Category Archives: Blog Stuffs

So ….. (wipes off dust). Let’s do 2019!

Hey everyone. Just wanted to drop a quick note saying, yes, I AM still alive, even though this blog certainly hasn’t been (bah-dum-dum haha – sorry about that). And yes, there will be 2019 Pretty Pretty Planner pages! I haven’t even started them yet, but the plan is to get started in the next week, and it might take a couple of weeks to finish. So estimated end of Sept/early Oct. I know that’s late for you academic year planners, so my bad. I do however have some ideas for a school planner to maybe make it up for you, so will make another post on that this weekend probably, to get some ideas and inspiration.

I also have a few emails that I need to respond to – sorry about the delay in those too! I will get to them as soon as I can.

Thanks all for your continued enthusiasm about the Pretty Pretty Planner. ♥

Effective Immediately: Download Links Disabled Until 2018 Goes Live

So here’s the deal. Just like last year, I have found another person selling my templates (with minor font changes)  – on Etsy this time. And also like last year, I am pissed.

I admit, life got in the way and I didn’t change how I made the Pretty Pretty Planner available last year, and so I still made the editable Word documents free for download for personal use, as I have since I first started sharing these.

This, in spite of someone even saying “Not surprising someone is selling your work. It’s Dec now and I’ve been using your planners for two years. I need to get 2017 set up”, which believe you me, I had some choice language all lined up in response, because I was feeling attacked and put on the defensive. Whether intended or not, that comment was to me somehow saying that my delay in updating justified or explained this unauthorized selling or distribution of my work. And that was just not helpful, thanks anyways. As this is a free downloads blog, I do stuff when I want and/or am able to. I’m sorry if it doesn’t meet your timing wants. but it doesn’t mean its somehow “understandable” either.

The Pretty Pretty Planner started as a labor of love, and was instead feeling like an obligation. But the Pretty Pretty Planner fans showed love and support, which I appreciated. And it was for you that I finally posted 2017’s version last year.

This year though, I regret to say, I will be doing PDF only. And until I figure some things out while I’m updating for 2018, I have removed all previous download links.

In the meantime, I am publicly calling out “LMSCreates” on Etsy/Amazon for taking my Weekly Horizontal design, changing the fonts/removing some lines or grids and selling it as their own. Pictures don’t lie.

Let’s compare, shall we? Here’s mine:

And here are some of “hers”:
Etsy Link 1

Etsy Link 2

Etsy Link 3

There are more (like here, or here), but I think the pictures speak for themselves (I mean, do you notice how even the daily box gradient color is the exact same as mine, and in the same color order?? UGH). I am reporting her where I can.

In the meantime, stay tuned for 2018.



The 2017 Pretty Pretty Planner is coming!!

Like THIS AFTERNOON/EARLY EVENING soon. They’re not ready yet, because I need to upload everything to MediaFire and update the blog links and stuff. But check back by early this evening cause they should be ready!!!

I wanted to thank everyone for their very helpful and well thought out comments, I greatly appreciate them. (Well, there was ONE that rankled, but I’m trying to let it go.) I am so pleased that you all like this planner so much, even when I was frustrated and life got in the way with these, you are the reason I couldn’t let the Pretty Pretty Planner die.

So after much deliberation I have decided not to put them up for sale this year, and just post them for download as usual. I am adding new usage policy information EVERYWHERE I can think of on my website, and have a new Usage/Printing Info txt file I’m including with the downloads.

I’m also going to make it my goal to explore a more professional design program in 2017, perhaps Adobe InDesign. Designing these templates in Word 2010 has been getting more and more frustrating – one minute everything will look perfect, and the next my tables are all messed up and truncated, and I haven’t even touched anything! And the bigger the Word files get, the fussier they seem. So there’s been some creative cursing at my computer this weekend haha. But I think the Pretty Pretty Planner has evolved past the limitations of Word. I’ve also heard there are scripts I can use in InDesign that would automatically populate all my dates, which would be AMAZING because that is the biggest time-suck when updating these.

So, that is the plan for 2017. Come back in a few hours and you can download away.

Thanks for sticking with me folks. ♥

2017 Templates. And how people who take and sell them suck.

Hi everyone.

I know I have been getting a lot of questions lately on the 2017 version of the Pretty Pretty Planner, and whether this blog is dead or not.

It’s not dead – I’m still here. I know I haven’t been posting anything really, and sorry about that. 2016, like with everything else it seems, has been a tough year. But I was actually moving along getting the 2017 planners ready for release. I so love that you guys love them, and believe me, I read all the comments even if I can’t keep up and respond.

The problem is, I found out someone is reselling my planners that I make free for personal use (thanks to a kind FYI in the comments), and it’s bummed me out. Like BIG time. So now I’m pondering what to do to add some kind of copyright notice to my templates, or even take it all the way to Etsy and start charging for downloads. And honestly just haven’t had time to make these big decisions yet.

I’m really frustrated and disappointed, and trying to figure out how to move forward or whether to scrap them all completely.

So yes. There will probably be 2017 planner versions, I have half of them done already. Okay, no I don’t want to scrap everything, not really. But I need to figure out what to do next first before I can post them.

Quiet lately…

I know I haven’t been answering comments or posting much lately. Real life in the form of work stress and pet medical issues, mixed in with some personal health issues has taken all my attention lately! And now I get to add a wrist sprain on top of it all. So, woo. But I do plan to revisit the Pretty Pretty Planner and get some 2016 updates out! You know, eventually. Just as soon as I can use my right hand again haha.


The Pretty Pretty Planner link has changed!

I was doing some blog maintenance tonight, and cleaned up the Pretty Pretty Planner links – if you look, it has now received its own button on the red taskbar at the top of the page! It has now evolved past being a mere DIY Planner Templates subpage, and what the heck, I have lots of room up there.

But all the great comments and requests and suggestions I’ve received are still on the old Pretty Pretty Planner page. I’m new to WordPress, so have no idea if comments can be moved from page to page or not, anyone know?

Anyway, please update any bookmarks you have! If you notice any broken links or images please let me know.

Oops – Planner Download Links

Sorry about the wrong links on the three planner templates I posted yesterday! The download links should all be fixed now. I also added a new version of full page dots.