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Pretty Pretty Planner 2017 is LIVE!!

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As usual, please let me know if there are bugs or errors in the templates, or if download links are broken – I’ll do my best to fix and reload them as soon as I can.

I plan to post on here more regularly in 2017, so stay tuned for more activity on that front too.

Enjoy!!

Pretty Pretty Planner Downloads

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. ♥

How Junior Size Printable Pages Are Organized

I get a lot of questions about why the dates on my Junior-sized weekly printables seem out of sequence. It’s not just a matter of putting a month in order by date on letter size paper, printing on both sides, and then cutting in half. If you did that, all of your dates would be out of order once you actually tried to assemble them in your planner. So imagine opening the Word document you just downloaded for the Pretty Pretty Planner. Zoom out so that each month or week will be a two-page spread, so you will see both pages of a month or week at one time when the notebook is opened.

What you expect to see is the first page, which in my printables is usually the goals/todo’s page, followed by the first week in January, then the second week in January, etc. But instead, if you open my Junior weekly layout and zoom out so that you see two landscape-oriented pages at a time, it will look like this:

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The very first “planner” page in the download, the first half of the first page, is actually the first part of the SECOND week, January 4th, 5th and 6th. This is deliberate, and not a mistake in order for the right month or week to start on the back side of the last month.

For example, both the weekly and monthly two-page layouts follow this logic (when I say page, I mean PLANNER page, once printed and cut in half):

1st Half:                   2nd Half:
Planner Page 4          Planner Page 1     = Word/PDF page 1
Planner Page 2          Planner Page 3     = Word/PDF page 2
Planner Page 8          Planner Page 5     = Word/PDF page 3
Planner Page 6          Planner Page 7     = Word/PDF page 4

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After awhile, it kind of has a two-steps-forward, one-step-back feel. If you have the Word doc zoomed out to 2 pages, imagine four different “planner” pages. Start your sequence with planner page 2, then go to planner page 3 and planner page 4 on the Word doc page 2, and then back to planner page 1 at the very beginning of page 1. Keep thinking of them as sets of two-page spreads. The second half of the week started in position 1 continues in position 2 in the next two page spread. Confused yet? Look at these screenshots and hopefully that will help.

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So this is why they may appear to be all out of order but actually are in the order they need to be to print successfully.

RELEASED: Pretty Pretty Planner 2016 Versions!!!

2016 VERSIONS HAVE BEEN UPLOADED!!

WOOOHOOO!! Thanks everyone for your patience and encouragement via the comments, hopefully you like these 2016 versions. As usual, if the links don’t work right please let me know and I’ll fix ASAP.

https://pensandart.wordpress.com/the-pretty-pretty-planner/

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2016 Versions…

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ARE COMING SOON!

See the Pretty Pretty Planner in action …

Some of my Instagram friends are using, or have tried out, the Pretty Pretty Planner too! Just for fun, check out some pics they’ve posted to Instagram below:

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Photo Source: @chicksplanner on Instagram

 

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Photo Source: @candys_nails on Instagram

 

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Photo Source: @meliason12 on Instagram

 

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Photo Source: @khourianya on Instagram

 

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Photo Source: @stylishgameday on Instagram

 

My Work Circa Revisited

Back in December I posted about my Levenger Circa notebook I used for work. It’s been a few months, and I thought I’d post an update about what I’m still using.

First of all, for the past couple of months I’ve been in love with my Circa Smooth Sliver Cover. It’s professional looking, sleek and slim, and has pockets and a pen loop (which = awesome). But, like is inevitable for me, every once in awhile I have the urge for more color. So just today switched back to my clear plastic cover and decided I still really liked the colors in my custom coversheet I posted about previously. Look how well it matches my Lamy Al-Star fountain pens!

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I have switched out the discs to my now discontinued 3/4″ Plum Aluminum Discs, preferring the darker purple to the Caribbean purple of my last post.

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The back cover is just an old Levenger Circa beige cover I kept around.

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A big change I’ve made since my last update is to get rid of my tab dividers. As it turns out, I just didn’t use them very often. I still have sections, but now I get to them via page finders.

My first section consists of my monthly calendars. Last time I posted I was using a printable I’d found on Etsy, but since then I’ve released the Pretty Pretty Planner in letter size and am in love with it.

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I’m using these adhesive Girl of All Work tabs for each month – they complement my Pretty Pretty Planner colors really well.

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After my monthly pages are the weekly “Business Week – M-F” letter-size pages, which works really well for my work needs, where I need to track project time by the hour. I use a Circa page finder to mark my current week, and then as every week passes, just move the page around to the other side of the page finder, rather than move the page finder each time.

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After the weekly pages I keep a year-on-two-pages calendar I developed (also available for download under the DIY Templates page).

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Instead of a tab divider, I move on to my blank pages I use for my daily work notes/brain dump/project log. I use a Levenger Circa Top Tab page finder with post-it sticky notes as my page finder for this section (I explain how I made it here).

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I just date each day’s new notes on both sides of the page chronologically, moving the page around my page finder each day as it fills up. By using page finders, I really don’t miss the tab dividers at all. Anything I want to punch and keep as reference I just put in the very back after my empty refill pages. The pages are the now-discontinued reticle-grid Circa Vivacious refills.

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So that’s my work planner! I really love it, it’s working for me so well now – I’m sure I will eventually go back to my Smooth Sliver Cover, but for now, this gives me the Springtime color I need. It just makes me happy to look at it.