Planner Friday: End of April Round-Up

Where the hell did April go?  

I just realized that aside from two Planner Friday posts I haven’t blogged AT ALL this month.  What. The. Hell?  I mean I’m not the most prolific of bloggers anyway, but it really does seem like April ran right out from under me and left me on my ass in the wildflowers.

Yeesh.  Anyway, let’s look back at this month, and here’s hoping next month I’ll be more writerly.  

One thing you may notice is the addition of the “Moodbox” to the bottom of each day – I’m attempting to get a better handle on my most pressing bipolar symptoms, and I felt like a single number wasn’t getting me the data I needed every day.  I started off with a meter-style box but switched to a fill-in-the-blank to take up less space, and I’ve got a spreadsheet going to plug in all the numbers and hopefully get a better sense of my current mood cycles.  See? Planners are good for your mental health!  

I also got rid of the meal planning sticker on the sidebar after the first week – I may bring it back, but right now I’m not finding it useful.  I’ve been doing some sketchy meal planning in a separate notebook and it’s been adequate.  Until I come up with a more cohesive method for the whole thing I’d rather have the space in my sidebar for a longer, generalized to-do list where I can “export” list items to different days of the week as I have time to do them.  

April 3-9 – Moody Blue Theme

(More about this theme on that week’s blog post.  You might have noticed that the dates on this week are all wrong – I had intended to glue these two pages together since April started at the end of the week, but I forgot and just started with the first weekly spread in the month’s section.  Oops.)

Font:Beautify Script (free)

April 10-16 – Dangerous Creatures Theme

(More about this theme on that week’s blog post.)

Font: Jane Austen (free)

April 17-23 – Food Porn Theme

I didn’t do a post on this week, but it’s pretty self-explanatory.  I had the cooking washi tape forever and never used it, and with all the gorgeous food porn on Pinterest and Instagram it seemed like a match made in om-nom-nom heaven.  All the images are, as you might imagine, of vegan recipes.

I plan to do a blog post on my favorite food blogs and Instagrams soon, so you’ll see sources on these gorgeous foodstuffs as well as my experiences with their sources.

Font: Virginia Sky (free)

April 21-30 – Pink and Grey Theme

I went outside my comfort zone for this week’s color theme – I’m normally really not into pink, especially light pink or anything approaching “blush and bashful.”  I kept seeing all these vintage photos and planner sticker themes out there with a sort of pale rose color, and decided to see how I liked it paired with a soft grey.  Turns out I liked it a lot, at least for a week!  I find I like a lot of colors and combinations in my planner that I’d never wear or decorate with – my wardrobe is almost all dark colors and earth tones, and my bedroom is varying shades of blue and grey and green to mimic the Pacific Northwest as much as I can,  but in my planner I’ll try all sorts of stuff.  After all, if I don’t like it, I only have to look at it for a few days.

Font: Velvetberries 

Got any suggestions for themes I should try?  Leave ’em in comments.  I can’t promise I’ll do them, but I love new ideas!  Coming up with something every week can be kind of taxing, which is how I started doing color themes two or three times a month.  

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Planner Friday: Dangerous Creatures

This week’s inspiration:  Women reading books, inspired by my second viewing of the live-action (and utterly gorgeous) Beauty and the Beast.  

I started with Belle, of course, then branched out into my next favorite book maven, Lizzie Bennett.  Just searching for “Women Reading” yielded up dozens of lovely classical paintings and more modern work as well, so I was spoiled for choice.

It only seemed fitting to use a font called Jane Austen for this theme.

You’ll notice the new tracking sticker at the bottom of each day; I’ve been noticing a slight alteration in the pattern of my moods lately and I needed data to get a better handle on what effect my most recent meds change has had, so I created the sticker to make note of mood changes between my workday and everything that’s not the workday.  (It’s a scale of 0-5, and I make a little mark on whatever level I feel that symptom was at)

I also used this book washi, which I’ve had forever, though there are a number of similar designs all over the internet.

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Planner Friday – Moody Blues

Another color theme this week; that’s becoming sort of my default these days, when more creative themes are in short supply.  When in doubt, go to design-seeds and pick a palette or search “dark blue” on Pinterest and see what happens.

One thing I’ve decided is to do away with the meal planning bit on the sidebar next week; I’m just not using it, and I think I got better use out of the “this week” list that used to be there.  I still haven’t figured out how to plan food for the week but neither of the stickers I’ve made have worked worth a damn.  That’s the cool thing about planners, even if you don’t make your own stuff – you can always try a different strategy to get what you need out of your system.  Or you can chuck it and find a whole new system!  

The important things are these:

1 – Your planner is useful and helps you accomplish what you want to accomplish (whatever that means for you)

2 – Your planner keeps you coming back to it, which could mean it’s crazy pretty, or that it’s strictly utilitarian, whatever gets your fangs out.  

This week’s font:  Beautify Script (free)

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End of March Planner Roundup

I got kind of behind in posting weeklies in March, so here’s the return of the monthly review.

February 27-April 5 – Moana Theme

(More about this theme on that week’s blog post.)

Font:  Vaiana, available on Etsy

March 6-12 – Spring Wildflowers Theme

(More about this theme on that week’s blog post.)

Font: Cupcake!

March 13-19 – Mermaid Washi Theme

(More about this theme on that week’s blog post.)

Mermaid Washi – available here

Bookmark – available here

March 20-26 – Ostara Theme

Font:  Druchilla

As I said on Instagram:  Blessed Ostara! The Spring Equinox was always one of my favorite Pagan holidays. A day for renewal and rebirth in more ways than one. May it be so for all.

 

March 27-April 2 – Turquoise & White Theme

Font:  Jenthill

Note – the “washi” strips with the white flowers aren’t actually washi, so there’s no source for them – I made them just with a strip of color and a wingding font I got for free somewhere.  

 

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Planner Friday: Washi Mermies

This week came on fast, and I was utterly lacking in fucks with regard to my planner theme, so I kept it simple.

I had recently picked up this set of Jane Davenport washi tapes at Michaels**, so I grabbed the mermaid-y one and used it as the main visual cue.  It’s all washi, plus one single sticker I had in my plannerstash (the light-on-ocean box in the left sidebar).  I didn’t even bother with my trackers this week.  

I like how it turned out.  Further proof you don’t have to make whole sheets of stickers or overthink your planner pretties.  Just whip out some tape and go to town.

This week also showcases my new bookmark from Stickebeans, who made the Marauder’s Map cover and bookmark I used last year.  I still adore both and they’ve held up very well – I’m sure I’ll switch back eventually. I just wanted something new to look at for a while, and Stickebeans makes such excellent-quality products I was keen to order more from her shop.  

(She uses wonderfully thick lamination and her covers/bookmarks can practically stop a bullet.  I really wish she did custom work so I could’ve had this year’s cover done so beautifully, but given the volume of order she has I don’t blame her for keeping things simple!) 

Note the little figurine of Pua and Hei-Hei from Moana that I found on Amazon.  (These pics are often taken on my desk at my day job, which is why you see my Funkos and such.)

I’ve been using the divisions just like I normally do – the top one for my to-do list, the middle section for events and things I did, and the bottom for writing progress.

**I like the tapes in the set, but I warn you, if you want to buy them:  The purpleish tape with the affirmative words has a spelling error in it, which kind of killed that one for me.  I can’t believe it got all the way into production without anyone catching it.  Several of the others however, including the mermaids and the blue one that says “I’m learning to fly,” are just gorgeous.

Incidentally the Marauder’s Map bookmark shown on Etsy also has a spelling error, but the real thing does NOT.  If it worries you mention it to the shopkeeper, but mine was perfect.  

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