Planner lovers – alternatives to expensive binders

It’s not secret – I LOVE stationery! ESPECIALLY planner binders. Filofax is my ultimate favourite brand, but they can be a bit pricey. Today I thought I’d share a couple of cheaper binder ideas to get you started with your own planner.

cheaper alternatives to Filofax binders

  1. Filofax Clipbook. This faux leather cover is designed as a notebook and usually comes with lined, dotted and grid paper.It is also has it rings spaced perfectly to fit A5 Filofax planner inserts! Print your own inserts, or buy their diary inserts. Now you don’t have the closing clip, or the card holder on the inside of the binder cover, but it still looks quite classy (and comes in various colours). I get mine from Mighty Ape.
  2. Etsy. There are many handmade leather Etsy binders cheaper than Filofaxbinders on Etsy that work out much cheaper than a brand name. It’s unique, the one I purchased was well made and they pretty much ship anywhere. Keep an eye on the shipping costs (some are too expensive). Binders range in price depending on how much detail goes into them. I bought a rustic brown leather one from DMLeatherStudio.
  3. very cheap binders for plannersEl-cheapo plastic binders. These clear plastic binders are not fancy. But they work and they cost $4.32. I’m using them as guest binders for the attendees at the 2018 Rainforest Writing Retreat. You could personalise them with stickers, or make a fabric slip to go over the plastic. I don’t imagine they’ll last too long, but it’ll do until you can buy the Filofax of your dreams. You can find these listed in many Ebay stores, they usually ship from China, so you might have a bit of a wait. Here’s where I purchased mine: 3c-base

Now I did shout myself a new Filofax recently, but I’m finding I love my old black and white one more, so I’m not ready to transition yet. Perhaps purple was just a bit too much of a jump for me?

planner binder alternativesplanning for writers










Need inserts for your planner? We have free diary planners for writers (in the side-bar), or for something even nicer, visit iTeenGeek for planner inserts perfect for writers. They (my daughter, Matilda) even have inserts for planning your characters and setting. Check them out here: iTeenGeek


How did you start off 2018? Got your goals sorted? Are you trying the ‘one word theme’ for the year?

I love new beginnings, starting a new notebook, a new writing project, and a new year! ANYTHING could happen. So on the first day of the year, I always try to cram in all the things that I want as habits throughout the year. My day was crazy! I read a book, went to the gym, walked the dogs, wrote scenes for my story, recorded positive affirmations, organised my new planner, ate vegetarian, cleaned the house and played Dungeons & Dragons with my family. It was my busiest day ever, and I loved it.

Like most writers, I want more. More writing, more book sales, more contacts with other writers, more opportunities to study, more family time, more results in my classroom, more chances to inspire others. As a result, I get less. Less time.

So this year, my one word theme will be:

theme for writers

I’m cutting out all the extras. Simplify is my new mantra, I’m even cutting my goals down to three focus areas:


What are you doing to inspire your 2018 self?


Many writers downloaded my 2018 planner inserts (you can still download them for free from the sidebar), I hope they help to inspire you to write everyday. Matilda, my teen planner assistant, had so much fun creating planner inserts that she opened her own Etsy store. I love how she’s making goals and putting them into action. She has many different designs and is even making sales. You’ll find Matilda at iTeenGeek.

2018 planner inserts

2018 Planner for Writers – Download for Free


2018 is upon us and I couldn’t be more excited. I love fresh starts, anticipating something new, the promise of a blank page. It’s that time of year we all think about our big goals.

Goals are important, but so are those tiny moments filled with action, because they all add up to create something amazing. It’s easy to loose track of the fragments of time we need, so here’s your 2018 planner inserts to keep you motivated and writing all year long.

Included in your gift is:

  • 2018 Planner for Writers
  • Save the Date Calendar
  • Task List
  • Printing instructions – turns out, getting the right settings on your printer can be tricky!

There’ll be more pages available on my website soon – so stay tuned!

Stay Creative


[grwebform url=”″ css=”off” center=”off” center_margin=”10″/]