Often times we accumulate things and before we know it, time goes on and we never used it. For my planner addicts out there, I know this is an issue. There are so many planners, sizes, brands, accessories, etc. that you want a little bit of everything. This post is all about taking the first step to taking that extra planner you have lying around and put it to use. I repurposed a mini Happy Planner as my faith planner. Let’s get right to it!
As always, be sure to click the links throughout this post for related posts and links to purchase items/similar styles featured.
The planner I’m using is a 12-month, 2019 dated mini Happy Planner. I set it up with just the first 6 months and began using it on a month by month basis. It wasn’t working for me that way, which is why I decided to transform the pages to work for me.
What I Added
This planner came with gold discs which was one of the first things I replaced. I swapped them for Arc discs from staples. I will note that with larger discs, it can be more difficult to turn the pages, but I manage. I also added adhesive pockets to the front and back covers, dividers, and tabs.
The tabs are what I used to divide the planner into chunks versus months. For the books that I read, I use the months as a section for notes. I break the reading into chapters into each of the day sections. It’s working out well. While the horizontal space may not seem like much, it’s perfect to write in highlights from the reading and then add additional notes on other notes pages I added in between each of the weeks.
To cover up the tabs and the dates I used labels and washi tape. The labels I used to cover the months are removable if I ever change my mind, plus they were a quick fix with what I had n my stash. The washi tape, what better way to use it than now instead of letting it dry up.
Planner Tip: A quick and easy solution to any planner mishap whether it’s writing or something you don’t want on the page, break out your washi tape. You don’t need white out for everything, plus you get add a decorative touch.
Lastly, I added in a few of the Happy Planner Page Protectors. I used it to create a DIY Bible Study Guide. I took the material from one of my readings and created a study page of what stood out to me the most.
Planner Tip: Use the page protectors to highlight important topics in your reading or bible verses to help with memorization. Also with the bible versus, you can put a topic it the verse it relates to (i.e. Anxiety) and put the verse on the back.
Although I’m not using this planner for day to day, I still didn’t want the monthly pages to go to waste. I was first using it to track my readings, yeah that wasn’t going to work. Instead, I used it as a scripture chart. I found various topics via Horacio Printing with a related scripture. Topics included: Anxiety, Failure, Depression, and more.
Planner Tip: When faith planning, you can reuse the monthly a variety of ways. As noted, there are topics with plenty of related scriptures; create a scripture chart. You can also use it as a gratitude log or a bible study chart.
I noted above that I would be using the weekly pages for notes from my readings. Simply use the space as a highlight for that particular chapter. Add notes pages if additional space is needed.
I then thought, how else could these pages be used? I was inspired by the Happy Planner Faith Warrior notes pages and I made a replica. One of the sheets had the SOAP bible study method which is as follows:
- Study: As you read, write out the verses that stood out to you.
- Observation: What stood out to you from this verse? How would you reexplain it in your own words?
- Application: What does it mean to you? How would you apply it to your life right now?
- Prayer: Ask God to help you understand the reading of his word.
I covered the dates with my favorite Avery labels, wrote the title of each section, and done. That simple, that easy.
Planner Tip: As you’re studying and reading, print out whatever stands out to you and hole punch/tape it right into your planner.
Interested in my faith planner favorites? Check out the link below:
- Happy Planner Faith Planner
- Happy Planner Mini Notes Paper
- Happy Planner Page Protectors
- Happy Planner Faith Stickers
- Illustrated Faith Scrapbook Paper Pads