Pockets are handy to keep track of stickers, notes, and important papers in your planner. Make a simple planner pocket from scrapbook paper to fit your style.
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I made my planner pocket using 12×12-inch scrapbook paper so it would fit my 8.5×11-inch planner. If you want to make a pocket for a smaller planner, you’ll just need to start with smaller paper or trim it down more.
How to make a planner pocket
- scrapbook paper (any design, for this project 12×12)
- hole punch
Start by trimming the scrapbook paper to be the same height as your planner. I popped a page out of the rings and traced a line across the top. You could also use the ruler to measure and draw a line at the right height.
Then just cut along that line. My paper is now 11-inches tall by 10-inches wide.
Next, fold the paper in half vertically, so it’s 11-inches tall and 5-inches wide. Be sure the open edge is on your left.
Line up the left edge with the hole punch and pop in the holes. My hole punch is ancient, so it makes a very satisfying crunch when it takes a bite out of paper.
Now take the ruler again and draw a line from the top right corner to the bottom left, just above the middle hole. You want enough space that the hole won’t be too thin and tear out.
Cut along the line, being sure you only cut the front paper, not the back one. If you’re using double-sided scrapbook paper like I am, it shows off the design on the other side nicely.
Open up the pocket and put glue along the bottom and up to the middle holes on the side. Fold it closed and press around to seal the edges.
Once you’ve made one of these pockets, you’ll want to make a few more. They’re really handy for organizing and keeping track of small things.
Planner pocket ideas
There are lots of ways to use a planner pocket!
- At the front of your planner to hold stickers or sticky notes
- With weekly pages to include receipts, notes, or lists
- In your budget binder (or section of your planner) to hold bills
- In a bullet journal or scrapbook to hold mementos
This technique is pretty simple, so after you’ve made one you might want to make a few more in different sizes or shapes. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Cut the top half off straight, rather than at a diagonal.
- Remove the top half on the front and back.
- Use 2 sheets of paper to make the pocket double-sided.
- Embellish a plain pocket with stickers and washi tape.
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