Brandi J. Clark

Writer and Educator

Don’t Buy an Organizer…Make a Work Zine Instead!

Tired of another ho-hum work calendar…I decided to get my “zine on” and make my own calendar/appointment book/ notebook.

Here’s What You Need:

  • A journal ( blank or lined)
  • Magazines
  • Index Cards (blank or lined)
  • Glue
  • Colored Pens/Felts
  • Hole puncher
  • Scissors
  • Pencil/Eraser

1) Purchase a nice journal as you will be using it all year and you want it to look professional. I bought a soft, padded one at Indigo. It even has a threaded bookmark attached.

2)Use index cards to make calendars.  I chose to create a calendar without the weekends.


3) Use colored pens/magazines to fancy it up. I used the hole puncher to make dots for the dates and to make the textured pictures. I cut out letters to spell the months.




Note: I have not finished the rest of the calendar. I will post these at a later date.

4) Glue the calendar into the journal. I will be placing my mine in two places. The first half of the year in the first few pages and in the back last few pages.

5) Include a Table of Contents for the first few pages of the journal. I plan to record notes pertaining to meetings at work and at schools.  I will then write the title of each meeting in the table of contents to cross reference.

Really, that is it!  I plan to glue things in as needed, perhaps words and pictures that pertain to my meetings and ideas.  Updates to follow as the year progresses. 

Educational Uses

I think that students might enjoy this as an alternative to store bought agendas. The versatiltiy is amazing.

So…Ask not what your organizer can do for you but what you can do for your organizer.

Until to Next Time…

Thanks for listening!

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  1. Very cool idea. Thanks for sharing it