{How} I Personalize my Planner

There are endless ways to customize and personalize your planner, even the generic notebooks we see around. Your planner would not be your planner without your personal touch. Here are what I use to personalize my planner.

Planner Itself

It took me months to decide what planner to purchase. I wanted a planner that I can use not only for a year but for several years to come. Also, I want a planner that keeps me motivated and inspired to use it all the time—Filofax Original Patent in Fuchsia best suits my funky personality.


It is the first thing you see when you open my planner. Dashboards vary from one person to another. My idea of a dashboard is a transparent plastic sheet that came with my Filofax, a postcard from HeyKessy, an inspiration phrase, soldier bookmarks attached in the rings, and a photo of ours.

Interior Pockets and Pen Slots

On the left side, you will see slots for cards and an elastic band for the pens. I use the pen loop for my Coleto Hi-Tec C pen and tuck some weekly plan and time table sticky notes in the elastics for scheduling tentative plans.


My all-time favorite is the 5-barrel pen Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto. This is not just a single pen but a system of pen bodies, refills, and pencil mechanisms that work together interchangeably. Pilot Hi-Tech C Coletos are popular nowadays because of the variety of pen colors it can hold. I refilled mine with Black, Blue, Red, Green, and Orange. BTW, I got my Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto 5-barrel pen from DavaoArts. Check their instagram.

Dividers and Tabs

I divided mine into several sections, add some tabs I bought from National Bookstore and labeled it using my Dymo Label Maker. My sections include Daily, To-Do, Expenses, Lists, Blog Ideas, Work, and Others.

Printable Inserts

My Filofax came with its dedicated inserts when I bought it last year. When 2016 came, I bought inserts from Craft and Create. The paper is amazing.

Paper Clips or Page Markers

I do not have lots of this. This helps me locate important notes and pages in my planner. Also, it is a great way to add color and style to your pages.

Sticky Notes and Stickers

Decorating is not for everyone. As much as possible, I minimize the use of sticky notes, stickers, and washi tapses. I do not want my planner to become overly decorated. I am more of a functional planner.

Washi Tapes

Washi tapes add a little color and fun to dull inserts. I have quite a collection of washi tapes. (Washi tapes from HeyKessy, HobbyDepot, and DavaoArts; Sticky Notes from National Bookstore)

Charms and Journaling Cards

Your planner can also be a source of positivity. You can add a little encouragement through these journaling cards. I got mine from BeeHappyCrafts.

How do you customize/personalize your planer?