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I’m no stranger to DIY calendars around these parts and with the New Year in full swing you probably are in need of some organizational inspiration…that’s what I’m here for.

I love the look of Sugar Paper LA products – but you know how I roll – why buy it, when I can DIY it.

I’ve already given you a bunch of reasons why you need to own The Cinch so now I’m gonna give you an example of how you can put it to use to create this trendy and colorful wire-bound planner that is inspired by Sugar Paper. I also used my beloved Cricut Explore for this project and if you need some gentle nudging on purchasing your own – I’ve got a few reasons why you should.

To create a bold and dimensional cover for this planner that mimics the look of Sugar Paper’s I used my Cricut Explore to cut large numbers from a piece of chipboard. I’m always so impressed with how perfectly the machine can handle thick materials like chipboard.

Design Inspired: DIY Sugar Paper Planner | Damask LoveOnce you’ve finished making these two chipboard pieces, simply adhere the top to the bottom so that the gold shows through. Easy enough!

Design Inspired: DIY Sugar Paper Planner | Damask LoveNow for the innards for this planner. I wanted something colorful but I also wanted something easy, which meant I had no interest in designing a printable myself…and that’s where Etsy came in to save the day! I searched for 2015 calendar printables and came upon one that is so cute and colorful that you probably need to get one for yourself.

Design Inspired: DIY Sugar Paper Planner | Damask LoveDesign Inspired: DIY Sugar Paper Planner | Damask Love

Design Inspired: DIY Sugar Paper Planner | Damask Love

The 505 Designs shop is full of really cute and colorful printables and the prices are very reasonable.  I went for the 2015 Two Page Layout which is already set up for back-front printing. I printed my calendar onto a lightweight  65lb. cardstock so that it will be durable and last throughout the year. I’m currently using this planner solely for organizing the editorial calendar for Damask Love. I love having all my blog content organized in one separate place.

Design Inspired: DIY Sugar Paper Planner | Damask LoveDesign Inspired: DIY Sugar Paper Planner | Damask Love
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46 thoughts on “DIY Sugar Paper Planner

  1. I’ve never made my own notebook but I would love to! I’ve been looking into purchasing a planner but I think a DIY is what I’m needing!! *fingers crossed*

  2. I have a bind I all—but i don’t love it! I want a cinch, it feel easier!!! Love the calendar!! I have made many a notebook in my day!! Hope all us well with your babe!!

  3. The Cinch would be great. You make it all appear so easy with your detailed info and photos too! I made a few small notebooks to coordinate with gift baskets in the past but resorted to stitching them on sewing machine. It definitely put a limit on the number of pages!

  4. Oh Amber, another awesome project! Making your own planner! Customizing your own design, and using quality paper of your choice. *&%#! because I just ordered a planner for 2015. But for sure I’m getting The Cinch and will start planning a planner for 2016 (among another projects). Thanks for another great idea.

  5. I would die for this Cinch. I have been looking at them for a couple of years
    but have not broke down & bought one.
    I used to go to the Library and use there
    binding machine. I am keeping my fingers crossed. Thank you!

  6. If I had the materials do these things, I would definitely start.
    I usually just use a thin binder and punch the normal 3 holes to put everything in it but this cinch would definitely help! Thank for the opportunity.

  7. The Cinch has been on my wish-list for a while now. I’m loving all these projects I’ve been seeing with the Cinch! For the past few years, I’ve also been making my own planners. And although a mini binder is awesome for removing and adding pages, the binding can be a bit bulky to carry around at times. I’ve been wanting to switch to spiral binding, but I would need the Cinch for that. I would love to make 4 quarterly spiral binding for project planning.

  8. I’ve never made my own notebook, but I did help my girl scouts make some with cereal boxes and recycled paper. Not as pretty as yours, but just as fun!

  9. Hi Amber 🙂

    I just recently discovered your website and i am oooober in love with everything you do. You have inspired me to try make my own notebooks too. Typical girls and their stationery!

  10. I love the high end style you feature instead of cutesy. I would love to make some sweet note book projects too!

  11. Love this! I’ve never made a notebook, the closest would be a 21st birthday messages book. I can think of other ideas for this binding too…. Photo album…drawing book made from watercolour paper…

  12. I’ve printed my own planners before, but I’ve never even dreamed I could create a bound planner like THIS! I’m wowed by your blog and LOVED the post about Cricut Explore. I want one!

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