Whether it’s setting goals or managing your day-to-day activities, planners are the ideal way to keep your life organized and under control. With printable planners you also have the added benefit of being able to print the pages over and over whenever you need a new planner, so this makes them perfect if you’re watching your budget.
Using a traveler’s notebook planner gives you the option of adding individual inserts to create your own perfect and unique planner. In this tutorial I’m showing you how to make a printable traveler’s notebook planner inserts using the “Dream Big” Printable Planner Inserts which includes covers and insert pages for daily, weekly and monthly planners, plus a notes page.
- Printable Traveler’s Notebook Planner Inserts
- 110lb Cardstock
- 67lb Cardstock
- 24lb Copy Paper
- Bone Folder and Paper Creasing Tool Kit
- Binder Clips
- Long reach stapler
- Non-slip Ruler
- Xacto Knife
How to Make a Traveler’s Notebook Printable Planner Insert
Print the insert cover onto a sheet of good quality cardstock.
Trim 1/4″ from the top and bottom of the cover so that the page measures 11″ wide by 8″ high.
Using a creasing tool make a crease down the center of the cover.
Print 10-12 double-sided insert pages onto good quality copy paper such as 24lb weight copy paper or similar weight. This weight of copy paper is thick enough to provide good support for writing without the ink bleeding through to the other side. For a thicker page, you could print the pages onto a lightweight cardstock. You can print more or less pages as you prefer, however if you use too many the notebook won’t close properly.
On one side of one of the pages print a lined “notes” page, or leave it blank, and on the other side print the planner page. This will be the first and last page of the planner insert.
On all the other pages print the planner pages on both sides. For each insert print approximately 10-12 double-sided sheets of copy paper which will give you 40-48 pages. If you print too many pages you may have problems closing the insert. As a guide, for the monthly planner print enough pages for the year. For the weekly planner print enough pages for 3-4 months. For the daily planner print enough pages for one or two months.
Trim 1/4″ from the top and bottom edges of each of the pages so that they measure 11″ wide by 8″ high.
Stack all the pages together with the cover on top, the notes page next, then the rest of the planner pages underneath.
Use some binder clips to hold the pages together.
You can assemble the insert in several different ways. Use a long reach stapler to staple the pages together …
… or sew the pages together down the middle on your sewing machine. Be sure to use a strong needle and sew slowly to avoid breaking the needle. Once sewn, tie off the thread tails in a knot at both ends.
Fold the planner insert in half and press along the spine using a bone folder.
Align a ruler along the long edge of the cover and using an xacto knife cut away the excess paper. Take your time and cut lightly but firmly until all the pages are trimmed.