Letter to Digital Nerds or People Who Like Digital Things
Dear Digital Nerds,
Here’s the before story…
So my cousin and I were texting about planners. She’d misplaced her planner and I asked why she didn't keep all that stuff on the computer. She likes a pretty paper planner to stay organized. I said I like the way they look but I wouldn’t use it. I used to have a pretty Day-timer and ordered pretty refills for it every year, but I stopped with that after I got my first Palm Pilot. Once I went digital I never went back. I’m not putting stuff on an electronic calendar and turning around to write the same thing on a paper planner.
Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Cookies eavesdropped on me and my cousin’s text conversation, and I started seeing ads on facebook for planners. No coincidence. The first ad appeared approximately two hours after we texted about planners. Well I didn’t bite that fish hook.
Cookies got my attention when I saw an ad for a digital planner. I was in awe! I didn’t know that was a thing. Like actually writing on your iPad kind of thing. It was $24.99, you had to purchase a $7.99 app and needed an Apple Pencil to use it.
I wasn’t interested in purchasing that particular planner. I didn’t like the colors, the tabs weren’t applicable to what I would use it for, the one year calendar started back in June, and I didn’t have an Apple Pencil. I just wanted to play with it. So I wrote the company asking if I could get a free download in exchange for a review - as a blogger it never hurts to ask. Well they politely said no. They’d given out their allotment of freebies to a handful of bloggers already and gave me a 10% off coupon instead. I was like thanks but no thanks.
Then I became a born again digital nerd.
I started researching how to make a digital planner. I was looking at the Post-it notes on my desk thinking it would be nice to have digital ones, in a digital notebook, on my iPad. In my research I discovered that a lot of people sell digital planners on Etsy.
I actually shopped around and watched a few tutorials on how to use one. I purchased the GoodNotes App for $7.99 that I would need and quickly discovered it was no fun without a digital planner imported. You can make notebooks in GoodNotes but nothing with the fancy tabs that link to other pages.
I was so close to clicking on one of the Etsy planners but the one I settled to buy was floral. I don’t like floral. She offered different covers which were all some variant of floral and all her pages were just too girly for me. I really only liked one of the pages and again it was a 12-month calendar that started in back in January. How do you even sell something for full price when it is about to expire. No thank you.
I also wanted my planner to look real, not like a cartoon.
Giving credit where credit is due, this website helped me to understand the building concept and I got to work.
Long story short, I made my first planner last Friday. I modeled it after a tutorial and it was all the primary colors. On Saturday I hated it. I created another one with softer colors and after I imported it in, I decided I wanted it in portrait mode. Landscape would be great if you have the big iPad Pro. So I had to start from scratch to make a portrait one to fit nicely on my standard size iPad.
I finally finished tweaking my notebook the night before Hurricane Dorian was due to pass by.
I created a notebook to my specifications, primarily to write things down instead of having notebooks and Post-its everywhere. I didn’t need 12-months in the book because I use the calendar on my phone/iPad/computer in the cloud. Instead I imported the school calendar which can easily be changed out or I can make notes on it when it changes. I made one page where I would can write in the 1-word writing prompt for each day of the week, and I made pages for digital stickers etc.
Creating a digital notebook helped me with hurricane anxiety and kept me too busy to overeat hurricane snacks. I’m not saying I’ll be totally Post-it reformed but I also taught myself how to make digital sticky notes and my paperclip is super realistic - not cartoony at all.
For the record, you don’t need a fancy Apple Pencil. I got this Stylus 4-pack from Amazon and they work like a charm; better for writing on a touchscreen surface as opposed to the rubber tipped ones. For the another record though, I still want a fancy Apple Pencil.
Here’s a video I made from a screen recording of flipping through the notebook. I love it love it love it.