I absolutely love stationery. Nothing makes me happier than a cute notebook and a fancy fine-line pen set – in fact, one of my old blogs was mainly known for my bullet journalling content.
(Although where I found the concentration for that I will never know. 18-year-old me had her shit together; 23-year-old-me has 3 sets of keys and somehow can still never find them. Q: What’s the opposite of progress? A: Hi, my name is Mia.)
While I have moved away from drawing my planners from scratch, the love of organizational tools has never left my heart. Buying a new planner and calendar is part of my annual ritual to kick off each year on the right foot – and, with 2023 ’round the corner, I’m sure a lot of you guys are also thinking about getting organized.
Well. Do I have just the thing for you! I’m going to share 4 super cute – and, better yet, practical – DIY stationery projects that will help you finish this year on a high note! All of these projects are free printables if you want to recreate them exactly.
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- Project 1 – DIY Sketchbook
- Project 2 – Tear-Off Daily Planner
- Project 3 – DIY 2023 Calendar
- Project 4 – Weekly Meal Planner
My Current Stationery Wishlist . . .
1. Improve Your Art With A Handmade Tear-Off Sketchbook
If you add guys have been following me over the past few months, you may know that I’m trying to become a tattoo artist! To overcome my fear of needles – and get some practice in – I’ve been doing stick and pokes while I build up my sketchbook. And it’s been a great time!
My most recent self-tattoo is a little daisy chain knee cuff and she is adorable. You can see her in action in my TikTok video below:
@miasdiyprojects #stickandpoke #stickandpoketattoo #fy #fyp #diy #stickandpokeideas ♬ Oblivion – Grimes
As much as I love art, though, there is something so daunting about a large blank sketchbook page. (Plus, when I remove my pages and scan them to make tattoo stencils, I tend to lose them… ADHD you’re nothing if not consistent.)
So I decided to make myself a DIY sketchbook that suited my needs better! The paper size is way smaller and has a dot grid pattern to help with symmetrical designs . . . but the real winning feature? It has inspirational images on each page.
Perfect for when I need to practice my art skills but don’t necessarily have a set idea to start from!
2. Use My Free Printable To Create A Tear-Off Daily Planner
If you’re like me and you find consistently using a planner challenging, a tear-off daily planner might work for you! On days that you need a little structure, you can use the planner . . . and, when you forget about it for weeks at a time, who’s gonna know anyway?
Another fun thing about this craft is that you can personalize your daily planner to suit your needs! As I mentioned above, I need to practice drawing more, so I left myself a small doodle section – but you could include a habit more relevant to your goals.
Naturally, you can also use my free printable if you want the same planner design as me.
Some ideas for items to add to your DIY daily planner:
- Blank habit tracker
- Daily water intake tracker
- Idea dump
- Daily self-care
- Social media content
How to make:
Check out my TikTok tutorial below:
@miasdiyprojects I loveeee these bc I’m never 100% consistent with planners & it just doesnt matter. if I need to organise, it’s there- and there’s no record of the 3 weeks I ignored it beforehand 😅 #diy #diyplanner #adhdtips #adhd #diyproject #fy #fyp ♬ Forget – XXKATUSJINSUX
3. Gift Or Keep This Aesthetic Printable DIY 2023 Calendar
Oof, I am obsessed with how this gorgeous calendar came out! Not only is the design super pretty – but I think the cardboard backing actually matches the vibe really well.
This would make an adorable gift (especially if you got it printed onto card paper!) or look really cute in your home office. If I were gifting it, a DIY pressed flower ornament gift topper would fit the vibe perfectly too . . .
4. Get Organised With A Handmade Weekly Meal Planner!
Our last DIY stationery project is actually something I made as a little present for my boyfriend. It’s a useful weekly meal planner, with space to plan out our dinners and grocery list. Very boring and adult, indeed, but wonderfully useful!
Alright, my friends, we shall end at the end! I hope you enjoyed these stationery projects – since I learned how to make tear-off sheets with PVA glue, I’ve just wanted to make all the things.
Make sure you’re subscribed to me over on Youtube too and let me know what you thought of the video! Which project was your favourite? Let me know in the comments down below – and share it to Pinterest for good karma points!