That sounds like I committed a crime.
Maybe I did… but I hope not. I’ve been using the Well Planned Day Homeschool planner for years. I really love it. I had one problem with it, which doesn’t have anything to do with this planner. Because it is what it is… a homeschool planner. My problem is that I would keep things in my homeschool planner that didn’t need to be in it. You know like miscellaneous papers from meeting I had at church, or notes I would jot dot that had nothing to do with school or my children.
I have always carried around a Franklin planner that I loved in the “compact” size, but after Franklin Covey closed their store in Kansas City… my love for them kinda just faded. I’ve been planner-less for a few years now. Well except for my Well Planned Day.
I did quite a bit of research on planners, and could not find anything that would plan my day as a homeschooler/eBay Queen/mother of 7/ Youth leader/ squander of time kind of person. So I started following some planner obsessed people on Instagram and Pinterest. There are some people that are so in love with planning and being crafty.. that they make Martha Stewart look like an amateur.
After doing my research I decided I needed a planner that was an A4 (Kikki or Filofax), Monarch (Franklin) or you know 8.5 x 11. Because that’s what my Well Planned Day size is. In my search for the perfect planner/binder I came across the ARC planner.
The ARC system is sold at Staples, and freaked me out a bit because it was not a 3 ring binder type system. It’s a disc binder system. The biggest draw back to me was that I had to buy a 46.00 hole punch.. and it only punches 8 pages at a time.
I purchased this purple leather binder and the lime green discs at staples. The binder was only 34.99, and if you’ve ever purchase a Franklin leather binder you know how much they cost! The discs come in different sizes, and colors.
To make this work, I gently tear a page off of the Well Planned Day spiral binder, and then cut off the excess spiral so that the page is straight.
This is what the punched edge looks like on a regular piece of paper.
I hole punch them, and put them in the binder.
I normally do a month at a time for my homeschool planner.
I really like that I can put all of my extra papers in here too!
Normally these pages go in a three ring binder that I NEVER have with me when I need it. (We do a lot of school in unconventional places)
I purchased the divider tabs at Staples, but you can “punch” cute file folders like they have a Target Dollar Spot. (see that green and gray striped thing? That’s a new divider tab I’m putting in). I love that I now have my schedule, homeschool planner, extra pages, church and W.O.W stuff all in one spot.