How to make a Weekly Planner

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Last week we launched a new version of Blurb BookSmart with some pretty big improvements for custom Weekly Planners. We listened to the comments you gave us, and we think we’ve made them pretty great. Here’s a rundown on what’s new:

  • Planners for 2013 and 2014 (even what’s left of 2012). You can also make planners for partial years.
  • Custom fonts for months and days
  • Editable text boxes for every day, so you can add holidays or other reminders
  • Small photo boxes in the note section for every day
  • A new size: 5 x 8 inches for better portability

Want to know more about making a weekly planner? First, download the latest version of Blurb BookSmart and then check out this how-to:

1) Start a new book.

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Click “Start a new book”


2) Enter your title and Author name, then select “Weekly Planner.”

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Enter title and author, then select “Weekly Planner”


3) Choose the dates you want your planner to cover and select a size. The 5×8-inch Pocket size is brand new, and fits nicely in purses and backpacks.

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Click Trade or Pocket size


4) Add photos: If you’ve made a Blurb book before you’ll be familiar with this part. Use the default full-page template or choose your own (I opted for a layout with a landscape-oriented photo in the center of the page, and turned the background black). You can add large photos on the page facing the month page and small photos in the note space on weekly pages.

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Add a photo for every month

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Add a smaller photo for every week


5) Customize your fonts: Brand new in this version is the ability to change the fonts for months and days. Note that changing the front for one month will change all of them. Likewise changing the font for one day will change all of them. You can also change the color of the fonts too. Just click any month or day name.

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Click to change fonts


6) Add “Year-at-a-glance” and “Notes” pages by using the “Add Pages” menu at the top of the page. Note that if you want the fonts on these pages to match other font changes you’ve made, you’ll have to do them individually.

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The “Add Pages” menu lets you further trick out your planner


7) Add your own calendar entries: Want to note a birthday or anniversary? Just click a day, and start typing in the box.

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Make it your day


8) Change backgrounds. Looking for further customization? You can change the background of your pages too.

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Change backgrounds with the “Backgrounds” menu


Of course there’s a lot more you can do by playing with the “Edit Layout” menu, cover design, cover type, and more. But we think this is a good way to get started making a Weekly Planner that’s uniquely yours.






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  1. Neat! Are you working on a way to auto-import birthdays from a calendar app, or from Facebook? And adding public holidays for various countries would be a nice touch too…

      November 7, 2012 – 1:24 am   Permalink
  2. Hey Mark,

    All good ideas. I’ll mention them to our product folks and see.

    By Kent
      November 7, 2012 – 11:43 am   Permalink
  3. Can you write on the paper?

    By John
      November 9, 2012 – 4:26 pm   Permalink
  4. Yes, John! It’s an uncoated paper so you can use pen, pencil, whatever you like.

    By Kent
      November 9, 2012 – 4:27 pm   Permalink
  5. I am waiting for a Weekly Planner design that lets you put a picture per week on left page and the 7 days of the week on the right. More convenient than the Monthly planner . . .

    By Trudy
      November 19, 2012 – 10:51 pm   Permalink
  6. Are there only dated planner pages or is there a perpetual calendar option?

    By Judy
      November 20, 2012 – 12:21 am   Permalink
  7. Hey Trudy,

    Thanks for the feedback! Not sure if this is something we’ll be adding for next year, but I’ll our team know it’s something you want.



    By Kent
      November 20, 2012 – 4:31 pm   Permalink
  8. Hey Judy,

    They are all dated. But it’s something we could add in the future.



    By Kent
      November 20, 2012 – 4:31 pm   Permalink
  9. is there a service where we send the pictures to you on a cd and you make the planner or book or whatever and then ship? – DIY is daunting – and never works properly – always some snafu

      November 29, 2012 – 9:25 pm   Permalink
  10. Hey Ramesh,

    That’s not something we provide – I think it would just end up being too expensive for our customers. We actually think DIY works pretty well though. You should give it a try.



    By Kent
      November 30, 2012 – 1:02 pm   Permalink
  11. Is it possible to add a year at a glance page to a notebook?

    By Gabby
      December 28, 2012 – 5:49 am   Permalink
  12. Hey Gabby,

    Unfortunately, those are separate book types. If you started with a Planner, however, you could add year-at-a-glance pages and remove the other day/week/month views, and insert blank or lined pages.

    By Kent
      January 2, 2013 – 1:38 pm   Permalink
  13. Can you provide a spiral binding option? Ideal page size would be 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches (half of 8.5 x 11).

    By Ann
      July 14, 2013 – 2:02 pm   Permalink
  14. Hey Ann,

    It’s a good suggestion. Right now we’re really focused on bookstore-quality bindings, but we may add more options in the future.



    By Kent
      July 15, 2013 – 1:55 pm   Permalink
  15. I uploaded BookSmart today, but it is not providing the “planner” option like it is in your screen grabs. PLease advise?

    By mariah
      July 26, 2013 – 9:54 am   Permalink
  16. Hey Mariah,

    Make sure you’re selecting either the “Trade” or “Pocket” book size first. Then you should see the planner option.



    By Kent
      August 2, 2013 – 3:21 pm   Permalink
  17. The pocket size still seems too large for my needs. Is there a way to make one closer to 3 5/8 x 6 3/16 ?

    Thank you !

    By Pam
      November 21, 2013 – 7:07 am   Permalink
  18. Is there a way of making the weekly planner with the week starting with Sunday instead of Monday?

    By Barbara
      November 21, 2013 – 3:13 pm   Permalink
  19. Hey Barbara,

    Unfortunately, we don’t have that option right now. But it’s good feedback. Maybe it’s something we can offer in the future.

    By Kent
      November 22, 2013 – 3:30 pm   Permalink
  20. Hey Pam,

    Not right now, but it’d be a really great size to have. It’s certainly something to think about.

    By Kent
      November 22, 2013 – 3:30 pm   Permalink

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