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Planner Personalization

I wish someone had told me, way back when I first had a planner, that you could customize and personalize it and really make it your own.  In high school I had a green and tan Collins binder system that could have done with something to make it feel properly like mine.  Back then, and probably for much of my time in a planner, I have not really thought any more of personalizing it than writing my details onto the information sheet and placing it behind the clear plastic fly leaf.

I was the sort of girl who would buy her diary inserts off the shelf and just use them to write everyday things down on, I would use the dividers that came with the binder until they fell apart then go and buy more and I would write in what ever color pen was available.

Roll forward a few years and I have personalized my planner to perfection – well, perfect for me!

This series will give you hints and tips, things to try, and other ways of personalizing your planner to match your style and personality.

The first of this series will be posted on 13th February so come back then to see how you can personalize yours!

xoxox

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Stationery Loves – Inserts

I feel like somewhere along the line my opening line is stuck in repeat, but, hopefully, after this first month the introductions to new segments of my blog will stop (or at the very least, slow down to a minute trickle…), anyway…

So, Stationery Loves is a new segment of my freshly resurrected blog.  This series of posts will share links to places you can buy some of my “Stationery Loves”.  This months post looks at places where you can get inserts for your organizer from.

First up are the stores that you can buy ready printed, punched inserts that most people use without too many problems…

Filofax sell a vast range of different sized inserts, from diaries, note paper, financial, to do, among others.  It is interesting to see the range that Filofax offer expanding and becoming more up to date within the planner trends realm – they now offer a select range of diaries that have printed patterns on them alongside the classic White, Cotton Cream and Pink (you can find these in the diary section).  The only annoyance I have with the Illustrated is that they only appear to be for A5 binders at the moment.

Paperchase offer Filofax inserts (not the full range) alongside their own planner inserts.  Paperchase offer a different selection of inserts that are a bit more modern in their function, inserts like Meal Plans, meeting lists and shopping lists.  There are also a few cute printed inserts available including printed note paper.  Again, Paperchase offers a range of different sizes and a few different layout options for the diaries (currently there is a day to a page Filofax brand available and Paperchase’s own brand week on two pages.)

WHSmith offer similar to Paperchase, they stock Filofax branded inserts alongside their own.  There seems to be a greater selection of inserts available, especially diary inserts in different formats but they do not seem to offer any other color than white and pink.

Another one to check out for inserts is Dodo Pad.  These inserts are a diary, come note book or whatever you decide it to be.  Take a look and see what you think.

You can get other inserts, available to download and print yourself (printables) from many different sources.  Philofaxy offer a great range of free printables (I used these for November and December in my A5) and if you are clever enough, you can customize them yourself.  This is a great resource, if like me, you have an idea to switch your layout but dont want the commitment of buying a years worth of inserts only to find a week later you don’t like the inserts, you can download a month’s worth and give it a go before printing the year.

Etsy also has great resources for finding inserts for your planner.  I could spend a month linking you to awesome inserts but I’m not going to do that as there are too may awesome designers out there creating pages that by listing a few, I’m missing off others.  Instead, I suggest you just head over to Etsy and have a search for inserts and see what you come up with yourself!  🙂  And, when you find someone who sells awesome inserts, why not head back here and leave a link and maybe, a review, in the comments!

So, what inserts do you love and why?

The next episode of “Stationery Loves will be published here on 8/2/17!

xoxox

***I have not been paid to mention any of these stores or shops, I chose to write this blog of my own free will and to share with you some places of interest that stock inserts.***

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Other Inserts – Information

This is another new addition to my blog 🙂  “Other Inserts” focuses on any insert that you can get which is not diary based, the first in this series looks at the Information sheet that is usually included with shop bought diary inserts and looks a bit like this

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This is one of the first things I fill in when I am setting up my planner for the year, usually with a new pen and my best handwriting, I like the newness of the page and being able to update information that may otherwise have expired, been crossed out or written over.  I think this is one of the most important sheets to fill in as well, it makes the diary and planner truly yours and identifies it as having an owner and belonging.

The Information (or Important Information as it is sometimes referred to) is really useful for you to see at a glance, and be able to find easily, numbers you may need in an emergency, or numbers and data that people may need if you are caught up in an emergency.  I have not yet filled in this sheet (I’m still using last years Information sheet) but am going to be filling it in soon, laminating and punching it before placing it at the front of my planner, behind the dashboard.  I totally recommend laminating this page as it will get a fair bit of battering over the year and placing it toward the front of your planner just so that it is easy to find in an emergency.

If you don’t have one of these sheets then you can type or write up your own version and add it to your planner.

Have you made your own Improtant Information sheets? What does it look like?

The next episode of Other Inserts will be up on my blog on 6th Feb!  catch you then

xoxox

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2017 Set-Up

I saw the New Year in with my lovely personal Filofax Malden in Kingfisher blue that my boyfriend bought me for my birthday.  I had her all set up by Christmas Day for 2017.  Here’s my set up in her for this year…

Here’s a little flick through in pictures!  🙂

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All inserts are from Filofax and are available here

The Dashboard and dividers were made by me!  There will be a tutorial at some point on this blog on how to make your own!  The laminated cards are from Project Life and laminated by myself, they have a use that will be revealed soon!  🙂

How have you set up your planner for the year?

xoxox

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Diary Inserts – Day to a Page

When I first had a planner (way back when I started my first full time job) I used the pages that came with it to record all my appointments and important information (week on one page) which was fine at the time as I’d transitioned from a teeny pocket diary the previous year. Once the year was out though, I had to buy new diary pages and got, well, a wee bit overwhelmed by the choice of formats out there. When deciding on the format and running of this years posts I decided it would be fun to explore the different types of diary inserts out there and hopefully save a lot of others being baffled to!  So, today I’m going to talk about Day to a Page (or D2AP) inserts.

Day to a page diary inserts are literally that, one day covers one page. And this format is available in all sizes for your planner.  I used to use day to a page inserts when I was running between 2 jobs, college and university as I had enough space to write down all my plans and other notes too, such as shopping lists, reminders and meal plans.  The space was enough to record each part of my day and any homeworks I was given as well. And, I could see at a glance my plans for the following day.  

This type of insert is brilliant if you are busy, have a lot of things to do or reminders or if you have a family and need the extra space to write any family reminders down.

There are several other uses for Day to a Page inserts such as for using as a diary or journal, a day to day scrapbook or art journal, daily story writing, poems, the list goes on and on, the only limits are your mind and creativity!

Filofax do a range of day to a page inserts which I love for their simple design. The paper quality is ok but you may get some shadowing of ink through the page if you are not careful.

Paperchase is another favourite for  inserts. The paper quality seems a bit better than Filofax which is surprising to me.  

And a hunt around on Etsy will come up with some lovely, well designed day to a page inserts for you to purchase and print yourself at home.

Let me know if you use Day to a Page inserts and what you use them for in the comments section below!!! I’m really interested in hearing about new ways of using your diary pages! 

Hope you are having a good Bank Holiday!!!

Xoxo

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to my planner blog!  I have been away from the blog for quite some time, I have been thinking about the direction I want to take the blog in and working on a schedule of posts that I will be sharing through 2017.  The way I write my posts has changed and whereas I used to write a post as it popped into my head, I have now devised a calendar that makes sense, meaning that I will be posting more regularly, always have a topic to write about and have some structure to work with.  I feel that the way I used to post was a bit hap hazardous and I always seemed to struggle with topics to write about when thinking/writing off the cuff.

2017 will see me returning to blog more regularly, I am aiming to blog here around 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) on various topics and on a Sunday I shall be sharing the following weeks spread.  I will be sharing my set-up, loves, products and a whole host of other subjects all planner related!

Even though I have not been blogging regularly I have still been using my planner, recently switching from my personal pink Classic Filofax to a new (Birthday present from the Boy!) Filofax Malden personal in Kingfisher Blue! I have also set up a planner related Instagram where I have been sharing planner related images.  You can find my plannergram over at @plannermontannah,

The other TWO, yes, two big things I have worked on are getting this site set up as a dot.com (see the address bar above!!!!  J) and I have also set up an etsy store!  I have been busy making planner charms, photographing and listing them and they can be viewed over at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Plannermontannah?ref=search_shop_redirect , I will be adding more to the store as time goes on!  I have a few plans for things I would like to make and ideas of expanding the selection to include other planner related goodies along with my planner charms!

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Planning the little things

My life seems to be full of little things to remember, what day the bins go out for example.  Where I live we have 2 separate main bins, a black bin for household waste (anything un-recyclable) that gets emptied once a fortnight all year round, a green bin (for garden waste) that gets emptied every fortnight (in rotation from my black bin) from April to November, then there’s the recycling boxes that get emptied each week (plastics, glass and metal) and the cardboard bag on top, which gets emptied on alternate weeks.  If that wasn’t enough there is my weekly work rota where I am on a 4 weekly rotation to work until 5pm once a week, my nail appointments, hair dyeing sessions (I like to keep that up once a month), remembering to clean my make-up brushes, track where I am with the Marie Kondo method of tidying, courses I have enrolled on, car maintenance and MOT, dog worming, hospital appointments and so many other little things that need to slot in together to make my life work and run a bit smoother.

So, how do I plan these things?  I had, for the last year been using the day to a page inserts from Filofax, but some days found that I was cramming too much information into the days that I had a bit of a data overload, and other days where I had practically nothing planned at all, an found I was forgetting the little things that needed doing, or that I wanted to do but hadn’t planned any time for.  I sat down and thought about how best to start planning, and remembering the little plans, looking at what other inserts may be useful to me and my life.  I looked at the system that I had been using and then at several other options that were available (week on a page, week on 2 pages, month on a page, month on 2 pages, year on a page), there were so many options available.  I dismissed some of the formats quite quickly –  the week on 2 pages seemed like too much space for me to fill, and year on a page and month on a page for the opposite reason, not enough space.  After looking at each example and a lot of procrastination, I finally chose a month on 2 pages to help me plan these “events”.

Here’s a view of what my January Month on 2 pages looks like currently…

IMG_5015[1]I have color coded the squares for birthdays and other “concrete” dates using colored pencils (blue for boys birthday, pink for girls birthday, purple for pay day)… and have then written in, using different colored inks, my plans (orange for personal, green for work, pink for courses and goals reached, black for waste, blue for blog, and red for other (this month my car’s MOT) on days that I need.

The Month on 2 pages layout is working really well for me, I can see, at a glance, what I am doing and when, how all my rotas and routines fit together and where I have “spare” time.  I like the little section to the side, I don’t know what it is called technically but I call it my “Monthly List” where I note down exactly what the colored squares for the month refer to, it adds further information to the page without taking up space on the gridded section of the pages.  It has become the first page I consult day to day, to see what I need to be doing and what I may have planned.

I find it useful to keep my Filofax open on this page on my desk in work and at home beside me just so I can remember the little things that need doing.

I am using a Temperley for Filofax as my current planner (read more here… )

 

Next month, on my blog, I shall be talking about my favorite pens for planning, so if you are interested in the pens that I have used in my planner, come by then!

 

 

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Moving into my Temperley for Filofax planner

It was my Birthday in October and I was given money as a gift to buy myself something that I would use.  I decided on a trip to TKMaxx, not really sure what I wanted, thinking maybe I could buy some nice make-up or (yet another) cute notebook.  While browsing around I spotted the Temperley for Filofax wallet with the brown and pink Ikat print, which I had lusted over when it first came out in 2012, and being limited edition, thought I’d never get a chance to own!

I decided that I would buy it, even though I had already purchased a lovely Mini Cross in a lovely deep blue and a Pocket Cross in Brown to attempt to turn into a wallet.  (I ended up gifting the Pocket Cross to my other half for him to use for work) I use the Mini Cross when I’m going out for the evening or using a smaller bag. IMG_4647[1]IMG_4646[1]

I have been using my Personal Classic Filofax (it’s the same as the Cross but was the older version which was renamed at some point) but wanted to combine my Filofax with a wallet so I could slimline down what I carry in my bag day-to-day.  I love my Classic Filofax, but now I am not in uni and working 2 different jobs I felt that I didn’t need to carry around such a bulky item and this seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

I have now been using my Temperley for just under 2 months now and am really liking it.  Here’s an overview of my set up.

Firstly I would like to talk about the paper and ring sizing, the rings are small, the same as the kind found on the compact filofax’s measuring 15mm.  And this Temperley takes personal sized sheets, which is a good thing for me as I  had already started buying inserts for 2016 for my Classic!  The Temperley did come with 2016 week on 2 pages diary inserts, address inserts, birthdays, notes and fly-leaf and message from Alice Temperley along with really nice black dividers with tabs labelled in gold.

The first images show the purse/card holder section.  There are  16 card holder pockets, 8 on each side of a long zippered pocket for holding change.  On the side closest to the organiser is a patent long pocket which I use to hold some sticky notes.  The patent material is debossed with the name of the Filofax, the print and the sizing – ‘Temperley for Filofax IKAT compact organiser’.

The organiser side has a clear plastic fly-leaf which covers the ‘Temperley for Filofax’ co-ordinating print dashboard which I have decided to keep for the time being.  On the back of this is a note from Alice Temperley which reads “A Filofax is much more than a diary, for me it’s for storing all the things I collect…and my lists… This is a fun and colorful addition that doubles up as a good holiday clutch!  X Enjoy Alice”  and I really like the sentiment that a filofax is much more than a diary, you can make it what you want by adding and removing things as you need them.

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The first section I am going to show you is the Diary section as that is the first section in my organiser and the one that I use most often.
IMG_4752[1]I currently use day to a page filofax inserts which I was using in my Classic.  I really like this style of page as it gives me so much space to write everything down.  I very rarely use the appointment times down the side of the inserts preferring to write any important information in a red toned (sometimes bright pink) onto the page itself.  The page is split into two columns and I use the right hand side to write lists – shopping or to do’s on.  The left hand side is for personal and work things, I like to track what I wore to work (weird?  I am working on a what I wore project!), work achievements, things I need to remember and other appointments (like visiting my Mum!)  I keep a month at the front and as each week goes by I remove it from my filofax before replacing the next full month.  For example, at the beginning of December I placed the full month of pages into my planner but now, I have removed the full weeks up until the 11th December (Friday) so now I only have December 12th – 1st January in there.  IMG_4658[1]Behind my Day to a Page inserts is a year to view pull out overview of 2016 which is colour coded for set dates such as pay-day, birthdays and anniversaries as well as things that are already planned, like festivals.  This helps me to keep an eye on what is coming up and things I need to plan for in advance.  I use coloured pencils to colour the squares relevant to that date in the colour assigned to the occasion and where 2 things fall on the same date I tend to colour in the most important thing (to me) and then outline with the other colour the same square.
IMG_4661[1]IMG_4660[1]IMG_4659[1]Behind this yearly overview page I have a month on 2 pages inserts which use the same colour coding as before (for ease of use) which I normally add other information to a and when, like any medical appointments or when I need to worm the dog next,book MOT for the car, car tax due dates,  things that need doing regularly but don’t need to have space in my day-to-day planning. IMG_4662[1]Behind that is my week-on-two-pages spread.  I keep the full future month in my planner, so in December I have January’s full week-on-two-pages inserts available.  This section is also colour coded in the same way as my day to a page and month on 2 pages and helps me plan things that may be happening in the month ahead and reminders of thing to do in the month ahead, like booking a follow-up appointment or ordering a repeat prescription.  It also helps me to see where things may be occurring and plan my month ahead more effectively, offers me greater detail than my month-on-two-pages or my yearly pull out sheets and helps me budget for up coming events like birthdays buying birthday cards and presents for people (I am trying to budget buying gifts and cards in the month prior to the birthday, eg if a birthday is in February, then I plan to start looking for a gift and card in the month before, so January, this saves me from panic buying or forgetting!).  The colour coding for this section is a bit more subtle as I tend to colour in the dots where the dates are.
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It might seem a bit excessive to have so many formats of diary being carried around at the same time but each format offers me a greater depth of planning…

  • the Yearly overview pull out shows me set events and dates
  • the month-on-two-pages shows me an overview of the month ahead and helps me set reminders of things that need doing for that month
  • the week-on-two-pages allows me to see each week at a glance and add information about the week coming up and
  • the day-to-a-page allows me to plan my day, write reminders, lists, shopping and day specific tasks.

Next up in my filofax is my “Projects” section.

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I use this section to write things in that I would like to do, at the moment I have written in there “Meal Plan for month”, “Look at Welsh courses”, “Look at ECDL courses” and blog ideas (not sharing them though…they are a surprise!)  These are things which are not assigned to a date, need completing at any point or have a specific timescale attached o them, they are things I would like to do when I have time but are not necessarily something that I need to do.

Behind this section I have addresses.

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I have written own only important numbers that I may need, such as doctors, the AA, my garage, family phone numbers and addresses, any numbers that may be needed if my mobile is not with me.  All other numbers are stored on my phone.  I have a pass code on my phone and I always worry that if anything ever happened to me a stranger may need to access contact details for someone and having them written down somewhere means that they will have access to them quickly and easily.  If it wasn’t for this thought I would probably not have this section in my planner.

Next comes the Notes section

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I have 10 sheets of filofax brand, lined paper in this section which I use to write down ideas for gifts, lists of things I may need to buy in the future, recipes and food ideas, paragraphs I may use in blog posts, things I may want to schedule into my diary but not sure where they may fit (like a 4x per year house deep clean!) and it currently houses my christmas card lists for work, family and neighbourhood!  This section has no rules, no rhyme or reason and just holds any snippets of info that I think about, a bit like a skip for info my brain doesn’t need to hold on to!

The final section I have in my Filofax is “Expenses” which I don’t use for expenses at all.  I have a few sheets of plain paper in here that I am contemplating removing all together as I never use it, but it is there at the moment to doodle on or create something with if I feel like it. And behind the paper I have a pull out world map which is always handy to have!

The whole organiser section of the Temperley for Filofax fits into a pocket on the opposite side to the wallet section by a thick piece of plastic at the back of the organiser.  It is designed so you can slide it in and out as needed.  I tend to remove the whole organiser section when I want to use it as it lays flat and is easier to write in when not inside the wallet.

IMG_4675[1]I use the slip pocket to hold a card organiser.  This was taken from my Classic and holds cards that I don’t use on a daily basis but may need when I’m out and about, such as store cards (Boots, Matalan, Superdrug are a few) these can be removed easily when I don’t need them and placed in to the organiser when I do.  Mostly I tend to leave them in this pocket as they take up next to no space and are always to hand!

IMG_4655[1]There is a pen loop situated by the zip on the same side as the organiser sits which is made out of elastic so would probably stretch to accommodate any sized pen.  I used the pen loop once but found that the pen interfered with opening and closing the wallet as the zip caught on the pen.  I prefer to tuck my pen into the other side by the coin zip pocket which doesn’t seem to have any impact on opening or closing the wallet at all.  (for the record I use a Hi-Tec-C Coleto barel with 4 colours, so it’s fairly chunky.)  I am thinking about maybe removing the pen loop as for me it has no function.

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Overall I really like this Filofax and it seems to fit my life better at the moment, I was weary that I would miss the large rings and stuffability of my classic but so far I feel like I can fit in everything I need that is relevant to my life and saves me lugging around things I don’t need.  I am still able to use the format of diary inserts that I like and am able to continue to use my own planning style and can’t see me changing for another planner any time soon!

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Inserts, Charms and more

Following on from my research post (here) I have been busy designing some monthly inserts for people to print out at home.

I have focused, so far, on A5 sized inserts as my research showed that A5 was one of the most popular sizes of planners and lots of people seem to own one.  I came up with the following layouts…

May 2015 overview

 

Notes with Appointments section to the right.

This is how the page will look in the planner and is one of the layouts that I use in mine.  I find having appointments to the right makes it easy for me to glance at and schedule items in easily, and having a notes section to the left is handy for writing down all manner of things.  I use the notes section to jot down reminders, things I need to do, phone numbers, information I may only need once (but may come in handy in the future!), shopping lists, a doodle page, day-to-day notes, as a traditional diary page  and to write down any ideas I may have!  There are so many uses for this page and it is good for those who have lots of things going on and whose routine is different from day-to-day and may not fit into regimented sections.

 

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Notes, Tasks, Appointments and Meal Planner/Food Log.

This set of inserts was designed with the busy person in mind!  As above this is how the page will look in the planner, appointments and meal planner/food log to the right and notes and tasks to the left.  I decided to place the meal planner/food log to the right as it can be seen easily.  I chose to include a meal planner/food log as I know from experience, being busy can impact on food and meals, this section gives the user the opportunity to plan meals in advance, so they can see from day-to-day what they are going to be eating, helping them to plan what items they need to buy and acts to save time of an evening thinking about what to eat.  This section can also be used as a daily food log, for those that are conscious of what they are eating and how many calories they consume in a day, which could help with weight management and health.   I included a notes section as having space to write information down is always handy and often, you don’t want to clog up the appointments section with notes making appointments less likely to be seen.  I also included a tasks section as I have found it handy to have a space to jot down tasks as they pop up, whether they be work, college, uni or home related, it is useful to write these down so you can act upon them as needed and they are then not forgotten.

D2AP Family Inserts with Appts Tasks Meal Planner Dont forget and Birthday reminder section OverviewFamily Time Planner

I designed this insert (as above, this is how it will look in the planner) with busy families in mind.  I kept the appointments section and added a column for parents and children which the user can then divide down further depending on how many children they have, so that items such as swimming, parents evening, other activities can be recorded and seen at a glance.  I placed a birthday’s reminder at the top, as it can be easy to forget friends, and children’s friends upcoming birthdays, I felt that by having it at the top of the page, above the date, that it can be seen more clearly.  I also kept in the meal planner and calories section as it is a useful tool for parents to utilize.  I also kept in the tasks section, moving it to the top of the left hand page, as again, I feel that it is useful in day-to-day life.  I also added a Don’t Forget section at the bottom of the page, useful for writing down things like shopping that needs to be bought, packing up the children’s PE kits for the next day, writing a reminder to book the car in for MOT or to call the doctor to book an appointment, anything that may need to be done but doesn’t fall into any other category.

All of these inserts are now available to buy in my etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PlannerSpirit  in May to December 2015 at a cost of £12 and also in monthly bundles for £2.00 per month, so you can try a different layout each month if you wish, or just try them for a month to see if you like them!

The inserts all need to be printed on A4 paper, double-sided, then cut in half and punched according to your binder ring spacing.  I use an old insert to line my holes up for punching!  This means that all my inserts will fit your binder, regardless of make, so long as it is A5 in size!

The inserts are all available with black text but I can customize the text color to match your planner, just drop me a message on my store and I shall change it for you at no extra cost!

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A little bit of research…

I’m currently working on a new project regarding planners and inserts and have a survey online to gather information to help with it.  if you have a minute please pop over and answer a few simple questions for me!!!!  The survey can be found HERE !  Thank you so much!!!!