Friday, January 29, 2016

002 The Planner Experience Link Up

Welcome to our second link up!  This link up is where you can link up your planner links, whether it be from your blog, Instagram - wherever you have shared it online, it just needs to be your link. You can share blog posts you've written, pictures you've shared, etc. - they just need to be about planner tips, inserts, tools, etc.

Here are the rules:

1.  Your blog does not have to be about planners, but the blog post you share does.
2.  Don't add links to promote giveaways, link parties or shops
3.  Please do not link more than 3 posts a week.
4.  This party starts Friday @ 1am CST & ends Sunday @ 7pm CST

Please tell your planner friends about The Planner Experience Link up party by linking back to Planner Fun.  If you would like to use the image above, feel free to use this code:

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

5 Minute Planner Hack: Turning a Mistake into a Useful Tip

Sometimes you happen on a good hack quite by accident. In my case, this was an accident! After cutting my graph paper in half for my dashboard /capture page, I discovered that I did not cut the paper exactly in half - by about a half inch!

I decided to use it, even though I definitely like things all lined up. With the front pages more narrow that the others, a natural divider was made and it got me to thinking about my grocery list. I usually jot down during the week what we need on a sticky note and then transfer it to my shopping list before getting groceries. Last week I used the narrow paper to make my list after writing in the aisle categories of my store.

I enjoyed having my list front and center with room to write in what we were out of as well as the things I knew we would be needing. I also found the natural divider made it super easy to get to the capture page to record any information I needed to process.

Simple hack - but it is working quite nicely for me.

Coming Friday:

The Planner Experience

Please  consider joining us for our brand new linky party:  The Planner Experience.  You can share blog posts that you have written about planners or find new planner posts to read.  Drop by on Friday morning.  If you like Planner Fun, I would appreciate it if you share about this new linky!  Feel free to use the code below to share on your blog.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Planner Fun's Top 3 Blog Posts from June 2014 until Now

 I've been blogging at Planner Fun for a year and a half now - time sure is flying.  I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of my most popular posts of all time.

The 2015 - 2016 Academic Calendar I posted in April of 2015 was at the top of the list.  This tells me that perhaps there are those of you who like starting your planner year right after summer.  I'll make sure I create another one this fall - perhaps something cuter than this one!

Number two on the list is also a dated calendar:  my week on two pages, dated for 2016.  These are my favorite week on 2 pages layout and I use them the majority of the time in my own planner.

Dated Calendars are the obvious favorites.  The number 3 top post of all time (so far!) is the 2016 monthly calendars.

If you find the inserts you like, please consider sharing them on Facebook and Pinterest.  Let me know what you would like to see in 2016 on Planner Fun!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

February Fold Out Calendar [printable]

Thank you to the sweet reader who let me know she loved the monthly fold out calendar and would like to see them more frequently.  Truth be told:  I forgot!

For February, I made the usual half-size insert (printed on letter size and then folded), but also tried a personal size and 4x6 size.  For the last two, print them on letter size paper (there are two pages) and cut on the lines.  If you print those, I'd love to know how they turned out.

  Download Here:

Half Size
Personal Size
4x6 Size

March calendars are ready as well - check the index page to download!

Off Topic Sunday: My Homemade Tortilla Chips Saga

Off Topic Sunday is a new feature at Planner Fun and something I've thought about doing for awhile.  I used to have 2 or 3 blogs going at one time because I felt like I had to compartmentalize all my interests.  While Planner Fun is a very specific topic, having an off-topic day allows me to write about some of my other interests.

One of the reasons I follow a plant-based diet is because it helps me to lose weight  As a matter of fact, it's about the only way I can lose weight since my transplant (Prednisone and other medications are the culprit).

Tortilla chips are a staple since they are low in calories and great for snacking - but getting just the right crispiness has been quite the dilemma.  I have tried these chips every which way there is:  cut in triangles, spritzed with water, baked, flipped and baked some more...none have delivered an acceptable chip.

After all that work I just knew there had to be an easier way and I spent a lot of time searching blogs, Facebook groups and websites until I found a solution from a member of one of my Facebook groups.  This guy takes whole corn tortillas and puts them directly on his oven rack, and this is much easier than all the ways I've tried. After baking them, he carefully breaks them in half - twice:  four chips per tortilla.

After trial and error, I found that Mission Yellow Corn Tortillas work the best for me.  I preheat my oven to 375 degrees and bake them for 7 minutes.  My husband likes them at 4 minutes and my oldest likes them almost hard at  minutes - I just take them out at different times which isn't difficult at all.  Obviously you would have to work out your own cooking times with trial and error since all ovens are not created equal!

Last week a batch of them bubbled up while baking and made them difficult to break up without making a mess.  For the next batch, I cut the tortillas in half before baking and didn't have that problem - it also made breaking them in half easier and neater.  My family likes eating our chips in soups and chili as well as dipping them in salsa, homemade hummus and guacamole.

Any questions about chips or plant-based eating?  Feel free to ask questions in the comments.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Week on 2 Pages PLUS [printable]

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I love creating and experimenting with different Week on 2 Pages layouts and I am really liking this one - I'll try it out for a couple of weeks and let you guys know.

I designed the outside dated columns for date sensitive items:  appointments, due dates, etc.  When I first started creating it I had all the days on one page but there was not enough room to write all that I knew I would be writing, so I divided those between the two pages.

Have an actual to do list is a little different for me since I always right tasks that need to be done on the current day in my weekly spread - that means I re-write the task to the next day if I did not get to it but I won't to do that now.  If I have several days to do a task but it does need to be done by a certain day, I take my red pen and outline the checkbox

There's a weekly check list that you can fill in on the left side page and a place to write in your menu for the week and an area for inspiration - a Bible verse, quotation, drawing, etc.

This is an undated insert - print it on letter paper, flip it and print on the other side, make sure it prints in the correct direction.   Cut down the middle, punch holes, and you're ready to go!

If you give this a try, come back and let me know how you liked it.  I'm always interested in knowing what kind of changes you would make to the inserts if you could.

Download:   Half - Size  |   A5    |   Letter - Size
                     Half - Size Unshaded Version

Friday, January 22, 2016

Love Bees Note Paper

The note paper I made today is for those of you who use a Personal and Half Size planners.  Since Valentine's Day is closing in fast, I thought these cute love bees were the perfect subjects  Love never fails, ya'll!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Planner Experience Link Up Party - Every Friday!

Finally a link up party for the planner community!  Link up parties are a great way to get more traffic on your blog as well as find new planner blogs to read.

Here are the rules:

1.  Your blog does not have to be about planners, but the blog post you share does.
2.  Don't add links to promote giveaways, link parties or shops
3.  Please do not link more than 3 posts a week.
4.  This party starts Friday @ 1am CST & ends Sunday @ 7pm CST

Please tell your planner friends about The Planner Experience Link up party by linking back to Planner Fun.  If you would like to use the image above, feel free to use this code:

Weekly Blog Action Plan [printable]

I recently started using this blog plan to help me keep up with blog business.  Instead of "Important," mine has "Requests from Reader."  You can use that section however you want, plus there is another lined section under "Things to Do".   Download it HERE.

(I made a dumb graphic - the color Planner Fun graphic and the pink brackets are NOT included on this insert)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Reader Request: A5 Dated Week on 1 Page [printable]

I recently had a request from a member of the Planner Fun Facebook page for an A5 version of the Dated Week on 1 Page. This request was that the insert be formatted for the right handed side of the planner.  You can download it HERE

Monday, January 18, 2016

Just Lined Columns [printable]

OK, I don't blame you if you laugh, but I had a need for this and as always, if I make it, I share it here in case one of my readers might find it handy.  Just two columns...and lines.   :)    Download HERE

Reader Request: Portrait - Checkbook Register

Click HERE to Download

Friday, January 15, 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Dated Daily Tracker [printable]

Well, it's the beginning of the year and around the beginning of the year I decided to up my healthy eating goals.  Ideally I would like to eat plant-based 100% of the time, but the reality is that I end up eating that way more like 80%.  It's just a god time to set goals and make changes.

The insert above is what I am using to track three of my goals:  Whether or not I ate on plan for the day, whether or not I exercised, and a place to record my weight.  I am  really bad about getting on the scale everyday and that's not always good, so on this insert I plan to record it once or twice a week on specific days. My plan is to put a check mark through the days that I meet my goals.

I've made a blank version for you, dated January - December.  Just print out as many as you need and start tracking.

If you would like to see this insert in a different size, please click "Contact Becky @ Planner Fun" located at the top of the blog, and let me know!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Giftie Etc. - Planner Fun January Team Up [printable]

Giftie, Etc. and I are back again with another Pair Up - where I create an insert and she shows you alternate ways to use it.

Kristy has come up with some great examples - they give me ideas for new inserts!  You can find her post Here:  6 Revolutionary Ways to Make a Plan Using a Blank Schedule 

Download the half size insert HERE

The Personal size insert can be downloaded HERE 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Correction on Personal Size 2016 Monthly Calendar [printable]

Thanks to my reader, Denise, for letting me know of a formatting issue in the Personal Size Monthly Calendar.  I have fixed the error and updated the link in the 2016 Insert Index.  I appreciate it when my readers let me know when they notice errors.  You can find the pdf HERE.

Reader Request: Dated Week on 1 Page [printable]

A reader wrote looking for a dated week on one page and since I have plenty of weeks on 2 pages, it made sense for me to offer a week on one page. This should be printed on 8.5 x 5.5 paper.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Planner Setup and Sections [Links to Inserts]

Going into the New Year, I thought I would share my current setup.  I try new things from time to time, but truth be told, I rarely stray far.

When you open my planner, you see paper - either graph paper for notes or a daily page, that I only use on occasion.

My first section holds my week on 2 pages setup.

The second section is for my monthly pages.  These are the ones that I use.

Future Pages are an important part of my planner and are behind my third section.  Check out Giftie's site to learn how to use Future Pages.

My fourth section is reserved for my blog,  It's used mostly for lists - lists of requested inserts and ideas for improving the blog.

The biggest change in my planner is that I combined my projects and files.  They are hosted in the fifth section with A-Z dividers.

2015 was my first full year of using a planner and I can say without a doubt is that it changed the way I do things in a big way, and for the good.  I would be surprised if I ever went back to using my phone to keep up with appointments, tasks and reminders.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Online Order Tracker - for Personal Size Planners [printable]

A reader commented that she would like to see the Online Order Tracker made into Personal Size, so here it is!  You can download it HERE.