It’s that time of year again when I start thinking about making my own planner for the next year. I’m so happy that I’ve finally found a system that’s working for me and that I’ve been able to stick with (the Arc notebook system). Because it’s worked well for me, I’ve been happy to share some of my free planner pages here in the hopes that you might find them helpful too. My free printable planner pages have been quite popular the last few years, so I know some of you have indeed been putting them to good use!
In past years I’ve usually made the pages available in four different colors. This year I’m taking a slightly different approach. Now that I’ve been offering these free printable planner pages for a few years, I’ve received many requests for different types of layouts, but rarely does anyone mention color. People ask . . . do you have full size? Do you have a Sunday start week? Do you have a monthly option? Do you have a shopping list? But nobody ever says, doggone it, I really wish you had something in yellow!! 🙂
So this year I’m reducing the color options, but adding a few more size and layout options (junior size, full size, and compact size). I’ve got a turquoise and red option (because I love those two colors together!), and a teal and navy option that’s business and guy-friendly.
I’ve also set up a new page with some of the general info about the supplies I use and how I make my own planner using a disc bound notebook. This new planner resource page also includes free printable pages that folks have asked me for over the years that are helpful in addition to the weekly and monthly calendar pages. I’ve created them in a simple gray-scale format to save on printer ink, and they include the following:
- Notes Page
- Shopping List Page
- To-Do List Page
- Meal Plan Page
- Class Assignment Page
- Copycat Arc Notebook Undated Weekly Calendar Page
You can find all those free printable pages here: DIY Planner Resource Page
If you’d like to check out my planners that are completely dated, you can visit my Etsy shop here: West Window Studio Etsy Shop (new 2020 planners will be coming to my Etsy shop soon!)
Make Your Own Planner for 2020
Here now are the free printable planner pages for 2020. These are designed to be used with the Arc disc bound notebook system, however they could also be used in a 3-ring binder, or perhaps be adapted to some of the other disc bound systems.
Because the Arc junior size notebook is what I use, most of the pages offered here are for that size, and I will list them first. These are pdf’s designed to be printed on 8.5×11 paper, cut down the middle, and punched on the outside edges. (The punched outside edges will become the new inside edges). The small empty squares are so that you can write in the calendar dates for any particular week.
Be sure to select “actual size” or “100%” in your pdf program when printing, so that extra white space is not added around the edges.
My preference is also to print my planner pages on the thicker 32 lb paper.
Junior Vertical Planner Page Options:
Junior Horizontal Planner Page Options:
Junior Monthly Planner Page Options
12 Months of the Year – Turquoise
12 Months of the Year – Teal
(Note: These 12 month options can be printed back-to-back and used as a group, or print single and used individually. They can also be punched on either the inside or the outside edge so that you can insert them wherever you want in your planner.)
Junior Beginning Pages
Beginning pages (cover, year-at-a-glance, list of holidays) – Turquoise
Beginning pages (cover, year-at-a-glance, list of holidays) – Teal
(Note: These pages can be printed back-to-back.)
Full (Letter) Size Planner Options:
I’ve received several requests for some full size options so this year I’m adding a few of those as well. The full size (also called letter size) Arc notebooks use the complete 8.5×11 size sheet of paper without cutting it in half. (I don’t own a full size Arc notebook so in the photo above, I’ve shown how these pages can also be used in 3-ring binders.
Vertical on 1 page – Monday Start – Turquoise
Vertical on 1 page – Monday Start – Teal
Vertical on 1 page – Sunday Start – Turquoise
Vertical on 1 page – Sunday Start – Teal
Vertical on 2 pages – Monday Start – Turquoise
Vertical on 2 pages – Monday Start – Teal
Vertical on 2 pages – Sunday Start – Turquoise
Vertical on 2 pages – Sunday Start – Teal
Compact Size Planner Options:
Finally, there is the little Arc compact size notebook that uses just 5 discs. Once these pages are printed on 8.5×11 paper, they need to be cut into fours (down the middle both length-wise and width-wise).
Hopefully among all those options you’ll find something you can use! Making your own planner can be a money saver, and I’ve found it’s a pretty simple project to get it all put together when I use my favorite tools: my paper trimmer and my little portable Arc punch (this Levenger punch on Amazon should be compatible too).
Once again, you can check out my new DIY Planner Resource Page if you have questions or want to check out the additional pages that are available. And in case you had a favorite style from a previous year, the resource page also includes some of those prior styles that now have the year removed so they can be used as a perpetual option.
May you all enjoy an organized 2020 filled with homemade goodness!
- How to make disc bound holes if you don’t have a punch – includes how to make your own plastic bookmark too!
- How to print images on your planner pages
- How to make your own notepads and padding compound