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:
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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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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 ❤
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 ❤
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).
For the first year, Tyson very much had an opinion about what he wanted to get his teachers and how he wanted to present the gifts. I found these black chalkboard bags at Hobby Lobby and they were the perfect backdrop for Ty’s personalized artwork. I added some me & my BIG ideas tags (found in the All That Glitters paper pad) at the top with a glitter letter sticker to finish them off. They earned his stamp of approval, as did the Bux gift cards.
I fell in love with the black and gold me & my BIG ideas Christmas paper pad the minute I saw it. Glittery accents, gorgeous fonts, gold foil…swoon. And then I came across this kraft colored blank calendar sheet at Hobby Lobby. Done. Having never completed my keepsaking of December 2013, I finally got it done:
Moment 11: Not sure what I’ll put here, but it will go inside or on top of the bag…loving the blue/gold/wood veneer combination.
Moment 12: will likely put cards/notes from my students in the bag or possibly a photo/journal card for a separate moment…lots of flexibility within the album.
Moment 19: will likely use for the boys’ schoolwork and/or Santa Letter. You can also see the backside of the confetti pocket. I found it a lot easier to use an Exacto knife, slice along the top border, place the goodies inside, and use washi tape to close. Half the time it takes to hand stitch a pocket closed and almost the same final look.
I thought I would take some time to share my December Daily foundation pages. For the most part, beyond the placement of the numbers and pocket pages, I have no real plan set in stone. Instead of daily moments, I will focus on overall moments throughout the month: if one day produces three moments, awesome, if another produces zero, that is okay as well.
My opening pages focus on my WHY of the project:
As you will see throughout the album, I am using a mixture of pre-made journal cards, the ones that came with the Ali Edwards December Daily Kit and handwritten, list/journal type pages. For the opening WHY page, I loosely made lines with a pencil. Journaled my why, erased the pencil lines, and added embellishments. Simple but love the outcome.
I started to list all of the items/photos/moments I hope to capture in December. As I was doing so, I decided to turn the list into a filler page. A fun, colorful, alphabet page followed…
Moment 1: will focus on our tree. Ty’s drawing will serve as a reminder to take a black and white photo of our set up. I will use the drawing in the album elsewhere in the end.
Moment 2: will focus on the boys’ multiple lists and letters to Santa. I will place them in the bag…
Moment 3: undecided. Will be receipts or tags maybe? They will go in the bag with possible journaling outside…
Moment 4: love how the boys’ wrap each other’s gifts. I plan to incorporate photos of their wrap jobs here.
Moment 6: undecided, but this year’s December Daily inspired me to finally use up some of my washi tape stash…
Moments 8 and 9 will focus on the boys’ basketball. The 9 is adhered to a clear Project Life page divider. Loved the hint of green it offered to keep with the blue/green/red color scheme of the double page layout.
Moment 10: another list, this time our favorite family holiday books.