I mentioned in a previous post that I had struggled with whether to use the Book of Days because it just didn’t give me enough room to include everything I wanted to include so, I think it was New Year’s Eve that I decided to order another Happy Planner to try out for my stitching journal. My preference is the vertical planner and for several years, I’ve used one just as a day to day “life” journal. I had already decided to use a vertical planner for meal planning and I’m loving that so for the cross stitch journal, I decided to try something different. I chose this one which is a horizontal layout.
I’ve only had it here for two days so I need to give the horizontal layout my time. Right now, I’m wishing I had stuck with vertical layout but that’s what I’m used to using.
The tab punch arrived and I did make tabs which include “Starts, Finishes, Charts Added and Fabric Added”. Through the year, I may add more sections.
I plan to copy the front of the charts I start and put them at the front of the “Starts” section.
In the Starts section, I also have the Project Planner page.
For finishes, I will post a picture of the finished piece, and then will write the info about how I finished it and if it’s framed, I will add the frame info.
For Charts Added, I will keep a running list. Same with linen but I’ve not added any linen yet.
There’s plenty of room in the daily calendar area to write important things like . . who talked me into buying this chart, notes about floss that didn’t work with my linen or substitutes I made, any changes I made to each chart, etc. The on the Project Planner page, I can write things like:
- 1/12 – changes to chart
- 1/15 – going to inactive bin due to SAL starting tomorrow (Martha Evans)
- 5/16 – pulled out and back to stitching
- 5/18 – floss color change explained
Something like that and obviously, I’m just writing for the sake of writing because most of those dates are future dates and I am nowhere near organized enough to know what I will be doing tomorrow, let alone on May 16.
I’ll share my progress through the year and by the end of 2023, you should have an idea if a larger planner like this is something you might want to use.