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You can WIN some planner goodies!!

Come help me celebrate reaching 3000K on Instagram!


Yay, I completely adore Instagram and I love that I can reach so many people over there as well because it's my absolute favourite place on the web :D

Are you following me on Instagram? My instagram feed is for you! I love to share things that have helped me, things that have made me smile and have inspired me and projects that I've made.


So what does that mean for you? 

It means that you get tips, tricks, inspiration and pretty pictures everyday from me in your IG feed to help pass the time while you wait at the dentist's office (trying not think about what's coming next), in the carpool line or when your toddler finally takes a nap and you flop into your favourite chair with your phone and a cup of tea.

You can get help with your planner; decorating, setting goals, planning... when I post pix like these:




You could win these planner goodies!


So pop on over to my instagram account and find this giveaway photo for more details on how to win!!

Prize includes:
1 Cakedori from Cake Paperie
1 Take Along Memory Keeper from yours truly The Hooting Pirate
'Vintage' Planner Society goodies, including charms, stickers, paper and sticky notes.

How to feel CALM, not stressed, no matter how busy you are.

I want to talk a bit about planning, but it may not be what you are expecting. ;)

I think that a lot of people pride themselves in being busy. Being able to list off all the things we need to do, or a long list of things that we were able to cross off on any given day is like earning some kind of busy badge or medal of honour.

But, I want to you to think about adding some white space to your day, today.

Not only in the design of your page, but actually in your schedule. If you are anything like me, you are forever trying to fit in just one more task or one more errand before an appointment or pick up time for your kids. I usually end up late, or stressed that I’m going to be late, and both of those make me cranky! What a way to greet my children right? :P

When I take the time to add in white space, a mid morning cuppa, leaving the house with lots of time to walk to the bus, or get the errands done, I’m a much calmer person.

We tend to overestimate what we can get done in a day. So I am challenging to try and not jam pack your day with a million tasks and obligations. Give yourself some breathing room. Work it into your design. Leave literal white space on your planner page, which can, not only be white spots that are left blank, but also stickers or die cuts or anything else on your page that makes you smile.

On my page for yesterday, I left space around each of my plans and added some die cuts from my Hip Kit Club kits.  I love the ‘a million tiny things’ sticker.
This little guy packs a punch and has quite a few jobs on this page, and his friend 'Life is now’ lends a helping hand.

First, it’s pointing out all the small tasks that I need to get done today, my task list.

But also, paired with the large giraffe, it’s a hint to me to look at those little everyday moments as more than just things to cross off of my list.

Those little things are what make up life.

For me, it’s not so much the birthdays and vacations, but being with my family and shaping my children and myself with this daily activities. I love my memories of the children stealing food as I cook it, and playfully batting away their hands with my spoon, or an older child explaining life to a younger one. Or even just being able to give my mind some white space as I do the dishes or the laundry, monotonous tasks that allow my mind to wander and dream.

This quote also reminds me to watch out for these tiny little things. Keep my eyes and ears open for those moments so that I can stash those away in my memories to pull out later when the children are fighting…again.

I hope you have a wonderful day, filled with white space!



Have you ever KISSED your mailman?

Well, that's exactly what I want to do everytime he brings me my Hip Kit club box of goodies ;)  


It's all I can do to stand still long enough to sign his electronic thingy and then I half skip, half walk up the driveway, tearing open the box as I go.

I'm so excited to share with you that I'll be on the Hip Kit Design team for another 6 month term :D


I'll be using their fantastic kits in my planner and continuing to, not only share ideas on using their awesome products in your planners, but also I do a weekly periscope with tutorials using the kits.

These are the fantastic ladies that make up the team that I am so proud to be a part of:

DT Announcement Blog


My September kits are on their way and I CANNOT wait. Watch out Mr. Postman ;)

Pl-card-collage sept

A Clean Slate to Plan

Ah a new school year, so fresh with so much potential. Just like new school supplies, clean notebooks and shiny pens, the school year smells new, hopeful, like a fresh start!

I’ve always loved back to school, it may only be my obsessive love for stationary ;) But I think there’s more to it.

I love the excuse to wipe everything clean and just start fresh.

I love the potential of that big blank space. Ideas and inspiration always come to me!

Now, of course, there’s no rule that says that you can only start over when the school calendar turns over, or at the beginning of the new year. These are just the traditional ‘fresh start’ times.

I encourage you to start afresh when ever you feel like you need it.

When things get stagnant or when you get a sparkly shiny idea that eats away at your every thought until you put into action. If it happens to be January 1 or the first day of school, that’s awesome but don’t let the date keep you from acting on what's motivating you. Let March 2nd, July 17th, any date, your birthday, tomorrow, today, RIGHT NOW be your start afresh day!!

I love the quote sticker from the Dear Lizzy pack in the August Embellishment kit from the hip Kit Club.


So of course I added that to my September spread, it was first thing I picked to add along with other goodies from my kits.

So, what is stopping you from STARTING TODAY? 


Is it fear?

Maybe you are waiting until the time is right? 

The time is right now! Make a plan and jump to it! 

If you don't know what you want to 'start today' consider taking my 'Plan Your Dreams' class at Big Picture Classes to help you get started.


I made this today bookmark live on Periscope, which you can watch here: TODAY BOOKMARK TUTORIAL I do tutorials live every Thursday using fun products from the Hip Kit club kits, so please come join us, or if you miss it you can catch the replay. Check it out so that you can see how I made the back look as pretty as the front :D

For my weekly spread for this week, I wanted it to feel special for my kids, since it’s our last full week before school starts. So, I named it 'magic’ using a sticker.

The tip-in is a die cut that I washi-ed in. I can always use a little more room on the back to write :D 



Have a fantastic week, and don't forget, you can start anytime!!

Let me know in the comments what you are going to start and WHEN?


How to find your Dreams

Every single one of us is unique! Our own gifts and talents combined with our individual experiences are unlike anyone else's.

Please share these gifts with us, it's what you're here for, Love.


Think outside the box and reach outside the boxes of your planner to dream big and show the world what you've got! One  day at a time.

Be you!

The best, most beautiful you!

The world is waiting...


The universe, God or which ever name you like to use, tries to show you what your dreams are. These dreams are meant to be shared with the world and God wants you to share them.

WE all want you to share them!

First, He will drop hints... nudges at first, then they get less and less subtle the more you ignore them. It's not your fault that you ignore them, you just didn't know that you were supposed to be looking for them! But, don't worry, God knows, and he'll keep reminding you until you figure it out!

I love this quote from Oprah:

“It whispers, and if you don’t get the whisper, the whisper gets louder,” she continues. “If you don’t get the whisper when it gets louder, I call it like a little pebble — a little thump — upside the head... The pebble or the thump upside the head usually [means] it’s gone into a problem.”

If you don’t pay attention to the problem, says Oprah, the pebble then becomes like a brick. “The brick upside your head is a crisis,” she says. “[If] you don’t pay attention to the brick upside your head, the crisis turns into a disaster and the whole house — brick wall — comes falling down.”


So? What's nudging you? Or are you getting hit up side the head with something bigger?

Open your eyes, open your ears, be aware of the hints that are being thrown at you.

What do you want to do?

These are your dreams.

Write them down.

Write them all down.

Then make them come true, share them with the world, it's what you've come here to do and...

the world is waiting :D 

If you need a little help figuring out what your dreams are, or to get started on the process of making them come true, pop on over to Big Picture Classes and take my Plan Your Dreams class. You won't regret it. I want to see you soar!!