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Shake it Off! A Shaker Dashboard Tutorial!

Shaker dashboards really scream planner girl, don’t they!! This one is a mini shaker that I made with two Heidi Swapp chipboard frames from my July Hip Kit Club kit.

I made a plastic pocket with some leftover page protectors and my fuse tool, and added some Acrylic Dots from the Hip Kit Club kit. At first I thought they might be too thick, but they worked out perfectly. For extra pizzazz, I stuck in two PL cards trimmed down and glued back to back. Then, I sealed the top with my fuse.

The frames were also stuck back to back, sandwiching the shaker pocket in with hot glue, but first to get the dashboard to fit in my happy planner I used a piece of plastic backing from some enamel dots, those things never last long in my studio so I have lots of empty sheets! ;)

I trimmed it to size and it was also sandwiched between the frames along with the shaker pocket when gluing. Then I punched some disk holes. You can use regular hole punches if you have a ring planner.

It can lay inside the planner anywhere, including peeking out the top for a bookmark.


If you'd like more planner tutorials, with videos and further instructions full of my quirky personality, check out my class Planning made Pretty and Practical at Big Picture Classes.




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!

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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.”