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 January for you

Here’s January for you

When my cousin wrote to ask if I had a 2016 Calendar available I actually didn’t… and then I thought – why not!?! And so I made one!

I’m going to release a new ‘month page’ at the start of each month (they’re all done now so I might actually aim for the first day of each month 🙂 ) so just click here to download January (it’s a pdf).

Each month features a closeup from my Floral Hearts series that I painted for my perpetual Birthday Calendar, as well as a quote that I really like (just underneath the numbers at the bottom of the page). Inspiration for your eyes and your head!

If you can’t wait to get all 12, just click through here and you can get the whole year as a DIY printable for just $6.

Happy new year!

Printable Gift Cards for you

Printable Gift Cards for you

While I actually LOVE choosing presents for people, whether I make them or buy them… sometimes a Gift Card is still the right thing.

It might be easier to post, or for an experience that you just can’t wrap up… or you’ve just run out of time (I swear I “time-travel” to Christmas sometimes!).

Here at Shiny Happy Art I have Gift Cards for

They can be spent as intended (ie. on a Paint Along) or on any other items in my online shop, including original paintings, calendars, paints, etc.

Unfortunately they don’t work on the ‘print on demand’ items in my Society6 shop, but I do buy samples of cushions and mugs from time to time and put them in the Shiny Happy Art shop, so the Gift Cards will work on that.

Anyhoo, when you buy one online you will receive an email with a code and expiry date. And that’s lovely, but I think it can be shinier and happier. So I made a very special Gift Card printable envelope!

The extra bonus to this printable is that yes, you can certainly use it for Shiny Happy Art Gift Cards (and I do encourage that 🙂 !!!), but you can also just print out and cut out Page 1 of the pdf file and write your own thing on the other side… like a love note or a promise, or something suitably Christmassy. It’s up to you!

I’ve printed mine out on 200gsm paper (it’s thin card that goes through my printer), which will give you better results than plain paper. Glossy photo paper would work too.

Get the PDF file of Anna's Gift Card envelope

It’s a Rumball Christmas

It’s a Rumball Christmas

I’m serious. It really is.

I think I’ve made eight batches so far this month. I have hardly worn my rings because I’ve ‘been rumballing’.

Last year it was choc popcorn, before that it was citrus curd, and before that mini-puds. This year – rumballs.

And I’ve illustrated the recipe for you to download, print and stick on the fridge. Or make cards or gift tags with it – it’s totally up to you.

Diana's Delicious Rumballs by Anna Bartlett

The recipe comes from my mum, Diana. And it’s got weetbix in it, which makes it totally ok to have rumballs for breakfast. I’m sure that’s true.

So here it is, my gift to you. Illustrated rumballs.

Have a shiny, happy, rummy Christmas!