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This is a super simple 8.5×11 month, week and 2-week template. Not sure if I’m sold on the 2 weeks at a time yet – I love the idea but think the layout needs some work. Might be posting an update soon! Also included in the download are the templates for printing 2-up – cut the paper in half and you’ll have 5.5×8.5 (pictured in my planner below).

DOWNLOAD -> 2013_week-month-8x11.pdf (8613 downloads)

Enjoy and let me know what you think – xo

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Discbound DIY Planner

When it comes to planners, for the most part, I’ve been DIY for years. If I was using a store-bought binder it was a cheapo 3-ring because I liked the color. It doesn’t mean I wasn’t interested in the fancier planners on the market, they just seemed too stuffy or complicated for my tastes.

Earlier this year I stumbled upon this post on ‘I heart organizing’ that mentioned the new line of Martha Stewart planners at Staples. I think I actually went to staples that very same day, I mean, who doesn’t love Martha Stewart? And now she’s making planner supplies?! *swoon*

Although I loved all her little pieces and parts that come with the binder, I wasn’t in LOVE with the actual binder. I don’t go to office supplies often so I spent a good 2 hours just browsing around – and that’s how I discovered the arc, customizable notebook system by staples. WOAH. Even more discbound goodness. I picked out my favorite notebook in about a split second and headed over to the Martha Stewart section to see if it was compatible. Amazing, totally compatible! In doing research for this post I also saw that it’s compatible with the Levenger system as well – it’s rare for planners to be compatible, which I’m sure they do on purpose, so this is pretty spectacular.

So, I had my arc notebook, Martha Stewart dividers in fab colors and was set. But WAIT! Even if I’m using a fancy binder there is NO way I’m using their boring templates. After much discussion back and forth in my head I shelled out another $40 for the Arc hole punch so I could easily make my own.

I used my new awesome planner a bit and then, like usual, forgot about it. GAH, why do I do that?! Anyways, I’m back on it. I’ve been working on a big project for WAY TOO LONG. This past weekend I broke it up into manageable to-do’s and am telling clients I’m out of commission until it’s finished. This little notebook has goals, dates and important things to remember from 30×500 for launching in it so far.

runningI’m also running my very first 5k in a few weeks, so I plotted out all my runs leading up to that. I’ve been training the last 2 months using a couch to 5k app and recently finished the program – I’m on my own now. EEK!

My current planner:

Arc DIY Planner

I’m using a little wooden box to carry planning essentials – ok, maybe not essential. But it has to be pretty!

Arc DIY Planner

Above I’m using my goal template as a project overview. See all my downloadable planner templates here.

Arc DIY Planner

And, of course, I used my daughter’s scribbles as dividers to liven everything up.

Want to know more about discbound planners? Start here! :)
Martha Stewart for Staples
M by Staples, arc
Staple’s Arc Notebook by Dave Seah

I like planning out my week and to-do’s on Sunday evening, if I don’t I end up totally sidetracked when the time comes to actually work. This template is super simple, five blank days to fill in as you like.

DOWNLOAD -> 5-day-week.pdf (8483 downloads)

Example

I used tape so I could use the same sheet every week. A lot of things stay the same like nap time and when my mom watches Pepper. Now I can quickly switch out what I want to work on and when!

5-day-week-example-planner-template

Happy Holidays friend! I glanced at the calendar this morning and realized there are only 24 shopping days left ’till Christmas. WOW, where in the world did this year go?!

I put together a free little gift giving list in an attempt to get organized. On the left you can add the person it’s for plus any notes or ideas. The right is a mini to-do list and money tracker.

DOWNLOAD -> holiday_gifts.pdf (3123 downloads)

I made up a bunch of silly stuff on one to keep my real ideas a surprise!

Hi friends! A few months ago I did a little give-away on the Ahhh Design Facebook page. I asked for a favorite organizing/planning tip to enter. Here’s one of my favorite responses.

I imported one of your cool templates into my ipad, and then am using Upad app that will let me draw on top to take notes and do other fun stuff. I’m trying to cut down on paper, but I love how organized your templates make me feel and they’re so pretty to play with. I just love your designs.Kerrie Carbary

What a great idea! I had just ordered a stylus for the iPad, which I totally recommend, and got to work doodling right away. I tried Upad as well as a couple of other note taking Apps and finally settled on Noteshelf.

Directions

  • Save the templates you’d like to use as JPG
  • Save them to your iPad photo library
  • Import them to your note taking application of choice
  • Doodle away!

My favorite is bringing in little photos and scribbling around them and writing notes. Great for digital scrapbooking!

Here are a few of my templates in jpg form, view this post on your iPad and save the below images to import. I just saved you a step, happy planning!
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After using the original Breastfeeding Log for a couple of weeks I pretty much quit updating the poops and pees, too many to count! I also noticed I was constantly flipping back through the pages to compare what times she was feeding at night. Decided to create two new versions that fit more feedings and organize by day. Having the lists next to each other will make day comparisons a snap.

Download -> bf-log-4.pdf (1786 downloads)
Download -> bf-log-6.pdf (1750 downloads)

Anybody else feel like nursing is one big guessing game? Pepper’s gaining weight though and seems pretty stuffed after eating, so… I guess we’re good! I still like tracking her feedings though, watching patterns emerge and knowing if she’s hungry or just fussy.

I looked around the internet for a printable breastfeeding log and they’re all pretty complicated, so I made a simple one. A free 8.5 x 11 breastfeeding log for tracking feed times, breast sides, poops and pees of your little newborn. I color in the triangle depending on which breast she feeds from first and make notes about naps on the right. Pretty boring, but it’s hard to color and draw while holding a little baby! :)

bf-log.pdf (2533 downloads) <- DOWNLOAD

*********Breastfeeding log updates here, new 4-up and 6-up versions.

And how could I do a post about breastfeeding without including a picture, she’s just SO cute!

A couple of weeks ago I posted 4×6 monthly & weekly diy planner templates and then the 4×6 Index Card Folder Tutorial. Below is a tutorial to create the little booklet made from 4×6 Index Cards that fits in the little folder!

Supplies

Directions

First, make sure your printer is set-up to print on 4×6 Index Cards – do a test run on a scrap sheet with the first page of the months-booklet.pdf (5896 downloads) . When it’s ready put 7 Index Cards in the printer and open the print dialog box. It might not look like my example but there should be a spot to select Odd Pages Only.

This will print pages 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13. When finished take your stack of cards, flip them over and put them back in the printer – making sure they’re the right direction. Then go into the print dialog and select Even Pages Only and print. This will print pages 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 on the other side of the Index Cards.

The first time I printed the booklet I used scrap paper and light/grayscale ink to test – especially since every printer is different. Also, if you want to print the calendar out and NOT make a booklet don’t use the above PDF – the left side doesn’t match up with the right side. :)

Once they’re all printed, fold each sheet in half. Use a bone folder, scissors or fat marker to smooth out the crease and get it nice and flat. Stack them all together and double check that they are in the right order. When looking at your opened stack the bottom page should be January then February, March, April, May, June and July. The first decorative page of the PDF will be the outside of the booklet.

When they’re stacked together, a glance from the top down will show you how uneven the edge of the booklet is. This is because of the width of the spine and varies depending on the thickness of your paper. I like to push the pages together and trim the edge of the booklet so it’s even.

I then went through every corner of the booklet and rounded it off, the inside corners too. This is optional!

Now it’s ready to bind together! A quick search on google will show you a million different ways to do this – since I’m lazy and love my sewing machine I just opened the stack up and stitched right down the middle to attach them all together.

I wanted to add some little tabs for fun, they’re mostly decorative and honestly don’t help with much functionally. I made a little mark on each page getting lower with each one. I then cut off a small slice below each mark down to the bottom. Redo the rounded punch on the bottom corner of each page and that’s it!

4×6 index cards are the perfect size – big enough for taking notes/doodling and small enough to fit in your bag! Just finished this brand new 4×6 set, how cute and tiny right?!


Cost: Free
Size: Index Card – 4″ by 6″
File type: Adobe PDF
Included::

  • Fill-in-the-blank full month template, Jan-Dec
  • Fill-in-the-blank weekly template
  • Fill-in-the-blank meeting notes

Download: 4by6-2011.pdf (5908 downloads)


Some 4×6 tips:

  • Cutting up a piece of standard 12×12 scrap booking paper will make 6 (4×6) notecards with no waste!
  • Look for a 4×6 pack of index cards in an office supply store right next to the standard 3×5’s – cheap and easy!
  • Want to use 3×5? These scale perfectly, just set your printer to 3×5 and click ‘fit to page’
  • Browse through my binder tutorials for ideas on making a whole planner to fit!


Wait, there’s more!!

In the next day or two I’ll be posting a full tutorial on creating a little mini booklet from the 4″x6″ diy planner templates and a little velcro folder to hold it all. 4×6 index card folder tutorial here! AND 4×6 Monthly Booklet Tutorial

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