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My Favourite Planner Clips and How to Make Them

Planner clips are a fun and fast way to make your planner look more decorated - instantly! I really enjoy making my own. The clips here are some of my favourites and I thought I'd teach you how to make them.

The first is a quick and easy - but oh so fab - clip. All you need to do is punch a chipboard piece out of the packaging, all the while keeping the backing intact and stuck to the back of the chipboard piece. If you peel back just enough of the backing, you can squeeze in a little bit of hot glue and push a clip in between and presto!

Hop-sneakthis fab clip was made with chipboard from Simple Stories's crafty Girl collection

A bit of warning, these aren't the heartiest of clips, the backing can be a bit slick, so the hot glue can pop off. It's fine for me as I don't use them outside the house, so they aren't getting knocked around in my bag. I'm careful when I do use them at home, but I've still had to do a bit of re-glueing. Still they are fast, simple and fabulous!

This next one is bang on trend! I was prompted by my latest Get it Scrapped assignment to borrow this look from home decor. You can see that post HERE. You can mimic this trend and add a dipped look to any of your clips!


For a complete tutorial for this clip, grab your favourite embellishment, some paint and hit play on the video:

This last clip is also a quick one, all you need is a wool ball, your craft knife and a glue gun. Slice a short but deep slit in your wool ball and make sure your clip will fit before going onto the next step. Pinch the ends of the cut to open the slit and slowly squeeze a small amount of hot glue into the hole. Then quickly add your clip and you're done!

For more tips and tutorials, I've got an entire class at Big Picture Classes, called Planner Clips! Pop on over there: 

Planner Clips!



The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Habits!

You get to decide who you get to be!

DSC_1289planner and gorgeous puffy UNICORN by Paper House

Everyday you are making that decision, in the choices you make and the habits you've created. 

What you do - day in and day out - essentially make up who you are. In other words HABITS dictate your character and personality, not the other way around.

I love this quote from Gandhi:

Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive, because your thoughts become your behaviour.
Keep your behaviour positive, because your thoughts become your habits.
Keep your habits positive, because your thoughts become your values.
Keep your values positive, because your thoughts become your destiny.

June-spreadStargazer planner by Paper House Productions

And Brian Tracy says:

95% of everything you do is the result of your habits, either helpful or hurtful.

If you are someone who scrolls on her phone a lot, then basically, you are a girl who scrolls on her phone. If, instead, you dream big, take action everyday towards your goals, then you are a dream chaser. The actions don't have to be big, the habits don't have to be big, they just have to be taking you in the right direction.

It's time to take a look at your habits and see what kind of person you are. Is it in line with who you want to be?

JuneMore fab unicorns by Paper House Productions

If you want to go a little more in depth with me about the importance of good habits and what in the heck Lego has to do with it, hit play on the video below.


Creative Lists for Planners - How to Make it Your Own

Taking a new class is always fun, but sometimes it can be a bit daunting to then try and figure out how to put your own individual spin on things. To be able to take the lessons and techniques you've learned and incorporate your own style and personality is a whole other level of creativity.


I've been talking about my super cool Creative List for Planners class a lot recently, in it I help you create a wonderful book for all your random lists and bits of info that don't have a home in your regular planner. It's a compliment to your planner system.

I help you out with an entire lesson dedicated to helping you make your List book your own. I teach different background techniques and suggest different ways to decorate your pages with doodles, stickers, washi and other embellishments. There are lots of ideas that may appeal to you more than what you see in the my examples, something other than my style.

This specific lesson includes:

  • 2 video tutorials to add backgrounds to your Creative List Book pages
  • Tips and tricks to make these techniques perfect every time
  • Decorating ideas to make the page you create fit your personality
  • Simple ideas, requiring minimal supplies that you probably already have on hand, yet make a big impact on your pages

Other cool things are included in this class:

  • 10 video tutorials that'll guide you step by step.
  • Directions for setting up and maintaining your own List book
  • Lists of ideas of what to keep in your book
  • Countless ways to add a little more organisation and craftiness to your otherwise boring lists

Click here to check out the class now! If you don't have a Big Picture Classes membership, you can sign up for a free, two week trial. That's just enough time for you to take my class!


If you are in a travelers notebook, or simply want to keep your List book in a notebook, then you can fully customise your inserts (or that notebook). In this week's YouTube video, I'm giving you an inside look at one of the video tutorials from my class. It steps out what you need to do to make (and customise) an insert for your TN. Grab your favourite papers and hit play!


All the Lists I have in My Bullet Journal and Ideas for Yours

Last week I shared my book I created to give all my random scraps a home. You know those little pieces of paper with lists and notes and bits of inspiration.  They were written down on whatever paper I had to hand, torn bits of notebooks, backs of envelopes or receipts. There were stickers and business cards that I wanted to keep too. I kept them all in a pile on top of my planner or tucked into the back cover (this was way before decorative planners, so mine had no pocket). Neither spot was ideal, they would slide off the planner onto the floor or fall out of the back cover almost every time I picked it up. 


So I created a book where I could write in all these lists and notes, stick in the stickers and cards and my children would even draw pictures in it for me.  I simply called it my Book of Lists, and now it's evolved into Creative Lists for Planners.

I created a new class at Big Picture Classes to help you create a book like this. It's called Creative Lists for Planners.

This class is full to the brim with ideas and inspiration! You'll learn how to set up your own List Book, I'll give you ideas on what to add, what to list out and things to track. There are fun projects for you to try and I've got video tutorials on how to make it your own with paper, paint and, the planner girls's favourite, WASHI and more. I've also got tips and tricks for you to keep it going and keep it fun. 


As a sneak peek today, here's a 'list of the lists' (and everything else) that I'm keeping in my current Creative List book:

  • A List of Big Dreams
    Summer Dreams and To-Do's

    Books I've Read in 2017
    A Running List of the Books I'm Reading in 2018
    A List of Big Projects
    My Morning Routine

    A List of the Ways I Relax
    Summer Vacation Papercrafting Projects
    A Spread from a Class I Taught at Studio Calico
    A Motivational Spread
    Back To School To-Do's
    Back to School Shopping Trip Memories
    My Children's Sizes
    Home Renovation Projects and Shopping List
    Lists of Lists and Tracking Ideas and Other Fun Things I can add to my Book.

You can see all these page in action in the video below! Watch me flip through it and get a better understanding of what one of these books could be. Take an idea that you see and love and try a page today!

In this photo, you can get a few more ideas of the types of things that you can add besides lists and tracking.


My book has evolved from a simple pencil scratched notebook of lists and notes, with things stuck into it, into a fully decorated book that makes me so happy when I look through it. You can find a style and method that works for you an do any variation you'd like. Make your book as unique as you are and really have fun with it!

Click here to learn more about my class, Creative Lists for Planners. Big Picture Classes is a membership site, if you do not have a membership, you can take a free 2 week trial, which is just enough time for you to take in all the content in the class. 

See you in class!!