Plan With Me | Hello November

Why hello there November. I wanted to share my first week spread with you all. My Planning for 2017 series is coming this week and giveaways are coming in December on the blog. Before we get into the fun, let’s get back to the planning.

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Happy Planner Seasonal Box Kit Review

Welcome to another post here on my channel. I’ve been wanting to share my thoughts on the new Happy Planner seasonal box kit in comparison to the initial release last year. This post is a thorough comparison between the two with nothing but my honest opinion.

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May Recap | Happy Planner | 2015 v. 2016

Hello everyone and welcome to another planner recap here on my blog. This recap is going to be a little different as I’m going to be sharing my weekly spreads from 2015 as well. I think it’ll be fun to compare and contrast my planner style from then and now. It’s also a different element from my typical planner recaps. As always, be sure to click the highlighted links throughout the post. Links to stickers used will be below as well.

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Plan With Me | June Monthly

Well, hello June. May is basically over and I wanted to share my June Monthly spread with you all. As always, be sure to click the highlighted links for related posts and links to stickers/washi used.

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Plan with Me | May Monthly + May 2nd – 8th

Welcome to another plan with me here on the blog. In this plan with me I combined my May monthly spread with the first week in May. I kept it pretty simple . As always, click the highlighted links throughout the post. Check out my recent PLANdemonium below:

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I had a lot of fun creating this spread. I ran out of the Target Up & Up neon folder labels that I had used in February and March to mark my bills. I also didn’t want to put my events of the month in the sidebar. As for the sidebar, I had left over scrapbook paper I used for my divider and it fit perfectly in the space. I added a MAMBI quote sticker and voila. I used label stickers from Michaels to mark on my friends graduation dinner, WWE’s Extreme Rules, and my brother’s prom + birthday. To mark my bills I went back to the Michaels removable calendar stickers and used colors that worked with color scheme I created on a whim. I’ve been loving Michaels’ Color Splash washi and to fill in the empty boxes I used the thicker roll of the set.

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For the weekly spread I wanted to play around with the gold pineapple washi I had. I and purchased two rolls sometime last year and ended up giving one away in a swap because i didn’t like it. I had used it in a previous spread, but I when I found a pineapple list pad at Target, I wanted to incorporate it again. I channeled xoMamaPlans as she switches up how she lays out her washi. I usually just layout out my washi one way so the pineapple would me on one row and the polk a dot on another. I switched it up and I really like how it turned out.

I used the rest of the Sticky Essentials March kit and used the headers and checklist. I had cut the checklist in half in previous spreads and I just alternated between what I had left.Some have the page flag ends while others don’t.  I didn’t put my blog posts on the bottom of each day like I usually do, instead I put them in the sidebar. I used MAMBI stickers for those and the scrapbook paper is the same I used in the sidebar in my Monthly view.

I really love how this spread turned out and it’ll build throughout the week. Be sure to check out my Instagram, @ChaoticCritic, to see how it turns out. Stickers / washi used below.

 

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

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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:

 

 

 

Etsy Sticker Haul Featuring Stickeriffic

I will not buy stickers, I will not buy stickers, I WILL NOT BUY STICKERS!

– said NO planner EVER

Hey guys and welcome to another Etsy sticker haul here on the blog. I’ve been really good about monetizing how much I spend on stickers, but I’ve just been on a kick of buying planner goodies. Stickeriffic recently had a 50% off sale and since it’s a store that I’ve never tried, why not try during such a huge sale. I love 50% off sales, especially with no minimum purchase. In fact I only buy stickers when there’s a sale. Check out my Etsy Sticker 101 post HERE. As always, be sure to click all highlighted links throughout the post. Check out previous Etsy sticker hauls below:

I buy kits every now and then, but you really get a lot of bang for your buck when you buy icon stickers. I also recommend buying them in rainbow colors as they’ll work with any spread. I’d only seen Stickeriffic stickers on Instagram, but I couldn’t resist the 50% off sale, no minimum.

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As I recall this sale was on Stickeriffic.com not the Etsy shop. Stickers ordered included:

Each sheet was $3.50, but if you purchase from Etsy they’re $3.75. The .com shop is well organized by section and has a little bit of everything. I really loved her sampler sheet and every shop should definitely include one. I know it might sound greedy to expect one, but it gives customers a look at what else you have to offer. It doesn’t have to be big, but sampler sheets gives customers great insight to what else the shop offers.

My favorites out of all the stickers ordered would definitely be the road trip and bed stickers. I bought the bed stickers to track when I’m washing my bed sheets and I’ve never had any stickers like those before. As for the road trip stickers, I still want road washi tape, but I love when people add these to their planners to mark when they’re traveling.

Unless there’s a huge sale I don’t plan on buying any more Etsy stickers, at least in May & June. I can’t promise anything come July. Until next time…