Ooo! Do I have a treat for my fellow planner nerds today! I have a not-so-secret secret to share, and it’s that I still love using a pen + paper style planner for keeping my family’s schedule in. I don’t know why, but it’s easier for me to read, see and follow when I’ve written it down by hand.
I have tried PLENTY of planners at this point, but for the last few years I’ve been using a Happy Planner (made by Me & My Big Ideas) and I’m officially smitten. I have a need to customize things to fit my vision better, and all of the Happy Planner brand planners use a “discbound” style, where you can add pages, remove pages, and even remove the pages just so you can shove them into your home printer to print straight on them — like I’m about to show you!
If you’re extra crazy like me, you probably follow one or two people on Instagram that have feeds full of pretty planners, full of stickers and washi tape and photos and and and……while those are pretty, it STRESSES ME THE CRAP OUT when I even attempt to make my planner pages look pretty and well decorated. I just can’t do it. It’s not in me. A planner should be a place to plan, not try and keep pristine. And yet, I still want some things nicer looking than my own handwriting. So for things like birthdays, holidays, and my weekly blog-a-long — having it printed for me just feels so much better.
So. I’ve come up with a solution and I’m going to share it with you as well! Initially I’d been doing my printing using Photoshop but a lot of my friends don’t use/need that program. So I turned them into super simple pdf files that you can edit yourself, using the free Adobe Reader!
Better yet, I’m going to GIVE you something too! Here’s a quick video on how to use my free PDF files, and then you can grab the downloads right below it. (My mouse died and I said “um” a hundred times, but I wanted to share how easy it is to use, for all of you “visual” learners out there. Sorry about being awkward in a video, I’ll work on that.)
Happy planning, friends!
**As always, you’ll find some affiliate links scattered within my post, which means I receive a small amount of compensation if you end up purchasing something I’ve recommended. Thanks for helping to feed my sewing habits!