Free Printable Special Dates Planner Insert

Get your free printable Special Dates planner insert! Perfect way to add a functional touch of adorable to your planners!

In my last post I shared the free printable academic calendar which seems to have been a big hit with you Squadettes. Today, I am sharing a free printable Special Dates insert to follow on with the functional planning theme.

Get these free Special Dates planner printables! Functional yet adorable!

Functional Planning…

Functional planning is my thing. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE all the fun stuff too but my planner HAS to be functional for it to work for me and that is why I am a “white space” planner girl. I do use the odd sticker here and there but I need white space in order for my planning system to work for me.

In the last few weeks, I have seen my planning system evolve. I think this is mainly due to the fact my son will be starting school in September and that I need to keep on top of other certain things in my life. I have always had a Special Dates calendar in my planner but I never really used it. It was one of those pages that I never had time to complete and so it has been blank for most of this year.

These Special Dates printables are free & a fantastic way to jazz up your planners.

Time to take note….

This week, my husband and I sat down together to do some finance planning. It wasn’t finance planning of the serious kind but planning for things such as holidays, projects around the house, Christmas and so on. At this point, it dawned on us just how many birthdays in the family we had missed. We have had a very busy year this year with getting used to being a parent of two babies, shift changes with my husbands work and the set up of my Etsy business. It was time to fill out the Special Dates insert to try and get to grips with all the important dates that we have to remember. Now that I have everything written in one place, I’m hoping I can get to grips with remembering things a little better.

Free Printable Special Dates Insert

Since I know that some religions and faiths don’t celebrate events, I thought it would be more ideal to have a Special Dates insert rather than a Celebrations Calendar. This makes the free printable Special Dates Insert accessible to everyone. As usual, I have included an A5 version and personal size version. Please check out a my recent post with printing tips if you are new to printables or if you need some help with the printing process. You can also tag me over in the Planner Squad Facebook group. 

Use these free Special Date planner printables for cute & functional ways to stay on top of special times.

I love seeing how the freebies are being used so feel free to share your photos in the group, spread some inspiration, and let me know how you are your free printable Special Dates insert.

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Free Printable Academic Calendar For Your Planner

Check out this cute yet functional academic calendar for your planners! Free printable that you can size to fit your planners for help planning your school year.

I can’t believe that summer is almost over already. It has been a busy summer and, for the first time in a few years, we have managed to spend some quality time together as a family.

Where I live, the hot days will continue at least until October.  The children, however, returning back to school is the signifier that summer is over.

This week’s free printable planner insert is a little bitter sweet. With my youngest attending preschool this year, it was time to design an academic calendar so I can keep track of all the school holidays and celebrations.

This free printable academic calendar is a perfect addition to your planner.

Bitter Sweet Planning…

I have just printed and incorporated this free printable academic calendar into my new planner set up. Getting used to the restrictions of term times will be something very new to me and something I am feeling a little anxious about.

We are used to the having a certain amount of freedom with our time. Now, more than ever, I am feeling the need to be more organized. I am hoping that this simple academic calendar will go a long way towards achieving this. With running Little Chiqui Paperie, my youngest son at home, my eldest son attending school and a husband who works shifts I am suddenly finding my schedule a lot busier than it’s ever been before.

Check out this functional yet cute free printable academic calendar for your planners.

I decided to use a nice pale yellow to highlight the weekends making them easier to distinguish. I have used the same colour to highlight the days of the week. I personallly love planner inserts that have a splash of colour to them. They keep me motivated to plan.  Those of you who purchase from my Etsy store will know that FUN.ctional planner inserts are my thing. Having recently finished the design and launch of the Teachers Planner and Christmas Planner using beautiful colours themes, I was really inspired by the yellow.

Free Printable Academic Calendar

The free printable academic calendar is included in A5 size and personal size. Each size has an August and September start date. Both are designed to be printed onto A4 paper and cut down to size. The personal size academic calendar includes crop marks to enable you to cut the inserts down to the correct size. Fold lines are also indicated. I suggest folding the academic calendar prior to trimming the insert down to size.

The A5 version of the academic calendar comes with an indication line confirming where the insert should be cut. I suggest folding the A4 version in half prior to cropping. Once folded and cropped, you should have a perfectly folded and fitted academic calendar as show in the photo below. If you are printing on US letter size paper, you may have to adjust the print ratio very slightly. Some printers will do this automatically according to the paper size you have selected to complete the print job.

This free printable academic calendar opens up for a wide look at your schedule. Cute and functional addition to your planners!

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I’d love to hear how you will be using your free academic calendar. Share your photos over on instagram using #PlannerSquadFreebiebyLittleChiquiPaperie Don’t forget to tag me @LittleChiquiPaperie so I can check out your awesome photos.

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Free Mandala Printable Dashboard For Coloring Fun In Your Planners!

Do you find adult coloring extremely relaxing? Are you a planner girl that loves to add special touches to your planners? Check out this FREE printable mandala dashboard for coloring fun in your planners!

In my last post, I promised you something to be excited about and here it is; a free mandala printable. I really wanted to design something new and fun for you this week and whilst I love designing planner inserts, I wanted to offer you something a little different.

Do you find adult coloring extremely relaxing? Are you a planner girl that loves to add special touches to your planners? Check out this FREE printable mandala dashboard for coloring fun in your planners!

Back in the day…..

As a child, I loved to draw and colour. I had drawers and drawers of paper and more pencil cases filled with felt tip pens and pencils than I care to admit. Before the adult colouring craze became a thing, the only colouring I got to do was with my siblings or niece and nephew all of which are now grown up and way past the colouring stage.

If you have been following my posts here at the Planner Squad, you’ll know that I live on a tiny island in the Mediterranean and we have zero craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby. When I saw a local office stationery store carrying adult colouring books, I begged my husband to buy me one for Christmas. And, he did, along with some amazing Derwent Inktense pencils.

It is now the end of July and I haven’t even used the colouring book. It is an amazing colouring book but I just don’t have the time to sit and colour with two young babies and an Etsy business to run.

Do you find adult coloring extremely relaxing? Are you a planner girl that loves to add special touches to your planners? Check out this FREE printable mandala dashboard for coloring fun in your planners!

A new design challenge….

I love Mandalas. They are so pretty to look at. I have attempted to draw them a few times without much success.

As a keen learner (geek) I decided to challenge myself to design a mandala using Adobe Illustrator (professional graphic design software program that I use to design the planner inserts I sell). More than 12 hours later, I had something that resembled a basic mandala. For a first time attempt, I am feeling quite proud of the final result.

Now I had an excuse to do some colouring-after all it was “work” related! Colouring the free mandala printable, however, was a totally different story. I tried my Inktense pencils but without water the pencil was just too light and with water the paper became warped and wrinkled.

I tried some cheap felt tip pens I had laying around, but they just didn’t cut it. The thick tips were not capable of staying inside the lines. In frustration and as a last result, I decided to try my Staedtler fine line pens. They worked like a dream.

I even went one step further and turned part of the mandala into a dashboard style insert for my personal planner. It was a great distraction from missing my sister who I had just seen off at the airport earlier on in the day. I got a little bit carried away and spent more than two hours colouring.

Do you find adult coloring extremely relaxing? Are you a planner girl that loves to add special touches to your planners? Check out this FREE printable mandala dashboard for coloring fun in your planners!

What’s included in the free mandala printable?

This free mandala printable comes standard in A4 which can also be printed at A5 and personal size. The A4 version has the entire mandala and is designed to be printed on A4 with the ratio set at 100%. To print in A5 simply cut the paper to size before printing and set the print ratio to 66%. The personal size freebie contains part of the mandala (as shown in the photo). The personal size free mandala printable comes with crop marks to enable you to cut the dashboard down to size.

I hope you have as much fun with this free mandala printable as I did designing it and colouring it. Click on the image below to gain access to your free download!

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FREE Functional Inserts For A5 & Personal Planners

FREE Functional Inserts For A5 & Personal Planners with 3 pages for notes, contacts, & to do lists. Super cute, colorful, & fun! Get the planning you need to get done with these gorgeous free printables.

 

Hey ladies! I am back with another set of free functional inserts for your A5 and personal size planners. Firstly, I have to hold my hands up and confess how unorganized I have been lately. My husband has just returned to work after three weeks of annual leave and during that time I only used my planner for the things I absolutely needed to.

Since the hubby was home and able to help with our two boys, I decided it was a good time to overhaul my website to prepare for the new launch, as well as work on some up and coming new designs for my Etsy store. I have to tell you, I learned a valuable lesson – I cannot function without my planner or my to do lists.

I spent ages trying to figure the whole website/blog thing out without any luck. It really isn’t a difficult task for me since I’ve had numerous blogs, all of which I designed.  But, I was designing this site without even writing a to do list-and getting no where fast!

FREE Functional Inserts For A5 & Personal Planners with 3 pages for contacts, to do lists, & notes. Colorful & cute, these gorgeous free printables will help you rock your planning!

Functional Planner Inserts Are Important!

This got me thinking about how important functional planner inserts are in my every day planning. Planning is a hobby for many of us planner girls but functionality is definitely a key factor for me.

Based on the feedback I received in the Planner Squad facebook group, functional planner inserts are important to you, too! I thought it would be a great idea to release some free functional  inserts for this week’s free download for your planners. Since its summer (at least where I live), I decided to design the functional inserts using a tropical summery colour theme to give them the splash of colour that will have you excited and motivated to listing and note taking.

FREE Functional Inserts For A5 & Personal Planners with 3 pages of printables for contacts, notes, & to do lists. Cute & colorful, these gorgeous inserts will help you get your planning done!

What’s Included With These FREE Functional Inserts?

Included in the freebie download is a to do list, a notes page and an insert to store all your contacts. As always, they are available in both personal size and A5 and each inserts comes with alternative margin bindings giving you complete freedom to choose how you print and use them.

If you need some tips on printing, please check out my recent post where I share some printing tips to help guide you through the printing process.

FREE Functional Inserts For A5 & Personal Planners with 3 free printables of notes, contacts, & to do lists to help you get your planning done in a cute & colorful way!

I Am One Busy Bee This Summer!

This summer is proving to be a busy one for me over at Little Chiqui Paperie with up and coming planner releases. I have an exciting set of inserts for my next contributor post which I think you’ll love just as much as I do.

I recently launched the Teacher Planner. The Student Planner is currently in the design process. Christmas in July is also keeping me on my toes and our Christmas Planner is almost ready for release. It features 29 different inserts to help you prepare for the biggest holiday of the year. My website is also scheduled for release for the end of July.  We also have visitors starting Wednesday and so my planner is getting some tough love this month.

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Tell Us How You Use Your FREE Functional Planner Inserts

I’d love to hear how you will be using your free functional planner inserts. Share some inspiration and tell us what functional planner inserts are your go-to inserts and how do you use them to keep you on track and organized?

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How I Saved $371.04 In One Month With Meal Planning

Do you tend to overspend on groceries?  Have the best intentions with meal planning but not sure where to start?  Read on for tips plus FREE A5 and personal size menu planning inserts!

Get FREE meal planner inserts for A5 & personal size planners. Plus, get great tips on how you can drastically reduce your grocery bill with effective meal planning.

Today, I want to tell you about how I saved $371.04 in one month with meal planning. Last month, I had a huge shock. For the first time in a long time, I decided to go through our bank statements to see what we were spending our money on.

I knew we spent way too much money on groceries (and takeaways) but I didn’t know just how much. Let me tell you how much – £700!! This is the equivalent to USD$1050 (at the current conversion rate). Now, I have no idea how expensive groceries are in the US, only that planner and craft supplies are cheaper which is a different story but $1050 per month in Europe is EXPENSIVE for a family of 4 – 2 adults, a 3.5 year old and 8 month old.

Check out these lovely meal planner inserts. Free planner printables to help you rock your meal planning.

Time to get meal planning

So, I decided it was time to start meal planning. We used to meal plan in the past but not in a bid to save money but more to support a healthy lifestyle. There was no budgeting involved. I decided it was time to put my expenses inserts and meal planning and shopping list inserts to use in a bid to try and save some money. I asked in my Facebook group for tried and tested ideas on meal planning and I got some great input.

We have just finished our last weekly shop for the month before pay day comes around and check this out for savings – our total food bill for the month including a few impulse buys was £452.64 ($678.96). I am sure we could have done a little better but what an incredible saving for our first month at budget food shopping.

Now it’s your turn

You will love these free printable meal planner inserts. So cute & functional!

 

If you would like to have a go at meal planning I have put together some meal planing inserts (A5 and personal size) for todays freebie. (Scroll down to get your free download!)  Below I am also sharing some tips on how I managed to save $371.04 on this months food shop.

5 Tips For Successful Meal Planning

1.  Keeping an inventory – Every week before we go shopping I go through all the cupboards in the kitchen, the fridge, the freezer and bathroom and I make an inventory of everything we have.

2.  Making the most of ingredients – I use the inventories to see what meals I can make with what we already have or what meals I can make where I only need to buy a few things that I don’t have. I also try to cook from scratch where time allows and since we eat cooked food for lunch (Mediterranean tradition) we try to double up for lunch the following day.

3.  Meal Planning – Using my meal planning inserts I plan what we are going to eat for dinner for each day of the week and I stick to it as much as I can. Sometimes plans get changed or things don’t go according to plan and so there are occasions where the meal plan isn’t followed.

4.  Writing a shopping list – I write a shopping list and take it shopping with me. That way I buy only what I need. We used to do our weekly shop without a shopping list and we would walk each isle and just put stuff in the trolley without really paying attention. It was a bad habit that needed to be broken and now it has been.

5.  Doing a weekly shop every week – Somewhere between having our babies and my husband becoming a policeman we stopped doing a weekly shop. Sometimes we would go twice a week and on occasions it would be as long as 10 days with 3-4 visits for the necessities as week. Now we are ensuring that we do a proper food shop once a week.

You will love these free printable meal planner inserts. So cute & functional!

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We’d love to hear your tips for successful meal planning and grocery shopping. Share your tips in the comments below.

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