I wanted to share a quick post on how I actually use my weekly planners. I am a very visual person, so I know that seeing the planner in action might be more helpful than just talking about how I use it! I also wanted to mention that using the weekly planner is not something I spend a TON of time on. It is a quick visual for me that usually takes me about 15 minutes to put together - so worth the time when I know that Baby A will be ready to distract me with his cuteness at any second and I will forget everything I had planned out if I don't write it down.
Here is an example of one week using the planner. I have a MAC, and use iPhoto to sort through my pictures. When I save my pictures, iPhoto automatically groups them by 'date taken'. I don't know why, I don't know how, I just accept it and love it! haha. So when I sit down to plan my week for Project Life, I open up the files that hold pictures for that week. This way I can see everything at one time.
Once I can see all of the pictures for that week, I write down everything that happened each day on the left side of the planner (blue pen). I also note here if I have memorabilia for those days, and include events that might be in my weekly calendar, but don't necessarily have a picture for (husband works a call shift, doctors appointments, etc).
After I have written down all of the events/pictures/etc for the week, I begin to fill in the weekly spread at the bottom of the left page, as well as any additional inserts. For this week I happen to have some extra pictures to include from my son's fall portraits, and decided to use Design G as my insert as it has a great variety for different picture sizes. To do this I just write a word or two that will help me remember which picture I want to include in each spot. I do not get in to any major journalling or anything, all I want is a quick reminder.
As I mentioned in my last post, it isn't often that I actually sit to plan a week, send out pictures for printing, pick up the pictures, AND sit down to put the layout together all in one day. So once I actually have the time to sit down and put my layout together I can quickly refer back to my weekly planner and know exactly where I wanted to put each picture, journalling card, or piece of memorabilia. SO HELPFUL FOR A BUSY MOMMA!!!
Here is what my completed pages look like for these weeks.
Single Page Organizer - https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B6LWtxBTUUeVdHJlQldlRUlCVFU
Two Page Organizer - https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B6LWtxBTUUeVeTlaTWFNMlk5Y1k
I hope this was helpful to some of you! Please let me know if you have any other questions!! Thanks so much for visiting, and happy Project Lifeing!! :)