Friday, August 29, 2014

FREEBIE: Fall Checklist - organize your autumn!

Start planning for fall with this handy Fall Checklist!  Includes 4 categories (to do, to make, to clean, to buy) with decorative flag headers.  Designed with a light gray stripe border so you can add it to any planner!
This page is formatted for letter size paper (8.5" x 11"), but can be resized using your print settings.  Read more about resizing documents here.  
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Happy Fall!

Friday, August 15, 2014

FREEBIE Friday: Password Log {letter & half letter}

My husband and I just got new phones and, while attempting to set up our new phones, we realized that we have forgotten about half the passwords for our different accounts and apps!  I'm usually good about recording important account passwords, but sometimes you forget to record the little stuff like your Facebook password.  Oops!  Here's a colorful password log to help you keep track of ALL your passwords!
I created printables in letter size (8.5" x 11") and half letter size (5.5" x 8.5") and set them both up for easy 2-sided printing.  Add them to your planner, household binder or even create a separate binder just to keep track of your passwords!
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Happy Tracking!

Monday, August 11, 2014

[ Printing 101 ] Basics of Printing PDF Files

Here's a quick guide to PDF files, basic printing, print settings, paper choice and troubleshooting!  Read on for more information and some helpful hints.  Have a question?  Start here!

PDF Files & ZIP Folders

First, let's talk about the file you're going to be printing.  My printables are saved as PDFs or portable document format files.  You will need a PDF reader to open these files, but they should open on any device.  You can download a free PDF Reader from Adobe.com.

These PDF files are often contained in a ZIP folder due to the large size of some of the planners and packages.  Again, ZIP folders should open on any device, but iPad customers have had trouble with them in the past.

Basics of Printing

Printing your files at home should be as easy as opening the PDF files and pressing print.  There are a few specifics you may want to check with your print settings before you print.

Ink and Print Quality
I usually print my pages on a normal setting at the very least.  Selecting economy or draft will result in lighter ink usage and some pages may not be visible under these settings.  Higher quality print settings such as fine or photo are not necessary, but if you prefer a brighter, higher quality print you may use these settings.  **Please note, I always print pages before listing them.  If your pages are printing too light you may need to adjust your print settings to a finer setting.

Borderless Printing
If you would like to print to the edge of the page you will need to adjust your print settings.  Most printers are set to default with a quarter inch margin to reduce smudging.  If I'm printing from Adobe Reader I have to click on my Printer settings in order to switch to borderless printing:
I also have to switch my paper setting to Photo or Premium Paper.  Once I've done that I can select borderless printing.  You'll also want to select minimum expansion if it gives you that option.  Expansion means they stretch the page so you'll want as little as possible.
Every printer is different so you may need to refer to your printer manual to find the correct setting for borderless printing.

Paper Selection
It's completely up to you what kind of paper you use!  Files are formatted to print on letter size paper (8.5"x11"), but the quality of paper is up to you.  You can print on anything from standard 20 lb. print/copy paper to card stock.  I prefer to print on 28 lb., bright white paper.  It's heavy and durable.  If you want to print 2-sided and prevent bleed through I would suggest using 32 lb. paper.

Resizing Pages

Troubleshooting Print Problems

If you've printed pages and you're not happy with the result there are a few things you can do.

Blurring, Dark Marks, Shadows, Symbols, Missing Pages, Other Weird Stuff...
If you have some bizarre issue with your pages the problem is likely a bad download.  Sometimes the Instant Downloads through Etsy download improperly.  I've contacted Etsy, but it appears that given the large amount of Instant Downloads every day some will download poorly no matter what.

If this happens you can simply delete the files and download them again.  If you're still having trouble just send me an Etsy convo and I will email new files to you.  This corrects the problem 100% of the time.

Text/Lines are Too Light to See
Many of my pages are designed with gray text and lines for a more subtle look and ink savings.  I print each page before listing to make sure everything is visible.  If you feel the page is too light you may need to adjust your print settings.  Use a fine or photo setting and see if the page prints a little darker.  Unfortunately, I cannot redesign pages for the small number of individuals who feel their pages are too light.

Print Shops and Online Print Services

If you don't have a printer at home you may be considering having your planner printed professionally. Please be sure to get a price quote before purchasing any files. 

Color printing can be very expensive!  Printing 100 pages in black and white may only cost you a few dollars.  Printing 100 pages in color may cost you up to $100.  I have personally gotten quotes from many of the large chain print shops for Daily Planners (almost 200 pages color) and every quote has been $100+.

My advice would be to try smaller print shops in your area and talk to them in person or give them a call.  Most people will understand that you can't afford to pay $100 to print a simple personal planner.  You may be able to get a more reasonable price this way. 

Also consider that, in most cases, you can buy an inexpensive printer for much less than professional printing services.

Things to Remember:

* Each printer is different.  I cannot help you troubleshoot your individual printer settings and issues.
* You should not see marks, blurs, symbols or other weird stuff on your pages.  That is a download error and can be corrected by downloading the files again.  Please contact me if this doesn't correct the problem!
* You can print without a border, but you will need to adjust your print settings.  Check your Printer Manual for specifics.
* Color and print quality may vary by printer/ink.
* Print shops can be expensive!  Get a quote first!

Still have a question?  Visit my FAQ page!


Friday, August 8, 2014

FREEBIE! Teacher Planner Cover {with Editable Name!}

Here's a FREE Teacher Planner Cover with Editable Personalization!  Use it to add a personal touch to your Teacher Planner OR create your own planner!
The Cover comes in both dark and light!  Each one is a little different!  Just click the blue field and replace the name with your own! [ no worries, the blue field will not print! ]
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FREE Light Cover for Teacher Planner with Editable Name 8.5"x11"
FREE Dark Cover for Teacher Planner with Editable Name 8.5"x11"
See more FREE Printables!
Enjoy!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

NEW The Teacher Planner {2014-2015}

Looking for a colorful planner to keep you organized this school year?  The Teacher Planner {2014-2015} includes all the essentials!
This planner features a mix of designs, patterns, fonts and colors.  Not only is it colorful; it's also functional!
Get your Teacher Planner for 2014-2015 here!
Here's a peek at the index:
I'll go through each section in a little more detail and provide more photos and screen shots!

Covers+Extras

First, you get to choose from 2 covers- dark or light.  The lighter cover is the original pattern that I designed, but I thought a darker version would look great too!
This planner includes printable Divider Tabs in just about every color and a Divider Page spread with an optional goals page!

2014 . 2015

This section includes a Quick Reference Calendar dated August 2014 - July 2015 so you can check dates on one page.
It also includes a colorful Birthdays calendar to record all of your students' birthdays in one place!
You also get a Important Dates + Holidays spread to keep track of any other big days during the year!

Monthly Calendar Spreads!

Each month you get a dated, 2 page calendar with lots of little extras!  There's a To Do list, Goals list, Notes, Monthly Theme, and a 2 month quick reference preview!  There's also a Divider Tab and Divider Page for each month!

TEACH

This section begins with a colorful Monthly Theme Planner!
The Lesson Planner spread is simple yet colorful.  I chose this layout to utilize space and make the most of your plan!  There are 7 subject spaces and a spot to record the week# or beginning date or each week. [ Lesson Planner pages are not dated. ]
I also included a simple Project Planner sheet so you can jot, sketch and plan your next project!

CLASS

Every teacher needs a class roster!  This simple list features 32 name spaces with a colorful apple detail to match the cover!  Includes space for Last Name, First Name, Phone # and Notes space to record any important information like allergies.
Map out your seating chart using this Seating Chart grid!
Keep track of your students' attendance each day!
GRADES
A simple Grade Tracker to match the Attendance Log!
TRACK
This section includes lots of goodies!  You get a Password Log, Classroom Sign Out Sheet, Library Sign Out Sheet, Fees Checklist, Parent Communication Log, and Volunteer Sign Up Sheet!

LISTS

You get 2 bold lists to keep track of all your BIG to do's and shopping list!

NOTES

You get 3 different Notes Pages!

Bonus Items!

As an added bonus you get 2 FREE printables to help you plan your time!
The Weekly Planner with Meal Planning:
AND The Daily Grid Planner with times from 5:00am to midnight!  Also includes To Do, Goals and Notes sections!
You get all of this to help you get organized and stay on track!  A great planner for any teacher at a great price!
Get your printable Teacher Planner {2014-2015}!

If you have any questions or need more details please contact me!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Coming this week: The Teacher Planner!

Organize your classroom [and your life] in style!  This printable Teacher's Planner has everything you need to plan, track and list your way through the school year! 
Includes:  Both a dark and light Cover + matching binder spine and back cover, Colorful Divider Tabs and Pages, 2 page Calendar Spreads dated August 2014 - July 2015, Lesson Planner Spread, Attendance Log, Grade Tracker, Notes Pages, Parent Communication Log, Seating Chart and much, much more!  This planner is formatted for 8.5" x 11" (letter).

Look for The Teacher Planner later this week in my shop and a post featuring Photos, Screen Shots and more details here

Friday, August 1, 2014

{Freebie Friday} Printable Thank You Gift Labels!

Here's a fun fact about me: I love giving gifts!  (I also love to to make those gifts look pretty.)  Here's a set of printable Thank You Gift Labels to help you make some beautiful gifts of your own!

These labels were designed using my new color palette that I'll be releasing soon!  Lots of color in fun combinations like violet and pumpkin!
You can use these labels in tons of ways!  The labels print with a border but you can choose to trim that off if you prefer it without!
I used this teal and chartreuse label to make a thank you card out of a piece of card stock scrap!
All you need to do is pick up a pack of 2" x 2" square labels next time you're at the store or you can buy them on Amazon!  I used the Avery 22816 labels for this project.
Keep these labels, craft paper bags and colorful tissue paper on hand so you can always wrap up a gift at a moment's notice!

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Enjoy your weekend!
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