My DIY Planner

This is a graphical representation of how much it will cost for someone to get that popular Starbucks planner. (c/o myManila)

I do not think I would be able to drink my coffee well knowing that I would spend that much for a planner. (Kuripot!!) I am relieved knowing I did not gain all those calories. I am inclined to order the fancy-looking drinks with whipped cream. (Whew!)

This was my planner in college. We used to call this a filofax.

It had refillable inserts with tabs. While I abused this in college by plotting my exam schedules and various course deadlines, I never used this after graduation.

When I was still working, I used this planner (one of theย  company giveaways). It was straightforward with dates and lists. What I liked about this one was that it could be laid flat and I could see the entire week. Downside, space was limited. I am a doodler.

If I had the budget, I would have opted for a Moleskine Daily Planner. It is quite thick with a page for each day.

I already saw a planner within my budget but by the time I was ready to buy, it sold out.ย  I made my own planner instead.


Yes, you are looking at a math notebook. There are grid lines in each page which makes it easier for me to draw lines. Below is my January calendar.

The next pages are for notes and daily to-dos. I have enough space for notes and doodles.

This planner reflects my taste because I love math. (Pag sure uy!) ๐Ÿ˜€ Added bonus, the grid line helps me create symmetric drawings. I found inspiration from graphic designer, Isabel Gatuslao. When she designed her wrapping paper, she used graphing paper to draw her initial design.ย  Who knows what creative ideas I might craft in this planner of mine? (Wishful thinking!)

I am now ready for 2012!


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  1. Mao ron the return of the comeback of the filofax in spite of smart phones. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. hala ganahan ko sa planner ha. ๐Ÿ™‚ even with the new era, I still find planners appealing. Lahi ra jud ang mag kuris kuris og suwat sa papel noh? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • hah bumenta ba ang style ko. hehe as much as I would like to go paperless, the lure of beautiful calligraphy is hard to resist. trying hard man ko na artist kunuhay. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Galing! This just gave me an idea. I need that Math notebook too. I hope I can buy a smaller one that will fit in my bulky fully loaded bag. Haha.


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