This post is long overdue so I thought I better get it in gear for you guys. Many of you have noticed my new planner system that I've been sharing at the top of my Project Life posts. Today I'm sharing my system and what works for me.
PLEASE NOTE: My planner pages are something I created as a need and they're just for my personal use. I'm not too skilled at all the techno ways of sharing files so I'd hate to get myself into something that I can't handle. Marcy Penner is about to debut a new Project Life calendar system though and it will be on her blog soon. So be sure to check that out, I'm sure it will be a good system.
Here's what I was using before I got started my new planner system. I used a simple notebook to sketch out the Project Life inserts. Then I would jot down what photos I wanted to use where. I noticed that I was consistently writing in some of the same things week after week like the dates, my inserts, the check lists, the week #, etc. So one day I just started drawing it out with text boxes in a word document. I know, fancy. It's a wonder I got as far as I did.
I needed a notebook/planner to keep my inserts in so I found some simple, sturdy but plastic binders at my local Staples. These are the size that will hold my new, printed 5.5" x 8.5" Project Life planner sheets. There were all kinds of refill pages, plastic inserts and more. This particular type of binder has 3 rings and lots of colors to choose from. I looked all over for my Franklin planner but I couldn't find it. I found it just this week so I might switch to that in the future with an actual calendar that fits. We'll see what the new year brings about. I'm not sure if I want to keep my calendar in with my Project Life stuff or not. There are lots of options though for binders like Franklin Covey planners, Filofax, office supply store brands, and Target had some cute sturdy cardboard ones.
Here's what the inside looks like when empty.
Here's what my planner looks like when first opened. I purchased a velcro pocket insert and in that I keep an assorted style and size of sticky notes. I use these to make notes if needed and I stick them right to my planner pages.
When I'm ready to do some Project Life planning I grab my Project Life planner, my calendar and my iPhone. Most of my photos are now taken with my iPhone but I make note in my calendar if I have some on my big camera too.
Behind the planner pages I add in any collected items like receipts, tags, postcards, invitations, ticket stubs, wrappers, etc to the pocket page. This is where I have noticed a big difference with my new planner. I keep track of the collected items much better now. I may use them or I may trash them but at least I've made an effort to gather the items in one spot.
When I'm ready to print my photos I keep my calendar and planner by my side. I check off the photos as I print. I usually start by printing all the 4 x 6 photos, then all the 3 x 4 photos so that I can print 2 to a photo, then the squares, etc. I don't use any Photoshop when editing sizes of photos, I do it all with my iPhoto program. I use a lot of apps too like Diptic, Instagram, A Beautiful Mess, etc to do some cropping and journaling.
I slip all my photos into the clear page protector. Now everything is one place and I'm ready to rock and roll.
When I'm ready to work on a week of Project Life I take my calendar, my Project Life planner, my photos, etc to my work table. I take out my photos and use my weekly planner page sketch to lay out my photos. If you're interested, I'd be happy to do a part 2 post where I show you how I complete a week of Project Life....like selecting embellishments, making a dated insert etc.
Once I'm done with a particular week of Project Life I insert the planner pages into one section of my planner that is for all my completed weekly spreads. Once in a while I'll have an insert to finish or have something to add and this is where those post it notes come in handy.
And that's how I roll with my Project Life. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section and I'll edit the post with answers. I hope this was helpful to you. Thanks for stopping by.