As summer came to a close, I got back into the swing of things--crafting (and sharing!), the school routine, appointments, and fall tee ball. I was approached about a few guest spots on different creative teams and in addition to needing to keep track of all of those things, the holidays are approaching and planning ahead for those is a must.
I adore my Papertrey Ink Moments Inked Binder planner and there is a multitude of convenient things about it. Unfortunately, I lack a large workspace to keep it out in the open at my desk so I generally use it on the go or keep it in the kitchen. That said, I've been feeling lately that I need to use something in tandem with it--something with a bit more space to write and something I can keep on my work desk at all times.
Enter this blotter-sized desk calendar. I purchased it from Paper Source at the end of 2015 but have only just begun to utilize it (they have a 2016-2017 version, as well). Once I came up with a plan to keep it on my desk (under my big crafty mess) I put my MI planner stamps to work.
I keep track of appointments, DT work, special plans, the tee ball schedule, and even grocery shopping. I used only two ink colors in order to simplify the process, but I chose bright shades--Raspberry Fizz and Hawaiian Shores--because they immediately stand out.
In addition to plan-making in the date squares, I use the empty squares for keeping track of major projects that I need to be working on for the month. "GET IT DONE" from the Posted II stamp set is just what I needed to fit the space and remind me that a deadline is looming.
The right-hand side of the calendar offers ample space for notes and I used "GET IT DONE" again here for a few more reminders, as well as "START HERE" from the same set. Under that heading is anything that I need to start thinking about the following month. (And if I can get a head start on any of it during the current month, even better!)
I use the tiny heart and star from "Planner Banners" to indicate plans or events, generally fun things. The "Blog Banners" set has great stamps for project due dates so I use them here whenever I have a work deadline. The "Everyday Symbols" set, which I use often on a calendar similar to this that I made for my son, is just as useful here--especially since we had 2 dentist appointments and 2 hair appointments this month. There are so many useful words and icons throughout the entire Moments Inked stamp repertoire that I can almost always find what I need.
This approach has kept me on track for the last month and a half and I'm already working on October's schedule. When I leave the house, my binder planner goes with me, but when I'm deep into a project--embellishments, stamps, and papers strewn about all over my small workspace--I love having this underneath it all. I simply push the bits aside to check dates--and the inks I use pop right out and make it a snap to maintain a hectic schedule. Planning doesn't have to be relegated to your planner, but whatever your medium, Moments Inked stamps have you covered!
Desk Calendar: Paper Source
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