Welcome to part 5 of How to Create a Digital Planner in Keynote! If this is the first you’re hearing of this series, you can catch up from the links below. On the other hand, if you have been following along, welcome back! I’m excited to share today’s post which is all about creating digital planner layouts.

Catch Up:

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Creating Digital Planner Layouts

If you’ve followed along so far, at this point you should have a keynote presentation (your planner) that has the basic planner structure, tabs (and labels if you wanted them at this stage), links, and you dividers and extra pages. You are always able to add extra pages to your planner once you export it to Goodnotes but keep in mind that once it is in Goodnotes you can not add new hyperlinks (adding new pages won’t mess up the links you currently have).

Different Methods:

There are a bunch of different ways that you can create layouts for your digital planner! It all really depends on if you are wanting to set up the majority of your planner while it is still in Keynote, or once you have exported it to Goodnotes.

First: Using Keynote to Create Layouts

In the past, I have never created my digital planner layouts while still in Keynote, because I didn’t exactly know how I was going to set up my planner. However, it is really easy to do!

For example, if you want to create a monthly layout in your planner you could follow these steps:

  1. First, you have to create the shape for the calendar. You can do this by using the square shapes.
  2. Second, you want to add text for the month & dates. If you are creating an undated planner simply leave these blank and you can fill it in with the corresponding month and dates when the time comes.
  3. Viola, you have a layout! You can, of course, customize this to create any type of layout you like.

Second: Creating your Layouts using Adobe Creative Cloud

I, unfortunately, can’t give a tutorial for this method, as I currently do not have the funds to afford the Adobe products (50$/month CAD – ouch 🙁 ). However, I really hope to be able to afford it in the future, when that time comes I’ll be sure to do a tutorial. In the meantime, there are lots of people on youtube or skillshare that have great tutorials for creating layouts for your digital planner using Adobe products.

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Third: In Goodnotes

You can also create your layouts in Goodnotes if you are wanting a more simplistic planner. Goodnotes does not have many features but if you are looking for simple shapes, handwriting, and text you’ll be golden.

Fourth: In the Procreate App

This is one of my favourite ways to create my layouts, as the Procreate App has SO MANY brushes and customization options to make my planner layouts from scratch. To see some examples of digital planner layouts that I have created in Procreate you can look at my past plan with me posts. This is also probably one of the most time-consuming options, but it sure is fun! I’ve included an example from my December planner below, that I created in Procreate:

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Fifth: The Puzzle Method

Lastly, I want to share what I am officially dubbing “the puzzle method” of creating digital planner layouts. In short, you can create your layout by taking bits and pieces from multiple programs and sources and piecing them together to make the ideal layout. I really love the freebies from The Hungry Jpeg and from Creative Market. They have so many cool graphics and fonts that make really cool planner layouts. Piecing these together with a design created in Procreate can be really unique and fun.

Next in the series will be how to export your planner into Goodnotes! I will see you then (p.s. it will be before 2019!).

Which method are you going to test out to make your first layout? Let me know in the comments! 

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