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Archiving Layouts – 2

I wrote a post on the 10th March (you can read it here) about archiving my layouts, my initial idea had been to gather all my pages together and keep them safe until the year was over, then put them together and attempt to create a book with them.  This all sounded really good in theory but, and its a big BUT at that, I have a really bad tendency to switch my planners about, from pocket to A5, and not to mention the layout, so trying to create a book with the actual pages could prove to be a nightmare.  Plus, I would need some way of protecting the pages from things like damp, bugs, mold, yellowing and general paper disintegration (planner paper is not really acid free or archive quality).  So, it was at this point in my thought process that I found myself when I found an advert by Saal Digital on facebook) asking for persons to review their photo book.  I applied and was accepted, received a £40 voucher to spend on one of their photo book products in return for a review.  The first post I wrote focused on the ordering process and their software that is used to create the photo book which I wrote straight after I had placed my order – that post was written 4 days ago!  I have now received my product and am really happy with it!

I shall be sharing some pictures of my photo book in a moment but first, I am really impressed in the turn around for this product, to go from order to physical product being delivered less than a week later is amazing, (I’m sure some kind of magic is at play!).  I have ordered similar products with other companies and the turn around for them has been up to 3 weeks for delivery!

Anyway, on to the product.

I ordered

  • A5 (15 x 21 cm) sized book
  • Portrait in orientation
  • Glossy pages
  • Glossy, padded cover
  • Bar code removed for aesthetic purposes
  • 26 pages

Here are the images of it

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The images are true to what how they were taken on my camera and how they were uploaded (so no interference from anyone with regard to color/tone/brightness), what you upload is what you get in terms of the image quality.  I love the thickness of the pages – the images have been printed onto card like pages which means they will last and survive being looked at by loads of people!  And I really love the glossy page finish, it makes the finished product feel more professional.  And I really like the text that I was able to add really easily to the pages, I know exactly which week is which and where I bought the weekly kit from too.

Overall I love this product, it has solved, for me the problem of archiving my pages.  I can’t wait to finish another 10 weeks worth of spreads and get another printed and begin a little collection of books!

How are you archiving your layouts?

xoxox

***disclaimer*** while I may have been offered a photo book as payment for this review and subsequent reviews of the actual product (once received) I have NOT been paid to form a biased opinion.  All thoughts, opinions, words and ideas expressed in this blog and about this product are my own and I express them freely.

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Posted in Weekly Layout

Archiving Layouts – 1

Though I love a stuffed planner my Filofax is starting to get to the stage where it needs to shed some weight soon! This has led me to start thinking about how I can start archiving my pages of layouts that I have created.  I was originally thinking about keeping all my pages safe then at the end of the year putting them all together, fixing them to each other and making all the pages into a book of some kind.  This all sounds really doable at the moment, but I am the kind of girl, who on a whim (and possibly due to the influence of Instagram posters…), will normally change my planner format and style every few months, (and at this very moment I am overdue a change though strangely feel like sticking with what I have…), this idea may not work further down the line/at the end of the year.

Then I saw an add on Facebook for product reviewers to apply to test out a photo book by the company Saal Digital and I thought that this may be a perfect way to archive my layouts and not have to worry about the size and format of the actual, physical pages, or how to bind them, make them into a book and keep the pages safe from mold, bugs or disintegration from other means.  So I applied, the application took minutes, I outlined why I would like to test the product and what I would use it for and within a day I had been accepted and been sent a £40 voucher for one of the photo books.

The photo books start at £19.95 for an A5 format 26 page book (glossy, un-padded cover, matte pages) and go up to £272.95 for an A3 landscape 100 page book (premium cover, padded, matte pages).  The price is really reasonable and around the same as other brands I have looked at (if not slightly cheaper…).  I chose to go for an A5 option as I think it will fit into my book case really well, I didn’t want anything too big or bulky, a plain glossy cover with the bar code removed (£5 to remove), with 26 pages.  In order to create my book I needed to download the software that is needed to enable me to create my own book, this was super easy and took literally seconds.

Once the software was downloaded I was well on my way!  The software is simple to navigate and once you have decided on your book style and found the images* you want to use in your book it is a simple case of dragging and dropping them into the pre designed pages.  If images need re-sizing or moving then the tools are fairly intuitive, you can even change the size of the space allocated for the image and move them and other page elements around easily.  There is even the option to add text, for me this was a fab tool, I was able to add the week my layout was for, the date and the details of where the kit for the week came from so the pages truly are fully customizable!

I managed to get 10 layouts and a few images of my filofax malden into my book, in reality I should be able to fit 13 layouts (a 2 page spread with one image of the layout before pen and one half way or end of the week, after pen image) to the 26 page A5 book.  This means that over 4 books I should be able to fit my whole year of layouts in (regardless of the original size!!!), they will all be uniform and look neat in my book shelf, be easy to look through as they will be in date order and be safe from disintegration caused by damp, bugs, mold or acids in fingerprints or paper 🙂 .

So far I am impressed!  Now I need to wait for my product to arrive 🙂 (I ordered after 8pm on Thursday 10th March) as soon as my product arrives I will be sharing my thoughts on the photo book, the quality of the product and speed that I received it!

(*here’s a valuable hint – go through all of your images before hand and shift the ones you might want to use into one folder, saves a lot of time further down the line, and I’m talking from experience, its not a software issue more of a “where is that image?”, “what camera did I take that on?”, “when did I take that?”, “Where would that be saved?”issue – yep, I am not that organized digitally!)

***disclaimer*** while I may have been offered a photo book as payment for this review and subsequent reviews of the actual product (once received) I have NOT been paid to form a biased opinion.  All thoughts, opinions, words and ideas expressed in this blog and about this product are my own and I express them freely.

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Birthday/Occasion Reminder

I love getting new diary inserts and being able to start planning out my year – writing out birthdays, bank holidays, special occasions and other things that happen through the year, however, one of the downfalls that I face sometimes is forgetting the occasion until the week that it falls in.  Maybe this is because I use WO2P and only really look at the week I’m in or the next week on, rarely do I flip more than a week ahead which means I can sometimes miss things until they are on top of me so to speak.

I have done a bit of research and reading (well, looking at others planner set ups on facebook and instagram) and having a section set up for all these occasions seems like a good idea, and there are so many ways in which to set up a Birthday/Occasions Reminder so there should be some kind that will fit with everyone’s planning style!

In my next post on “Set Up” I will be taking you through how to set up a few styles of Occasions Reminders!

How do you keep track of Birthdays and Occasions at the moment?

xoxox

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Tracker

Today’s post will show you how to set up a tracker for your planner.

You will need paper inserts, whether they are lined, plain or quadrille the choice is up to you, pens, a ruler (possibly) and something to track!

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I chose quadrille paper to track my social media and blog posts on and at the top I wrote in the Month and Year.  I then decided on my placement for what I was tracking and shortened them down into short form code – PW = Post Written, PS = Post Shared, FB = Facebook, I1/I2/I3 = Instagram Accounts 1,2 &3 (I1 is my planner instagram (@plannermontannah), I2 is my steps Instagram and I3 is my personal instagram).  I keep meaning to add 2 further columns PW2 and PS2 (for my other blog that I run) but I haven’t got around to that yet…

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If you are using blank paper or lined paper it is worth sketching out your layout on a spare sheet before committing to it permanently – work out your columns and lines and what sort of spacing you need, where your headings and categories are going to be placed and play around until you are happy with the layout, then you can draw it out on the sheets you will be using.

Marking off your data as you complete the item can be done in so many different ways, I mark mine by coloring in the box but you can use stickers, ticks, crosses, emoji’s, whatever you choose.  You can include color coding, like in the image below (that I found on pinterest – just search Year In Pixels for other related images) has on her emotions tracker, where certain colors are matched to certain things or, like me (being lazy) opt for one color…

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How have you set up your tracker?  What sort of things are you tracking?

Happy Friday!

xoxox