Design is Yay ! http://www.designisyay.com Fun with Paper & Design, Workspace Styling and Stationery Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:08:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.6 How to Flatlay | Colour grouping http://www.designisyay.com/flatlay-colour-grouping/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:48:58 +0000 http://www.designisyay.com/?p=6521 Flatlay is all the rage in the creative, inspiring, colourful or monochromatic insta world, and looks like it’s here to stay. I believe that everyone can flatlay, because there is no right or wrong in the rules of flatlay styling. My flatlay reflects the two things that I love: stationery and colours. But how do […]

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How to Flatlay: Colour Grouping | DEISGN IS YAY!

Flatlay is all the rage in the creative, inspiring, colourful or monochromatic insta world, and looks like it’s here to stay. I believe that everyone can flatlay, because there is no right or wrong in the rules of flatlay styling. My flatlay reflects the two things that I love: stationery and colours. But how do you make a flatlay that looks easy on the eyes? The answer is balance and harmony. Even if you are into messy flatlays, you still need to have balance. I will give you some tips on how to flatlay, and this time it’s about colour-grouping.

Pick a Theme

Before you begin to flatlay, pick a theme in mind. It can be of the same colour, combination of few different colours, monochromatic, seasonal, or anything else that you like. With this flatlay I’m showing you here, I’ve picked a colour theme, which is blue.

Pick your items

Pick your favourite items that goes with the theme. I’ve collected some of my favourite blue things. Put them on a plain white table or base. As you are collecting the items, you can see the items that will go together and the ones that don’t. When collecting items, you should have items in a few categories: main items (the eye-catcher), long horizontal items, long vertical items, and fillers.
Main items are the most important items to choose, they are usually bigger items like notebooks or shoes. Even if they are small, they should be significant, like a very unique toy.
Long items work as separator between the bigger items. They could be writing tools, chopsticks, utensils, or stretched out washi tapes and ribbons. Long items can also be a combination of smaller items carefully lined up.
Filler pieces are small items that will fill the gaps. They should not be too significant and should blend in with the rest of the items. For me, paper clips and confetti works best as fillers. You can also use little leaves, small-sized sweets like macarons, or jewelleries.

Arrange your main items

First, arrange your main items. If you have a rectangular large item, put it in one of the corners. If you have another large item, it should be placed diagonally across from the first one to balance it out. Small main item should be placed within the centre.

Place the long items to separate sections

Now place the long items as section separator between the main items. They can be placed horizontally or vertically. They create a sense of order within the flatlay.

Fill the gaps with fillers

After having all your main items and separator items together, you will see small gaps here and there. That’s where your fillers should be. If your flatlay has been neatly and orderly styled so far, filler will create a little mess to balance out the whole look. Place your fillers in a way that they will look a bit messy. It’s okay to have them overlapped or tilted within their little spaces.

I hope you learn something from my post! There are so many flatlay styles on instagram, once you’ve mastered the basics, you will soon be able to experiment with your own flatlay styling. Just look at these flatlay queens on instagram, with their own significant styles:

@designbyaikonik : monochrome (with bits of colour) fashion and beauty
@luxeandthelady : cute handmade food
@taramilktea : colourful and stylish travel dreaming
@_hello_g_ : sweet pastels
@charuca : stationery flatlay queen

Who are your favourite flatlay queens?

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Planner Face-Off: MiGoals 2017 Diary vs Passion Planner http://www.designisyay.com/planner-face-off-migoals-2017-diary-vs-passion-planner/ Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:41:29 +0000 http://www.designisyay.com/?p=6506 At the beginning of this year, my focus is to find a goal planner to help me achieve my 2017 goals. I like planners that are systematic and functional, and I prefer the layout to be simple and non-distracting. I came across two planners that caught my attention: MiGoals 2017 A5 hardcover Diary in mint […]

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Planner Face-Off: MiGoals 2017 Diary vs Passion Planner | DESIGN IS YAY!At the beginning of this year, my focus is to find a goal planner to help me achieve my 2017 goals. I like planners that are systematic and functional, and I prefer the layout to be simple and non-distracting. I came across two planners that caught my attention: MiGoals 2017 A5 hardcover Diary in mint and undated compact Passion Planner with Paradise Blue cover.

I have heard so many good things about both of these planner brands. It seems like each brand has their own cult of followers. I’ve had friends telling me that Passion Planner is the planner that actually works for them, and MiGoals is the go-to brand for planners and notebooks in Australia.

I purchased MiGoals 2017 A5 Diary from Notemaker for AU$32.81 including discounted shipping (I’m a loyalty member) and Passion Planner directly from their online store during a 50% off SALE for US$26.99 including shipping. It took almost one month for my Passion Planner to arrive.

Planner Face-Off: MiGoals 2017 Diary vs Passion Planner | DESIGN IS YAY!

First Impressions

The MiGoals cover colour is a beautiful light mint colour with cross grain texture. The cover is plain with small 2017 printed in gold foil and Goals Diary 2017 on the side. For a hard cover book, the diary is very lightweight. A minor detail that I noticed when opening and closing the cover is that it opens and closes very smoothly, almost like as if it’s been controlled. It is a very exclusive looking planner, and it’s very well made.

The Passion Planner comes in a slightly darker mint with embossed artwork on the cover. The artwork is lovely! The cover material is soft and has a leather-like texture. Even though it has more or less the same thickness as MiGoals, but it feels heavier. I realised that Passion Planner inside paper is thicker than MiGoals. It also comes with an elastic band to keep the book closed. I think this is necessary for Passion Planner, because the cover isn’t protective enough and the paper might be bent inside handbags. The Passion Planner that I bought is undated, because I can’t possibly use both planners at the same time.

If I saw both planners at the same time in a shop, without looking at the inside, I would definitely pick MiGoals as it certainly has better quality and craftsmanship. I also prefer MiGoals for its hardcover and lightweight.

MiGoals: 5/5
Passion Planner: 3.5/5

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Planner Instructions

Passion Planner comes with 6 pages of walkthrough about how to use the planner, and they are very detailed. There are even instructions in the weekly planning pages to help you benefit for the planner more.

MiGoals only comes with a short paragraph from the founder on how he thinks the diary will help us, and two page spread of symbols and short descriptions about how their goal setting process works.

To be honest, there’s nothing new about MiGoals’ goal setting process, it has always been done that way by a lot of other planners. With this section, I think Passion Planner is a way more systematic planner, and I appreciate that they give us a thorough explanation on how to benefit from their planner.

MiGoals: 2/5
Passion Planner: 5/5

Design & Materials

As I’ve said before, the paper used in Passion Planner feels thicker than MiGoals. But the fact is they are both 100gsm. Passion Planner’s paper material is bright white and smooth. I did a marker and pen test on one of their pages with Tombow brush pen, Kaweco Sport Fountain pen, Copic marker and Kikki K felt tip pen, the only one that bleed through is the Copic Marker. Writing on Passion Planner paper feels smooth and effortless. The bright white paper also makes coloured pen and marker more vibrant.

The same pen & marker testing is done on MiGoals’ paper, and the result is the same. Although, I seem to be able to see through the writing on the other side more than when it was done in the Passion Planner.

It says inside Passion Planner that they are printed on 100% Recycled paper. I’m not sure if the same goes with MiGoals.

Both planners use good quality paper, and they feel amazing to write on. It all depends on your preference in terms of whiteness and whether you are more inclined to recycled paper. I personally prefer bright white paper, but I’m going to give both planners 5 out of 5.

MiGoals: 5/5
Passion Planner 5/5

How a planner is designed is subjective. Also, the design I’m talking about here is the visual aspect of the planner, and not how the planning system works (we’ll talk about that later). Passion Planner to me looks quite messy, and I really dislike the fonts they are using. The printing colour looks a lot like copy machine black and white colour, which I would understand if the planner is cheaper. However, the non-discounted price of Passion Planner is US$30, which is more expensive than MiGoals, I would expect a better printing.

Visually, I think MiGoals is the clear winner. It wouldn’t be my number one priority when looking at planners, but it certainly is one of the things I’m looking at.

MiGoals: 4/5
Passion Planner: 2/5

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Planner Face-Off: MiGoals 2017 Diary vs Passion Planner | DESIGN IS YAY!

Goal Planning System

When you buy a goal planner, you would want a system that actually works. With MiGoals, it’s easy for me to organise my thoughts. First I answer a set of questions to find my purpose, then I rate my life, dream about what I want my life to be like in 5 years time, and then set my goals. MiGoals is a pretty straight-forward goal setting planner, although it’s not that original. I have seen a few other planners with the same system. The 5 years section is a bit confusing because the prompts are not that clear. However, I’m loving the life-rating section  and the simple goal setting pages.

The passion planner purpose questions are very short. They are not even on a page of questions, it’s just a small section called ‘A Fresh Start’ at the bottom of a page where they put their instructions. At first glance I actually thought it was just a sample layout and I will be able to find a bigger one on another page. I am actually liking the shorter questions, but I hope that it becomes a whole page instead. From there you are prompted to create a passion Roadmap, which is sort of equivalent to MiGoals’ 5 years questions. But with the Passion Roadmap, you get to plan your 3 months, one year, 3 years and lifetime goals. For each other the goal that you’ve written down, you will then create a game changer roadmap. This is where you’ll create a mind map for the game changer’s timeline, what how and why, and the action steps.

I really like Passion Planner’s system because it feels more like a life map that I can follow. I find that with questions and answers purpose-finding, we tend to put it away as soon as we’re done writing them and never go back to read them through again. But I really hope that Passion Planner’s creators would make real full pages for these road maps instead of just small sections.

MiGoals: 3/5
Passion Planner: 4/5

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Monthly Spreads

Passion Planner monthly spreads comes in simple grid design with blank boxes as I’ve purchased the undated version. On the left side, there are sections for This Month’s Focus: Personal and Work, People to See, Places to Go, and Not To Do List. The bottom left section you have spaces to list your personal and work projects of the month, with Top Priority Projects and Regular ones. On the right side there’s a blank space for your game changer mind map of the month.

I’m not a big fan of MiGoals’ monthly spread, as I prefer the grid style calendar because it’s what I am used to seeing. I find it easier to look at the dates and days instead of the line-by-line calendar in MiGoals. There is a section on the left side for Goal of the month and things to do.

I feel that goal setting stops at the goal pages with MiGoals, whereas with Passion Planner there is a continuity to look back at your Passion Roadmap and create a more focused mind map for the month. Another thing that I find strange with MiGoals’ monthly spread, is that they grouped all the monthly spread pages even though it is a dated planner. My undated Passion Planner is the same, but they don’t do that with their undated planner.

MiGoals: 1/5
Passion Planner: 5/5

Planner Face-Off: MiGoals 2017 Diary vs Passion Planner | DESIGN IS YAY!

Weekly Spreads

Passion Planner comes with vertical layout weekly spreads, whereas MiGoals comes with horizontal layout weekly spreads. Both layout are great, depending on what you are used to. If you are used to EC vertical layout, Happy Planner and Get To Work Book, you will love Passion Planner. But if you have been using Kikki K or most planners with horizontal layout, you might find Passion Planner’s vertical layout a bit too small for you to write on.

On the left hand side of Passion Planner’s weekly spread, you’ll find: This Week’s Focus, Good Things that Happened, a quote and prompts, Personal To Do list and Work To Do list divided into Top priority, regular priority and errands. On the right hand side there’s a blank space of infinite possibility.

With MiGoals weekly spread, the top horizontal section is where you can write your focus, weekly goal and habits. I am liking the habit section because we can tick each day that we’ve done the habit. MiGoals’ weekly spread, just like any other pages in their diary, is more simple.

I’m a fan of vertical layouts, so I would give an extra mark for Passion Planner because of that.

MiGoals: 3/5
Passion Planner: 4/5

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Extra Features

Passion Planner comes with monthly reflections that includes an end of the month checklist, and tons of of blank and grid pages at the back for notes and sketches.

MiGoals comes with monthly reflection questions, monthly budgeting pages, and one pages for notes.

I prefer MiGoals’ monthly reflection questions because they are shorter and more straight forwards. In my opinion, there is no need for overly detailed questions at the end of each month.
Their budgeting pages, as it turns out, doesn’t have much use for me. I ended up setting my own budgeting bullet journal.
I love having a lot of note pages in my planner, so I find that Passion Planner has better extra features for me. I can even use their blank and grid pages for my budgeting layouts next time.

I like MiGoals’ double page marker as opposed to Passion Planner’s, because I like being able to mark monthly and weekly pages at the same time. Also, the quality of ribbon used in Passion Planner is quite cheap and it’s an unappealing neon yellow colour.

MiGoals: 3/5
Passion Planner: 4/5

In Summary

The end results for this planner face off is 26 points for MiGoals and 32.5 for Passion Planner. Passion Planner is certainly my long-term winner, as I find their planner more functional. When it comes to design and materials, there is no question that MiGoals diary looks way more appealing and professional. But at the end of the day, I want a planner that works.

Another thing to think about is where each company is located. MiGoals is from Australia, and there are a lot of Australian shops, both online and physical, who stocks their diaries. Therefore it’s cheaper for me because I don’t have to pay hefty shipping cost, and it’s also faster for me to get it.
I have searched and looked online, none of the shops here are stocking Passion Planner, so I would have to order it from their U.S online store. The shipping cost is expensive (US$12), and it takes almost a month for me to get it (and their tracking number doesn’t really work once the item has left the U.S). I would think twice before buying another Passion Planner.

Lastly, let me put it this way. If you want a planner with more functions, go with Passion Planner. If you just want to plan your days or to simplify your planning system, MiGoals will be more suitable for you.

Let me know what you think about these planners in the comments!

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Budgeting Bullet Journal Setup http://www.designisyay.com/budgeting-bullet-journal-setup/ Thu, 09 Feb 2017 07:38:25 +0000 http://www.designisyay.com/?p=6501 One of my goals for this year is to make more money and spend less. To make that happen, I need to keep track of my spending and income, and that’s when a budgeting journal is needed. The planner that I’m using this year doesn’t come with a budgeting pages, and I haven’t been able […]

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Budgeting Bullet Journal Setup | DESIGN IS YAY!

One of my goals for this year is to make more money and spend less. To make that happen, I need to keep track of my spending and income, and that’s when a budgeting journal is needed. The planner that I’m using this year doesn’t come with a budgeting pages, and I haven’t been able to find any budgeting journal that’s right for me. I’ve decided to create my own budgeting bullet journal layouts.

Last year, I tried to get into bullet journaling as a weekly planner. It did not go well because I find that a lot of my time was wasted by trying to create the perfect layout for the week. So my Rhodia A5 Webnotebook was abandoned, even though I actually loved that notebook. The paper is buttery soft, and I love the fact that they’re dotted. It certainly is one of the best journals I’ve ever used.

I’ve decided to dusted off the ol’ Rhodia journal and put it into good use. For my budgetting journal, I’ve decided to do monthly layouts so that I only need to create new layout once a month.

Pages in my budgeting bullet journal:

  • Index page (not pictured)
  • Monthly Bills
  • Subscriptions
  • Investment property book keeping (not pictured)
  • Ways to Save & Bad Habits
  • Monthly Income Stream
  • Monthly budgeting layout which includes a calendar, cash flow boxes, no spend habit tracker, budget tracker, weekly income/outcome notes

For certain ‘big’ things like investment property, I need to have a few pages just for itself to keep track on rent income, mortgage outcome and any other cashflow happening for the property. It’s important to lay out pages for monthly bills and subscriptions, so that you know how much you will definitely spend in a month/year, and you can make adjustments to your spending or income.

For my monthly budgeting layout, I use a lot of colour-coding using my Kikki K felt tip pens and Tombow dual brush pen to create a more organised and clear view of my budgets.

Hope you like my budgeting bullet journal setup! If you are a bujo addict, feel free to share your budgeting layout in the comments.

 

 

 

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Love Notes Printable Notebook Covers http://www.designisyay.com/love-notes-printable-notebook-covers/ Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:32:48 +0000 http://www.designisyay.com/?p=6492 I always thought that giving the gift of chocolates and sweets on Valentine’s day is a bit overrated. This set of Love Notes notebook covers could be an alternative to traditional Valentine’s day gifts. Because let’s face it, stationery is better than chocolate! What you’ll need: Adobe reader (FREE DOWNLOAD), colour printer, 3 A4 printing […]

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Love Notes Printable Notebook Covers | DESIGN IS YAY!

I always thought that giving the gift of chocolates and sweets on Valentine’s day is a bit overrated. This set of Love Notes notebook covers could be an alternative to traditional Valentine’s day gifts. Because let’s face it, stationery is better than chocolate!

Love Notes Printable Notebook Covers | DESIGN IS YAY!

Love Notes Printable Notebook Covers | DESIGN IS YAY!

What you’ll need: Adobe reader (FREE DOWNLOAD), colour printer, 3 A4 printing paper, a stack of plain paper, cutting tools, long stapler or other binding material

  • Download Love Notes Printable Notebook Covers template here
  • Open using Adobe Reader (file won’t open with any other softwares)
  • Print using colour printer on 3 A4 paper, low to mid weight only
  • Cut them to size
  • Cut the stack of plain paper to the same size as the covers
  • Fold them together
  • Staple the middle part to bind

P.S: if you are not keen on making a notebook, simple print them on thicker card stock, and give them out as greeting cards!

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2017 Get to Work Book Planner Review http://www.designisyay.com/2017-get-work-book-planner-review/ Sun, 29 Jan 2017 01:00:40 +0000 http://www.designisyay.com/?p=6473 After a somewhat crazy 2016 that left me very little time to do work, 2017 is the year I’m getting back to work. This year, I’m going to get my life in order and start working for what I want in my career and personal life. Previous years have proven that there’s no use for planning […]

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2017 Get to Work Book Planner Review | DESIGN IS YAY!

After a somewhat crazy 2016 that left me very little time to do work, 2017 is the year I’m getting back to work. This year, I’m going to get my life in order and start working for what I want in my career and personal life. Previous years have proven that there’s no use for planning if it’s not followed by hard work and execution of the step-by steps.

When I was deciding on which planner I should use in 2017, I stumbled across Get to Work Book on instagram and felt intrigued. After reading some reviews, watched run through videos, and found their Australian stockist (I purchased this planner at Up & Atem), I decided to purchase Get to Work Book as my primary planner in 2017.

Get to Work Book is created by Elise Blaha Cripe, who has been blogging over the years on eliseblaha.typepad.com about her daily musings, goal settings and insights as a small business owner. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband and two daughters. I haven’t really read much about Elise, but I love the fact that there’s a background story about the creator behind the product I’m using. Go to Elise’s blog to read more about her.

After using Get to Work Book for one month in January, I am more convinced that this is the perfect planner for my year of getting back to work. Read my full Get to Work Book planner review and more photos after the jump!

2017 Get to Work Book Planner Review | DESIGN IS YAY!

First page of my GTWB decorated with Kikki K stickers

2017 Get to Work Book Planner Review | DESIGN IS YAY!

Get to Work Book really stands out from the rest of the planners in the market, and I really like it for being so straight-forward. No, it doesn’t offer rose gold coloured coil binding or metallic edges, their covers are not adorned with gold foil lettering or preppy stripes, and the only colours that you will see from cover to cover are black, white and light grey. They do offer classic chipboard cover which is kraft brown material, but it sold out pretty quickly, so I got the black bookboard cover one instead.

I won’t lie to you, this planner does not look fancy. But after years of using fancy planners with all the unnecessary bells and whistles, Get to Work Book is a nice change, and it actually inspires me to be more productive.

The good thing about having a non-fancy planner, is that I don’t have to be too careful with it. It doesn’t bother me if I accidentally get a few pages folded or if my handwriting is not very neat. I don’t even feel the need to decorate the pages when I don’t feel like it. I have to admit that I haven’t been very careful with my GTWB. It has been thrown around in the car, my baby has somehow managed to grab it by the coil binder and roughly dropped it on the floor, and I have been eating kimchi noodle soup next to it…. but the bookboard cover and the black coil binding is sturdy enough that it hasn’t shown the wear and tear it should already have. Not only are the monthly tabs laminated, they are also thick enough that they haven’t suffer from the case of bunny ears like other planners I’ve used in previous years.

2017 Get to Work Book Planner Review | DESIGN IS YAY!

 

2017 Get to Work Book Planner Review | DESIGN IS YAY!

The first planning page in the book is a 2017 at a glance spread. This is where you can write down any appointments and planning for the whole year as soon as you’ve set the date. At the beginning of the year I haven’t figured out what I’m going to do for the last half of the year, but I’m sure that they’re going to get filled up within the next couple of months.

2017 Get to Work Book Planner Review | DESIGN IS YAY!

At the beginning of each month, you get to reflect back on the previous months and look at what you’ve accomplished and what are still in the works. Next to it there is motivational quote arts printed on perforated heavy stock that could be removed. There are 12 different monochrome quote arts and they look so good you can frame them as workspace motivational prints. These quote arts are the only decorative features within this planner, but the fact that they’re removable allows you to decide whether you need them in your planner. I prefer not to have these quotes in my GTWB because removing 12 sheets of heavy card stock from the planner certainly makes the planner A LOT lighter and easier to bring around in my bag. You can view all 12 artworks here.

The monthly reflection page is great, because I find that the questions are not overly detailed and they give us room to brainstorm ideas for the next month. The white spaces allow us to add functional stickers or lists that would be useful for our individual planning needs.

2017 Get to Work Book Planner Review | DESIGN IS YAY!

2017 Get to Work Book Planner Review | DESIGN IS YAY!

2017 Get to Work Book Planner Review | DESIGN IS YAY!

What I love the most about Get to Work Book is their planning pages layout. The design is minimalist without being too plain and corporate, but the fonts and colours don’t distract you from what you’re supposed to do with it in the first place – planning. You can make it as decorative as you want, or you can just simply plan, just like what I’ve done in January.

I do plan to be more creative with this planner in the coming months, but let’s face it, when you are actually working, who has time to play with decorations and pretty handwriting and doodles.

Their monthly spread is quite standard. The fact that it starts on Sunday bothers me a little bit. You will find a small calendar of current and previous months at the bottom left hand side of the planner, and there are plenty of space to add functional stickers or write your own lists at the bottom of the pages. Each month I have my must do list which consist of three things that I must do. I also have don’t forget list for things that I’d like to do but it’s not that urgent. I use colour coding for my planners, and I specifically use the Kikki K felt tip pens because they are great to write with and they don’t bleed.

2017 Get to Work Book Planner Review | DESIGN IS YAY!

I am a big fan of vertical weekly layout, because I find that it’s easier to view and plan my week over a vertical layout. On the left hand side you can find boxes to write your action items for the week. As Elise described in one of her videos, action items are tasks that you’d like to accomplish for that week. You should pat yourself on the back once the three top action items have been accomplished.

On the top of each day’s vertical space, there are three bullet points which you can use for your to-do lists of the day. I personally don’t find three bullet points enough, so I only use them for really important task and things that are due. When it comes to house chores, meals to cook, exercise classes and blog posts to do, I would create my own colour-coded bullet points. There are grid spaces at the bottom of the pages, which again you can use for your own individual planning needs, such as reminders.

It’s also strange that even though their monthly spread starts on Sunday, but the weekly pages start on Monday. I won’t complain because I use the weekly pages more than the monthly, and I do like my planners to start on Mondays.

If you are a sticker addict, these vertical layout has the same width as Erin Condren’s boxes, so you can use your rectangle stickers in your Get to Work Book as well.

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Other than the cover pages, year-in-review spread, monthly reflection, quote artworks and the monthly and weekly planning pages, you will also find project pages and grid pages scattered within the planner. You will find these at the end of each month as well as a few more at the end of the book. These are probably the main selling point of the planner. For someone who does project-based work like me, these pages are extremely useful, and the included project pages is not enough to last one year. As of today, I’ve used half of the project pages at the end of the book. Also, they are versatile enough to use for whatever you like. You can set goals, breakdown your project into steps, plan blog posts, execute timeline for your projects and many more. The pages shown above are from the time I was creating a timeline to sell my Passion Workbook on Boxing day.

If you feel that the project pages included within the planner is not enough for you, you can purchase extra project breakdown pad available here.

In Summary

Pages included in Get to Work Book:

  • Year at a glance
  • Monthly reflection page (they said they’re reflect and goal-set pages, but I personally don’t any goal-setting qualities in them)
  • Monthly tabs laminated and printed on heavy card stock, with grid blank page for brainstorming and project planning
  • Quote art prints printed on perforated heavy stock that you can remove
  • Month in two pages spread, Sunday start, standard look. Features mini calendar of previous and current months, plenty of note spaces.
  • Vertical week in two pages spread, Monday start. Features three action items boxes and free grid space at the bottom.
  • 14 project breakdown pages at the end of every month as well as a few at the end of the book.
  • Blank grid pages scattered within the book.

What I love about GTWB:

  • No unnecessary bells and whistles
  • The size
  • It’s pretty light compared to other planners in similar size once I’ve taken off the quote art pages
  • It’s very straight-forward
  • The minimalist layout that inspires me to plan, and doesn’t distract me from my planning activities
  • The fact that it’s monochrome means that I can decorate it however I want without worrying about theme colours
  • Sturdy and well-made
  • I don’t have to be too careful and precious with it
  • Vertical weekly layout
  • Project breakdown pages – I love it so much that I purchased the pad
  • It is THE planner when you want to plan and get work done, and not to worry so much about decorations and prettiness
  • The FONTS (oh yes this is important for me. I don’t know how many times I like a planner but I won’t buy them because of the fonts)

What I don’t like about GTWB:

  • I don’t really like the paper stock that they use. They are not smooth and it makes certain pens bleed and show-through. They are 100% post-consumer waste, which is a good thing for the environment. But I personally still prefer smoother and more premium paper. Luckily, the pen that I’m using (Kikki K felt tip pens) is good enough for the paper that they are using, so bleeding and show-through problems are tackled.
  • There’s no designated pages with prompted questions for goal setting or mission purpose finding
  • I feel that I have to do a lot of self-led planning and customisation with this planner
  • Monthly spread starts on a Sunday
  • Their monthly spread is a little too standard, but it doesn’t bother me so much

There’s no one perfect planner for everyone, and regardless of the things that I don’t like about Get to Work Book, I still feel that this is the perfect planner for me. All the cons about goal setting are tackled by my own Passion Workbook and stickers to add features on the planning pages.

So if you have used Get to Work Book planner before, let me know what you think about this planner in the comments!

 

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Printable Year of Rooster Printable Hong Baos http://www.designisyay.com/printable-year-rooster-printable-hong-baos/ http://www.designisyay.com/printable-year-rooster-printable-hong-baos/#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2017 23:19:30 +0000 http://www.designisyay.com/?p=6464 Chinese New Year falls on the 28th of January this year, and we are welcoming the year of Roosters! Here’s our annual printable red packet or hong baos for you to download and print, and give out to family and friends. Download after the jump Hong Baos are envelopes filled with money given by married […]

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Year of Rooster Chinese New Year Printable Hong Baos | DESIGN IS YAY!

Chinese New Year falls on the 28th of January this year, and we are welcoming the year of Roosters! Here’s our annual printable red packet or hong baos for you to download and print, and give out to family and friends.

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Hong Baos are envelopes filled with money given by married couples to their single or younger family members during Chinese New Year. The amount inside isn’t important, but the hong bao itself represents good fortune and wealth in the coming year. Traditionally, hong baos are supposed to be red in colour. Which is why they’re called Hong Bao, translated directly into Red Packet. But these days, you could find them in many different colours and designs.

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Year of Rooster Chinese New Year Printable Hong Baos | DESIGN IS YAY!

Year of Rooster Chinese New Year Printable Hong Baos | DESIGN IS YAY!

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Passion Workbook by Doodlesdo – A complete goal planning system http://www.designisyay.com/passion-workbook-doodlesdo-complete-goal-planning-system/ Fri, 23 Dec 2016 08:27:45 +0000 http://www.designisyay.com/?p=6437 Get Your Passion Workbook HERE For someone who’s very passionate about planners and planning, and having the ability (and qualification) to design, it is about time that I produce a planner. But this is not just another planner with pretty design, I’m designing a planning system to find our purpose and passion, set goals, and actually […]

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Passion Workbook by Doodlesdo - A Complete goal planning system | DESIGN IS YAY!

Get Your Passion Workbook HERE

For someone who’s very passionate about planners and planning, and having the ability (and qualification) to design, it is about time that I produce a planner. But this is not just another planner with pretty design, I’m designing a planning system to find our purpose and passion, set goals, and actually follow through.

Introducing Passion Workbook, your yearly companion in turning your passion into a career that you actually love.

 

A Background Story

I’ll tell you little crazy background story about how this planner came about, this planner was just created less than a week ago. I have always wanted to design a planner, and I knew that when I finally do, there are certain things that I definitely want in the planner. Basically, this is a planner created out of years of using a few different planners without being able to find my planner peace.

End of year holiday for me means sitting down with my 2017 planner and start planning what I’d like to do or create next year. 2016 was one hell of a crazy year for me; being pregnant, giving birth and being a first time mom. So in 2017 I finally want to get back up and do something. I seriously do not know how mothers with newborns and older kids are able to produce anything at all. 2016 was the least productive year I’ve had in my career life.

‘Designing my own planner’ is one of my 2017 big goals. But I know myself, I know that if I don’t challenge myself into doing more than what I’m capable of, this planner dream would stay as a dream. With my husband being on 2 weeks holiday break, I saw this as an opportunity to do as much as I could. I started jotting down what I like and don’t like in a planner, and what this dream planner of mine would be like. Of course I want my planner to be professionally printed on a luxurious thick paper, with rose gold coil and hardcover with foil details, delivered to my customers in a keepsake box. But this is a challenge, remember? I feel like I have to, no, I need to do something now.

From the notes that I gathered, and sketches of what this planner should look like, Passion Workbook was born.

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Around 3 days ago I was looking at the planner design and decided it was not exciting at all. It was really plain. I guess I was really focusing on the planning system rather than the visual attributes of the planner. The system looked great, but without any visual attributes, it wasn’t the kind of planner I’d use myself. Plus, by not having those rose gold coil, hardcover, foil detailing and the keepsake box, I need the pages to look attractive. But not just any kind of attractive, I would like to inject my personal style into this planner. I started to doodle some symbols and hand lettering in true doodlesdo style, and when they were put together with the plain planning pages I’ve already done, it actually look better than I thought it would be.

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The Goal Planning System

The planning system itself is actually quite simple. The first few pages are dedicated to define, or redefine, your purpose and passion. I find that to be able to know the next steps of my life, I’ll need to check and reflect on where I am at the moment. The first page of your Passion Workbook is all about your life, today. Celebrating your life wins, realising your strength, and also things that you feel like you need to work on. I won’t call them your weaknesses. A weakness is a personal attribute that you don’t want to develop, ever. But when you have the cognition to work on it, one day it might even be your strength.

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Purpose and Passion are a series of questions to discover your passion. Whenever I come across these type of questions in a goal planner, I always wanted to skip it. My passion has always been in design, and there’s nothing that could change that. However, whenever I take time to answer these questions, I always discover a thing or two about myself. With the purpose and passion questions in Passion Workbook (yes, I actually did a trial run on this planner myself), I finally understood why I ended up being a design blogger rather than a graphic designer. I find this great satisfaction when I get to recommend things that I like to people around me, and that’s what blogging is mainly about!

The next page, Life Timeline, is my favourite page in the Passion Workbook. I don’t think I have ever seen this style in other planners before. Rather than using the Mind Map or Questions method to get you dreaming and write down what you’d like to achieve in the next x years, it has a timeline for you to write when you’d like to achieve/own/produce those dreams. Every new year, you’ll look into it again and you’ll be reminded of what you need to work on that year to be able to achieve those dreams. On this page, you’ll need to dream big. Write every dreams down, and don’t be realistic. After all, you’ll need to challenge yourself to do more that what you’re capable of when it comes to your goals.

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From all the things that you’ve discovered in the Purpose and Passion pages, you’re now ready to set your goals. Each goal section consists of two pages. You’ll have your ‘what’ (what your goal is and the time frame), the ‘why’ (why is this goal important for you) and ‘how’ (how will you work into achieving this goal). On the key milestones section, you can write down 5 things that marks your achievements. They are supposed to be the 5 biggest things within the goal. For example, if your goal is to buy a house, your 5 key milestones could be: 1. Finding a job with good pay (let’s just say you’re in a non-employed position), 2. Saving enough money for the deposit, 3. Finding the suitable home, 4. Getting your loan approved, 5. Owning the house!
Instead of having a to-do list for this goal, what you’ll have next is Project Breakdown. Because let’s face it, 18 lines of to-do list won’t be suffice for some of your goals. We’ll come back to to-do list later. But for now, Break each Key Milestone into projects. For example, key milestone numero uno, Finding a job with good pay breaks into a few projects: 1. Project of improving your portfolio or resume, 2. Project of training yourself to be irresistible during interviews, and 3. Project of searching for the jobs. You can of course have more than 3 projects for each key milestone. However, you will realise that for each project you’ll again have a gazillion of to-do list. Where do they go?

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Your Passion Workbook comes with Month on 2 pages and Weekly Vertical on 2 pages planners. More often than not, a planner would have really awesome goal planning pages, just to discover that when it comes to monthly and weekly planning they don’t really provide the features to follow through your goals.

In Passion Workbook, the most important thing is not just to find your purpose and passion, or to set your goals, but you need to keep following through your goals and challenging yourself into doing them on time, or even sooner.

Based on the goal setting pages that you have worked on, You will pick the main projects to do each month. Be aware that for some of your big goals and dreams, you will not have time for more than 3 projects each month. However, if you think that you’re capable to do more than three, feel free to use the empty note space on the right page.

On the Week on 2 pages, there is a space for important dates (this is for birthdays, events, due dates, appointments, etc) and Key Milestone due dates. If you look back to your goal setting pages again, you were supposed to write down due dates for each of your key milestones. This section in the weekly page is to remind you of any due dates coming up, so that you can plan your days or weeks around them. This is very useful when you have more than one goals to kick at the same time. You will not remember all of your key milestones.

Now, you can write down your to do list on the top of each day’s vertical boxes. If four bullet points are not enough, feel free to continue on underneath the first four.

On the bottom of the weekly pages, you will find This Week’s projects. You can have a totally new project that the one you’ve written on your monthly page, but you can also use this section as a reminder of the ongoing projects. The habits section is also a favourite of mine. Some goals will require you to make a habit of doing something everyday, or every few days. This is particularly helpful for goals such as losing weight, then your daily habit could be going for a 20 minutes run everyday.

There are two extra pages that hasn’t been pictured in details here, but you can see it in the video or the second photo on top: Goal Tracker and Monthly reflection pages. Goal tracker is a page from my good ol’ goals journal that I created a few years back. A lot of people has given me positive feedbacks on this particular page, and that’s why I’ve decided to include it in the Passion Workbook. It’s basically a 12 month grid to track… anything you want. There are boxes on the side where you can write down the description of what you’re tracking. At the beginning or end of every month, write down the numbers, and over the years you can see whether the number has gone up or down.

Monthly reflection page is pretty similar to the “My life. Today” page. I just thought it would be nice to be able to check and reflect on the state of your goals every month.

Next Step

So that’s what Passion Workbook is all about. It may not be a planner to plan meals, or for you to be more spiritual, but it is a companion for your passion and to follow through your goals. Purchase the planner here.

In a year or two, who knows, my dream Passion Workbook with the rose gold coils and keepsake box might actually come true :)

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Our Favourite 2017 Planners http://www.designisyay.com/favourite-2017-planners/ http://www.designisyay.com/favourite-2017-planners/#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2016 03:04:39 +0000 http://www.designisyay.com/?p=6424 The New Year is coming real soon, and in a true planner girl/girl boss manner, the first thing that went through my mind was what planner should I use in 2017. With the sudden boom of planners, sometimes it’s hard for a planner addict such as myself to decide on the one planner I’m going […]

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The New Year is coming real soon, and in a true planner girl/girl boss manner, the first thing that went through my mind was what planner should I use in 2017. With the sudden boom of planners, sometimes it’s hard for a planner addict such as myself to decide on the one planner I’m going to use for the whole year.

Let’s face it, there is no one perfect planner. But maybe with a combination of two or more different planners, you will finally find your planner peace. Let me help you pick the best 2017 planners for your life!

OUR FAVOURITE 2017 PLANNERS

THE SIMPLIFIED PLANNER

The designer, Emily Ley, doesn’t compromise on luxury and the quality of this planner. It comes in a navy and gold keepsake box, the cover is hard coated and protected with gold corners, and the paper uses Mohawk via, smooth and thick quality paper. The layout of this planner itself is simple, but easy to use for your daily life. No hard-to-read fonts or frilly lines, and very minimal colours. Perfect for those who wish to organise and simplify their busy lives. Buy Simplified Planner here

MAKE IT HAPPEN POWERSHEETS

I really love the word Powersheets, it makes me feel like this planner is going to be a game changer in my life. However, this is not your usual planner, it is actually the planner to accompany your planner. Just like the name, this planner comes with several worksheets with questions that encourage you to dig dipper and find out your goal and purpose. If that sounds too heavy for you, don’t worry because the pages are very colourful and well designed. It feels like you are designing a life – your life– rather than filling in a survey. Perfect for those who are feeling lost and they need to discover, or rediscover, their purpose in life. Buy 2017 Powersheets here

I AM VERY BUSY 2017 AGENDA

Ban.do agendas are so popular, it’s almost like a cult. Planner addicts signed up to be on the list to find out as soon as the agenda becomes available. This is a feel-good planner. This is the planner if you don’t feel like you need mind-drilling self discovery questions, and you just want a planner that makes you feel good, and makes you feel like you’re having fun. You will find fun artwork and funny compliments throughout the agenda, such as “you make all the champagne bottles pop”, and their monthly calendar reminds you of fun holidays that are coming up. Buy Ban.Do agendas here

GET TO WORK BOOK

This planner is actually on my to-buy list. Just like what the name suggests, this planner gets you to get to work. This is the planner for those who already know what your purpose and goals are, and you are ready to get to work. Their layout is easy on the eyes and doesn’t distract you from what you really need to do. It still comes with pages to reflect and review your goals, because you know you’ll need to check back on your goals every once in short while. What I really like about this planner is the project breakdown pages, perfect for someone with lots of personal projects and ideas, such as small business owners and bloggers! Buy Get To Work Book here

AMELIA LANE LIFE DESIGNER

A life planner, or life designer, is a planner that actually keeps information and plan the important things in your life. Amelia Lane Life Planner is a product by Chanel White, a Sydney based paper goods studio targeted for women. This planner comes in 2 beautiful hard cover designs with gold protective edges, delivered to you in a navy keepsake box, and for Australian readers, this planner is locally designed! There are pages for goal-setting, health and budget tracking, weekly meal and exercise planners, as well as login and password keeping. This is the all-round planner that everyone will find a good use of. Buy Amelia Lane Life Designer here

2017 GOALS DIARY

This Mi Goals 2017 diary is the one I’ve already owned and love. I haven’t get to use much of it yet, but I’ve already filled up most of the goal-setting pages. The first reason, although not the most important, for purchasing this planner was because the cover doesn’t come with big titles that screams “I AM SETTING MY GOALS”. It simply writes 2017 in gold foil on the cover; and “Goals Diary 2017”, also in gold foils, on the spine. They are very subtly placed, in a glance you would think it’s just a plain journal. The inside of the diary is very easy on the eyes, straight forward and I really like the goal setting pages. I will write a more comprehensive review on this diary, so stay tune! Buy MiGoals 2017 diary here

2017 ROSA DIARY

If you are familiar with Rifle Paper Co, you will know that the owner/head designer, Anna Bond, is simply the most amazing illustrator ever. This beautifully designed planner features Anna’s illustration on the cover, and it is the perfect gift on Christmas. Without all the bells and whistles of the other planners, it simply features planning section suitable for everyone and every needs. Buy Rifle Paper co Agendas here 

ERIN CONDREN LIFEPLANNER

Erin Condren LifePlanner is one of the most popular planners within the planner community. They are popular for their Vertical weekly layout design. A lot of independent designers are selling stickers and decorations specific to this layout. The best thing about this planner is that you can customise it, and there are so many covers to choose from.

I have to admit that I actually have never seen this planner in person, because the shipping cost to Australia is quite hefty. However, I enjoyed playing with their Life Planner customiser, where I could choose the cover design, personalise with my name, the colour of the coil binder (rose gold is def my fave!), and you can customise the inserts as well! Buy EC LifePlanner here

HUSTLE DAILY PLANNER

This is the life organiser that you need if you prefer to have only one planner for all your life affairs. Other than monthly, weekly and daily planning pages, they also include pages to plan your holidays, projects, vacations, financial, meals health; and of course goal planner and tracker. This planner would be perfect for a stay at home mom with a small business. Buy Start Planner Hustle daily planner here

Which planner do you like the best?

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Christmas party photoshoot collaboration with The Kit Source http://www.designisyay.com/christmas-party-photoshoot-collaboration-kit-source/ Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:25:24 +0000 http://www.designisyay.com/?p=6409 To some people, Christmas could be the most exciting yet stressful time of the year. There are so many things to plan, from gifts, holidays, thank you cards, and not to mention if we’re having a party. With all the hassle, it would be extra helpful if we could cross ‘searching for Christmas party wares’ […]

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To some people, Christmas could be the most exciting yet stressful time of the year. There are so many things to plan, from gifts, holidays, thank you cards, and not to mention if we’re having a party. With all the hassle, it would be extra helpful if we could cross ‘searching for Christmas party wares’ off our list right away.

The Kit Source and Design is Yay have collaborated to give you a solution for your Christmas party, by doing what we do best. They did their party styling magic using their Vintage Christmas decorator kit (available from their shop) and their photography skills, and I designed the printable Christmas party paperie for you to download for free (download link after the jump).

Christmas photoshoot collaboration with The Kit Source | DESIGN IS YAY!

The Kit Source is the ultimate party kit shop based in Melbourne owned by husband and wife Khai and Lel. They understand how stressful and time consuming party planning could be, and that’s when The Kit Source is a great resources for party decorators and enthusiasts! Each kit contains all the party wares you’ll need for a well-decorated party; and all you need to provide is the edibles and drinkables, some pretty paperie, and your hospitality.

Check out the photos below!
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FREE WALLPAPER & PLANNER : Christmas 2016 http://www.designisyay.com/free-wallpaper-planner-christmas-2016/ Tue, 29 Nov 2016 02:29:37 +0000 http://www.designisyay.com/?p=6386 I am very excited to share with all of you this year’s Christmas wallpaper & planner freebies! I have been using a different approach for my illustration lately. Instead of using flat vector graphics, I’ve image traced my hand-drawn illustration. First I draw by hands on my Rhodia dotpad, using the non-brush end of my […]

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Free wallpaper & planner : Christmas 2016 | DESIGN IS YAY!

I am very excited to share with all of you this year’s Christmas wallpaper & planner freebies! I have been using a different approach for my illustration lately. Instead of using flat vector graphics, I’ve image traced my hand-drawn illustration.

First I draw by hands on my Rhodia dotpad, using the non-brush end of my Tombow dual brush pen. The drawing is later scanned and created into vectors on Adobe illustrator. The colours were added on illustrator too.

Download the freebies after the jump!

I’m loving this hand-drawn approach to my illustration. I even have created some stickers based on my hand-doodles for my new shop, Doodlesdo! I will soon introduce more products for Doodlesdo, such as illustrated prints and planner cover.

Enjoy your end of year holidays!

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