***Looking for updates? Planner pages for 2011 can be found here.
Two years ago the very talented Jessica Sprague created the cutest digital pages for a planner and made them available as a free download through the Creating Keepsakes website. I loved the artwork but as usually seems to be the case with planner pages, some of them didn’t fit my way of organizing. So I took her designs and adapted them to fit my thinking, and CK was kind enough to allow me to share them on my blog.
To say it has been popular would be an understatement; it seems like someone finds my blog almost every day throughout the year by Googling planner pages. And as the calendar gets near the end, I get e-mails asking if there will be a version for the next year and when it will be available. This year many of you indicated you wanted to make them as Christmas gifts…a great way to use supplies, give some handmade love and save a little on the gift-giving budget.
So here it is…the 2010 Planner (well, my version of it anyway).
The pages have been revised with some fresh artwork. Jessica’s was beautiful but I was ready for a change. I used some free digital elements (all of which are noted at the end of the post) for an updated look and the pages have been formatted so you can print on both sides of the page, saving paper and making the finished book more practical to use. Once printed, you can cut them exactly in half and you should have sufficient space to bind them with a Bind-It-All or punch holes for loose-leaf rings.
There are still trees on the calendar pages but in this version they change with the seasons. The calendar itself is larger and easier to read, and there’s room to note important dates, like birthdays and anniversaries, on the same page as the full month. I’ve combined sample pages above but the pages are actually set up to print in monthly order.
The files for these pages, like all the files provided here, are PDFs in zipped format so you’ll need to unzip them then view and print them in Acrobat Reader. The monthly pages are all set up as right-hand pages. I’ve made each page a separate download and while that’s more work for those of you with faster connections, it allows some with dial-up service to receive them without so many problems.
There’s an inside cover page and a yearly calendar page as well. They too are set up as right-hand pages.
No planner would be complete without some pages for lists and reminders and there are three again this year, two of which are shown above. Not shown is the “Notes” page which looks identical to the “Things To Do” except for the title. There are two files for each so you can make them left- or right-handed pages. The files are marked with an “-L” or a “-R” so you should have no problem telling one from the other. In addition, I created a blank page in both left and right orientation; it has only the blue outline and the tree in the corner. It’s nice to have a blank space to glue something to or to scribble on. You could also set up a text box to fit inside the blue outline and add your own content by running the blank page through your printer again.
The most unique part of Jessica’s original planner was the pages she designed specifically for us scrapbookers, and I’ve updated the design on her “Must-Make Pages” and “Page Planner” designs. Again, I’ve combined them for the sample above but they are actually separate files available both as left- and right-handed pages. If you’re making the planner for a non-scrapbooker, you can skip printing these pages.
Here’s how I set up my pages:
Cover-Year page with Blank-L on the back
Monthly pages with Things To Do-L on the back
Things To Do-R pages with Notes-L on the back
Must-Make Page-R with Blank-L on the back
Page Planner-R with Page Planner-L on the back (multiples)
Shopping R with Shopping-L on the back (multiples)
A word to the wise: Experiment on some copy paper to be sure you’re loading the paper correctly when printing on the second side before you move to your cardstock. Every printer is different, and I admit I had pages upside down and backwards on more than one occasion before getting the hang of it…but then, I’m a little spatially challenged.
The final download is simply some extra elements I used in my book and thought you might like as well. They’re labels and the tree I put on my front cover and divider pages. I'll have photos of those in tomorrow's post.
Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you how I did the cover, give you some tips and share ideas to decorate the inside to make the planner something you'll be proud to give or keep for yourself.
Free digital elements used in these pages:
Digital Brushes: Tree: Silvia, Graphics-Illustrations.com
Flowers: Rhonna Farrer, Pink October, twopeasinabucket.com
Blue: Jessica Sprague, Beautiful You Light Blue Solid, creatingkeepsakes.com
Pink: Cherie Mask, Pink October Pink, twopeasinabucket.com
Green: Cherie Mask, Be Merry Green, twopeasinabucket.com
Orange: Jessica Sprague, Beautiful You Red Solid (modified), creatingkeepsakes.com
Page Planner and Must-Make Pages design (modified): Jessica Sprague, creatingkeepsakes.com
Bird: Adobe Photoshop
Gift: Microsoft Office