Part of getting organized for me this year is using a planner. I used to use a planner solely for outlining posts for my blog but now I'm using it for everything in my life - blog planning, trip planning, cleaning, ideas, etc. It's really been pretty fun so far.
I was looking for a fun little clip in pencil case at Staples & at Office Max but didn't find anything I was really looking for. Nothing cute & nothing really functional especially for an 8.5 x 5.5 inch binder. While in Meijer the other day shopping the clearance I found these two small pouches for about $2 (I can't remember, on no!). They are the perfect size for my new planner but they didn't have the three holes punched to clip into the binder. Here's what I did:
Supplies: three hole punch set to the correct widths/settings, sewing machine, vinyl or plastic pencil cases
First set the hole punch to the right settings & punch holes in the pencil case. If you have something like a six ring binder, you'll need a six ring punch. I went out to Staples & got an adjustable 3 ring punch because the one I had at home couldn't be adjusted. Staples has their brand for about $10 so I didn't mind grabbing another one to keep as a dedicated 8.5 x 5.5 inch paper punch. A tip here: The best pencil cases are rather sturdy plastic. If you have a fabric one it's probably best not to work with that one.
In order to keep the pens & pencils up from the holes punched, sew a line to divide the pouch from the holes with a sewing machine. I used the seam allowance guides on my sewing machine for a nice line down my pencil case. I also backstitched at the beginning and the end of my line to make it secure.
Now this pencil case clips in my planner rather nicely & makes the binder rather square. I don't like the triangle shape binders make when they aren't full..too awkward. I want to do a post on my planner because I want to share that you don't have to be crazy with color coding when you plan. I've been watching a lot of planner videos on YouTube - yes, it's a thing - and a lot of them are about decorating. Well I want to tell you about planning! It can be cute but you're supposed to be using your planner to plan & not just to decorate! So keep a look out for that!
Do you use a planner? Are you a personalized kind of person or do you get the plain, bound ones?