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We are a community of people who see the value of paper as a medium for planning, productivity, creative expression, and exploring ideas. We encourage visitors to share advice and inspiration, and we love to see submissions for templates, kit images and story articles. We are also the official home of the free D*I*Y Planner kits. Please enjoy your stay, and make yourself at home!

The Sky Is Falling...Maybe.

The Sky Is Falling
Henry here, once again filling in for my son Stephen. His friend moved into a place with a hot tub. We have not heard from him in some time, nor do we expect to for some time to come.

I have been managing my financial portfolio since I was a young man. A very, very young man. Back then my investment bank of choice was shaped like a pig. When I was about 4, I started to collect old coins. They were donated to me by people who had been holding them for years. Mostly they were old pennies which were in use before legal national tender was created. There were still a few of those kicking around. I had a piggy bank which gave of a very satisfactory rattle when I shook it. I felt as rich as King Midas. Then disaster struck.

I came home from school one day to learn that my sister had raided my investment pig and taken my coins to buy ice cream. I was shattered. A whole piece of my world had crashed down on my head. My sky had fallen in. Of course, in the end it wasn’t as bad as all that and I did eventually get my investment portfolio back on track, though I have never again felt quite so rich as I did back then. I learned two important lessons from this experience: One, problems with the bank are not usually as severe as the innitial shock would make them appear; and two, never trust a girl, especially if she's your sister.

v1: DIY Notes - One Page at a Time (deprecated)

This application has been replaced by Dynamic Templates v2.x: The Next Generation. Please use the link to the left

This is the yet another installment of the Digital Dynamic Templates, a series of cross platform applications that should ease the load on the folks who make templates. This program generates all the different "Notes" pages (like in this template collection) using the basic D*I*Y Planner look and feel.

  • Plain Lined
  • Plain Lined with a Grey Column
  • Grey Lined with a Grey Column
  • Cornell Notes (plain)
  • Cornell Notes with Grid and Lines
  • Grid
  • Dots

When I previewed these to Doug, he said:

Heh, soon you're going to give me no reason to update the DiyP at all.
Of course, that might make me very happy. ;-)

You betcha ! This will allow folks like Doug to move on to other tasks and eliminate the drudgery of producing multiple versions of the templates for all the different paper sizes.

This is multi-platform software. Below are download links for pre-built, static, binary applications for both Windows and Mac OS X as well as the source code. Through the Nordic Magic of the Qt Libraries, both of these applications were built from the same source code. This source can be built on any platform supported for Qt 4.3

Here's a shot of the Mac version:


Converting the DIY Planner hPDA Cards to fit a Franklin Covey Compact Size Planner

FC Compact DIYPlanner P1030657

D*I*Y Planner forms come in all sizes. However, one size we've needed has been the 6-hole compact size. These instructions and screenshots help you take the hPDA cards and resize them to fit the Franklin Covey Compact 6-hole planner. There are two "industry standard" sizes for the 6-hole planners: 3.75"x6.75" (Day Timer/Day Runner) and 4.25"x6.75" (Franklin Covey). And of course, many other companies out ther producing planners in roughly this size but the holes don't always match. I will build a version for the smaller 6-hole size page later on.

This process works best in Photoshop where you have the best control of image/canvas size. I wouldn't recommend trying it using Adobe Acrobat. (However I have heard that Acrobat 7 seems to have better features.) I do not know if this procedure works with other photo editing programs such as PaintShop Pro, Gimp or PrintMaster Gold. If you own those packages and are able to follow my instructions... feel free to test them out and let me know.

v1: Two Pages per Week (deprecated)

This application has been replaced by Dynamic Templates v2.x: The Next Generation. Please use the link to the left

This is the next installment of the Digital Templates, a series of cross platform applications that should ease the load on the folks who make calendar templates. This program generates two-page weekly templates based upon the settings you choose (dates, margins, and so forth), and uses the basic D*I*Y Planner look and feel.

I made a promise (you know who you are!) to do this two-page week layout next, and here it is.

This is multi-platform software. Below are download links for pre-built, static, binary applications for both Windows and Mac OS X as well as the source code. Through the Nordic Magic of the Qt Libraries, both of these applications were built from the same source code. This source can be built on any platform supported for Qt 4.3

Here's a shot of the Mac version:



The Past Two Years: What Were We Thinking?

Getting Things Done
Greetings all, Steve here. Wow, has it been two years? Yes, it has. Doug asked us to share with you our five favorite columns from the past two years, but I wanted to do more than that. The past two years have left their mark on all of us who worked on this site, something that over time will gradually dim, provided we can obtain the correct psychiatric drugs.

I've learned many things in the past two years, knowledge borne out of personal experience and court-ordered community service. I'd like to share both my favorite columns from the past two years and some things that I've learned, things that I've done and had done to me. Maybe just the first three.

"Terrible Twos" Greatest Hits: Innowen's Picks

A lot can be said about DIYPlanner.com. When I applied for the position of Creativity Writer, I had no idea where this job would go. I had no idea how long I'd be able to write articles for one single site. And yet, here I am... still churning out ideas and coming up with weekly inspirations for you all to feed upon. I'm amazed that after two years I'm still able to write and provide all sorts of new ideas to share and inspire you. Two years is a long time. Our little team and this site has seen large amounts of growth over the years. When I first started, I wrote off a list of ideas that I generated with Doug and in brainstorming systems. Once an idea was finished, I ticked them off my list. Even after all this time, I feel I've barely scratched the surface. My list, as well as my hPDA still has ideas for me to work on and with.

Of course, you have also been sources of inspiration for what I write about. There are times when I plot out what I'll be writing about, only to be derailed by conversations with members or threads found buried in our forums. The feedback I receive on my articles and your discussions and ideas in the forums also suggest new ideas and areas to write about. It's fun to see how you all interpret the ideas and mutate them into something wonderfully original. I love reading about everyone's triumphs and insights into what you all use and do to keep yourself motivated and organized.

As Doug and Sard have done before me, here's my choices for my five best or most memorable articles over the past two years.

D*I*Y Year Two... The Second One...

Doug with his charcoal



When Doug ask me to write about my five favourite DIYPlanner.com guest posts I was flattered… well that was until I found out Dave Barry had already agreed to host ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’ and the monkeys all had RSI from typing too much Shakespeare. After a lot of deliberation I finally decided they are all equally good and used the 'pull a name out of the hat methodology' :D








Oh, they grow up sooo fast...

GTD, Italian Style?Well, two years have come and gone since we our motley little crew formed DIYPlanner.com as a hub for paper-based planning and creativity. Last week we had our big giveaway, handing out thousands of dollars worth of beautiful gear to our members, but this week we'll be relaxing a tad and doing a little retrospective.

Our second anniversary marks a degree of success that I would have never predicted, yet alone tried to achieve. In a little interview I gave not that long ago, I was asked why I started it. I must admit, there was a certain selfish motivation at work: I wanted to reclaim a bit of my own spare time.

At first, DIYPlanner.com was simply conceived of as a home for the D*I*Y Planner kits, the demand for which was completely overwhelming my own little blog and the meagre advice I could dole out. More and more people were downloading the then-current and rather simplistic kit, constantly asking questions, looking for productivity information, providing criticism (constructive and not), sending me dozens of emails per day and, dutifully, I tried to respond to it all. But it was siphoning all my time, running me down, and my new job and my newborn were in danger of being neglected. So DIYPlanner.com was a knee-jerk reaction to distance myself from the daily deluge: it was to be a tiny site with a few static pages, nothing more, and with very little interaction. And it almost was....

Giveaway: Win the Levenger Ultimate DiyP/Circa Kit

The last question we have for our giveaway is a tough one. To win the Levenger Ultimate DiyP/Circa Kit, be the first member to post a comment with the correct answer to the following question.

One individual, the only member of his occupation in the United States to be granted a patent, called writing one of the greatest inventions of the ages. This person also assigned three other occurrences this same high honor. Who was this individual that vocalized the long term value of communication technologies for the facilitation of innovation, and what was the title of that work?

Hint: one of the three other occurrences was the invention of patent laws.

If we don't have a winner after 20 minutes or so, we'll post another clue. Good luck, folks, and remember to follow the rules.


Update: After an agonising 21 minutes, we have a winner in bruisedpeach22, who came up with the correct answers of Abraham Lincoln and his lecture on 'Discoveries and Inventions'. Source: Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln at the UMDL. "In the world's history, certain inventions and discoveries occurred, of peculiar value, on account of their great efficiency in facilitating all other inventions and discoveries. Of these were the arts of writing and of printing, the discovery of America, and the introduction of patent-laws."


Whew. What a week. We'll clue things up on Monday with a few hints about some future contests that will involve creativity and design work. In the meantime, have a great weekend. I know I need a rest....