Daily Planning

I’m a planner, list maker and box checker-offer. I have to write things down, especially plans/dates far into the future, or I’ll forget. Like, the family reunion in May. If I didn’t have that written down, I’d have to ask the husband when it is a gazillion times. That gets annoying. And with the kid’s stuff and my work, I have to have a plan, or have a yearly prospectus if you will.

I bought a really cute little planner last year from etsy, but it didn’t quite fit my needs. As I was searching for a new one, I realized that none of them really fit my needs. So I made my own (as us crazy crafters will often do). I spent hours on it. Many, many frustrating hours. Because I used Word, it was a formatting nightmare. But, finally… somehow… all the pages printed in the right order. 140 pages, front and back. Amazing. My poor, poor printer would have nothing to do with me after that.

I also had grandiose dreams of selling them on etsy, but after talking to my local printer, it didn’t seem worth it cost wise.

After all my time, sweat and tears, it is my precious little masterpiece. I am so paranoid of getting it dirty, I had to make a matching protective drawstring bag for it. Oh, and that little copper bookmark was made by a local artisan.  Perfect for opening my planner on exactly the right page.

Inside, it has monthly and weekly pages for each month, and has lots of prompts for list making. For example: Places to eat, books to read, music to listen to, movies to see, I dream of…, This year I will…, I’d like to visit…, etc. It will be fun to fill out through the year. I also put lots of blank pages throughout for sketching out ideas & such. I can’t wait to mark it all up.

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30 Responses to Daily Planning

  1. Amy S. says:

    This is an awesome design! I love the houses and the birds and the graphics. It’s just perfect!

  2. Jenny says:

    Have you considered making it (the word doc) available or selling it directly to us to print on our own 🙂 ?

  3. wow, being organized has never looked so pretty!

  4. Kara says:

    That is so awesome! i love it!

  5. Jessica says:

    I would totally buy it if you were to sell the doc to print!!

  6. hmmm-that’s not a bad idea. I will have to consider that.

  7. Michelle says:

    Wow, that’s totally awesome, Regina. You should really think about marketing that to a calendar company somewhere. People submit proposals to publishers all the time, and get accepted, why not a calendar/planner proposal? Seriously!

  8. Kerri Niner says:

    Oooh you sound like me, i get myself into those sort of situations and at some point wondered why i came up with the idea in the first place. Please enjoy using your journal now that you’ve gone to so much trouble lol

  9. monique says:

    Oh my heck! It is sooo cool! Thats really to bad you cant sell them!

  10. Mindy says:

    I love it! It’s beautiful. It makes me want to make my own. 🙂

  11. jenny says:

    I guess great Jenny’s think alike! I was going to suggest the same thing.. make it download-able.. an e-book, with suggestions on how to do the cover and have it bound. And then you could start a flickr group for people to showcase their covers. OR you could make some covers and sell them separately…. I’d love any variation.

  12. kristie says:

    well i too was going to say offer it up as a pdf to purchase and print out on our own! it’s very lovely, regina. i especially like the front cover art. the words are so inspiring. i need all the inspiration i can get these days!

  13. beki says:

    that looks like the perfect planner!

  14. Karyn says:

    As an organizing junkie, I’m drooling!

  15. claudia says:

    That was a great idea. And even if the Word trouble was great, the results looks amazing.

  16. ~Ahrisha~ says:

    What a great idea.
    I took a look around at all the birds in the swap. What a great time lots of very creative folks out there. I just love your little Bird Banner, so sweet.

  17. Teresa says:

    That is adorable – I love the matching bag!

  18. sarah says:

    Finding the perfect planner is such a pain! I haven’t been planner satisfied since high school. I love the little houses you put on yours!

  19. Susan says:

    Love the list ideas in the planner. Very original.Yes, please consider some of the above suggestions so that others (ME! ME! ME!) can get a copy as well. 🙂

  20. Michelle says:

    Oh, and that copper bookmark? I *love* it!

  21. Kim says:

    So very cute! I always have the same problem and can never find a planner to suit my needs. I’d buy one of yours if you decided to sell the document.

  22. amy says:

    I so feel you pain/frustration over making one’s own calendar from scratch. Oy! Yours looks perfect though!

  23. Love you book. I am a list maker too.

  24. Regina, I am so impressed! I love your genius planner design. I too am obsessed with planning and searched long and far to find a great planner. Although I did not craft my own, I did find a wonderful planner with a cover made from recycled wood. Making our own planners though is a great idea!

  25. Becky says:

    Wow, that’s so great! I kind of wish I’d had one of those for this year. (You should definitely sell those for 2010!)

    Btw, I nominated you for a blog award. Hope you don’t mind. 🙂

  26. Nicky says:

    Wow! I am really impressed. That is such a cool idea. I really, really love it.

  27. Leah says:

    You did a great job, I love all the little lists and blank paper is awlays handy! I would totally buy it.

  28. nicki says:

    Oh wow!
    PLEASE let us print one!
    It is beautiful……each year I look everywhere for the perfect diary/journal/planner…..and now I’ve found it and can’t get one!!!

  29. upstatelisa says:

    wow! it is gorgeous! I love the matching bag!

  30. I love this Regina! It looks fabulous!
    I am totally the same way about needing a planner… 🙂

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