Dollar Planning + January Recap

And just like that, January has come and gone. I wanted to share some tips, as I usually do, for my new planners out there. Planning does not need to be expensive and you can still create gorgeous planner spreads for just $1. That’s right, $1. Be sure to check out my entire Planning for Beginners series here. I also wanted to share my January recap of all my planner spreads for the month from my favorite to least favorite plus what worked and what didn’t work.

As always be sure to click the highlighted links throughout this post for related posts and links to purchase items/similar styles featured.

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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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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:




March Planner Recap

Hello planner lovers! For those that are new to the planner world and my blog, hello to you too. This post is all about my March layouts. In the past I have done a plan with me every week, but planning for me does not need to be filmed all the time. That takes away from the therapy it provides for me. Be sure to click all the links highlighted!

March Monthly


This is the first month that I switched up how I laid everything out. Instead of marking each bill that I had with an individual sticker, I used the neon labels from Target’s Up & Up brand. I cut them in half and made a page flags to mark my bills for the month. In the sidebar I kept my chiropractor appointments plus any events for the month. I loved marking off the boxes for the next month with washi. This layout is one I plan to use in future months for sure. Links to stickers below:

March 1st – 6th | Sweet Treat Theme 


I received a freeble donut sticker sheet in my order from StickyEssentials and I knew that I  wanted to incorporate into a spread. While I wanted to solely do a donut theme I decided to mix in some other sweet treat stickers I had. This was the first week that I did a top 3 for the day opposed to a checklist with 5-6 stars/hearts/boxes. In the sidebar I put my homework assignments for the week plus habit trackers to keep track of my social media activity. This layout definitely set the tone for the future spreads. Links to stickers below:

March 7th-13th | Calling all the Monsters


This spread featured monster stickers I purchased from AC Moore. I love their $1 sticker sheets. Again I stuck to the mini checklist and I added some thin washi to fill some spaces. The larger monster stickers definitely helped to fill up boxes. Even though I prefer “white space” over “no white space,” I don’t like a completely empty box. Decorative stickers are great to fill spaces like that. I had a week off from class so while the habit tracker was still there, I created a list of blog posts I wanted to get done. I really need to check things off. I slack off on that on the weekends. Links to stickers below:

March 14th-20th | St. Patrick’s Day Theme


This was one of the spreads I filmed a video for this month since I used a kit from StickyEssentials. I really just wanted to stick to the stickers in the kit. The full boxes I used in the middle and layered stickers on top. Since the boxes were made for the Erin Condren life planner, I used half boxes to fill the box. I added one of the blank headers to mark Palm Sunday and I really love that to mark holidays/special occasions in the weekly spread without taking up a lot of space. I didn’t have any habit trackers on hand so I created one with a blank header and a page flag. Links to stickers below:

March 21st-27th | Easter Theme


I used a the Easter Blessing kit from JuJuAllOver for this spread and it’s a bit busy for me. For the paint stickers, I cut down the backing because they were 3D. It’s to be noted that these stickers are not repositionable. Know where you want to put them before putting them down. Hydrate stickers just aren’t my thing. I used them because they were a part of the kit. Stickers used below:

March 28th-31st | Wrestling Theme 


I’m a wrestling fan and there’s no denying that. I wanted to create a spread for Wrestlemania week with Wrestlemania being this past Sunday, April 3rd. I used wrestling stickers I had purchased from the Dollar Tree. I had to get creative since the roster had changed and the stickers were pretty dated. I stuck to what I had been doing with the mini checklist on top, TV shows in the middle, and blog posts and extras on the bottom. The sidebar had my homework list and my social media tracker that I created with stickers I had on hand. Links to stickers below:

Welp, that’s it for this month. Stay tuned for more plandemonium plus more!

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


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January 2016 Planner Recap + Tips

January has come and gone and I wanted to recap my planner layouts for the month. I went back to the basics this month of planning by incorporating more printables and page flags from the Target One Spot. As my Etsy stash is dwindling there are stickers that I’d like to purchase/repurchase, but I want to use what I have before doing so. Be sure to click the links to head to the original post which features links to all stickers used.

January Monthly Spread


I wasn’t a fan of my January spread at all. I tried to create this winter wonderland the theme, but I just ended up oddly placing snowmen and penguins. I also tried to color coordinate my bills versus appointments and birthdays. The monthly spread is meant to be a guide for me, but if I don’t like it, I barely refer to it. Going with an all blue theme and trying to stay true to that really threw me off.

Tip: Find a specific use for your monthly spread whether it’s to mark bills/appointments or as a blogging tool. Don’t try to cram everything in the boxes. Make use of your sidebar! 

Week 1: December 28th-January 3rd


For this spread I used a combination of printables from ThreeCheers+Co, MyPlannerEnvy, and NinjaMomDesigns. this was my first time doing an all out spread featuring printables and I love how it turned out. The only thing I would’ve like to have done differently was fill out the bottom more instead of having so much empty space. I did for two days out of the second half, but that’s one thing I worked on the remainder of the month.

Tip: In using printables, don’t be afraid to mix and match various ones. Also take your time cutting them out. 

Week 2: January 4th-10th


This week was basic and a great example of inexpensive planning for beginners. I used scrapbook paper n the middle, left over page flags that I had from various Etsy shops and everything else was basically a Target page flags. I used them to mark my blog posts and TV shows plus my ‘To Do’ headers. I loved this spread because of the simplicity and how easy it was to achieve. I didn’t need to washi the bottom and subconsciously the scrapbook paper matched. This layout I was able to pull in multiple colors that complimented each other so well.

Tip: Experiment with what you have. Do not continuously buy to keep up with other planners. Grow your stash according to your personal budget. 

Week 3: January 11th-17th


This was a super cute, pre-Valententine’s day spread. This was the first spread that I played around with washi simply by cutting the ends. I also used another MyPlannerEnvy printable for the ‘To Do’ lists. I wouldn’t mind having those printed on regular paper opposed to glossy paper. The only thing I’d swap out is the bottom washi for a different alternative.

Tip: Try picking a color for a specific spread and experimenting with all shades.  

Week 4: January 18th-24th 


I planned an owl theme in my head for this spread, but it’s my least favorite of the month. Maybe adding Olaf to mark the blizzard wasn’t a cute idea after all. The entire bottom half is crooked. I filled the white space with washi that I forgot I had purchased. Looking closer at this layout Olaf really does throw it off, but the crooked glued on instagrams don’t help either.

Tip: Don’t overthink your theme. Let it flow and add accordingly as the week progresses. 

January 25th-31st


This layout is definitely my favorite of the month. I love it because it’s bright and another theme that semi works as another pre-Valentine’s day theme. It was bright and vibrant and was great to look at throughout the week. Being that there was a lot of snow on the ground, it was great to look at my planner and stay motivated throughout the week.

Tip: Have fun with your spread and don’t limit yourself to a specific season. Keep it bright for motivation. There’s nothing like checking something off your to-do list. 

Planner Recap | November 2015

November is officially over and the holiday season is in full swing. I wanted to share my planner recap for November and further discuss what I liked and disliked about my process. Stay tuned to the end for my talk through video! Below are links to my September & October recaps.

Monthly Spread


I won’t spend too much time on this spread since I’ve talked about my monthly planner process before. I have used credit cards from OneOrangeSnowflake to mark my bills before, but this time around I used washi. The solid colored washi made it easy for me to write in my bills which I did with a Sharpie Ultra Fine Point. I accented it with a sticker from the ‘Give Thanks’ sticker book. To mark off my appointments I used washi once again. When it doubt, washi it out.

Stickers/Washi Used:

Week 1: November 2nd-8th


For this layout I used the PineapplePaperCo October Monthly kit. I am apart of the PR team for the Etsy shop so feel free to use my coupon code “LAKIA” for $1 off any purchase. I really liked using the boxes for the middle section. The boxes were made for the Erin Condren Life Planner so I took the full boxes and crossed the colors with half boxes. I wish the kit would’ve come with headers so I just wrote them in an used the checklist. The full boxes are great to layer other stickers and I used the half boxes wot write in my TV shows. The weekend banner I had left over from an ImagineThatByLori kit and all other stickers I’ve used in various other posts.

Stickers/Washi Used:

Week 2: November 9th-15th


This layout is my least favorite of the month. What really threw it off was the black washi tape layered in the sidebar. From now on I will definitely be leaving it blank or putting scrapbook paper. This week was the first week I switched my layout from blog   and personal on top and bottom to the inverse. I was initially going for a black and grey color scheme, but that didn’t work. I tried to salvage it with pops of blue, but it still didn’t work. Sometimes there’s just those weeks where it didn’t work. This happened to be one of them.

Stickers/Washi used:

Week 3: November 16th-November 22nd | Superhero Theme 


This week was created with my nephew in mind. He turned 6 on the 17th so the Superhero theme was for him. I hate kits that don’t come with 8 full boxes. Only having six limited me to just putting the full boxes on Monday through Friday. I like to put them for the full 7 days. I could have mixed and matched them, but I prefer to just cover the entire middle section. Other than that I think the layout turned out pretty cute. An extra box or two would have would have filled it out.

Stickers/washi used / similar styles:

Week 4: November 23rd-29th | Thanksgiving Week


I really loved this spread and it was based around a sampler I received in my order from FabulouslyPlanned. I used adhesive craft paper for the middle section similar to what I’ve done before. I put scrapbook paper on the side. Not much really went on this week so I was able to play around with the stickers. Unlike the first week I took computer paper to cover the bottom and layered the washi tape on top. I had a lot of cleaning and reorganization to do since I had a four day weekend so the checklists worked out great. Cheers to actually getting things done.

Stickers/Washi Used:

Frequently Used Stickers/Washi of the Month: 

Check out my video below where I further discuss my layouts and planning process from the month. Enjoy!

Happy Planner Revamp

I purchased the ‘Good Things Are Going to Happen’ Happy Planner when it was released back in May. I then purchased the ‘Every Day is a Gift ‘ edition for my friend as a graduation gift shortly after. There were two key differences that I noted between my planner and hers. One was that the Morning/Day/Afternoon were straight across similar to the style of the Erin Condren. In my edition, Morning/Day/Afternoon was written in script, on an angle, just across Monday. The second key difference was that her dividers were designed to fit the holiday of that month. So July would have red/white/blue and December screamed Christmas. Mine on the other hand were bland and boring.

I did purchase the extension pack which I used for May and June since the planner did not begin until July 2015. Despite that I never changed my dividers. I never thought to decorate them until October. October had this blank design and I decided to use scrapbook paper to decorate it along with Darice sticker books. I then did the same for November which I filmed a video for.

I decided to decorate because the design that came with the planner just didn’t match the vibe I was going for in my monthly layouts. It was really simple to do by sizing the scrapbook paper and adding the stickers. I purchased a monthly sticker set from Hobby Lobby and I wasn’t using it in my Monthly layout so it was great to use in the divider. Also it was nice to have the month on the divider and not just the tab which is one thing I love over the ‘Every Day is a Gift’ edition versus the one I purchased. Here’s what I came up with:


Overall I really like how it turned out. I may go back and add to October, but for me it works. I haven’t decided if I want to go back and do the dividers for all the months. I can’t wait to design December. Yes, I’ll be doing a video for that as well. Below are links to items used, my revamp video, and my Happy Planner Review video. Enjoy!

Items Mentioned