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Haul: Planner Decor

This is not the result of only 1 shop or even just 1 shopping day.  I did go quite a bit crazy though.  I have been watching way too many planner videos on YouTube lately, so I think I can safely say “YouTube made me buy this”.


At the first trip I stopped at Target to pick up some washi tape (a trend among all papercrafters and planner enthusiasts).  I found those cute paper flags in the $1 section and then I found the tape and mini tape set in with the other office supplies.  That Target didn’t have much selection in terms of washi tape, but I did think this pattern was cute.  The washi tape is from Scotch’s Expressions line.  I absolutely adore Scotch, don’t you?  Seriously, I don’t know where I would be without them.


I later went to Target, Staples, and Michaels.  This picture is the result of that.  I first stopped at Michaels and got the 3 washi tapes at the right and the plastic bobbins.  These are usually for thread, but I think they will be perfect for taking my washi tape with me instead of keeping them on the big rolls.  After that I went to Target and got 2 extra fine Sharpie markers and 1 Scotch washi tape.  Staples was a big haul for me.  I got the plastic dividers, 2 Scotch Expressions Magic tape, and 3 Scotch washi tapes.  The plastic dividers were basically just for the plastic.  I plan on making my own version of the Filofax dashboards.  I actually did make 1 for my washi tape code.


I also used the Scotch (love these guys) Self-Sealing Laminating Pouches to make some little post-it holders out of a few photos from my wedding.  Aren’t they just great?  I would definitely want to get more of the laminating pouches.  I think they worked out better than the plastic dividers in terms of durability.  As you can tell, my planner is definitely a work in progress.  I’ve already thought of a few ideas for improvement next year.  I can’t wait and it’s only February!

What’s your favorite thing to decorate your planner?

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My 2014 Planner: Arc Style (Warning: Pic Heavy and Long)

At the end of last year I came across the M by Staples Arc notebooks.  I have a review of them here.  At the time I didn’t have a lot of them, but I have full-blown Arc fever I think.  Seriously, I love these things.  I think I’ve bought about 3 of the junior size and 1 of the letter size.

Today I’m going to be showing you my current planner.  I’ve always loved planners.  At least ever since I used to get them for free from my school (it had my hall pass log and student handbook and such in them so they would give us all one at the beginning of the year).  In college I used to use the DayMinder version that the college bookstore sold.  I did take a small break after I graduated thinking that I would switch to using my phone and digital technology.  Yeah, that just didn’t work well for me.  I’d always forget something or I wouldn’t look at it.

Anyway, now on to the pictures of my current planner.  I obviously use the M by Staples Arc junior-size notebook with 1″ discs.  I have actually changed the front of the planner since taking these pictures and now the front is a clear cover so I can see my pretty planner cover shown below.


As you can see I have the months and 2-pages a week at the beginning of my planner.  I keep mine with the months in with the weeks instead of the months being at the front.  My pink and green tabs are Avery NoteTabs 1″ x 1.5″.  I hope that one day Staples will sell tab dividers with the months on them, but until then I will make my own.  Each month has its own cute cover like below (sorry about the shadows, I took these pictures at night with my dining room light and it just was not cooperating with me.


The macaroon theme was made by me with some clip art pictures that I got off of Etsy here.  I absolutely love all of her clip art.  And now that I’ve fallen into the Etsy black hole (I get stuck here often) to get that link I’ve noticed that she also sells a cute Kawaii version of her macaroons.  Perhaps that will be next year’s theme…

Right after these tabs I have the month on 2 pages.  These I’ve also decorated with the macaroons.  I had a blast making these pages, btw.  Let me know if you’d like to see any of these planner pages in my Etsy shop and I can put them up for a reasonable cost.


And here is what a typical week view looks like for me.  Next year’s planner will have an added little section for weekly goals I think.  And I will definitely be decorating them more since I just have the day’s on there.  These week on 2 pages sheets also have all the major holidays on them because I thought it was convenient and I absolutely love this font.


I use the ruler from Staples to keep on the correct week.  The little drops (Martha Stewart for Avery color-coding labels that I bought at Staples) at the bottom of the right page have my chores that I want to accomplish that week.  In the daily parts of the page I keep my to-do lists and appointments.  Sometimes I also scribble little notes in there as well.  My color coding is as follows: light blue/turquoise is for tasks I’d like to remember to complete and red is for the tasks I’d like to complete that week.  I don’t always make it and then they roll over to the next week, but I’m striving to be better about that though.  I only re-write my to-do lists in the weekdays (and always have for some reason).  I use die-cut post-it notes for random notes that I may want to affix to my phone to bring into a store with me.  The note shown was a quick to-do list of things for work.

The end of each month has a large macaroon (I just couldn’t resist).  After the planner section I have a 2-poly pocket divider (?).  I keep stickers and those chore labels in the front and my HSA receipts in the back.


Front pocket with stickers/labels


Back with HSA receipts

As you can see I have 5 dividers behind that 2-pocket divider.  These are from Martha Stewart for Avery.  I keep stuff in here for the blog, personal notes, Simply Annod (my Etsy shop) ideas, plane notes (currently empty), and blank pages (both designed by me and store-bought).

These dividers are a great place to put my post-it notes.  They peel off so much easier than off paper.  Here’s just the beginning of my blog section.


As you can see, I had a lot of fun making my own custom pages.  I really do enjoy that kind of thing, even if they aren’t very fancy looking.  Please, please let me know if you’d like to see these in the shop.  I also have other custom pages that I’ve made so maybe I’ll showcase those here in later posts.  Thanks for sticking out this long, long post!

What’s your planner like?  Are you Team Filofax or Team Arc?  I think it’s pretty obvious which team I’m on.