Ok, I admit, parties aren’t really my thing. (Introvert, remember?) A few days ago, when I was upgrading my WP account, I discovered that I am not using the ‘block editor’.
I’m a WP user from waaaay back, and I remember when the editor looked like this:
So, since my new editor looks like this:
I thought I was using the new block editor.
Apparently, that’s the ‘Classic editor.’
The NEW block editor looks like this:
I tried writing this post in the actual NEW block editor, and it made me want to pull my hair out. Now, I’m all for learning new things, but it’s always scary to do this on your blog/website. Because you never know what it will do to your old content. Maybe nothing? Or maybe it will break everything?
I mean, unless I’m updating old posts for some reason, after switching to the the new editor, it shouldn’t change anything, right?
The new editor does look like it has some cool features, but it also was frustrating trying to search around and find things, since everything seems to be moved around.
I’m also debating getting a new theme (now that I upgraded and have access to more), but I have the same fear – that changing the theme will somehow break some of the old content. What to do, what to do.
Are you using the new block editor? Any tips/tricks/horror stories you’d like to share?
One of the products I plan to offer in my shop is covers for the Happy Planners. I’ve made several of them now, and I think I finally have the process down pat.
I made one as a test a while ago and have made several tweaks. The first one seemed a bit flimsy, so I added in cardstock for additional weight, and I changed my laminating sheets to 5 mil rather than 3 mil.
I had already purchased a special punch specifically for use with the Happy Planner disc system. I experimented on the first one with adding some stickers, and I have some ideas for adding other things to future creations.
With these covers in mind, I went out and purchased some scrapbook papers that I thought would work. It takes 4 pages of 12X12 scrapbook paper (and 2 pages of regular cardstock) to make the front and back cover for the classic size Happy Planner. I think I can get both covers out of only 2 pages of scrapbook paper for the mini Happy Planner. I need to figure out my cost, and then see how much shipping would be for a cover.
If it ends up being too costly for shipping, I may have to scrap the idea as a product, but I am having fun making them.
I made this cover for myself:
When I bought my planner, I couldn’t find a cover that I liked, that spoke to me. My sister had the same experience, so I’m planning on making her a custom one next. I love the galaxy/star theme of this paper. The stars and lines are gold foil, though that’s a bit hard to see in the photo.
The white galaxy paper on the inside covers is from the same theme pack of paper:
Now that I’m looking at the photos, I may add a foil 2020 or something to the front cover. Just something to jazz it up a bit. All in all, though, I’m much happier with this cover than the one that came with the planner.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I am a planner from way back. I’ve been planning for as long as I can remember. I’ve done it for so long that when I don’t, it throws off my whole schedule. For instance, because I’ve been trying out different planners, I don’t have everything in one place like I used to. So I completely missed the fact that I have double-booked myself for two events that I have to attend. Which means I now get to figure out how to rearrange schedules so that I can make it to both – not the end of the world, certainly, but things would have been much easier if I had realized it from the beginning and scheduled accordingly.
In the planner sticker world, the Happy Planner Classic and the Erin Condren Life Planner are two of the most popular planners. I finally got my hands on a cheap Erin Condren (half-off because it’s an 18 month planner, but it’s got all of 2020 in it, so win!) and I also bought the Happy Planner mini and Big sizes so that I could take measurements for my sticker kits.
I was surprised to discover that I actually really like the Erin Condren planner. It’s good quality, it’s sturdy, and the paper is smooth. The downside? The large spiral – it gets in the way of everything I do. So, while I like it, I won’t be using it.
I thought I would stick with the Happy Planner Classic, because I knew I wouldn’t use the mini. I don’t carry my planner with me – it stays on my desk and I check it periodically throughout the day. If I worked full-time, I might want something portable, but not now. And I’m finding that I really miss my large, cheap, big box store planner – it was large and had lots of room to write in the monthly spreads. The monthly spread is really all I use in my planner, because I like to see everything at a glance. I’ve been trying to use the weekly spreads in the Classic, but it gets annoying to keep flipping back and forth.
I think I’m going to move to the Big Happy Planner – I don’t need the weekly pages, but the monthly spreads are large and give me plenty of room to write everything I need to in one place.
I’ve managed to pare down from 6 planners to 2 – one scheduling planner and one budgeting. It’s taken some getting used to, but I feel like I have a good handle on things now that I’ve pared down. For a while there, with 6 planners, I think I spent more time copying the same thing into multiple planners than I did actually planning.
I have gotten all the templates for my monthly sticker kits made for the sizes I want to sell, and my goal now is to get demos printed and photographed so I can post them for sale. I’ve also figured out how to make covers for the Happy Planners, and I’ve already had two requests for them!
It took me a couple of tries to get the dimensions just right, but I’m excited to make these. I picked up some pretty scrapbook paper to use for them and I can’t wait to see how they turn out.
Now that my planner and organization is back on track, hopefully everything else will fall into place. Things aren’t going as fast as I’d like, and I’ve still got some business housekeeping things to take care of as well, but I’m slowly getting there.