April Planner: Focus Article

Taking notes: the planner-mania

Planning things sounds very natural to me. I plan everything! I carry my agenda/planner everywhere: I take notes, record appointments, sketch designs and or projects, write lists (tons of to-do lists); I even can’t remember when I started to do. Maybe I was 8, at the primary school, when my teacher saw me taking notes on my book and she was amazed. To me it was just a normal behaviour: if I wanted to remember exactly the focus points of the lesson I would do better to take a note. By this settings you may easily understand my passion for planners and stationery stuff. If I want to buy a souvenir, I go to look for a pen or a special pencil. Maybe a diary or something like that. I’m a convulsive hunter of stationery treasures.

My desk

Planners Line

A few years ago the planner-mania came into the digiscrap world. The spreading was easy given to the developing of hybrid projects like printables and cutting files. Now designers can design their own inserts: imagine the amazingness! One year ago I started making my Planner Collections too. Though not everyone is familiar with planners and how to use them and what are they for. First of all you should keep in mind that planners help you taking notes and planning things. That’s why they’re sort of tables and schemes with calendars and spaces to write notes. You may write the list of goodies you are going to grab from the supermarket, for example. Or maybe you want to write a WISH LIST, listing all the stuff you wish for the year, or for the month. You may list the books you wanna read or plan your diet, listing all the meals for each day of the week.

I am sure you got the sense! So, as scrapper, you should think at Planner Collections as a huge hybrid Bundle where to find sheets to print and add to your planner binder.

Original artworks and the final decorated planner

APRIL PLANNER: My Birthday

This is my fourth Planner collection of the year, April. I chose a “birthday-party-tea” theme because on April I will turn 32. This kind of collection is hybrid because it includes the traditional scrap kit (elements and papers) and also all those printable stuff like tabs, word bits, stickers, inserts and so on. So, you may use the kit as usual, to make your own layouts for the web or for the print, or you may integrate the kit to your Planner projects. Let’s suppose you want to customize a insert: you will use the embellishments and papers from the kit to do that.

The first thing you will do is printing the inserts and you will choose the format of the your binder: A5? A4? It’s up to you. My planner collections include always 4 formats: A4 – A5 – Personal and Heidi Swapp format. Watch the video below for a quick demostration of the workflow.

PRINT and Decorate

I printed A4 inserts and I decorated them with the stickers, word bits and other stuff from the printables. The inserts of this Planner may be used for all the months of the year and for all the years. The only exception is for inserts of Month Covers, because they show the April 2017 calendar. All the rest of inserts may be used for all the months, because they are generic and have generic calendars (from Monday to Sunday or from Sunday to Saturday); You may customize them by adding the day number on your own. The inserts pack includes also a numbers sheet to print and cut.

Paste the day number in order to create the month calendar.

 

BLOCKS: How to use them!

The block set includes both square and circle blocks. The square blocks are to decorate the month planner. You may paste them exactly on each block of the insert. The circle blocks are for decorate the Week Cover instead.

 

Use the blocks to emphasize the days. I put the “Happy Birthday” block on the day of my birthday.

The TABS: use them to specify TASKS!

I really hope you enyoyed this article. For any additional information do not hesitate to leave me a question on comments or by mail. Thanks!

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