Thursday, November 20, 2008

Manual 1 - 2009 Lesson Schedule

Here is an excel file that already has the lessons - linked to and all the sundays for the year... you can at least plug in your stuff and mix things around if you want... enjoy.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Planning Made Simple

yOkay Ladies, Sorry I know I was going to post this last week but with home improvement, my sons 3rd birthday and trying to get this planning notebook done - I got most of it done Sunday. Still to come - BYC reporting sheet - Front and Back with room for those quesitons that always get asked. And individual activity planning sheets.
So first off.
I have divided the year out as followed:
Whichever member of the Presidency is teaching that is their month. So for the month their class conducts our meetings and has our combined YW's activity for the month. To me this simplifies things. I also went and assigned a value to each month - you will notice that in the calendar file.
To download this simple brainstorming file (not pictured here) click here.

The information that we gathered from our planning session is now being inserted into this sheet. What I tried to accomplish was to put all the information for one month on sheet of paper. Just so we dont have to be flipping back and forth or forgetting other things that might be happening. Add clip art - change the font - make it your own. To download this file click here.
Here is my sample of our conducting sheet. I will be printing off 4 months at a time - This way the girls arent frantic looking for information. They have it. I've helped them by typing out what to say incase they have issues with public speaking. We have a clipboard in the closet that the girls use each week.
To Download this file click here.

Here is a calendar that I downloaded from It is colored up because each month I have assigned a value - you will see that in the notes each month.
I have taken out our personal information other than the value and the conducting class. Add your clipart.... make it your own. Change the colors have fun. They print out nicely - with plenty of room.
To download this file click here.

Here in our ward we are focusing on letting the girls Lead. We want to give them the tools so that it isnt overwhelming. I'm hoping that these sheets can help them realize that
1. Brainstorming
2. Committing
3. Following through
Will give them great results in their classes.
As stated above. I will post up the BYC sheet and Activity Planning sheet ASAP. We are meeting each BYC sunday 30 minutes before BYC - 10 minutes all together and then into our seperate classes - to talk about what will be discussed at BYC and what assignments for the month will need to be made.
Please let me know if you see something that might need to be added. This is my first run at trying to organize things into one sheet.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Trade Secrets =-)

Not really trade secrets. But just to let everyone know how I create these "gems".

Digital scrapbooking came to my attention around Christmas time 2007. I've done graphic art, webdesign and add creation for a while almost 8 years and silly me had never even heard of digital scrapbooking. When I stumbled upon a site I was HOOKED. Physical scrapbooking overwhelms me. Hobby Lobby's isles literally send me into a panic attack... I buy way to much and nothing looks right. I cant create what I want with my hands in that way. So this whole time I've been plotting to get into scrapbooking but never took the plunge. Anywho... as soon as I saw digital scrapbooking I knew it was for me.
Program I use - Adobe Photoshop Elements - this program is like the baby sister of Photo Shop - cost a third and does almost everything you need it to do.
Websites I get things from - (lds owner), this site has great tutorials!, plus a WONDERFUL forum where you can ask anything or search anything that someone might have already asked. has a TON of cute kits that are free and also great tutorial.
There are sites popping up that you can do everything from a website. I have not tested any of these out so I am not sure how they work or if they are easier.
I print everything so far at Walgreens (any place will work) I save everything if picture quality (300 dpi) and have never had something not turned out. I do alot of hands out in 4x6 size since they are cheapest. I've used my own printer but find it sure seems to waist ink =-) I like to pay alittle for them to do it for me.

I hope this helps. My family blog I have a few more links of scrapbooking places I go to. Let me know if you have specific question or need any help. I love helping people.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Manual 3 Lesson 36

Lesson 36 Marriage Standards
Here is the Handout and Poster I made for the girls.

to download the 8x10 click
to download the 4x6 handout click