PTI February Blog Hop Art Journal

Hey everyone!  I'm so pleased to be participating in this month's PTI Blog Hop.  I've begun an Art Journal recently and was excited to see what I could do with altered art to capture the essence of this month's blog hop picture.

Papertrey Ink MIM Framing Sentiments: Art Soul Life

Hey there! Today's post is all about framing your sentiments and images for the 313th Make It Monday challenge over on the PTI Blog this week (Have you ever stopped to think of how many challenges that is?! Wowzer!!).  Framing and Matting do similar things for your images and sentiments, but framing gives you so many more options to really make those focal points shine.

PTI 11th Anniversary: Day 8 Color Challenge

Hey there!  Today I am participating in Papertrey Ink's Day 8 Color Challenge.  We are to use one of the color combos from today PTI Post in our creation.

PTI 11th Anniversary: Day 7 Dies Only

Hey there!  Have you been as busy as me creating lots of fun cards and projects along with the PTI 11th Anniversary Challenges?! I love this time of year and sure do get a LOT of projects done during the anniversary week.

PTI 11th Anniversary: Day 5 Retirement Challenge

Hey there! Hope you're enjoying the PTI Anniversary week as much as I am!  It's thrilling to see all of the new additions that will be added this coming year in terms of inspiration and new products! Now, on to the Day 5: Retirement Challenge.

PTI MIM: For Sale Sign and Alcohol Art?

Hey everyone!  I know, y'all are busy watching the Superbowl, friends, food and folly.  I on the other hand, am very close to my surgery date, so I MUST behave and lay low.  Thus, here I am blogging the PTI Make It Monday #311 Use Different Papers at the 11th hour.  BUT I discovered something sooooo remarkable, that my family just urged me on to blog these cards I made today.  I hope you like them, and perhaps even take a tip or two home with you. :D

February Planner Pages with Digital Decorating

Hey Everyone!  Just a quick post sharing my February Planner Pages. I'm teaching myself Adobe Illustrator now too, so I've been glued to my chair as I discover all the AMAZING things that can be done!

So here are my new Monthly pages for February.

Found: Linen Paper to Print Your 2018 Planner On and other Tips and Tricks!

Hey everyone!  I really enjoyed sharing my planner yesterday on the PTI blog and here on my blog yesterday.  I received some really good questions and thought I would share some tips and tricks for printing out your 2018 Planner today.

Tip 1: First up is the paper.  One of the reasons the PTI planner was so awesome was because of the linen paper.  It was thick enough to prevent ink bleed through, but thin enough not to clog up the planner binder. I separated the Months from the Weeks so that I could print them on different but complimentary papers.  You DON'T have to do this.  I printed the Months on the PTI Fresh Snow Linen paper.  Then.....
I found the PERFECT linen paper to print the Weeks on over at Amazon.  I've printed 3 complete planners out so far (one for my Sissy, SIL and me) and they all look amazing!  Here is a look at the paper up close.  The linen paper is double sided so both sides have the linen look and feel.  Some papers aren't like that so be sure to look in the description of any paper you might find.
In this photo the paper looks almost ivory (shows the grain a bit better), but in real life it VERY white!
(I'm not editing any of my photos today.  This post is a bit of a rush...sorry!) 

Tip 2: Next up is lining up your die.  I look through my paper and place a faint pencil mark where the back and front line up to place the die.  The linen paper makes this easy to do.
Tip 3:   Now lining up the weekly sheets with the die means that you are going to cut off a bit of the bottom of the page.  Every printer is different so you'll have to fool around with the pages and die to figure out where you will cut every time.  Above you can see that I cut on the 5th line of the bottom "notes" area on the left which didn't leave much room at the top.  On the right side I cut on the 4th line of the "notes" area and it looks perfect.
Tip 4: Measure twice and cut once. This is UBER important!  You don't want to make a mistake, because printing out another sheet is a bit tricky, wasteful and time consuming.  I use washi tape on both sides of the PTI MI page die to ensure a perfect cut every time. On this monthly page, I cut too far down and skimmed the bottom of the calendar.  After spending so much time cutting out the planners, I know now that trying to cut corners doesn't make for a well cut planner page. EEKS! So if you need to take a break, do so.  You don't want to burn out on the measuring and cutting.  You might wind up with a page like this one.
Tip 5: Monthly Tabs and Decorating.  I am reusing my PTI 2017 planner dividers.  But you can make them pretty easily with punches and tabs available at PTI and any crafting store.  For my sister, I found the Simple Stories Carpe Diem Mini Sticker Books. The stickers fit perfectly in this size planner and make for pretty decorating.  But you can still use all of your Planner stamps too since the linen paper prevents most bleed through.
Tip 6: The BEST Planner Pens.  I have been experimenting with different pens on the planner pages and found the Uni-Ball Signo pens to be the BEST!  They don't skip and they come in BEAUTIFUL colors.  There are also the TUL gel pens which are fabulous pens.  I'm sure there are others, but these are the ones that I've found.

I hope this post helps a little bit with the printing, cutting and assembling your Planner.  If you have any other questions, just leave me a note below and I'll respond. Happy Planning!

Start the New Year with a PTI Moments Inked Sized Planner!

Hey everyone!  I finally finished the Moments Inked sized Planner for 2018! It is my gift to all of my fellow MI planner peeps, and for those that might just be joining the Planner frenzy! Today I am posting the 2018 Months with a Monthly Planning page, 2 page Calendar and Lexi's Monthly Summary Page.

Click HERE for the complete 2018 Monthly pages download!

(the weekly pages are linked for download below)

Printing Instructions if you have a printer that prints Double Sided to fit in PTI binder:

In Adobe Acrobat, Select Print (Printer Icon)
Under Page Sizing & Handling, Select Booklet
Booklet Subset: Both Sides
Sheets from: Leave as is
Binding: Right
Under Orientation, Select Portrait
Leave Auto-Rotate Pages Unchecked
Click Print and you'll print out double sided pages that can be cut out using the page die perfectly!

If you don't have a double-sided printer, use these instructions:
To fit in the PTI binder:
Under "Page Sizing & Handling
Choose the "Multiple" box, Pages per sheet: "Custom" "1 by 2" and page order "Horizontal Reversed"
Under Orientation: Portrait and check the box "Auto-rotate pages within each sheet"
Then use your full page die to cut the months into binder size.

To fit in an A5 Binder:
Just print the pages one at a time. Then trim down to the size you like. Easy Peasy.

I have finished the weekly pages, but need to do a little tweaking (taking out my relatives birthdays and anniversaries).

The Complete 2018 Weekly Planner Pages are ready for download HERE.

I've really enjoyed making the pages, knowing that we all needed a planner that we could use in our MI binders.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I am.  Happy Planning!

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