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New Planner Setup

Happy July Everyone,

The start of this month also starts the much anticipated use of my new planner that I purchased when the Rongrong collaboration with Happy Planner came out several months ago. 


I needed to replace my cover because my current one had some cracks around the rings.  I looked around for something that made me excited, but wasn’t completely enthused about anything I was seeing.  I decided to I was going to use my Cricut to make something that made me excited.  I chose the teal cover, because I didn’t want to get black .


Destiny loves to sit on my craft work desk whenever I get ready to work – usually right in the center of my work space.  Here’s a better shot than the one I posted last week.


I printed out a quote on rose gold vinyl and painstakingly  transferred it with some help from Babydoll.  


The planner came with light purple or lavendar rings, but they were not big enough to use with all of the things I need to keep in my planner; so I switched out the rings to some gold metal rings I had purchased from Staples a while back. 


I had also purchased some new dashboards to use.






I usually keep three months of pages in the planner and then have the monthly pages for all of the months.  This time I decided to install six months of pages because I Frankenplan – having a tab for daily &  monthly pages, fitness pages,


budget pages,


notes, and work.  I had plenty of filler paper that I was going to use for the notes and work sections.  

P6290285I kept the cover page of the planner because I really like it and the beautiful ladies on the front. 

P6300293This is a dashboard layout format – something that I have come to like a lot more than the horizontal or vertical layouts.  I’ll do a flip-through of the sections of my planner later because I want to talk about somethings that I came up with for decorating my dashboard pages.  But I must know, am I the only one starting a new planner this July?  What planner are you using?  Do you Frankenplan and if so what tabs do you have?  Comment below to let me know.  Have a safe and great 4th.  I’m hosting a bbq, fish fry, and shrimp boil combo with a small crowd of about 35 (what am I thinking? Smile with tongue out).


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Planner Spread for Week of 4/1/2019

Hey guys,

So sorry to have been MIA for the last few weeks, there has been a lot going on and I will be telling about it soon.  Today, I’m going to show my planner spread for this week.  Now, I had said before that I was going to show my planner spread each week, but had not been doing so mostly because getting the picture before I start writing in it has been something that I have forgotten to do.   So without further ado here is the spread.  It’s April so I wanted to flower it up (even if we had snow on Saturday after having sun and 60 degrees on Friday).



I’ll hope to have something more later this week.  Until then, have a great week.


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Weekly Spread 2/11/19

This week is the week of LOVE!!!  I hope everyone is feeling it.  It doesn’t have to come from a significant other, it came come from a parent, sibling, pet, friend, or a child.  With that in mind, here is my spread for the week.


See you soon,


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Weekly Spread

First I want to tell you that this post was written last week, and I was going to put it out there around Wednesday, but something happened with the SD card and it became difficult to get the pictures off.  I finally got everything fixed and decided to post it anyway even though it is days late.  I’ll add this weeks spread soon.  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  SO, without further ado…..

This week marks the beginning of February – the month of hearts and love.  I decided to go with the pink this week. 


I have to share an experience that I had over the past weekend.  I had been admiring the Elle Oh Elle stickers that I had seen all over the place but could never find in the stores that I had been going to for my stickers – Michaels and Joann.  I finally got a chance to ask a friend where she purchased hers.  Hobby Lobby.  I had been meaning to go to Hobby Lobby, but they are not located really close to my home, so the trip to that store had to be planned, oh and they’re closed on Sundays.  I finally got there and found the Elle Oh Elle items on the endcap, and the only had one book of stickers left.  The seal had been broken and I’m not a fan of any item that has been compromised.  But it was the only one and I made this trip specifically for those stickers.  I had to get it.  Something made me look at the side of the sticker book and it looked like something off.  It was. 

Someone had taken out pages of the book!  I mean really….who does that.  The book was $9.99 and it was on sale for 50% off.  Just buy the book!



I found an employee and asked if there were anymore in the back.  There wasn’t. I did get a raincheck for when the next delivery came in and the manager did give me 75% off the janky one. 


Hopefully I can make the trip this weekend and there will be books that have not been molested.  Wish me luck readers. 


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Planner Spread for week of 1/21/2019

I hope that everyone had a great Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!  We have had a couple days of with snow and frigid temperatures, so I wanted to reflect that in my spread this week.  I’m still struggling with this new layout.  I think the thing I’m having issues with is the blocks that are colored on the left side, it seems to limit my color options.


Like I said, I’m going to stick it out for at least the first month.  Comment below, to tell me if you think, I’m successful  with decorating the spread.

Have a good rest of your week.


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Planner Spread this week

Happy Humpday!

Here is my planner spread for this week.  I am using the SuperMom planner currently and I’m not sure if I’m going to continue.  It’s the dashboard layout and not very easy to make pretty.  I’m struggling with how to decorate it.  I plan on sticking with it until at least the end of the month.


What do you think…should I continue or switch to the standard horizontal layout?  Comment below with your thoughts.


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I’m a planner babe

I am a planner and have been one since college, no strike that since high school.  I graduated from a notebook or journal book to a Franklin Covey planner about 22 years ago.  I have always written down my life to make sure that I get it done. 

I’ve also wanted my planner pages to be pretty and would spend hours going over the Franklin Covey catalog (then later website) to find the perfect design for the year.  I spent time in Franklin Covey stores purchasing covers and accessories, anything to make my planner not only functional, but stylish as well.

A few years ago, Franklin Covey’s pretty designs seemed to go to the wayside with the influx of smartphones and I was left trying to figure out what to do.  I needed my planner, but I liked to look at the pretty.  A conversation with my sister told me about the Arc planner at Staples.  I looked into it and fell in love with the possibilities.  I could customize my pages to include the looks that I wanted as well as have the types of inserts that I knew I used everyday.  I was hooked, and spent a year designing inserts and daily pages, budget pages, you name it.  I was online looking for tools to help with my designs, info on how to print pages correctly, where to go to buy accessories, all of that.

The next year, my sister told me about Erin Condren. 

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It looked beautiful (I REALLY like my pretty), but it was spiral-bound and I liked the arc-bound systems because I could add and take away pages with ease.  Then she said that I might be interested in the MAMBI system. 

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I got my first Happy Planner and I’ve been a MAMBI user ever since….I LOVE MY HAPPY PLANNER. 


Initially I struggled with the layout because I was such a fan of daily pages.  I bought the daily page inserts and try that for a while, but I wasn’t able to make it as pretty as I wanted.  There were days when I didn’t need a daily page and then felt that I was adding bulk to planner.  About a year ago, I decided to switch to a weekly spread and then I began to play with stickers (that’s what a friend calls it).

I can’t begin to tell you how much I have become a fan of decorating my weekly spread.  The amount of money that I have spent on stickers and washi tape is nothing to sneeze at.  I have bought extension packs and accessories – a hole punch, hard covers, paper punches, and dashboards to name a few.  I have become a viewer of YouTube videos that show different decorated layouts and tips on how to use the planner.  I’ve even attended a meeting for the local group of planners and crafters (and I’m going to go again).

As a result of this planner love that has evolved over the years, one of the new things that I am adding to the blog with be the weekly planner spread.  I may not give a detailed description every week, it may just be a photo; and I can almost guarantee that it will not show up until around Tuesday, but I’ll post the pic.  I encourage you to share you pages too because I can always use some inspiration.   I’ll share sticker book  and accessory purchases and all things planner that I use or hope to use. 

Here is the spread for this past week. 


Another view once I had began to fill in with the pen.


I’m not an expert at decorating like some that I see on YouTube or Instagram, but it makes me happy.  I hope you enjoy this new addition to the site and hope to see you soon. 


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