Decrate your planners, smile and be happy!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

My Vintage Finsbury Personal

I had seen a lot of Kawaii-themed personal planners, and not that many vintage-themed ones. I wanted to decorated my Finsbury with a vintage theme. Granted I don't have much time to make the individual pages pretty, but I wanted it to have components that will make me smile everytime I look at it since it serves as my wallet. I made the dashboard using Graphic 45's Botanical Tea paper. The dividers are from Pink Paislee's London Market paper pack. I embellished them with Gold Shimmer Trim, Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape, some washi tape I got from e-bay and stickers from K&Co. I also have some Jenni Bowlin cards and I fussy cut one of the ladies from my DCWV paper pack to serve as my bookmark. A 4"x6" Picture My Life Card from Balloon Ride also serves as a bookmark. I added a notepad, page flag and sticky notes from Hobby Lobby. Hubby said the sticky notes were so me when he saw them. lol!
I have plans next year to make my wallet Kawaii and my Malden vintage. I can't wait until 2016!

My Birthday Week!

It has been an eventful forty years, everyone. I am glad that I have a serious planner, not just to organize, but also to document. I have made my first pocket letters, my little boy learned how to dress himself, and I am enjoying a cup of coffee before the two men in my life wake up.

Here is this week's page. It has a lot of pink, of course. Stickers are from Heidi Swapp. The Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape and Gold Shimmer Trim are from Close To My Heart. I attached a tiny Korean sticker flake on my birthday grid to remind me to have my nails done.

I am looking forward to a wonderful, crafty week. What's on your agenda?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

This Week...In My Malden

Here's my page for this week. With a few stickers, washi tape from JoAnn's and a Dollar Spot clothespin, I am all set for the week!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Malden in March...No Madness Here, Just More Catching Up To Do

Here are the rest of the pages that I managed to decorate for March. :-D Let's leave the madness to NCAA. I'm kept sane by being organized.

I used paper from One Spot from Target for my March Dashboard. You will also see me using the same paper pack in the succeeding months' layouts.

Another spring sticker from the One Spot bin.

Here's my March monthly spread. It features pink and more pink. Guess what my favorite color is. The washi tape is from Close To My Heart (large polka dot, retired), and e-bay. The stickers are from the dollar bin and Heidi Swapp. I just had to decorate the first week of March just because a naked page bothers me. Again, I used stickers from One Spot.

I added more large polka dot washi tape and One Spot stickers for week two. I also have some sticker flags that I made using stamps from Papertrey Ink. I tried to stamp directly on the planner, but it bled.

Finally, for this week, I went with an Irish inspiration. The shamrock stamp is retired from Studio G, inked with Topiary Ink. The washi tape are from e-bay. The sticker is from Michael's.

Now I'm all caught up with my planner decorating. Have a great week ahead. Erin Go Braugh!

Catching Up with My Papertrey Inked Moments Inked Planner and The Road To Planner Peace

I was intrigued when I heard that Papertrey Ink was coming up with a new planner. I resisted, then resisted some more, then finally gave in. The delay in shipping made me anxious enough to get two Filofaxes while waiting for the planner that was stuck in UPS limbo. I even threw in a kikki K in the mix, which is on its way from the land of Oz. Tuesday last week was a happy mail day for me. I got all three in the A5 Malden, a Personal Black Finsbury, and finally, my long-awaited Papertrey Ink planner. I took the Finsbury and the PTI planner to work with me, hoping to come up with the perfect fit. The PTI planner was too bulky. I tried to live with it, but I couldn't. Days later, I decided to debone it, and placed half of its innards in my A5 Malden. The Personal Finsbury in the meantime got slimmed down, and will serve as my wallet. I am sick and tired of friends asking me if I'm free on such and such day and I don't even know my own schedule! Don't get me wrong. I had cheapie planners, but turning the big 4-0 this year made me think that I needed to act more grown-up, appear dignified, and have a proper planner.

Here they are, the two siblings side by side. The A5 Malden will serve as my desk planner at home, and the Personal Finsbury will be my wallet.

I decided to make the Malden as a bit of a catch-all in terms of decorating it. The Finsbury will be my vintage planner. I will turn the Malden back into a vintage planner next year when I get 2016 inserts. Since this is my desktop planner, I was not too concerned about too much bulk. I added some Project Life cards which I staggered to add interest, a Kawaii post-it note and washi tapes. I altered a couple of large paperclips from Target to serve as my pageholders. I also tucked in a Heidi Swapp sticker in one of the pockets. The charm was made using a Tim Holtz swivel clasp. My friend Laurie sent me the danglers as a RAK. I will take a separate picture of that at a different post. I personalized the PTI laminated cover by adding more Heidi Swapp stickers to it and I closed up the open spine with a skinny washi tape from JoAnn's.

This planner has a lot of dashboards. I decorated the first one with Heidi Swapp stickers.
Okay, please bear with me as we browse through some pages. I tried to do some catching-up since I got this planner this March. The star sticker is Heidi Swapp. I also layered a Project Life card on an SEI paper.

I wanted a lot of color on my February dashboard. The pink background paper is Brushed, from Close To My Heart. I added another Project Life card on top of it and a sticker from K&Co as the month's sentiment. The quote page is embellished with stickers from the Dollar Spot at Target and Heidi Swapp.

I went with vintage Pooh for the month of February. The washi tape are from JoAnn's and the arrows and heart stickers are from Close To My Heart.

So there it goes...I think I learned my lesson not to buy a planner when the year had already started. lol! Who knows, I might do the same thing again next year. The next post will be all about my March set-up for my Malden. Do watch out for it!