1. Download BookSmart
If you haven’t downloaded BookSmart, our most popular book-making tool, do that now. Once it’s downloaded, open it, and then click the “Start a New Book” button. Please note that BookSmart lets you work on your book while you’re offline, so you won’t need an internet connection to get things done. We think that’s pretty smart. What’s even smarter? Having your photos selected, your files named, and some idea of how you want your planner laid out at this step.
If you don’t have your photos selected yet, that’s okay. You can add or delete photos at any time during the book-making process (we’ll get to that in a bit). But here are a few helpful tips for getting organized before you get too far down the road with your planner.
- Consider a theme for the planner. You’re creating something that will be used all year, so you have the opportunity to be creative about what image kicks off each month. If you are making a personal planner (for yourself or someone else), consider using images that are relevant for each month. It is possible to create a planner for a shorter or longer period too, but a year is pretty standard.
- Collect all of your assets in one place on your computer. Get all of your images and photos edited and sized in advance of making your planner, and name them so they’re easy to identify (e.g. Planner_image_01.jpg).