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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. 

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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 .

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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.

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

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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. 

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I had also purchased some new dashboards to use.

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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,

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budget pages,

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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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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. 

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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. 

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

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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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