Just like your favourite pair of jeans, your planner needs pockets. Pockets are a great way to store supplies such as cards and stickers, essentials of daily life like receipts and invitations, and even a little memorabilia of photos, tickets and notes.
Planner pockets can be whatever shape or size you’d like. And you can infuse your own style and use a variety of materials to customise your planner.
Today let’s make a simple, yet striking planner pocket. To learn more about creating your own planner see the Beginners Guide Series here.
To follow along and create your own planner pockets you’ll need :
- 1 piece of double sided card or white card to print your favourite digital papers or photo
- Glue stick
- Rule and cutting mat or paper trimmer
- Hold punch
- Washi or clear tape
Step 1 : Choose your size
Decide on the finished size of your planner pocket.
I’m making a planner pocket to fit my Kikki.K large binder, A5, full page size so my width is 148mm and the height is 210mm.
#proTip : Your planner pocket doesn’t have to be the same size as your planner pages.
Step 2 : Prepare your card
Double the width of the size you want your planner pocket to be. This is the size of the piece of card you will need.
My pocket will be A5, 148 x 210mm, when finished so the piece of card I need is A4, 297 x 210mm, in size. I have printed two of my favourite papers double sided on my inkjet printer.
#proTip : If you are making a pocket that is larger than a single piece of card, simply join two of your favourite pieces together on the long edge using some washi or clear tape.
Step 3 : Fold the card
Mark the piece of card and fold in half. This should be the size of your finished planner pocket. If your piece of card was larger than you needed simply cut off the extra.
#proTip : If you score the fold first, mark it by pretending to cut along the fold with the blunt side of your knife, it will make a dent in your card and you’ll get a nice crisp fold.
Step 4 : Create the opening
Turn down the top open corner onto the folded side to create the pocket opening.
- Place the folded card with the opening on the left and folded edge on the right.
- Measure how far down on the open side, the left, you want the pocket to open.
- Mark and fold.
I measured down 148mm, the width of my pocket, on the open side so that my corner would neatly touch the folded side of the pocket.
#proTip : You can have a deep or shallow pocket depending on how far down you fold.
Step 5 : Secure the flap
Glue down your pocket flap or simply cut it off if you prefer.
I have left my flap intact and glued it down to expose the bold zig zag stripes.
Step 6 : Punch the holes
Mark your binder holes using a divider or planner page as a template and hole punch.
For tips on punching holes in The Beginner Guide to Hole Punching Planner Pages article.
Step 7 : Finish your pocket
Seal your pocket with tape.
I used clear tape so that pattern on my paper could be seen all the way to the edge. Each time I use my Nan’s ol’ dispenser I’m reminded of her creativity and how she would decorate the letters she wrote me and greeting cards.
#proTip : You can finish off by adding a tab to your pocket for easy accessibility.
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Planner pockets are a great way to store and organise your supplies or simply gather bits of paper from your everyday. Share your planner pocket on social using hashtag #fuselifeplanner