I decided I needed a month-at-a-glance for the month of August in my planner and I didn't want to draw one. So I printed one off of the Internet at www.print 2017calendar.com. I printed it onto card stock and trimmed it to fit my planner.
Then I took a strip of invisible tape and put one edge on my ruler a quarter of an inch in. Look very closely at the picture and you can see it.Then I butted my calendar up to the edge of the ruler and pressed the rest of the tape onto the top edge of my calendar. Voila! My tape is nice and straight on the top edge of my calendar with a perfect quarter of an inch hanging over the edge. Remove the tape from the ruler (NOT from the insert) and trim the excess tape on each side of the insert.
Now do the same thing on the other side of the insert. Take a piece of tape and put on the top edge of the insert without the tape touching the opposite page. Once the insert is positioned in the “valley” press the other edge of the tape to the opposite page as close to the “valley” as possible. Now your insert is securely attached to your planner. I added washi tape for some pizzazz.
So now that you know this easy peasy way to add pages to your planner, the sky is the limit. Just think of the possibilities: calendars, trackers, printables (like my calendar), etc. etc. etc. I hope you find this little project interesting and doable.
Stay cool in the summer heat.
Gift — Fabric Covered Book —Blank Journal — Blank Notebook — Student Notebook— Personal Journal — Teacher Notebook — Diary — Gift for Student — Meditation Journal — Smashbook — School Notebook
We all look forward to summer, the lazy days of summer. But are they really lazy or do we feel this compulsion to keep ourselves and our children busy at all times?
I am a big proponent of downtime for children. I think they need a break from their hectic school schedules. They need to sleep in and recharge their bodies. You know, growing is hard work for the body. It can't be go-go-go all the time. But they also need structure. Kids left to their own devices can have, ummm, unintended consequences, shall we say.
If you can afford it send your kids to summer camp. There are all kinds of camps. There's something for every kid. It gives them something to look forward to. And, hopefully, inspires them. Being away from home helps kids develop independence and self esteem. For your younger children how about a day camp close to home? That might avoid the homesickness issue for the young ‘uns.
And lots and lots of unscheduled time. Yes, kids will be bored. But boredom is the mother of creativity. Don't cave into the initial whines about being bored and there’s nothing to do. If you give them the space, they will figure out ways to entertain themselves. Let them be (within reason, of course. Let's not be unsafe.)
I'm sure it's very difficult to manage summer if the kids are home and you have to work a full-time job out of the house (or even in the house — that might be worse!) But I think summer planning is essential to maintain your sanity. And there's a balance of providing activities for the kids but not so many that you're a crazy mess. A balance of doing stuff without additional stress, that's what summer is about.
Make those lists. Having it written down will help keep everyone on board with a slower paced summer.
Have a safe & sane rest of the summer.
OK, this is a longish post, but, I think, worth it. So grab a cuppa and snuggle in for some reading. I hope you enjoy.
It seems everyone (including me) is obsessed with bullet journaling (BuJo), which really isn't journaling at all. It's a method of time management and planning developed by Rider Carroll. But more about that in another post. What I want to write about today is personal journaling. First of all, what exactly is personal journaling?
One definition I found online “a personal journal is a record of your observations, feelings, and reflections on your experiences.” Here's the link to that article. Well, you might be thinking, how does that differ from a diary? Think of it like this — in a diary you basically record the happenings of your day. And in a journal you may record the happenings of the day but you also record your feelings, emotions, and reactions to those happenings.
So why would you want to journal? Well there are as many reasons as there are grains of sand on the beach. But there are some main reasons such as wisdom, stress reduction, personal growth, to chronicle your life, and healing. For a more complete list check out appleseeds.org. Let's look at these five reasons to journal.
Personal Growth — your journal allows for complete freedom of expression. You don’t have to filter your thoughts or reactions for family or friends. You don’t have to be politically correct. Journaling helps you develop your self confidence in your thoughts and ideas. Journals are a great place for spiritual exploration and development. The journaling process can help you clarify what you want your life to be. It's a great place to work on your personal goals and the steps you have to take to achieve them.
Healing — Sometimes we need to heal from something that happened to us. Writing about it will help work through the emotions surrounding this area. As we write about it, we can delve even deeper into our feelings and emotions to try to understand what happened and how to move on. Of course, seeking professional help to work through our issues and hurts is a great way to heal. I’ve had counseling in the past, and it really did help me to understand what happened, my role in what happened and developing a strategy to move forward. And my journal was along for the ride and really helped in this process.
Chronicle Your Life Story — life happens in the day to day activities. By journaling every day, you capture your life as it is unfolding. You’ll have a record of your personal story as well as your family’s. You will treasure this life story. As we live longer, (wink, wink) the details start sliding out of our memories. By keeping a journal, you will have a record of important events as well as day to day activities and your thoughts and moods.
According to Maud Purcell, LCSW, CEAP, in her article, The Health Benefits of Journaling,
“The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. In sum, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you.” Pretty cool huh? You can read the entire article here
If you want something to get you started go to pageflutter and check out:
30 DAYS OF EMPOWERED JOURNALING
GIVE YOURSELF THE POWER TO BE YOU
This is a guest blog by Elizabeth who is usually over at jihielephant.com,
Now that you are already to go, I have three words to say: JUST DO IT!
Thanks for stopping by & happy journaling,
I don’t know about you but I have several ways to mark important pages in my journal. When I make journals, I attach a ribbon bookmark and make an additional paper bookmark. You can see my journals here. But I am always needing/wanting additional ways to mark pages I want to quickly find. I use washi tape on the edges of pages (love, love, love the look of this, especially when the journal is closed) but I still need more. So I came up with a way to mark individual pages with a DIY corner marker.
These things are easy and fast to make and, I think, adorable. Now it will take me longer to explain how to make them than it will take you to actually make them. But be warned, you will want to make LOTS of them.
And, yes, before you point this out to me and the world, it would be easier to make a video about this little project, but I’m just not there yet. I'm still trying to figure out the ins & outs of maintaining a website. So I see videos in my future, but not for this project. No worries, I have plenty (too many??) photos of each step.
So let’s start…
First gather a bunch of used envelopes: envelopes bills come in, envelopes inside the envelopes bills come in, or junk mail envelopes. You get the idea.
Now find a clean corner. I usually find the lower right corner holds the best possibilities. Mark 1.5 inches (that’s what I use but you can use whatever size you want. Just use the same measurement on each side) on the right side of the corner and the bottom of the corner (refer to the photos below)
Draw a straight line between both of your marks and cut the triangle off. You might want to have a little pile of these little gems before you move to the next step.
Now the fun part. I used washi tape to decorate the corner markers. But you could doodle on them (I just thought of that and that would be very cool), color with markers or colored pencils, whatever you choose. I haven't tried any liquid medium as I'm not sure they would hold up, but give it a try.
Pick out a washi tape. Line it up with the bottom of the triangle and attach. You want a little extra on each end that you will fold down and then cut off the extra that is now at the bottom of the triangle. (Confused? see photos)
On to the next step, turn the triangle over. You have a blank in the center. I chose washi tape but, once again, you could do whatever your heart desires in the blank area. I added a piece of washi tape down the center and cut off the extra on the bottom and at the peak.
Turn the triangle over, back to the original side. There is a blank area at the peak of the triangle. I used washi tape to cover it. (See photos) Or you could leave this blank and write a word or two in the space that pertains to what is on your page.
Voila! A corner marker for your journal.
However, I do one last thing. I don’t want the corner marker to just randomly come off. That defeats the whole purpose. So I add a removable glue dot to the inside. Once the glue dot is inside the corner marker, I carefully and slowly place the marker on the corner of the page and press it down into place. These are removable but you must be very gentle if you want to take the corner marker off. Carefully lift up on the side the glue dot is on and slowly release it from your page.
So there you have it. Pretty easy, right? I hope you enjoy making these and using them in your journals. They are useful and oh so adorable.
But I do so admire these layouts I follow on Instagram. Here’s a couple of photos from my friend, Andressa Kimura, PlannersandFlowers on Instagram. So pretty.
When I started researching all of the different planner accessories — holy cow! I mean I knew there were sticker sets out there, but, another — holy cow!! There is so much more.
There’s entire planner systems. Erin Condren (erincondren.com) has all kinds of planers, stationary and oh so much more. The planner systems are very thought out and I think there is every imaginable accessory you could possible want.
Create 365 The Happy Planner is another planning system that seems to be widely available. There are all kinds of planners (some you may not even know you need!) and accessories. Planner systems like these (and there are so many more) have spawned a cottage industry on Etsy.
And, if you are interested in planners or planner accessories, you should check out Etsy. Just search “planners” or “planner accessories” and you will have so much eye candy to look at and, perhaps, purchase. It's really worth a look.
Some of the accessories are “printable” (who knew?) You can download them to your computer and print them directly on your printer. Now, that's convenient. And you can print as many as you like.
And then there is what I am referring to as “all that jazz” ,such as washi tape, fancy paper clips and binder clips, bookmarks and ribbons, and even rubber stamps to use in your planner. In doing all this research, I have to say my personal favorite planner accessory is the tassel and charms. So dang cute.
I do so admire the beautiful planner pages — especially how much time is involved. If decorating planner pages gives you joy and is a relaxing activity for you — that's what it's all about. But if it causes you more stress because you just don't have the time, inclination, or ability to decorate pages, then don't do it. We are unique individuals so that means each of us will have a unique style when it comes to our planner pages. Do what works for you.
If you are looking for Facebook Planner obsession pages, check out “Pens, Paper, Planners and Washi Tape” and “Savvy Planners”.
No matter what our planner style is, we can all admire those fabulously decorated planner pages we see on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for the works of art they are. And we can admire the clean lines and functionality of the minimal planner pages.
Don't shun a paper planner because you are intimidated by a blank notebook or planner (by the by, you don't even need a “planner” you can use a notebook or journal or a binder full of paper.) Just take the plunge and find your own unique style.
Happy Planning, Laurie