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!




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?


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!