Monday, August 27, 2012

Organization is Hard.

Hey, I made you guys something! A month-to-month Blog & Project Planner, woot woot! I was having a hard time finding a planner that really worked for me, so I ended up making one. I realized that I need something small that only spans one month, and breaks down from an overview, to project-specific goals, down to the actual blog post. (It also takes into account the fact that I like to doodle and over-think details, heehee). I haven't tried it out yet, but in theory it seems to be a pretty solid plan. So I decided I'm going to post it up on here for download, and you guys can try it with me! I plan on having a new design ready for you right before the start of every month :) Let's see if I can keep it up, haha.



When you download this thing, there will be two folders within the main "Planner" folder called "Editable PDF" and "Printable". The Editable PDF files are for those of you who prefer to do everything on the computer. I turned those pdf files into "forms" with editable fields that you can input your information into. Sweet, huh? That way you can just keep them in a folder on the desktop and not a drop of ink will be wasted. For those of you who want to print it out, and have a tangible planner to keep with ya, then you'll want to print the files within the "Printable" folder.

This is the link that will take you to MediaFire, where you can download the planner: 
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PLANNER.ZIP

PRINTABLE PLANNER HOW-TO:

Step 1: Print out all the pages (your printer will warn you that some clipping may occur, and that's totally okay, because it's only going to crop away white from the edges. Make sure you don't select scale to fit, or your planner will be ridiculously tiny.)

Step 2: Trim to full bleed. You can be super hardcore and use an exacto knife & a ruler, if you want.


Step 3: Assemble the different sections according to the "Assembly Directions" or you can put them in whatever order works best for you :)

Step 4: Add some adhesive tabs (I bought the post-it brand tabs used for filing) to separate your different sections and make it easier to find what you're looking for. Ease is the key to staying organized, if you ask me.

Step 5: Staple everything together! I used about 6 staples along the edge to make sure it was bound nice and tight.

Step 6: Cover the spine with washi tape, to make it look extra cute and to cover up those staples. (I didn't have any washi tape that matched the planner, so I used some ribbon and mod podge instead, haha. I guess you could do that, too.)

Oh, and here are some free matching desktop calendars for September. I made them available in 5 different screen resolutions, so I hope one of them will work for you! I've found that, in conjunction  with the desktop calendar wallpaper, keeping the editable PDF planner files in a folder on the desktop makes me more likely to actually use it.

(right-click & select "save link as" to download)

1280 x 1040
1680 x 1050
1600 x 1200
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1200

If you have any suggestions or ideas on things to add (or subtract) for next month's planner, please share them, and I'll try my best to incorporate them into the next one :)

-Elizabeth

PS: I finally added that "Google Friend Connect" widget to my sidebar, in case any of ya were wondering where it was ;) haha. It's looking pretty lonely right now, that's for sure.

10 comments:

  1. Okay I don't think I can convey to you how much I love this and how hard I will be using and loving this. You really thought of everything. I know that the project planner sheets are going to extremely useful to me. I especially love the sections for supplies I need and supplies I have because I always end up buying something I already have. You. Are amazing.

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    1. Oh, yay! Thanks -- I'm glad you think so :) I think in the next one, I'll include an "idea page" for the following month. Because, right as I sat down to jot down things for september, a million and one things popped in my head for october, haha. And, I really thought I would feel more inclined to use the printed version, but I'm actually using the editable PDF files a whole lot more. (what about you?)

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  2. Wow, this is so perfect! I haven't really planned out blog posts before, but it might be a New Years goal. thanks for the prints and tutorial!

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    1. Thanks! and, me neither! heehee. I usually just wing it :) I'm hoping the planning aspect will keep me updating more frequently? Let's hope! :)

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  3. Found you via CraftGrrl on LJ. I'm just going to repeat what I wrote there: THANK YOU! I've been looking for this for some time. Love it and the directions.

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    1. Oh, yay! :) I'm glad you dig it :) thank you :)

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  4. just clicked through from Jesse's link at 'well it's okay' and oh man she was right! this is awesome! Perhaps now I'll be a better planner :) cute blog too btw!

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    1. Thank you, ma'am! Yeah, I'm hoping it will make me a little bit better about not leaving such huge gaps of nothing between posts, haha. I guess we'll see! :)

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  5. this is awesome and totally lovely! i DL'd the package and i'm going to start using it tonite!

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    1. Thanks! I hope you like it & I hope it makes things easy! :)

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