Chaotic Visions | Effie’s Paper

Welcome to another edition of Chaotic Visions. In this series I’ll be showcasing amazing female entrepreneurs, their brands, and their roads to success.

This edition features stationery extraordinaire Kalyn Chandler, founder and owner of Effie’s Paper. As a stationery lover I just had to share her brand, but what’s interesting about her journey is continuing to elevate and capitalize in a market some may deem obsolete.

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Mini Target Haul

I was lucky enough to receive quite a bit of Target gift cards this year for Christmas, so I decided that I’d pick up some of the planner items that I’ve been wanting. The items were purchased from either the $1 spot or in the school section of the store.

The first Target that I went to had all of the Valentine’s items in stock which is a surprise for Targets in my area. It usually takes quite some time for my Target to get the new items in stock, but here it is days before Christmas and both Targets within 30 minutes of me have the Valentine’s items in stock.


I mentioned in my updated sticker collection that I planned on getting another mini binder to further divide my stickers. I wanted to separate ones that I would use frequently to those that are more seasonal. The binder I initially purchased was $3 and while I thought this one was $3 as well, it was actually $4. Still not bad for a mini binder. While I was in that same section I purchased the Paper Mate Flair pens and the roll on white out. I’m so happy that I bought the Flair pens because they do not bleed through on the Happy Planner pages.


In the Dollar Spot I found the Christmas page flags and the new line that came out as well. I hope to find more before everyone snatches up the new line. I also picked up a donut sticky pad set and my favorite of all would be the heart sticker book and robots.


The heart sticker book will be great throughout the entire month of February whether it’s in the monthly spread or in the weekly views. I might even do a panda spread with those stickers because they’re so stinking cute. For my fellow readers that follow my planner posts, expect to see these stickers in my spreads come September.

Again I didn’t pick up much because I really have a lot of list pads, pens, sticky notes already, which I shared in my Ikea Raskog set up. It’s nice to add seasonal things, but even though the stationery is only $1, I don’t need nor do I use it all. I’ve found a new love for the page flags which I’ll snag if I find them in stock, but that’s about it.

Planner Haul Featuring Target, Michaels, & AC Moore

I’m officially PLANNER OBSESSED! Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been purchasing items to decorate my planner and keep it organized from Target, Dollar Tree, and Michaels. I LOVE Michaels way more than I love AC Moore AC Moore just isn’t appealing to me anymore. As for Michaels I love the coupons that they offer constantly and every single one in my area that I’ve been to has more of a variety. Below are close up pictures of the items of purchased from each store:

Close up of Washi Tape (Michaels)
Close up of Washi Tape (Michaels)
Dollar Tree
Dollar Tree

Click the links below to see other related posts and check out the haul video below:

Me & My Big Ideas, The Happy Planner, Review

1430590651926I’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of my MAMBI (Me & My Big Ideas) “Happy Planner” over the past week. I finally have it and I’ve decided to review it and give my take on whether it’s worth the purchase or not. Let’s get into the basics:

  • Planner: $25
  • 6-Month Extension Pack & Home Planner: $9.95
  • Planner Stickers: $4.99
  • Interchangeable Covers: $4.99
  • Standard Shipping: $7.95

I purchased the “Good Things Are Going to Happen” planner along with the 6-month extension pack. The planner begins in July of this year and ends in December of 2016. Compared to the Erin Condren Life Planner which is $50, I got 2 years worth of planning, including shipping, for a little over $40. I was torn between purchasing this planner opposed to the Erin Condren, but what sold me was the disc bound system. The Erin Condren has a coil binding and with the MAMBI planner I can take what I do not want to use.

I created a video that shows more in depth of how I use the planner, but I am pleased so far. I also discuss the pros and cons of the planner, from my perspective, so be sure to check the video below. If you are looking for a smaller planner, then no, this planner is not for you. If you have commitment issues to planner, then this planner isn’t for you either. I will say that although the planner is huge there’s not much I don’t like about it. The question is, will I really be using this until December of next year? Also there’s been issues from other reviews I’ve seen that there was trouble turning the pages. I haven’t had any trouble even flipping chunks of the planner back and forth.

Here’s what I’ve decided to keep in my planner. It’s nice to have stickers with the planner that I do not have to fish out. No the post-it pocket does not add any additional bulk to the planner. Items were purchased from either Target or Dollar tree. I purchased the post-it pocket from Staples. Click HERE to purchase.


For more information on Me & My Big Ideas, click HERE.I created a video that shows more in depth of how I use the planner, but I am pleased so far. I also discuss the pros and cons of the planner, from my perspective, so be sure to check the video below:

Note: Be sure to click the links in bold to find items I’ve mentioned and links to related posts.

Spicy Saturday (V.14): Office [RE]organization

I took a break from blogging this week, one because I’m in the process of “rebranding” and two I needed to get organized. Check out my initial office organization post, HERE, HERE, and HERE. It’s hard for me to function when everything around me is in disarray. Aside from having a mess around me it’s hard to be creative when my office is not appealing. I had a bookshelf that just housed books. I know the typical purpose, but after watching CoupontoProvide videos on YouTube, I was inspired to switch up my office and I love my new corner. I have additional supplies I would like to add in the future, but for now it’s functional and appealing. Mission accomplished.


On top of the shelf I wanted it to be a bit decorative so I have a lamp that’s been in my family for ages, my Steelers (#STEELERNATION) salt shakers, a quote, and in the accordion filer I have card stock paper sorted by color along with construction paper and various printing paper.

IMG_20150425_134946On the shelves, it’s still a bit of a work in progress, but I’m pleased with what I’ve done over the course of two days. On the top shelf I have what I’ll reach for more frequently which includes my post-its/stick notes (whatever you call them), various markers/pens, stickers, and supplies. All containers are from Target except for my stickers one which is recycled from a bath set I received. All labels are a combination of Dollar Tree chalkboard labels and the rectangular labels from Target.

The second shelf has a snap ware set which holds glue, stamps, wood shapes, and thank you cards. More target storage that holds my mini notebooks, a huge obsession, and ribbon and washi tape. I have ordered a new planner which is similar to the Arc planner I created last year, but I think this one I’ll actually keep up with. The craze for planners revolves around brands such as: Erin Condren, Kiki K, Lilly Pulitzer, etc., but I love disc bound books. Check out YouTube for reviews on planners and to find the right one for you. Be on the lookout for a future post/review on my new planner.

Back to the shelves, the last shelf just holds supplies that I don’t reach for as much. I want to fit another bin on the bottom, maybe even two, but I’d have to find two that fit. I’m happy with the space so far, but I do see muse;f adding and switching up the layout. I’d love to add a drawer set (which I can’t remember the name of) from Michaels. It retails for $80 and I didn’t want to dish out the cash when theres 50% off coupons floating around occasionally. I’ve waited this long, I’ll keep waiting.

Check out a detailed look at my shelves in the video below:

Note: Be sure to click the links in bold to find items I’ve mentioned and links to related posts.

Spicy Saturday [V. 13]: My Target Dollar Spot Obsession

I haven’t added to my ‘Spicy Saturday’ series (click HERE for other posts)  in a while, but I wanted to get back to it because I love sharing things I find that aren’t music or fashion/beauty related. This series allows me to do just that. This time around I wanted to talk about my obsession with the Target Dollar Spot. Now if you hashtag this on Instagram you will see people not only buying the same list pads in bulk (which is great if you plan to gift), but they’re also either trading/swapping or selling. Now trading with someone else is one thing, but to sell something for $2/$3 PLUS shipping on something that costs $1 just isn’t worth it to me.

I have been perusing the section for quite some time. I mean who doesn’t love things for $1. It’s quick to accumulate, but I have been loving the stationery. I’m not on a planner kick as I was last year (click HERE to check out what planner I used), but I am all for making lists. What I’ve started to do is make daily lists and by the end of the week what I didn’t accomplish daily I add to a weekend list. So far it’s working out and I’m feeling accomplished because I get sidetracked way too easily. Here’s what I’ve accumulated thus far:


It looks like a lot, but compared to what I’ve seen my “collection” is small. I’m done purchasing for now. Well, I’m on the hunt for one more thing that I have yet to find at my local Target(s), BUT after my latest trip, I’m done sweeping the shelves.