Peace & Love Everyone! I hope you had a great week.
I’ve pretty much taken it easy this week. I’ve been crafting mostly and resting at home. I was tired this week, so I mostly went to bed early.
Gladly, I had the chance to plan with my planner besties this weekend. That was an excellent opportunity to catch up and plan.
This will be the third year that I will be diligently planning, and I love the world that I’ve become a part of because of it. Who knew? I mean, when I started looking on Pinterest and youTube, I had no idea the rabbit hole was so deep. Planning is a world unto itself. A vast universe, and I love discovering what it’s all about.
So let me start by saying I am a teacher by trade. I’ve been one for two decades. Damn, feel so dated now that I typed that.
Anyway, as I continued to teach, and the world of education changed and turned on its head, I needed a better way to track my homeworld and work. So about three years ago, I wanted to be more organized. I love writing, but between teaching and being a mom, I wasn’t finding much time for it. We’re not even talking about caring for myself. Something that women running single-parent households tend not to do regularly.
I had tried planning several years back but found the book I was using huge and restrictive. I had nowhere to track my home life and activities; it was just for scheduling. I gave up halfway through the year. To say I gave up maybe the wrong word. That would mean that I thought about it and stopped. That’s not really what happened. I just stopped writing in it. Would you believe I still have it?
That wasn’t helpful at all. Another year pretty unorganized and writing haphazardly. I was not happy with it at all. So a couple of years after my pretty planner, I tried again with a journal. I purchased a journal from Michaels and began to draw and experiment with planning. If you’ve read my earlier post, you may know this. You may have even perused the images I posted. If you haven’t, I’ll leave the link right here.
So two years after I tried bullet journaling, I’ve experimented with Hobonichis and Print Pressions weeks. Now I’m back in rings. I hadn’t used rings since I was in high school. But my a5 rings is the size of the binder I used for high school, so I’m very comfortable with it. I love being able to change the pages around. Don’t think that means I’ve given up my TN. I absolutely have not. I’m just not using it right now. I will find a place for it. At this moment it’s for my writing, and I haven’t written much lately. I’ve mostly been on my laptop.
After being in the planner world for a little over a year, I started looking at IG. I found a world I didn’t know existed. And like many others down the rabbit hole, I went. There were so many designs and stickers to chose from; I was in ahh. I didn’t know where to start. Then about a year and a half, I got the crazy idea to open a shop. I didn’t have any experience at all. I just wanted to contribute to the community so that girls who plan like me had more options. I love stickers, and there are a ton of them, but I don’t seem to use all of mine. One sticker set with a little washi can last me at least two weeks of planning. Sounds great, but it also leaves me with a lot of unused kits. As you may guess, my shop doesn’t have stickers. I started designing printables, but that didn’t seem to get any attention. There are so many digital shops out there that were more popular. Then I ran with an idea from my bullet journal. Whether people purchase them or not, I absolutely love them.
I began creating petal designs and using them for bookmarks. You just slid them over the corner of your page. I love them. I use them everywhere I need to mark a page, I can never have enough. I even use them at work in my planner. Yes, I have a work planner. It’s happy plannersque. I just couldn’t use the pages sold in the stores. I had to make my own but I do love their stickers and use them in all planners.
This blog was supposed to be a short post, so let me see if I can wrap it up. I’m still creating planner pages. My shop has bookmarks, page markers for Hobonichi Weeks, or Print Pressions weeks right now. I am still working on posting the page markers for other sizes, but they’re coming. My custom TN folders are available. Take a look through and see what papers you like for your planner. I’m excited about my new pencil boards. It was an accident, but writing on one of my petal dashboards worked well, and presto you have something pretty that doubles as a divider or dashboard as well as a pencil board. I love drawing it’s calming for me and making beautiful things for my planner, what could be more perfect. This week I started working on digitals for Valentine’s day.
Well, I think I’ve said enough. I’ll be back next week with chapter 6 of ‘Loving Autumn.’
Until next week…..
Peace and Love.