I’m not a teacher, but I like tweaking teacher planners into weekly planners. They’re typically full page size so there’s room to space things out and keep everything neat. After how well my hack on the Erin Condren Teacher Planner turned out last year, I opted to try the Blue Sky Teacher Planner this time – which is similar but a much cheaper alternative.
Before the Pen
After the Pen
I decided to jazz it up a bit with the Sakura Gelly Roll 08 pen in white and doodled some patterns. Definitely need to get back into designing patterns in Photoshop more regularly!
I used glitter washi tape to cover up the subject section. I did this when I converted the Erin Condren Teacher Planner and it worked well, so I figured I’d use it again.
I converted the last 2 columns into Saturday and Sunday and then into AM and PM.
I over-use checkboxes for list making so opted to use different graphics this week – hearts, triangles, asterisks and dashes.
Can you spot the mistakes? I accidentally switched the heart and V for video around. Some of my writing was extra messy – normally I’d white it out and write it neater but this week I decided to just keep going and not worry so much about things getting a bit messy.
- Smiggle twin tip scented markers
- Sakura Gelly Roll 08 in white
- Thin glitter washi tape
- Thick glitter washi tape
- Butterfly clip as a page marker
The fat end of the Smiggle dual tip pens is a slightly too fat for the line spacing of most planners. I’d probably only use it in a dot grid notebook where there’s more flexibility to use multiple lines for headings.
Related: Scribbles That Matter Notebook
Pros of the Blue Sky Teacher Planner
- Great amount of space to write – things didn’t feel too crammed
- Lined writing spaces throughout the planner
- Simple, functional design that maximises the page – there’s no wasted space
- Colorful without being ‘overdone’
- Holidays page where you can add your own important dates
- Multiple cover designs to choose from
- Ample space in the weekly spread to plan lessons + personal life (9 columns)
Cons of the Blue Sky Teacher Planner
- Limited in the amount of ways you could decorate this planner
- Large page size can be a bit annoying
- No cover personaliation option
- Monthly calendar and weekly planner start day are not consistent
Would I use this planner again?
I like this planner – it’s very functional. The big page size is a bit annoying – it takes up a lot of space on my desk. It’s a good thing I don’t take my planner with me (I take a photo of it) because this planner would be too big to fit in my handbag.
If I have a lot of things to plan I’d use this planner again. Otherwise I’d use a planner that has a similar layout in a smaller page size (such as the Limelife Planner Layout C or Plum Paper Me Planner)
Past Weekly Spreads
- Planning by category rather than by day using a Kikki K Notepad – ‘Work Smarter : Live Better’
- Using the Otto Goals Weekly Planner (blue & pink themed weekly spread)
- 52 Lessons learned after trying 52 different planners in 52 weeks
- Arcing my Plum Paper Planner – everything you need to know if you’d like to try it yourself!
- How to color code your planner for school using pens
- How to make planner stickers for free using Silhouette Studio (Introduction – Video Tutorial)
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