Friday Favorites – 2.3.17

 

Happy Friday! These are the items or ideas that I found interesting or inspiring during the week.

1. I have always been a fan of handwritten notes. Emails, although convenient, lack a personal touch. I always get excited when I find a letter or notecard in the mailbox, and enjoy sending them, as well. Some of the notecards that I’ve purchased come in cute boxes. I have found many of these on Zulily or at TJ Maxx.

Once the notecards are used up, I keep the boxes to repurpose them. In an earlier post this week, I talked about repurposing tissue containers.

One of my favorite ways to use the notecard boxes is to store sticky notes. I can keep it out on my desk for easier access, and it looks pretty. It also gives me more reasons to use my sticky note stash. Win-win.

2. I have an Amazon Prime subscription. In addition to the quick shipping, there is access to movies and tv shows. To view these more easily, I ordered the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote from Amazon. I have been pleased with it so far, and like the voice remote. It makes it much easier to search for something. In addition, I also stream Netflix and Hulu on Fire TV. Here’s to more options to binge watch.

3. On Amazon Prime streaming, Z: The Beginning of Everything tells the story of Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. I am a fan of period dramas and enjoyed the first season. Now, I just have to wait for the next one.

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Repurposing Old Tissue Containers

Repurposing items is something that I frequently do. I am often looking for ways to use things in another way or to breathe new life into them.

In a previous post, I talked about items that I use for organizational storage. For example, I took a craft cart that I had used before I had my office studio and repurposed into jewelry storage.

Today, I’m going to talk about how I repurposed round tissue containers. I found the containers at Target and purchased them to use in my car. They fit inside my center console without taking up too much space.

Once I was done using them, I liked the patterns on them so much that I decided to keep them to repurpose them for other things.

I use them for pencils, paint brushes, and plastic bags. However, you could also store small tools,  cords, makeup brushes, rolls of washi, and vinyl scraps. There are so many possibilities.

If I tire of the pattern, I can recover them with some pretty paper, contact paper, or vinyl. It hasn’t come to that yet. Until then, I’m going to keep using the containers as is.

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Friday Favorites – 1.27.17 and a Free Printable

Happy Friday! These are the items or ideas that I found interesting or inspiring during the week.

Organizing is a popular topic during January. It’s not a do it once job, and it’s done. I work throughout the year to keep my spaces organized. This usually involves purging items that we no longer use and reorganizing a space to serve our current needs better.

Organizing Printable

To accomplish my organizing plans this year, I created a printable that I can write, and keep track of my organizing goals. This will help me to have an overall visual of what we need to accomplish this year. You can access a copy of the printable

To fit the printable into my classic Happy Planner, I changed the printing scale to 86%. You can access a copy of the printable here.

planner stamps

I’ve also been having fun trying out the Happy Planner roller stamps, and the clear planner stamps in my planner.  It is certainly addicting, and I like using them in addition to the stickers.

Mini Dashboard

I ordered some dashboards for my mini Happy Planner. I added page flags to one of them so I have them on hand when I need them.

I had previously done this with my classic Happy Planner by adding sticky notes to my dashboard.

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My Favorite Studio Office Supplies

 

Office supplies are my downfall. In the office supply world, there are so many different products that we can buy. I also love all of the patterns on the paper products. It’s hard not to run out and buy all of the pretty things.

I do have some favorite office supplies that I use on a regular basis. Some of them have serviced me for years.

pens

I have two different types of pens that I love at the moment. One is the Sharpie fine point pen. The other is the Paper Mate Flair. I buy the pens in the 12 count boxes, so I have them on hand when one runs out.

Stapler

The stapler that I use is the Paperpro. I’ve used this stapler for quite a few years and it doesn’t disappoint. I have both the large and smaller sizes.

paper trimmer

I have more than one paper trimmer. The one that I use the most frequently is a Fiskars 12-inch trimmer. I’ve had this particular trimmer for quite a few years, as well. This trimmer has a thin wire that helps me to see where I’m cutting rather than having to guesstimate.

laminator

The laminator that I use is a new addition to my studio office. I bought a 9-inch Swingline laminator and I’ve been very pleased with how well it works

Of course, I cannot talk about my favorite office supplies without mentioning my Happy Planner. I list of posts that talk about my planner can be found here. I believe that I may have finally found planner peace.

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Simplifying My Social Media Feeds

Social media is something that I, like so many, use daily. The sites that I use most frequently both personally and for this blog are Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

I’ve been disappointed in my feeds for Facebook and Instagram lately. Much of it has to do with my changing tastes, or I would like a page to remember it later. Many of the pages that I liked, I haven’t looked at since.  I finally made the decision to simplify my social media feeds.

In looking at both my Facebook and Instagram accounts, I noticed that I had followed over 400 people/groups on each account. Wow! It’s no wonder I was so disenchanted with what I was seeing on my feeds.

simplifying

I went through each person/group that I had followed on both accounts and made a purposeful endeavor to get rid of the accounts that no longer interested me. I will admit that it does take some time. In going through some accounts, I found that they were no longer posting. That made it easy to unfollow them.

Once I had gone through both accounts, I had deleted over 200 people/groups that I had been following on each account. My feeds are now filled with what I want to see.

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Planning Out My Week in My Planner

Planning for the next week, in my planner, begins the week before. It’s daunting when you have an empty page staring up at you. This is how I get started.

The first thing that I determine is the colors that I will be using in my layout. I talked about that here. I decided to use yellow, green and blue for the week.

Future appointments are kept track of in my planner by using a sticky note. When I plan, I swap out the sticky note with a color coordinated sticker.

I also add a weekend sticker and smaller stickers for phone calls, emails, and deliveries that I am expecting.

I then add a hydrate sticker, for the week so that I can keep track of my water consumption. Other fun stickers are added to the pages that match the colors that I am using for the week.

I like to add a to-do sticker at the beginning of the week, and often add the same things to it such as cleaning and laundry. It makes me feel accomplished when I check the items off after they are completed.

The stickers that I use are part of the Happy Planner sticker packs or were purchased on Etsy.

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The Storage I Use For My Planner Items

 

With the new planners comes the new planner items to go with it. I try to be vigilant in what I purchase. I certainly do not need all of the things. So, what did I purchase and how do I store the items that I have?

The storage I would use for the items is always one of the first things that I think about when purchasing additional planner supplies. I was able to make this happen by using items that I already had and only had to purchase a few additional storage items.

Planner Storage

I store my planners in a clear file box that is within arm’s reach and contains them nicely.

The two, black books are photo albums that contain sheets of stickers. One is 8 1/2 x 10, and the other is 4 x 6. I can flip through them to find what I want.

sticker storage

Next to the file box with my planners, I have a card storage box that I use to store my stickers and other items for my planners.

I created sticker books with the Happy Planner stickers and large discs. Again, I can flip through them to find what I want to use. They fit perfectly, in the card holder, when I’m not using them.

The stickers that I have printed off and cut up are stored in a container that has adjustable compartments. It makes them neat and easy to access.

paper and card storage

In the card storage box, I also store the extra pocket folders and pocket pages for my mini Happy Planner and my classic Happy Planner.

Pocket pages cards are also stored in the card keeper, as well. With the dividers, I can keep things separate.

stamp storage

The Happy Planner website has rolling stamps that have different sayings. I purchased all three, and they are stored in a drawer along with the ink pads that I use with them.

The planner checklist stamp is stored in a Christmas card box with the stackable icon stamps. I found them on clearance at Michaels. The other piece in the box is a corner rounder punch.

More planner love will be coming your way this week.

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Friday Favorites – 1.13.17

Happy Friday! These are the items or ideas that I found interesting or inspiring during the week.

  1. I continue to work on my planners. Each week is a new opportunity to make my planners pretty. So much fun! I have saved some inspiration on my Pinterest board for the Happy Planner. Since these are my personal planners, I have removed some personal information from the pictures.


2. I saw several ideas for this online and added different sizes of sticky notes to my planner dashboard. This way, I don’t have to worry about needing them if I’m not at home to access my stash. I attached the sticky notes to the dashboard with double-sided tape and added my word of 2017 to the bottom.

3. I received a beautiful, floral arrangement just before Christmas. I didn’t have the heart to put the container away just yet. If you’ve read my blog for any period, you know my love for candles. I added a candle so I could enjoy it for a little while longer before I put it away until Christmas this year.

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Using the Big Happy Planner

 

The big Happy Planner was a Christmas gift and, I chose to use it as a memory planner to chronicle our year. This past year, I have spent more time journaling, and this planner allows for that to happen each day. Memory planning includes writing down things that I’ve done and reflections that I have.  I also include pictures relevant to that week. I look forward to working on it this year and looking over the memories that we have made.

Again, when planning, I use three colors for each layout like someone would while decorating a room in their home. I have done this in each of the layouts that I have done, in all of my planners,  with positive results.

**Since these are my personal planners, I removed some personal information from the pictures.**

 

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Using the Classic Happy Planner

The classic happy planner

The classic size Happy Planner is my main, go-to planner. I use it for planning out each day with everything that I need to keep track of. It also includes my to-do lists for each week.

There are three, vertical boxes, for each day, in the planner that  I chose to use this year. I use the top box for things that are happening that day, I use the middle box for things that I need to do, and the bottom box is used for additional items. In the pictures below, you will see that I implemented the bottom box for my word of the year, goals, and upcoming blog post plans.

You will also see that I have added embellishments to make my planner more visually appealing for me. I look at myself as a functional planner, but I have to admit that it’s fun to pretty it up.

**Since these are my personal planners, I have removed some personal information from the pictures.**

 

My 2017 Word for the year

I also wanted to showcase the word I chose, for 2017, in my planner. I adapted an idea that I saw on Instagram. In a word processing application, I added the word at the top in a script I liked. Underneath the word, I added the definition, a Bible verse that related to it, and pictures of my loved ones. I laminated it and added it to my planner. It will be a visual reminder each day.

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