The Story Behind the Planners
I've always been the messy one in my family, but I somehow always found a way to keep organized outside the house. I was the only one of my friends who wouldn't lose anything at sleepovers or camps, my locker at school was always organized by color, I've color coded my notes for as long as I can remember. It wasn't until a few years ago that I decided to use these organization skills to give a bit more order to my personal life, not just academics. That's when I started to get interested in finding tools that could keep track of and store essential information from events, tasks, projects and contacts to website passwords, school diplomas and cool info I find on the internet. A physical planner just wouldn't cut it, I needed further integrations, more accesibility and portability.
I started out using Notion, seeing as I already used it for nearly everything in my life. I also made a choice that year to cut down on paper and only use it when absolutely necessary. All my notes were taken on my laptop and all used paper was recycled or reused. But I found that I never had the motivation to study, grasping concepts was harder for me without visual aids and my notes just sat there untouched for the rest of each semester. I missed the freedom I had with colors and fonts and artwork when using paper. I missed the writing experience and the peaceful moments in the morning jotting things down on my planner. So I watched about a million videos on YouTube about digital notetaking and found Goodnotes, Notability and the huge community of people that had gone completely paperless and replaced their notebooks with tablets and stylus pens. So I did some research and made up my mind to get an iPad and Apple Pencil, purchase Goodnotes on the App Store and start this journey. I looked up digital planners and when I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for, I watched a million more videos on how to create linked tabs, stickers, realistic binding rings and all sorts of other stuff. And so I created my first ever digital planner and a notebook to go along with it. Created specifically for me, with the exact spots for every activity I did that year and every course I took, color coded, of course.
I found that the planners I made helped me become much more productive, they had everything I needed at the palm of my hand, I could link them up to Notion if I wanted to and add just about anything I could think of. I had also enjoyed the process of making them, setting up a system based on how I work best, adding icons for birthdays and celebrations throughout the year and coming up with designs for each page. So I decided to start a gig on Fiverr offering personalized digital planners so others could get to experience what I had gone through. Since then, I've worked with a variety of people and created such different styles of planners, from a realistic fall themed work planner to an empowering personal planner for self-improvement. Each catered to a different personality, workstyle and set of needs, completely customizable and 100% your own.
How The Planners are Made
First, I define the structure of the planner, how many tabs, vertical or horizontal, which templates will be included, how the months are going to look and what will be seen in the weekly pages. With this info, I create an overall design, look for a palette, and arrange everything into position.
The second step is to create the templates and organize the pages. This is the part were I work very closely with who I'm designing for so that the final product is exactlysuited to their needs.
The next thing to do is link! I make a list of every slide's number and edit the tabs so they're correctly configured. I like to set tabs up so they move around dynamically from one side to the other throughout the planner. This way, it has the same effect as a physical planner with tabs.
Lastly, I add small details like birthday cakes for birthdays, names, special phrases, etc.