FAQ: Printable Stickers

WHY PRINTABLE?

I live in Australia, most of my customers live in the USA and shipping is very expensive and takes a long time! I conducted a poll in this post and most of the feedback was that customers would not be willing to wait the amount of time it takes to deliver mail from Australia to the USA. Printable means I can offer the designs at a cheaper price than printed stickers and, once you purchase the file you can print the stickers as many time as you like for your personal use. If you run out of stickers just print another sheet… or 10 😉 Printable files are like the gift that keeps on giving!

All of my sticker files are affordably priced and you get get a bargain if your purchase the Get it All sticker bundle!

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WHERE CAN I PURCHASE THE STICKERS?

A sample of sticker designs are available in my Etsy store. All are available in the online store.

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WHAT LABEL/STICKER PAPER SHOULD I USE?

You can buy full sheet label paper from:

Worldlabel (Worldwide but  expensive shipping to Australia)
Online Labels they even have metallic label paper (which I am dying to try!) (Worldwide but expensive shipping to Australia)
Office Depot (US only)
Amazon (Worldwide but expensive shipping to Australia)
Walmart (US only)
Officeworks (Australia only)
Staples (US and Australia)
Ebay (Worldwide)
Labelsbythesheet (US only)
Sheet Labels (US only)

And of course, Avery.

I have found that the ‘unofficial’ label paper (i.e. anything but Avery) is cheaper and works just the same! Most are compatible with both inkjet and laser printers but be sure to check before purchasing.

Matte sticker paper is easier to write on that Glossy. You can also purchase repositionable sticker paper.

I purchase my label paper off Ebay.

0.5 x 0.5″ square stickers fits 270 stickers per 8.5 x 11″ sheet. You can purchase full sheet re-positionale label paper for 30c a sheet or 0.001c per sticker! Shops selling printed and cut stickers charge $4 for around 30 stickers of the same size. You also need to pay shipping on top of that. And wait for them to arrive in the mail. With printable stickers you receive them within minutes of your purchase. An added bonus – the Australian Dollar is currently only buying around 75cUSD this means, because of the exchange rate, if you live in the USA these stickers are actually even cheaper! (I live in Australia)

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WHAT ARE EDITABLE STICKERS?

Currently, the only editable stickers are the morning/day/night section titles.

EDITABLE PDF FILES:
– When you open the file there will be light blue boxes where you can type in your information (this will NOT remain light blue when printed).
– You can still print and hand-write on the sheets (the blue boxes won’t appear on your printed copy)
– The fillable font is helvetica in black
– For copyright protection, the layout of the documents, including existing text cannot be changed
– You CAN save information typed into the PDF. I recommend saving the original version as ‘blank’ if you would like to make multiple sticker sheets.
– You will need a computer (not an ipad or iphone) to open and edit PDF files.

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FILE FORMAT

Most of the stickers come in 2 file format:

PDF: If it’s not already installed on your computer you will need to download it here (it’s free!). Note: You will need a computer to open and print PDF files.

JPG: this file format is compatible for use with your silhouette cutting machine and printing at home (print the sticker sheet/image as a full page photo)

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HOW DO I PRINT THE STICKERS?

These instructions will work for any of the planner / calendar stickers available in my shop including:

  • 5 x 0.5” Square stickers
  • Erin Condren ‘Full Box’ stickers
  • 1 inch x 0.5 inch ‘write-on’ stickers

I am going to demonstrate using the 1.5inch x 0.5inch stickers. These stickers are formatted for printing onto these letter size sticker sheets so you can easily print them from home. Or you can just print onto normal copy paper or cardstock and use glue to adhere, more on that below.

As always I recommend doing a test print onto a piece of scrap paper before printing multiple sheets onto sticker paper.

Note that all printers are different. I am using a Canon printer – if you are using a different brand your printer menu may display a little differently. There are so many different types of printers out there I do not know how to use every printer so unfortunately I may not be able to help if you have problems printing. Please follow the step-by-step guide below if you are having difficulties. Want to consult your printer manual but can’t remember where you put it? See this website to view free printer manuals for any type of printer.

Printing the PDF File onto Letter Size Paper

1. Open the file. Go to the top left hand corner, press file and then print.

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2. The printer menu will open.

Make sure ‘actual size’ is selected then click on ‘properties’

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3. A new menu will open – change the page size to letter size

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I have not noticed a difference between printing on ‘standard’ and ‘high’ print quality settings

4. Press ‘OK’ to close that menu, then press ‘Print’

Printing the PDF File onto A4 Size Paper

If, like me, you live in Australia, you can still use these. The only change is the amount of white space around the design. The stickers are in no way affected and still print perfectly! 🙂

1. Open the file. Go to the top left hand corner, press file and then print.

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2. The printer menu will open.

Make sure ‘actual size’ is selected then click on ‘properties’

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3. Change the page size to A4

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5. Click OK. The first menu will now look like this

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I have not noticed a difference between printing on ‘standard’ and ‘high’ print quality settings

4. Press ‘OK’ to close that menu, then press ‘Print’

Note: if you live in Australia and keeping the stickers at 1.5″ wide is important – make sure you print using the PDF file as I have found the JPG file alters the size of the stickers to 1.6″ long… or maybe that’s just my printer. This size printing error also occurred even if I un-checked the ‘fit picture to frame’ button so if maintaining the exact size is important to you please print using the PDF!

Printing the JPG File

1. Open the JPG and click the black arrow (point down) next to ‘print’

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2. A new window will appear. Click on ‘options’ then ‘printer properties’ this will take you into the same printer menu as for printing a PDF. Change the paper size if need be. Click on ‘options’ in the bottom right and make sure the correct page size and print quality if you wish to print on ‘high quality’ is selected.

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3. IMPORTANT: when I print the stickers using the the jpg they did not print correctly when the ‘fit picture to frame’ box was ticked so be sure to UNTICK this box! This is what worked for my printer – yours may be different. As always I recommend doing a test print onto a piece of scrap paper and in greyscale before printing multiple sheets onto sticker paper as all printers work differently (I also recommend writing down or taking screenshots of the printer options you selected so you can refer back to them if needed).

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WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE STICKER PAPER?

Buy it! Seriously it’s worth it. If you don’t want to buy  a lot you can order a few sheets from Labelsbythesheet. Label paper is very inexpensive if purchased in bulk e.g. from OnlineLabels

If you do not have label paper you can print onto normal printer paper and use glue or glue tape to adhere. I would recommend cardstock though as the colours print more vibrantly and are not see-through on thicker paper. I recommend ‘quill board’ which is thicker than copy paper at 210GSM. I also use this for printable notecards. You can buy it at Officeworks. I’m sure places like Staples in the US sells something similar. Even though it’s thicker than normal copy paper it doesn’t jam my printer. Amazon also sells cardstock.

Another option is to cut contact paper to letter size, peel back the sticky edge and stick the printed stickers to the contact sticker i.e. order will be: contact paper, printed stickers and then the back of the contact paper. I recommend trimming the white edge off the printed stickers so the contact paper stickers to the back (non-sticky side that comes with the contact paper). Cut or punch out as needed then peel back for stickers. Not sure if contact paper is called the same thing in the USA but this looks similar.

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CUTTING YOUR STICKERS

I have found that the most efficient method of cutting is to:

1) Cut off the white space on the top, bottom and sides
2) Cut the remaining into strips horizontally going across the width of the page
3) Cut the smaller strips still using your paper trimmer or using scissors.
The reason I cut horizontally is that there is less to cut (as you are cutting the width not the length of the sticker which is longer) but it is up to you to cut whichever way works best for you!

Tip: I print off sticker sheets then cut them during ad breaks while watching TV. I have found that I can cut up to 3 sticker sheets at once using my guillotine.

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WHAT DO YOU USE TO CUT THE STICKERS?

I use a guillotine I purchased a few years back. I can’t remember where I bought it from but it is similar to this one. I prefer that style of paper trimmer to this style as I find it easier to see where I’m cutting and easier to cut multiple sheets at once.

For the flag stickers I use scissors for the flag ends. If you want round stickers I recommend using a craft punch such as this one. Medium size scissors are preferable as the blade is too large on large scissors and I’ve found small scissors make my hand cramp after about 5 sticker sheets.

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I will discuss how I organize my stickers in an upcoming post!

See all available stickers HERE

Want custom stickers or have an idea for a sticker not currently listed in the shop? Email me at allaboutthehouseetsy@yahoo.com.au or contact me via Etsy or the online store – I’m always open to suggestions 🙂

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Printable Rainbow Calendar Stickers for Erin Condren Planner (or any type of planner)

Today’s post is for all you die-hard Erin Condren fans! You guys loved my calendar stickers so I’ve made stickers that are especially designed to fit the Erin Condren Life Planner! (They can also be used for other planners such as plum paper and my 2015 printable planners)

Printable Calendar Stickers

And for those of you who have asked for a smaller size for the other calendar stickers, please see this post which has helpful screenshots on how to change the page scaling (e.g.  100% to 50% will make them 0.375″in size.

UPDATE: New half inch (0.5″) square stickers are also available with each sheet featuring a different icon e.g. gas pump, dollar sign, laundry, trash can ect. Visit my Etsy store, AllAboutTheHouse for the full range. More stickers have also been added including triangle corner stickers, ECLP full box, daily sidebar and checklist stickers for the ECLP Horizontal version, flag stickers and much more!

These templates and designs take a long time to make and I have priced them affordably so you can add a special personalized touch to your planner without breaking your bank. Please do not abuse this and respect the time it takes to create these designs. These files are strictly for PERSONAL USE ONLY.

So, here are the newest stickers!

Morning/Day/Night Sections (but can be used in other sections of the planner – or in any planner) – The stickers are close together on the template making it easier if you are cutting them by hand or using a guillotine (which I recommend) or paper trimmer.

Printable Calendar stickers ECLP 12 colours rainbow morning day night

Erin Condren Title Stickers printable rainbow allaboutthehouse

Full Box stickers for the white spaces underneath the Morning/Day/Night titles

Due Stickers – for school assessment due dates, bills to be paid, goals, to do’s ect. (they can be used daily, weekly or even monthly – whatever works best for you)

Due calendar stickers bills school work tasks list rainbow printable planner erin condren accessory

Tick List Stickers – can be used for to do lists, chores, goals, homework, work tasks, blogging to dos, bills to pay ect.

Printable checklist sticker planner calendar erin condren rainbow plum paper

Checklist stickers –  use for to do lists, chores, goals, homework, work tasks, blogging to dos, bills to be paid ect.

checklist sticker calendar planner rainbow printable erin condren plum paper accessory

Weekly Stickers – Sunday and Monday start versions included – can be used for expense tracking, income tracking, meal planning, weight and measurements, calorie counting, number of steps, routine chores, prioritising most important task per day, gratitutde, medication/prescriptions, exercise for the week, hrs worked, hrs studied ect.

Weekly stickers meal plan calorie eating printable planner calendar rainbow erin condren

Numbered List – for priority to do lists, time scheduling ect.

Number List stickers schedule - erin condren printable planner calendar accessories rainbow

Heart List Stickers – can be used for to do lists, chores, goals, homework, work tasks, blogging to dos, bills to pay ect.

heart list stickers calendar printable planner erin condren accessory rainbow

Lined Stickers – for general note taking, do lists, chores, goals, homework, meal planning, work tasks, blogging to dos, bills to be paid ect. Need half box size? (for underneath each day) – just cut to size

lined calendar stickers printable erin condren planner accessory rainbow personal use

Flag stickers – large and small – width will fit the width of the white boxes under the morning/day/night headings. The small flags can be used in any direction e.g. lengthways or vertically (as shown below).

Printable Flag calendar stickers planner printable rainbow erin condren plum paper

Large Flags (for the sections underneath the Morning/Day/Night titles) – in rainbow (as shown) and grey

Full Box Flag Stickers - ECLP - v2 rainbow printable instant download

Small Flags – you can rotate and use these in whatever direction works best for you – they fit the width of the white box underneath the ‘morning, day, night’ titles – they come in rainbow and grey

Small Flag Stickers - ECLP printable calendar sticker planner rainbow instant download

0.25″ (quarter inch) Round Stickers – great for colour-coding. Cut into strips and use in the white boxes underneath the morning/day/night titles, or print a strip and place over the lined goals section on the side (if you need another size or e.g. 0.25″ square stickers ), please contact me 

printable circle dot stickers round quarter inch calendar planner erin condren rainbow

Quarter Inch Circle Stickers - Rainbow printable planner organize accessory

Bill Due/Payments stickers – write the bill and amount in the white space. I use a different colour for each type of bill e.g. pink = electricity, purple = phone ect.

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Study – High school/college student stickers

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Meal Planning Stickers

Planner sticker meal planning calendar label rainbow write on dinner breakfast lunch

Shop all calendar/planner stickers on Etsy or in the online store – there are now over 250 stickers to choose from!

If you just can’t get it enough, you can now purchase all planner stickers currently available for one low price! Visit the Etsy shop to purchase!

Get It All Printable planner sticker calendar sticker instant download bundle pdf rainbow organize your planner accessory money health reminder school special occasions events to do erin condren life planner eclp plum paper

And for all the planner addicts, you can purchase all stickers and all chevron planner printable sets currently available here

Get it All Planner Addicts Bundle - 21 printable planners plus printable planner stickers calendar organize your life

UPDATE: Unfortunately I have had to remove the Get It All bundles due to customers computers not being able to handle the MASSIVE number of files (hundreds) through one download link resulting in me having to send them via email which meant I was actually losing money.

The Get It All planner bundle is still available. But the Get It All sticker bundles have now been replaced with Choose 5, Choose 10, Choose 15, Choose 30, the Mystery Bundle (which contains a lot of best sellers!) and the Sticker Subscription (you choose the duration for the subscription).

A note about printing: matte sticker paper is recommended if you want to write on the stickers. See here for a list of places to purchase label paper from. Re-positionable full sheet label paper is available from Staples among other places. I’ve found that buying label paper online is cheaper than in store. Online Labels sells 100 sheets for $30 or just 30c for a whole page of stickers!

I also get asked how I cut the stickers. I use a paper trimmer I purchased a few years back. I can’t remember where I bought it from but it is similar to this one. I prefer that style of paper trimmer to this style as I find it easier to see where I’m cutting and easier to cut multiple sheets at once. I print off sticker sheets, set up my paper trimmer in the front of the tv and by the end of a show I’ve cut all the stickers! For the flag stickers I use scissors for the flag ends. If you want round stickers I recommend using a craft punch such as this one.

These stickers are STRICTLY FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE is allowed including: reselling, printing and selling, sharing, giveaways and posting them on your blog for others to download. If someone you know would like a copy, please direct them to my store. You may NOT PROFIT FROM these stickers in any way – thank you for respecting the time it takes to create these designs!

I get a lot of enquires regarding if there is a printed and shipped to your door option for these stickers so I want to know:

I live in Australia – I know many of you live in the USA so the other thing I would like to know is:

I have some good news – you can also purchase the Photoshop templates I have created and make your own stickers. AND you CAN sell the stickers you make with the templates in digital and/or printed form. But you CANNOT sell the photoshop template, share, sell, giveaway (such as make directly available for download from your blog – please direct people to my store to purchase themselves if they are interested). If you are interested in purchasing, please contact me at allaboutthehouseetsy@yahoo.com.au

Customers often ask me how I make these stickers. To see if this would be feasible, please let me know how much you would pay for a comprehensive guide on how to make your own calendar stickers? (for personal and/or commercial use). I would include in the guide 5 different ways for making calendar stickers (with free and paid software) and where to buy sticker paper from (USA and Australia).

Are there any other sticker designs, colours or sizes you would like to see? If so, please comment below – I am a bit obsessed with making stickers at the moment!

For those of you who love washi tape, check out my sister’s Etsy store, CarefullyCraftedbyJo.

Because I am so grateful for my customers I’ve also made FREE dashboard printables! These use the same colour scheme as the Rainbow Planner and all of the calendar stickers.

Dashboard printable planner calendar rainbow free erin condren filofax half size

The dashboards are 2.75″ wide x 6.75″ high which will fit pretty much any planner including: letter size planners, arc (letter size and junior size), A4, A5, filofax, portable daytimer, franklin covey, Plum Paper, both sizes of my Rainbow Planner and of course the Erin Condren life planner (or any of her notebooks ect.).

To make your dashboard
1. ‘Purchase‘ the template (it’s free – just add to cart and ‘checkout’) then print the template onto letter size 8.5 x 11″ or A4 size paper
To make double sided dashboard take 2 copies of the template e.g. one side the checklist, the other lined for notes and use double sided tape or glue tape (so the pages aren’t too fat to laminate) to adhere together before laminating. I recommend printing onto cardstock but this is not necessary.

2. Laminate
If you do not have a laminating machine – your local office supply store e.g. Staples, Officeworks ect. will do this for you inexpensively

3. Cut around the dashboard, leaving approx half an inch of laminate on one side for punching the holes

4. If using with your Erin Condren planner, you can purchase coil clips from her website. Otherwise use the Arc punch if you have an Arc notebook (this is what I did), or use a hole punch if you are using a 3 ring binder or similar.

5. Use dry erase markers or fine tip pens to write on and wipe clean with a cloth, tissue ect.

You can also print a bunch and turn them into a tear-off notepad. Add a magnet and place on your fridge for a grocery list, meal planning ect.  There are many tutorials for how to do this, here are a few: Playful Learning, She Knows, Skip To My Lou, ChicandJoagusyornet and ThreeBySea.  When I made mine I used modge podge. If you’re concerned about printer ink – the stripes also print nicely in greyscale.

A note about free printables:

All printables offered on my blog are for PERSONAL USE only – thank you!

You may:
– Print as many copies as you like for your personal use
– Use them in a group or classroom setting
– Share the link to blog post with the free printable on your blog (but do NOT share the free printable on your blog)
– Pin away! PLEASE pin directly from this page or the blog post with the free printable, not the direct printable link

You may not:
– Sell or distribute any of my files
– Host any of my files on your own website (please provide a link back to this page)
– Upload my files to a shared website (4shared, Rapid Fire, Dropbox etc)
– Email a copy of my files or a direct link to the download to another person (please send them to this page or the blog post with the free printable)If people violate the terms of use I will remove all free printables from my blog.

Planner Dividers with Tabs – Photoshop Template

I get many messages from customers wanting the templates I create to customise and make their own printables. Well to all of you I have some good news, you can now purchase a fully editable layered photoshop (PSD) file for half size (8.5 x 5.5″) planner dividers with tabs. All layers are fully customisable – you can change text size, font style, wording, colours, add your own patterns, pictures, shapes and more to create your own unique dividers that suit you and really make your planner your own!

The templates are formatted to print onto letter size (8.5 x 11″) size paper so you can print them at home and cut – or run them through your silhouette machine.

Half Size Planner Tab Divider Cover Arc Junior Custom Printable

Half Size Planner Tab Arc Junior Custom Printable Divider Cover

Here are some examples of how you can customise them!

Half Size Planner Dividers Template - Customised example chevron navy pinkc8.

 

Half Size Planner Dividers arc junior binder Customised example polka dot pink black

Half Size Planner Dividers arc junior binder Customised example blue organizer home binder

Did I mention you can also use them for COMMERCIAL USE? Go HERE to purchase via Etsy – be sure to read the terms of use before purchasing!

 

New Half Size Printable Planners for 2015

After many requests for half size planner pages, I have created the half size day to a page planner versions as well as the half size extras. Go here to check them out!

2015 Rainbow Planner - Cover - Half Size(2)

Half Size Day to a Page

Half Size 2015 planner printable agenda organizer day weekly daily mom pdf editable

Chevron half size day to a page

half size day to a page printable planner chevron 2014 2015 pdf

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Half Size Extras

Half Size rainbow planner listing photo

 Chevron half size extras

Half Size printable planner 2014 2015 chevron editable extras

You can now also purchase the planner in the half size (months only) with no weekly or daily planner pages if you prefer to manage your time this way.

half size monthly calendar printable rainbow stripe preppy 8.5 x 5.5 simplified planer

Or just the months by themselves. Rainbow

Half Size rainbow planner listing photo(33)

Chevron

Half Size printable planner 2014 2015 chevron editable

I have also designed a new half-size weekly layout that allows more room to write with the days going across the page than the columns like the letter size (full size) planner style.

half size weekly planner 2015 printable arc junior 8.5 x 5.5 letter rainbow stripe simplified

Half Size rainbow planner listing photo(26)

I hope you guys like this new planner style as much as I enjoyed creating it 🙂

If you’re concerned about using up printer ink you could have the files printed at your local office supply store (send me a convo via etsy and I will give you a print release) the chevron and stripes patterns also print nicely in greyscale.

Printing instructions are included. Before printing you will need to pre-cut letter size paper in half (most office supply stores will do this for you if you don”t have a paper trimmer, you can also buy pre-cut paper reams)

You can read more about the rainbow planner and chevron planners in THIS post.

FREE Printable Chevron Travel To Do List

Need to get organized for your next holiday? Like the travel planner but want to try out a page from the set for free? Head over to Today’s Creative Blog to download a printable travel to do list from the set! Be sure to check out the rest of Kim’s amazing blog while you’re there!

P.S. There’s also a coupon code for the shop!

My 2015 Printable Rainbow Daily Planner

Today I’d like to introduce my new daily planner!

Please excuse the poor quality photos – the colours are actually much brighter in person!

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I. Am. OBSESSED with it! I created the whole planner from scratch (well, except the arc notebook I used to assemble it of course). The planner pages are 8.5 x 11″ in size. I know a lot of people prefer the smaller planner sizes but portability and compactibility isn’t an issue for me as I carry a large handbag. I’ll discuss printing options if you’d like to use the pages in an A5, half size or filofax planner at the bottom of this post.

One of the most important things about a planner is its’ pretty cover page! I am OBSESSED with pretty cover pages. Every binder I use has to have a cover page. I created one cover for the planner then came up with ideas for another cover. And another one. I ended up with about 15 covers before I finally gained some self-control. I get bored with covers easily so I intend to use a different one each month. This is the one I am currently using:

Rainbow Planner AllAboutTheHouse

I’ve listed all the other covers in my Etsy shop if you’re a cover addict like me. These covers are personalised with your monogram and/or other wording that you would like. Due to customisation these are sent within 48hours of your purchase.

Planner Cover Options - Rainbow

Planner Cover Options - Rainbow Chevron

These covers are an instant download so you can use them right away!

Planner Cover Options - Rainbow - Instant

chevron pink planner cover

polka dot planner cover

You could also pair the planner with one of my other binder covers

Let’s take a tour of my planner!

After the cover page is the ‘this belongs to page’ in case my planner ever gets lost.

Belongs to rainbow planner

Followed by the 2014 and 2015 dates at a glance pages (with space tor record those new years resolutions/goals that I’m going to try and accomplish)

I forget to take photos of these pages in my assembled planner.

2015 Calendar

2015 Calendar Printable

Then the ‘special dates’ page where I list national holidays for 2014 , 2015 and 2016. This sheet is not pre-filled so you could live anywhere in the world and still use this planner! I live in Australia which is why this page is not pre-filled with American holidays. You can find a summary of national holidays relevant to your country on this website

special important rainbow

Important dates where I list birthday’s, anniversaries ect. You could also use it for annual planning.

important dates rainbow planner printable

 

FOR EACH MONTH

Monthly divider (I recommend printing single sided onto cardstock. I use this brand).

monthly divider printable planner

Monthly planning page

monthly planning rainbow

2 page monthly calendar spread

Printable day planner monthly calendar

An undated editable version is also available.

Rainbow 2015 calendar

Notes

Rainbow note paper

Daily and/or weekly planning pages – I have created 3 different weekly spreads.

Meal planning & checklist

Rainbow Planner AllAboutTheHouse 2

Checklist

rainbow checklist undated

This is the weekly spread that I personally use. I am obsessed with lists so this layout has been working perfectly for me!

The ‘simple‘ version where you can make it your own e.g. add lines across the page to separate each column into boxes to separate things like school, work, social, reminders, meal planning ect. Or just keep the columns blank with lots of open-ended writing space

Rainbow simple planner

For those who prefer to have one page for each day:

Daily Planner 2014 2015

Daily planner printable

I also have an undated (and editable!) version. I use this on days where I need to get a lot done and I want to map out exactly how I will use my time. I call this the ‘schedule’ planning method (rather than the open-ended weekly pages). There are 2 lines beside each hour – one line per 30 minutes of the day. I print a few off and keep them at the back of the planner then transfer them to the current week when I need them.

Rainbow daily undated

Wondering what that un-labelled box is for? Anything! After designing and using many daily planners I have found that I needed a section that was flexible. Some days I use this box to record my exercise plan, on other days I use it for reminders or calls I need to make. I also like having a large notes section so I can jot down messages when I’m on the phone. I used to scramble around for a piece of paper which I then couldn’t find a few days later. This way I can keep everything in order 🙂 The meals box is big enough to plan all daily meals or just dinner and a few things I need to pick up from the store on my way home.

After all the months, I include extra notes pages as well as pages you can purchase separately from the ‘Extra’s package.’ I store these pages behind the ‘Miscellaneous’ divider (which comes with the planner).

Binder cover divider printable

Editable Meal Planner & Grocery List

Weekly Menu Planner - Rainbow

You can also print 2 copies of the 1 sheet onto a single page (see below). For instructions on how to do this see here

Meal Planning - Rainbow Planner A5

Password Log

Password printable rainbow

To do checklist

Rainbow To Do Checklist

Contacts

Contacts Rainbow Planner

Weekly Planning page. I keep this at the back and use it to note routine things that need to be completed each day (or most days of the week). I am considering moving it to the front of the planner.

Weekly Planning - Rainbow Planner

Extra notes pages

rainbow stripe notes page

Calendar stickers

cal sticker

I LOVE calendar stickers but they are very hard to find in Australia so I made my own. Because I am obsessed with things being coordinated I used the same colours as the rainbow stripe pattern on the planner. I made my own template in photoshop and printed the 6 sheets onto full sheet 8.5 x 11″ label paper then cut using a guillotine (you could also use a paper trimmer or scissors). I keep them in a clip top bag in the ziplock pouch I also purchased for the back of the planner.

Money Stickers

Calendar Stickers Printable - Rainbow

The colours do actually print that nice and bright. The photos makes them look much darker than they actually are!

cal sticker 7

Events Stickers

Rainbow Calendar Stickers

event calendar stickers

School Stickers

Printable school stickers

school stickers 6

Number Stickers

number sticker printable

number stickers2

Home/Maintenance Stickers

Calendar Stickers Printable 9

cal sticker 9

Medical Stickers

Calendar stickers day planner

cal sticker 2

 

UPDATE: I have become a sticker addict in the past few months. You can shop all available stickers in the online store and on Etsy.

I bought these pockets to keep random papers in. E.g. if I get the mail on my way out the door I will tuck it in these pockets and take them out when I get home.

Back cover (should you choose to have your planner spiral bound or use it in a binder)

Rainbow Planner Back Cover

Rainbow Planner Cover Printable

If you’re concerned about printer ink, here are how some of the pages look printed in greyscale:

Daily Planner Printable Rainbow

Daily planner editable stripe

Still quite pretty!

HOW I ORGANISE MY PLANNER

1. Colour code. I write everything in my planner in black pen. I don’t use a special brand of pen. I use cheap ones from discount stores like the Reject Shop and Crazy Clark’s. I live in Australia so I don’t have access to Walmart :(. I then highlight each ‘thing’ in my planner in a different colour. For example: yellow is Etsy, pink is personal, green is appointments and social events, purple is to do’s, orange is family and light blue is finances. When I was in school I used to use different colours for homework, assessment due dates ect.

2. Calendar Stickers (which I mentioned above). They’re rainbow and co-ordinate with my planner – nuff said 🙂

HOW I USE MY PLANNER

1. I write things like when bills are due in the monthly view. I also note any appointments and social events. I try to minimise what I write in the monthly view to prevent it from being over-cluttered. One of the reasons I use a full-size planner is because of the large writing space in the monthly view. I have used smaller planners before and found I filled the little boxes too quickly. I also cannot stand trying to write something into a planner and not having the page to lean my hand against as I enter a task (hopefully you understand what I mean, I know I didn’t explain that very clearly :/)

2. The weekly views show each day in more detail. Occasionally I review my ‘master’ to do list which I keep in my lists book. I shared some pictures of it at the bottom of this post. Basically I printed off all the sheets from my lists kit and bound them into a notebook.

Anyway, in the lists book I have monthly to do lists. At the start of the year I list things I’d like to complete for each month (personal, work – everything) and stop about 5 lines short of the bottom of the page (gotta keep room for ideas that pop up throughout the year!) Each month I pick out the main to do’s and fill the first monthly to do list column in the planner (on the monthly planning page).  I keep the second column free for to do’s I think of throughout the month. So basically the lists book is a ‘reference’ and my planner summarises those lists.

I’ll pick a few of the monthly to do’s in my planner that I feel are the highest priority. I transfer tasks that need to occur to complete each of those to do’s to the weekly pages of my planner. For example, if I am working on a new planner set then I will break the planner down into smaller to do’s and allocate those throughout the weeks of the month. I write these steps in the unlined section of each day. I keep the checklists for routine tasks such as laundry, grocery shopping, emptying the dishwasher, de-cluttering ect.

The reason I love the layout of the weekly pages is because they are simple, uncluttered, flexible and don’t have too much colour. I do love a bit of colour (hence the rainbow stripe), but because I highlight/colour-code my planner I kept it to black only below the pattern. I don’t like planners that include mini monthly views on each weekly spread as I find this a massive waste of space. I rarely need to know what day a certain date falls on and if I do I have the monthly summary pages and the dates at a glance places to refer to.

I do use tabs as you can see in the pictures. I purchased these from Staples. They were pre hole punched for a 3 ring binder but I punched over the top – they are made of a plastic-like material so they still stay in place in the Arc notebook. I am on the lookout for nicer tabs because I’d prefer them to be thicker like cardstock. If anyone knows of any good tabs please let me know!

So that’s my planner! If anyone has any questions or comments I’d love to hear from you 🙂

***PRINTING YOUR PLANNER***

The pages are 8.5 x 11″ in size. They will work with printers that CAN do duplex printing and also printers that CANNOT do duplex printing. Detailed printing instructions are included in your purchase. As all printers are different, I cannot offer technical support for printing. No refunds will be made if you are unable to print the pages due to your printer having different settings than shown in the example/if you do not know how to use your printer. If you are having problems printing your planner at home, I recommend printing at your local office supply store.

If you want to use the pages in an A5/Filofax/half size planner you can by using ‘2 per page’ or ‘multiple’ print settings and then cut the 8.5 x 11″ sheet in half. However, they will be single-sided.

If you would like to use the planner pages in a personal or smaller than half size planner I do not recommend doing this. You can print any page at any size (smaller than 8.5 x 11″). See this post on printing tips for instructions (tip 2). The reason I do not recommend this is because you will need to cut every sheet down to size.

As a side note – a coupon is included in the printing instructions document which you can use on all future purchases until the end of 2015!

***PLANNER SOURCE LIST***

Arc punch (I’ve read that the Levenger punch is compatible)

Pink Arc notebook (A4 size)

A5 zip pockets they also have A4 size 

A4 Pockets

They have lots of other fun extras you can add like business card holder

By the way, I am in no way affiliated with Staples or this brand I just like their products 🙂

***LET’S GO SHOPPING!***

Do you think this planner would work for you? Great! Click the links below to start shopping 🙂

PLANNERS

Rainbow ‘simple’ version

Rainbow ‘checklist’ version

Rainbow ‘meal planning & checklist’ version

Day to a page

2 Page Monthly Calendar

Printable day planner monthly calendar

Undated 2 page monthly calendar

Editable monthly calendar printable

Undated daily planning page

Undated Landscape calendar

COVERS

6 Instant download planner covers

Personalised Planner Covers

ADD ONS

Matching Rainbow Calendar Stickers

Printable Calendar Stickers

– Rainbow Extras

Contacts page

Contacts Printable Rainbow

Meal Planning & Grocery List

Meal Plan, Grocery List Printable Rainbow

To Do Checklist 

To Do List - 8,5 - rainbow

Password Log

Password Log Printable - Rainbow

Weekly Planning Page

Planner - Weekly Planning 8,5 - R

Notes Page

Notes page - Lined - Rainbow

RAINBOW SIMPLE PLANNER

Rainbow Planner 2014 - 2015 Simple (3)

Mar 2014 – Jun 2015

academic planner 2014 2015 printable

Mar 2014 – Dec 2015

Personalised printable planner 2015 2014

Jan 2015 – Dec 2015

2015 simple planner printable

RAINBOW CHECKLIST PLANNER

2015 checklist planner printable

Mar 2014 – Jun 2015

rainbow planner printable checklist

Mar 2014 – Dec 2015

rainbow printable planner checklist diary

Jan 2015 – Dec 2015

2015 checklist planner (2)

RAINBOW MEAL PLANNING & CHECKLIST PLANNER

2014 2015 meal planner checklist

Mar 2014 – July 2015

MP checklist 2014 - 2014 planner

Mar 2014 – Dec 2015

meal Planning checklist planner

Jan 2015 – Dec 2015

2015 planner personalised rainbow

DAY-TO-A-PAGE PLANNER

Day to a page planner 2014 2015 (2)

Mar 2014 – July 2015

Day to a page planner 12 month

Mar 2014 – Dec 2015

Day to a page planner

Jan 2015 – Dec 2015

2015 day to a page planner

***WANT TO GET A FREE PLANNER?***

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***HAVE YOU DISCOVERED AN ERROR?***

I have checked each page however, if you happen to spot an error, please bring it to my attention so I can fix it ASAP.

Student Planner – Editable

Introducing the new student planner! This planner can be used for middle school, high school/secondary students and college students. The student planner contains 54 pages to keep you organised all year long! Most pages are editable.

Student Planner - AllAboutTheHouse(3)

Student Planner - AllAboutTheHouse(4)

Included in the student planner:

‘Student Planner’ Binder Cover and Spine (in 3 sizes to suit any binder). This cover can be personalised with your name and/or grade, year ect.

2 Page Weekly School Planner – Allocate tasks from 6am to 10pm. The is ample note space and a section for recording items due this week as well as to’s, If I have time and coming up (each hour is split in 2 so you can plan by the hour or use one line per 30min).

2 Page Weekly School Planner - L Blue(2)2 Page Weekly School Planner - L Blue(3)

2 Page Monthly Calendar – there are 2 sections for each day so you can plan personal and school, work and school ect.

Student Planner Monthly Cal - L Blue(2)Student Planner Monthly Cal - L Blue(3)

Weekly schedule portrait/binder style – print one page for each subject or use one page for all subjects

Student Weekly Schedule - P - L Blue

Reading Assignments – record your assigned chapters to read and questions to answer. Can be used for up to 15 weeks with up to 2 subjects per page.

Reading Assignments - L Blue

School Supplies & School camp checklist – filled in but with plenty of room to add your own items

School Supplies Checklist - L Blue(3)

School Supplies Checklist - L Blue(2)

Summer bucket list

Summer Bucket List - L Blue(2)

School Information

School Information - L Blue

To Do List with days – write your tasks, then circle the day you aim to complete it

To Do List With Days - L Blue

To Do list with due dates

To Do List - Due Dates - L Blue

Password log – always handy

Password Log - L Blue(2)

Daily Planner – Schedule from 6am to 10pm, checklists for: must do, if I have time, chores, to do, for tomorrow and notes section

Student Daily Planner - L Blue

You choose planner – add your own titles e.g. school subjects, extracurricular’s, work OR you could list your ongoing assessment items and what you need to complete for them each day OR you could use it as a timetable – whatever works for you

You Choose Planner - L Blue

Assessment Log – keep track of all your assessment on the one sheet

Assessments -Student Planner

Contacts – Write the first letter of the persons first or last name in the box on the right to help you find them easier

Contacts - Student Planner

Course information – a place to record handy class info such as tutoring info, instructors email & office hours ect.

Course Information - Student Planner

Class To Do Lists – 6 checklists so you can use one per class. Use to organise your week, assignment planning, study or whatever works for you

Class To Do Lists - Student Planner

7 days of the week covers and spines – if you prefer to organise your binders by day instead of by subject

Friday Binder Cover - School Planner

Grades record – for up to 6 subjects, record your grades for each assessment item as well as your goal grade and then final grade. It’s a good way to track your progress and highlight areas of improvement. You can also record your overall Grade Point Average. I recommend printing one per term/semester.

Grades Record - Student Planner

Spending Record – your parents might use this more than you. Great for keeping track of spending on anything school related before transferring into your monthly budget.

Spending Record - E - L Blue

Student budget – Set a budget for school-related expenses and record how much you actually spent. Make note if you earn any ‘income’ from scholarships or tax deductions, then deduct all school related expenses. You can transfer the total to monthly budget available here. You can use this for any time period you like. You add your own titles to the 2 columns. Suggested titles are student names or Semester 1, Semester 2 ect.

Student Budget - L Blue

Weekly Student Schedule (3 versions for 4, 5 or 6 subjects or, for example, 5 subjects and one extracurricular). Note: You will need to write your classes in by hand, editable side writing is not possible on the PDF.

Weekly Study Schedule 2 - L Blue(4)

Outfit Planner – Plan what clothes, shoes and accessories you’ll wear each day. Use the notes section to record things such as ‘need to wash sports socks to wear again on Friday’

Outfit Planner - L Blue
School goals – academic, athletic, extracurricular, friends, work & finances, you choose, school years resultions

My School Goals - Student Planner
Important dates – record when college applications are due, friend’s birthdays or whatever suits you

Important Dates - Student Planner
Semester plan – use for all your subjects (I recommend using different coloured pens) or print one per subject. Jot down each week’s topic and/or chapters covered, as well as assessment items due each week. Handy for planning your end of semester study and for mapping out when tasks for groupwork need to be completed.

Semester Planner - L Blue

Student Weekly Planner v2 – record homework for each class, record when completed and space to note each days after school activities or study plans

Student Weekly Planner Homework Planner
Group project planner – braintstorm ideas, determine meeting times, allocate tasks and due dates, record contact details of each team member and when they are available if, for example, meetings need to be rescheduled. Can be used for assignments or extracurricular projects.

Project Planner - L Blue

Project Planner - L Blue(1)

Landscape weekly planner. Plenty of space to plan all 7 days of the week

Weekly Planner v9 - L Blue(1)

Note from home – whether you are absent, need to bring money for a field trip or any other occasion requiring a note – this printable note from home has you covered!

Note From Home - L Blue

Notetaking Paper with the date, class and week. They will work if you hand-write notes or if you prefer to use a laptop. As the pages are editable, you can type in your notes from each class and keep them on your computer, then print for a set of ready-made study notes!

Note Taking Paper - L Blue

Note Paper

Note Paper - L Blue

In all there are 54 sheets that should keep you on track for a successful and organised school year!

As always there are 6 colours to choose from

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Click here if you think these planner pages might work for you!

Editable means:
– When you open the files there will be light blue boxes where you can type in your information (this will NOT remain light blue when printed).
– You can still print and hand-write on the sheets (the blue boxes won’t appear on your printed copy)
– The fillable font is helvetica in black
– The checkboxes are not editable. The forms are intended for filling out on the computer, then printing out and checking each item off as you go
– The actual layout of the printable including pattern, pattern colour, font style, existing text ect. are not editable and cannot be changed

The pages can be printed on A4 and /or letter size (8.5 x 11″) size paper. For tips on printing the pages as half size, A5, filofax or any other page size, please see THIS POST.

Direct links for each colour:

To purchase through the online store: light blue, purple, pink, green, black

To purchase on Etsy:  light bluepurple, pink, greenblack

Dark blue version will be listed in the shop soon! (please contact me at allaboutthehouseetsy@yahoo.com.au if you need it urgently!)

This planner set is part of the get it all bundle

All sheet are (c) AllAboutTheHouse and are for personal use only – thank you!

The List Makers Kit – Chevron Book of Lists

I am an obsessive list maker (OLM). I have lists for EVERYTHING. It’s the only way I can keep everything in order! I have so many lists, I created the ‘List Maker’s Kit‘ and bound the lists to create my own ‘Book of Lists’

Click the photos to enlarge.

Lists Kit - AllAboutTheHouse

Lists Kit - AllAboutTheHouse(1)

Click here to check it out!

There are 48 EDITABLE sheets included – use a few or use them all. Print one sheet 5 or 500 times – it’s up to you! (Please note they are for personal use only)

INCLUDED in the kit:
– Personalised binder cover and spine
– Grocery list (2 columns per page)
– Shopping List (2 columns per page)
– To Do list (2 columns per page)
– Annual To Do’s
– Assorted checklists (priority, calls and emails, errands, projects and an anything list for you to choose your own title e.g. daily, weekly, monthly or however often you like)
– Books to read
– Bucket List
– Calls & Emails
– Family To Do List
– Grocery list by store section (produce, bakery, aisle, household/miscellaneous, deli, fridge/freezer)
– Home to do’s
– Honey to do list
– Master to do list
– Monthly to do’s (2 checklists per month, per page – 6 sheets)
– Movies to watch
– Must do, should do and want to do (2 pages one with ‘this month’ for the title and the other ‘this week’)
– One day at a time
– Places to Go (Use this as a family outings planner, holiday activities planner, destination planner (e.g. cities or locations to visit) ect.
– Priority checklists (Today’s, Tomorrow, …Eventually)
– Projects
– Quick to do’s (15 minutes or less, 30 minutes, 60 minutes – I use this for cleaning tasks)
– Recipes to try
– Reminders
– Shopping list (1 column per page)
– Someday list
– Summer Bucket List
– Things to Learn
– Things to Make
– To Buy Checklist
– To Do Checklist
– To Do (with due dates)
– To Do list with days
– Want vs. Need
– Weekend to do list
– Weekly planner – checklists for each day
– Weekly to do’s (one checklist for the whole week)
– Wish List
– Work to do list

And if the type of you want isn’t listed above, I’ve also created the ‘anything lists’ where you can choose any type of list you want! If you’d just like to purchases these, you can find them in the online store.

– Anything mini checklists (4 lists per page – you choose the titles!)
– Anything list (1 column per page)
– Anything list (2 columns per page)

Here is a preview of some of the sheets from the kit!

Annual To Do’s – allocate up to 5 tasks per month to make your to do’s more manageable

Annual To Do's

There are different styles of each type of list e.g. there are 3 different weekly to do planners so you can choose the sheets that work for you.

Weekly to do's

To Do List With Days

Weekly Planner - Checklists

There are MANY to do checklists (did I mention LOVE to do lists?)

To Do Checklist

Work to do list

This sheet is great for jotting down cleaning tasks…

Quick To Do's

If you find a deadline motivating:

To Do List - Due Dates

Family to do List

Master to do list

Weekly to do's

Monthly To Do's

Calls and Emails… The top box is editable so you can use it daily, weekly, monthly – however often you like!

Calls & Emails

Sheets that are always handy:

2 Column Shopping List

Recipes to Try

Because the lists are bound, I can simply tear out the grocery list before I go to the shops.

Grocery List by Store Section

I like to keep this one on my whiteboard:

Reminders

When you really need to get things done…

Priority Lists

Must, do should do’s and want to do’s – the PDF has 2 versions a ‘this month’ and ‘this week’

Must Do, Should Do, Want to Do

And some miscellaneous lists:

Assorted Lists

Bucket List

Summer Bucket List

Books to Read

Want vs

Places to Go

Movies to Watch

For the crafters out there…

Projects

Things to Make

Feeling overwhelmed? Allocate just one task for each day of the month and focus on completing that task but taking it one day at a time…

One Day at a Time..

I use the ‘things to learn list’ to jot down all the things I want to learn how to do in Photoshop!

Things to Learn

There are also 3 ‘anything lists’ if you STILL don’t see the list you are looking for! The title box of each list is editable so you can use them over an over again for any type of list you need!

Here’s an example – this is the ‘anything mini checklists

Anything Checklists

There are more lists not shown but I think you get the idea!

You CAN save information typed into these forms so you can come back and refer to them later (and save your printer ink), or if you want to re-print a previous list. Don’t need the editable version? Just print the sheets like normal (the light blue editable form fields where you type in your text won’t show up when printed).

There are SIX colours available! Go here if you’re also obsessed with making lists and would like to purchase!

Lists Kit - AllAboutTheHouse(6)

Did I mention this set is editable?

Editable means:
– When you open the files there will be light blue boxes where you can type in your information (this will NOT remain light blue when printed).
– You can still print and hand-write on the sheets (the blue boxes won’t appear on your printed copy)
– The fillable font is helvetica in black
– The checkboxes are not editable. The forms are intended for filling out on the computer, then printing out and checking each item off as you go
– The actual layout of the printable including pattern, pattern colour, font style, existing text ect. are not editable and cannot be changed

The pages can be printed on A4 and /or letter size (8.5 x 11″) size paper. For tips on printing the pages as half size, A5, filofax or any other page size, please see THIS POST.

Direct links for each colour:

To purchase through the online store: purple, pink, green, light blue, dark blue, black

To purchase on Etsy: purple, pink, green, light blue, dark blueblack

This planner set is part of the organized life, super organized life and get it all bundles

All sheet are (c) AllAboutTheHouse and are for personal use only – thank you!

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Here is my book of lists. At the back I keep multiple copies of to do lists where I list all my ideas for Etsy products and which I won’t be tearing out. I also have the things to learn sheet at the back. At the front are my shopping lists and grocery lists and other lists which I use frequently.  When I’ve finished all the tasks on one of these lists I can just tear it out and throw it in the recycling. Then when I need to refill I can just print more sheets, slip the cover off and add them in (I have a binding machine at home).

The front and back covers are printed on cardstock to make them more durable. I have clear plastic covers to protect the notebook from dirt stains and wear and tear. In the middle of the notebook are the miscellaneous lists such as movies to watch, bucket lists ect. I am considering adding tabs for each of these three sections (I currently dog-ear the pages). I have been using this list notebook for a few months and I LOVE it! I hope you find this set as useful as I do!

List makers kit - allaboutthehouse

Travel Planning Kit – EDITABLE

Planning a holiday/vacation? I live in Australia and will be visiting America in January for a month (so excited!) I needed a way to keep all my trip planning organised so I created this Travel Planning kit!

Travel Planner - AllAboutTheHouse(3)

Travel Planner - AllAboutTheHouse(2)

This travel planner can be used for both domestic and international holidays. It is designed to take the stress out of travelling and ensure you don’t forget to do or pack anything! If you are travelling to multiple destinations, you can note the city at the top of each planning sheet to help you stay organised.

I recommend placing the sheets in a binder when you are planning your trip and take out only the sheets that you need e.g. flight information, itinerary summary ect. when you go on your trip. You could have the sheets bound to create a travel notebook with multiple journal pages at the back.

There are 35 sheets included in the travel planner kit:
– Planner cover and binder spine (in 3 sizes to suit any binder)
– General Research (5 pages)
– Accommodation Research
– Shopping Research
– Culture Research
– Clothing Research
– Transport Planning
– Tour Company Comparison
– Accommodation Bookings
– Transport Bookings
– Trip Planner
– Travel Budget (blank)
– Travel Budget (pre-filled 2 pages)
– Travel To Do List
– Travel Insurance
– To Buy Before We Leave
– Outfit Planner
– Packing List (4 pages + 1 page sometime before we leave)
– Spending Record
– Note Paper
– Itinerary Summary
– Travel Checklists
– Flight Info
– Common Phrases
– Daily Travel Planner
– While We’re Away
– Good to Know
– Journal Page
– My Journal (kids version)
– Before We Leave Checklist (2 pages)

There are 2 copies of most sheets if you want to do duplex printing or 2 per page printing if you are using an A5 planner or simply want to save paper. All sheets are EDITABLE.

General Research (5 pages)

The first thing to do when planning a trip is conduct general research on your destination. I will be visiting San Francisco, L.A., San Deigo, Las Vegas, New York, Toronto and Orlando and needed to be able to keep research I’d conducted on each city separate. Each page in this kit has space to note the city at the top which really helped keep everything organised.

The first page is space to list all the places/attractions/things you MUST see & do in order of priority/importance. For example, in New York I obviously want to visit the Statue of Liberty. On the sheet I type the attraction, how to get there (e.g. ferry and from what pickup point), the entry fee, opening hours and any other notes such as that a 15% tip is required to the tour bus driver ect. I found that I had about 8 must see and do’s in each city so this sheet continues onto a second page. If I needed more planning space I could always print another sheet.

General Research

General Research (2)

The next page is for listing those attractions/places to visit if time permits.

General Research (3)

If you’re on a tight budget there’s a sheet to note free local attractions. You can also note the opening hours and how to get there. This sheet may come in handy if I happen to have ‘down/spare’ days on the trip (which I doubt because it’s pretty jam packed but it never hurts to be prepared).

General Research (4)

On this sheet I listed 4 possible restaurants to dine at that are near the hotels in each city. There’s lots of extra notes space on each sheet. I noted things like food prices, type of food they serve ect.

General Research (5)

Accomodation Research

When choosing a hotel I like to compare 4 hotels then choose the best one based on my research. I assess each hotel on the proximity to public transport, restaurants, shopping, attractions, price, accommodation facilities. I always look on tripadviser for reviews of the hotel and in particular, read any bad reviews. I also like to get up google maps and see the hotel and surrounding areas to get a better idea of a hotels location. Price, of course, is also an important factor and as price can vary depending on booking dates (e.g. I will be staying in L.A. over New Years which affected prices) I like to make note of the booking dates. This comes in handy when comparing hotels.

Accomodation Research

Clothing Research

I will be travelling to America in the middle of their winter. It doesn’t get very cold in Australia, even in winter and I had no idea what clothes I would need. I used this sheet to record things like the temperature at the time of my trip, what materials to look out for when buying winter jackets, what brands of thermal socks are highly recommended ect.

Clothing Research

Shopping Research

This sheet is a MUST for me. One of the main factors I consider when choosing a hotel is it’s proximity to shops so I used this sheet while I was doing hotel research. I like to know which shopping centre is closet to it’s hotel, how to get there e.g. turn left when exiting the hotel and walk 3 blocks, it’s opening hours (I’d rather go shopping at night then lounge around in the hotel room as the days are packed with full day tours). If I happen to have extra time some days, then I like to know the location of nearby shopping centres, how to get there and if they offer different shops so I know whether they are worthwhile going to.

Shopping Research

Culture Research

We don’t tip in Australia so I had no clue how much was ‘normal’ to tip cab drivers, waitresses ect. in America. I will definitely be taking this sheet with me for reference. I also wanted a place to note things like: if I was travelling to somewhere like Malaysia where they where Burka’s I would note that they find it offensive if women wear shorts.

Culture Research

Good to Know

Whenever I go on holidays I always find myself asking things like ‘where can I get money out?’ I always like to know where the nearest supermarket is to get snacks after a long flight instead of paying a fortune for the hotel mini bar. And I always pre-purchase or take my own food to theme parks as this saves a ton of money.

There’s also space to note time differences e.g. when it’s 4pm in Queensland it will be 11pm in L.A. When I’m in America, I want to know what time it will be in Australia so I’ll know when to phone relatives without waking them up!

Good to Know

Common Phrases

I won’t need this for this trip as English is the main language in the U.S. But if I were visiting China then I’m sure a sheet like this would come in handy.

Common Phrases

Travel Insurance

I used this sheet to compare different types of travel insurance noting the inclusions, exclusions, cover amount per person, excess cost  and anything else worth noting.

Travel Insurance

Travel Budget

There are 2 travel budgets included in the kit. One with pre-filled items (including extra space to add your own items)…

Travel Budget - Filled In

Travel Budget - Filled In(1)

And one where you can add all your own expenses.

Travel Budget

Transport Planning

A sheet for recording when transport will be required e.g. from the airport to your hotel. I then went on TaxiFareFinder and compared the cost of a taxi (working off the heaviest fare rate and taking into account tips, toll costs ect.) and compared this to the time taken if public transport is used (as well as the cost) and also to the cost of the transfers offered by the travel company I used. I then selected the best value and most time efficient method and recorded it here.

Transport Planning

Flight Info

I will be taking lots of plane flights and wanted to have just 1 or 2 sheets with all the flights listed for quick reference. I also wanted a place to note the baggage limit for each airline I will be using and the excess baggage fee (as I’m sure I will need a second suitcase after shopping in New York!). I also like to note the date I booked the flight and when it was paid for.

Flight Info

Transport Bookings

Another ‘summary’ type sheet to record all the transport bookings details. I used this for details of transfers from airports to hotels, hotels to attractions and the transfer I will be taking from L.A. to Anaheim. I made sure to note the contact details of the company in case they don’t show up, if there’s a delay ect.  Again, I wanted a section to record the cost (so I could transfer it to my budget sheet) and a section to record when it has been paid for.

Transport Bookings

Tour Company Comparison

I will be taking a lot of tours so this sheet became one of my favourites. I undertook extensive research on similar tours provided by different tour companies and recorded it on this sheet. When comparing tours I consider:

– price (I also note any extras like taxes and international transaction fees)

– what’s included (e.g. for the Niagara Falls tour I noted what places it stops at along the way)

– what’s excluded (e.g. lunch)

– how long the tour will take (to help with my itinerary planning)

– the pickup and drop-off location (the hotel I am staying at in L.A. isn’t offered for pickup for many L.A. tours so I noted the nearest hotel where pickup is available from)

There’s ample space for writing extra notes such as the tour companies rating on tripadvisor.

Tour Company Comparison

Accommodation Bookings

A handy sheet for listing all your accommodation booking details as well as things like the hotel check in time, name on booking (as a credit card in the same name as the person who booked the hotel is usually required upon check in), check out time, cost, when it was paid for, transfer details to and from the accommodation and whether you have a loyalty membership # with the hotel.

Accomodation Bookings

Transport Bookings

After booking transport I transferred the details from the transport research page to this sheet.

Transport Bookings

Trip Planner

I used this sheet to initially plan out the itinerary. I found that it helped to know what day a certain date fell on when planning tours. For example, I didn’t want to do an L.A. shopping tour on a Saturday or Sunday when shopping centres are likely to be busy.

Trip Planner

To Buy Before We Leave

As I purchase items for my trip e.g. gloves I record the item, price, where it was purchased (in case I need to return it) and the date it was purchased.

To Buy Before We Leave

Outfit Planner

I will use this sheet closer to the departure date when I’ve bought everything I need. I hope it will make packing a breeze!

Outfit Planer(1)

Packing List (5 pages)

4 page packing list that covers everything with ample room to add your own items. Items are cateogorised into the following headings: essentials, clothing, toiletries, miscellaneous, kids, other, summer & winter (on a separate page so you can print only if needed).

The lines beside each item can be used for up to 6 people or 6 different occasions. Where applicable, write the quantity required for that item e.g. ‘shorts x 4’ On the lines beside each item you can type ‘Y’ for yes when packed, using each line for a separate person. I prefer to print this sheet and then tick above the line.

Packing List

Packing List(1)

Packing List(2)

Packing List(3)

The last page is a ‘before we leave’ list

Packing List(4)

Before we Leave (2 pages)

I started planning this trip way back in March when it was too early for things like renewing my expired passport so I wanted a place where I could reminders of things I still need to do.

Before we leave checklist

When it gets closer to my trip I want to avoid forgetting anything so I have reminders of things to do 1 week prior, a few days before and the crucial day of departure. I’ve left extra lines in case I’ve forgotten anything.

Before we leave checklist(1)

While We’re Away

Print this out and give a copy to your neighbour, house sitter and/or dog sitter.

Record details of things that need to be done while you’re away (such as putting the bin out and collecting the mail). You can note tasks that needed to be performed on certain days of the week. There’s space for extra notes such as for writing the contact details of the hotels you are staying at.

While We're Away

Itinerary Summary

Leave a copy of this sheet with the neighbours, house sitter and/or dog sitter. I intend to summarise the trip planner sheet onto this planning page. There are 2 copies in the PDF to facilitate 2 per page or duplex printing.

Itinerary Summary

Spending Record

While on the trip I wanted a place to record what I had bought and how much it cost so I can stay on budget.

Spending Record

Travel Journal

On my trip I want to keep a journal. I left this page pretty open-ended. There’s room to write, fix a photo ect.

Journal Page(2)

My Journal

A kids version of the journal page to record their vacation memories.

My Journal

Travel Checklists

If I don’t write something down then I’m likely to forget it. I wanted a ‘checklist’ of things I’ll need to do each night while on the trip, things to remember when packing for a flight as well as a checklist to refer to each day to make sure I have everything in my handbag/backpack.

Travel Checklists

Daily Travel Planner

I intent to use this sheet on days when I have a lot planned. This sheet can be used to plan what sites you’ll be visiting, the weather forecast, dining plans, things to remember and what you’ll be doing every hour.

Daily Travel Planner

I created this list because I am an OLM (obsessive list maker) and wanted to keep track of things I still need to do (like buy boots). I like setting due dates to keep me motivated so there’s space to record that as well. UPDATE: This print is available for free on Today’s Creative Blog.

Travel To Do List

Note Paper

I find it never hurts to have extra note paper! I used mine to write tips I read while researching like, when choosing a backpack, look for bags with secret pockets, compact, and with plenty of space, try to choose a rectangular size bag so space is not lost (avoid curved bags).

Note Paper(3)

If you choose to purchase the travel planner kit, you will also receive a 3 page ‘recommended use’ guide:

How to Use the Travel Planner

How to Use the Travel Planner(1)

How to Use the Travel Planner(2)

The kit is available in 6 different colours!

Travel Planner - AllAboutTheHouse - Colour Chart

Click here if you think these planner pages might work for you!

Editable means:
– When you open the files there will be light blue boxes where you can type in your information (this will NOT remain light blue when printed).
– You can still print and hand-write on the sheets (the blue boxes won’t appear on your printed copy)
– The fillable font is helvetica in black
– The checkboxes are not editable. The forms are intended for filling out on the computer, then printing out and checking each item off as you go
– The actual layout of the printable including pattern, pattern colour, font style, existing text ect. are not editable and cannot be changed

The pages can be printed on A4 and /or letter size (8.5 x 11″) size paper. For tips on printing the pages as half size, A5, filofax or any other page size, please see THIS POST.

Direct links for each colour:

To purchase through the online store: grey, black, dark blue, light bluegreen, purple, pink and also available in blue polka dot

To purchase on Etsy: greypurple, pink, green, light blue, dark blue, black and blue polka dot

This planner set is part of the mega household binder bundle, organized life, super organized life and get it all bundles

All sheet are (c) AllAboutTheHouse and are for personal use only – thank you!