Well, 2013 is finally here! I've been waiting on this for some time now, because I've had this amazing project just waiting to be shared!! Gosh, I hope you like it. I'm so giddy and excited to show you!
So, as some of you know I'm a Graphic Designer by day. Now, Graphic Designers get a reputation for being Mac geeks, tea drinkers, free-living artists and typography & paper nazis. Well, I am none of those things... except the last one. You see, I am extremely picky about my paper products. I trim down my post-its so they fit in my notebook. I hand make my sketchbooks, and I always buy a specific brand of planner. Until this year, when my brand didn't have a single pretty planner that I liked! I even bought one thinking I would get used to it... and then I just couldn't. So what did I do? What any self-respecting designer would do. I made my own.
And I made it for blogging.
At first, I scoured the net for something I could just download. The trouble is, while there are a lot of really nice blogging planners out there, most of them require you to fill in the dates of the month. Do you think that I - who couldn't handle the color scheme of this year's planner - could live with my own handwritten dates? Oh no. Also, a lot of these planners were meant to be put into binders. I'm not a big fan of binders, as they feel very corporate. Plus, I'm a bindery nerd so I wanted something with a lay-flat flip binding.
So I made it from scratch.
That's right, you're looking at 365 days, all numbered with holidays highlighted in coordinating colors. Its got a blog tracking/planning/to-do page for each week, as well as room to store all of your personal information. Its a clean, polished, professional planner for blogging. There are two versions, one with just the blogging pages and month views, and one with bonus notes pages for each week. I needed that because I use my planner to take meeting notes.
This download is available in a bunch of colors, and it is SO EASY to put together! It cost me a grand total of $2 to get it punched and bound.
Oh, and did I mention I'd like you all to have one for free? One of the key joys of being a designer is making things that people love. I really want this planner to be helpful and useful to all my bloggy friends out there. But don't go thinking that I left out all the non- bloggers!! There's a non-blogger version too. Yeah... I'm just that into this. =D
You can download any of the files you want, and print as many as you would like! Note that these are NOT for commercial use or distribution, and that I maintain copyright for all of my creative work.
What You Need:
- Printable File Here. (For security purposes I put it on FB, and only people with a FB account can download it. Hopefully most thieves don't have FB!)
- Cover and Backing (The shop I went to had clear portfolio covers and solid backs as part of the binding options. You could easily use transparency paper or chipboard or even steal the cover from an old planner!)
- Avery 16281 Multi Colored printable tabs. They come with a bunch of colors, I just used the teal.
- Copy Shop
How To Make It:
- Download the file you want.
- Print the file double sided on a nice paper. The cheapo copy stuff will work, but you might see through a bit. There's nothing special about it- its just like printing a double sided presentation booklet!
- Take the whole kit and kaboodle to a copy shop. (I went to Staples.) If you like, punch it and put it in a binder and skip to step 6.
- Ask the clerk for a Wire-O binding, or a Twin Loop binding. I won't go into it now, but those are the best notebook bindings (lay flat, no offset...paper geek stuff.)
- If you can't get Wire-O or Twin Loop, ask for spiral. Whatever you do, don't get Comb Binding.
- Print your months onto some Avery tabs using Lobster as the font. The tabs even come with a handy spacing guide to make sure you place your tabs evenly. All in all this took me about 5 minutes.
- Done!! Get to tracking, planning and to-doing!