Organizing Die Cuts and Ephemera | Cheap Planning

I’ve decided to relaunch my Cheap Planning series in 2019. There’s so many affordable supplies plus storage options that are worth sharing. Most importantly, in the planner community it’s easy to go out and buy everything you see. This series is all about making things on your own and customizing specially for you and your day to day life. Today, I wanted to share the solution I found to storing my die cuts and ephemera.

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Michaels Haul + Building my Craft Stash

I’ve been pretty good about not buying any crafty items these past couple of months and trying to use what I have. This week at Michaels they were offering their 60% off coupon on regular price stickers, washi tape, and embellishments by Recollections. The location I went to didn’t have anything that I wanted, so I decided to stock up with their scrapbook paper deals instead.

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Decorate Your Happy Planner | September

Welcome to another post here on the blog. I wanted to share how I decorate the ‘This Month Currently’ page in the Happy Planner. For those that are new to my blog, I use my ‘This Month Currently’ page as a scrapbook to keep track of memories/goals/birthdays, etc.

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Plan With Me | May ‘This Month Currently’ | Happy Planner

The ‘This Month Currently’ page in the Happy Planner has come in various forms and I’m still working in the ‘Good Things Are Going to Happen’ Happy Planner. It was in Spring of 2015 that I shared my initial review, but  I never knew what to do with the ‘This Month Currently’ page.


Throughout most of last year it was left blank. I now use it as a scrapbook page to highlight important event/birthday of the month, my monthly music favorites, and TV show highlights. Check out my previous layouts below:

I have a lot of fun decorating this page as it’s a free for all. I use scrapbook paper, all types of stickers, and washi tapes.


The top of the page has a perpetual calendar at the top which has no use to me so I covered it with scrapbook paper and added some letters. Quick simple fix.

To cover the ‘This Month Currently’ section, I decided to use graph paper from a  paper pad I had purchased from AC Moore around Christmas. I never used graph paper before. I’ve seen other planners use it in their personal size planners. I plan on adding some pictures from my brothers prom, my monthly music favorites and a snapshot from the NCIS season finale. YES, I’m a fan.

I love using journaling cards to cover the ‘I Am Grateful For’ section. I added some washi, but that’s not always mandatory. The washi could’ve been a little straighter, but that just the OCD in me. Sometimes I cover up the birthday section when I don’t know someone that has one. I layer more scrapbook paper and make it decorative. The section is not always functional.  This month is really all about my little brother. He goes to prom on the 25th and his 18th is on the 27th.

When decorating a page as such in whatever Happy Planner you have, keep in mind that when using textured scrapbook paper OR 3D stickers, the planner will bulk up. Experiment with washi and stickers and figure out what you’d like to use the page for. Maybe there’s elements you’d prefer to keep and cover others

TIP: Just because the planner is a certain way, doesn’t mean you can’t adjust it to fit your needs. Use it as a guideline not the finish line. 

Be sure to stay tuned to how this page turns out in my May recap. To stay up to date with Chaotic Critic, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@ChaoticCritic).

Until next time…