and it’s not a credit account). If you go with an Arc system, you need a special punch for that, which is quite a bit more pricey.

You could also take your printed files to a printing place to get it wire bound, if you prefer!

What kind of paper should I use?

I recommend you use 28lb – 32lb paper for your weekly/monthly, etc. pages. If you use standard 20lb paper, you’re going to be able to see through to the other side. I used 28lb paper from Office Max.

You will want to use a heavy cover card stock for the title page, dividers, and tabs OR you can print them onto photo paper. The dividers, title page, and tabs are in a separate PDF file so you can use a heavier paper when you print them out. Personally, I opted to take the JPEGs of these pieces (also included in your download) and I placed them on 12×12″ canvases in Photoshop (2 dividers per page), saved them as JPEGs, and ordered them on 12×12″ prints from Persnickety Prints. I didn’t want to eat up a lot of color ink printing these out and I like the feel of the photo paper for the dividers. My printer is also kinda crappy, so the photo prints are far superior than what I would get printing them at home.

How to print out your planner

I very strongly recommend that you do a test print before printing off the entire planner. Printers vary so much in the way that they feed paper, so it’s important that you figure out how you’ll need to flip your paper in order to print double-sided pages. If you’re printing using 5.5×8.5″ paper, I’d suggest trying pages 1-10 for your test (odd pages only first, then even pages after you flip your paper). If you’re printing onto 8.5×11″ letter size paper and cutting them in half after printing, I’d test print pages 1-6 (odd pages only first, then even pages after you flip your paper).

You have two options for printing this planner:

OPTION 1: Cut your paper in half first and then print your pages. If your printer has the ability to do custom sizes, I recommend doing it this way so you don’t have to sort pages later.

  1. Get out your scrapbook paper cutter and use the ruler to cut your blank papers exactly in half (at the 5.5″ mark). You will need to cut 39 pieces of paper in half – yielding 78 cut pieces – to have enough paper for your planner pages (this does not include your dividers and title page, since those need to be printed on a thicker paper). I picked up a cheap cutter at JoAnn’s last weekend because I lost my rotary cutter long ago. They were 50% off and I got this Fiskars SureCut 12″ Trimmer for just $12! It has a swing out ruler so you can cut up to 12″ wide. I was able to cut 3 pieces of 28lb paper at a time. If I did more, the cut on the bottom papers got a little ragged.
  2. Load your printer with your 5.5×8.5″ paper.
  3. Open the file named mturnidge-2015planner-halfletter.pdf and select File > Print.
  4. Print the ODD pages only. NOTE: These instructions work with my Canon Pixma on my Mac. Your dialog may not look the same. In your printer dialog, make sure you set the scale to 100% or it could mess up the margins. Then add a custom size. On mine, I click on Paper Size and select Manage Custom Sizes.
    Untitled-2Click on the plus sign below the list of custom sizes, add a name, and set the measurement to 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Press OK.
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    Select to print only the ODD pages. I find this under Paper Handling. Select ODD ONLY under Pages to Print and I set the Page Order to Normal (otherwise, my printer will print them in reverse order, but I want page 1 to come out of the printer first).
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    04printUnder Quality and Media, you can adjust the print quality. I selected High. Hit PRINT!
  5. Take your odd pages and flip them over to print on the back sides and load the papers back into the printer. MAKE SURE YOU’VE DONE A TEST PRINT FIRST to make sure you know how you need to put the papers back into the printer! I don’t want you to mess it up when you print the whole planner. That’d be sad. For my Canon Pixma, it feeds the paper straight through, so I take my whole stack, flip it over, and feed the paper into the printer with the TOP margin of the page down in the printer (and the blank side of the paper is facing me).
  6. Print the EVEN pages only onto the backs of your odd pages. Follow the directions above, making sure to select the custom size, double check the print quality, and set the page order to Normal, but select Even Only under Pages to Print. Select PRINT!
  7. Print the dividers & title page onto heavier paper. This file is intended to be printed single sided only. If you have the ability to do borderless printing, make sure you select that so the patterns fill the paper.
  8. Now you’re ready to assemble! Keep scrolling and skip over the print instructions for Option 2! :D

 

OPTION 2: Print your planner onto letter size paper first and then cut them in half. (REMINDER: do a test print before printing the entire planner) – When you take a look at the PDF for this option, it looks super crazy. The page order doesn’t make any sense. If you print double-sided and you don’t mess up the paper feeding (and you don’t skip any pages), it will all make sense once you cut it. The page order has to be like this in order for it to all work out in the end. I do NOT recommend attempting to skip any pages when you print. It could potentially mess up some of your 2-page spreads. Page #1 has planner pages 4 and 1 on it and the back side of that paper will be page #2, which has planner pages 3 and 4 on it.

  1. Load printer with your 8.5×11″ paper.
  2. Open the file named mturnidge-2015planner-fullsheet.pdf and select File > Print.
  3. Print the ODD pages only. NOTE: These instructions work with my Canon Pixma on my Mac. Your dialog may not look the same. In your printer dialog, make sure you set the scale to 100%, otherwise it may mess up the margins. When I test printed it at 100% it came out perfect. When I selected “Scale to Fit: Print Entire Image” it made the side margins too big, then when I hole punched the sheets, some of the pages had holes in the printed area. Make sure Letter is selected under Paper Size. Select Print Entire Image.
    printingdialogSelect to print only the ODD pages. I find this under Paper Handling. Select ODD ONLY under Pages to Print and I set the Page Order to Normal (otherwise, my printer will print them in reverse order, but I want page 1 to come out of the printer first).
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    Under Quality and Media, you can adjust the print quality. I selected High. Hit PRINT!
  4. Take your odd pages and flip them over to print on the back sides and load the papers back into the printer. MAKE SURE YOU’VE DONE A TEST PRINT FIRST to make sure you know how you need to put the papers back into the printer! I don’t want you to mess it up when you print the whole planner. That’d be sad. For my Canon Pixma, it feeds the paper straight through, so I take my whole stack, flip it over so the odd pages are face down, and feed the paper into the printer.
  5. Print the EVEN pages only onto the backs of your odd pages. Follow the directions above, making sure to double check the print quality, and set the page order to Normal, but select Even Only under Pages to Print. Select PRINT!
  6. Print the dividers & title page onto heavier paper. This file is intended to be printed single sided only. If you have the ability to do borderless printing, make sure you select that so the patterns fill the paper.
  7. Get out your scrapbook paper cutter and use the ruler to cut your printed papers exactly in half (at the 5.5″ mark). I was able to cut 3 pieces of 28lb paper at a time. If I did more, the cut on the bottom papers got a little ragged.
  8. Now you need to do some paper flipping to get the pages in the correct order. If you’re cutting more than one paper at a time, you might get them a little mixed up. If your pages get mixed up, you can always reference the other PDF of the 5.5×8.5″ pages, as those are all in the correct order. (Each month starts with a Goals page, then the calendar spread, the weekly spreads, and ends with a lined note page). Make sure your pages are in the correct order before you start punching holes.

 

Assemble that beautiful planner!

Alrighty, punch holes in the pages and then get your dividers ready! After you cut out your tabs, score along the center (where it needs to fold) and then fold them over and glue them to the divider pages. Start with the first divider, gluing the tab just below the top edge of the paper. Take your next divider and use the first as a guide for placing your second tab. Repeat until all dividers are done. Set aside to dry completely, then punch holes in the dividers and title page.

Printable Mini Binder Dividers

I designed the planner so that the dividers go just before the Goals page in each month, so add them in there and load it all in your binder. That’s it!

DIY 2015 Weekly Planner Printables

What’s so great about having a binder for your planner is that you can add in stuff later on, if you like. Feel free to get creative with it. Use washi tape to block out events that take place over several days and add more color to your planner. You can use different colored pens on your weekly planner pages, using a color system to help you sort out different appointments or activities. For example, you can write out personal appointments in blue, kids’ activities in pink, work appointments in black, etc. I picked up some cute paper clips at Hobby Lobby to mark the current week in my planner so I can find it quickly. Have fun with it! :)

DIY 2015 Weekly Planner Printables

DIY Weekly Planner Month on 2 Page Spread Calendar

DIY 2015 Weekly Planner Tabbed Dividers DIY Weekly Planner Pages

Let me know if you have any questions and I’d absolutely LOVE to see your finished planners!

DIY 2015 Weekly Planner Printables

DIY 2015 Weekly Planner Printables

Freebie Friday

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Go grab this beautiful free mini kit in the shop and check out all the other amazing freebies added by my fellow SSD designers! Happy New Year!

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