ABOUT GOODS ON PAPER
Goods On Paper is a passion project fueled by the love of clean and productive planner supplies, with an occasional pop of something special.
Printables are great, simply because there's no wait in getting the product and you have more flexibility/customizability at a small price point (if you're willing to put in the work of cutting, punching, and of course printing everything).
ABOUT THE OWNER: I am a mom, partner, and public health researcher & educator living in New Orleans. Creating printables and planner decor is a way for me to escape into a more creative space. I'm a bit of a stickler when it comes to paper type, margin size, and binding preferences & I know there's a lot of people in the planner community just like me. This shop is for us!
HOW I PRINT MY planner inserts
My preferred planning size is half-letter (5.5" x 8.5"), with A5 coming in close second. Honestly, they're so close in size that I often use them together in the same planner without an issue. Because of that, I keep a stack of pre-cut half-letter sized paper stocked in my printer. I definitely recommend cutting then printing on half-letter paper, just because it seems a little more precise--but it's just a personal preference. Here's a quick video explaining how I print my inserts on half-letter paper.
NOTE: My printer only permits double-sided printing on Letter-sized paper so I have to manually flip my paper on the other side. Each printer has very different settings so be sure to familiarize yourself with your printer and it's settings to find out what works best for you.
Although I do not use the personal-sized inserts in my planner, I have made a video to show how to print and cut the personal-sized inserts that are available in my shop. They are all made to be printed on letter paper (with page markers), so it's a little different from how I print the half-letter inserts. Take a look!
I've recently noticed that my printer is not calibrated well for double-sided printing with cut lines. Sometimes they do not line up properly on both sides and I hate that! A little hack that I do is print as US Letter - Borderless. When selecting the "borderless" option, the lines come out perfectly, on my printer.
*Always punch holes on the same side as the "Goods On Paper" branding.
HOW I USE MY planner inserts
I always highlight the hours I'm working during the week (even though its almost always 9AM - 5PM) with a Tombow or Mildliner
I write in brackets to indicate beginning and end times for appointments and meeting I have during the work week. Between my meetings, I use asterisks to notate tasks I want to work on within certain time frames.
I use this top area to write in a small monthly calendar, to-do lists for the week, reminders, bills for the week, important things that have happened, plans for next weeks, and even inspirational quotes.
THE FUTURE LOG
I use colored dots stickers to indicate a holiday, birthday, or a key event. Then label the events here!
THE DATED MONTHLY
I use this very similarly to the future log, but at a more micro level. I also include major to-do's that I need to be completed that month like applying for flood insurance or getting an oil change.
This extra space is generally used for brain dumps, habit tracking, goal setting, quotes, or other planner deco.
THE EXPENSE TRACKER
When tracking my expenses in this insert, I like to color code the type of purchases by highlighting them with Tombow markers. That way, I have a visual of what I'm spending before calculating the number.
PAY PERIOD MONTHLY
The calendar portion is where I indicate when my partner and I get paid (with colored dot stickers of course). Then I fill in the calendar with due dates for our bills, that way we have a visual of what bills are being paid with which checks. And, we know how much to move to savings. The rest is pretty standard.
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