Planner Friday: At Last I See the Light

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No, I’m not throwing in the planner-fever towel because of some existential realization; I’m referring to one of my favorite Disney Movies, Tangled.  I actually love it way more than I did Frozen, which makes me the worst middle aged white lady ever, but there you have it.

(Though I did love Frozen.  A lot.  Tangled just occupies a place it doesn’t; I couldn’t really articulate why.  The whole chapter with the lanterns, from the King & Queen comforting each other about their long lost daughter to the actual “I See the Light” sequence itself, gives me goosebumps even now.)

I’ve been slowly assembling a Tangled planner theme for weeks, and I finally got it together.  It’s mostly stickers I made myself from movie stills or quotes, but the watercolor of Rapunzel’s tower on the left page came from Pink Paperplane’s shop on Etsy.

I apologize for the wonky shadows in these photos – I was in a weird spot at Starbucks where there was some direct sunlight and some indirect and it all got kind of weird.

Oh, and I realized I’d been forgetting to include resources and links to stuff I use – most of them repeat, but I do use things other people make.  I’ve also been asked to list the fonts I use when I make headers and such – you’re in luck! I love fonts! Best of all 95% of the ones I use are totally free.

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I really like how all the little lanterns turned out – I took the image and made three sizes, printed out a half dozen or so of each, and tried to space them like they might be floating.  Technically I guess I should have made plain ones too, since the only one in the movie with the sun on it was the one Rapunzel’s parents released (which she catches momentarily during the song).  Oh well.

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I had a devil of a time with the Weekend banner – for some reason those things are always SO FRUSTRATING.

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Tools and Supplies:

Sticker sheets from OnlineLabels.com
Stix cut out with Silhouette Cameo
Stickers designed in Pixelmator
Font used for headers:  Dumbledor (free)
Skinny washi tape from Michael’s

(Psst…for next week I’m working on a theme based on Neko Atsume.  I have a sickness.)

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Planner Friday – Bye Bye January

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Not the most promising start to the year, but at least I had some cool planner pages, right?

Let’s have a review, starting with the week of New Year’s:

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The left side of the page was empty in the new month, so I filled it up with pretty things and wrote myself a letter.

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Week of January 4-10

Not a whole lot went on that week – it was kind of uninspired, though I did use my favorite washi tape.  I’m always reluctant to use it (it’s the green one with blue and purple) because the artist doesn’t make it anymore.

Cute, but not inspired. I was aiming for "cheerful" and it just sort of felt "meh." I barely even remembered to do my habit trackers all week.
Cute, but not inspired. I was aiming for “cheerful” and it just sort of felt “meh.” I barely even remembered to do my habit trackers all week.
Seems like every time I leave a lot of white space I end up not doing anything that week.
Seems like every time I leave a lot of white space I end up not doing anything that week.

This of course begs the question, what do you do when you have a lot of white space in your planner pages?  If it’s a regular thing, obviously you could switch to a smaller page size; or you could do what a lot of people do and cover the entire page with stickers so there is no white space.  That always seems a bit excessive to me.  What I tend to do is fill the space at the end of the day or week with a few notes on what went down that day – a tiny journal, basically.  Sometimes I fill the space with doodles.  You could always add more pictures after the fact – it kind of depends on if you keep your pages or not.  I plan to remove each month as it’s finished, but keep the pages for six or so months in case I need to look back.  Since I keep track of a lot of symptoms and my memory is shit, I find those notes useful later on.

Week of January 18-24

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This was the first full week theme I made and printed from scratch rather than putting it together from stuff I already had.  I really like how it turned out – I’ll probably use it again later on in the year, since there were additional stickers I didn’t have room for.

Week of January

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Another theme I assembled and printed.  I switched to a daily self-care box this week instead of a sidebar so I could use the weekly checklist over on the left – I’m not sure I’m going to stick with it, though.  Staring at that box every day just makes me feel like I’m failing at something.  I don’t need any more of that in my life.  I think I’ll probably get rid of the “currently” box, since it’s not really important, or shrink and move it elsewhere.  We’ll see what mood I’m in when I go to do next week.  I also added “money coming in” strips so I can track my weekly income; I’m in a spot where every dollar counts right now so I want to have it right in front of my face.

That’s it for this month! Here’s to a gentler February (or at least some awesome pages).

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Planner Friday – A Week in my Plum Paper Planner

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I’d like to say there’s some kind of sophisticated magic to how I make my planner pages pretty, but really, it’s a lot like how my grandmother cooked – she just sort of threw stuff in a pot and SHAZAM! culinary magic.

I guess what sets my “method” apart is that I usually make my own stickers – not every week, as I have a bunch of premade things from both my own and other people’s shops in case I’m not feeling inspired or don’t feel like going to the trouble.  When you make your own stix your options are basically a) cut them out with scissors or b) crank up the machine, which can be aggravating if the light sensor isn’t behaving (anyone with a Silhouette can testify to this).

So, I took pictures this week of my process, but they’re not terribly exciting.  *laugh*  Still, I do tend to do the same thing every week, and if you’re new to all this silliness and don’t know where to start, it might help.  Most of the wild and crazy, gorgeous, or terrifying planner pages out there start from a set of steps the person uses every week.  For example:

If I print and cut my own stickers, I start out with something like this:

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Note that I’m not at home while I’m doing this, and I ended up forgetting some of the most important stickers (my sidebar and TV shows), so you won’t see them until the end.  There are pretty obvious spaces where they should go.

The little book on the right is a wallet album where I keep itty bitty stickers I use every week.  I made it out of the credit card insert from a man’s wallet; I’m actually working on a couple for my shop.  They’re pretty cool – I tried carrying around a 4×6″ album but I just really didn’t need it, since there were only four or five stickers I might need day to day.

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The first thing:  Basic structure.  I use the same headers every week.  I don’t tend to have a lot of events, but do have a lot of writing and other projects underway, so I needed more space for those.  The Top 3 is for those events and important to-dos, and any others go directly underneath it.

I’m finding I don’t actually use the water trackers at all, so I think I’m going to stop making them for now.  Sure, I need to drink more water, but on the list of things I need to worry about right now, it’s pretty near the bottom.

I’m kind of a font slut, so getting to make new headers every week indulges my addiction.

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Like I said, I forgot my TV stix, so I just penciled in what went where until I could get home – it turned out okay anyway because I needed to make new sets for Agent Carter and others.

Most of the decorative boxes you see came from Vectoria Designs on Etsy, specifically the Writing Images domino-sized printables.  Their printables are of amazing quality and aren’t the usual sunshine-and-bunny-farts colors (not that there’s anything wrong with that, but sometimes I don’t want to be brightly colored and Kawaii).

I use washi of some kind to divide the weekend from the rest of the week, and the sidebar from Monday.  I tend to mash together Saturday and Sunday and make one big “day” out of them.  I actually printed “washi” this time since I didn’t have what I wanted – I used text from my own book, just because I could.

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Finally, this is how they ended up looking once all the TV and sidebars and such were added.  This is about midweek so it’s not all filled out yet.

You can see the wee stickers from my wallet album up at the top of Monday; in case you’re wondering, the flying saucer with the heart is my symbol for “the Mothership,” meaning I talked to my mom on the phone.

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That’s it!  By the end of the week it’ll be a total mess, with doodles and scratch-outs and ink blots galore, although this week might end up being a little more sparse than usual since I’ve been on a depressive slide and have gone entire days without writing down anything.  I’ll go back and jot down anything that happened on those days just so I can look back if I need to.

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Planner Friday: Stamping 101

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If you like the idea of having a pretty planner – or upping its functionality – but you think spending all that money on stickers you’re just going to recycle is ludicrous, stamping may be for you.

Fair warning: This is another superlong post.

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Planner Friday: Stickers 101

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I officially declare Planner Fridays – that way those among you who aren’t interested in such things know when to skip a day.

This is what my planner pages look like naked. Don't stare, it's not polite.
This is what my planner pages look like naked. Don’t stare, it’s not polite.

When you first get into the whole planner scene you can be easily overwhelmed by all the stuff – there’s so much to buy! Stickers! Washi tape! Stamps! Colored pens! Paper clips and bookmarks!  Dashboards!  Oh dear God!

Most people (myself included) make the mistake of blowing a whole crap-ton of money off the bat on stuff they don’t really need.  Luckily, the planner community is very active on YouTube, so if you search for “Planners 101” or similar you’ll find a lot of good information.  Here’s my personal advice, in non-video form, because I sound like a duck on camera and nobody needs that.

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