Daily & Weekly Planner for Educators – free printable

Attention teachers and homeschoolers! It’s the start of a new school year, and it’s always a good idea to start the year off organized… so today, I’m offering up some free printable Daily & Weekly planners.

I was recently chatting with my friend Jen about my blog and graphic design in general.  She told me about her adventures in homeschooling, and suggested that it would be cool if I offered up some printables on my blog using my own graphic flair for moms who homeschool.  I decided to take her up on the challenge, but it is taking quite a bit of research.  I don’t have kids, and I’ve never tried educating them before, so I’m not sure exactly what is needed for homeschooling.  I am, however, super big on organization – so while I attempt to learn about what kids would like, here’s something that I know will be useful for moms, teachers and educators in general.

Daily & Weekly Planners for Homeschool & Teachers by Superflash Creative

I created these files in Illustrator, and used grey, black and white as my colour scheme, so that you don’t have to worry about using up all your colour ink.  The PDF’s are in two separate files for easy printing (Because you may want 365 pages of the daily, and only 52 of the weekly!)

I’m trying out something new for the downloads this time around.  If you would like a full resolution PDF of these two planners, surf on over to Superflash Creative on Facebook, hit the “like” button and then click the free downloads tab.  I plan on offering some free printables over that way as often as possible, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

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Inspiration Boards (and how they help focus your design)

Inspiration Boards (also known as Mood Boards) are a really great way to collect all your ideas to narrow down your focus when you are designing something.  Whether it’s a room of your house or the look of a party, collecting everything in one place helps you see what will work and what may not.  Pinterest is a great tool for this, but it’s also very easy to get carried away while pinning.  To help me focus, I like to create a specific mood board where I can see everything laid out and see how the final vision will come together.

For instance, here is a mood board that I created when I was designing my bedroom in my very first apartment.

My ultra girlie bedroom idea!

I knew I wanted a bright pink room, but I also wanted it to look sophisticated and girlie.  Some things on the mood boards were things that I definitely knew that I wanted.  Other things were just representations of things that I wanted, and others were pipe dreams – like that gorgeous egg chair that I knew I couldn’t afford.  One thing that I really wanted, but after I moved in realized I couldn’t have was the chandelier – as it turned out, my apartment didn’t have overhead lighting in the bedroom, and I wasn’t quite skilled enough to wire it up!  I also really liked the idea of a wire dress form, and I ended up finding a table-top version which I used as a jewellery hanger (You can sort-of see it in the photo below on the dresser).

In the end, this is how it turned out:

bedroom, condo, pink, damask, black & white, pretty, girlie

This isn’t the best photo, because I took it at night. I did three walls with the Peony paint by Benjamin Moore (in the mood board above), and one wall in a soft grey. I chose that exact Damask bedspread above, and you can’t see it in this photo, but I also used those hand mirrors from Urban Outfitters.  I didn’t end up buying a giant Audrey Hepburn photo because I couldn’t find one that was perfect for my room – but if I had, before I moved out, I would’ve hung it right above the bed.

DIY Curtain Tie-Backs, Daisy, Flower, Pink, Black, Damask, Bedroom, I also did some little things to bring it all together – like creating my own curtain tie backs.  These were a simple project that I completed in one afternoon, but it made such a difference to the overall look of the bedroom.  The windows in the condo were one of the things that initially drew me to buying it, because they are so unique.  They are recessed, so they actually go up into the ceiling to create a unique architectural feature.  This made it hard to find a proper curtain rod, but I got creative with a shower tension rod!  Once the tie-backs were in, it completely transformed the look of the room.  (Note, the photo links to a tutorial on my photo blog to create these tie-backs yourself)

For the walls, I wanted to create art out of my own projects.  I made these canvases using scrapbook paper and packing tape, which meant that I could change out the photos if I got tired of them.  (I never actually did, because I love NYC!) I had these hanging on the small wall next to the door that borders the closet.  Because it was such a small space, I didn’t want anything very overpowering, so these small canvases were perfect – and I got to showcase my art as well! I photographed these pictures on my Diana+ camera on b&w film, while I was in New York in 2008.

DIY wreath, felt, pink, white, black, cute, puffy, circles, One last project that I’ll leave you with – my DIY wreath – who says you can’t have a wreath on an inside door?!  This was made out of a styrofoam wreath form, and hundreds of little felt circles that I cut out by hand and pinned to the form.

I added this to the front door of my bedroom, which was a super cute bridge between the turquoise & tan hallway/living room area and the pink & black bedroom.

In the end, I really love the way my bedroom turned out!  I found that the inspiration board really helped to focus my ideas, and the end product was nearly exactly as I envisioned it!  Have you created a mood board before?  Would you, now that you’ve seen how beneficial they can be?

Inspiration Board: Dark Beachy Living Room

Cheryl contacted me recently with a bit of a conundrum, and needed a bit of a design consultation.  She just recently signed a lease on a new place, only after she saw it the first time, the owners changed the paint colour to a deep grey.  Cheryl is more of a light grey and turquoise kind of girl, so she asked me for some suggestions on how she could work with the dark grey, and still keep a beachy-light feel to the place.  I came up with the Dark Beachy Living Room inspiration board:

Dark Grey Beachy Living Room Inspiration Board Superflash Creative

If Cheryl is able, I suggested painting one focal wall in a lighter colour, such as “Shaken Not Stirred” by Valspar (available at Lowes).  If not, I think this colour scheme could easily work with the dark grey, as long as all the furniture and artwork elements are in lighter shades.  Having recently moved myself, I know how budgets can be tight right after moving, so I scoured the web for some elegant DIY elements that could easily be put in place.  One of the easiest and most striking displays in a home is a gallery wall.  By using white shadowbox frames, with turquoise paper placed behind, and white shells in the foreground, Cheryl will be able to both lighten her walls and bring in the beach feel she is looking for.  A white-framed mirror placed above her fireplace will help brighten the room – and a DIY element, such as a seashell garland, will bring in the beachy feel and memories of the ocean.  And if you didn’t want to go the DIY route, you could easily implement a room scheme like this with store-bought items.

When it comes to designing a room around a particular colour, especially if you’re not particularly fond of the colour (but it’s unchangeable), the first thing to think about is elements that you would like to have in the room.  With a dark room, it’s best to choose furniture and decor that will brighten the room, especially if it is not a particularly large space.  Since grey is a neutral colour, there was lots of room to maneuver here, and give Cheryl a look that she could truly love!

Do you need help with colour or design of a space in your home?  Leave a comment with your email address and we’ll chat!  Find the sources for this post below the cut!

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Last Minute Father’s Day Printables

Father's Day, Free, Printable, Superflash Creative, Did you forget tomorrow is Father’s Day?  Don’t worry, I’ve got your back.   I designed some tags that you can print and use a number of different ways.  The possibilities are endless.  Use them on a handmade card… cut them out and use them as cupcake toppers (you may want to scale the size slightly smaller for that!)… print them on cardstock and write a note on the back.  Just click on the image at left, which will link you to a larger file that you can right click and save.

Whichever way you use them, Dad will appreciate the thought – and I promise, I won’t tell him that it came at the last minute!

If you do use them, please post back and let me see what you did to recognize Dad on his special day!