The days when I just used to scribble appointments in an A5 week to a view diary are long gone. Since I discovered the planning community in 2017 I’ve never looked back. I never used to keep a diary going for more than a few months because it looked dull and uninspiring. Having learned that there was a huge variety of planners available to suit different styles plus decorative and functional stickers to use with them, I dived right in!
Can you remember the presents you got when you were 5 or 8, or even last year or can you remember the activities you did as a family?
Board games around the table, making hot chocolate and adding all the toppings you want or even making gingerbread people and houses. This is the focus we have in our house and I always use my planner to put down the must do's for the season.
The current pandemic has sadly put a limit on what we will be doing this year, but I still want to make it as magical as possible.
Using the EllieBethChristmas bucket list stickersmakes planning these activities easier. I will get my two children to join in with our Christmas planning making sure there is something for everyone.
Let’s tackle the elephant in the room. We’re all dealing with events that we never imagined would occur in our lifetime. Plans we had are cancelled or postponed, we can’t really make many new plans and the whole world is worried about an invisible threat. How can even consider sticking pretty stickers in our planners at this time? Well, I think this is the ideal time to brighten up every day with a sticker or two and I’m going to give you a few ideas about how you can use your planner when you might feel you don’t have much to plan for.
With Spring finally here and the beautiful sight of the snowdrops, tulips and daffodils popping up every where, it reminds me that Spring is a chance for new beginnings, fresh starts and an opportunity to try new things. This spring is definitely one that we will remember for years to come and routines will change however that’s no reason to damper your spring spirits!
We’ve all done it, right? We’ve all decided that every day/week/month for the next week/month/year, we’re going to [insert goal/intention/resolution]. If you’re anything like me, you’ve also failed at doing whatever it was you said you’d do as frequently as you said you’d do it. Failed … ugh … I hate that word! Let’s get rid of it. Let’s remove it from our vocabulary, at least when talking about ourselves and our objectives.
Have you ever looked at planners decorated with paint and thought how great they looked but been put off trying to decorate your own planner for fear of it looking wrong? Don’t be afraid to experiment and add a bit of colour to your planner. If it doesn’t work the way you wanted it to there’s always a sticker to cover it. There IS no right or wrong when you're being creative and your planner reflects your own style.
Here's a look at how I watercolour my Hobonichi weeks.
This week as a Design Team we are sharing our planner spaces with you - from nomad planning to dedicated spaces we all have a different set-up and it works for each of us. I think most of us dream of a planner room where we can set up our planner systems and work in an area that inspires us and feeds creative thought but in reality a space that works and makes us productive is what we make the best of. Follow our highlighted links for Instagram and YouTube to learn more about us, including new member Tracy Macheta and returning DT member Katie Teage.