Making Manly Plans

Most of us crafters are women and so generally we tend to lean towards the feminine side when it comes to our projects. That's totally normal of course, but, we are all daughters and with Father’s day fast approaching, I decided to make this week’s projects a little more masculine to change things up. It’s fun, but definitely not easy! At least for me, I had to resist so hard not to add a doily or a bit of lace to these projects! Let's dig into my May kits from the Hipt Kit Club and make some manly plans! Manly
I have 5 sons, so I’m no stranger to scrapbooking boy pages, but even still, a touch of pink or a line of ribbon are often found in my projects about my boys. There is a knack however to keeping it masculine and manly, even if you add a bit of lace and frill. The first tip is to keep the lace and frill to a bare minimum ;)

To keep your projects manly and feminine-free try these tips:

  1. Use blacks or navys Any darker colour will do, like hunter greens and burgandys. Lighter, brighter blues, greens and oranges can be masculine but they have a boyish feel, and the jewel tones always feel more manly.
  2. You can’t go wrong with stripes. To keep you on the straight and narrow don't hold back on stripes. Men usually don’t like a lot of fuss and frill so stripes are perfect for men and boys.
  3. Keep the design linear. For the same reason as stripes, using lines (the straighter the better) keeps the feel of the project strong and masculin.
  4. Use dapper patterns. There’s nothing like a houndstooth, check or plaid to tell the world that this project is for a man!
  5. Keep embellishments to a minimum. The cleaner the designs the better when you want it to look masculine.

All this doesn’t mean that you can’t have a bit of playfulness on your projects. It’s quite welcome, actually, so the design doesn’t end up boring and dull and looking more like a funeral than Father’s day. Whatever whimsy you use, go light, and ground it all with the masculine touches mentioned above. My planner spread is covered in flowers but the black washi, stripes and minimal, linear design gives it the masculine feel fit for Father’s day week.

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Embellishment
 

This dashboard is another example of using the tips above. There is a little more embellishment, but I kept the colour palette simple, and used lots of black accent which balances out the whimsy of the polka dots.
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This last project is a little more feminine
with its flower’s and pinks but the black and white stripes allows it to blend nicely into my masculine spread, making the whole thing feel a bit more like me, it is my planner after all ;)

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Last week, I posted a layered planner clip on the hip Kit Club facebook page and after questions on how to make it I gave a tutorial on periscope and here is the video:

 

 

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Happy Planning!

 

Perfect Planner Hacks to make Your Planner Work Better for You Now!

I’m in my Happy Planner this week using my April kits from The Hip Kit Club and I’ve got some tips for you. Now normally these new HP’s don’t start until July, but I was watching Shanni Plannermania on scope and we were all brainstorming ways to be able to use the planner now and not have to wait until July to use this beauty.

In the video below I share my version and my hacks:

  

 

Here are some photos of my week before the pen: Week
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Week-top

 

 I also made some adorable planner clips! :D Clips
I’m completely obsessed with planner clips at the moment ;) Probably because my new planner clip class  at Big Picture Classes opened last week and I'm still making clips for days!!

For that square one, I used a wooden clip from Simple Stories and two epoxy stickers from PinkFresh Studios. I took two stickers that are the same size and shape and backed them on either side of the clip. I did add a bit of foam between them to make up for the thickness of the clip.

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Next up are two clips using the exclusive Hip Kit Flair by Kim Watson. Flare-clips
I did add circle punches to cover the glue and top of the clip. Clip-backs

 

If you are as excited as I am about making clips and want to see how I made these and dozens more planner clips, then hop on over to my PLANNER CLIPS class at Big Picture Classes for everything you ever needed to know about making clips!

 


Last little project is a to-do list that I punched (with the dokibook disk-agenda punch) so that I can pop it easily in and out of my Happy Planner. I’m going to use pencil so that I can re-use it in future weeks, but laminating it and using a dry erase pen would work too. It’s made from the ‘to do’ exclusive 4x6 PL card by Kim Watson. To-do
I added a 3x4 card to the back with some washi and rub-ons that matches my spread, and some hand cut hearts too. To-do-back
I hope that this has helped you tweak your planner so that it works harder so that you don’t have to!

 


OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: How to Make Multiple Planners Work

The planning community is so amazing.  It's fun and creative but OMG it can be sooooo overwhelming!  There's so much to see and learn and obsess over ;) There are so many different types of planners and inserts and stickers. So I've got this great series for you coming over the next few weeks.  It will help simplify everything and make choosing your first (or next) planner much easier.

Today we are talking about USING MORE THAN ONE PLANNER. How many planners is TOO MANY?

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The biggest thing to consider when deciding how to use multiple planners is your schedule.  Not only yours actually, but your family’s (or any one else you need to keep track of) as well. I highly suggest keeping all the scheduled things in one planner or calendar, appointments, practices… anything that has a fixed time. You can duplicate specific schedules in other planners, but keeping one master schedule in ONE place minimises any double bookings.  Otherwise things could get really messy! 

If you’ve got little Peter’s hockey practice scheduled in one planner, but all of your family’s medical appointments are in another and your work schedule are in yet another one, you may end up in a meeting that you can’t get out of, at the very same time that Peter needs to be getting his braces on! Keep it all together and keep it simple to keep yourself organised.

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Using multiple planners is super fun, but keep all your scheduled things in one planner so you don't double book.

Pens and/or stickers in a specific colour for each family member (team member, employee, etc) are a great way to separate each person’s schedule within one planner.

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Maybe you simply have ‘Shiny Object’ syndrome like many other planner girls (raising hand) and want a collection of planners, and every everytime a company comes out with a new style (have you seen the new Reset Girl Carpe Diem's!?!!) you have to have it. If this is you, consider using covers/binders that you can change out, not unlike how we women swap out our bags and purses. You can continue to use the same inserts, just make sure that each new planner you add to your collection can house your planner contents and they are easily switch-out-able ;)

For example, if you like using A5 sized inserts, then, when you see the newest Kikki K or Filofax (or that Reset Girl Carpe Diem) and you NEED to get one, make sure to buy the A5 size.  Or if you are Traveller's Notebook girl, always buy them in the same size, or that will hold the size inserts you use.  So no matter what planner you use, you can switch covers/binders depending on your mood and your OOTD. 

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Each additional planner can have a specific purpose. There are a variety of ideas and you could have something that is maybe an extent of your main planner (that houses you schedule), but that's not required.

Some ideas for ‘purpose planners’ are Study Planner, Wallet, Christmas Planner, Bible study Planner, Harmony Binder (more coming on this soon), Work project, Social Media scheduling, Goal tracking, Health, Craft projects etc etc. If you want to use a planner you’re bound to find a reason. ;)

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One great use for a planner is to plan out projects.  These could be one time projects or ones that reaccur.  Not only could you plan things out and know when the deadlines are for milestone and map out individual each step, but it’s also a great way to track your progress and know if you are keeping on schedule.

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Heidi Swapp’s idea of a Memory Planner is not only a fun one, it’s rich with sentimentality. They are a wonderfully detailed look back at life exactly how it was at that time. Instead of planning your time, you are recording it immediately after it happened for a lovely recount to look back on. I have an alarm on my phone that goes off every morning to remind me to jot down a few words about the day before. Then later, I can go back and decorate. With the little bits of journaling added, they can become a rich treasure in years to come. And don’t feel like you need to have Heidi’s actual planner, any planner with enough room to write is perfect. 

 Memory planners are a wonderful, meaninglful excuse to add a new planner to your collection. 

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Planners make excellent scrapbooks for once in a lifetime events, such as an upcoming wedding or a baby/pregancy. I absolutely adore the idea of tracking baby’s first year in a planner, but there are many different options here. You could use it to actually plan the event.  Or pre-decorate one and jot down little things that happen along the way in sort of a memory planner style. Or decorate one, leaving the planner bits blank and give it to bride-to-be or a mama-to be as their shower gift. So that they are the one planning or documenting, but they don't have the stress of having to decorate if they aren't the crafty type. 

If you liked this post you can check out the other posts: 
Newbie Planner Girls START HERE!!
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: Choosing a Binding
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What SIZE to choose
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What Inserts do I Use?
  
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: 4 things to do Before you Buy All the Things!

And if you're new to the Planner World and would like a free (and pretty) Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet with some of the definitions of those terms and acronyms that seem so foreign to you, but everyone else seems to know what they mean, then just click here:

Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet

I also have a class specifically to help newbie planner girls get started in this slightly overwhelming but fantastic planner world. Click here for more information:

I'm a Planner Noob! Now What?

See you for the next segment of the Newbie Planner Series!!

 


'May' your plans be productive

Hi, Cara here, your go-to-gal for all things planner!! :D This week I'm sharing a post that went up the other day on the Hip Kit Club blog, you can find it here.

Since Spring has finally decided to poke it’s nose out into my little corner of Europe, and pretty, happy colours are everywhere, I wanted to make some bright, happy fun projects this week. The April Hip Kit Club kits are bursting with fantastically happy colours, so which products to choose? The butterflies were jumping out at me, so I decided to do a little fluttery theme.

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Imagine butterflies lightly landing on your planner. Such an airy, whimsical feel, right?

You can do that with any spread. Cut-out butterflies add dimension and interest. But here’s the kicker! They don’t add any bulk! Just like their real counterparts, they are light and delicate.  When your planner is open you can bend up their wings to have your desk look like magic is happing right there in your planner… what could inspire you more into action to get that to-do list done?

Magical planner butterflies!!

Then, when it’s time to close up your planner they simply flatten down and tuck sweetly and oh so flatly into their pages

…ok, that said, I feel like I need to confess something.

I added enamel dots to my planner!

What!?!!

Yah, I know, bumpy! But in my defence I added them around the edges where I won’t write anything on the backs of them and hey, I’m a scrapbooker at heart and they just looked soooo pretty and were calling out to me to use them!

Ok, now that I’ve got that off my chest, let’s look at some planner pretties!

First up is some planner pages! This is my main, keep-me-on-my-toes-and-organised planner so feel free to have a nose at my busy to-do list. It’ll get a lot more full as the week plows on.  It’s the Commit30 planner and I LOVE it!

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Ok, let me pause here for a moment and just say… Shimelle is a genius!

I ADORE every last bit of her Star Shine line from American Crafts.  That is why my week is covered in Shimelle goodness! I’ve got die cuts (including that amazing globe, OMG!!), and lots of stickers. I even cut up one of the sticker strips that had little stars to use as a check list, see them cuties at the bottom of Tuesday? :D

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I also added some butterflies punched from some of the papers from American Crafts, plus the butterfly from the cut apart sheet (by the lovely, and very talented, Kim Watson).

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Oh, just as a head’s up, please don’t glue the bodies of the butterflies down with hot glue… they’ll just pop right off, use liquid glue instead. Um… yah… please, don’t ask how I know this ;)

I topped the spread off with the clip I made last week and one of the flag paper clips from Heidi Swapp.  Oh yes, and those enamel dots, we’ll just pretend they are flat, mmm ‘kay? thanks! ;)

Next up is my May spread, again in my Commit30 and again with the beautiful butterflies!!

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This time they are fussy cut from the ‘flutter’ paper from Crate Paper.

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I punched a circle from the spotty blue PL card from the kit and added the back of the branding strip of the Elle’s Studio ‘all my heart’ paper to get the teeny black dotted paper.  There are a few more of Shimelle’s stickers and die cuts and some cut part bits, along with rub-ons from Amy Tangerine and her sparkly pink washi as well.

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Alright, moving along to my Gillio… this is my wallet and I had been noticing that the back pages were getting a little messed up.

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I think it was Angie Jarboe that I saw first make a dashboard for the back of her planner to keep those pages neat.  One of the unique things about the Hip Kit exclusive papers is that there is a bit of gloss to them. I’ve been finding that this helps my dashboards stand up to the constant wear and tear, they really can take a beating. So I reached for that paper first and lucky me it matched my Gillio!

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I trimmed down one of the PL cards and added it to the other side, that is also a bit glossy and decorated it with a bit of fun stuff, Shimelle and glimmery washi anyone? And a sweet little butterfly. I think I may have to flip to the back of my planner more often, just to take a look at her ;)

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I may or may not have saved my favourite project until last.

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As soon as I saw these Heidi Swapp frames, the first thing I though of was shaker dashboard!  I actually was planning on adding them to the front of a larger dashboard, but I like this mini guy even better, it fits perfectly in my little pocket wallet planner. I simply used my Fuse to make a little pocket from a page protector, sizing it so the seams would be hidden by the edges of the frames. Along with the sweet little stars that are exclusive to the kit I tossed in some random sequins I had on hand. I stuck 2 pieces from the cut apart sheet back to back, as well as 2 of the Shimelle word stickers and added those in and fused the top closed. I used my glue gun to stick it all together. On the outside I added enamel dots and one of the epoxy bits from Pink Fresh.

Here's the other side:

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Ok, but here’s my favourite part! I didn’t want to punch holes directly in the shaker, so I had to figure out a way to get it in my planner. I ended up hot gluing in a piece of packaging from enamel dots (you know that little plastic bit that the enamel dots are stuck to) and punching holes in that. I picked up some glare so that you could see it better here:

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The plastic is pretty thick and should hold up to wear and tear and the hot glue is holding it in there pretty strong. I’m in love and I can’t wait to show it off next time I whip out my wallet at the grocery store.

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I hope you are having a fantastic week and don’t forget to pop into the Hip Kit Club facebook forum this weekend for our online crop interNational Scrapbook Day! And planner girls, don’t think that because you are not a scrapbooker, this isn’t for you! I did a pericope yesterday with lots of ideas on how us planner girls can take advantage of this fun, creative day. The scope is no longer on replay, but I've put it up on youtube for anyone who wants to check it out, because you’ll want to know these tips so that you can play along with the crafty scrapbookers.  I'm @caravincens on periscope, please follow so you won't miss any future scopes. :D

 


4 things you NEED to do before you Buy all the Things

The planning community is so amazing.  It's fun and creative but OMG it can be sooooo overwhelming!  There's so much to see and learn and obsess over ;) There are so many different types of planners and inserts and stickers. So I've got this great series for you coming over the next few weeks.  It will help simplify everything and make choosing your first (or next) planner much easier.

Today we are talking about SHOPPING for PLANNER GOODIES

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If you are new to planning, you may be very excited by all the fabulous stickers and accessories that you see out there. Heck, even us old hats are trigger happy with the buy button when we see fun new, shiny planner goodies! But, I urge you not to  go out and #buyallthethings... just yet anyway ;)

'Why?' you ask...
'There are soooo many things and I want them ALL!' you say...

Ok, I know it's tempting to but bear with me for just a second here and I'll explain.

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Here are some reasons to not buy all the things... just yet.

You don't know what you'll NEED yet.
If you are very new to planning, you may not reaslise that not every sticker fits every planner.  Specific sets of stickers are designed to fit precisely into boxes and spaces of specific planners. Happy planner stickers won't fit in your personal sized planner, for example.

Also your planning needs are unique to you, someone else may use page flags to pre-plan their upcoming weeks but if you scratch it in in pencil, then there's no need of stocking your desk drawers with packs and packs of page flags from the Target dollar spot if they aren't a big part of your planning process, right?

You don't know what you'll USE yet.
If you haven't considered your activities and how you want to decorate, you won't be able to know what things you will use. For example, I LOVE coffee stickers, they are sooo cute. But I rarely drink coffee, maybe once or twice a week, and when I do, it's never planned so I don't usually add these stickers to my planner. However I LOVE putting in hockey stickers for the geeklings' hockey practices or a pretty tea cup sticker for when my girlfriend and I are planning on getting together to chat over a cuppa.

Another example is bookmarks. I think bookmarks are super cute, but, I actually prefer paper clips to hold my place. I just finished a whole class for Big Picture Classes about how to make pretty planner clips, so watch for that coming May 9th :D

Excess Planner supplies build up FAST!
Now, I know that planner clips, sticker sheets and other accessories are pretty small and relatively inexpensive, but when you have lots of extras that you aren't using, they can, not only add up to quite a lot of money, but they can end up taking up a lot of room in your creative space. Why not save that space and money for pretty planner things you will actually use!

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Ok, now for the fun part!
4 steps you need to take before you buy:

ONE: Get to know your PLANNER, use it and see if it's a good fit for you.
I'm not saying that you have to use it for months and months before you can buy stickers. HELL NO! Just make sure that the stickers will fit your planner and don't buy a big supply until you are sure you are going to use that planner for a long time first. You need to love your planner enough so that you will use it for a good while. Then you know you can invest in a stock of stickers, dividers, and dashboards that fit.

TWO: Watch your activities and Track your schedule
Depending on what you put on your schedule may have a lot to do with what products you use. There's probably no need for knitting stickers, no matter how cute, if you don't knit. You surely know already the main tasks that you do in the run of a week so feel free to start your shopping there, but over the next few weeks, watch what you are writing in your planner frequently that you could substitute with a sticker and watch which pages and sections you are using in your planner the most.

THREE: Answer me this:
Are you more of a functional planner girl or a decorator?

In other words, are you looking to add pretty decoration to the structured pages of your planner or are the stickers and accessories there to help illustrate your schedule itself? A functional planner girl likes her icons stickers of things like laundry, shopping and garbage days, alongside are her water tracker and checklists. A decorator uses pretty products that may have a set theme for the page but are not necessarily task related. For example, the whole week may have a llama or flamingo theme to it, but the tasks and activities are usually written in pen.

Maybe you fall somehere in the midde. I do :D

FOUR: One more question
What's missing?

What are you frustrated with, when it comes to your planner?  I always get agrevated when I move from the last weekly spread of one month to the first of the next.  There is that monthly spread in between, and usually a page of notes or something and I hate flipping through, trying to find the next week. So I've learned to add a planner clip to the side of my page for easy flipping.

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Other solutions to common planner problems include:

  • instead of repeatedly writing a task, add a sticker, it's easier and cuter
  • a 'today' bookmark helps you find your schedule and to-do list for the day
  • tab labels are an easy way to re-assign your section dividers
  • checklist or lined boxes help, if you tend to write crooked with no lines
  • number stickers can change the dates on outdated pages to not let them go to waste.

Of course, not all planner purchases need to be justfied, there's always a reason for a little happy mail, but I hope that this post helped you whittle down your choices so that when it comes time to shop you can make a good decision and save your budget, both for space and money, for those planner goodies that you REALLY want and need.

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If you liked this post you can check out the other posts: 
Newbie Planner Girls START HERE!!
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: Choosing a Binding
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What SIZE to choose
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What Inserts do I Use?

And if you're new to the Planner World and would like a free (and pretty) Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet with some of the definitions of those terms and acronyms that seem so foreign to you, but everyone else seems to know what they mean, then just click here:

Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet

I also have a class specifically to help newbie planner girls get started in this slightly overwhelming but fantastic planner world. Click here for more information:

I'm a Planner Noob! Now What?

See you next time to learn how to make multiple planners work!

 


Big HAPPY Hip Announcement!

I've been keeping my lipss zipped for the past couple of weeks and it's been tough, but today I can finally spill the beans!

I have been invited to join the Design Team for my absolute FAVOURITE kit club!

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Slide with border updatedStay tuned for lots more info, because there is something I'm not telling you just yet and it's very very EXCITING!

Go and check out all the other team members and soak up all their awesomeness :D

And check the Hip Kit Club Facebook page,  Hip Kit Club blog, and Pinterest page daily, for amazing ideas and inspiration to make the most of your monthly Hip kits.


OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What Inserts do I Use?

The planning community is so amazing.  It's fun and creative but OMG it can be sooooo overwhelming!  There's so much to see and learn and obsess over ;) There are so many different types of planners and inserts and stickers. So I've got this great series for you coming over the next few weeks.  It will help simplify everything and make choosing your first (or next) planner much easier.

Today we are talking about PLANNER INSERTS and I will compare the two main types to help you make a decision on which one would work best for you.

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If you've been around the planner world social media scene a little bit, you may have heard about vertical vs horizontal or #teamvertical and #teamhorizontal. You may have thought ‘what in the heck does that even mean?’  Well, I’m here to clear the mud! These refer to the different orientations of the insert pages inside your planner.  The days may be arranged in a vertical or horizontal set up. 

In a vertical day, your space for each day is long and runs down the page, but in a horizontal it runs across. Here's a video that shows a bit more the two orientations.

 

A lot of planner girls feel very strongly one way or another, once they get settled in a planner system that works for them. Some girls change their minds, after loving one orientation for a long time they suddenly discover the other arrangement suits them better, at least at particular moment in time and what their needs call for.  Both set ups have their pros and cons and both may work for you, just for different needs. Or maybe there’s one that you’ll prefer over the other.  Of course, there are even more differences within each set-up, but let’s just stick with vertical vs horizontal for now.

 

Team Vertical

This set-up works really well for those planner girls that like to list out their days or tasks. Listers gotta list! It’s also ideal for those who have a lot of appointments or things to schedule in because the times can be aded along the side.  Vertical

With a vertical planner you can have your whole week laid out one day after another, in a natural procession. It’s great for linear thinkers and those who like to check things off. And it’s easier to break up your day into boxes going down.

Even though the surface area of the boxes may be equal to those on a hortizontally laid out page, it seems easier to decorate for a lot of planner girls in a vertical box.

However, it doesn’t leave a lot of room for writing, like with journaling.

 

Team Horizontal

This set up is great for people who plan like they read, left to right and then top to bottom.

Horizontal

Horizontal spreads, when well designed, look more appealing (though I have yet to master decorating a horizontal layout!) It's very good for noting appointments, events and activities. It’s easier to decorate by crossing over the lines with bigger stickers for a more coheasive design.

It lends well to journaling, memory planners and telling the story of your day.

It’s also great for doodles and cute activity stickers.

 

So there you have it!

I have to say that I was stumped when it came to the horizontal layout, I’m team veritcal all the way, except when it comes to my Heidi Swapp memory planner. So here'sa big shout out to my girls on periscope who helped me come up with all the awesome things about horizontal pages. Thanks ladies!!

If you liked this post you can check out the other posts: 
Newbie Planner Girls START HERE!!
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: Choosing a Binding
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What SIZE to choose

And if you're new to the Planner World and would like a free (and pretty) Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet with some of the definitions of those terms and acronyms that seem so foreign to you, but everyone else seems to know what they mean, then just click here:

Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet

See you next week when we resist buying all the things! 

 


OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What SIZE to choose

The planning community is so amazing.  It's fun and creative but OMG it can be sooooo overwhelming!  There's so much to see and learn and obssess over ;) There are so many different types of planners and inserts and stickers. So I've got this great series for you coming over the next few weeks.  It will help simplify everything and make choosing your first (or next) planner much easier.

Today we are talking about PLANNER SIZES and I'll go through and help give you an idea what size can work for you. Planners seem to come in as many sizes as they do colours!!  8.5x11, A5, personal, pocket and a variety of other sizes in between!  How to choose if you've never used a planner before? 

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Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding what size planner to choose.  Now I can't answer them for you, but I'm going to give you some food for thought so that you can make the best decision for you.

How PORTABLE does this thing need to be?
If you plan to take your planner with you on errands or whenever you are out and about, it needs to be portable.  If you want a big planner you can always buy a bigger bag, or you can get what Jenny Penton calls an errand runner.  I have one that doubles as my wallet and it has a simplified copy of our schedule so that I can schedule appointments and things when I'm not at home.

Portability is usually the first thing that people consider when deciding on what size planner to buy.  Will it fit in my purse?  Often times, it's the only thing they consider, but I've got more questions below for you that are just as important so keep reading :D  

How much space do you need to WRITE?
This can mean how busy are you, do you have a lot of tasks and appointments to write in your planner? Or maybe you like to journal in your planner as well.  Maybe it's not just space for writing that you need, but also room for stickers and other decorations.  The more space you need the bigger the planner you want.  If you like to write a lot but don't want a huge planner, you can always use a traveller's notebook.  Because they don't have the bulky rings, they are not only a lot slimmer but the whole notebook tends to be smaller.  For example, my Cakedori holds A5 sized notebooks inside, but the book itself is only slightly wider (less than an inch) than my personal sized Color Crush.

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How many SECTIONS do you need?
This will determine more how thick of a planner you need.  The more sections you want the bigger the planner ring or spiral size needs to be.  Even if you have a lot of sections but there are only a few pages in each, if you laminate each of those dividers, that takes up a lot of room.

Do you have space in your home to LAY IT OUT?
Your planner needs a place in your home.  If you are going to use it and make it your minion, then it needs to be open, laying on some sort of flat surface. Some planners will fold back over on themselves, but some won't and if you have a ginormous planner that's a lot of desk or counter space to take up.

Of course, it won't always be open, but I know a lot of productive people who always have their planner open and at hand at all times.  Do you have room for your planner or could you clear some space for it?

Do you schedule your WHOLE FAMILY in your planner?
Who are you scheduling for?  Is it just you, or do you need to fit your entire family's schedule in there.  Maybe you don't plan for your family, but for an organisation or church group. Or maybe you are a school teacher with 25 children :)  Who ever you are planning for you need to consider their schedules too.

I have 6 children and to schedule everyone in my planner would be impossible!  Or at least it would have to be in a very large planner.  So to get around this I only schedule my tasks and appointments in my planner and I use a wall calendar for the family.  I like this global view so that I know (and everyone else knows) what every one is up to on a certain day, week, month.  This keeps my planner trim.  Maybe your children are older and have a busy schedule, maybe they can have their own planner.  

 

Here is a short video that shows some of the planners I have on hand and I compare their sizes.

So to wrap up, I'll run down my planner system to give you an idea of what I do.  Hopefully it can help you in your decision in what planner size is best for you.  

My main planner is an A5 notebook inside a wide traveller's notebook, which is slim and small but has lots of room for writing.  Next is our wall calendar to keep the family organised and last is a simple copy of the family's schedule in my pocket planner that doubles as my wallet.

If you liked this post you can check out the other posts: 
Newbie Planner Girls START HERE!!
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: Choosing a Binding

OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What inserts to choose

And if you're new to the Planner World and would like a free (and pretty) Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet with some of the definitions of those terms and acronyms that seem so foreign to you, but everyone else seems to know what they mean, then just click here:

Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet

 

See you next time when Team Horizontal and Team Verical battle it out :D 

 


OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: Choosing a Binding

The planning community is so amazing.  It's fun and creative but OMG it can be sooooo overwhelming!  There's so much to see and learn and obssess over ;) There are so many different types of planners and inserts and stickers. So I've got this great series for you coming over the next few weeks.  It will help simplify everything and make choosing your first (or next) planner much easier.

Today, we are talking about the BINDING and weighing the pros and cons of some of the most common types, so let's go!! Stay tunes until the end because I have a video where I show you some examples and go into more details.

 

Classic Ring Bound Planners

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Most ring bound planners have a 6 ring system but they also exist in 4 or 3 rings. If you choose 6 you'll have an easier time finding inserts, dividers and dashboards that are prepunched.  However, you can always order them unpunched and add the correct amount of holes yourself.

Examples of ring bound planners:
Kikki K, Filofax, Gillio (pictured above), Carpe Diem (by Simple Stories), Colour Crush (by Webster's Pages), Louis Vuitton, Heidi Swapp's Memory Planner (4 rings)

PROS:
*You can easily move pages around
*You can change out inserts, dashboards and dividers to whatever you'd like
*You can easily remove and add pages

CONS:
*It can't fold back on itself
*The contents of your planner are limited by the diametre of the rings and ring bound planners tend to get full fast.
*The rings can get bent or damaged easily
*Some ring bound planner don't lay completely flat when open
*Difficult for Lefties to write on the right hand side pages

 

Coil Bound Planners

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These are bound books, similar to a coil notebook, with planner pages inside. The coils range in size from very small to an inch or so in diametre.  The quality also varies, there are cheap plastic or metal coils that catch on everything, right up to sturdy double coils that can stand the wear and tear you can put it through in the run of a day.

Examples of coil bound planners:
the Day Designer, Commit30 (pictured above), Inkwell Press and Erin Condrin Life Planners

PROS:
*It folds back on itself
*Small coils results in a slim planner
*It lays flat when open

CONS:
*Some coils can bend really easily
*You can't move pages around (easily anyway!)
*You can't add or remove pages easily.  You can rip pages out, but you can't put them back in with out painstaking patience!
*Difficult for Lefties to write on the right hand side pages

 

Disk Bound Planners

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Instead of rings or coils, these planners have a series of plastic or metal disks that hold the book together.  This could be a 'best of both worlds' type of planner as it combines the benefits of both the coils and ring planners.

Examples of Disk bound planners:
The Happy Planner by MAMBI (pictured above) and The ARC system by Staples

PROS
*It folds back on itself
*It lays flat when open
*You can easily move pages around
*Not only can you change out inserts, dashboards and dividers to whatever you'd like but you can change the cover too
*You can easily remove and add pages

CONS:
*Difficult for Lefties to write on the right hand side pages
*Disks can be bulky
*Some disks can be too lightweight and feel a bit cheap

 

Traveller's Notebook

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This group includes the trademark Midori as well as traveller's notebooks (TN) and fauxdori's.  They can be leather or fabric and even laminated paper.  There is a system of elastics down the spine that are designed to hold up to 6 or so notebooks in the one cover.

Examples of Traveller's notebooks:
Midori, Chic Sparrow, Cakedori (pictured above), Confettidori, Pigdori

PROS:
*Perfect for Lefties, no big rings or coils to get in the way
*Sections are naturally divided up by each notebook
*You can have A5 sized pages without having a big bulky planner.  A TN with A5 pages is only slightly bigger than a personal ring bound planner

CONS:
*You can't move pages around (easily anyway!)
*You can't add or remove pages easily.  You can rip pages out, but it's hard to put them back!

This video goes over all the pros and cons of each type of planner and compares them for you:

If you liked this post you can check out last week's post: Newbie Planner Girls START HERE!! 

And here are the other posts in this newbie planner series:
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What inserts to choose
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What SIZE to choose

And if you're new to the Planner World and would like a free (and pretty) Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet with some of the definitions of those terms and acronyms that seem so foreign to you, but everyone else seems to know what they mean, then just click here:

Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet

See you next week when we will tackle choosing the right planner size for you.

 


Newbie Planner Girls Start HERE! 6 tips for you

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The planning community is so amazing.  It's fun and creative but OMG it can be sooooo overwhelming!  There's so much to see and learn and obssess over ;) There are so many different types of planners and inserts and stickers. 

How do you choose?! 

Not to mention the endless amount of terms that people toss out on periscope, youtube and in FB groups. Words that everyone seems to understand but you!  'Half boxes' and 'dori' don't mean anything to the average Joe, so it's quite intimidating to newbie planner girls. Right?  Do you remember what it was like when you joined the planner community? Or maybe you are a newbie planner girl.  If so keep reading!!

I've got 6 tips for all you overwhelmed planner newbies:

ONE. Just start!  With any planner.  Do a bit of research, but don't obsess. Print some free printables from the internet or buy an inexpensive planner.  Chances are that it will not be the perfect one for you and you will move on to another one soon enough, but for now, just start with whatever catches your eye.

TWO. Don't buy all the things!  At least not just yet.  You may want to jump in full force but wait just a bit. Stickers are only a few bucks, but it adds up fast!! Not only in expense, but they take up room too. Wait until you know what you'll use.  Buy a few thing at first but don't go crazy or you'll have a bunch of stuff that you won't use taking up precious storage space.

THREE. Watch and Learn and Participate. The best way to get to know a new online worldd like the planner community is to get involved.  Watch youtube videos, and periscopes.  Check out pictures on Instagram and read the comments.  You'll slowly pick up and understand more and more. and it's so much fun!! 

FOUR. Make using your planner a new habit. If you are new to using a paper planner all together, it's hard to get in the groove of using it.  Set alarms on your phone to remind you to check it. After 3-4 weeks of using your planner, you should be getting used to it and that habit will be getting set in.

FIVE. Watch what's working.  This is the MOST important tip today! It's the squeaky wheel that get's the grease, so you have to be extra attentive to what is working for you.  Keep track of what you love about your planner system as well as  what is driving you crazy.  A page in the back of your planner would be the perfect place to write all these things down.  So when it comes time to change to a new planner or even just change out the inserts or some other element of it, you will know what to look for and what to stay away from.

SIX. Learn the lingo.  Whenever you step into a new area online, it's almost as if they are speaking another language with all terms and acronyms.  It seems like everyone knows what's going on except for you!  I've gotta little treat for you ;)  I created a cheat sheet that you can use to learn the language and end the confusion whenever you hear people talking about TNs and unicorns and team vertical!

Click here for the free cheat sheet:

PLANNER NEWBIE CHEAT SHEET

If you liked this post you can check out the other posts: 

OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: Choosing a Binding
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What SIZE to choose
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What inserts to choose

And if you're new to the Planner World don't forget my free (and pretty) Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet with some of the definitions of those terms and acronyms that seem so foreign to you, but everyone else seems to know what they mean, then just click here:

Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet

If you've been at this planning thing for awhile now and have the hang of it, you could hlep out a newbie too!  Let me know in the comments what you would tell your best friend if she saw your planner and decided to jump in whole hog into the planner world.