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.

 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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. 

Plan With Me: November 9th-15th

Welcome to another plan with me edition. Last week I did a fall theme using stickers from the Etsy shop Pineapple Paper Co. I am a part of the PR team for the company and I wanted to share the stickers that were sent and show how I would use them in a layout. For more details on Pineapple Paper Co click HERE and to see my plan with me from last week (11/2-11/8) click HERE. Below is my layout from last week fully filled in. I had a lot of fun tracing the stickers.

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First thing I did differently for this layout was switch up my blog/social media and my daily to-do’s. I’ve never done the Morning/Afternoon/Evening or for you Erin Condren lovers Morning/Day/Night (MDN in the planner world). On top I usually put my blog/social media posts, middle has my TV shows for the week and once before my school work, and the bottom my personal daily to-do list. I decided to switch the top and the bottom and I moved my Weekend banner to the middle section.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the colors of lung cancer are white so I was generally going for a black/grey/white theme. Bland as far as color scheme compared to my other layouts, but in using these colors in a printed form I thought it would work. I ended up using adhesive paper that I purchased from Michaels for my full boxes, but little did I know that they were transparent. I’ve created full boxes with scrapbook paper, but with this thin paper it was more difficult.

I didn’t like the direction that I was going so I took a step back from planning. I was overthinking the layout since I was recording a video so I went to sleep Saturday night with a half planned layout. I woke up bright and early Sunday and I finished with adding a pop of blue. I was thinking pink, but I haven’t solely added blue to a layout before plus I had a decked out planner layout in October (10/5-10/11). In adding the pops of blue the layout started to come somewhat together.

I’m still not sure what I’ll be doing to the sidebar. Right now there’s just black washi. I’ve been loving putting scrapbook paper in the sidebar and layering stickers from there, but I didn’t have any scrapbook paper that really worked with the chevron that I was using. No video this week since I just wasn’t feeling this layout, but let’s consider this a blog “exclusive.” Check out the layout below and stickers used/similar styles will be linked. Enjoy!

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Stickers/Washi used: