This project is a great way for students to have a personalized dry erase student planner.

This laminated student planner can be hung or folded for storage.  It’s fun to have these for the students to personalize before back to school night.  I love giving the parents a place to leave notes for their kids, and a subtle focus on thank you notes which can be encouraged for anything they are grateful for.

Inside View of Student Planner

Step by Step Instructions:

Begin by assembling the 4 interior panels.

Slotted Note Holder

  1. Cut one piece of cardstock 11″ x 5.5″.
  2. Score this piece of cardstock 6 times across the short width to create fold lines.  Measure down from the 5.5″ edge create scoring lines at the following:  (1) 2.25″, (2) 3.25″, (3) 5.25″, (4) 6.25″, (5) 8.25″ and (6) 9.25″
  3. Fold along the score lines 1, 3, 5 with a valley fold and lines 2, 4, 6 with a mountain fold.
  4. Trim 3 strips from a contrast cardstock using a curved blade if desired.
  5. Using photo for placement, glue these strips just under the fold of each mountain fold.
  6. Cut 3 pieces of ric rac 5.5”. Glue or sew the ric rac to the front of each mountain fold.
  7. Glue or sew the side edges of the pockets.
  8. Cut background piece of cardstock 6″ x 6″ and add 2 scoring lines .25″ and .5″ from the one edge.
  9. With the scoring at the top, center the folded embellished cardstock below the scoring and adhere. (After my glue was dry I stitched around the folded cardstock piece.)
  10. Add word strips as desired.

Student Planner Close up pages 1 and 2

Diagonal Pocket Page

  1. Cut background piece of cardstock 6″ x 6″ and add 2 scoring lines .25″ and .5″ from the one edge.
  2. Cut a contrast piece of cardstock (mine is green) 5.25″ x 5.75″.
  3. Cut another contrast piece of cardstock 5″ x 5.5″. (Mine is dark teal.)
  4. Adhere the contrast pieces together centering the smaller square on top.  Adhere these pieces to the background cardstock piece just below the scoring. Sew around perimeter if desired.
  5. Cut a contrast cardstock square 4.5″ x 4.5″.  Cut this square diagonally to create the pocket.
  6. Score the pocket triangle .25″ and .5″ from the two 4.5″ sides.  Trim out the square and the corner of the triangle.
  7. Using the photo as a reference, add word strips to the pocket piece as desired.
  8. Mountain fold the score lines and place a line of adhesive between the edges and the first score line.
  9. Glue down in the left corner of the page allowing a little border.

Dry Erase Note Page

  1. Cut background piece of cardstock 6″ x 6″ and add 2 scoring lines .25″ and .5″ from the one edge.
  2. Cut a contrast piece of cardstock (mine is green) 5.25″ x 5.75″.
  3. Now cut another contrast piece of cardstock 5″ x 5.5″. (Mine is light teal.)
  4. Glue desired word strips to the smaller contrast cardstock using photo for placement. I also added a little glitter around the words.
  5. Adhere the contrast pieces together centering the smaller square on top.
  6. Laminate this piece.
  7. Adhere this laminated piece to the background cardstock piece just below the scoring.

Student Planner Pages 3 and 4

Thank you Notes and Pocket Page

  1. Cut background piece of cardstock 6″ x 6″ and add 2 scoring lines .25″ and .5″ from the one edge.
  2. Cut a contrast piece of cardstock (mine is green) 5.25″ x 5.75″.
  3. Now cut another contrast piece of cardstock 7.5″ x 5.5″. (Mine is dark teal.)
  4. Score the 7.5″ x 5.5″ piece 2.5″ from the 5.5″ edge to create the pocket.  Fold on the score line.
  5. Cut a 5.5” piece of ric rac and apply (sew or glue) ½” below pocket edge. (Use photo for placement.)
  6. Adhere the contrast pieces together centering the pocket square on top.
  7. Adhere this pocket piece to the background cardstock piece just below the scoring.
  8. Add word strips as desired.
  9. For Thank You notes, cut 4″ x 6″ pieces of cardstock and fold each in half.  Adhere word strips on the front. Put notes in the pocket.

Attach Pages

  1. Add a line of adhesive between top scoring line and edge of your last page.
  2. Place next page bottom edge on the adhesive, lining the page edge up with the first scored line.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the subsequent pages.

 

Cover Assembly

  1. Cut cardstock rectangle 12″ x 6.5″.
  2. Score cardstock 5.75″ from each 6.5″ edge to create the center fold lines.
  3. Mountain fold along both score lines.
  4. Cut a contrast piece of cardstock (mine is green) 5.25″ x 5.75″.
  5. Now cut another contrast piece of cardstock 5″ x 5.5″. (Mine is dark teal.)
  6. Adhere the contrast pieces together centering the smaller square on top.
  7. Center and glue this piece to front of cover with the folded edge at the top.
  8. Trim the word strips you want on the cover and glue them down.
  9. Open cover flat and place in a large laminator pouch and send through the laminator.
  10. Trim close to the edge.
  11. To attach the pages, mountain fold the top edge along the second score line and place a line of adhesive between the score lines. With the cover open, wrong side facing you, and the side with the words at the top, center the pages about ¼” from the top and side edges and press down. Accordion folds the pages toward the cover centerfold.
  12. Place small eyelet at the bottom corners of front cover, being sure to go all the way through to the page underneath.
  13. Put ribbon through the eyelets and tie a bow in the front.

 

Finishing Touches

  1. Using super glue–glue a small piece of Velcro to a whiteboard marker and the opposite piece of Velcro to the whiteboard page.
  2. Dab a bit of glitter glue around the word strips.

Gratitude Word Strip PDF

Gratitude Word Strips Page 1