Planning for 2017: Michaels Personal Size Planner

Michaels is on quite a roll with the their planners. They have surely taken the booming and blooming planner community to another level with their affordable product. Now that’s what I like to call zoning in on a particular sector and capitalizing.

Check out my Planning for 2017 series here featuring Plum Paper, Purple Trail, and more!

As always, be sure to click the links throughout this post for related posts plus links to purchase items/similar styles featured.

Size / Pricing

  • 7.75″ x 5.5″
  • $19.99

There is a NEW A5 binder size (7.5″ x 9.25″ ) that is $29.99 

It’s Michaels! You can ALWAYS find a 50% off one regular priced item (60% off if you’re lucky). PLUS they have frequent sales of 30% off planners.  To be able to score this for $10 is a STEAL!



  • Available in multiple colors
  • 6 ring binder
  • Snap closure
  • 36 planning sheets (6.75″ x 4″)
  • 3 tab dividers

The size and color options make this a great gift for anyone. As a planner beginner or as a planner addict gifting this to someone, it’s a great option being that they can add as many or as little as they want to suit their needs.

A5 size features 31 planning sheets & 3 tab dividers.



12 Month Calendar Pack 


The 12 month calendar pack features 97 pieces including: calendar divider, tabbed 12 month dividers, and monthly/weekly pages. The back of the monthly divider features a space for ‘ideas’ and the front of each calendar features a space for ‘notes and thoughts.’ The layout is horizontal with a space for ‘week of’, ‘notes’, and Sunday-Saturday. The end of each month has another space for ‘notes and thoughts.’

The A5 size has a note taken calendar pack with a vertical layout of four boxes on a page. The bright calendar pack has a vertical layout as well. There is are other variations (tropical) that have horizontal layouts. Both packs feature 84 calendar sheets, 97 sheets in total.

Aside from the add-ons that are available in store, there a lot of online resources as well. There are free printables and you can also purchase inserts on Etsy. One of my favorite sticker sheets on Etsy are made for this style of planner although you can implement them into any size planner.



Another great thing about this style of planner is that you can DIY the dashboards. I created 3 dashboards repurposing products I had in my craft stash and you can do the same. Materials I used included:

I used the dividers that came inside the planner as a template to make sure that the holes were right, but the dividers you make do not have to match exactly. You can also repurpose gift bags. These items are great to repurpose and not have to worry about the fuss of the laminator. If you use a thick enough gift bag it’ll work just fine.

If you want to create a layered dashboard you can click here for my Happy Planner dashboard DIY (inspired by Coupontoprovide)


Bank Or Tank?

I would definitely BANK this planner. I’ve never used a 6-ring planner before, but at this price point, why not try it out? As I noted above, you can score this beauty for $10 or less depending on the coupon you’re using. Sometimes they clearance these bad boys so be sure to check your local Michaels to see what’s available. Also when you’re in Michaels and you’re unsure of where to find these, they typically group all their planners together which includes Happy Planner as well.

Interested in Etsy inserts + stickers for this planner? Check out the links below:

Unsure of what planner to use in 2017?

Check out the entire Planning for 2017 series here.


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