Today marks the first full week I’ve had my very first Traveler’s Notebook, and I can’t believe it took me this long to get one! If you’re part of the Crafty Planners Facebook Group, you probably got to see me unpack my package from Planner Society last Sunday. If not, feel free to join the tribe and check it out! I received a gorgeous B6 TN and I am LOVIN’ IT. While I was waiting for it to arrive, I had been stocking up on inserts to put in it. But when I was setting it up, I realized I wanted a monthly calendar in it, too. So I decided to make my very own TN inserts!
Make Your Own TN Inserts
You can make your very own TN inserts, too! Grab a printable TN insert from the shop, or design your own. For B6, my inserts needed to be 8.25 x 6.9 inches. The Planner Society TN is actually a B6, so I could probably make them closer to the normal 9.8 inches wide, but I wanted all my inserts to be uniform and I had really skinny ones already made. The ones I bought from Joann’s and Michaels were actually standard size (taller and skinnier than I needed), which I then cut shorter so the height fit. The sizing really depends on what TN you have! (Here’s a list of popular planners and what insert sizes they need.)
Here’s what you need:
- Printed Planner Inserts (like these from MJD)
- Cardstock (double sided is preferred)
- Paper Cutter
- Corner Rounder
- Scissors, Butter Knife, or Letter Opener
First, print and cut your inserts to size. You’ll also need to cut your cardstock the same size. For mine, I cut each sheet 8.25 x 7.25 inches. (For a normal B6, it would be 9.5 x 6.9 in) Be sure to round the corners as well!
Pro tip: I printed 13 copies of the monthly calendar insert, all double sided except the last one so that I could leave the opening sheet blank. Check out the pics and my video below for clarification.
*Also, I used 65lb cardstock because I don’t like how thin regular printer paper is. However, my inserts were really hard to lay flat. I’m currently on the hunt for something thinner but still thick enough so that pens and markers don’t bleed through.* UPDATE: I now use 28lb paper in all my inserts. If you need something thicker, try 32lb.
Line up your inserts with the cardstock sheet on the bottom so that when you fold them, the design is on the outside. Now staple it!
My stapler wasn’t long enough to reach the middle, so I pulled it open and stapled it through so that the staples weren’t pushed down on the other side. Then I took my letter opener and pushed the ends down.
Now fold your insert down and round the spine! My corner rounder couldn’t handle the thickness so I just used scissors. Now when you put your inserts in your TN, the elastic will grab it better!
At this point you can add tabs, die cuts, washi tape to decorate, or whatever you like to make it uniquely yours. <3
I love how my inserts turned out. They’re perfect for keeping track of my family’s schedule, and the TN is small enough to fit in my purse.
I would love to see how your inserts turned out! Join the Crafty Planners tribe and share a pic of your latest planner DIY.