Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Day Timer Malibu in Nautical Blue

I like to change my planner almost as often as I change purses.....
I recently made the switch from my Filofax Personal Sized Holborn into my current love - my Day-Timer Portable Size Malibu in Nautical Blue.  The paper inserts are the same size (3.75" x 6.75") along with the hole configuration as the personal sized Filofax inserts - so switching was a breeze.  The personal size is the size that I prefer as it is more portable than the cumbersome A5 Size (European size) or for my American viewers - the half page size of 5.5" x 8.5".
The leather in the Malibu is a very soft, pliable and flexible "pebbeled" cowhide leather and comes with multiple interior pockets and an interior zip pocket.  The color shown on the Day-Timer Website is much more true to color than what I was able to capture with my photographs.

Inside Front Cover

My Week On 2 Pages.  If you like these undated inserts I created you can
access them here.  To Print:  Use Standard size 8.5" x 11" paper and print
the first page, then flip over and print the second page on the back.  I included
cutting guides (designed to cut to 3.75" wide x 6.75" tall).

My Day on 1 Page

Yesterday and the Day Before

Inside Back Cover
I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into my personal planner!  Check back often for more updates (I switch things up often as any good planner nerd does).

Take Care & Wishing You Much ♥LOVE♥ from The 3 Sparkle Frog Gals!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Blog Tip - Hosting and Converting to PDF Files!

I have been using the Blogger Platform for many years and have always struggled with a way to upload and host .pdf files.  I even went so far as to venture into the WordPress realm as one of the perks of this platform is that your .pdf files can be easily uploaded, stored and accessed within this program.  Self hosted WordPress is a wonderful platform to use, but for my needs the cost was just too much, so I switched back to Blogger and the age old dilemma of where to put my .pdf files so that my readers could easily access all of the documents, forms and files that I create.

Free PDF Hosting has two different levels that you can use to host your .pdf files - FREE or Donation.  The free version will host your file for 30 days and each individual file size has to be less than 2 MB.  You will receive a link to access your file and then after 30 days it is deleted.  I signed up for the Donation plan - with the donation plan my .pdf files are hosted forever and I can upload files that are up to 20 MB - that is per each file/document.  There are no limits to the total files that you can upload with a Donation Account.  The suggested donation is usually between $15 - $25 and you can donate just once or many times - the choice is yours.

The catch - there really isn't any catch, but there are a couple of things to be aware of.  First of all your files have to be in a .pdf format before they can be uploaded and the file name can have no spaces or symbols and second - you don't get to choose the file name when it is uploaded - the program chooses for you.

If you don't have a program to create .pdf files, then you might want to check out CutePDF - this is a free download that acts as a printer so anything you can print can be converted to a .pdf.  Once it is uploaded it will show up in your available printers as a printer choice.  You choose it as a printer, click print and then instead of printing it will save your file as a .pdf (you choose where you want it saved on your computer).

Downloading the program is a little tricky as you have to wade through all of the various ads and software that they try to get you to download.  Here is the link to download: http://www.cutepdf.com - you will need to choose the Cute PDF Writer version.

Now back to the Free PDF Hosting - here it the link for that program: http://freepdfhosting.com/index.php - you can also check out their Frequently Asked Questions section for more information.

Overall, both for the cost, convenience and ease of use, I give each of these programs a big "thumbs up".

DISCLAIMER:  I am not an affiliate of either of these companies nor do I get any form of compensation for referrals - the opinions expressed here are my own and are only given in order to pass along information which I believe to be a great resource.  I am also not a computer expert, so you are on your own with the technical aspects of downloading and using these programs.

Take Care & Wishing You Much ♥LOVE♥ from The 3 Sparkle Frog Gals!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Planning My Day - One or Two Pages Per Day?

Paper planning......I am sure that I am not alone in my struggle to find the perfect balance between having the "just right" inserts for my paper planner.  I am happy with my Month on Two Pages and I am happy with my Week on Two Pages (one side is the days and the other is Tasks for week).

The Daily Page is what I struggle with.  There is just not enough room on a personal size page (3.75" x 6.75") to get the detail that I need on a weekly layout, plus I find that trying to write down all of the details in an "un-categorized" view makes me crazy.  Appointments are mixed in with my tasks, events are mixed in as well and they all seem to be lost in the jumble, which is why I need a page exclusively for one day.

I have tried both a day on one page layout, but the only ones I could find for a personal size page listed tasks on one half of the page and a schedule on the other half of the page.  I like to journal and keep track of a few other things so that didn't work.  The latest version I used was Franklin Covey's Her POV day on two pages (trimmed down to 3.75" wide).
These worked to a point, but as you can see in the pics I had quite a bit of under utilized space on most days.  Some days are busy and I do fill up both the appointment, tasks and journal area, but that only happens about once a week.

I decided to go ahead and create my own version of a day per page that encompasses all of the topics that I want to use.  Sections include Schedule/Events, Tasks, Journal, ♥♥ Today (gratitude), Menu, and $ Box (tracking online purchases).  There is also some room under the date area to add in Holidays, Birthdays, etc.
Since I firmly believe in paying it forward - I have included the links so that you can download, print and use these if you would like - as with all of my stuff these are available for your personal use and not to be use in or as part of any commercial (for sale) inserts.

Here is the link to download: http://freepdfhosting.com/67b2e79a1c.pdf
For best results, I recommend that you cut your paper down to size (3.75" wide x 6.75" tall) and print onto the trimmed paper, then flip your printed pages over, feed back into the printer and print on the other side for double sided pages.

UPDATE:  I had a request for a half page size (5.5" wide x 8.5" tall) version, so here it is.  This version is designed to print on standard American size paper 8.5" x 11" (in landscape mode), then cut in half after printing.
Here is the link to the .pdf version: http://freepdfhosting.com/333bea1fb8.pdf - this is FREE for personal use only.

Take Care & Wishing You Much ♥LOVE♥ from The 3 Sparkle Frog Gals!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

NEW - Filofax Personal Holborn Setup!

I have taken the plunge and ventured into the land of YouTube - what a learning curve this has been!

I am thankful to those of you who suffered through my first video (along with all the weird background noises).

I have already made a couple of changes to my planner since then, so I thought I would give whole video creating business another shot........

If you enjoyed this video please give a "thumbs up" and if you would like to see more, then please be sure to subscribe (I promise to make them better and more interesting as they are created).

Take Care & Wishing You Much ♥LOVE♥ from The 3 Sparkle Frog Gals!