Tag Archives: Levenger Circa

New! The Pretty Pretty Planner comes in Letter Size!

Now available – weekly layouts of the 2015 Pretty Pretty Planner in both a Erin Condren/Plum Planner style and as an hourly week. Also available are monthly pages. Black and white versions are not available yet, but will follow in the next couple of weeks, as I need a break from these for a bit.

Download them for free on the Pretty Pretty Planner’s page! Scroll to the bottom for new updates.

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Pretty Pretty Planner, Weekly Hourly, Letter-Size Version

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Pretty Pretty Planner, Weekly Letter-Size Version

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Pretty Pretty Planner, Monthly Letter-Size Version

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Dollar Tree Chopping Mats as Discbound Covers

In my explorations online, I’d heard that Dollar Tree cutting mats, sold in sets of 2 per package, could easily be cut down into discbound notebook covers. So once day I made a trip specifically to Dollar Tree to grab some, and recently had the chance to try it out. Here’s how the process went!

First of all, I had to find a good template. I used the clear covers from an Office Depot Foray Revolution notebook to trace my pattern onto the cutting mats. I was able to get both front and back pieces on one cutting mat, still leaving one leftover for future use. I penciled around the Foray cover, and cut them with a paper cutter, rounding the edges with a scrapbooking corner rounder I had.


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Once the pieces were ready, I matched up the new covers to the pre-punched Foray cover, and removed a punch head from the Levenger Circa punch for spacing reasons (easily done by unscrewing and sliding forward).

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A work-in-progress scene.

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Of that one cutting mat, I had enough plastic for front and back pieces AND two pagefinders.

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The covers on an actual dashboard.

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One of the custom cut pagefinders I used to hold sticky flags.

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Another view of the pagefinder.

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Final results are, I really like them as covers, but the plastic is very thin and somewhat flimsy/floppy. On a notebook without any tab dividers or other support, it can be little TOO thin compared to normal Staples Arc poly plastic covers.

(Planner shown in the pics above is the Pretty Pretty Planner.)

Using Post-It Flags in your DIY Planner

I liked my sticky flag holder in my junior Circa so much that I adapted it to my letter-size work notebook too.

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I used a letter-size Levenger top-tab divider and a gluestick to keep the post-it flags firmly attached.

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I love how the flags are exactly the size of the appointments section of my work planner page.

Which post-it flags you ask? These!

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I just love arranging them in ROYGBV order.

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Introducing … The Pretty Pretty 2015 Planner

As I become more involved in online planner groups on Facebook and Instagram, I’ve also become more inspired to try and find the perfect weekly planner layout. I was drawn to the whole planner ecosystems around the Erin Condren and Plum Paper planners. I like the weekly layouts, divided into day segments and with otherwise open boxes for people to write their own appts, reminders, etc. And who knew there are whole planner stickers and accessories designed to fit the boxes in these planners? Crazy, right?! But as I browsed through the planner sections of Etsy, I so wanted to try them! But … I like my discbound notebooks – the planners I linked to above are an unconventional size: too big for the traditional ‘Junior’ or 8.5 x 5.5″ sizes, and too small for Letter-sized notebooks. And they are THICK spiral-bound planners! While I’d seen pics from those who have cut off the spiral binding and punched them with Levenger punches, they’d still require some pretty big discs to carry the whole thing, which I don’t like to use as a general rule, 1″ is as big as I will go (and that took awhile!). But after browsing Etsy and comparing alternatives, there didn’t seem to be any substitute planner printables that I could find that had a similar feel.

So I made one.
I call it the Pretty Pretty 2015 Planner. Because it is pretty. Best of all, it’s free for download!
Just go here.

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Pretty Pretty Planner 2015

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Pretty Pretty Planner 2015

“Jen’s 2013 Daily Planner” – I Heart Organizing

I really love the entire look and concept of this discbound planner from Jen at I Heart Organizing – from the colors down to the sticky tab labels and accessories. Lucky for us, the planner printables are available from her Etsy shop!

MyHouseAndHome Blog’s Discbound Planner Setup

Was browsing through Pinterest when I found my way to MyHouseAndHome’s blog and her fantastic overview of her personal discbound planner. I really like the idea of creating tab dividers with cardstock, post-it flags, and washi tape – it’s ingenious! Definitely bookmarking for future reference.

“Owning My Notebook Habit” – Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde has a fantastic blog post about how she uses Circa notebooks for her writing process. Check it out here. I really love seeing all the different notebooks she keeps for her projects.