The story of how one of My DREAMS came True


It all started as a 'wouldn't that be nice' kind of thought that I really didn't think of as something that I could do. It was like a fleeting thought more than anything.

But, as time passed and I got a bit more organised and saw my talents grow, I realised that 'hey, maybe I could do this after all'. Still a bit of a flitty thought,  but now it was all covered in glitter and shining appeal.

Then I realised I COULD do it!

I just needed to let other people know. No one was going to go searching around looking for me, they didn't know I was here. I needed to go to them. I needed to do the work, to prove that I could do this.  

First, I wrote it down.

This changed the flitty, sparkly thing in to a tangable thing, that I could see... still a dream, mind you, but a dream within reach.

Then I set a goal.

Then I mapped out what I needed to do to get there. I didn't know every step of the way just yet, but I wrote down the first few that I knew I needed to tackle and I got to work. And I worked hard! And it paid off!

Want to know what that dream was? 


Teaching a class at Big Picture Classes :D

Now, here I am with 4 classses under my belt and 2 more in the works before the end of the year! 

Everyone says 'If I can do it, then so can anyone!' which just goes to show that EVERYONE doubts themselves and their dreams. I think that's part of the process, but if you have a dream, you should go for it!

You can follow the steps above to make those dreams come true but, my forth class, PLAN YOUR DREAMS, is all about helping people find their own dreams and planning them out so that they can come true!! Please, join us so that you can share your own success story!

Click here for more information on PLAN YOUR DREAMS

Happy Planning!

Where Your Dreams are Born and Grow into Goals

 Today I want to take you beyond scheduling soccer practice, and what’s for dinner.

What about you?

Are you scheduling in time for you?

A bubble bath, a massage? Those are fantastic, but don't forget about your goals and dreams.


If you are new to goal setting, you may be interested in how I achieve my goals.

And as a busy mom of 6 you may think that I don’t have time for myself, but I make sure that I do, even if it’s only a 15 mins task one day or while the water boils for supper another, making progress every day gets me that much closer.

If you never start, you’ll never get there!

So where do I actually begin?

With a dream! A flitty, happy thing covered in fairy dust!

Then I write that down.

Here, I’ve used my long term goal book from Planner Perfect. I’m usually not quite ready to begin working towards this dream at the time when I first write it down, so I’ll let it simmer.

As the ideas of how I want to achieve this dream come to me, I’ll write those down too. Soon enough, I’m feeling ready and I’ll attach a goal to this and then decide on the steps I need to take to achieve this goal and I’ll schedule those into my days. Then I decorate it :D


I used lots of fun goodies from my July Hip Kit Club kits to decorate this particular goal :D

This planner page is my dream and intention for the month of August, of course it won’t be complete by the end of the month, but by chugging away at it everyday, I’ll get closer and closer to my goal and create a habit going into September.

I like to set my intentions for the day here, in these blank pages and use my squared off planners for tracking things like projects and tasks. I’m a lefty so I’ve always been drawn to traveller’s notebook, if you are right handed you probably won’t know that rings or coils are a nuisance to us lefties, we just can’t get our hand in close enough! You lefties feel my pain!


My new class, at Big Picture Classes, Plan Your Dream, takes you step by step through my entire process. Starting with how to Dream Big and figuring out what your dreams are in the first place, through setting goals, listing out the tasks and reviewing your process along the way. 

Students, young and old, who have already begun, are excited as they start dreaming again and are motivated for the process of making these dreams come true!

It's a work at your own pace type of class, so feel free to hop in where you are, it's never too late!!

Won't you join us? Plan Your Dreams


Have fun setting your goals and happy planning!


"I catch dreams. This one sounds like you." -the BFG

Sophie: What's in those jars?
The BFG: Dreams.
Sophie: Dreams aren't things!
The BFG: Is that right?

The BFG banner

I saw the most beautiful film last week. 

the BFG
It’s about a friendly giant that catches dreams and plants them in people’s minds while they sleep.

Stay with me it really does have something to do with planners!

BFG: There’s been a story of a little girl, with the great adventures and laughter. Times will be hard, times will be soft, so hold your breaths, cross your fingers, here we go.

It was a wonderful, beautiful story and that’s no surprise, as it was written by Roald Dahl. Even without the story itself the film was gorgeous and the music magical, as so often happens when Steven Spielberg and John Williams pair up, but these three amazingly creative men together sent this film flying to my top 10 list of all time favourite movies!


BFG: [to Sophie] I catch dreams. This one sounds like you.

So, let’s get a little deeper into why I love this movie.

1.BFG is unlike the other nasty, people-eating giants, he follows his heart and purpose, and stays true to that big loving heart of his.
2. I’ve often said that dreams are lovely, flitty things covered in fairy dust, and that’s exactly what they are in this movie!
3. Sophie is a spunky little thing, but she has a plan (sound familiar). She knows what she wants, she knows what’s best for her big friend and she uses her own loving heart to come up with a plan to make that happen!!

Sophie: Are you thinking of a plan?
BFG: I’s not have the foggiest idea in the romp world.

See, I told you it has to do with planners!

“Dreams is full of mystery and magic . . . . Do not try to understand them.”

Everyone has dreams. Everyone was put here for a reason and your dreams help guide you to that purpose, they nudge you and inspire you and wait patiently until you realise they are there, then they take you on a wild ride full of enthusiasm and passion. But, it can petter out, burn up and flit away back into hiding if you don’t treat it right, if you don’t let it come to reality. Your job is to turn your dream, your purpose even, (one dream at a time) into reality.

Sophie: Dreams are so quick!
BFG: Yeah, on the outside. But they’s long on the inside.


My dream is to help you do just that. I want to help you take your dreams, change them to a goal and then plan out the whole kit-n-kaboodle so that it comes true!

The BFG may be the one who plants the dreams in your mind while you sleep, but Sophie is the girl with the plan. Won’t you be the girl with the plan and make your dreams come true?

Sophie: I have a plan.
BFG: Brave, Sophie.


In my new Plan your Dreams class at Big Picture Classes I help you, not only figure out what your big dreams are, but I help you make them a goal instead of a sparkly thing covered in fairy dust. We bring those dreams down to earth and get working on them to make them reality!! Oh and a bonus for Whovians, Harriet Jones PM, makes a fantastic appearance, or if you prefer Downton Abbey, it’s Isobel Crawley :D

So, please won't you join me and all the ladies who are already making their dreams come true? If you aren't a member at Big Picture Classes you can sign up for a free 2 week trial membership, which is plenty of time for you to start making your dreams come true.

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Plan Your Dreams

“We is in Dream Country,' the BFG said. 'This is where all dreams is beginning.”

Plan Your Life before it Plans You!!

July review

Hi there planner girls! 

Today, I want to talk more about YOU! Your dreams and your goals for what you want in life! Remember that planning is more than soccer games, meetings and what’s on the menu this week. Don’t forget to plan in your dreams, that means plotting out time to work towards what is in your heart and what you want your future to hold, so don’t forget to schedule that in. Make it a priority. If you don't do it now, you'll just get stuck in the cycle of days and won't move forward.

What do you want from LIFE?

What are your BIG dreams?
Do you even know what your dreams are?

My new class, Plan Your Dreams, starts on Monday (edited to add: Class is OPEN!! come join us!) and I'd love for you to join me! First, I'm going to help you figure out what's in your heart of hearts. What do you REALLY want from life. Not what your mom wants for you, or what your kids need from you or what you think you should want, but what you actually WANT! We'll take your talents and interests into play and come up with a wonderful lists of Dreams, big and small! Then, I'll help you make those come true :D


Here I’ve used the planner perfect method to set my intentions for these days, highlighting what I really want these days to include. Jenny Penton from Planner Perfect is a big believer in going after your dreams and she leads women in doing just that!

I was pleasantly surprised to see the ‘oh what fun’ die cut in my Hip Kit Club kit this month! It seems so Christmas-y to me and my next project is a 'Plan Your Christmas' class. This week, I’ll be cranking the Christmas carols and working hard on it, so I added the die cut right below where I wrote about setting the mood to work on this class. 


So, what do you need to get ready for class on Monday?

Not much, just a planner or even just a pretty notebook for now. But, it must be pretty, it needs to make you smile and inspire you to dream. If you do think of any dreams between now and Monday, jot them down.

You will also need a Big Picture Classes membership. If you are not a member, you can sign up here and you get a free 2 week trial membership. Feel free to check out my other classses there in the meantime.  See you Monday and...


Happy Dreaming!

All projects done with my July Hip Kit Club kits in either my Commit30 planner or Planner Perfect plan books

Stop Wasting Money on Planner Clips when you can Make Your Own from your Stash!

Hello, my name is Cara and I am addicted to making planner clips!

I don’t know how I got this way, but here I am and I think I have a problem! Now, mind you it’s a cute and very fun problem to have, so I’m not complaining at all!


I can really and truly make a clip out of just about anything. When I go through my supplies or get a new Hip Kit package, I go through it, and the first thing I ask myself is, ‘what can I make a clip with?’ :D

The best thing about clips is that they add personality to your planner, not only when it is open flat on your desk, but also when it’s closed up. So you can always see the clip and it will always make you smile! I absolutely love catching a glimpse of my planner in my purse and seeing a sassy little clip sticking out. I admit that I may be showing off just a little when I whip out my wallet (that doubles as a planner) in all it’s spunky glory.


People probably don’t often get to see the inside of your planner, so having clips that you can see from the outside can reflect your personality and maybe start up a conversation :D Who knows you may persuade someone to start decorating their planner!

For lots of tips and tutorials on how to make planner clips check out my latest class at Big Picture Classes.  There are 6 lessons jam packed with dozens of planner clips for you to try!

PLANNER CLIPS at Big Picture Classes


have a fantastic day

PS. Coming August First! My newest class at Big Picture Classes ‘Plan your Dreams’ takes you through how to dream big and then make those dreams come true! I help you dig deep and find out what your true dreams really are, you may be surprised with yourself :D Stay tuned!!


Are you letting Summer pass right on by?

I live in Luxembourg and as my children’s school year winds down this week, I know that most of you around the world have been out of school for a least a little bit by now. I want to talk a little about planning your summer days, especially if the light at the end of Summer’s tunnel is starting to appear.

Those of you that are going into winter now, you can still take these tips and apply them to your day, just take out the words summer ;)

I’m not talking about the big trips and activities, but, I want to focus on the everyday, summer days. The ones that seem to go by all too quickly and before you know it you are scrambling around buying school supplies last minute, thinking 'Where did the summer go?' and regretting all the things you wanted to do but never got done.

So, plan it out! 

Start with a wish or bucket list.
Then apply your ‘reality’ filter, what can you truly get done this summer? What will you honestly have the time and energy for? Then, schedule those little activities that make the cut, into your planner!!

You might be thinking, ‘but, Cara! Summer is the time to get away from schedules and have-tos!’ And yes, one of the best parts of summer is the carefree, no-schedule bit, but at the same time you don’t want to waste the opportunity to do the activities that you don’t have time for during busier seasons of the year. Take some time at the beginning of the summer to relax and recuperate if you need to, but I find that my children (and myself) do better on a loose schedule during the summer weeks.

Maybe you want to go to the new pool or the cool movie theatre to see a summer blockbuster, when it’s too freakin hot to move! Maybe a date night with hubby or a picnic in the backyard? Summer crafts, teaching your child to garden, etc.  What do you want to do this summer? As summer’s end draws near, review what you’ve done and if you weren’t able to do everything you wanted, ask yourself why? What can you do next year to better plan the summer and if there’s still a bit of time, squeeze in some fun before those cool fall days creep in onto summer.

I planned this week using my June Hip Kit Club kits. I want to get the house ready for having the children home all the time and also have a baking day while I still have an empty house. So I chose ‘domestic’ as my word for the week. To help keep me on track for this last week of school, I chose soft, calm colours to remind myself to enjoy the stillness before the house is full of boys and noise. And I added ‘stay cool’ because one, I hate the heat (it literally makes me sick) and two, to remind myself to keep my cool as having children home all day can be tiring. You may be in a different season of life and/or year so pick words and images to add to your planner that remind you of the messages you want to tell yourself every time you open your planner.

Topping off my planner spread is a cute little button clip. I did a tutorial, live on periscope yesterday on how to make these, so please come watch the replay!! If you aren’t on periscope yet, come on over, it’s soooo much fun and there are tonnes of planner girls. Find me, I’m @CaraVincens and when that cute little whistle goes off telling you that I’m live you can comment and ask questions and put in your 2cents! I love hearing what you have to say and getting tips and ideas from you as much as I like teaching them!

I do a tutorial every Thursday (usually around 10am -ish EST) using fun goodies from my Hip Kit Club kits. Last week I made some inserts for my Traveller’s notebooks. I not only had tips on how to cover an existing notebook, but I taught you how to make one from scratch. If you missed it, you can catch the replay!  


Enjoy your summer and...



Do you even remember the Resolutions you made in January?

Planner Girl Cara here today, reporting for duty to help keep you organised and motivated!

Is any one else asking themselves how the heck it’s July already?

We are half way through 2016?!??! What?

I usually take a look back at the end of every month to see what I’ve done towards the goals I’ve set for myself. The end of June marks the halfway point so it’s even more important that I check in with my progress.


Like most people I set resolutions in January, but unlike most people I have a plan attached to those resolutions. And at the end of each month I review my progress on my goals for the year. Who says you have to accomplish it all by January 15th! I give myself the whole year.

If you haven't even thought of your resolutions since that second when you laid your list down next to your mug of cocoa near the fire on January first, then, either dig that list back out or make a new one. Resolutions don't have to wait until January 1. The calendar holds no magic powers and by flipping over from December 31 to January 1 you will not become Super-Producto Girl possessing the oh-so-sought-after super power to get it all done! ;) You need to do the work, love, if you want to make those resoultions a reality. Start today by making a list and a commitment to yourself to plan the steps into your planner. Review often and adjust your plans as necessary. If you'd like more info on how to do this, stay tuned!! My newest class from Big Picture Classes is due out really soon and I teach you how to Plan Your Dreams!

I did a scope last week to review June and 2016 so far, so feel free to watch the replay.  If you aren't on periscope yet, hop on over and watch a few, there are so many planner girls!

Here is my monthly spread for June now that the month is just about over and the days are all filled in, reflecting what our lives were like in this season of our bustling family.  


My spread for this week makes me giddy just looking at it and this is before the pen! I took some of my favourite bits from the June Hip Kit club kits and made myself a ‘happy’!


I hope that the first half of your year has been wonderful! Let’s plan the second half to be AWESOME!!

Happy Planning! 

Making Manly Plans

Most of us crafters are women and so generally we tend to lean towards the feminine side when it comes to our projects. That's totally normal of course, but, we are all daughters and with Father’s day fast approaching, I decided to make this week’s projects a little more masculine to change things up. It’s fun, but definitely not easy! At least for me, I had to resist so hard not to add a doily or a bit of lace to these projects! Let's dig into my May kits from the Hipt Kit Club and make some manly plans! Manly
I have 5 sons, so I’m no stranger to scrapbooking boy pages, but even still, a touch of pink or a line of ribbon are often found in my projects about my boys. There is a knack however to keeping it masculine and manly, even if you add a bit of lace and frill. The first tip is to keep the lace and frill to a bare minimum ;)

To keep your projects manly and feminine-free try these tips:

  1. Use blacks or navys Any darker colour will do, like hunter greens and burgandys. Lighter, brighter blues, greens and oranges can be masculine but they have a boyish feel, and the jewel tones always feel more manly.
  2. You can’t go wrong with stripes. To keep you on the straight and narrow don't hold back on stripes. Men usually don’t like a lot of fuss and frill so stripes are perfect for men and boys.
  3. Keep the design linear. For the same reason as stripes, using lines (the straighter the better) keeps the feel of the project strong and masculin.
  4. Use dapper patterns. There’s nothing like a houndstooth, check or plaid to tell the world that this project is for a man!
  5. Keep embellishments to a minimum. The cleaner the designs the better when you want it to look masculine.

All this doesn’t mean that you can’t have a bit of playfulness on your projects. It’s quite welcome, actually, so the design doesn’t end up boring and dull and looking more like a funeral than Father’s day. Whatever whimsy you use, go light, and ground it all with the masculine touches mentioned above. My planner spread is covered in flowers but the black washi, stripes and minimal, linear design gives it the masculine feel fit for Father’s day week.


This dashboard is another example of using the tips above. There is a little more embellishment, but I kept the colour palette simple, and used lots of black accent which balances out the whimsy of the polka dots.


This last project is a little more feminine
with its flower’s and pinks but the black and white stripes allows it to blend nicely into my masculine spread, making the whole thing feel a bit more like me, it is my planner after all ;)

Last week, I posted a layered planner clip on the hip Kit Club facebook page and after questions on how to make it I gave a tutorial on periscope and here is the video:




Happy Planning!


Perfect Planner Hacks to make Your Planner Work Better for You Now!

I’m in my Happy Planner this week using my April kits from The Hip Kit Club and I’ve got some tips for you. Now normally these new HP’s don’t start until July, but I was watching Shanni Plannermania on scope and we were all brainstorming ways to be able to use the planner now and not have to wait until July to use this beauty.

In the video below I share my version and my hacks:



Here are some photos of my week before the pen: Week


 I also made some adorable planner clips! :D Clips
I’m completely obsessed with planner clips at the moment ;) Probably because my new planner clip class  at Big Picture Classes opened last week and I'm still making clips for days!!

For that square one, I used a wooden clip from Simple Stories and two epoxy stickers from PinkFresh Studios. I took two stickers that are the same size and shape and backed them on either side of the clip. I did add a bit of foam between them to make up for the thickness of the clip.

Next up are two clips using the exclusive Hip Kit Flair by Kim Watson. Flare-clips
I did add circle punches to cover the glue and top of the clip. Clip-backs


If you are as excited as I am about making clips and want to see how I made these and dozens more planner clips, then hop on over to my PLANNER CLIPS class at Big Picture Classes for everything you ever needed to know about making clips!


Last little project is a to-do list that I punched (with the dokibook disk-agenda punch) so that I can pop it easily in and out of my Happy Planner. I’m going to use pencil so that I can re-use it in future weeks, but laminating it and using a dry erase pen would work too. It’s made from the ‘to do’ exclusive 4x6 PL card by Kim Watson. To-do
I added a 3x4 card to the back with some washi and rub-ons that matches my spread, and some hand cut hearts too. To-do-back
I hope that this has helped you tweak your planner so that it works harder so that you don’t have to!


OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: How to Make Multiple Planners Work

The planning community is so amazing.  It's fun and creative but OMG it can be sooooo overwhelming!  There's so much to see and learn and obsess over ;) There are so many different types of planners and inserts and stickers. So I've got this great series for you coming over the next few weeks.  It will help simplify everything and make choosing your first (or next) planner much easier.

Today we are talking about USING MORE THAN ONE PLANNER. How many planners is TOO MANY?


The biggest thing to consider when deciding how to use multiple planners is your schedule.  Not only yours actually, but your family’s (or any one else you need to keep track of) as well. I highly suggest keeping all the scheduled things in one planner or calendar, appointments, practices… anything that has a fixed time. You can duplicate specific schedules in other planners, but keeping one master schedule in ONE place minimises any double bookings.  Otherwise things could get really messy! 

If you’ve got little Peter’s hockey practice scheduled in one planner, but all of your family’s medical appointments are in another and your work schedule are in yet another one, you may end up in a meeting that you can’t get out of, at the very same time that Peter needs to be getting his braces on! Keep it all together and keep it simple to keep yourself organised.

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Using multiple planners is super fun, but keep all your scheduled things in one planner so you don't double book.

Pens and/or stickers in a specific colour for each family member (team member, employee, etc) are a great way to separate each person’s schedule within one planner.


Maybe you simply have ‘Shiny Object’ syndrome like many other planner girls (raising hand) and want a collection of planners, and every everytime a company comes out with a new style (have you seen the new Reset Girl Carpe Diem's!?!!) you have to have it. If this is you, consider using covers/binders that you can change out, not unlike how we women swap out our bags and purses. You can continue to use the same inserts, just make sure that each new planner you add to your collection can house your planner contents and they are easily switch-out-able ;)

For example, if you like using A5 sized inserts, then, when you see the newest Kikki K or Filofax (or that Reset Girl Carpe Diem) and you NEED to get one, make sure to buy the A5 size.  Or if you are Traveller's Notebook girl, always buy them in the same size, or that will hold the size inserts you use.  So no matter what planner you use, you can switch covers/binders depending on your mood and your OOTD. 


Each additional planner can have a specific purpose. There are a variety of ideas and you could have something that is maybe an extent of your main planner (that houses you schedule), but that's not required.

Some ideas for ‘purpose planners’ are Study Planner, Wallet, Christmas Planner, Bible study Planner, Harmony Binder (more coming on this soon), Work project, Social Media scheduling, Goal tracking, Health, Craft projects etc etc. If you want to use a planner you’re bound to find a reason. ;)


One great use for a planner is to plan out projects.  These could be one time projects or ones that reaccur.  Not only could you plan things out and know when the deadlines are for milestone and map out individual each step, but it’s also a great way to track your progress and know if you are keeping on schedule.


Heidi Swapp’s idea of a Memory Planner is not only a fun one, it’s rich with sentimentality. They are a wonderfully detailed look back at life exactly how it was at that time. Instead of planning your time, you are recording it immediately after it happened for a lovely recount to look back on. I have an alarm on my phone that goes off every morning to remind me to jot down a few words about the day before. Then later, I can go back and decorate. With the little bits of journaling added, they can become a rich treasure in years to come. And don’t feel like you need to have Heidi’s actual planner, any planner with enough room to write is perfect. 

 Memory planners are a wonderful, meaninglful excuse to add a new planner to your collection. 


Planners make excellent scrapbooks for once in a lifetime events, such as an upcoming wedding or a baby/pregancy. I absolutely adore the idea of tracking baby’s first year in a planner, but there are many different options here. You could use it to actually plan the event.  Or pre-decorate one and jot down little things that happen along the way in sort of a memory planner style. Or decorate one, leaving the planner bits blank and give it to bride-to-be or a mama-to be as their shower gift. So that they are the one planning or documenting, but they don't have the stress of having to decorate if they aren't the crafty type. 

If you liked this post you can check out the other posts: 
Newbie Planner Girls START HERE!!
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: Choosing a Binding
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What SIZE to choose
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What Inserts do I Use?
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: 4 things to do Before you Buy All the Things!

And if you're new to the Planner World and would like a free (and pretty) Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet with some of the definitions of those terms and acronyms that seem so foreign to you, but everyone else seems to know what they mean, then just click here:

Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet

I also have a class specifically to help newbie planner girls get started in this slightly overwhelming but fantastic planner world. Click here for more information:

I'm a Planner Noob! Now What?

See you for the next segment of the Newbie Planner Series!!