Long time, no post :) Happy to be here again!
As work gets busier and busier, I find less time to blog but I thought it would be fun to still post from time to time. Today is all about my Spring/Summer setup in my personal size ring planner setup and how I use it.
A personal size ring bound planner is always part of my planner system, no matter how many times I change my mind about how I plan. It's a binder that stays home, and contains all my important information, regarding work and personal life. The guts of the planner usually stay the same and I change the cover every season. I'm currently using this beautiful The Planner Society planner, with a black floral print and light pink interior.
As always, *I had to* decorate the pockets and add a variety of embelishments - this is the fun part about setting up a planner, and what keeps me motivated to open it up and actually plan and organize my life. I used papers and little elements from several The Planner Society boxes, as well as ephemera, stickers and papers from Maggie Holmes (probably one of my favorite scrapbook designers), Prima and Carpe Diem.
I decided to try something different and created dividers using my silhouette machine, with the tabs cut out - I really like how they turned out. I have 6 main dividers: To Do; Social; Personal; Work; Expenses; and Notes. Some of these have sub-categories as well.
The first section is To-Do. I have a running to-do list for each month of the year, usually divided in work and personal related tasks or events. I keep it really simple by using tiny sticker checkmarks and write in no particular order. I also have a monthly view layout, so I can see where certain events fall - I stick tiny labels for color coding, allowing a visual map of each month.
Next is Social, which holds all blog, youtube and instagram ideas or posts in detail. Again, I keep it very simple, with each category on a lined note page.
The third section is Personal. This is a long term planning section, meant to keep record of personal things like wishlists (to go, to buy, to read, etc), as well as health, home to-dos, gift ideas and lists, birthdays and addresses. I keep each section on separate pages, so it's easier to organize.
Next is the section Work, which is one I use almost daily for my business. It is subdivided in To-do list, Payment log, Shop promos, Collabs, Swaps, Customer service and Supplies. I keep shop expenses in a digital file and separate binder, for tax purposes. I made the sub-dividers with vellum paper and cut out the top header section using my silhouette machine.
Another divider that I use almost daily is Expenses. Like all the other inserts, I have designed this to keep track of mostly my online orders but also bills and house expenses. It's very simple but gets the job done! I have also made it available for your personal use :) Click below to download! (please use the acrobat reader to open and print the inserts)
The last section is notes and it works as a brain dump of notes and ideas, it has no real structure and often times I transfer these notes into my other categories.
The back of my planner has a few credit card holders that keep my sticker samplers from different shops, as well as my CC sized mini labels that I use in my monthly view and the little check marks for my lists. And of course, I had to decorate the back pockets with some cute sticky notes, washi holders and little things.
And that is all friends :) I absolutely love how decorative yet functional my planner is and how joyful it is to use it everyday. I meant to post earlier in the Spring but it's better late than never, right? I hope you can still enjoy reading and maybe get some ideas for your own personal planner. I might change the binder for Summer and of course, I'll share with you! Feel free to leave any questions you might have in the comments, and I'll be sure to answer.
Thanks so much for reading!
Hello and welcome! I'm Vanessa, the creator behind Petite&Co and Hello Petite Paper. I like to blog about planners, lettering, stationery, jewelry, food, traveling and more!
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