How to Create a Custom Calendar Planner

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A store-bought calender planner is useful to write down appointments, due dates and special occasions to remember. While this is an easy option, such planners can be hard to find in the middle of the year and most lack personality. Create your own custom calendar planner instead to express yourself through imagery, font, paper choice and cover decoration while keeping your life organized.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Resume or scrapbook paper
  • Three-hole punch
  • Cover material like leather, fabric or card stock
  • Ribbon, twine or binder rings
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbook stickers, colored pencils, decorative ribbon or decals

Make the Calendar

  • Launch Microsoft Word. OpenOffice (for PC) and NeoOffice (for Mac) Writer may also be used; these open format programs are available for free download at openoffice.org and neooffice.org.

  • Click the "File" drop-down menu, then "New." Within the "New Document" menu, under "Templates," choose "On My Computer."

  • Select the "Other Documents" tab, then choose "Calendar Wizard."

  • Follow the steps within the wizard to create your calendar, formatting months and years to be used. Size the calendar as appropriate; a large portfolio calendar measures 8-1/2 by 11 inches, a small purse-size planner measures 4 by 6-1/2 inches.

  • Add clip art and/or word art for a custom planner. Browse through Word's clip art gallery or use royalty-free stock images like those at Stock.XCHNG (http://sxc.hu/).

  • Print the calendar. Resume paper and scrapbook paper lend your calendar a bit of personality. Use 11 by 17-inch paper or larger to format large portfolio planners. Stack and/or fold pages so months line up appropriately; create binding holes with a three-hole punch.

Customize the Planner

  • Punch holes into your choice of piece of leather, fabric or card stock to match the calendar.

  • Set the front and back covers around the calendar. If using a piece of leather or fabric, wrap it around the calendar. Align all punch holes.

  • Fasten pages by threading ribbon or twine through the punched holes. Tie a bow or knot to finish; remove extra with scissors. Or you may fasten the calendar with binder rings.

  • Use scrapbook stickers, colored pencils or decorations like ribbon and decals to ornament your planner's cover.

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References

  • Photo Credit calendar and pen image by Dariusz Urbanczyk from Fotolia.com
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