The planning calendar I use – my gift to you

The planning calendar I use – my gift to you

It’s no secret that most of us are trying to keep a lot of balls in the air.

I’ve tried SO MANY systems, online and off, and while things have still been known to fall between the cracks, I feel like it’s going ok at the moment.

Right now I use Google Calendar and a thing called the ‘Do It All Planner’ diary I got from Officeworks a couple of months ago. It stays on my desk seems to be managing my ‘To Do Lists’ well (I’m now allocating tasks to days rather than having one huge, long list).

And while I find myself continually refining my systems to keep on top of things, there’s one thing that has been a constant for many, many years.

The Pantry Calendar.

Here’s a pic of the version I did in 2012. It was based on the awesome wall calendar REMO used to make.

It’s always been the opportunity to clean down the pantry doors, take a look at what has happened this past year, and start afresh with a new calendar.

I design it myself and it’s slightly refined each year. In fact, I think it’s getting more simple and clear as time goes on.

Why it works for me

  • I still have kids at school so we work in 4 quarters (school terms).
  • I like to keep it clear and fresh, and there is space on each page (the light blue boxes) for extra notes.
  • The week starts on a Monday and there’s enough room for everyone if we write small enough.
  • The weeks are numbered and the months are marked.
  • My current printer prints to A3 size. I have been known to take the file to Officeworks and ask them to print it on heavier weight paper, but that is often too much of a hassle.

    Here’s this year, stuck to the freshly cleaned pantry doors. Empty with potential.

And here’s our Term 1 plan for the studio – I use the same system, prepping dates and times for classes and instructors. It gets laminated and we use coded dots for events and people (it’s still a WIP for this term!).

So here it is, my gift to you.

Click here to download the A3 printable version (4 pages)

Click here for the A4 printable version (8 pages).

May your new year be organised enough for you to feel happy. Mwah!

Win one of three $90 gift vouchers

Win one of three $90 gift vouchers

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It’s been a massive year for me and next year’s going to be even more productive – so as a little thank you I’m giving away 3 x $90 gift vouchers on Christmas Eve at noon (Queensland time). There’ll be one for Facebookers, one for Instagrammers and one for those lovelies who’ve added themselves to my mailing list.

A gift voucher means that if you live close by you can spend it on a Studio Paint Along, or if you’re far away you can spend it on an Online Paint Along… so everybody’s happy!

Here’s the link to add yourself to the mailing list!

Thank you again, and Merry Christmas!

New Envelopes – for gift vouchers or anything you like

New Envelopes – for gift vouchers or anything you like

Just yesterday I decided to draw and paint some of my favourite Christmas decorations. They’re just so lovely I couldn’t resist, and I’m planning to work my way through more of the box!

And this morning I realised that I needed to update my special Gift Voucher envelopes going forward into 2017 (as it is ‘gift voucher season’ after all!).

So I put two and two together and created these new envelopes for you… oh and some Christmas papers and tags for good measure.

GIFT VOUCHER ENVELOPES

Print the file double sided to use for a Shiny Happy Art gift voucher, or just print the outside and use for whatever you like – maybe even writing a little letter… just like the olden days!

I’ve used my ornament drawings to create a repeat pattern and I’ve included three background colours for you to choose from, just like in a Paint Along, really! Click your choice of design from the four options below and you’ll be able to print out the pdf file.

CHRISTMAS PAPERS AND TAGS

Just download the 11 page pdf file and print off as many or as few pages as you wish!

Both the papers and the ornaments are free downloads for you, I just ask that you only use them for personal projects… but other than that, enjoy the leadup to Christmas.

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Here’s May!

Here’s May!

The weather turned a little colder this week, and, to be honest, I quite like it when jeans are totally appropriate for the temperature!

Here’s your May calendar page:

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And, for the mega organised, here’s June too!

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Pineapple Tea Cake – Illustrated Recipe

Pineapple Tea Cake – Illustrated Recipe

I needed a little something because we were having visitors, and we had a tin of pineapple pieces in the pantry… so this is what I made – delish with the butter and cinnamon sugar brushed over the top of each cake too!

Hope you love it (and they’re definitely yummier warm!).

Click to download a printable pdf.

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