Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Revising my Planner

About a year ago I switched from my Traveler's Notebook to an A5 planner and I've been using that system ever since. At the end of last year, I debated on switching back because there were some things I missed from not having my TN.

Using my TN certainly took much less time to get the information I needed into it. I really liked having multiple notebooks to keep track of a variety of topics and so I didn't wind up with lists everywhere. I had a designated notebook that was a running to-do list. Items were added as they came up and I would simply cross off what was completed. That way, at a glance, I could see what still needed to be taken care of.


Last April, I switched for the simple fact that I had found a planner that I liked and wanted to give it a whirl. Once I decided I'd stick with the A5 planner, I bought a new one (below) and I'm using my old one (above) to store past months. As 2017 approached, I gave a complete overhaul to my pages so they would include specific sections beyond the daily columns. I printed them at home on 28lb bright white laser paper from Staples.


Then earlier this month, Brandi and I got to talking about Bullet Journals and what works for us as far as using a planner. I began to research them every time I had a spare moment. In the end I decided it wasn't a good fit for me, but really liked some of the ideas. Suddenly my mind had been opened to using my planner in the ways I was missing from my TN. Why hadn't I realized this sooner?


I created a blank graph paper to print off as needed so that I could now include collections in the front of my planner. Different lists to jot down orders arriving, books read, ideas, goals, and more. I'm in list heaven and hopefully can rid myself of the scraps of papers tucked into my planner here and there.



Suddenly I had a renewed passion for organizing my planner, but wait, there's more! Brandi recently updated her shop and she has a gorgeous set of floral prints that happens to include 12 illustrations. Back to the computer I went to print new dividers and small tabs. I also made a couple dividers for my collections, one for personal and one for work using the Mary cards.


I'm hopeful that these changes will help to keep me more organized and on track. One of my current goals is to better manage my time. I usually spend about 15 minutes 2-3 times a week keeping my planner up to date, which I feel is reasonable, especially if it keeps me from forgetting anything. I store all of my supplies in this bucket and just grab it when needed.

If you have any tips and tricks, please share, I'm always on the lookout for fun ways to plan!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wrapping up February with a Sale

And just like that, we're halfway through March! It has been a very exciting and simultaneously exhausting past couple of months, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Today brings one of the biggest shop updates, and if you haven't heard the news, I'm launching Flat Packs! What are those you ask? They are die cut packs that come with an assortment of cards and elements featuring bold type and patterns that I've designed to coordinate with mini flair and stamps.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I've been documenting the books I've read. Using the same format from January, I changed up the cards, but kept everything else very similar. I actually found myself doing that for a couple of themed pages. I like the consistency that it brings each month, but I still have the fun in making each one different with the new supplies I've most certainly purchased.


For my February highlights pages, I used pieces from The Story Flat Pack to quickly record additional moments from the month that hadn't been yet.


There are 3 new stamp sets and I used the set called The Story to document some surprise happy mail that arrived. The quote was taken from a text message and I love including those in my albums.


Last, but not least, you know I love alphabet stamps and hooray, there's a new one! It is an inline alphabet and coordinates with the bold one that was previously released. The same letters, numbers, and characters are included so that you can mix and match or layer the sets, but this newest set also includes two labels.


Before you rush off to the shop to pick up one of the many new items that have arrived, be sure to grab your code for the sale that is taking place now! Use the code SPRINGSALE to take 20% off of your entire purchase now until March 17th at 8pm EDT. Happy shopping!

Supplies:
Read More
3x4 cards and die cut elements - Read More flat pack - Feed Your Craft
patterned paper - 6x6 Moonstruck paper pad - Pink Paislee
background paper - Life Documented planner pages - Simple Stories

February Highlights
3x4 cards and die cut elements - The Story flat pack - Feed Your Craft
currently stamp - Journal It - Feed Your Craft
journaling font - Traveling Typewriter

She Said
stamps - The Story - Feed Your Craft
patterned paper - Studio Calico
inks - Pale Blush Pink and Catkin Hybrid ink cube - Simon Says Stamp 

Early Bloomer
patterned paper - Studio Calico
stencil - Scattered Bars - My Favorite Things
stamps - Inline Alphabet - Feed Your Craft, Herbs n Honey Astronomy background stamp - Hero Arts
ink - Pale Blush Pink and Fog - Simon Says Stamp
texture paste - Ranger
Peeled Paint Distress Ink - Tim Holtz