Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Felicities: Anniversary Edition!

Friday Felicities is all about things that make you happy and was started by my friend Nattie. She knew the value of counting your blessings. Nattie has been a resident of heaven since 2007. I miss her a lot.

I've decided to reinstate Friday Felicities on my blog again and what better Friday to start than my 22nd Wedding Anniversary?  22 years ago on a very hot July afternoon, I said "I do" to the man who has been by my side through the best, and through the worst - sickness, health and the rest.

Dick & Becky
July 31, 1993
Thinks that make me happy:
  • air conditioning
  • cold water
  • shelter from the heat
  • (see a theme?)
  • unconditional love
  • a sense of humor
  • camaraderie with my hubby
  • laughter
  • a love that surpasses all others:  Jesus

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Planner Fun is One Year Old!!

Today marks the one year anniversary of Planner Fun.  My first post told of how I had recently started using a planner and I included some images of my first set up (pretty colorful and too many tabs!).

Next week marks the beginning of my oldest son's first year of high school.  I am already smack dab in the middle of planning: curriculum for both boys, schedules, Friday School (we meet 3x month with our church school) and modified chores and meals at home.  Don't worry, I am still going to fit in some blogging, but it might look different for awhile until I find my groove.

I have some good things planned (like an interview and giveaway from Mrs. Brimbles), so please stick with me.

You can subscribe my mail here or follow Planner Fun's Facebook page here.  Thanks for making this a great year - I hope to continue making free inserts that you can use and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fold Out Month at a Glance - August 2015

Using a fold out monthly calendar worked extremely well for me this month.  So well that I made another one for August. Last time it was an 8½ x 5½" calendar on one side of a letter sized page.  That left a lot of blank space, so this month I added places for notes.

Print page one, flip it over and print page two.  Hole punch the left side of page one (the page with the calendar) and place in your planner.  Fold the page over until it just meets the rings.  I open my planner to my WO2P and open up the monthly calendar so I can see both views.  When I am finished, I fold the page over to my current spread.  The monthly calendar also acts as a bookmark of sorts since it sticks out slightly from the other pages.  If you have any questions, let me know!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

For a reader: Scripture Journaling in the Devotional Journal

A reader commented on my Devotional Journal with Printables post and I was trying to explain how I do scripture journaling I thought it would be easier to just show her - maybe you were wondering too.  You could also call it a doodling section because that's basically what I did.

Monday, July 27, 2015

How I Made My Devotional Journal plus 4 Inserts to Make Your Own! [printable]

A couple of weeks ago I found this binder/planner at Goodwill ($.55!) and decided to turn it into a devotional journal.

I traced my dividers from my planner onto card stock to make the tabs and started making my inserts.

I decided to do my devotional section using the SOAP method:  scripture, observation, application, and prayer.  I kept everything short and to the point.  There are other section if I decided I want to journal a prayer instead of using the small section.

The prayer request section is for simply that - a list of prayer requests from friends, family and church.  Again, I can journal these prayers if I desire - this is just the reminders.

Of course this is obviously a place for Bible Study notes.  I could have just used plain paper for this, and I may in the future, I just liked the way it flows with the rest of my journal!  :)

Scripture memory is also something I am working on.  This insert has a place for me to write down the verse I am memorizing and in my journal this is where I flip to when I want to review the verse.  There's some little check boxes to show when I've reviewed it.  I don't take myself to seriously - I don't need the check boxes but I like checking things off!

I've had a Christian themed blank journal that has gone unused for years.  For this project I decided to uncoil the blank pages, punch holes and use them in my devotional journal.  In this notebook I've used it for church notes, my journal section and my study section.  I plan to use the study section for word studies and maybe a place to look up definitions and/or Greek words that add to the understanding of my Bible Study.

Some of the tabs I've used
I also have a tab for "Scripture" where I do some sort of art journaling.  Might be more correct to just call it doodling!

I have all the inserts I've used, for you, if you are interested.  You can download them here.

Friday, July 24, 2015

A-Z Hack to Remember Information

The great thing about using a planner is that you can develop a method to remember almost anything. I realized this was one of my methods when I discovered I was using it often.

I use a set of A-Z dividers in the back of my planner to keep up with projects and frequently used pages (other/older/less used pages are filed in a separate binder using the same A-Z dividers).  The last time I took my boys to get their hair cut, the stylist asked me did I remember what size guards we used last time.  I did not but when she figured out it was a size 4 I wrote it down on the back of the "H" divider page.

Today my hubby told me he didn't remember what size air filter to get and would have to take it down to get the right size.  I asked him to tell me the size and wrote it down behind the "A" divider (and I told him to ask me next time)

Sometimes you need an extra level of protection where it wouldn't be prudent to write "safe combination" under S and you'll have to find a method for that.  Giftie suggests taking the number and adding "1" to each.  For example:  5472 becomes 6583.  Sometimes I just write a number behind a certain divider and trust I know what it's about!

Do you do anything like this?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Vacation Series #6: Four Basic Types of Information Your Planning System Needs to Capture from Paper Goodness

Paper Goodness was one of the first blogs I discovered a year ago when I started planning.  As a matter of fact, you might remember my blog looked suspiciously a lot like theirs for a month or so until I found my own groove!

In my last post of this series, I want to share this blog post from Paper Goodness:  Four Basic Types of Information Your Planning System Needs to Capture.  It is a good one!

After hours and hours on the road, we'll be home later today!  Tomorrow we'll get up bright and early to pick up our sweet dog that we have missed so much.  Our youngest will get in on his last day of Cross Country Camp.  It will be good to be home.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Vacation Series #5: Technology Will Be Our Downfall from Philofaxy

Another one of my favorite blogs is Philofaxy and I recently sang its praises on my own blog - be sure to check it out.  The post I am sharing with you today is an oldie from October of 2011 but it is still a timely blog post, in my own opinion.

Our vacation is winding down and tomorrow we we will be headed home.  I hope you have enjoyed this series  there's one more left!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Vacation Series #4: How to Build Your Perfect Planning System

I have another series of posts for you to check out!  This time we are visiting Muzsi's blog:  From Chaos to Order.  She has a series about building your perfect planning system and there are more posts to come so be sure you subscribe to her blog!

Week 5: Add planning section

Are you enjoy these links?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Vacation Series #3: A Beginner’s Dive into Ring-Bound Planners

This morning I am sending you to Ana's blog:  The Well-Appointed Desk.  Ana has written a series on  ring-bound planners that I know you will like, especially if you are new to the world of planning.  All six posts are linked here:

A Beginner's Dive into Ring-Bound Planners

Part 1:  Why?

Part 2:  Planner Sizes

Part 3:  Binders

Part 4:  Inserts

Part 5:  Accessories

Vacation note:  If you are from Kansas, chances are you are a Jayhawk fan!  My husband went to Kansas University and we love the Jayhawks - especially the men's basketball team!

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk - K  U!  (Chanted with much enthusiasm and excitement!)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Vacation Series #2: Planner Use: Determining Priorities by Homemakers Daily

There is a lot that has been said about prioritizing tasks, and Patty from Homemakers Daily explores several possibilities and methods of ordering her to-do's.  Skip on over to her blog to read what she has to say about Planner Use:  Determining Priorities.

While you are there, take a look in her sidebar.  Not only does Patty blog about planners and home management, she also talk about the other important things in a homemaker's life:  menus and menu planning, money, house cleaning and more.  I've been enjoying her remodeling posts - watching the progress and being glad I'm not the one who is doing it!

Yesterday we endured a very long road trip.  We're read to kick back and relax!  Go visit Patty!

Vacation Series #3 continues on Monday.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Vacation Series #1 Planners & Productivity 101 from Giftie Etcetera

So, today the family and I venture out EARLY for a vacation to the Mid-West.  Kansas counts as the mid-west, right?  A group of friends and I discussed some time ago what constitutes west and what doesn't and now I'm not so sure, but I digress...

While I'm gone I am going to be sending you to the blogs of others - posts and blogs that talk about planners, of course!

Your first stop will be at Kristy's blog:  Giftie Etcetera.  Kristy has been my planner mentor ever since I started using one almost a year ago.  I read about her simple, yet effective way of planning and I adopted her method fairly quickly.

Today I recommend you reading her post "Planners & Prouctivity 101" where she shares 3 things that helps her to be more productive.

Don't miss it!!  I'll be back with you guys before you know it

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Custom Inserts For Free!

On occasion I like to remind all of my readers that I take requests for inserts to make for this blog.  I don't get as many takers as you would think - maybe it sounds to good to be true?  It's not!  :)  If you have an insert that you would like to see on this blog, I wish you would fill out this form.  I want to make things that I know you guys would like.

The only thing that I can't commit to making is dated inserts because of the time that it takes to make them - but you certainly could put in a request because you never know when I might find an extra minute or so!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Monthly Folded Calendar with a Monday Start Date

Last week I shared with you the monthly calendar I was using - a half-size calendar printed on a letter size sheet of paper that would fold open and could be viewed while I worked on my weekly sheets.  A reader wrote saying how much she liked the calendar but could not use it because she preferred her week to start on Monday.  So I give to you the month of July with a Monday starting day - enjoy!

I'm throwing around ideas on how to expand this monthly calendar - mainly the side you see before you open the calendar up.  Maybe just a title and a space for notes - not sure it needs anything more.  Any ideas are welcomed!

EC Style Week on 2 Pages [printable]

I made these  EC Style inserts just to see what they were like.  They're cute and I like them but columns and I don't get along too well!  Maybe you will like them!  The file has 3 pages:  One like the ones I printed above with the headings "morning, afternoon, and evening".  The second is the same except they are blank so you can add your own headings, if you wish.  The third pages is also blank but it has a colored fill where the headings go.  You can Download Them Here

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Tasks Lists with Colorful Backgrounds [printable]

Here's a little something new I've been working on - task lists with colorful backgrounds for those of you who like to print in color.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Scribd, Dropbox, and Reader Request for Tess

Some of my earlier inserts were hosted at Scribd, a service that is no longer free.  One of my readers recently asked how to download a particular insert and when I went to check it out, I had to jump through a few hoops just to download it myself.  I'll work on transferring the inserts I have at Scribd to Dropbox.

In the meantime, Tess M, this one is for you.

Finally, a Goodwill Find!

I am on several Facebook planner groups and it seems like someone is always posting a great planner deal they found a Goodwill.  We don't have one in my town but when I visit Tennesee, where my family lives, I always try to check.  This week I found this planner:

This did not have a name on it and although there were some inserts inside, there was no indication as to where they came from.  It looks in near perfect condition and I was so geeked to only spend one dollar on it (it was marked two dollars but it had an orange tag which meant that day it was half off).

The inserts inside measured exactly 3 x 5" – small, I know. It has slots for cards on the left side and I thought I would like to try it out as a wallet.

I thought about making new inserts but since I don't plan to use it in detail, The inserts they came with it will work just fine. Of course, you know me I had to make some new dividers! The only thing I have written down on my pages are scheduled appointments – places I need to be at a specific time. I always carry my planner with me but when I am out and about, my wallet is in my hand more often so if I need to refer to a time or jot down a quick note. I have a little tab for future dates in case someone throw something at me and my planner is in my hands and there is a section for notes. We will see how it goes!


Example of a weekly page.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

How Many Dividers Do You Really Need Anyhow?

Any time in the past that I have ever started a DIY planner, I have always added 10 gazillion dividers to cover every area of my life.  I just didn't want to leave anything out that I might need to cover!  I never did use a planner like that longer than a few weeks - I found it to be extremely overwhelming. It was a year ago this month that I started thinking about using a planner again and I did the same thing - probably at least 12 dividers.

Thankfully, I discovered Kristy's blog before I got too deep into this time.  She blogs at Giftie, etc. and shares in detail how she plans - so check it out.  After a year of planning and only a couple of tweaks, I still use my planner the same way she shares with us on her blog and Facebook group.

I have 5 dividers in my planner:  Weekly, Monthly, Future, Blog, and Files.  I previously had Projects but combined it with my Files section (after culling the files and archiving pages I rarely used).

Weekly:  It is in the front of my planner and I use these week on 2 pages inserts the most frequently.  I list appointments (taken from my Monthly tab), day specific tasks and day specific reminders.  I do not have a section for daily pages because I rarely use them, but when I do I put the page in the middle of my week on 2 pages spread.

Monthly:  I use these page less frequently.  I list all appointments and bill due dates and at the first of the month write these in my weekly pages.  My weekly pages are printed out for a month at a time but if I make an appointment in the middle of the month, they still get written down in my monthly pages first.  At the beginning of the week I also glance over the monthly spread to make sure nothing was forgotten.

Future:  I really like the concept of future pages.  I don't have a year's worth of monthly pages in my planner at one time and I certainly don't have next years pages.  Future pages give me a way to record events that will happen in the future.  At the first of the month, or when I put new monthly pages in my planner, I check my future pages for items to transfer to my monthly pages.  For me, it is usually homeschool events that are planned a year ahead of time, bills that are due every 3 or 6 months (like insurance), and I have been known to write down the premiere of a television show I am following.

Blog:  I don't use this as frequently as I thought I might but I still like to have this divider.  I have a blog calendar as well as topics and ideas for future blog posts.

Files:  My last section is files with A-Z dividers.  This is where a lot of the things go that I would have previously made a divider for.  For example, instead of having a divider for health or medical, I have a OTC Medication List field under "M".  Instead of pets, I have a page named Claire (our dog) where I have listed her vet's number, as well as the prices for her heart med and flea med supply.  How do I keep up with what is where?  This is another tip from Gifte!  I have an index page behind my File divider where I list everything I add. If I take something out of files and add it to my archive planner, I just cross it off my index page.  After so many items have been crossed off, I just make a new index page.

That's it.  That's what has worked for me this past year.  If I had not discovered this way of planning, I seriously doubt I would have kept it up.  I am amazed at how well this system works and how much it has changed my life in little ways.  Be sure to visit Kristy's blog and Facebook page - you'll be glad you did!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Just Boxes - Personal Size [printable]

I love boxes. They are great for taking notes sketching or doodling and coloring.

This insert is available in personal size but as always, please let me know if you would like to see it in another size.

Click on the image to download.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Mileage Log - plus Personal Size WO1P [printable]

My hubby keeps up with the miles he drives for work for tax purposes and needed me to come up with a simple mileage log.  Maybe you could use something like that as well.  Click the image to download.

I also added a Personal Size Week on 1 Page to the Index.
You can Download It Here

Monday, July 6, 2015

2016 Monthly Calendars [printable]

My 2016 Calendars are now ready for download and are available in these sizes:

Half - Size
Letter Size
Personal Size
Compact Size
Notebook Size

I've looked them over and then over again, but if you find any mistakes please let me know and I will get it corrected asap!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Folded Month at a Glance [printable]

I'll admit, the folder inserts you see around these days intrigue me.  I like the concept and I like being able to see my weekly spread along with the month.  What I don't like is trying to write on the page that folds out - it's awkward!

However, as I was going over my July calendar, I realized how jam-packed it got all of a sudden and I was flipping back and for from my weekly and monthly calendars.  On a whim, I printed out a pre-made calendar from my desktop publishing software and filled in my July calendar. This month, it works.

That's what planning is all about - the little tweaks that make your planner work for you.  I went ahead and made a pdf of the calendar and if you want to give a try, you can print it here.  Punch the holes on the left side and place it in your calendar.  Fold the right side over until it barely touches your rings, and fold.  I put mine as the last page of my weekly pages and folded it over my current week.