Discbound Binders are perfect for Teacher Planners!

Well, its been a minute or two since I've posted. That's just how it goes around here. In case any of you are preparing for next school year like me I wanted to share how I set up my teacher planner. I love my planner to be bright and colorful but also to have plenty of white space on my weekly lesson planning pages. I've just never been a black and white copy kind of person and if that's what you ink savers like I understand. But, I'll pay extra for color any day.

I've been designing my own teacher planner for several years now and one thing that has definitely stayed the same is that my love for discbound binders is still going strong. If you don't know what discbound means its just these little discs holding the paper in instead of 3 rings. It does require a special punch to make the right kind of holes to fit the discs. I bought my discbound hole punch from Staples when I bought my original binder. Together, it was a little investment but about the same price as and Erin Condren teacher planner, but I've been using them for about 4 or 5 years....so cost effective in the long run! (I also came across this punch that is slightly cheaper by The Happy Planner!)

I bought the blue Martha Stewart binder from Staples four or five years ago. They last a long time (well, for a binder that's a long time to me!) and the only reason I bought a new one this year is for photography purposes. My original one was still in pretty good shape but for close up photography I wanted a crisp new one. And, there was a period of time when Staples stopped selling Martha Stewart stuff but now it's back with the original blue discbound binder as well as my new bright coral one which I love!

If you are familiar with the Happy Planner those are also discbound and they have covers you can buy separately that are super cute if you want something different than the Martha Stewart ones (fyi...the discs for the Martha Stewart binders and The Happy Planner all fit interchangeably). I love the rose gold one in my picture at the beginning of this post and I know I'm going to have fun switching up the covers throughout the year since I own more than one now. I also love this red one below by The Happy Planner. You can get these at Michael's as well as a ton of fun accessories including stickers, notepads that fit in the discs, and clips!


One of the main reasons I prefer discbound binders is that you can fold it all the way over in half and it makes writing in it a breeze, as opposed to a three-ring binder where the rings are big and in the way. Another reason is because I want to have all my schedules, IEPs, student info, and any other important papers in the same organizer  that holds my lesson plans. You can't do that with a planner that you've bought that is already bound. I don't want to have my teacher planner and another binder of some sort to organize everything else. I just want one thing to keep track of and hold and the discbound does a great job of that I think.

 While we're talking about planners, I've also updated the teacher planners in my store and have three different versions available that I update every year for free. So once you purchase one of my planners you can download the file again every year and it will have the updated dates! Something new I changed this year was adding four different cover options for each planner. I don't know about you, but even in the course of a school year my taste can change or I might just want a different look, so these planners make it easy to change up the style a little without having to purchase an entirely different planner. (and I bet I'll be changing out my discbound covers too now that I own several!) Click on any of the pictures below to go to my store to check out the specific planners...also download the previews on TpT to see more!


Spring Printables + Free Print

Can you believe Spring is here already?!? Today it doesn't feel like spring but I'm pretending it does with my iced coffee by my side and these super sweet new printables I have for you! I just love making these every month. Seriously, if I wasn't a teacher I'd want to just design stuff all day long in my pajamas. Maybe someday. Anyway, I love having my TeacherPRINTS already printed up so I can just grab a quick card for a coworker or student. 

My wheels are turning on how to store them all effectively because I have a monthly edition of TeacherPRINTS made so far for August-April that I have so many cute things! I'll get back with you all hopefully soon on some storage ideas for all the notecards. And the monthly prints too because we should be saving those for next year instead of printing them again!

One of my FAVORITE things about TeacherPRINTS is that they are seasonal (so great holiday/seasonal decor for your classroom OR home) but also so many of the printables each month could be used WHENEVER. You don't have to use them only in that month. Look at some of the stuff from past months that work for anytime...

I had so much fun creating the printables for April and I even have a special freebie for you so make sure you scroll all the way down to the end to grab it!

Click the picture below for a free print from the April TeacherPRINTS. Thanks for reading and happy Sunday!