Saturday, June 4, 2016

DIY Goth Planner Pagemarkers

Who's ready for an easy, cheap planner DIY that works no matter what planner you use?

I recently switched into a Filofax binder planner and have been loving the many ways I can customize it to suit my needs. While browsing Etsy, where I get most of my planner supplies, I started finding lots of beautiful decorative bookmarks for planners. These bookmarks are great because you can add different ones to change the decor scheme of your planner. My original decor scheme has been black and white, but I'm starting to add touches of lime green and purple which I can remove whenever I get bored and want to try something new. The combinations are endless, just depending on what embellishments you use.

They didn't look to hard to make (and most people don't make Goth-appropriate bookmarks outside of October) so I figured I would try my hand at making my own.

These felt bookmarks on the left are from Created by Danielle on Etsy and I love them, great quality and super cute. I also bought the bat in orange and green for when I want to switch up the look of my planner.

For this project you will need:

Paperclips (jumbo works best, and I used silver, but paperclips come in all kinds of colors nowadays.)
Embellishments (mine are from Michaels Arts & Crafts Store in the scrapbooking section. You could also use gothy flat backs, bottle caps, coins, cameos, or whatever else you like! )
Stickers (mine are from Evil Supply Co.)
Glue (Keep in mind that you will be grabbing your paperclips by the embellishment on the end, so use a strong glue.
Cardstock, thin foam, or felt for backing (optional)

When using a Scrapbooking embellishment, you start the project with your embellishment of choice and simply glue it to the paperclip so that the doubled-over end of the paperclip is pointing down. Then cover the back glue with paper, foam, or felt.

When using a sticker, it's much the same except that you sandwich the paperclip between the sticker and cardstock (If you have two of the same sticker, you can also sandwich it between two stickers so that it is double sided, but I find that the added stiffness of the cardstock helps keep the sticker's shape.)

Once you find out how ridiculously simple it is, you can make an army of them in different colors and patterns. 

Here's what some of them look like marking different pages in my planner.

When I'm not using them to mark pages I also keep a few of them in the front pocket of my planner along with some sticky notes as decoration.

Do any of you use planners? If so, do you decorate them? Or are they purely functional?


  1. I usually use my fone as my planner, but I am inspired! So cute!

  2. What a cute idea! My planners tend to be purely functional and I get a little crazy if they're a mess. This might be very helpful to keep things organized and spooky cute.

    1. I recommend it, especially if your planner doesn't come with a ribbon bookmark or similar! It's come in very handy for me when I want to have a page marked so that I can access it easily when I'm out, and it doesn't add too much bulk!

  3. Oh that's a great idea, I'm going to make some of these. Thanks for sharing

  4. What an awesome idea!! I love those; absolutely adorable! <3

  5. I adore this, but it's so hard to find gothic planners that suit me-
    I went with a kawaii ''Molang'' one, but if I could get one that looked like an old victorian book, I'd be thrilled!
    The felt bat paperclip is to die for- where did you get him?? : )

    1. I ended up going with the simple black, but I agree an amazing old book planner would be great!

      The felt paperclips are by Created by Danielle on Etsy, link is in the post!

  6. I had always used a planner but never got incredibly decorative until I started seeing your posts. Now I have an EC planner and way too many stickers but love it

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  9. Wow, this blog is a treasure box for Goth lovers. I never imagined one could have Goth bookmarks and paperclips. Though I have just a handful of papers at my workstation, I could still keep some of these accessories at my desk. All the other writers at the professional article writing service (that's where I work), have empty desks.