Saturday, February 28, 2015

Franklin Covey - Free Printable Monthly Checklists!

Did you know that Franklin Covey offers FREE printables on their blog?  My favorites are the monthly checklists that they offer.

They offer the checklists in all of the planner sizes (Monarch, Classic, Compact and Pocket) in both a .pdf version and a .jpeg version!

Here is a quick link to their March 2015 checklist and if you want to look at previous month's checklists just click here.

Thank you Franklin Covey - just another reason to love FC!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tip: How to Clean and Condition Your Leather Binder...

I see this question asked over and over in the various Facebook Groups and Communities that I am a member of.....

Q - How do I properly take care of my leather binder?

A - I am not an expert at leather care so I always turn towards those who are; by searching the internet, asking leather care professionals and even cobblers (shoe repair shops).  I see  a lot of personal opinions, but I tend to take those for what they are - "just opinions" and you know what they say about opinions.....

If you are looking for answers on basic care, the Franklin Covey Blog has a good article on basic cleaning and conditioning.

However for anything "above and beyond" normal maintenance, I recommend consulting with an expert or you might end up with this:

I wish I could say that this was not my picture, but sadly it is....I used a product that was
not intended to be used on this type of leather and I (or should I say my binder) paid the price.
Lesson Learned.

Please don't make the same mistake I made - if you want to take care of your leather goods consult with an expert and do not rely on the opinions of amateurs!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful, well planned day!

P.S. If you are a paper planner "nerd" you are invited to join my Franklin Covey Addicts Facebook Group.  Just click here to be taken to the group (you will need to have a Facebook account, be a real person and have a positive attitude).

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Movin' On Up - To Classic Size!

After much wiffle-waffling (I'm sure that's a word), I decided to make the switch into a Franklin Covey Classic Size at the beginning of February.  Although the planner is bigger and heavier than my Compact, carrying it with me everyday hasn't been a problem!

I am loving this size - the convenience of being able to just fold a full size piece of paper and adding it to one of the many pockets is fabulous! I was a Classic user for many years - it was only during 2014 that I made the switch into the FC Compact size (with a little bit of dabbling into Filofax Personal size along the way).

I have to say that I am very happy to be back to my "roots" and in my Classic size!  I manged to pick up one of the coveted (now retired) Boston-ish style binders in a leather metallic Bronze finish.  She just screamed out the need for a vintage French without further ado, here she is!
Front of Binder - this is a Full Grain Leather in a Metallic Bronze finish.  The buckle is for decoration -
the strap closure is magnetic and is elasticized at at the back to expand as needed.

The back features a full outside pocket - easily holds folded in half papers.  

Inside Left - full length vertical slip pocket, then full length vertical zip pocket, a secretarial pocket with seven credit
card pockets (bottom one has a clear window). Also one part leather and part elastic pen loop.
All decked out with a Vintage French Theme!

Back right, horizontal pocket, another horizontal pocket and two vertical card pockets, with part leather and part
elastic pen loop.  The "Black" is a Franklin Covey Page Lifter.  They are designed to be used at both the front and
the back of your planning pages, so that the pages do not curl around the rings.  The lifters are made of a hard plastic
and come in Black and if you are lucky you can find them in Frosted Clear.  

Inserts are Franklin Covey Classic Size Blooms Day on Two Pages.  They come with a Month on
Two Pages Also.  I have customized the inserts to suit my needs.

Franklin Covey Classic Specs:  Classic size is similar to the European A5 size, but the American size is 8.5" tall  x 5.5" wide, which is half of an American standard size paper, I believe it is slightly taller and a bit more narrow than the A5.  American Classic size binders have seven rings versus the 6 ring configuration that A5 binders normally have.  Most Franklin Covey binders have rings that are screwed into a base which allows for being able to easily change rings to a smaller or larger size.  You can also order ring replacements direct from Franklin Covey (U.S.) by calling their customer service number.  Classic ring sizes vary from .75" up to 2"(measuring the inside diameter).  The rings in my binder are currently 1.5" in diameter.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed a sneak peak into my planner!

Coming Up Next:  A look at my setup and how I plan!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Book Art Paper Clip and Journal Card Storage

A big thank you to Marianne at PocketfullofVintage for sharing this fun and creative book art idea!  I love books and I love to be creative so doing something like this was just my style.

I managed to make this from start to finish in 40 minutes.  I choose a colorful book so I didn't feel the need to do any other creative finishes to it once I had it all folded.  I am using this right on my desk to store some of my paper clips and favorite journal cards.

This would be a great project to do with your kids and I plan on doing just that.  Hope you enjoy the photos!

Sitting at "Home" on my desk!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I would love to see your Book Art Project!