Posted in Planner Makes

Dividers

Today on Planner Makes I am going to talk you through making your own dividers for your planner.  I know what you are thinking, its the same thing I had running through my mind before I made my own… “this is going to be hard” or “where do I start?” and then “ok, whats the easiest way to do this?”… Read on and I’ll go through it all step by step with you but first I’ll show you the dividers that I made and have been using since December.

So, these dividers are double sided so I can flip them over if I fancy it and use co-ordinating scrap book paper that I bought a while ago, I believe it was Dovecraft’s Back to Basics Paper Stack from Hobbycraft (but I don’t have the sleeve for the paper anymore and only about 2 sheets left…).  These dividers have been laminated to make them a bit tougher and are used daily in my personal sized Filofax Malden.

What you will need to make your own dividers…

  • Cute paper (I used scrap book paper but you could use wrapping paper or wallpaper, any paper that takes your fancy)
  • Pencil
  • Old dividers
  • Ruler
  • Guillotine
  • Scissors
  • Laminator (optional)
  • Hole Punch

Method…

  1. Lay out your paper face down onto a flat surface and then place your old dividers on top , making sure all the tabs are in the right place (for double sided dividers this does not matter so much, but for one sided then it can be useful to make sure all the tabs are in alignment then mark them so you know which way up they need to face.)
  2. Mark around the old dividers onto the paper with a pencil, it may be useful to use a ruler to make sure the lines are straight.
  3. Once you have got the outline for all dividers drawn out you can then cut around the new dividers or use a guillotine to get most of the straight edges cut.  You will need to use scissors to cut around the tabs.
  4. Now that the dividers are all cut out you can either run these through a laminator then re cut with a bit of a border around the plastic or you can just hole punch the new dividers and add them to your planner.

If you want to make double sided dividers then you will need to re-visit step one but turn all of the old dividers over before tracing the shape out onto new paper, so that you have a mirror image of each, new, divider.  You will then want to attach the mirror images together with glue or double sided tape before laminating and finally hole punching.

Variations that you could incorporate are using different shapes for the tabs (like parts of circles – punch out or cut some circle shapes from different patterned or colored card) and overlay the shape on to the tabs so the shape just covers the original tabs before fixing down and laminating.  You could personalize the dividers with letters or pictures, photos or artwork, glitter, stamps or material….the list is almost never ending!

Have you made your own dividers?  What did you choose to make them more personal to you/your planner?

xoxox

Posted in Weekly Layout

This Weeks Spread (for week 13th -19th Feb)

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This weeks spread is using a kit by Oodlemadoodles called Foxy Love.  I chose this kit as it incorporates hearts and cute foxes and is perfect for Valentines day/week as its not too obviously Valentines.  I really like the zigzag and stripe prints and the orange and pink tones.  I decided to rotate the box stickers by 90 degrees so they fit better within the day spaces – I think I am going to use these to write my day to day chores in.

Here’s a look back at last weeks pages…

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Details can be found on my “Weekly Layouts” post here.

How have you decorated for this week?

xoxox

Posted in Other Inserts

Records

In today’s “Other Inserts” series post I will be talking about Record Inserts and what you can use them for in your planner but first I want to talk about what a record is and why it is different to a tracker.

A record is something that has happened and will continue to stay the same no matter how many minutes, hours, days or years have passed.  It is a factual piece of information that is finite.  A tracker is designed to record something that can change over time and can differ from day to day (like the weather, moods, how much water you have drunk etc).  So, a record can be a book you have read, grades you have obtained, jobs you have done, savings you have made, these things will be the same regardless of the time frame that passes.

Personally, I don’t use a record at the moment, but I am in the process of setting one up so I can record the books I read, what genre they fall under and giving them a scoring system so I can see, at a glance, whether I should get the latest book by a certain author based on my enjoyment of previous books.

Do you use a record in your planner?  What do you record?

xoxox

Posted in Weekly Layout

This Weeks Spread (for week 6th – 12th Feb)

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This weeks spread was purchased from KayeLimePie over on etsy and the little recycle bins were purchased from DookPlookDesigns.  The kit had been sat in my cart for a while and I finally purchased it after my pay day in January.  I really love it and chose to use it for the week that my Mum has her birthday in (the colors and patterns Kaye has used in this design remind me of my Mum <3) The mis-matched but totally fit together patterns are lovely and the peacocks are lovely teamed with the feather decorative stickers.  I cant wait to start planning out my week on it!  🙂  And can I just point out that the turquoise in the stickers pretty much perfectly matches the blue of my Kingfisher Malden Filofax!!!

Here’s how my last week ended up looking (see here for the full details)

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How is your week looking?

xoxox

Posted in set-up

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

Posted in Planner Makes

Planner Makes – Diary Inserts

In this series I will be sharing how to make your own planner items, whether it is inserts, like today, or any other planner related items that you can create for yourself.  I decided on today’s topic of Diary Inserts as for most of this month I feel that we have been talking about them!  It is also around about now, when we are nearly a month into the New Year that I start to think about whether the inserts I have are working for me, especially the diary inserts!

The first thing I like to do when making inserts is to look at what is currently working for me and what isn’t, whether it is wanting to add something into my diary or take something out, change the layout or make areas bigger or smaller (for example making the weekend span one box/line rather than two).  I then take a piece (or pieces) of the same sized paper as your inserts are and draw out your idea’s to see if they will work, once I am happy with the layout I have chosen I then go about setting up my design on to a new Microsoft Word document (set up as landscape orientation) and using the “Text Boxes” and “Table” functions I replicate what I have designed.

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The next thing I do, before anything else is to go to Excel and create a Day/Date/Month/Year spreadsheet for the month or year I want to use (like in this picture)

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If I am creating a D2AP inserts I will leave the spreadsheet like this, if not I then use the Filter function

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and select just mondays which will give you all the mondays in that month, select all and cut and paste these into a new tab and do the same for the other days of the week so you end up with a tab under which are all the mondays, then a tab with all the tuesdays etc…

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Now save the whole spreadsheet and head back to Word.  Now we can start the mail merge process!  Mail Merge is a fancy way of obtaining and transferring selected data from your spreadsheet over to your insert design.  I would use the Mail Merge Wizard for this part.

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Select Mail Merge Wizard then the starting document as “Letters”.  Select Starting Document as “Use Current Document”.  At Select Recipients click on “Browse” which will bring up a list of documents, find your diary/calendar spreadsheet from the list and click on it.

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Depending on how you have saved your spreadsheet, you should get a box like this, for D2AP where you have not split down your days then you should just get a list, for the weekly spreads you should see similar to this

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Now you want to select the day that you want your inserts to start on (for mine I am choosing Monday), click on the ok button at the bottom (once you have highlighted your selection) then select “More Items” – select Day then Date, then Month and finally Year (or select each item as you would like it to appear)

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Select Preview Letter in the Mail Merge screen then Complete Mail Merge which will give you the completed version of your inserts.  You will need to do the same thing for each line of your inserts if you are creating anything other than D2AP inserts.  And remember to put a space between each item before you click complete Mail Merge!

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Before saving your document, select the size and save as a pdf which can then be printed, or you can print direct from Word!

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I hope this basic guide will help you start to play around with designing your own inserts!  Let me know what you create in the comments below!

 

 

 

Posted in Weekly Layout

This Weeks Spread (for week 23-29th Jan)

Here’s this weeks spread in my personal sized Kingfisher Blue Filofax Malden.  I bought the watermelon weekly kit from Filofabulouss a few weeks ago and decided to use it for this week’s spread as it is bright and colorful!  I love Sarah’s weekly kits, they are budget friendly (for this kit and other filofax personal ones they work out at £2) and have enough stickers in them to not overwhelm the spread or have leftovers on the sheet that end up not being used!  I really like the “Hydrate” stickers, which I spoke about in this post as they help me keep on track with my liquid intake.  The other stickers (the hoover, spray bottle and bin) are from KayeLimePie but I’m not sure where the other stickers are from (the circle laundry/recycle or trolleys) as I recieved them in a RAK.  I like these stickers as I can see at a glance what needs doing without it getting lost in lots of other writing!

Here’s the end of last weeks layout where I used a weekly kit from KayeLimePie!  You can find more information here!

Posted in Weekly Layout

This Weeks Spread (for week 16 -22nd Jan)

This weeks spread is decorated using a kit from Kaye Lime Pie on Etsy.  I ordered this kit a while ago as it caught my eye with its bright fun colours and cute stationery theme.  The day/date cover up stickers are by Filofabulouss.  I chose the cover up stickers as they seemed to go well with the kit and I don’t like all the information next to the date that came printed on my inserts (Filofax cotton cream in Personal sized) and these worked perfectly to cover that information up!

So, here’s my spread for the week!!!

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Here’s the end of last weeks spread for you to see, you can find the post relating to this spread here

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How have you decorated your spread this week?

Don’t forget that I can be found on Instagram and Etsy !!!

Hope you have a lovely week!!! xoxox

Posted in Stationery Loves

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.***

Posted in Uncategorized

Happy New Year!!!!

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!!!!) 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!