Last week we launched a new version of Blurb BookSmart with some pretty big improvements for custom Weekly Planners. We listened to the comments you gave us, and we think we’ve made them pretty great. Here’s a rundown on what’s new:
- Planners for 2013 and 2014 (even what’s left of 2012). You can also make planners for partial years.
- Custom fonts for months and days
- Editable text boxes for every day, so you can add holidays or other reminders
- Small photo boxes in the note section for every day
- A new size: 5 x 8 inches for better portability
Want to know more about making a weekly planner? First, download the latest version of Blurb BookSmart and then check out this how-to:
1) Start a new book.
2) Enter your title and Author name, then select “Weekly Planner.”
3) Choose the dates you want your planner to cover and select a size. The 5×8-inch Pocket size is brand new, and fits nicely in purses and backpacks.
4) Add photos: If you’ve made a Blurb book before you’ll be familiar with this part. Use the default full-page template or choose your own (I opted for a layout with a landscape-oriented photo in the center of the page, and turned the background black). You can add large photos on the page facing the month page and small photos in the note space on weekly pages.
5) Customize your fonts: Brand new in this version is the ability to change the fonts for months and days. Note that changing the front for one month will change all of them. Likewise changing the font for one day will change all of them. You can also change the color of the fonts too. Just click any month or day name.
6) Add “Year-at-a-glance” and “Notes” pages by using the “Add Pages” menu at the top of the page. Note that if you want the fonts on these pages to match other font changes you’ve made, you’ll have to do them individually.
7) Add your own calendar entries: Want to note a birthday or anniversary? Just click a day, and start typing in the box.
8) Change backgrounds. Looking for further customization? You can change the background of your pages too.
Of course there’s a lot more you can do by playing with the “Edit Layout” menu, cover design, cover type, and more. But we think this is a good way to get started making a Weekly Planner that’s uniquely yours.