In my last Family Command Center update, I shared how I detested the freebie planner and notepad I was using to write down our help’s menu and schedule. I also couldn’t find a planner that suited my needs – I wanted something hardbound (because it’s going to be in a high traffic area at home), with a weekly calendar view. It also needed to be a bit big, so yaya won’t have a hard time writing things down. I eventually gave up my search and just decided to make my own household calendar/planner.
I made a weekly calendar template in MS Excel, with a front and back page. I printed it out, cut them down to smaller than B5 size sheets, then glued them back to back on Muji lined B5 paper, because I wanted to use a B5 binder as well (I measured; it was just the right size for the ledge I use in the command center). I used my brush pens to write down the days and months. Then it was time to protect and decorate the binder.
1] I’ve heard of adhesive clear sheets from National before and have always meant to get one. Finally got around to it! They are apparently called “adhesive book covers” – I kept saying, yung plastic na may sticker sa likod to the guy in National, hahaha.
2] One sheet can fit one B5 Muji binder.
3] I used masking tapes to secure the edges of the adhesive cover on a wooden plank I had, so they wouldn’t curl up. (I bought them rolled up). Then I traced around the binder, leaving about an inch margin for all sides.
4] I cut the adhesive to size, then flattened the edges with the other end of my scissors. I went over the front and back of the binder too with the scissors handle to remove air bubbles.
I just used 2 labels – for the Calendar and Notes (for help’s scribbles, instructions, and phone messages, if any). Then I just decorated with washi tape to match my Grocery Lists. For the cover, I just used stamps (also my 1st time to try these!), sticker paper and more washi tape. I kept the outside of the binder clean, because I don’t like anything too colorful, hehe, so most of the washi tapes went inside.