Oh you are going to be so glad you came back for Meal Planning, Part 2. Because it involves a free download!! Yay!
As a graphic designer, no new thing I do or try will stick unless it involves some good design. So what I felt would really help me out was a place to display what meals I had to eat, and what ingredients I had in my fridge that needed to be eaten before they went bad. Like my huge block of gorgonzola from Costco for example. I developed this.
This is a meal planner that I am proud to display in my kitchen. Remember that advent calendar that I made for you all for Christmas? Well, I designed this to use the same frame. I designed the poster and printed it out, then put it under glass. I can write on the glass in dry erase (or wet erase) marker. That way, both Mike and I can see immediately what’s for dinner every week. I can also list what needs to be used up and what I still need to buy. And there’s plenty of room for lunch and breakfast if I’m so inclined. I have put this print for sale in our Etsy shop; for $5 you can buy the PDF that you can print at whatever size and color you prefer! (Many thanks to my husband Mike for taking these pictures for me!)
I also designed this retro looking fridge if you prefer this design. I feel it’s well suited to a square frame, and you can write what the meals are in the mat area. (By the way, I’ve updated my Illustrator 101 course to use this fridge, so if you’re in the Salt Lake City / Provo area and want something fun to do this weekend, join my Illustrator course!) (As another parenthetical aside, I would like to tell you that we took these pictures in the sun and I’m using a shadow box frame, so you can see the shadow of what I’ve written on the glass. This doesn’t happen inside the house. Instead it just looks like the text is floating. Which is pretty cool.)
Finally I also put together this fun design that you can download for free! I hope that you feel inspired to plan your weekly meals too, and I hope that one of these menu planners can help you feel like you’re doing it in style!
Click on the image above. Save image to your computer. Dimensions are 19.625″ x 15.75″ but image can easily be cropped to most other standard dimensions. As is, the image will fit well in an Ikea Ribba frame.
To print the large image, try a printer such as Kinkos. I printed my poster at Kinkos for just under $10.
Place image in a frame, under glass. Fill in your menu each week by writing on the glass in dry or wet erase marker!