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2017 Agenda: Re-usable Printable Inserts for a Midori Traveler’s Journal

Three years ago I made my first handmade planner from scratch. I designed the pages and bound it by hand. Last year I upgraded my game by creating my version of a Midori Traveler’s Journal and adding printables designed by me. This year (I’m a bit late), I decided to keep the Traveler’s Journal (you can’t even see I used it a whole year) and I make new printables. Printables that are perfectly re-usable for 2018 and beyond.

As I mentioned this year I made printables that are re-usable for years to come. I’ll probably still design new inserts every year (because it’s fun to do), but if you absolutely love this lay-out, you can use it again next year. ūüôā If you can’t wait to see all the pictures showing all the options I put in the lay-out, you can download the printable agenda inserts already.

If you don’t have an A5 Midori Traveler’s Journal at hand, you can use my full tutorial on how to make one. It’s not hard at all, al lot cheaper than the real deal and you can make it in any size you want.

I evaluated last year’s agenda and decided to drop a couple of spreads, because they didn’t get any use. I added more space for takes notes though. ūüôā

Monthly overview

Firstly, at the beginning of every month you can find a monthly overview. You can plan you whole month here and see everything in one glance. Next to the calendar you’ll find some white space, for adding extra notes or for doodling around. ¬†I’ll try to use this spread for planning my blog posts and social media posts every month. I’ll maybe add some sticky notes in the empty space on the right, for blog posts that don’t have a fixed date to go live.

A spread of lists

After the monthly overview you can find two pages where you can fill in a lot of standard lists. You’ll find space for your monthly to do list, blog & social media ideas but also for the books you want to read, things on your wish list or just random happy thoughts. On the page on the right there is a small doodle-box with a different drawing challenge for every month.

Weekly overview

After the spread with lists I’ve put the actual planner part. You can see your week at a glance on the left side of the agenda, where I put all seven days. I decided I didn’t need all the extra space I had every day in my 2016 agenda, because I have the tendency to put way too much on my to do list. On the right side I put a lot of space to put down all the notes, lists and doodles you want to make. This is also the area where you can add you weekly meal plan if you want to, something that I had last year in the list-spread.

You might have noticed I didn’t add dates on the monthly overview and neither did I on the weekly overview. Therefore you’ll have to add the dates manually, but this also means the printables are reusable for years to come. I fill in the dates at the beginning of the month and because I don’t plan months ahead this works for me. I pondered upon this a long time, so let me know what you think about having to fill in the dates yourself? Is it too much of a hassle or do you not mind doing this?

Finally, at the end of every month there is an extra page for notes (here I keep my “books bought”-list) on the left and the title page for the next page on the right. All pages for notes have dots instead of lines, because I find these so versatile to use! Want to draw a box? No problem, just connect the dots. Want to write vertically? Also an option!

If you want to make your own planner, all you need to do is download the pdf files and print them on A4 paper. You only need to fold them and add them into the traveler’s journal. If you’re not sure how to do this, make sure to check last’s years tutorial on assembling the traveler’s notebook.¬†If you don’t have an A5 Midori Traveler’s Journal at hand, you can use my full tutorial on how to make one.

Do you like my design for this year’s agenda? Do you use an agenda? Or are you more into bullet journaling. Or not into planners at all? (if so, I salute you for reading this post till the end) Let me know in the comments. ūüôā


Keeping things clean monthly to do list (+ printable)

I don’t know about you, but I think I can already smell spring in the air! We’ve had a couple of sunny days in the past week (and a couple with non-stop rain pouring down) and it starts to feel like spring. Which makes me feel all energized and itching to do some spring cleaning. What’s better than a good spring cleaning? Making a to do list with all the things that need cleaning of course!

Ok, I’ll tone down my enthusiasm about spring cleaning a bit, before people start thinking I’m possessed by Mari Kondo or something.¬†I’m not that of a enthusiastic cleaner to be honest and some tasks almost never get done in this house (*kof* the windows *kof*). I made myself a neat little to do list so I can better keep track of all the things that need to be done on a weekly and monthly basis.

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I kept it nice and simple, though I contemplated writing down all the different chores, so the printed basis would be the same every month. I even researched what people deemed normal to do on a weekly and monthly basis, but those people on the house cleaning fora scare me know. Who has time to wash out their kitchen cabinets every week? And who’s bottom is that dirty their toilets need daily cleaning? Really people, too much cleaning isn’t healthy. Go eat some dirt! (please don’t, but you get my drift)

Keeping things clean with this monthly to do list

If you’re also in need of keeping your cleaning habits on track (or if you just like¬†lists and ticking off tasks), I’ve made the to do list into a printable. Just click the image above to download the pdf. And tell me, what is the one cleaning thing you never get to?

Freebies, Projects, Tutorials

2016 agenda: the printables and assembling your notebook

Last year I made my first agenda and I really liked it! After using this agenda for almost a year, I realised it didn’t quite fit all my needs. There were parts of the agenda I almost didn’t use and parts that weren’t big enough for everything I wanted to put in them. So, for the 2016 agenda I made a brand new design!

I already put the how to for the Midori Traveler’s Notebook styled cover online yesterday¬†and I also talked a bit about how the Midori Notebook worked, but today I’m going to show you!

The agenda contains of six folders of each eight sheets of double folded A4 sized paper (= 32 pages in a folder). Each folder has two months in it. You can find the files somewhere down bellow in this post. There you can also find some extra information on printing the files.


Folding the pages

After you’ve printed all the inserts, it’s time to start finishing them! The files are designed in such a way that you don’t have to trim them, you just have to fold all of you printed pages double.¬†You can use a bone folder to make an extra nice, flat, crease.

When all the pages are folded, start making the folders. Each folder contains two months printed on eight sheets of paper. You have to put the double folded page into each other, making a small booklet.

When you’re done, you have six neatly creased¬†folders. You can leave them like this, but I decided I wanted¬†to make my folders stayed together firmly, so should they ever slip out the cover the lose pages wouldn’t be all over the place.

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Sewing the folders

I decided sewing them together would be the best way to go. You can either sew them by hand or, if you have a sewing machine, put them under the machine.

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I picked a nice colourful thread, as there is no¬†colour in the original prints. Sewing them together with my sewing machine was ¬†very easy! I wasn’t sure the folders weren’t too thick, but my sewing machine didn’t complain. Afterwards you’ll have to change your needle though, because sewing paper makes it dull.

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Arranging the 2016 agenda

When the preparation of your folders is finished, it’s time to put them in the cover. As I’ve explained in the how to of making the cover I’ve chosen to put three elastic bands in my cover. Each elastic band can easily hold three booklets with the help of some extra elastic bands. You can either use simple household elastic bands or make some of your own using the extra elastic band left over from making the cover of the agenda.


I’ve started by putting the last three folders of my agenda on the middle elastic band. With your booklet in the right order, you put the middle booklet (in this case ‘September’) under you elastic band by folding it open and putting it under the band.


You put the other two folders in the correct order before and after the already attached folder. Open them both up in the middle and sandwich the middle folder in between. Take your extra elastic bands and put an elastic band around the two halves of the unattached folders.


After putting the first three folders in the cover, you can go on and put the other ones on the first elastic band in your cover in the same way. The last elastic band in the cover remains empty, because that one is going to be used for adding some extras!


Adding extra’s

I put three elastic bands on my Midori styled cover. This means I can put at least 9 different folders in the cover (probably even more, if I use more elastic bands or binder clips). The agenda consists¬†only of six folders, so I had some extra space to fiddle around with. I made some quick extras for my agenda, but I’m sure the content of these extras might change during the year, depending on what I need most in my agenda.


I found an old lined notebook (from when my mom was little) I thought would fit inside the cover. I also folded some drawing paper (180g/m²) into a booklet  and I also made a quick double envelope (based on this tutorial) for filing extra papers and lose things like tickets or cards.


I fitted all these things into the notebook in the same way as I’ve put the agenda folders in. I’ve put the sketchbook paper on the third elastic band in the cover and next¬†added¬†the double envelope and the old notebook¬†using and elastic band.


The 2016 agenda printables

Bellow are the printables for the agenda, but first, let me give you a small overview of the different pages you can find in the agenda. When you click on the images you’ll be able to see a larger version.


Each month starts of with a title pages, containing hand drawn illustrations. I wanted to put some colour in my agenda, put I also wanted to be able to print it cheaply. Printing full colour pages isn’t cheap at all, that’s why I decided to add colouring pages to my agenda. This way it’s cheap to print, you have some relaxing colouring work you can do when you feel like it and you’ll have a super personal and colourful agenda.

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Next you’ll find a monthly overview, followed by a spread where you can add a to do list, make plans, jot down ideas and notes and plan you meals for each week of the month. Oh, and where you can keep track of your to-be-read books for that month.


The actual day planner consists of a weekly overview, which has lots of space for taking notes and putting down appointments and which has also a small space for a daily ‘to-do’ list.

Some months will also have an extra spread where you can write down more to-do’s, put your wishlists, random notes, blog ideas, happy thoughts,¬†long-term goals and make a sketch if you should feel like it.


Some technical information about size and printing options

Using double folded A4 paper means the agenda is a bit larger than A5 (148mm x 210mm) size, which makes this a fairly large agenda. I wanted a lot of space in my agenda to write down to do lists and to put down ideas and appointments. When I’m on the go I don’t always take my agenda with me, it stays on my desk a lot of the time, where it lies open.¬†I know the size will be too big for some people, so I’ve made two different sets of downloadable files.

I’ve printed my agenda on 80g/m¬≤ paper in a copy centre. The copiers where a bit crap, so I got some distortion on my illustrations. Make sure you use standard/high settings when printing for the best results. You should enable double sided printing. I’m not sure if this would be universally correct, but I enabled “flip on short side”. The only way to find out is to test print a couple of pages before printing everything.

The A5 files (without crop marks)

The 2016 agenda consists of six .pdf files that you’ll have to print double sided. I’ve put them into a .zip file, so make sure you have a program to extract the files. The files¬†without crop marks are to be printed full sized. There is no need to trim them. This version of the agenda will be,¬†cover included, 175mm x 235mm.

Download the 2016 Agenda Printables

Depending on your printer or copier you’ll be able to print them without resizing them¬†to fit the page. My printer at home can print to the edge of the page, the printer in the copy centre couldn’t and took out bits of the illustrations. You’ll have to make a test print to see what fits your printer best.

 The scalable files (with crop marks)

This set is resized to 90% and has crop marks (but no bleed), so you can resize the file further when you print it to any size you want (smaller than an A4 sized paper) and you can nicely trim the pages.

These files¬†with crop marks¬†can be printed full size on A4 paper. In that case they’re 90% of the original and you’ll have to trim them. You can also resize the files further, but note that I haven’t designed the files for printing them smaller, so I’m not sure how small you can go. I tried printing these at 80% and they still looked OK. Make some test prints first!

Download the 2016 Agenda Printables


The complete 2016 agenda

Because I love my new agenda/fauxdori notebook so much, I took way too many pictures (cursing heavily, because the weather wasn’t helping at all) and I did my best to make a selection, but I’m not sure I succeeded…


So, what do you think about the 2016 planner? I’m very happy with the final¬†result and I can’t wait to start using it (I already started colouring a couple of pages)!


Books, Freebies

Printable Bookmarks

Free printable bookmarks

In my last July Bookish Photo Challenge update I showed a couple of bookmarks I made myself. I thought it be a cool idea to make them available as printable download. You know, so all you bookmark craving peeps out there can use them in your own books.

I made a very handy .pdf with all four bookmarks on an A4 size paper to download. I would suggest printing the bookmarks on a thicker quality of paper. I printed mine on 200g/m¬≤ Fabriano Artist Paper, which added the the watercolour effect because of the structure of the paper. I wouldn’t mind having printed them on an even heavier paper. When you print on heavy paper, make sure your printer presets are correct. For very thick paper you often have to use manual input.




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Free printable bookmarks

In mijn laatste July Bookish Photo Challenge update toonde ik een paar zelfgemaakte bladwijzers. Ik dacht dat het wel cool zou zijn moest ik mijn set van bladwijzers beschikbaar maken om te downloaden. Ge weetwel, voor al die bladwijzer-loze zielen een handje te helpen om de juiste bladzijde in een boek terug te vinden.

De bladwijzers staan met 4 op één A4 blad in een handig pdf-je, klaar om te downloaden. Zelf printte ik mijn bladwijzers af op 200g/m² Fabriano Artist Paper. Het papier heeft een beetje een korrel waardoor het waterverf-effect van de bladwijzer nog meer naar voor komt, vind ik zelf. Ik zou alleszins aanraden om de bladwijzers op dik papier te printen (persoonlijk vind ik dat die van mij op nog zwaarder papier hadden gemogen). Wel opletten bij printen op dik papier dat de instellingen de printer juist staan. Bij heel dik papier moet je bij de meeste printers voor de manuele invoer kiezen (i.p.v. het papier in de lade te leggen).




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Waar halen jullie normaal jullie bladwijzers? Maak je die zelf, gebruik je oude rekeningskes of ben je zo iemand met een hele verzameling bladwijzers van op allerlei reizen en daguitstapjes?

Freebies, Tutorials

DIY Day Planner

Voor 2015 wou ik een agenda die aan al mijn rare vereisten voldeed. Ik wou een agenda met genoeg ruimte om iedere maand lijstjes te maken, met een maandoverzicht aan het begin van iedere maand zodat ik makkelijk kon zien wat er op de planning stond en met een weekoverzicht waarbij er bij iedere dag toch voldoende plaats was voor notities en voor mijn blogplannen bij te noteren. Omdat ik niet direct zo een agenda vond, besloot ik er zelf eentje in elkaar te steken.

Mijn agenda bestaat uit een 12-tal bundeltjes (katernen), die ieder 16 pagina’s tellen en een harde voor- en achterflap. Ik bond de bundeltjes en de flappen samen met een koptische binding (coptic stitch). In het begin ging dit niet super snel, maar al bij al viel het wel mee om zo zelf een boek in te binden. Ik gebruikte onderstaande tutorial om mijzelf de koptische binding aan te leren.

Ondertussen gebruik ik mijn agenda al een paar maand en hij lijkt goed te werken voor mij. Ik kan makkelijk bijhouden wat ik wil lezen, hou uitgaven bij die ik anders zeker zou vergeten en probeer al mijn schooltaken in te plannen. Het enige onderdeeltje dat de laatste tijd veel te weinig gebruikt wordt, is het deeltje om mijn blogposts te plannen. Ik zou ook geen neen zeggen tegen wat meer kleur, maar een agenda in kleur printen, was een beetje te duur.

Voor wie zelf nog zou willen een eigen agenda maken, heb ik de bestanden online geplaatst. In de map zit per maand een pdf. Mijn agenda is iets kleiner dan dan A5 formaat, zodat de pdf’s perfect op A4 papier kunnen geprint worden. Iedere maand bestaat uit een bundeltje van 4 bladen, die bijgesneden moeten worden (aan de hand van de snijtekens op de pdf’s) en daarna in 2 gevouwen. Uiteindelijk bestaat iedere katern uit 16 bladzijden (behalve de 1e katern, die heeft een extra blad met het jaartal op).

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