In this week’s edition of Tranquility du Jour, I chat with Marianne Talbot about her planner, Balance by Design, and with returning guest and Tranquility du Jour Daybook connoisseur Barbara Bitondo about her passion and personalization of her Daybook.
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Guests: Marianne Talbot and Barbara Bitondo
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First interview with Barbara: Herbalism
Barbara’s step-by-step approach:
Open all the PDFs on my computer and print the chapters and essays I want for the month. I usually print everything single sided landscape on 8.5*11 paper then stick the pages back into the printer and print lined pages with the coffee stain (2018 planner, lined pages from 2019 planner and dot pages from Year of tranquility on the back side and set aside.
Then I print and assemble the monthly planner pages and print those single sided landscape on 8.5*11 paper *Monthly spread, Dreams page from 2014, dreams list page, moon page, also life review page, petal pages, budget pages and flower pages, then I stick these back into the printer and print the lined and dot pages on the back and set aside
Then I print the weekly spreads. Even though I live by the lunar calendar and begin each month on the dark moon, and end on the eve of the new moon, I live and work in a culture that goes by theGregorian calendar (solar calendar with 12 months of 28–31 days each) so I print and use both simultaneously. So I print 10 sets of weekly spread that include four lined pages between each week for my weekly meeting notes. This is a bit tricky since I set up the series of pages to print starting with a lined page, the planner spread, then an odd number of lined pages and repeat that print run ten times.
I always print ten or twelve flower pages double sided on card stock to use on the front and back and throughout the book to mark time and sections.
When all my components are double sided in piles on my work table I assemble the book methodically flipping the pages as if they were bound to make sure every spread opens correctly.
Because I am a designer and work with print assembling material like this comes easily. When my book is in order I measure 8.5*8.5 inches. mark the crop marks, stick the stack into large mailing envelope and take it to the print shop where they cut and spiral bind it for me.
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