Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Free Planner Weekly and Daily Planner Inserts for Compact FC / Personal FF

Free Printables - designed for a Franklin Covey compact! Finished page size will be 4.25 inches x 6.75 inches. You can easily trim the pages to fit a Filofax personal (3.75 inches wide).  These are the same inserts that I featured in my last blog post showing how I use the three calendars together (monthly, weekly and daily).  These are free for personal use only.

These are designed to print on standard American sized paper (8.5 inches x 11 inches) and then flipped over to print on the back (print the weeklies back to back and the daylies back to back for best results).  Once you are down printing you will need to measure down from the top and cut the bottom off at the 6.75 inch mark with a horizontal cut.  Then cut the two page sections exactly in half with a vertical vertical cut.  Hole punch and assemble.


Day on Two Pages: 


Week on One Page with 2nd Full Page for Notes:

These are free for your personal use and I hope that you enjoy using them as much as I do!  Also, please note that the background on the .pdf image is White and not Grey as shown.



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

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Calendar - Monthly, Weekly, Daily and How They Work Together....

Planner STATS: 

Current Planner Brand: Franklin Covey
Design Name: Marbella
Manufacturer Date (if known): around 2007
Size: Compact (same ring configuration as Filofax Personal)
Paper Size: 4.25" x 6.75" Ring Size: 1 37/64 " (40 mm)
Calendar/Planner Inserts: Month on 2 pages (Franklin Covey), Week on 2 pages (my DIY design) and Day on 2 pages (my DIY design)
Other Pages/Sections: Index (like A-Z files), Expenses (online purchases and auto payments), Blog(s) Management, Resources & Contacts.

Since I use a Franklin Covey with large rings I have the ability to get really detailed in my daily planning, but I still like the convenience of being able to see a whole month at a glance and a week at a glance - especially when I am doing long range planning like family vacations.  I do a bit of decorating, but for the most part the decorating is limited to my Monthly and Weekly Pages and the decoration is usually only around the outside edges of the pages so that the actual calendar part remains free and easy to read.  I do some color coding, mainly just writing with different ink colors for different members of my family.  I also use stickers to note early release/late arrival and no school days for my kids.  These two stickers are used on all three layouts - monthly, weekly and daily so that I can see at a glance when there will be a school schedule change.  I also highlight special holidays and close family birthdays by outlining the day with a highlighter and the not quite so important holidays and special days are only highlighted part way.

I approach my three calendars as you would a project - starting with the big picture, then breaking it apart in sections, then finally filling in with details.  For example, a person's Birthday would be written on the monthly calendar and if we were having a birthday party, then the time of the party would be written on the weekly calendar, but the daily calendar would have all of the details associated with the actual event like food, decorations, errands etc.  If various errands and/or tasks needed to be accomplished in the days leading up to the party then those tasks/errands would be listed with detail during the days that they need to be accomplished.  By using a system like this I know I can schedule future appointments/tasks if the monthly calendar shows nothing happening on a particular day (this saves time when scheduling doctor appointments, etc.).  If I have to schedule something on a day that shows an event then I can just look at the week in question to see when that particular event is happening and then schedule around it.

My monthly calendar is just an overview which lists all holidays, birthdays and appointments, but without any detail.  My month spans two pages and I am able to keep a whole year in my planner (January to December).  My monthlies are not archived until the year is finished.  Right now I am using Franklin Covey Her Point of View undated month on two pages.

My weeklies span two pages with the whole week on the left hand side and notes/need to do on the right along with a menu section.  I custom made my own layouts and I purposefully keep them simple and easy to use. The example shown is the week during which Valentine's Day occurs.  I am able to keep a whole year's worth of weeklies in my planner and will only archive previous weeks if I decide to use a planner with smaller rings.

The daily that I use is a combination of free daily printable (creative commons license) that I found online.  It was dated for the year 2007 so I removed all of the information pertaining to the date and then I stamped with lines and add in the date.  I also moved the Diary/Journal to the left page and the scheduling to the right page as I found that I usually do more writing on the scheduling side and being right handed it made more sense to have it on the right.  I am able to keep two months of daily pages in my planner so as I finish up a month it gets archived and the month after next gets added.  For example when I finish up February the daily pages for February will be removed so that I have room to add in the April daily pages.  You will notice that in the photo that I am showing you Valentine's Day - I did decorate it up a bit since it was a special day, but I don't normally decorate the daily pages unless it is special.

As far as my planning goes, I use two planners - this one that has the calendar for everything in my life and then I have an A5 for my home business.  I do not keep a calendar in it as I found it too confusing to keep two calendars so I just keep all of my appointments and need to do in this planner - it goes with me everywhere - even quick errands.  I have a section in this planner for blogs (I have two) and it just lists blog ideas and another page to keep track of blog post titles and when the date I posted.  I don't keep a home binder - we just have a family calendar that hangs on the wall and a mini command center for mail and kids stuff.  I just recently purchased the Freedom Filing System for all of our home files and it is a self purging system and based upon the reviews it will make our home files much neater and easier to manage.  We have set maintenance that we do every year in the Spring and Fall in and around the house.  My husband and I have been married for 14 years (together for 20) so I really don't need to keep a list of what needs to be done around the house - it is pretty much routine by now.

My home business is with direct sales so I keep host information, contacts, catalog, party details, event details and team training in the A5 and it only leaves the house if I am going to an event or home party.

That's it for now, please feel free to comment with any questions that you have or share how you are making your calendar work for you.
 
Take Care & Wishing You Much ♥LOVE♥ from The 3 Sparkle Frog Gals!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Washi Tape Storage - The Progression...

Planner STATS: 

Current Planner Brand: Franklin Covey
Design Name: Marbella
Manufacturer Date (if known): around 2007
Size: Compact (same ring configuration as Filofax Personal)
Paper Size: 4.25" x 6.75" Ring Size: 1 37/64 " (40 mm)
Calendar/Planner Inserts: Month on 2 pages (Franklin Covey), Week on 2 pages (my DIY design) and Day on 2 pages (my DIY design)
Other Pages/Sections: Index (like A-Z files), Expenses (online purchases and auto payments), Blog(s) Management, Resources & Contacts.


I think I mentioned that I have been a paper planner sort of gal since I was young - but back in the early fall I was introduced into a whole new world of people who are also like me....this led to learning the fine art of balancing "decorating" my planner and using my planner as it is intended - for planning.

Washi tape and stickers - who knew that you could mix the art of decorating into your planning efforts?  A word of caution though - this can be addicting.  If you are not familiar with Washi tape - it is a paper type of tape that is fairly thin and allows you to re-position it on your paper as needed.  Wikipedia explains it the best here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washi

Washi or paper tape comes in multiple colors and patterns and can be quite expensive depending on your perspective.  I have found Washi type of tape at stores ranging from fabric stores to craft stores to office supply stores and even found some at major department stores like Kmart and Target.  The average price per roll in my area is usually between $1.99 to $2.99 (U.S. dollars).

So now that you have Washi tape, how are you going to store it?  Any crafter knows that if you are working on a craft project, then it is much more convenient to craft and design if you have all of your materials available where you can see them......

I started out trying my hand at a DIY project using an old aluminum foil box (that I recovered)....
What seemed like a good idea was in fact not very practical in practice.  So, from there I moved on to a little plastic, three drawer storage container that sat on my desk (of course my tape obsession continued to grow).
This worked out fine for a while, but found it to be a little impractical as I always had to make sure that the space in front of the drawers was left empty so that I could open and close the drawers, plus I could not readily see the patterns that I had.

A recent trip to Jo-Ann Fabric had me wandering down the storage aisle.  They had storage solutions ranging from plastic containers with lids, to wicker containers to plastic rolling drawers - all of which was not what I was looking for.  I wanted something that would be visible as well as be easy to remove that roll of tape that I wanted to work with.  Then I discovered the sewing notions storage aisle.  Now if you are a sewer you should be able to easily recognize what I found......it's a thread spool storage display!  Just a simple wooden (unfinished) and inexpensive spool display.  These are designed to stand up right on a counter as I am using but you can also collapse the legs in the back and add a couple of hooks and hang it on the wall.  The model I purchased is one of their smaller ones - they also had ones that were three times the size of this one.  As you can see it is pretty full - but it does house my complete collection.

 I forgot to mention the best part - these are not as expensive as the plastic cases - the normal price on this was $9.95 which is not bad - but when you buy it on sale like I did it is even better!  All storage solutions where 50% off, so for $5.00 I think it was a "steal".

What I do with my "Washi" tapes....
Month on two pages in my FC Compact.

Valentine's Week in my FC Compact (week on two pages layout).
This picture was taken before actual planning happened.  I try to
keep the "planner part" of my planner free of decorating (unless it
is a special holiday).  

In the last couple of days I have switched to a week on one page layout on one page (left side) with Need to Do that week on the right hand page.  I have also decided to try out a daily layout with each day spanning two pages.  So far (I have been using this for about a week) the daily pages seem to be working out great - giving me the room I needed to be able to keep track of my schedule, my kid's schedules and the family schedule.  The hubby keeps his own schedule (or at least he is supposed to) since I got him a planner for his birthday.  I will do a future post on how I make my planner work for me with my monthly, weekly and daily pages.

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