Çok kullanışlı (adv.: very) (adj.: useful, helplful, practical)… or I’ve got mad skills when it comes to making a planner

I did it.  I took my cd full of pdf files to be printed and made myself a planner.  A super useful and awesome planner.  Of course, it took multiple stops and a bit of confusion… but it happened.

Made specifically for blog ideas!

First, I took all my files and made them into pdfs because I figured the print shops wouldn’t have Macs (I was right).  Then, I hiked up to the bus stop to take my cd to Kızılay which is a neighborhood I knew had both printing places and a Starbucks to sit at while they were printing because I foolishly thought I would just hand my cd over and then kick back and relax.  Instead, I had to try to explain that I was making a book out of the files and wanted a certain number of copies of each and that I wanted some to be back and front and some to be printed half-sized, but no — not to fit (which is one of those words that is the same in Turkish, but obviously pronounced with a Turkish accent which always confuses me and takes me forever to figure out what is being said and then I feel like an idiot when I realize the word is an English word) — because I’ve messed with margins…

… This is probably a good time to remind you that I’m not really all that good with this vocabulary when put on the spot in English.  So in Turkish it must have been horribly painful for the girl behind the counter.

Not only did I not get to go hang out at Starbucks while they did all the work, but their printer ended up being broken and missing some sort of flash (I didn’t get it in Turkish and when I looked it up in English it still didn’t make sense — see above re: lack of technological vocabulary) so the colors looked terrible.  So I gave up.  I went to Starbucks and had a latte to soothe my bruised ego — the girl was a bit of a snot about my lack of technological vocabulary and, apparently, “creative” labeling of files.  After Starbucks, I got on the bus and figured I’d let it go.  I could always repurpose another planner and use fun colored pens to make it work.  The thought of going to an office supply store cheered my mood so much that I missed my bus stop.

Which turned out to be a blessing in disguise since the next one put me in front of a supply/print store.  I went in hopeful to find a fun planner (ajenda in Turkish).  As I was explaining it to the kid at the store — he’s probably my age, but looked about 10 — I mentioned that I made one, but the files didn’t print the way I wanted and so I was looking for something specific.  He asked to see the files and then if we could try printing.  I said of course, but didn’t have high hopes.  Then he opened up PhotoShop and I knew he was my new favorite person.  Ever.  Or at least the for next hour he spent printing and scheming to make what I now refer to as my awesome planner.  I love it.  And I think it will be çok kullanışlı.

Isn’t this cool, albeit a bit blurry? I got it as a free printable from: http://idea-obscura.tumblr.com/post/2409119224/ive-been-thinking-of-doing-this-for-a-while-now

There’s more, of course, but I’m going to wait until I figure out how to post the pdfs for you all before I spoil all the coolness of the planner.  Send me a note if you just can’t wait and want me to email you pdfs (or Pages documents that are easier to manipulate)!  And until then consider how big of a geek I am that I’ve now spent almost 20% of my postings talking about this project.

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