Do you have a pen or pencil that you absolutely love using in your planner but either don't have a pen loop for it or it's too big or too small? Or maybe you simply want to make your pen loop match your planner setup.
Grab that favourite pen, a binder clip and some washi that matches your current setup and hit play on this video to make your very own pretty pen loop!
I've got a project today that is very close to my heart. If you don’t already know, I have 6 children. And you know what that means… lots of children, LOTS of odd socks! I’ve really tried to control this problem but it’s just too big and I have too many mateless socks. It has simply got out of control! So what is a planner girl to do? Set up a new planner, of course!!
I feel like I am constantly in that scene of Monster’s Inc, where a monster comes out of a door with a sock stuck to his back and someone starts screaming '23-19! We have a 23-19!’
This orphaned sock thing is a huge problem in my house and I’m determined to make it top priority in my life. I am going to dedicate this entire planner to keeping track of all the single socks in my house. I wanted to make this planner really special, to really make it stand out amount the others in my planning system and that’s why I chose the Typewriter Floral Traveler's Notebook and my absolute favourite collection, Hello which matches perfectly with the Simple Stories I Am… collection. It was really surprising to me that there are no sock stickers in any of the the Carpe Diem sticker tablets. I can’t be the only one who wants to set up a sock planner, right? Luckily there are quite a few cute laundry basket ones.
I love to decorate the pockets of my TNs and this one was no exception, lots of butterflies and flowers and that oh-so-adorable sneaker!! Sneakers go on over socks so I thought it was completely fitting. I also added some washi wrapped around a card to have on hand while I plan for my odd socks.
I decorated the covers of the inserts (seen above) so that they inspire me in this big project that I’m undertaking. If I’m going to tackle these socks, I’ll need the motivation!
I think the most important part of this planner is the odd sock tracker. I’m going to catalogue each of the odd socks as they come out of the dryer and when I see an odd sock around the house (under the couch, in the front closet, or in the bottom of a hockey bag) I’m going to track it using the fab little stickers from the Calendar sticker tablet. Aren’t those little laundry baskets darling?
This challenge is probably going to be a busy one (so many odd socks), so I've chosen to do daily spreads for this month. I’ve decorated this first spread with some gorgeous stickers from the Hello Sticker tablet and the 4x6 stickers from the I Am… collection. There’s lots of room for me to plan out my sock hunts and mateless sock tracking.
Since today is the first day of a new month, I think it’s the best day to start this ambitious project. Wish me luck!
Grab some odd socks and your planner and hit play to watch my process video for this planner setup:
I have two fun videos this week to help you with your planning.
The first one will take you through the process of planning out your weekly activities so that you can get everything crossed off of your to do list PLUS tackle some of those tasks that you've been dreaming of completing.
The second video concentrates on decorating, with 10 fantastic tips to make your decorating process foolproof everytime.
So grab a warm drink, your planner and your to-do list and hit play!
I've been decluttering like a mad person, trying to konmari my entire craft space. Over all it's been going well, but I have hit some big roadblocks that made me want to hide under my covers with some good Belgian chocolate and binge watch old episodes of Outlander.
I stuck with it and in this week's video, I share how I overcame those bumps in the road so that the process can be a bit easier for you. It is a hard, overwhelming process, but I'm excited for my room to be decluttered once and for all.
I learned a lesson that I've heard so many times over from organising experts, but It never really sunk in for me until now. Make sure you stay tuned to the end of the video to find out what that lesson is!
Grab a bag for donations and declutter along with me as you watch.
Raise your hand if you binge watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo in January!
I'm not only raising mine, but waving it frantically in the air. I read the book a few years ago and it has been the only method of organisation that has really worked for me.
I didn't finish konmariing my house the first time around, and I didn't even start on my studio. But, I'm doing it now and we are going to do it together! So put on a cute swishy skirt and a white top (optional 😊) and hit play on the video. We are going to tackle this job together and make our crafty spaces Spark Joy!
Calendar Blocking, Time Blocking or Block Scheduling... Have you heard of it? It's all I've been hearing about this month! Since I found a way for it to work in a paper planner and I've been using it successfully since September, I'm excited to share my experience with you!
So what is it calendar blocking?
Basically, it's blocking out specific blocks of time for certain tasks for a specific amount of time. I do go more into detail in the video below if you haven't heard of it.
I first heard of this through Amy Landino, I immediately tried it out, colouring in blocks in my hourly planner, but I just couldn't get it to work for me. It took way too long, the colouring was messy because I was trying to go fast and it just wasn't sustainable.
Then I saw Jordan Page's video and there was this click in my brain. I needed to make some sort of recurring schedule and block out time for different themes in my day.
Grab a nice cup of tea and join me in this week's video as I walk you through how I use it and how you can adapt it to fit your planning:
I created a laminated folder listing all my routines and a check list help me with my calendar blocking. Here's my process video for that laminated folder:
If you are a mom with a schedule that changes at the drop of a hat or someone who works shifts or has some other sort of varied schedule, stay tuned because I have a video coming up for you to adapt this system to your life.
Traveler's Notebooks are so fun, pretty and functional, but if you aren't familiar with them and how they work, it can get a bit overwhelming. I've been using them for quite a while and I know my way around a TN and I'm sharing my favourite hacks with you!
Even if not you are not new to traveler's notebooks, I'm sure you'll learn something new in this week's video. I've got ten tips for you to get the most out of your TN, plus two bonus hacks! Run and grab your TN and a cup of tea and hit play.
So way back in June, I noticed that I had been getting slack with my planning. I was leaving it to the morning and that was getting me off track, and I was always getting a late start to my day.
So for July I started planning the evening before and tracking how often I succeeded. (If you want some ideas on how to habit track, click here). I didn't do it every day, only 15 (out of 20 'school nights'), but it still made a huge difference.
Now, I plan on Sundays and Wednesday nights and it's really helped me get more done.
Grab your planner and a cup of tea and click on the video below to see how I plan now. Going from long and short term goals, monthly planning, weekly down to my daily planning routine.