Someone once said I had a unique taste. But, I always considered myself weird and different. Anyways, I am here to share some of my unique weirdness with my latest DIY Customized A5 Planner. For you to fully understand the meaning behind my madness you’ll have to sit back a few and listen for a little story.
DIY Customized A5 Planner – the why!
So last year I started my walk with God. That’s another story feel free to read about it here. When I started this faithful journey I read War Room and Fervent, that’s when I learned about War Binders & War Rooms. I loved the idea and started my first War Binder in a 3 ring binder. But it was too big, bulky and I had other issues like storing all those loose papers.
Then I moved to a mini 3 ring binder, the size was good but I didn’t like the loose papers. There were two A5 planners somewhere in between that I couldn’t get past the loose papers. At this
DIY Customized A5 Planner – the why cont.
Cutting my own notebooks, ended up being a bigger pain than I wanted. Plus I was still not satisfied with the width. But I used this method until the new
A booklet/bounded notebook/ but nothing with single pages.
It had to have more than 60 pages and at least 5-6″ wide.
I wanted a pretty cover like my Travelers notebook.
The first two needs weren’t hard to find. Composition notebooks had the space and a decent amount of pages. After looking for covers for it, I decided against it because of their prices. The cheapest I found was $35 and I wasn’t spending that much on a cover. I thought of making my own, but since I wasn’t fully sold on the composition notebook I moved on.
Then one day I stumbled across a 5 subject notebook with 150 pages, dividers and it was 8.26″ x 6.75″. See image above. It was exactly what I wanted, now I needed to find the pretty cover for it. That’s where I hit the bump in the road. I couldn’t find a cover made for this little joy of a notebook anywhere. So this is why I decided to do this DIY Customized A5 Planner turned Large Travelers Notebook project.
DIY Customized A5 Planner into Large Travelers Notebook.
Like I mentioned above I had a couple A5 Planners sitting on my shelf. I decided to use my oldest for this experiment, plus the strap was coming off. Before moving forward with anything I made sure the notebook I wanted to use fit. I slid it into the flaps of the planner and it was perfect.
DIY customized A5 planner turned large travelers notebook cont.
Once I had the notebook in the flap of the planner, I wanted to see if I could keep the rings in before moving on. The notebook and the rings both worked but I didn’t like how cluttered it looked, so the rings had to go.
Using an X-
Now I had to repair, or cover the little holes. I put some tacky glue under the little cuts and pushed them in place. But I didn’t like that I saw the holes, so I added a strip of wide washi tape. See image below. I didn’t really like the look so I added a strip of ribbon and looped the top so I can attach a little dangly clip later. For
DIY Customized A5 Planner into a Large Travelers Notebook
The notebook I will be using has a thick plastic front and back cover. I flipped the two together and slid them into the back flap area of the planner. You can slide the front cover into the flap on the inside front of the planner and the back into the back of the planner if you want. It works both ways, I just prefer it the first way. (see image above)
After I added the notebook, I made my 2019 Word of the Year page for the cover. I also added some pieces of pretty papers for notes, some faith stickers, and a pretty laminated piece of card stock that I will use under my pages when I am writing etc. I haven’t labeled any of my sections yet but will be making some coordinating tabs soon. My colors this year are pinks, whites, black, gray with pops of gold. The below image is what the outside cover looks like.
DIY Customized A5 Planner Turned Large Travelers Notebook – Final Thoughts
I like this set up and believe it will be something I continue to use. When the notebook is full I will date the cover and place on a shelf. All I have to do is add another notebook, label my sections and continue.
Each notebook has 150 sheets of paper for a total of 300 sheets for writing if you use front and back. It’s a perfect size not to big and not too small and works like a travelers notebook. After I’ve added my tabs and a few more inspiring things to my War Binder/Faith Planner I plan to share it here. You can also find my shares on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook. Feel free to follow along. Do you have a favorite set up for your War Binder? Do you have an image of one but haven’t figured out how to get it to work?
The above image is one of my A5 planners I struggled with last year. It’s pretty and I love the colors but struggled with the loose papers.