Find Planner Peace with Jewels by Trish

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Today, Trish from Jewels by Trish is here to talk about her planner story and how she found planner peace.  Hopefully, her story will help you find your perfect system.

I’m not a professional planner; in fact, planning effectively is something I’ve struggled with before…

Does this sound all too familiar?

It’s been one of those wretched days in which you are surprised that the sky hasn’t fallen yet. You pick the kids up from school, and apparently, their day has been…hmmm…overwhelming too. Everyone needs ice cream! You are in line at Dairy Queen when your cell phone rings. You mindlessly answer it, thinking you wish you could chunk it out the window instead, and it’s the dentist office. “Mrs. Robinson, this is Amy at Dr. Ortho’s office calling to reschedule Timmy’s appointment you missed this afternoon.”

Palm splat! It took forever to get in to see Dr. Ortho and now, because of the serious slacking in your planning (or memory) skills, it will take another forever to reschedule.

How on earth did June Cleaver make this look so easy? 

You’ve tried writing everything down on the calendar in the kitchen. But you often forget to write things on it. And you have a gazillion to-do lists on sticky notes with uncompleted tasks lying all around the house. Not to mention, you are constantly shifting appointments because you can’t ever remember what’s on the home calendar-when you do remember to use it- and frequently double-book things.

So you started using the calendar on your phone. That worked great for appointments and important events, but you still had those pesky uncompleted to-do lists everywhere. Besides, it was just too hard to type everything on that little phone keyboard. 

Then you got smart and bought a day planner. One of the big ones:  with lots of space to write EVERYTHING down. Yay! But…that didn’t work either. You ended up over extended; still forgetting things, because honestly, you weren’t hauling that thing in the car!  It’s enormous! 

Don’t panic; it’s going to be okay. Take deep breathes, sweets. Here is what I did… 

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I bought a small Color Crush planner from webster’s pages. Initially, I wanted to doodle on it and put cutsie stickers on each page, but honestly, I don’t have time for that. So I use colorful pens instead. I just love me a colorful pen!

I use an Excel spreadsheet to contain the big picture. Inside the spreadsheet, I have listed every thing I want to accomplish. I have listed business goals, online courses I am taking, and every day things such as re-painting the front door, for example. If the task is huge, like cleaning out the master bedroom closet, then I have the task broken down into baby steps. 

 I use Goggle calendar online in tandem with this spreadsheet. I use the online calendar to insert all appointments or time sensitive events. The online calendar syncs automatically to your cell phone app, so you can consult it anytime. Anywhere.

 And here’s how I put them both together.

I sit down every Sunday evening and plan my week. The first thing I do is write down all time-sensitive appointments/events for the week in one color of ink. Next, I consult my spreadsheet to see what additional tasks I’d like, or need, to complete for the week. I write these down in a DIFFERENT color of ink. 

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You can see, in the picture above, purple and orange tasks written for each day. The “purple” tasks are all the non-flexible appointments or events I have for the day, and the “orange” tasks are the flexible tasks for each day. So for this particular week, my son had a football camp every day, and I had various things I was working on. The non-flexible/purple tasks are listed first, then, since I still had remaining space in the little square, I saw that I could schedule something else.

 The space in my square is uber important!

If I can’t fit anything else inside the square, then that day is full. Done. Over. Nothing else can be scheduled. Nothing. Because I have found that in the past, I over extended myself, and always felt frustrated; nothing was getting done. We have to live in the real world, and the reality for me is that little square of time. If I write down too much, then I will not be able to complete all the tasks.

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Once I have planned my week, I put it away. I don’t pull it out again until Monday morning. Every Monday morning I sit down with my planner, pull up my Internet browser, and search for inspirational quotes. I take about five minutes to read through them and pick one that resonates with me. I write down that quote in a third, and different, color of ink at the top of my planner. 

And I’m ready to roll! 

I dive into each day’s list after reading my motivational message; starting your day with positive thoughts will have a profound effect on your productivity.

Now you’re ready to roll and find something that works for you. There is a sure-fire system out there for you. Try mine. If it doesn’t work, then don’t be afraid to throw away that idea and start again. The key is to find a system that fits your personal style.

Put any questions you have in the comments below, and I’ll do my best to help you out. Also, my friend Cara here has a great course on finding your perfect planner, so you may be inclined to check that out.   

It’s been fun hanging out on Cara’s blog today! Don’t forget to leave questions, thoughts, or tips in the comments section below. I hope to connect with you soon.

XO,
Trish

 

More about Trish
Hi, I’m Trish! I love making unique jewels crafted by hand, my hands, in my home studio. My other passions are reading a good book {for hours}, playing tennis, making puzzles, baking, and hanging out with my family. I also love my dogs {I have 2 rescues} and my green cheek conure. 

My company was built on the philosophy that…”A girl should be two things…Classy & Fabulous!” ~Coco Chanel

I specialize in Handcrafted Jewelry using gemstonesfleur de lis componentscrystals, and pearls. I have a love for silver and anything shiny. You can also find yoga/spiritual jewelry and children’s jewelry in my boutique. I believe in creating quality jewelry that can last a lifetime without the heavy price tag. Indulging in beautiful things should not cause guilt. YOU are worthy of feeling special and beautiful and my endeavor is to help you do just that.

Find Trish at JewelsbyTrish.com and as @jewelsbytrish on Periscope, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

 


How to make your Styled Photos shine with 5 tips from the fabulous Nancy Gaines

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First up is Nancy from Domesticraft...
you've seen her here lots of times before in our planner challenges here and here and also last summer when I did my no Scrapbooking Police blog series.  Here she is again to help you with styling your photographs.

 

 

Hi! I thought this was going to be an easy post for me to write, but not so much!  Taking the photos is easy for me, but I wanted to write this post so it would be easy for you too!  Or at least easier.  So I went and visited Etsy.  And Pinterest.  And that's why this blog post is late!  Sorry Cara, but I know you understand the rabbit hole that I fell into. 

 

I came away with some very clear tips on what I think a lot of bloggers and shop owners are doing wrong.  I hate saying wrong, how about . . . just not knowing or in a lot of cases, from what other creatives tell me, they don't think they can do it because it's too hard!  It's not their thing or it's a chore or the one I hate the most: they compare their photos to other ladies photos!  The Martha Stewart and Better Homes and Garden Photos and they give up, thinking their photos will never look that good.  They are probably right, but I think you could do a whole lot better than you think you can with these few tips I am going to share.  Here we go!

 

 

Lighting.  The BIGGEST problem I saw was CRAP lighting.  The most optimal lighting is natural lighting and of course you already knew that!  (Take a look at Cara's photos.  She has got this down pat!)  So that's the best case lighting.  What about if you don't have good lighting, or it's an overcast or a gloomy winter day?  What if you can't afford special lighting equipment or set-ups?  I am going to call you on that "boo-hoo, it's too hard, I can't do it crap talk"!

 

 

I live in a tiny 660 sq. ft. apartment which has totally horrible lighting.  Even with all the blinds open my apartment just is not well lit.  It is a bottom unit apartment that is half subterranean cave with low ceilings.  Totally didn't know what I was going to do. So I experimented, a LOT!

 

 

Oh, first before I go any further, let me tell you that all of my photos are taken with my cell phone.  I have a Samsung Galaxy5.  I also ONLY use the Instagram App to both TAKE and EDIT my photos.  That's it.  No fancy DSLR, no special lighting equipment and no Photoshop or Illustrator software.  So I know that it's possible to take good photos WITHOUT all the bells and whistles.  

 

 

Here are a few of my GO-TOs.  

 

1.  Daylight CFL (compact fluorescent) lightbulbs.  They are literally the difference between night and day for my photos.  I just buy mine at the supermarket, they come in a two pack for about $7.00 and last forever.  I've actually installed them in every socket in my home.  I am so much happier in my little cave now and so is the hubs!  The other part to brightening up your photos is to literally brighten them up in the editing step.  8 out of 10 times my shots will need brightening up, unless I'm outside.  This is the only edit I do.  (There are a ton of fun things you can do to photos with the Instagram App, I just haven't found the time to play with them yet.)

 

 

2.  Don't overthink a shot.  Usually when I do this, it comes out looking stilted and rather boring.  Have fun with it!  Get down to eye level, shoot it from overhead, tilt your camera in all kinds of ways . . . EXPERIMENT!  Have fun, lighten up, don't be so fussy!  It's not like the old days where the film cost was so precious.  Now you can take a gazillion shots FOR FREE!  (That still makes me so happy!)  

 

And you know you're going to get some shots that you hate, (a lot of those) and some will make you laugh cause you thought you were being all clever and artistic and the shot really sucks and you know it! :)  And then there are the photos that make you say to yourself, "Oh, wow . . . that's not bad", those are the ones that make me smile to myself and that's how I know it's a keeper.  

 

Not very scientific, huh?  You know why?  Because it's not ROCKET SCIENCE!  Quit making it harder than it is!  (Sorry for yelling!)

 

 

3.  Look at photos that you love the look of, you know . . . the feel, the branding.  Go to Pinterest or Instagram and look up styled photography or styled photo shoot.  You'll find lots of tips and tricks there as well.  Mind you, this is research, don't get lost down the rabbit hole like I do! :)  

 

Get to know what you like, what feels like you.  Make up a Pinterest board just for this.  Find your style.  Only put photos on this board that truly speak to you and make you smile.  No, I kinda like thats. None.  Just the ones that make you say, YES!

 

 

4.  Gather some props that go with your style.  Shop your home first, cause most likely it's filled with little things that you already love, right?  When shopping for props, totally hit the thrift shops and garage sales and the clearance racks wherever you go.  Be selective and remember your style.  Don't just buy it because it's cheap.  Slowly build up a carefully curated collection of props that make you smile when you look at them.  Your building your brand.

 

 

5.  My last tip is for making the text and graphic overlays for your photographs.  Again, I go simple.  My top 2 apps are Rhonnadesigns and Abeautifulmess.  I also like Canva for my laptop.  My biggest tip here again, is EXPERIMENT!  Study Pinterest and Instagram again!  And online or physical magazines are perfect examples to check out!  Have Fun!

 

 

Thanks for inviting me to be a guest on your lovely blog, Cara!  You are truly an inspiration and I always learn something when I study your photos.  Yep, Cara . . . I study your photos, it's the only way I can keep up with your cuteness!  

 

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below and Cara and I will gladly try to answer them!

 

xoxoxo

Nancy

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Nancy Gaines is a Small Product & Prop Stylist. She is getting ready to launch her new shop featuring her amazing Insta-Styled Stock & Custom Photography for Creatives.  Coming July 20!! Pop over to Domesticraft.com to find out more about Nancy and while you are there don't forget to sign up for her abso-cute-ly gorgeous banner tutorial and pattern.  Follow her cuteness on Instagram and Pinterest.


Christmas in July - make sure you send your cards this year!

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Hello if you are coming from Melissa's post at digitalscrapbookinghq.com and welcome :D 

We are just coming out of a heat wave here in Europe and since I grew up in Canada and I have freckles and fair skin, my body does not like the heat!  Actually, I react really badly to hight temps. Once it goes over 28°C (82°F) I get cranky. Anything over 35°C (95°F), and I can't function.  Last week it was 38 (100).  Europe really doesn't do central air. I was a mess!  So, I got thinking of winter and glorious snow and of course Christmas :D  

So, maybe you don't react like I do to the heat, and maybe summer is your favourite time of year, or maybe you are in the southern hemispere and Christmas is in the summertime for you.  Whatever your situation and where ever you are it's kind of fun to think of Christmas now, right?  I mean it's such a magical time, the twinkling lights and the jingle bells really are magical.  

Why not bring a little of that magic to your July?  

What could that mean?  

*You could scrapbook some photos from Christmas past.  
*You could buy a few gifts... I often buy gifts before returning home to Canada each summer so that I can save on overseas shipping.
*You could bake some cookies now and freeze them.You could take your family Christmas card photo now while everyone is home and not so busy.
*What about homemade gifts?  If you start now, you'll be sure to be finished by Christmas ;)

click here for a Christmas in July checklist it kinda sorta makes me giddy ;)
This list will give you a head start so that come December, it's all easy sailing and you can just sit back and enjoy the season.

But, what I really want to urge you to do is to start your Christmas cards.  
Raise your hand if you sent out cards last year.  Leave it up if it was stress free project.  Leave it up if those cards got tho friends and family on time.  Leave it up if they turned out the way you wanted them to look.  Still have your hand up?  Awesome, you are free to go!  The rest of you listen up! 

So what about those Christmas cards?  What if it wasn't such a big rush right before that looming 'guaranteed delivery by Christmas' cut off date?  I'm not saying do them all now, but why not start slowly hacking away at them?  Below, I've compiled a list of all the things that need to get done before sending them out.  Who is to say you can't do some of this in July?  Sending Christmas cards is a HUGE task.  Make it easy on yourself come Christmas time so that you can enjoy the season more.

Feel free to print off this checklist so you can have it with you.

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The second step is to find the design that you like. Well it just so happens that I have 3 designs that are included in a Christmas in July bundle sale that starts tomorrow!  Here are the 3 designs.  

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If you grab this bundle now, that's one step already checked off!  But, my cards aren't the only things you get in the bundle.  There are 14 other awesome Christmas products to get you ready for the holidays, NOW! :D  There is a large variety of different classes, patterns, scrapbooking products, calendars and more!

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More details here

Next up in the Christmas in July blog hop is Alison from alisondaydesigns.com So go on over there, leave her a comment and continue along the blog hop to increase your chances to win :D

Merry Christmas ;)

 

Giveaway is now closed, the winner is IRMA! Thanks for playing :D

 

How would you like to win one of the bundles? Just leave me comment below telling me the part you find the most stressful about preparing for the holidays.  A winner will be chosen at random from all the comments left on participating blogs' posts. Comments will close at 9:00 PM EST on July 10th. That's today, so don't wait!!

 


The Fringe Hours giveaway

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The giveaway is now over :D  More details at the bottom of this post.  If you didn't win, you can now get your copy at Target :D

I don't do book reviews as a general rule here.  Even though I do read a lot of books, that's just not what this blog is about.  However I recently read a book... no scratch that! I devoured the book!  And I feel like it's one of those books that you tell everyone about, you buy as gifts for people and you just want everyone to read.  It does tie into to this blog's theme however, as one of it's main theme's is to find more time to do the things that fill you up.  And for most of you that's either scrapbooking, planning or some other form of paper crafting!  Am I right?! :D

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When I first heard of the Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner, I thought to myself, 'If I was ever to write a book this is the one I would have written.'  I'm very often asked how do I do it all and where I find the time.  And my answer is always in two parts.  First, I don't do it all, and second, what I do get done, I do in the 'in betweens.'   However, once I actually read the book, I quickly realised that she did such an outstanding job of saying what was in my head and then continuing on to expand on that and say so much more than I ever could!!  And in a much more eloquant way.

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So even though I've been living my life similar to what she says in her book, pretty much since Jacques (who will be 14 this month) was born, I still found little tidbits and inspiration all through out the book.  It's genius!  Since my friend Sarah has passed her copy onto me, I was planning on reading it and then passing it on, so someone else could benefit from it as well.  Then, I started reading and taking notes. I always write in books, but this one even has space for note taking. And I even went back and added bookmarks with washi tape to my absolute favourite parts, and well... in short I want to keep it :D  I did buy a copy for both my sister and sister-in-law and I'm waiting on the French translation so I can get one for each of my sisters-in-law here in Europe.  But, I'm also going to purchase one more copy and give it away here on the blog.  I really feel that every woman, whether you are a mother or not, work outside the home or not, yound or old you really should read this book.  The bossy, oldest sister in me wants to tell you in my bossiest voice to READ THIS BOOK!!  If you've read it already, please spread the word!

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The WINNER is:  Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 11.11.41 AMYAY!!!

Theresa, email me your mailing address at cara@thehootingpirate.com and I'll get your book out to you. 

To all the rest of you, please read the book!!  Yes, the bossy big sister is telling you what to do :D

I really enjoyed reading all of your comments.  I actually got quite giddy, as a lot of these projects and activities I would love to do as well!  However, I did get some overwhelm mixed in there too, which is complete normal, I guess. There's a lot I want to do, there's a lot we all want to do.  I believe we have the time to do what's most important, we just need to make it a priority and fit it in. I think I'll to go back and read over some parts of the book again :D

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below telling me what you wish you had more time for.  That's it!  If you are new here, welcome!  And, please sign up to my email list if you haven't already.  There is a sign up box at the bottom of this post :D

I'll choose a winner Tuesday July 7 at midnight Pacific.


My Quick and Easy Memory Planner System

 
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This is the last post in the blog series that Francine and Nancy and I have been doing these last few weeks about Memory Planners. Check out my other posts, I talk about how I got into memory planning and I show you my process for decorating my memory planner.  Today, I share my system to help you with your memory planning.

I hope these tips will be helpful to you!

1. I set a timer on my phone to remind myself to journal everyday.  At first it went off at 9pm, but I was always hitting snooze and eventually turning it off and not journaling because it was a busy time, trying to get the children asleep and winding down my day.  I realised that 10am was a quiet time of day, most days.  So now it goes off at 10am and I am able to journal 3-4 times a week.

2. I have my memory planner out and ready. When my timer goes off all I need to do is pick up my pen and write.  It's in a drawer that is  high enough that I can write in it, right in the drawer and then I can close it up.  It doesn't have to be out on a desk or table, cluttering up my room.

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3. I take the current week's page out of the binder rings and lay it on top.  I'm left handed so those rings get in the way.  I'm able to write a lot neater when the page is clear of the rings.

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4. I wait until the back of the page is journalled on before I decorate the front side.  I hate having to write over the bumps and lumps from cards, die cuts, stickers and even thin washi tape.  So I won't decorate a spread until the left hand side of the following spread is journalled on.

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 Now that the 13th, 14th and 15th are journalled, I can go back and do the spread for the 7th-12th.

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5.  I decorate the 'extra pages' all at once.  I like to spend a good bit of time on the creative part of my memory planner so I do all the extra pages for each month together at one time.  This saves me time as I don't have to work to get those creative juices going!

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6.  I keep all of the supplies for my memory planner in the drawer with the planner.  It can get a bit messy, but it makes decorating much quicker.

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There you have it!  I hope that you have enjoyed this blog series.  Here are links to the other 2 posts:

Introduction to Memory Planners
How I use my Memory Planner

And don't forget to stop by to see how Francine and Nancy are doing with their new Memory Planners!

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Memory Planners Part 2 - the low down

I'm back along with Francine from Callaloosoup.com and Nancy from Domesticraft.com with our second instalment of our blog series all about Memory Planners.  Today, I'm going to take you through how I set up and use my planner to capture memories on a daily basis.

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With my Heidi Swapp Memory Planner there is a thick cardstock divider page for each month that usually has a simple pattern.  June has these gorgeous gold stripes.  I like to add a bit of embellishments to make it more 'me'.  This month I went a bit more whimsical than I have so far in my planner, maybe because it's Spring! 

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Next there are lots of little goodie pages for photos of the month (still waiting to take that second one for June), a bookmark type page for birthdays and important days and even a pocket page with two 3x3 sleeves.  I got a fuse on Sunday (it was Mother's Day in Luxembourg) so I sealed up the bottom one after filling it with confetti :D

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Next is my favourite page.  It's a ledger type patterned paper that leads you into the calendar bits.  I love to decorate this one the most.  This month I went with this cute card that I've been saving.  It has a nice quote!

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Then comes the calendar page, and basically for me, this is just a neatened up copy of my wall calendar.  I love having this in here to be able to look back at how busy life is right now.  I usually do this after the month is over.

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The last part of each monthly section includes a bunch of pages each with space for 3 days  on them.  These are the pages where I write a little blurb about each day.  This is the only spread I have decorated so far this month, but I always do it afterwards because I can't stand to write over bumpiness, even thin washi tape. I only journalled 3 out of 6 days, which is pretty typical.  I average 3-4 days each week.

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One of my favourite parts about my planner are the prompts that are sprinkled through out, there are some here at the bottom of the calendar page and there are more on the back of the birthday bookmark.  These prompts make me get a little deeper and write things that I might overlook as I'm journalling but are wonderful ways to track my memories and so I'm thankful for these prompts. 

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Don't forget to check out Nancy's and Francine's posts as well to see how their Memory Planners are coming along!

Next week is the last part of our blog series and I'll be talking about different tips and tricks for keeping the process simple and fitting it in to your daily plan ;)


Have you jumped on the memory planner bandwagon?

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I'm teaming up with Nancy again from Domesticraft and this time Francine from Callaloosoup is join in on the fun!  We are going to be talking Memory Planners and all the fantastic joy they bring.  Okay, maybe I get a little too excited when it comes to these planners, but they really do make me giddy :D

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I'm pretty sure that Heidi Swapp came up with the term and idea of Memory Planners.  She is where I heard it from first, anyway.  It was during the Big Picture Classes Play! event.  She did a presentation about her memory planner and she had me in tears, it was amazing! She talked about being able to go back a read little snippets of her life over the course of a year.

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So what is Memory Planning anyway?  Here's what Heidi has to say about it:

SO, if you haven’t noticed, Memory Planning is a “thing”! well, ok – so I call it “Memory Planning” because recording, planning and documenting in a planner is actually a very powerful and FUN way to keep memories! It’s actually kinda like memory multi-tasking because you are doing what you would do anyway: write down the stuff you have going on… (planning) along with stuff you need to do and remember… but also adding in some pretty embellishments and photos! It’s the perfect way to CAPTURE your EVERYDAY! 

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Needless to say, after her BPC presentation, I NEEDED to get myself one of her Memory Planners!  But, they were only available in Michaels stores in the US, boo!  I went on the message board for the Play! event and gushed about how good the event was but I also commented that it was disappointing that we couldn't get a memory planner after hearing Heidi rave about it. I may or may not have whined. ;)  A sweet lady named Marie, offered to go to her local Michaels and pick up and then send me one!  I jumped at her offer, how wonderfully sweet she is!

It arrived just before my birthday, so I decided to document the year from birthday to birthday (March 2, so I just started with March 1).  It was simple to take the book apart and make it March to February.

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Now, I would love to say that everyday, I wrote a little snippet of my day and that each month I was able to go back and add photos and pretty embellishments, but that's just not the case.  I would often forget and then go back at the end of some  months and add what I could from our family wall calendar.

Some months aren't even decorated and... I even have a few blank months. GASP!!

But, wait!

I do have 8 months FULL of little tidbits that I will treasure when my little one are all grown and gone.  And that to me is beyond precious!! and that's just one year!  I'm on my second year and still going strong recording our day to day lives so that I can look back later to see what life was really like back in 2015.

Please head on over to see what Nancy and Francine have to say about this wonderful hobby!

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Choose your own Adventure... Planner ;)

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The GIVEAWAY has ended, see the end of the post for the winner :D

Sarah truly is a kindred spirit and I almost feel like she's created this planner just for me!  I mean, come on, it has a Tardis to match my Tardis charm on the front of my cakedori :D

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Here are some of my favourite parts of the Venture planner:

The adventures boxes - they really make me look at my day in a new light, to seek out what was an adventure that day.  With the 'adventure' label on some otherwise mundane detail (like taking a different running route) makes it feel more important and meaningful :D
Sarah's cute illustrations - again Tardis!!
The short to-do lists on the day page - there's nothing like a long list of things to overwhelm you!
The versatilty of it - I can change it up and print whichever pages and layouts I need for any given week, month etc 

If you are using regular computer paper, and printing on both sides, I would suggest printing it a bit lighter. Otherwise you can see the designs through on the other side.  Either that or use thicker paper. I also had a problem getting the two sides to line up so that the cut lines were in the same spot on the back as the front.  But, that may be because we use A4 size paper over here and not 8.5x11.

The planner comes in 4 sizes, Midori Traveler’s Notebook (4.5x8.5"), Filofax Personal Planner (3.7x6.7"), Half Page (8.5x5.5"), and Full Page (8.5x11") so whatever planner you're using, Sarah has it covered.

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I made mine in the midori size so that it would fit in my faux dori.  I made a little traveller's notebook for the moth of June.  

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Here are the steps that I took.

I found a cute double sided piece of cardstock that I loved.

I chose the planner pages that I wanted and printed them out, keeping in mind how they would be laid out in my book once they were folded in half.

I cut the planner pages and cardstock down to size and measured to the middle.

I drew a pencil mark down the middle, because I am really bad at sewing in a straight line ;)  (A Queen Amidala costume without a pattern, I have no problem with however - go figure!)

Then I stitched along the line, and folded it up!

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I rounded the corners because the other notebooks in my cakedori have rounded corners

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Et voila, c'est prêt!

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If you'd like to try this Venture Planner for yourself you can go here to find out more:

http://www.sarahshotts.com/blog/planner/

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you can enter your name into Sarah's safari hat to try and win one of your own!  Just leave me a comment below and I'll pick a winner Tuesday night (midnight pacific)!  Good luck!

GIVEAWAY WINNER:

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YAY!  Thanks everyone who entered!!  Congrats to Allyson, our winner!  Don't forget to check out the planner if you didn't win to get your own copy!

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A Happy Birthday GIVEAWAY!!!

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Happy happy birthday to the Cut Shoppe!! Each of the members of the Design Team are giving away one of our favourite cut files so make sure you visit the other blogs too!  Plus, there's a coupon code for today and tomorrow only TCSBDAY1

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, thanks for playing :D
the WINNER is JUDITH ARMSTRONG!!

It was really hard for me to choose which cutfile to give away but I ended up going with the very first one I ever used, before I was even on the design team.  I don't think it will surprise any one who knows me even in the least that I'm choosing this oldie, but goodie, with a TARDIS!!!

Hey-who-girl(this layout is a scraplift from Wilna Furstenburg)

 

 

The Geeked Out cut file, consists of 4 SciFi themed icons, that can be used on your scrapbooking and papercrafting projects.

 

It's called GEEKED OUT, awesome right? 

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, thanks for playing :D
the WINNER is JUDITH ARMSTRONG!!

To win all you need to do is:

1.  Sign up to my email list (you'll get a free class!) over in the side bar on the right :D

2. comment below with either your favourite Doctor Who Episode, or if you aren't a Doctor Who fan, well, sorry but we can't be friends!  
Haha, just kidding but seriously go watch it!! (the girl in the fireplace or the one with Van Gogh will get you hooked for sure!) but in the meantime you can tell me your favourite cutfile from the Cut Shoppe instead.

The giveaway will close Tuesday, midnight pacific. :D

To see the other giveaways, visit the other design team members' blogs:

Sheri Twing
Gina Lideros
Kat Benjamin
Tarrah McLean

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And here are a few of the layouts that I've made with other cut files from The Cut Shoppe. 

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Studio refresh - come and play!

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I've done a few improvements to my studio to not only make 'play' time run more smoothly, but also to display and store projects, both finished and in the works.

I make quite a few projects but then I find that they get stored away in an album (ahem after sitting in a stack for way tooooo long) and they don't get seen.  So, after being inspired by Paige Evan's I set up a layout wall, but as you can see I'm having trouble keeping them on my wall! A little more mac tack should do the trick :D

Layout-wall

 As far as mini albums are concerned, I bought these shelves to display them ages ago! It took my 13 year old son to figure out how to drill holes into the cement wall and get them installed!

There are a few project kits and half finished mini books and things from various workshops I've taken.  This little cart below the shelves is perfect for those.  Oh look there's that stack of finished layouts waiting to be stored in an album :D 

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Below are 2 Alex drawer units from IKEA stacked on top of one another.  I didn't bother with the wheels and this way they make a nice chest of drawers.  It sits right behind my desk so that it's in easy reach.  The drawers are shallow and are perfect for layouts and projects in progress.  The Cath Kidston bowls on top hold mostly die cuts but also enamel dots and little pretty bags and envelopes.  I have a recycle bin on the floor on the left and a box on the right for paper that I am no longer using so that I can give it away.

Alex-drawers

Here are some of the drawers open (the neater ones!) My memory keeper is in the top one and  everyday (or almost!), I write a little blurb about each day, and I write it right in the drawer!  It's the perfect height to stand and write, simple, fast and easy!

Alex-drawers
So those are the improvements I've made recently, thanks to Catherine my trusty sidekick and second pair of hands!  They seem small but they have made a HUGE difference in my studio, especially in being able to keep it tidy.  I no longer have half finished projects all over my desk.  They are stored away neat and tidy, but at the same time not tucked away so much that I forget about them.

You can see more photos of my studio HERE.

What are your favourite parts about your creative space?