me & my BIG ideas: The Happy Planner BLOG HOP

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Welcome to the new 2016-2017 Happy Planner™ BLOG HOP featuring posts by the me & my BIG ideas Design Team! I’m excited to show you the style of my new ‘Botanical Gardens’ Happy Planner and share how I plan to use it come July.


I knew immediately that I HAD to HAVE this planner. The black and white stripes + floral + gold foil = SWOON. I could not wait to get my hot little hands on this. And it did not disappoint. SO GORGEOUS.


I go back and forth between the gold band and the new banded zipper pocket. LOVE having my favorite things attached to my planner. I have found that proximity and ease of use are the keys to my planning game success.


The addition of two-year at a glance pages is fabulous. LOVE the touch of floral and fun font. REALLY LOVE the new combinations of colors and fonts on the monthly and weekly pages. Particularly excited about the PURPLE in this planner.


The simplicity of the monthly goals and planning pages caught my eye immediately. Plenty of room for washi birthday cakes, photos, notes, and journaling. Looking forward to spicing up the polka dots: perhaps a gratitude type journal, one dot = one happy.



A couple Instagram sneaks:



Thanks so much for stopping by! Keep the HOP going by heading over to mambi Design Team member Heather Adam’s blog to see which Happy Planner™ she’s got her hands on!


Sweet Stamp Shop: Weekly Planner Chart for Kids

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
SSSWeeklyCharteditI 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.

SSSWeekly1editAn 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?

You can find the Sweet Stamp Shop stamps HERE and me HERE.

Thank you for reading!!

Sweet Stamp Shop: October Planner Layout

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?

sssblog4-editYou can find me here: INSTAGRAM or my poor neglected BLOG. You can find the adorable Sweet Stamp Shop planner stamps used above HERE.

Thank you for stopping by!!

Project Life: Week 17


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 ❤


Summer Bucket List 2015


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 ❤


me & my BIG ideas: The Happy Planner DIY Washi Labels

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:

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Happy Planning!!

Teacher Appreciation Door Sign


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 ❤

Project Life 2015: Week Eight

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…

IMG_5193I 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).


Planner Love: me & my BIG ideas


I like to color coordinate my boys’ activities each week/month. I love the ease of removable label stickers: makes it easier in case something is canceled or rescheduled. I don’t lose my mind over crossing something out or peeling paper off. To keep up with the number of activities, I started to use washi tape as the color label system. I trimmed the label stickers down to fit each square, ran the washi tape down the side, and then cut out each label. Fast, easy, and endless color/pattern possibilities. Absolutely love the me & my BIG ideas The Happy Planner!! Only a few more short weeks until you all can get your hands on these planner paper pretties!!

me & my BIG ideas: The Happy Planner

Oh how I love this planner system by me & my BIG ideas!! Cute stickers, home planning extension packets, blank monthly extension packets to extend the life of your planner or use it immediately…so many fun new things coming SOON!! I thought I would share how I am currently using the planner. I set up the blank monthly pages for a March start and took out the 2016 months to make it a 2015 planner. I laminated a little note Ty left me as a bookmark. I also laminated one of my favorite pieces of mambi paper to use as a bookmark as well. Washi tape helps denotes events that last multiple days: homework assignments, Marks travels, early dismissals at school, conference week, etc. The blank monthly extension packet comes with everything you need to set up your calendar: circle number stickers and monthly label stickers:


Each little arc circle has a sweet little heart cut out. Such a fun detail: