You know some weeks I don't touch my planner and the pages just sit there completely sad and empty, then other weeks the drawer of pens gets opened and I try to write down all the things...and then there's just a few weeks where all those cute planner supplies I've amassed get used as I write down all the things.
I think this is my third year making page dividers (year one and two) for my planner and my favorite part is that it's an excuse to use up some of my very favorite patterned paper, since I know I will be flipping my planner pages to it constantly and seeing it all year long.
And speaking of planner supplies, I decided to stop my Studio Calico subscription this year, since I can never even come close to using everything. I have shared extras from kits a couple of times before and have one more batch to share. If you would like one, please leave a "pick me" and I will email four people sometime on Sunday to send packages your way.
Ever since I saw this planner page idea I had to do it. I decided on three (not so lofty) goals this year. Read ten books...and I know it's sad that ten would be an accomplishment. Go on 150 walks. Sean keeps track, along with his running, and we only went on 100 last year which needs to change. And make three scrapbook-ish type projects. I loved making a couple of books last year, in addition to Project Life, and want to make sure I craft stuff up this year too.
So, at the almost end of January I'm about a third of the way into one book, but thankfully we've gone on about sixteen more walks since I took this photo. I have some stamping to do.
I have been using the same monthly calendar for the last seven years...since I first went back to a paper planner. It's just a table in a Word document that I switch out each year with new fonts, colors and lots and lots of dates.
I fill up each page as things get scheduled and then use it to fill in my weekly sheets at the start of each month.
I've tried two page monthly calendars and horizontal calendars, but this vertical one with a little extra space at the bottom that I often fill with extra notes, has worked the best.
Here's the PDF... Download 2017 Planner Calendar
I don't know how fresh of a start it is when your planner for 2017 isn't put together until a week into the year, but oh well. Tomorrow Sean goes back to school, which makes it kind of feel like a new year all over again. I still get a couple of weeks at home, but it will be all spring semester prepping all the time from now until I walk into my first classroom.
I did a bunch of planner crafting last week and took pictures of it all today, so I'll be sharing more this week and next.
For six out of my seven semesters teaching I have made a class planner. It started when Mac asked me to make him one for high school...little did I know his request would end up being one of the best things I could do to help myself be a better teacher.
In the past, I have had the covers laminated and the book spiral bound. But the last couple times it hasn't been done very well, (even though I tried more than one place to have it done) which left me wondering how to solve the problem.
Right behind the cover I usually have fun with a title page. I discovered this design from Drew Ellis and loved the humor that in a year where my dream of a full-time position was a bust, it's time to re-focus on creating coursework for my students.
I print out my syllabus for each course with a few extra pages to keep track of participation assignments and office hour meetings. Then each week of the semester has two pages...one to brainstorm class plans and the other to write all the things I need to get done.
The index tabs take me to the course schedule for each class.
And of course there had to be a patterned paper bookmark too. I also bought the clear Arc planner pockets to store my notes and worksheets for class. Before I always had a file folder for each course, now it's all together in one item in my school bag. I just put in what I need for the day.
I always print note pages for each power point lecture where I add all the extra bits I want to tell my students...you can see a pink and blue lecture on gender tucked away.
In the past I was at the office supply store the night before the semester started begging to have this spiral bound with no time to spare. Now I can put in whatever extra things I can think of (or don't want to forget) and I can take out whatever I am not using.
So not to be overly dramatic or anything, but this class planner switch has been life changing.
I made one last January and I made one for the summer that I never shared...oh and I made one for my new school planner too.
Now I've made one for fall. There really is nothing better than a fresh combination of patterns and colors.
This was the way I had my planner supplies "organized". I used each zipper pouch to group together similar items like stamps or sticky notes. And then everything else was tossed in there.
So I bought a big storage box and divided trays. Now all cute planner items are truly organized. Stamps are not in here, I have another box for them and an organizational idea I have not made happen yet, but everything else is and it makes the box super fun to dig into. Now if only life could be a little less busy, so I could spend more time planning it.
Part of this whole reorganization project was gathering a few bunches of supplies to share since I could never use it all. I have three pouches filled with various items to send to three people. If you would like one leave a "pick me" comment by Wednesday evening. Please make sure the email address linked to your comment is current since I will email three people for their addresses.
Last year I made boards for the pocket planner I gave my mom, the one I have, and my A5 size planner. They are hole punched and sit in the back of the binder to help create a more solid surface to write on. I realized just a couple of months ago, that it would be handy to have another one to put directly behind the page as I wrote on it.
Like the other boards, I simply adhered some favorite pattern papers to a piece of cardboard. I store the board in the front pocket of my planner and use it all the time.
P.S. After submitting applications I was called for a Sociology interview..and there is a Women's Studies interview written on the other page for next week. Thanks for all of your good wishes a few weeks ago. For the next twelve days I'll be prepping teaching demonstrations and holding my breath. I'll be back on March 21st...
If I were to make a list right now of all the stuff I want to make right now it would include...a fresh stack of cards, a canvas idea I have for our bedroom wall, scrapbook pages (for the first time in almost forever) and more planner pages.
This weekend I started filling in my weekly calendar for February and decided I need to spend a little time on something cuter than writing down a whole bunch of meetings for school.
I cut an 8.75" x 2.5" piece of cardstock, dug into my patterned paper scraps and stuck a bunch on.
I think I have found yet another planner detail to craft up each month.
Last Wednesday night I used the cardstock calendar I printed (there's a PDF here) to get all crafty with our schedule this month. It was so much fun to get all "organized". I used quotations since the next day me and my crafty calendar already forgot something that I had scheduled.
I am awesome like that.
Speaking of schedules, around here I usually share something Monday through Friday, but over the next few weeks it'll be three times a week or so. I have a lot more planner pages to share, a couple of recipes and a few other little crafty projects I've forgotten to share over the last couple of months. I'll be a little extra busy working on those "annoyingly vague" goals I mentioned in my twenty-sixteen post and promise not be as annoying about it soon.
I needed two different versions of a 2016 calendar for my planner, right? I printed months horizontally on thick cardstock to have at the beginning of weekly pages since I only store one month's worth of weekly pages at a time. I figured I could decorate it will all the cute planner supplies I continually cannot resist.
Then I updated a vertical version I had made before, printed it on my usual paper, so I can keep the entire thing in my planner for the year.
I was trying out new photo paper last week and printed a photo of Mac from Homecoming that I loved because he looks so happy. I also love it because my friends taught me a couple of years ago that a photo with a orb of light in it is believed to possibly be the energy from a loved one who has passed on. So, now every time I ever see one in photo with Mac, even though it's probably a sun flare or something else that is easily explainable, I like to think it's his twin brother Griffin.
The printer paper worked great and I thought it'd be nice to have the photo in my planner, but whenever I've tried to punch new holes in a page protector it doesn't really work and there is no page protector size that fits my A5 planner well anyway.
Then it occurred to me to cut off the hole-punched edge and cover the open seam by adhering a piece of folded patterned paper that I could neatly punch holes out of.
It totally worked, so I printed a couple of the fall prints I bought during a sale in this Etsy shop a couple of months ago and a photo I took of one the bouquets of flowers Sean brought me from Trader Joe's.
I used some gold polka dotted vellum for a cover and now my planner is extra cute and fallish when I open it.
It is pretty darn clear that things are very rarely planned around here...that the motto has remained, "Live...Blog...Repeat" which means sometimes there are lots of ideas and sometimes there just aren't much of any.
During the couple weeks I took off from blogging earlier in the month (for all things cheer) I had lots of ideas...including the idea to make a planner page for blog ideas. So I did...and I wrote down my ideas of things to share...some of which I have already this month and some that I'll get to.
But we can now check "blog ideas PDF" off the list.
As a planner girl for almost twenty-five years (I got my first Franklin planner when I was a sophomore in high school) it is pretty darn exciting to see more and more cute stuff available...any I am a sucker for all of it.
I have a planner kit subscription and they sent me an entire extra month's kit when I mentioned just one item was damaged. I figured it's a great reason to share, so I actually packed up two little collections of planner supplies to share. Leave a "pick me" comment if you would like one and I'll email the random winners for their address on Thursday.
Oh and if you know of any other planner items I need...please share.
There are just some ideas that you see and they immediately help you reach your "make sure life is cute and colorful" goal. Washi-taped tea lights was that kind of idea.
I have found it to be the most helpful for the fun stuff that we hope to do, like go to the movies or something. That way in case we can't get there (for instance we did not make it to the fair this week because Mac has had so much cheer practice) it's easy to move around to the future or easily take it off altogether.
I have a pack of them in two different sizes and would love to share a sheet of each, if you want to try them out. I can send them to three people...just leave a "pick me" and I'll email you next week.
My mom has taught me to always write down the name of who you spoke with and what date/time you spoke to them for any important phone call. When I put together a planner for her birthday gift this year I made her a couple different kinds of pages, including one for phone call notes.
You can print your own from this PDF... Download Phone Call Notes
One of the things I made for my mom for her Filofax birthday gift was a board for the back of the planner so there was a more even writing surface. I cut apart a cardboard box and covered it with patterned paper on both sides so it was reversible.
Did I mention when I purchased my mom a pocket planner that I also ordered myself an aqua patent leather one? I couldn't resist.
I actually made one for my full size planner too, since the board creates a much better writing surface.
My love of planners comes from my mom, so a couple of months ago I decided she needed a totally gratuitous, but completely adorable Filofax pocket sized planner for her birthday in May. It is not exactly a practical calendar since it's so tiny, but I thought it be cute to have for shopping lists and various ideas while she is out.
Since I started a couple months in advance, I was ridiculously excited to finally get to give this to her.
Somehow, we are almost a third of the way into 2015...which means dates are starting to pop up for 2016. I used to just grab a piece of notepaper to start keeping track of what was already planned for the next year, but this time around I decided to make an official planner page.
In case you need to start wriitng stuff down too... Twenty Sixteen Planner Page
I am almost at the halfway point of the semester...and my two half-spring breaks (the schools I teach at do not have breaks that line up) start the week after next. As much as I love my job, I have to admit it will be nice not to have quite as much to do for two weeks.
Last fall I started using two pages per week...class schedule on one side (with open room for extra notes) and a full page to-do list on the other.
In the back of the weekly spreads is the syllabus for each class, with an index tab adhered to the course schedule so I can flip to it quickly. There are pages for notes and to summarize the mid-semester evaluation I like to conduct in each class. The final page is set up to brainstorm all the things I want to change for the following semester. Then a favorite piece of patterned paper ends up as the back cover. These books have been the absolute best teaching tool I have, although the group work sticks are a close second.
And I can't wait to flip to the planner pages with spring break written across them soon.
Please tell me it happens to you too...
You get home from Target and then manage to immediately remember what you completely forgot to buy.
Around here it occurs way more often than it should. So I have gone so far as to make a specific list to combat the forgetfulness...
In case it's not just a problem for me, here is a PDF of the lists... Download Target Shopping Lists
Yesterday I was all about being on time for something...and now today I am totally late. I walked into my office at almost the end of January and realized I did not have a calendar for the bulletin board over my desk. So I made quickly made one with this kit and some of the digital patterned papers I have amassed over the years.
In case anyone is a month late with me and still needs a little calendar here it is... Download 2015 Patterns Desk Calendar
I have spent the last few days prepping the purple planner for an extra organized 2015.
It's always good to look at a calendar and realize that you have barely a week left to plan an in-service for fifty people that you were asked to lead months ago. Or that a couple weeks later you have two community college training/meetings scheduled the same day for almost eight hours straight.
Yes, 2015 is really off to a great organizational start.
I might be a bit of a mess from time to time, but at least I will have cute patterned paper dividing everything up.
I have never really liked purple. It's pretty much the only color I do not like. Well, I take that back, growing up Mr. Pine's Purple House was one of my favorite books. Other than that...no purple.
Lately though I have found myself a little drawn to it...to the point where I took a coupon and bought a purple patent leather planner...after studying all the choices for months. I am not usually a fan of patent leather either, so I really do not know myself at this point.
I have more to set up (and a lot more holes to punch), however I made a couple of items so far. I took an old Hambly transparency for a cover and took a piece of patterned paper, trimmed and sewn into a pocket.
Since I was a teenager, my mom has taught me a love of planners and Filofax has always seemed to be the ultimate. Therefore the purple planner is pretty darn exciting.
A couple weeks ago I mentioned my new favorite pens (at the time) which were thick, colorful and cheap. Then last week I couldn't resist signing up for this planner class and erasable pens were on the supply list. I decided to order some this past weekend and my mind is completely blown. As much as I love pens, I don't write with them too often in case I make a mistake...
However these pens, and their seemingly magic eraser, really work. I actually graded student work with a pen for the first time tonight. I may have also ordered a second set to have one with me at school.
From now on my favorite pencils are going to be lonely.
Last spring I started using tiny dot stickers on my monthly planner calendar.
I use one color for all the journal assignments I need to grade for my classes and another color for all the tests I need to grade. This way I can quickly glance down to see how many stacks I'll need to get through each week.
Although my first thought when typing that last sentence was, "so I can quickly see how screwed I am". Let's just say, I have yet to figure out how to develop multiple class schedules that create a well-spaced work load.
Today I started loading the dots up for this semester...and added one more color (red) to mark the days that Sean is working as an assistant coach after school.
I just roughly started adding up how much grading all these tiny dots mean...roughly 490 journals and tests. Yikes.
Today I printed out the weekly sheets for the next three months and switched out my planner for April. I filled up to do lists and dates on the calendar. I also dug into my flowery fabric stash to put together a few fabric paper clips to switch between since I use them to mark the weekly page I am currently on.
I figured since I was making some for me, I should make some for you too. I have three sets of three to share. Just leave a "pick me" if you would like one and I will email the randomly selected winners on Thursday.
I am all about a good to do list. With check boxes...have to have a place to check stuff off.
I keep a list every week in my planner. I'll also write an extra list for a weekend, holiday, or especially busy day. Then I saw the idea to have even more lists....you make category lists to brainstorm on and then you choose the items to put on your weekly to-do list.
Considering I can easily forget just about anything and everything, no matter how hard I try to remember it, having a sort-of staging area for to do lists sounds like an awesome idea. I can keep better track of tasks without making my weekly to do list seem like a relentlessly, never-ending nightmare.
So, did you stopped reading awhile ago when I said, "list" for like the twelfth time in two sentences? Or do you love to do lists as much as I do?
Here are past planner ideas I love too...I'm unreasonably obsessed.
We're several days into the new year and I finally have all of my calendar needs for 2014 ready. I purchased this calendar to hang next to my desk at home, this color wheel calendar that I printed out for my office at school, and this cute (free!) calendar to use in my planner.
I have my new divider page for the year, I'm already filling in my monthly calendars, and have a few months of my weekly pages printed out. You can click the links to download the monthly and weekly sheets if you are still getting your 2014 calendar ready.
In year's past I have lost my ever-loving mind the week after Christmas. Decorations have come down right away and I have been know to go on a hairbrained streak of house rearranging...bedroom furniture has ended up in the dining room, walls have been painted, and trips to Ikea have been seemingly inevitable.
Then a shift began last year...there was an attempt to let the holidays linger a little and not stress about making something...or everything...new and fresh. Now this past week has been an immense accomplishment in doing nothing. Mac went to his dad's so it's been quiet around here. Very little time was spent sitting at my desk. Very much time was spent watching college football games. Christmas leftovers were munched on, there were cups of tea, magazines to flip through, evening walks and the fireplace keeping the house cozy. Sean and I actually used the holiday break we are lucky to have...as an actual break.
Today the decorations are coming down and the 2013 calendar is coming together. Today thank you notes will be tucked into envelopes to mail. Today we will restock the pantry. And today I finally get back to sharing here. I am looking forward to reminiscing a little about 2012 and then moving on to the new year.
The calendar cards are from the In A Creative Bubble Shoppe. I also have the files to share from my 2013 planner pages. They are sized to fit into any 8.5"x5.5" binder. Here is each month... Download 2013 Planner Calendar and here are the weekly forms I've been using in some matching colors Download Weekly Pages.
Do you enjoy inane details? Do you have the compulsion to try to make the most random of items a littler cuter?
Well, if so, this is the blog post for you.
I have used Avery NoteTabs in my organizer for over a year. And while they are really handy for quickly turning to the current week, they are not anywhere near as cute as I would like them to be. That is until last week when it finally occurred to me to cover them up in patterned paper...
I covered the side with the adhesive so I could stick them to the back of the page I need to flip to.
Granted this is not particularly innovative, but it does makes flipping to my to-do list a little more cheerful.
Thinking about my organizer tonight as it's almost time to get ready for May. Years ago my Franklin Covey planner was a prized possession...just like every normal 15 year old, right? Then I made the bold move into all things Palm Pilot. But a couple of years ago I decided I needed paper back in my life again and, although I flirted with Filofax for awhile, I think I have finally settled down with Russell and Hazel.
I have mentioned before that I have one of their mini binders. I use some of their blank filler paper and then have designed my own forms (you can find some to download in this old post). The very best part of this organizer is it's flexibility. Some weeks I barely need one page...and other times there are multiple pages and numerous notes included. I use this compact-sized hole punch to put in any other items I made need each week.
I have a homemade sewn cover for my binder for a little extra protection. Normally I have no interest in animal prints, but for some reason I love this lime green zebra pattern...
I have one page with a whole month overview. I only store one detailed month at a time (with it's weekly sheets), but then I have every month for the rest of the year kept in the back of the binder...
Each week of the month gets a page full of what needs to be done. I always use a post-it tab on the current week so it's easy to find and I stamp the top with a date stamp...
I use washi tape to include little extras that may be needed...like a business card or something torn from a catalog...
I even have a copy of my master syllabus for school that includes the work for all of my classes each week...
I realize I may be a tad bit obsessed with all this organizer business. However I have a special gift of being able to remember pretty much nothing in my life, so I need this. If you want to make sure I'm really going to get something done you should always ask, "Are you writing this down?" otherwise we're all at great risk that I'm going to totally forget...it's really quite a charming trait.
Seeing piles of pumpkins as I walked into the grocery store this morning.
Buying the cutest birthday gift for my niece in Iowa who turns three this month.
That I wanted to make soup tonight...even though the 90 degree weather isn't exactly fall-ish.
And getting my calendar ready for the coming months.
Someone had asked me to sell the cover pages in my Etsy shop when I posted them in August. I can't profit from them since they're not my original designs...but I figured I should be able to share these images with my friends...especially now that I've learned how to PDF things.
So here are the cover pages...
Here are the empty months (since I figured you didn't care when we have Mac for the weekend or when my brother's birthday is)...
And here are my little weekly and daily sheets...
You should be able to cut the covers exactly to a page that is 8.5" tall and 6.5 inches wide. With the calendars you want to cut a close border on the right and leave space on the left to punch holes (you can see what I mean if you look at the photos from the binder blog post). The pages will fit into these binders (or patterned ones) and they work in these binders too.
Oh and speaking of the shop...today I have been working on a fall card kit (there are piles on pretty much every surface of my craft room including this one on the arm of the couch)...it should be all ready on Monday...
P.S. Can you tell I'm finding my iPhone very handy for taking a quick photo?
P.P.S. Since it's my first time making them can you please let me know if the PDFs worked for you? Thanks.
I have five classes left to take for both of my bachelor degrees...two Women's Studies classes and three Sociology electives. All summer I had toyed with the idea of splitting them up since I can't start graduate school until next fall. However when it came time to register last month I decided just to get it all over with and registered for all five classes. No point in dragging it out after a shameful 15 years in school.
Those five classes meant I would be on campus on Tuesdays for over 13 hours straight...8:30am until 9:45pm since two classes are at night...once again I reminded myself to suck it up since a semester only has 16 Tuesday's and I would just count them down.
Then a couple of weeks ago the one Sociology class I had really looked forward to taking was canceled. I started going back to that "splitting up the classes" idea. The Pro/Con list was even sided so that was no help. I asked friends for their opinion and they would ask "Why, if you have the time, would you stress yourself out all in one semester?"
Simple: Because I still feel the need to punish myself for my past academic indiscretions and I have no excuse not to push myself as hard as possible...kind of crazy I know.
So I kept relentlessly debating with myself until I made a decision while school supply shopping...
Right there in Staples I bought a one inch binder...you can't stuff five classes in a one inch binder...so it seems as if the decision was made.
Then I received another e-mail stating that the second one of my Sociology classes had been canceled. There was also a letter from the Dean of Humanities explaining that they were having to cancel numerous classes and there were no replacement classes to enroll in...oh and they're deeply sorry about it.
So moral of the story is I have a one inch binder, two Women's Studies classes on Tuesday nights and the chance to actually enjoy my life this semester...with my fingers crossed that this was a good decision.
And speaking of binders...here's my other new one...
I decided I wanted something that I could lay completely flat and could really custom design since there are some weeks I need all kinds of room and others that need absolutely nothing. I bought a binder, paper, dividers and pockets. They had it all at The Container Store (and a discount for teachers...just one of the many benefits of being married to Sean).
The rest of what I need I made myself...a monthly calendar to get an overall view, a small weekly sheet, and a small sheet for school assignments...oh and a cute divider page announcing each month...I absolutely needed that.
So I have two new binders ready and waiting to get life started in this week.
For now though I have Chinese take-out to eat and a movie to watch...got to enjoy the last few lazy nights of summer.