Last week I talked about my word of the year...SIMPLIFY. In order to keep life simple I feel like I must complicate it a little bit by planning. I'll be honest, it's not something I like to do. When it comes to quilting I prefer to fly by the seat of my pants. Creativity can't be planned, right? It's impulsive, living in the moment, creating what at the moment is calling to you. In order to refine my process I must first see where I'm struggling. Well at least that's what "THEY" say. So against my long standing rule of "just create" I'm going to do my best to become more organized with my process. Planning ahead and track how well I can stick to the plan. I started looking for monthly planners and calendars back in November. WOW, what a shocker it was to find out some planners are over $50. That seems a bit high. I considered designing and printing my own but UGG I'd rather be quilting. I could use a plain ole notebook, but I wanted to see what it was like to use a planner. Thankfully the end of the year online sales allowed me to purchase 2 planners for under $30.
The first one I'll be using is the Lori Holt Scrappy Project Planner. This will be the one where I add my ideas for new quilts, plan the making process and track my ability to stay on target. It will also help me to plan blog posts in advance. This planner is set up for the average quilter who wants to plan scrappy quilts. Most of the pages are dedicated to starting new projects. This is not the way I normally design and track my projects but I'm willing to give it a go to see if it helps.
Very little space is given to a calendar and planning daily. This is were I'll log my plans for the week ahead or months ahead. All in pencil of course because I'm sorta fickle and flippity...is that even a word? 😁 Lori sells accessories for her planners, things like pens, stickers and paper clips but I'm far to frugal for those. However I will say they are super cute and I wish my frugal nature would hush up. But instead of spend oodles of money I chose to purchase my accessories where ever I could find them cheaper. The multicolored monthly tabs were added to help me quickly find the months.
I also found some really cute little document clips at Meijers. There's several colors in one package.
And what's a planner with Post Its. Not sure if I'll need them but I have them.
My next planner is by Bonnie Hunter. While this planner has a quilt on ever page I'll not be using for quilting. I love how every page also has a quote. Bonnie is well known for her daily inspirations. I read her blog everyday sometimes just to scroll to the bottom for her daily quote...shh...don't tell her I scroll. And Bonnie if your reading this you know I love you!
This planner will be my health planner/tracker. I've been tracking all my food intake since April. I'll spare you all the details but the short and the skinny of my diet is no sugar, no grains, low carb. Food in its natural state. Little to no processed food. This way of eating has changed my life and I'll never go back to the way I was eating. Well that's it two planners to SIMPLIFY my life. Do you use a planner for quilting or your day to day life?