Is Digital Planning Right for Me?

Is Digital Planning Right for Me?

Is Digital Planning right for me?

 

If you just discovered the world of digital planners, welcome to the club. I was a hard core paper planner girl. Loved the stickers, washi tape and all the markers and pens to make it beautiful. I always assumed that if I transitioned to digital planning I’d have to give that up. Well I’m here to tell you that is so not the case! You can still have fun with digital stickers and you have a world of pen and highlighter colors available in your Goodnotes app. 

 

If you’re a newbie like I was, you may be asking, what is the Goodnotes app? You can download any annotation app on iphone or android device and it should support the digital file. Goodnotes is the most popular from my experience. It is a one time fee through the app store if you want to have more than three documents, but totally worth it in my opinion. 

How does a digital planner compare?

Your digital planner will be fully hyperlinked so you can easily go from section to section. The great thing about planners like my Life Designer is that it contains far more than you could fit in a paper planner realistically. You can plan yearly, monthly, weekly and daily. It also includes tabs for goal planning, meal planning, event tracking and managing your health and fitness. Need to track birthdays? This planner has your back. Life Designer also allows you to add photos of your own and keep track of all the beautiful memories throughout the year. 

Digital planner minimal design, flower. Goodnotes planner

My Life Designer Bundle also comes with a Vision Board Journal that allows you to add photos, draw, add quotes, whatever you decide you want to do. I have multiple styles so you are sure to find one that speaks to you. 

Notion Digital Planner

There is also another digital planner that will knock your socks off. It’s a digital planner used with the Notion app. I have created a super simple planner using the free version of Notion that will allow you to plan your life. My Yearly Planner includes a calendar, weekly planner, daily planner and monthly budget. Also included is a gratitude journal so you focus on what is important every day. You can use this even if you are brand new to Notion. It’s super easy to install and I give step by step instructions. 

Notion planner, digital planning with Notion. Aesthetic design, Yearly planner

You can change the covers to fit your style and add links you need, photos, recipes, whatever you need. You can make this planner fit your life in every way. You have access on your computer, tablet and phone, it syncs with all devices. This Yearly Planner is super affordable and on sale in my shop..grab it now before the sale ends. 

 

I hope this was a good overview of digital planning and what is available. I’ll be adding some videos on my YouTube channel walking you through how to use a digital planner, so stay tuned for that!

 

Happy Planning!!

Is Canva Pro worth the fee?

Is Canva Pro worth the fee?

What is Canva?

Canva as a free design software is pretty amazing with what it can do for you. If you plan to occasionally make a flier, social media post or letterhead the free version will work great. The caveat is, Canva will only allow you to use the free graphics and photos. If you want to use a pro version graphic or promo you will have to purchase, or it will contain a watermark. Each purchase is only good for one design, so if you use that same graphic again, you’ll be charged again. 

In the free version you can upload your own graphics, so if you have graphics you love you can use them. Canva also has a large selection of free elements and fonts available. The free version will allow you to edit your design, change fonts, font spacing, and add shadows and effects. You can absolutely create a great design with these features.

Downside of Canva Pro

Using Canva Pro graphics is a bit of a tricky game even with the Pro version because their license is very restrictive. If you want to sell a design you made with the elements or create a shareable template violating the license agreement. This will put you in danger of getting your account shut down, so best to avoid it all together. Sticking to the free graphics is best if you plan to use them for any of these purposes. 

Creative Fabrica for graphics

You are probably thinking, “okay so what’s the use of pro?”  I don’t use Canva Pro for the elements and graphics anyway. I get a lot of my graphics from Creative Fabrica. Creative Fabrica has a really great license and the yearly fee is very affordable. Right now they are running a deal for $4.99 per month if you pay yearly and then they offer the second year for $3.99 a month. You really can’t go wrong. 

Why Canva Pro?

Then why use Pro? I use Canva Pro because it gives me the ability to do things I cannot do in the free version. For instance, in Pro I can create a link to share a template that others can make changes to without affecting my original template. This is great for selling templates on Etsy or your own website. Another feature I use all the time is the resize feature. This gives you the ability to create one design and resize it multiple times without having to edit the original design much. Huge timesaver! 

Features

The other feature I absolutely love with Canva,  I literally just discovered… That is the ability to pull work from other projects into the current project you are working on. So, let’s say you are creating a slide for work and need to add a slide from a different project. You’ll just click on projects, locate the slide you need and click on it. It will ask if you want to replace the current page, or add another. Viola, that slide is now in your current project. This may seem like no big deal, but I promise you, trying to copy from one project to another can be really time consuming. 

I love Canva Pro and it’s great for people who need to create a lot of social media posts, slides, promotional material etc. So if that’s you, I’d go with Pro. If you want to try before you commit, you can use Canva Pro for 30 days for free. Just click on this link and you’ll get that 30 days to see if it’s for you. After that 30 day period, if you love it, it is $12.95 a month. You can also purchase yearly for $119.99. This is a screaming deal for software that works as well as Canva. 

I hope this was helpful, please reach out with any questions!

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