2 Nov 2012

custom meal planner inserts

Overwhelmed by the response and feedback I received with regards to my previous custom inserts, I decided to make some more but using a bit more creativity than before. I hope that you guys think that I have managed to find a compromise between the inserts looking good and functionality?

I made these using Photoshop one day as I wanted to make some inserts that were 'cute' enough for my use and I thought I'd share them as I am quite proud of them. They've come out better than I imagined - only thing is, please print them to a scale of 93%. This is a problem I'm trying to sort out (mainly just a scaling problem more than anything) but 93% seems to work well for me personally. Mainly because I print directly onto personal sized paper.

Anyway, they are designed so that they come in a set. The first page is the very first page of the set; with pages 2 and 3 alternating next (so that, when you use the meal planner, you see a week to view spread) if that makes sense. Here are two pictures to try and show this:

Ignore the insert on the left. I made an error while printing some custom notepaper inserts I had designed!
As you can see, I've also been busy by cutting notepaper down to size! It takes me forever as I have to draw and
measure out the size of personal inserts and then cut them all, sheet by sheet, manually using a craft knife!

page 1: family favourites and meal ideas / / page 2: monday to thursday / /page 3: friday to sunday + + a shopping list / /

What do you guys think? I'm trying to design loads of custom inserts in various designs at the moment (seeing as I have the time!) and this is just one offering of a few in the next two weeks or so.

One last thing: if you're looking for the other custom inserts I had posted about too, here is a link to the site where I host the files (it is another site I have used in the past for blogging and I thought I would utilise the space once again). The home page is designed so you can see a preview of the file and then click on it for the link if you're interested.


  1. Ooh these look lovely :) I'm planning to stick to a meal plan for when I go to uni. Maybe you could include a dietry requirements/alergies box, incase you're having someone over for dinner who has special requirements :)

    1. I'm in the process of making some for people who plan events/want to entertain on a regular basis :) but for these, I think the notes page would be an ideal place to note any special dietary requirements (provided you don't entertain on a regular basis).

      Nevertheless, I can definitely edit these to have a box for dietary requirements too :) x

  2. These are so pretty :) what software do you make them in? I make mine on Microsoft Publisher but I was wondering if there was a better way :) x

  3. These are so CUTE! I've been using simple post-it notes for my meal planning. Now I may have to reconsider!

    1. Thank you! Hehe, I don't currently use these myself but I can't wait for the day where I will need to x