November Traditions memory planner, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!  I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday!  Today, I’m sharing a spread in my Memory Planner that I shared on the Hip Kit Club blog a few days ago.  Even though it’s a week in November, I created a Christmas spread.  Every year, we take our daughters to see Santa sometime in the week of Thanksgiving.  We do this for a few reasons: the girls have some days off from school, there is usually no line to see Santa, and we like to beat the December mall crowds.  I thought it would be fun to document the reason for our tradition, and to show pictures of each of my 3 girls’ first trip to see Santa.  (P.S. we went to see Santa this year on Tuesday, the 21st, and we were the only ones there!)

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I found myself using a lot of exclusive products from the November 2017 Main Kit, Embellishment Kit, Project Life Kit, and December Documented Kit.  There are lots of exclusive goodies in these kits!

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I started my spread by laying out the most important parts: the pictures, the title, and the journaling.  I backed the 3 pictures with pattern paper, and layed them out where I wanted them to go.  Then I worked on the title; I fussy cut “November” from one of the Project Life cards, and I love the exclusive gold alpha!  Next, I drew out a few lines, and added my journaling.

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Once all the important pieces were in place, I filled some of the empty spots with embellishments.  One of my favorite parts of the spread are the ornaments that I fussy cut from an exclusive 8×8 paper in the December Documented kit.  I added 3 ornaments on each side of the spread for balance.

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I finished off my spread with some machine stitching and gold ink splatters.

I absolutely love how this turned out!  I love having all the pictures of my girls’ first Santa visit on one spread.  (I love this story so much, that I may have to do a layout and/or document it in my December Documented album as well!)

I hope I have inspired you to get crafty!  I highly recommend you check out these kits if you haven’t yet!

Happy Tuesday!

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Memory Planner post, featuring Sweet Stamp Shop!

Hey guys!  I’m here with a Memory Planner post today!  My Ruby turned ONE recently, and I wanted to document her 12 month milestones in my planner.  She had a donut party, and some of Sweet Stamp Shop’s products are perfect for this planner spread!  I am using the Sweet Stamp Shop Baby Plans stamp set and my Happy Planner.

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First, I stamped out a bunch of images from the stamp set that I thought I might use, colored them using my Copic markers, and then fussy cut them.  (How perfect is that banner for Ruby’s name?!)

Here is my planner, all decorated:

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I used photos from her invitation photo session, and I also included a copy of her invitation.  Once I layed out where I wanted to place everything, I decided to do some masked stamping on her party day, Saturday the 21st.  I took some post-it notes, and masked off the other areas of the planer using the lines of the planner as my guide, and leaving the spot I want to stamp open.  I used the party hat and a small star repeatedly in the space with pink ink.  (I also used the small party word that’s from an old Sweet Stamp Shop planner stamp set.)

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The best part of masked stamping is pulling off the masking (post-it notes in this case).

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Next, I added the “months old” and “year old” stamps from the Baby Plans stamp set.  I also added some washi tape; I used the number candles from the Celebrate set and donut washi from an older Sweet Stamp Shop set.

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Next, I added the photos.  I also printed out the “Donut Worry,” which is actually meant to be an iPhone wall paper, and is a free download you can find on the Design + Happiness blog here.  I also glued the invite to a piece of pattern paper, and attached it to the planner page.

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To finish off my planner, I added in the stamped images from the Baby Plans set, a few stickers from my stash, and did a little journaling about her milestones.

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I love the little label with a baby face on it.  It’s perfect to write in a birthday time or an appointment time.  I stamped the Happy birthday sentiment from the Happy Birthday stamp set above the invite.  I also stamped and colored the Unicorn Donut…perfect for her donut party!

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That’s it!  I hope you liked my planner spread!  I want to use the Baby Plans stamp set in a mini album.  I took monthly photos of my baby girl, and this stamp set would be great for a mini album of those photos!

I hope I inspired you to get crafty!  Have an awesome day!

Happy Thursday!

 

September Memory Planning, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!  I’m so happy to be sharing my first Hip Kit Club project with you!  Today, I’ve got a Memory Planner spread using pieces from the September 2017 Main kit, the September 2017 Embellishment kit, and the September 2017 Project Life kit.  This kit is jam packed with Paige Evan’s new collection Turn the Page, and I couldn’t be happier!

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(my hand model is cute little Ellie!)

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I have always been a pen & paper girl.  I don’t use the calendar on my iphone, I use a paper planner, and this planner houses my life!  Ha!  Even though I love decorative spreads, my planners have to work for me.  The weekly spreads are not pretty by any means; it is filled with penciled in school activities for my girls, practices, reminders, scratched off to do lists, bills to pay, etc.  The monthly spreads always sat empty, so I decided that would be where I could get creative.

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I am loving everything about this month’s kit!  The colors, the exclusive alpha, and the Paige Evans Turn the Page collection!  If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend that you do!  Stop by the Hip Kit Club shop for more goodies…you don’t want to miss out on the color kit either!

If you want more info on how I put this project together, you can read my post from this past Saturday on the Hip Kit blog here.

Are you a planner?  I hope you liked my Memory Planner spread, and I hope I’ve inspired you to get crafty!

Happy Monday friends!

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April planner spread featuring Scrapbook Circle

Hey there!

Today, I have my April planner spread on the Scrapbook Circle blog featuring the March Happy Place kit and the March Good Stuff Add-on.  I am using The Happy Planner by Mambi.  What’s your favorite planner?

April is a super busy month for us.  Our older daughter’s and my husband’s birthdays are in April.  How about you?  What do you have planned in April?

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Happy Thursday!

planning, planners, and a little DIY

I am jumping on the fancy planner band wagon!  I am and always have been someone who has to have a physical calendar and someone who has to write things down.  In college, I tried going digital and bought a fancy PDA.  I never used it and eventually gave it to my boyfriend (who is now my husband).  I don’t use my phone or computer’s calendar system.  Currently, I use a small spiral planner, and I end up having post-it notes and several notebooks everywhere.  I am on the hunt for a better planner.  I have seen several companies with planners great for busy moms.

Here is the planner I’m using now.  I got it at target and it’s by the brand sugar paper.  It’s a cute little planer, but I would like more writing room, a place for notes and to-do lists.  It would also be nice to have a section for my photography notes.

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In the meantime, I’ve seen many beautifully decorated planners on instagram, and I wanted to fancify my planner as well (as if I needed another paper hobby, lol!)

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Those tiny rectangle label stickers are some that I DIYed.  I wanted to color coordinate certain things, so that it would pop against the page.  Here’s what I did:

You will need label stickers.  I got mine at office max.  (I couldn’t find any this small at Target or Wal-Mart.)  You can color in the labels with what ever you have on hand…markers, color pencils or crayon, paint…  Make sure your labels are fully dry, and then you can write on them.

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I used 3 different mediums to color my labels.

1.  Scrapbooking mist.  I used the Heidi Swapp color shines because I like that they have some glitter in them.  Shake your mist well, then pour a couple drops into a dish.  I wanted more of a sheer wash of color, so I added water to the mist.  Then use a paint brush and paint your labels.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!

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2.  Markers.  I just used my daughter’s crayola markers, and they turned out great!  I wasn’t sure I liked the streakiness of the markers (like the row of bright pink in the photo), but when the labels dried, it evened right out!

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3.  Water color paint.  I love the look of water colors.  So easy!  You can control how bold you want the colors to be just by adding more water!  These are $1 store water colors!

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I’ve also placed a few planner sticker orders on etsy.  Once they come it, and I decide on a planner, I will keep you posted!  Let me know what planners, stickers, and accessories are your planning must-haves!  I would love to know!

Happy planning and happy Wednesday!