I love summer – it’s soooo good! Everything is brighter and lighter and my winter blues melt away. I wanted to do a watermelon/picnic theme this month, but I couldn’t find much that I liked as far as embellishments go. I went with some camping stickers I had laying around, and it got me excited for all the fun summer things I get to start doing with family and friends. Here it is:
One of my favorite spots to sit and plan is our little patio on the back of our apartment. It’s one of the better spots, since we have a few trees instead of a full parking lot to look at. The hubs brightened it up with some flowers earlier this month. It makes living in the city a bit easier since we both come from a rural area.
*Disclaimer – I purchased all these stickers myself, and I was not paid to give my honest review of these products.*
Another month, another chance to decorate! I’m still not happy with my planner skills, but I’m practicing and learning. I think it’s mostly because I’m just not that happy with the layout of my ELCP as I initially thought I would be. My handwriting is big and unless you’re ambidextrous it’s really difficult to fill out a spiral-bound book. I also just can’t find a STINKING PEN that doesn’t smudge and works on matte and slick paper! I end up using white-out (ew). I’ll definitely be looking for some better pens this month – its a goal for sure! Hopefully I can do a review post on them. Do you have a favorite? Comment and let me know!!
Despite my setbacks, I DID find a really great sticker shop on etsy! The SweetPaper Co had a super cute May set that I tried and I liked it. The stickers match well to the ELCP month’s colors, and they are matte so they are easy to write on (if you have the right pen). Next month I’m going to try and not have everything so matchy-matchy. It’s not bad, I guess it’s just not my style! Here’s my layout:
A few days late … But here it is! I didn’t have as much time to think of a good layout, but I still like how it turned out. I’ve been doing more research on planner decorating and I guess I’m into what they call “glam planning”. Unfortunately, I’m finding out that glam planning and all the things I want to track aren’t mixing very well – I don’t have enough room! Thinking about making some inserts for myself for more space. I don’t have the money to spend on another planner yet but I’m totally loving the new Filofax look and kiki k’s! I also am looking into disc planners – I’ve seen them at craft stores but didn’t know how they would work for me. I’m on the hunt for now, but I still think maybe I could design a planner that fits me perfectly. Maybe someday!
I’ve always been a little over-ambitious when it comes to thinking I can multi-task several crafting projects [and pretty much everything I do]…there’s always just so much stuff I want to do and not enough time! I’ve come to realize that I’m quite the dreamer, and I like to think things through and mull over ideas – but I’m terrible at finishing those that I start. For instance, I’m currently thinking about a DIY infinity scarf I want to make, a floor plan for the restaurant I want to own some day, the Blurb book I need to update, the wall art I need to finish, and the frames I need to get for the photos that I need to print off. I could go on and on. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with what I want/need to do, that I never actually get anything done! I want to do better about that.
So today, I made a list (shocker). With all my projects onto one sheet, I can prioritize! I thought I would share with you the project I’m currently working on and will finish first.
I’ve really been into planner decorating lately, and I think I can call myself an amateur planner addict by now. I love all the stickers and attachments, and the process of creating a layout. There’s so much cute stuff out there, but it can get expensive if you let it! In order to keep costs down, I researched some on how to make my own planner stickers and inserts. It’s relatively easy if you have the equipment!
I like my Erin Condren Life Planner so far, and I wanted to learn how to make my own planner squares for the vertical layout planner I purchased. Wenda, from Wendaful.com has some great tutorials on how to do so! She also has a ton of info on planners, printables, and DIY stickers that I’m excited to delve into too. I used her tutorial and created these planner squares pretty quickly. The only problem I ran into is that I don’t have any type of document writer on my computer since I reformatted it a while back (poor ol’ gal, she’s hung in there for 6 years). I just ended up using a google docs form, and it worked fine. All I had to do was adjust each picture to the right size.
Here they are:
I found most of the graphics online, and some of them I made myself with the phone app Phonto and the editing site PicMonkey. I was mostly just messing around with this printout, but I’m hoping to make some personalized ones in the future (yep, on the list – I’ll update when I’m done). I’m planning on buying some sticker paper to make storing and using the printables easier, but for now I’m just going to cut them by hand and glue them in.
Feel free to print these off and use them too! Download the PDF here: Printables. (I included the template I used also). I’d love to see any that you create – send them my way!
I. love. planners. Apparently a TON of people feel the same way. (There is a whole planner addicts community on instagram and youtube)! My sister in law also loves planners. We like to talk about how much we love our paper planners in front of my husband, who thinks paper is obsolete and that I should stop living in the past and just “use your iCalendar already”. Then, we like to keep talking about how we will use our paper planners despite his attitude towards them because.. well WE DO WHAT WE WANT. And what we want is to physically cross off our to-do lists with a writing utensil … amen?! Haha!
Anyway… my super awesome sister-in-law, Tiffany Malloy, introduced me to the wonder that is the Erin Condren Life Planner and OH MAN am I excited! If you haven’t heard of these planners before I highly suggest you go to her website for a review! She has an affiliate link to get you 10$ off your purchase 🙂
Anyhoo – I just received mine and could barely wait to start organizing and decorating. While I was waiting to get it I found a lot of cute ways to personalize the planner and I thought maybe I’d share what I came up with each month. So here it is… the month of January!
I found these great stickers on Etsy
I’ve also seen someone print off instagram photos on sticker paper and decorate with them – which I think is an excellent idea! I still haven’t decided exactly how I’m going to use the calendar, especially the week by week pages. I don’t think it’s quite big enough for me to fit everything I do on daily basis, but I do think it would be a fantastic milestone calendar for my baby girl! I’ll do my best to keep up with this month to month, and let you know how it goes.
Do you have an Erin Condren Life Planner? How do you decorate? Show me!!