It's that time again. Another journal/planner full and ready to added to the collection. A history of goals and dreams, struggles and triumphs. In these pages are things I've learned and the tender mercies of the Lord. I'm surprised how attached I am to each notebook overflowing with the simple daily comings and goings.
One thing I did that I ripped out rather quickly was add sheets for drawing. I love the idea and I've seen it work beautifully, but for the way I draw having loose sheets that I can just add in later is a much better solution for me. Love the way it looks on the outside with all that washi tape. It's also surprising sturdy (strong) way to add things.
I'm adding a few not so great cell phone shots of the planner pages because I get asked frequently. I am just trying planner pages and stickers, etc. I have things I really love and things that make me a little crazy. (You can find the planner page downloads here.) The post it note printables are from Marcy Penner. I loved having the extra space, but I forget to put them in.
One thing I have really enjoyed is my daily exercise calendar. Perhaps it's silly, but for some reason it's motivating to me. (You can download the blank calendar here). The little exercise people are coming in a download soon, not sure why.... they are pretty basic, but they are fun little stickers. I had extra Christmas stickers so I added them to the December page. After December I have decided that too many stickers is overwhelming for me and I can never find just what I am looking for. So I'm designing my own and refining things as I go along. I will add the files here in case you want them.
Download Akimball_plannerlabels1 (studio3 file)
Download Akimball_plannerlabels1 (pdf file)
Download Akimball_plannerlabels2 (studio3 file)
Download Akimball_plannerlabels2 (pdf file)
Now, I'm not sure how the studio files will download so until I have some feedback otherwise I'm going to assume everything works out okay. I also am not trying to cater to any specific planner except my own. The amount of sizes and styles of planner is too overwhelming to create specific files for each variety, but perhaps with the studio files you can make them work. I have used some older StudioCalico color schemes. I have always loved their projects and mood boards.
I am learning as I go so I don't know know how the files will print and cut on your individual machines, but I'm sure they will be fine.
A new thing I wanted to do was create a sort of divider in my book for each month. I don't add bulk or tabs on along the sides, so I am printing fun card type images (this one if from StudioCalico), personalizing it with pen details and adding it to the beginning of the month.
The start of 2016 looks like this, again the image is from StudioCalico
(I'm not sure why the images are so blurry. Sorry.)
Here is a beginning and and ending shot of one week. I'm testing styles and formats, styles and what is working for me.
One thing that I experimented with was taking this free print by Emily Jones and making them into stickers. I like a couple of big items, rather than a ton of small items. I also adore labels, which if you know my scrapbooking style is not at all shocking.
Some weeks there is alot going on and others not so much and that is okay. This is not something that I will stress about, it's just for fun and to help keep me more organized.
I ended up with an monthly planner, an accidental purchase, that I decided to use just for blogging. I cut post it notes in half and can make a tentative schedule and adjust as needed. I'm hoping that it will help me be more focused and consistent. I didn't plan all last year and I certainly wasn't as productive.