Monday, November 25, 2013

Free Printables for your Christmas Elf

My kids have never known Christmas without their special Elf on the Shelf {named Toodles}.

They come to look forward to his arrival as much as Santa's and over the last few years, we have tried to make Toodles' stay in our home as special as possible. We weave him into many of our Christmas traditions, and I thought it would be nice for him to have his own set of stationary. Our Elf likes to leave notes, send his welcome letter, leave reminders to the kids when they are being naughty, acknowledge them when they are being nice and maybe slip in a little Christmas joke or two :-)

And as a little treat from our Elf to yours…here are two free printables you can download so that your elf has his own stationary too!!



We are a sucker for Elf pictures around here and we would love it if you follow us on Facebook and posted pics of your Elf using his new stationary :-) Toodles would appreciate it!!

{All printables shared on www.thepolkadotposie.com are for personal use only. Please feel free to share and pin as much as you'd like, but just be sure to link back to either this post or the posts on www.adailydoseofdavis.com. Thank you!}

Friday, November 22, 2013

NEW X-Small Personal Size Planner Pages for Your Filofax, Daytimer & More!



Thank you so much for stopping by! If you arrived here via Pinterest or another site, please note that this post has been updated as of June, 2014 in order to showcase our NEW calendar pages! The post below will highlight some of the great features of our X-Small Planner Pages, as well as provide detailed print instructions with screen shots and step-by-step directions.

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It is easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices there are for planners these days, especially when it comes to size. Some people prefer the awesome writing space that our Large 8.5 x 11" planner pages offer, while others prefer the portability of our Small  5.5 x 8.5" planner pages. But if you are someone that does not carry a work bag or tote every day, even our Small planner can be bit big to carry around with you.

Just last year, my mom and I were introduced to the Filofax Personal & Compact size, as well as the Daytimer Portable, with inserts measuring 3.75 x 6.75". My mom purchased a Filofax Personal size off eBay just to give it a try, and it was love at first sight. The pages have enough space for her to write what she wants and it's portable enough to carry with her in her purse.

We knew this size would be a big hit for those planner junkies looking for a more portable planner option, so we added it to the shop!! We now have several sets to choose from in X-Small (3.75 x 6.75). Of course we have our popular Seasonal Planner Set.








HOW TO PRINT OUR X-SMALL PLANNER PAGES

The great thing about our X-Small planner pages is the amount of flexibility it offers. But with that flexibility comes a more time consuming print process. Printing and setting up your planner will be a project, but we promise that it will be worth the effort to have a planner that meets all of your needs :-)

Perhaps the most time-consuming part of the print process is figuring out the order you want your pages in your planner and how they will need to be printed for front-to-back alignment. I've done my best to take out all the guess work and provide a detailed set of instructions and diagrams to help you along the way.

Step 1: Before attempting to print, I recommend downloading Adobe Reader if you don't already have it. Adobe Reader is a free download and it makes this printing process SO MUCH easier.

Step 2: Once you have Adobe ready to go, open your file and select print.

Step 3. Click on the "Size" tab and select "Actual Size"


Step 4: Next, click on the "Multiple" tab and select "2 pages per sheet"


Step 5: Towards the top, specify which pages you want to print. You will see from the diagram I have below that the first pages to be printed will be page 4 & 1 (this order will make sense later). To select specific pages, use a comma between them.


Step 6: Then select print! Using this technique will ensure that pages line up perfectly for front-to-back printing. But figuring out which page should print where can be the tricky part. Here is a diagram to help you out. This set-up for printing monthly pages all in a row (no weeklies in between).


Next, you will want to print your weekly pages, and here are some instructions for those as well.

For the seasonal set, you can choose between 3 different weekly layouts and 12 different color schemes. If you would like your weekly pages to change color with your monthlies, you will need three sheets of paper for each month/color. This will give you a Notes page to start the set (instead of having half of a week), 5 weeks of the 2-page layout of your choice, and a Notes page at the end of the set (again…so you don't have half of a week). Here is a visual of how the pages should be printed:


The first sheet you print will have your two-page weekly on the front, and two Note pages on the back (you can get two note pages on one sheet by selecting the page number twice, separated by a comma. For this set, the page number was 1, so the order specified in the Pages box was 1,1).


ONCE ALL OF YOUR PAGES ARE PRINTED, IT'S TIME TO CUT! I have provided guidelines around each of your planner pages to help you with the cutting process.

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The pages used in the examples above are from our Seasonal Set, but here is

HOW TO PRINT OUR DATED SIGNATURE MONTHLY SET



HOW TO PRINT OUR UNDATED SIGNATURE SET




HOW TO PRINT OUR UNDATED SIMPLISTIC SET



I know that reading these instructions can seem overwhelming. There are quite a few steps involved in printing your X-Small pages, but the work is truly worth the effort :)

And once you have your planner set up and the print process down, be sure to download all of our other fabulous FREE planner extra pages!!!



This file includes 13 additional pages for your X-small/Personal planner. It comes with 2 party planner pages (Wish list and Invite tracker), Password tracker, 3 important Dates lists and 7 checklists, including a blank checklist that you can customize for your needs!

{Download Here}

***Please note that all FREE printables shared on ThePolkaDotPosie are for PERSONAL USE ONLY! You may pin these pages and share them with others, but always link back to this post and give credit when necessary. Thank you!***

Thanks so much for stopping by today to check out our brand new pages!!!!!

Happy Planning!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

FREE Thanksgiving Printables for your Planner or Home Management Binder

If you've ever been in charge of hosting Thanksgiving, you understand the importance of being organized. Between the timing of food going in and coming out of the oven and all the prep work that takes place BEFORE the big day...it's important to have all of your ducks turkeys in a row.

So to help all of my fellow Thanksgiving Warriors...here are some helpful printables that you can add to your Planner or Home Management Binder.



Use this printable to help you plan your menu and assign different dishes to your guests. There is also a handy shopping list on the right so that you can make your grocery checklist while you plan.


This printable will work great in your planner or binder, but it would be just as useful hanging on your refrigerator. It includes an hourly schedule for planning when food goes in and comes out of the oven, a  "cooked" checklist of your food so you can keep track of what's done and a "Don't Forget" section for important reminders.



Use this printable to help you with all of the cleaning, decorating and table setting that needs to take place before the big day. There is also a section just for "Kitchen" so that you remember to pull your turkey platter out of storage and have your gravy boat washed and ready to go.


In the middle of all the craziness of the holiday, it's easy to forget to count all the blessings we are truly thankful for. Use this printable to journal all of your blessings and keep it for years to come.


Use this printable coloring page as a decoration for the big day, or as an activity to keep the kids busy at the table :-) These would be a perfect addition to a scrapbook too.

All of the links above are sized 8.5 x 11", but if you happen to carry an Arc Junior, Daytime Desk size or other planner that fits 5.5 x 8.5" pages...here is a small set just for you!


Well I hope you all find these pages helpful!!

Happy Turkey Day!

***Please note that all FREE printables shared on ThePolkaDotPosie are for PERSONAL USE ONLY! You may pin these pages and share them with others, but always link back to this post and give credit when necessary. Thank you!***