April Planner Recap

Welcome to another post here on my channel. I apologize for the delay with this post, but it’s here, it’s here, it’s HERE! I love sharing my monthly planner recap to share my tips and tricks in planning along with what works for me and what doesn’t. As always, be sure to click highlighted links throughout the post and check out my previous recaps below:

My favorite part of planning this month was diving into my sticker stash and using up stickers I had from the Sticky Essentials March kit. I’ve been loving green in my planner and it’s a color scheme that will continue throughout the rest of the year.

April ‘This Month Currently’ + Divider + Monthly Spread


I love decorating the ‘This Month Currently’ section of my planner. I use it primarily to track my music favorites and other events of the month #PlannersNightOut, but you can use it to track you month goals or add snapshot pictures. Don’t let the generic page stray you away from using it. Make the most of it by making it your own. Add washi, stickers, scrapbook paper. I’d recommend using adhesive tape instead of glue so that the paper doesn’t fold. The great thing about the Happy Planner is the flexibility of adding and taking out pages at your leisure. Have fun with the pages and look beyond the typical multi-colored pens.

As my divider, I had purchased a sheet of scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby and I used it in my ‘This Month Currently’ plus the sidebar of my monthly spread. I added stickers from Hobby Lobby and a Darice sticker book and that was that. Nothing major. My monthly view was nothing spectacular either. I would love to try out what xoMamaPlans does in her spreads and write something that happened every single day as a month at a glance and then put my bills, birthdays, events in the sidebar. That’s an option for future months.

April 1st – 3rd


I partly shared this spread in my March Recap. It was Wrestlemania week and I used the wrestling stickers I had from Dollar Tree. I used this section as a scrapbook style to track who entered the Hall of Fame, plus the key matches of the night. I also added in a DIY match card which is just a blank list pad sheet. This style is great if you want to track a weekend get away.

April 4th-10th


This week I used a Darice sticker book. I didn’t overload my spread with stickers and I noticed that during the weekend my list gets longer, simply because I have more time. Well, aside from time, I pushed a lot of what I could’ve done after work to the weekend. Whatever. I would’ve like to space out my weekend, but then again it shows when I get a bulk of my work done. The only thing I would’ve added was a sticker over the calendar. I hate the calendar in the corner and I’m so glad I have stickers to last me a while to cover it every week.

April 11th-17th | 15 Minute Challenge | Minion Spread 


I shared a post on this spread since I created a challenge for it. I set my timer to 15 minutes to see how much of a spread I could actually complete. I don’t like to rush when I plan. A lot of my spreads are built throughout the week. I like to leave open space and then add from there. I was able to plan basically everything in the 15 minutes, but having my stickers scattered int he process set me back. Not a decked out minion spread, I know.

April 18th-25th | JuJuAllOver | Dulce Collection


I used a  kit for this week simply because Planner’s Night Out at Michaels was on the 21st. Other than that, I would’ve used stickers from a previous kit. The key difference opposed to other kits I’ve used in my planner was the rearrangement of full boxes. I also love that kits are coming with a washi sheet for the bottom bar and to match the full boxes. Most kits are made for the Erin Condren, but having the washi strips make them easy to work into the Happy Planner. I love how the spread turned out although I would’ve placed my boxes a little differently. These stickers from JuJuAllOver are not removable so once they’re down, they’re down.

April 25th – May 1st


And just like that, April was OVER! There was a lot of changes at work and I needed a daily boost to keep me motivated. I used a printable from Etsy, but you can easily create a printable of motivational quotes on your own. I used them throughout he spread and added the Michaels Color Splash washi here and there. Pretty simple spread.

Quick Tips:

  • Experiment between a completely open spread versus “no white space.” It’s fun to use kits, but leave yourself room to actually USE your planner.
  • Icons, on Icons, on Icons! If you never know where to start with buying stickers, buy multi-colored icon stickers. They’ll work with any spread you want to create.
  • Make use of your stash of list pads from Target / Michaels / Dollar Tree. Use them to create longer lists and hole punch them into your planner or use washi tape. I use them for longer cleaning lists and lately my blog posts for the month. Being that I hole punch mine, I can move it week to week with no problem.
  • Don’t force yourself to make long daily to do lists because that’s how the sticker was made. Cut it if you have to and make it work for you! I prefer a daily top 3 opposed to a longer list that I used to use.

Stickers/Washi Used throughout the month are below:




Planning for Beginners: Target One Spot

We’re nearing the end of my Planning for Beginners series, but I couldn’t leave out the Target One Spot. Well, it’s been renamed to ‘Bullseye’s Playground,’ but I still call it the One Spot. Check out the previous editions below:

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Plan With Me: March 2016

Goodbye February and HELLO MARCH! I wanted to share my monthly spread with you all was well as reminding you of my new planning schedule. I will be providing at least two plan with me’s per month not including my monthly layout. This will avoid any redundancy in my monthly recaps. Be sure to check out my February recap HERE. Also be sure to click all links highlighted throughout the post.


For this month I went with an Easter design since Easter falls early this year. The stickers are from a Darice sticker book that I purchased last year from Michaels for just 10 cents. Yes, 10 cents. Try to get the sticker books off season and you’ll get a great deal.

I didn’t want to add too much to my spread simply because I don’t use it throughout the month. It’s a reference, but it’s great to mark off bills, events, appointments at-a-glance. I don’t have much going  on this month, but I loved using the Target Up&UP neon Labels to mark my bills. I cut them in half and then another cut to turn them into page flags. I usually used a decorative sticker to mark my bills, but I love this way so much more.

Also instead of marking my pay days with ‘Pay Day’ stickers, I like covering the number with a money sticker to note it. It’s easier and takes up less space. The sidebar features any appointments or events I have for the month. I did this in February and it took away the clutter of marking my chiropractor appointments every single Tuesday. This month I have not only my appointments, but a Wine & Painting date I’ll have with my friends on Good Friday. Again, not taking up space in the monthly spread with a huge sticker.

The only thing that I add throughout the month are gas stickers because I do like to track how much I’m spending in that area.

I love the clean look of this spread. It’s functional and if need be, I have space left throughout the month and the sidebar to add. This is definitely my favorite monthly spread that I’ve done this year. I’ve finally found a system that works and keeps the clutter away. Check out the stickers/washi used below:

February Recap

February has come and gone and we are now in the first week of March. As usual, I wanted to share my planner recap with you all.

My least favorite layout was the week of the 15th-21st. This was the week I just wasn’t inspired to plan. It’s the week I decided I needed to readjust my filming schedule. Everyone has a reason for why they plan and what the planning process does for them. For me it is calming and entices me to actually get things done on a daily basis instead of cramming everything for the weekend.

My favorite layout for the month would definitely be my layout for the week of  the 22nd-28th. I love how it turned out being that it was pretty empty when I started. I used the rest of a kit from the Fabulously Planned mystery kit and I wasn’t sure how I was going to fill up all the white space. I loved my theme for Valentine’s Day week, but it was really busy. I loved that I was able to accomplish a no white space spread, but having the white space makes it easier to build layouts throughout the weeks.

CLICK HERE to check out my latest plan with me for the week of February 29th Also be sure to click all links highlighted to purchase stickers used and to see the initial posts before the ink.

February Monthly 


This Month Currently


February 1st-7th | Super Bowl Week 


Stickers/washi used:

February 8th-14th | Valentine’s Day Week 


Stickers/washi used:

February 15th-21st 


Stickers/washi used:

February 22nd-28th


Stickers/washi used:

Plan With Me: February 29th – March 6th

Welcome to another Plan With Me. I have a lot of fun spreads that are coming this month along with a new schedule. I will have at least 2 spreads a month just to give myself a break and stick to the essence of why I began planning. You will get to see all my spreads in my monthly recap for sure. As for what’s to come for March that’s planner related:

  • March Plan With Me
  • ‘This Month Currently’ Plan With Me
  • Plan With Me | St. Patrick’s Day Theme using Sticky Essentials
  • Plan With Me | Easter Theme using JuJuAllOver

Also don’t forget to check out my Planning for Beginners series:

Let’s get into this week


I kept it really simple this week. I had received donut stickers as a sampler from the Etsy shop Sticky Essentials and I decided to create a sweet treat theme. I liked the layout that I had did from the previous week with my top 3 of the day in the To Do section and then everything else just fell into place.

The huge donut sticky note on the side was from the Target One Spot and the TV stickers were from Etsy shop, JuJuAllOver. I love how open the spread is and I have a lot of space to fill in throughout the week. The bottom section is really for the odds and ends of the week although I do have my blog posts tracked on the bottom.

The newest edition to my weekly layouts is the ‘Habit Tracker.’ I had some extra from a kit I purchased from the Etsy shop Fabulously Planned and the grey just worked in this week. I use it to track whether I’ve posted on Instagram/Twitter. It’s so much easier than adding the icon to each day. I check off if I did or leave it blank if I didn’t.

Going forward this week I need to do better at writing out my list for the next day at night while it’s fresh on my mind and actually checking things off. I can go Monday through Thursday checking things off and while I’m getting done what’s on my To Do list Friday – Sunday, I never mark it.

Below are links to the stickers featured or similar styles. Stay tuned for more plandemonium here on the blog!

Planning For Beginners: What’s Your Style?

Welcome to another edition of my Planning For Beginners series. My first installment was an introduction to planning.The point of planning its to make life easier. Write down what you need to get done and check it off as you complete it. Don’t get overwhelmed by the layouts you see on social media. Don’t go out and just buy a planner just to buy one. The point of this edition will be to find the right type of planner for you to fit your style and your needs. CLICK HERE for my first installment.

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Planning for Beginners: No Right Way to Plan!

I’ve been sharing planner tips on my Instagram and Twitter along with my monthly recaps. My planning style changes from week to week and as you plan some weeks are going to be like that. You might want to completely fill your spread one week and then another you’re just not into it.

WARNING: THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO PLAN! No way is superior to the other. Regardless of what planner you choose, the format, the stickers, planning is planning. The purpose is to get things done. It’s to add value to your life, not become a hassle.

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Plan With Me: New Years

Welcome to another plan with me and my last plan with me of 2015. I’ve enjoyed sharing my layouts here on the blog since I began decorative planning in May. Over the next few days I’ll be sharing my favorite and least favorite layouts of the year along with my planning process. In the meantime click HERE to check out my overall experience with the Happy Planner.

Last week was Christmas week and I absolutely loved my Christmas spread. I’ll be doing a recap of December some time next week so I won’t get into too many details. The layout was primarily based around a set from Fabulously Planned on Etsy which is by far one of my favorite Etsy shops. Check out my completed layout below:


For this spread I didn’t have any New Years stickers so I decided to use printables instead. I usually have printed on regular paper, but I wanted this design to pop so I used photo paper. It wasn’t extremely y glossy, but it was a huge difference from regular paper. The printables I used were from:

I didn’t have any glue at the time of this post so I had to use the adhesive tape that I had. I’m not a fan of it and I feel dumb when I use it. I have yet to master the technique of using it. For those that have mastered it, good for you. I’ll stick to my glue sticks. Also when writing on this paper my Sharpie Fine Points did not work, but my Paper Mate Flairs. Check out my spread, before the ink, below:


As usual I filled in the middle section with full boxes. Filling in the middle section, for me, really helps to eliminate white space and tie the spread together. For this week I loved layering stickers in the middle section. I loved the “hello 2016” which is a Heidi Swapp sticker layered on top of a 2016 printable from My Planer Envy.

This is the first full out printable that I did with very limited Etsy stickers. I do have my Steelers sticker (last game of the regular season), but other than that everything was a printable. Be sure to click the links throughout this post for further details on anything mentioned and check out my detailed plan with me below. HAPPY NEW YEAR!



Planner Gift Guide For Beginners

If you are a planner addict trying to pass on your obsession to your friends, what better gift to give than a planner package. The following items are all that are needed to get create a new planner addict. If you have a friend that is interested in what you obsess over yet doesn’t know where to start, this package is a simplified way to show them yet not overwhelm them.

The basics to the planner gift guide for beginners are:

  • planner
  • pens
  • washi
  • stickers


Sounds pretty basic and generic, but if you’re a planner addict you know that those four categories are extremely broad. Let’s start with planners. I currently use the Me & My Big Ideas Happy Planner, but there’s the Erin Condren Life Planner, Plum Paper Planner, Filofax, and many more. The key to purchasing the planner for a friend would first be price. You don’t want to waste your money on a design they wouldn’t particularly use. Ask them and show them options before making a purchase. Whether it’s vertical, horizontal, hourly, or a personal size, you can find a planner for that. Keep in mind the future planner not so much your personal preference.

If they are into vertical I’d recommend either the Happy Planner or the Plum Paper Planner since they are cheaper yet offer similar details like the Erin Condren Life Planner. Yet if you’re a planner addict, an EC planner addict in particular, then you can easily give a planner away without breaking the bank. Click below to purchase the planners mentioned:

Next up are pens. A lot of buzz worthy brands in the planner world range from Staedtler, Sharpie, Papermate, and Frixion. Simply put, you don’t need a fancy pen to get to planning, but I personally would not recommend the Papermate Inkjoy (100 1.0M). Instead, I really like the Papermate Flare pens because they do not bleed through and there’s a great color selection. Click below to purchase the pens mentioned:

Washi is a really easy one. There’s so many that you can buy, but I think that for a beginner a role of washi in multiple colors, not so much print, would allow them to create different designs. In addition, they’ll really get a feel for the product. Washi is great and easily removable. There’s thin washi, thick washi. Giving a variety to a planner addict is ideal, but a tube of washi similar to what’s sold at Michaels would be ideal. If you can’t get your hands on a tube you cold give  a set of thin along with a design you know they love. Below are links to some of my favorite styles of washi:

Lastly, STICKERS! Now this is where it can get overwhelming for a beginning yet an addict becomes a hoarder. I would recommend buying stickers from local Michaels, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby, Five Below, Dollar Tree, etc. Buy functional stickers along with stickers they can use to decorate. When buying washi, you could even go as far as buying stickers to coordinate with the washi you picked out. Don’t go too crazy, just give them options. The cheapest route to go is if you can get your hands on any of the Darice/Creatology $1 sticker books. Great for decorative purposes.

You can also gift them an Etsy e-gift card with lists to your favorite Etsy shops and stickers you’d think they like. This time of year it’s hard to get stickers by the date, but as a new planner they should get a feel of what type of stickers they’d want to get. Below are 5 of my favorite etsy shops:

When it comes to packaging this, I’d suggest a nice gift bag. It’ll be big enough to fit the planner along with a clear storage box to hold all the washi, stickers, pens you purchased them. To add the final touch, decorate a layout or two to show your friend different ways to decorate. As one of my friends called a planner a “glorified sticker book,” you can show your friend just how functional it can really be.