As someone who has used most of the commercially available diaries and planners like Day Runner, Franklin Covey and Rolodex over the years, I was never quite satisfied with the layout and function of these tools. Since I've been in the Graphics, Pre press and Printing industries for most of my career, I decided to make my own.
Step 1: Design Criteria, Configuration, Tools Needed
I don't know about you, but I've gone back and forth between a daily or weekly or most recently a monthly layout with not much satisfaction with any of them. I recently stumbled on this guy named Patrick Ng and his Typepad site called "Scription" (http://scription.typepad.com/) . Kudos to you Patrick! This guy really has it figured out with pocket organizers and has a stationery and office supplies interest like I do (you know, all things writing and stationery). He came up with this idea of looking at scheduling outside the box and developed this tool called "Chronodex" which was a little too radical for my taste but it got me thinking about how I look at time and how I would design my own perfect layout. I had a dream about doing things in a linear fashion one night and and as it worked out, I was able to develop a multi-use layout that allows daily, weekly and monthly views on a single page. The Holy Grail! After tinkering with it for a day or so, I think this is it. I'd like to know what you think.
I designed this to be portable and fit in a pocket (hip pocket), perpetual use (no specific dates or years, you enter them) and assembled by anyone with a desktop printer and some hand tools. Due to the pagination layout (specific layout of pages so they face and backup against each other correctly) required for a booklet, this has to be a 13 month calendar so you get January of the next year as a bonus. This notebook was designed to use as a stand along planner or integrated with the Traveler's Notebook products by Midori (http://www.midori-japan.co.jp/tr/english) one of Patrick's favorites and mine too (but I made my own).
Microsoft Visio (software layout, I've provided a .PDF file)
Adobe Acrobat (to print the layout)
Color inkjet sheet feed printer
1 sheet 80 lb. uncoated cover stock (I used Neenah Environment uncoated 80 lb. #07626 "Dessert Storm"
7 sheets 24-60lb. vellum finish text stock (I used Wausau Exact Opaque Colors 24-60 lb. #62481 "Natural"
Straight edge ruler
Self healing cutting board
Needle and strong white thread
4 mini clips