This particular Sweet Stamp Shop project was inspired by a Mama Homie who made laminated backpack checklists for her boys. My six year old asks daily if it is a school day, a short day, a sneaks day or Chucks day (PE/walking club day or regular day). To help ease his morning spice, I wanted to make him a Weekly Planner Chart. The stamps provided the perfect images. First step, gather supplies: colored pencils, stamps, ink pad, and free weekly chart printable HERE…
I love that this chart provides visuals for Jake. It is easy for him to take control of his morning routine and get himself ready accordingly. Tuesdays are library days: make sure your library book is in your backpack. Before bed, make sure you’ve packed your snack. Wednesdays are art days, don’t wear your favorite t-shirts as you may get messy. PE and Walking Club days call for sneaks, no Chucks.
An overall look. I love the way it came out. Fun, stampy visual reminders could be used for work days, off days, morning and evening routines, meal planning, gym days…so many possibilities. What would you include in a visual reminder chart?
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I am dreaming of fall while we continue to have 90+ degree weather here in California. I am ready for sweaters, boots, and warm cups of coffee. I instantly fell in love with the Fall Into Christmas set of stamps the second I saw them and knew that I wanted to use them for my October monthly layout. I gathered all of my supplies: Versafine black ink pad, acrylic blocks, colored pencils, and stamps.
I work with my pages removed from my planner (no more wrist gymnastics needed to fill in Tuesday and Wednesday). While planning, I keep my boys’ game schedules, school calendars, and my school calendar in front of me and fill in the calendar accordingly.
Once everything is stamped, I go back and color in the images with colored pencils. I then write in the activities, labels, and times. Pages are then placed back into my planner. I love how fun it is to decorate the top of the calendar with the little stamp icons and words. I do my best to balance to colors used throughout both pages:
Goal setting is really important to me and I love having Bucket Lists to help keep me on track. Inspired by the stamps, I whipped together a Fall Bucket List on a simple tag. I want to keep it as a monthly page marker, so I ran it through my laminator and punched holes in it. The bucket list is made using the same supplies mentioned above: Versafine black ink pad and colored pencils.
Snaps right into place…fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I have intended to bake a pie from scratch for the last three years. I will get it done this year. What is on your Fall Bucket List?
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I am really hoping to take some time this summer and update my Project Life photos. For now, here is Week 17. I rarely use the same core kit two weeks in a row; however, this new Stampin Up Project Life kit is one of my all time favorites. I absolutely LOVE it. A week of baseball, Teacher Appreciation shenanigans, a rare date night, and more baseball <3
Constructing our family Summer Bucket List has become one of my favorite summer traditions. This year, I went with a texture and chalkboard theme. I plan to use the clips to attach photos of our adventures. There is a small envelope in the bottom corner housing a few of our activities that didn’t fit in the clipped tagged area. Looking forward to a summer of fun, laughter and adventure. I also made a small portable version of our bucket list to carry with me in my me & my BIG ideas The Happy Planner. I love summer <3
Surviving two boys playing baseball in two different Little League divisions will go down as one of my greatest parenting feats to date. In order to help keep different practice times, game times, and game sites straight, I color coordinate each kiddo’s weekly activities using washi tape and labels. I typically pick a color theme for each week and washi accordingly. The labels are removable, so should a game or practice be cancelled, I can simply remove the label or move it to a different day.
The washi tape labels are super easy to make. All you need is a paper trimmer, scissors, labels, and washi tape.
1. I trim the labels to size using the paper trimmer. I eyeball it, mostly trimming to cut off the rounded edges.
2. Run the piece of washi tape down one edge. Leaving room to write.
3. Cut labels apart.
4. Plan away…super easy.
Some examples of how I have used various washi labels in my me & my BIG ideas The Happy Planner:
Really happy with the way this came out…love the fun, bright feel and texture of different pieces of cardstock. The rainbow: lots of various circle punches glued to mimic a rainbow shape. For the flowers, I wanted imperfect circles to help connect the top of the sign with the bottom. For the grass, I had the boys help cut pieces and glue them on. The me & my BIG ideas big alpha stickers were the perfect finishing touch. The last of the kiddos will sign the cloud tomorrow morning <3
I typically place photos into sleeves as I print them. Then, as I find time, I go back and add the journaling and embellishing. As I sat down to work on Week 8, I noticed I hadn’t placed any photos on the left side. Not a single one. I immediately considered the week a wash; however, I had a few stacks of the boys’ school work and artwork sitting behind me and I decided to use the scanning app on my phone. I scanned the pieces of work, printed them on 4×6 matte paper, and LOVE the result. In fact, it might just be one of my most favorite Project Life layouts to date. Kid-made art makes my heart happy…
I loved the frame journal card and knew I wanted to work with it, but the pink background didn’t match my color scheme. I cut out the frame, printed this scanned picture as 1 x 1.5-ish, and it turned out super cute. I plan to do something like this monthly to help alleviate the stacks and stacks of kid work I keep (and have no idea what to do with).