Welcome to the first post in the Traditional Holiday Blog Series here at Createyou86. I am so excited about this series. Winter is such a wonderous time of the year, and with the holidays there is always more joy in the air. This series will be some traditional posts like previous years from Createyou86, and ther will also be some non-traditional items, and posts that you might not expect to see.
This first post is all about my winter favorites for this year. I have said in other seasonal posts that these types of posts are some of my favorite. I love figuring out things that i am loving at any moment because i am not really a journaler, and it gives me time to reflect on the season, and moment. Some of my favorites this winter include:
I know that i mentioned this last year, but hoodies, and my love for hoodies never ever goes out of style. Who doesn't love throwing on a comfy hoodie, and watching some Netflix, or binge watching some YouTube planner videos?
Candles are amazing. When i say amazing i mean that they are everywhere in our house. Weather they are being used for a romantic dinner, or you are relaxing in the jacuzzi candles can always bring the scent of the season, and relaxation to the home.
Hot Chocolate is one of my favorite holiday, and winter drinks. One of my favorite Keurig k-cups is the Starbucks Hot Chocolate. It has just the right amount of chocolate, and never comes out watery. You can always add some marshmallows for a little extra pizazz.
New Planner Goodies
This is pretty obvious for Createyou86. I am very obviously obsessed with planners, and planner goodies (there will be a post coming up). I love getting ready for the new year in all of my planners, and finding new goodies around the holidays!
Here in Pennsylvania the first (big) snow is normally beautiful. The first snow is when everything is completely covered for the first time with snow, and hasnt become brown, melty, and dirty from salt, and melting snow. It is the best to make snow angels in, and beautiful to look at, and take photos of .
Tradition runs strong in our family, and we love to create our own traditions. This year we started a new tradition where we created our own ornaments. We used metalic pop-poms, and matching glitter to create our own ornaments (you just put as many pom-poms in the top of the ornament that you want, and add some similar colored glitter into the ball as well, and voila! your done. There are a ton of other family traditions that i will be carrying on, and I have even purchased a holiday recipe binder from Hobby Lobby to pass down traditional family holiday recipes. You can watch that haul, and flipthrough HERE.
I hope that you have enjoyed this post, and that you are as excited about the holiday season as we are here at Createyou86! This series will be all month long in December so keep coming back for more!
Let me know in the comments below do you have all of your holiday shopping done? (I'm almost done!)
Welcome to the second post in the Createyou86 Cool Winter Blog Series. We are now a couple of weeks into January, and the new year is finally setting in. For me 2016 was full. It was full of change, and new adventures, and i wanted to share my year with all of you.
I hope that your 2016 was awesome, and that you take a minute to recap your year for yourself. I find this a great way to reflect, easily!
Recap in the comments below your 2016 in one (1) sentence!
Welcome to the first post in the June Planner Choices Blog Series here at Createyou86. My posts have been a little sparse, and that is because i am just finishing up school classes for my CDA (Child Development Associate). I have been working on it since November 2016, and it has been taking up a lot of time, but i am excited to keep blogging through it. This series conveniently (or maybe not?...) will be all about planner choices. The choices that we make relating to planning can make or break a planning system for us. It can also make or break us when it comes to being consistent in our planning routines, and planning in general. This first post is about distractions in planning. Do you ever find yourself planning, and all of a sudden............................SQUIRREL? I do! So i wanted to let you know some of my top distractions when it comes to planning anything. Keep reading to find out.
Having classical music playing in the background at lectures or while studying create a heightened emotional state that makes you absorb information better. (2014)
4. Having planning related items on my desk while planning such as my box of stickers, or other planners can be very distracting. I need only the planner that i specifically need to work with, or my brain will wander to the other planner which has no significance, or start to think......"OHHHH stickers!"
5. The last thing that causes me distraction is Television. If i am planning i can't even be in the same room as a television. I am also one of those people who when i sleep need to be in complete darkness, not be touched, and have a decent amount of blanket. I watch more Youtube than Television, but if i decide to sit downstairs instead of in my office i can't be near the Television!
I hope that you have enjoyed the first post of this series!
Let me know in the comments below WERE YOU DISTRACTED BY THE LINKS IN THIS POST? WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PLANNING DISTRACTION?
Studying for finals? Let classical music help. (2014). News.usc.edu. Retrieved 4 June 2017, from https://news.usc.edu/71969/studying-for-finals-let-classical-music-help/
Welcome to the third post in the Createyou86 Cool Winter Blog Series. This post is going to be my official planner face off. I am going to discuss one of each of the planners that i own, and what they are used for. I may even throw in some tidbits about each product that i like or dislike. If you are looking for a new planner, or are a first time planner this post will be perfect for you. The first planner that i want to discuss is the Passion Planner.
I am using my Passion Planner as a business planner. This planner is where i am keeping all of my business ideas, and business planning. I am taking lots of notes, and this planner is really great if you are a time based planner. The next planner i use is the Recollections Spiral Planner.
I found this Recollections spiral GOALS planner at Michael's in late 2016. I love the horizantal setup of it, and i am using it for school to keep track of assignments, and schedules. There is plenty of room, and it even includes several goal planning pages, a zipper pocket in the back along with several hundred stickers including monthly tabs. *I am not a fan of the monthly tab stickers because they have unattached themselves several times from my planner, but the other stickers that you actually place in the planner are great. I would highly recommend this planner if you are a student. The next planner to discuss is the Filofax.
I am a Filofax user through, and through. I own several Filofax's in different sizes. Finding Filofax posts on Instagram was how i got into the planning community. I love the Filofax for its ringed system, durability, quality, price range, customer service, and the different styles. I used this Personal Gold Special Edition Saffiano for the entire year of 2016 for my personal planning, and i loved it. I would recommend trying a Domino style Filofax if you are just starting out, and then to maybe move to the more expensive/different styles that you may spend a little bit more money on if you find that you really love the ringed planner style. The next type of planner that i use is the fauxdori.
For quite a while the Travelers Notebook brand was the only type of travelers notebook around. Then people realized that these planners were basically a piece of leather, or vegan leather with elastics inserted. This specific planner is the Michael's Bohemian Recollections Fauxdori (Faux meaning non-leather product) from 2016. This planner is booklet based, and was super affordable ($7.99.) There are no rings, you just insert the notebooks onto the elastics. This specific one has been restrung by me to have it so that the book is held completely together. However it did come with a loose leather type string around it. You can find these all over the place on Etsy. Some of my favorites are Buteo Bunker, and Poppy & Hide for real leather. The final planner that i would like to discuss is the Recollections Creative Year Binder.
If you are new to the planning community Michael's is your best friend. They have an inexpensive alternative to owning a Filofax right away if you are leery of the price point called the Recollections Creative Year Binder. These start at $20.00 for personal size, and $30.00 for A5 size. With the frequent %40-%50 OFF coupons that are provided by Michael's this makes them more than affordable. They also have a ton of planner supplies to go with them. I own several of these including the rose gold color you see in the photo.
I hope that you have been enjoying this Cool Winter blog series, and that this post provided you with some insight into which planner you might pick from this year, and going forward. There are plenty other planners out there, and these are just my personal favorite so far. All of these planners fall in the $7.00-$30.00 price range, and even less after coupons (which are always your friend when shopping at Michael's!) Stay tuned for more from this blog series.
Let me know in the comments below WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLANNER BRAND AND WHY? or WHAT IS ONE THING ABOUT PLANNING THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT?
Welcome to another book review here at Createyou86. You may recall that i did a post about another book from this series earlier in the year, and you can check that post out HERE. This book is a part of an original children's series that presents real life heroes like never before. The series highlights five superhero women of the Bible: Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth, and Deborah.
This series is setting out to present women in the Bible in a way that has never been done before. The goal is to have children weather boy or girl, connect with these great women, and find out what being truly beautiful is all about. Another point of this series is to encourage children to remember the names of these great women, their stories, and how special they are. These books are beautiful, and are great for bedtime reading, or even if your child needs to do required nightly reading for school. The writing in the book is large, and very easy to read.
As a child i was pretty timid. I was the child that was seen, and not heard. I wish that i had a book like this when i was younger because i might be more outgoing today knowing that there were other great women in history that i could look up to.
Let me know in the comments below what woman of the Bible you look up to the most?
Welcome to the third post in the November Edition Blog Series here at Createyou86. I just wanted to pop onto the blog, and let everyone know why i'm not further along in the series when i said earlier that i had up to next year already planned out. All of the above is true, except what changed is that I WENT BACK TO SCHOOL!
In the first week of November i enrolled in the CDA (Child Development Associate) program through my day job. This program is three, eleven week college classes with two week breaks in between. I had heard from everyone that has taken the classes that they are so easy, and that they are just "common sense." While this is true it is also A TON of work (which no one seemed to mention.) I have about four assignments per week so far. This week includes a 1-2 page paper, a discussion question (3 paragraphs), 2 responses to other peoples discussion answers (another couple of paragraphs), and an hour long live classroom session, and more questions to answer). Even with everything planned out (in my new Recollections Creative Life Planner) it is still a ton of work!
This past week i also bought a new desk because i couldn't find anywhere to sit comfortably, and quietly to do homework. One night last week i was sitting in the kitchen doing school work, and my mom was chatting with me, and before i knew it i was on Pinterest checking out Christmas presents to get my sister. I knew i needed my own space to do work, and not be completely distracted. I purchased the desk from The Christmas Tree Shop, and assembled it in an hour.
The shelves are upside down, but I am completely okay with that. If i took the time to flip them over it would have been eight extra screws to unscrew, and re-screw. With this schedule i am literally doing school work most of the week, and i am hoping that the schedule will lighten up as the semester goes on. Here are part of my second week notes for you to check out.
Another awesome side note would be that i had to purchase another laptop (even though i bought a brand new one about 2 months ago) because the live sessions for this class are not supported by chrome. Imagine how upset i was when i found that out. Based on that alone, if i had known that before the classes started i never would have taken the classes.
Thank you for sticking with me through this transition, and look forward to a few posts this week as we get ready for Thanksgiving (I have four days off to knock some blog posts out of the park!) Wishing you, and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!
Let me know in the comments below what is your favorite food/foods to eat at Thanksgiving dinner? (Mine are turkey, and stuffing!)
Welcome to the fourth post of the November Edition Blog Series here are Createyou86. I have been pretty busy this November, but i still wanted to get my November divider flip-through out to all of you. Attached is the YouTube video for you to check out! I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving if you are in the US, and be sure to check out my upcoming December Blog Series as well.
Let me know in the comments below Do you use the same dividers year round?
Welcome to another product review here at Createyou86. This book was provided to me free of charge from Flyby Promotions in exchange for an honest review. I only review products that i absolutely love, and as a lead teacher of a one year old classroom i can honestly tell you that this product is awesome. Even though I cannot use this product in my classroom i will definitely be keeping it for my future little one (fingers crossed!) Say & Pray Devotions by Diane Stortz teaches the basics of identification, and comprehension while sharing biblical principles for life. Each devotion offers a topical message to help little ones learn, and follow biblical principles. All pages are labeled so that little ones can easily identify everyday objects, and this book would even be perfect for bedtime reading. If you don't happen to be religious you can focus on the photos, and if you are religious you can focus on both the devotions, and the photos. Below is an actual photo from inside the book.
Say & Pray Devotions is available for purchase on their website , and you can find out more about the book itself via Instagram.
Let me know in the comments below do you have a favorite devotional?
Welcome to the second post in the Createyou86 November Edition Blog Series. People are always looking for hacks, and shortcuts to use to stay organized, and take less time to plan their weeks, or months out. In this post i am going to share three planning hacks that i use EVERY WEEK to stay ahead of the game in my own planners.
1. Sticker Selection
Keep the stickers that you use every week handy (I keep mine in a sticker box with tabs labeled "Weekly" which i know i use every single week regardless of the theme) If you use this hack you can simply grab the stickers that you use every week such as: trash, cat litter, laundry, cleaning, bills, work schedule, hydrate etc. without worrying about all of the other stickers that you have such as labels, holidays, and seasons.
I use black pen EVERY WEEK. This is because it is bold, and stands out over the colored washi, and stickers that i might use to decorate my week on two pages spread. Make sure that you are using a pen, or pencil that you can read (they say that you will more easily remember things that are written in blue ink, than black ink.) Maybe i should try a blue Papermate Inkjoy instead of black? Whatever your preference, you should be able to clearly see your tasks written down so you can quickly glance at your planner, and not have to search for where you have written items in your planner.
#3 Check Yourself
At the end of every week make sure to check that your planner is REALLY working for you. This may be as simple as checking how many of your tasks were completed during the week, and it maybe as complex as creating weekly goals aside from your normal planning. If your planner isn't working, or you aren't achieving your weekly tasks something probably has to change. Don't be afraid to change planners, or update your planner so that it is always working its hardest for you, and your aren't working your hardest to make it work.
I hope that you have enjoyed these three simple planning hacks that i use each, and every week in my planners, and that you are as excited about this series as i am.
Let me know in the comments below what is your favorite planner hack?
Welcome to the first post in the Createyou86 November Edition Blog Series. This series will be all about my planners, tips, tricks, and favorites that you might find useful for your planners. Last month was all about fall, and this months posts will feature some special posts centered around the start of the holidays here in the US, including a planner face off. I always get questions about specific planners so i will be showing some of my oldest planners, and ones that i have just invested in. You can also check out some of those planners right now (if you are the impatient type!) by visiting my YouTube Channel HERE. I hope that you are excited about this series. I know i am excited to share all of the new content that i have created with you!
Let me know in the comments below what is the best part about November?
Welcome to the second post in the Createyou86 Hello October blog series. This post, and some others from this series are going to be repeats year after year (just updated) because i love these types of posts!
Fall is my favorite time of year, and i would love to share with all of you my mood board in hopes that it might help inspire you in this beautiful season. The inspiration for this post comes from my love of the leaves changing colors, to pumpkins on front porches, and big snuggly sweaters. I hope that you all enjoy this post as much as i enjoy making it each year!
*Just a reminder: I do not own any of these photos, and you can click on each photo to visit where they were taken from.
I hope that you have enjoyed my 2016 Fall Mood Board, and that you will come back to see the rest of this series.
Let me know in the comments below what is your favorite fall color?
Welcome to the fourth post in the Createyou86 Hello October Blog Series. Today in the Northeast it was 82 degrees! That is right...82 degrees in mid October. In the Northeast we call this an Indian Summer, and it just makes me want full-blown fall even more (I am super impatient about fall coming as it is, and this makes it even worse!) Here is my list of 2016 fall favorites. Many of these will be the same from last year, but i have also added a few items as well. I hope that your fall has been beautiful so far.
I have probably said this a thousand times, but i absolutely love the changing of the leaves in Northeast, PA. The colors are rich, vibrant, and almost every morning when i leave for work there is a fog that floats just above the ground that pulls the whole picture together.
While we were living in California we helped our local church celebrate Halloween (Trunk-or-Treat). We also tried to celebrate Halloween in our own way with fall decor. Some years i just pick up little decorations from the Dollar Tree such as LED pumpkins, but every year we drink hot chocolate (even when it was 85 degrees on Halloween night). I am hoping that the weather takes a dip soon so that fall can feel like fall, and maybe we can even go to a bonfire.
For many years when i was little i absolutely couldn't stand when it got colder out because i had to wear sweaters (not the soft cuddly kind either) the wool, horribly itchy kind. When i was younger sweaters, sweatshirts, and anything other than a t-shirt made me feel horribly confined, but these days (twenty years later) i absolutely LOVE fall clothing. I love the style of clothing (big hoodies, soft sweaters, jeans, tall boots, and Uggs.) I also love curling up on the couch in a super comfy fall outfit, and drinking an adult beverage.
One of our favorite things to do this football season has been to go to the bar, and have half price appetizers during NFL games on Sunday's. This gets us out of the house, and hanging out together (most times for under $15.00) James' favorite NFL team is the Green Bay Packers, and my favorite team is The New York Giants.
The foods of fall are just amazing! From pie (which smells amazing, but i don't personally like to eat), to turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, and sweet potatoes. These happen to be a few of my favorite foods, and leftovers are even better!
Scents of The Season
I love candles, and....Fabreeze all year long, but i especially love the scents that are released during fall. In the fall i love anything pumpkin / pumpkin spice flavored, and right now Fabreeze has special pumpkin, and cranberry scents. On a recent Target run i saw a blanket scented candle, and a few other seasonal scents.
Fall truly is my favorite time of year, and i hope that i have been able to bring some festive feelings your way with this post, and this series so far.
Let me know in the comments below what is one of your fall favorites?
Welcome to the fifth post in the Createyou86 Hello October Blog Series. While perusing the internet lately looking for content ideas i hadn't seen any of these types of posts, and in the spirit of fall i thought i would lay it all on the line (so far) to let you all know about my best blogging day, and my worst. I hate dwelling on the past, but sometimes you need to in order to learn from what mistakes you made in the beginning.
My best blogging day was just this past week when i was stressing out about my November Blog Series, and i finally had an epiphany about where to find blog post inspiration (i'll be doing a post about that soon.) After my epiphany i was able to pre-plan THROUGH FEBRUARY! When i finally wrote everything down i was amazed at how many ideas i had, and how easy it was to create them. Below is a photo of my blog planner, through February. As you can see there is a ton of new blog content that will be coming out in the next couple of months here at Createyou86.
My worst blogging day started with an influencer company (who will remain nameless), and the Younique brand. I had requested to receive Younique 3D Moodstruck Fiberlash Mascara (for free), and in turn i would write an honest review about the product, and post it here on the Createyou86 blog. For this specific company you had to submit your blog posts back to each brand before they would send you a code to include in your post which would track views. I did everything that was required of me, and i turned in my post. My post had both positives of the product, and negatives included. As a product reviewer you are required to give an honest opinion. The response that i received from the Younique Brand Manager (the person who was collecting social media/blog posts) was appalling. The man basically asked that i take ALL negative comments about the products out of the post, and resubmit the post for approval. I contacted the influencer company, and asked about weather i should do what the representative had asked. The company told me that it was up to me if i wanted to make the revisions, and that i would not be penalized at all for backing out of the official product review. I did however post the review HERE I had already used the product, reviewed it, and done all of the work on the blog post, and i wasn't about to let it go to waste.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and i hope that you have been enjoying this series so far. The next couple of months are going to be great so i hope you come back!
Let me know in the comments below what was your best blogging day?
Welcome to the third post in the Createyou86 Hello October Blog Series. Here in the Northeast the leaves are finally starting to change, the nighttime chill is in the air, and we even had our first frost earlier this week. With all of the change happening with the season i thought that this would be a great time to discuss five great organizational tips that I use for planning all of the time no matter what the season is, and hopefully you will find useful as well.
1. Try A System for About 10 Weeks
Most people think that it takes about 21 days to form a habit, and when trying a new system for planning it can be a long, and arduous process especially if immediately after purchasing a planner or planner system you aren't IN LOVE with it. I find this extremely hard to do, but i always try to stick with it because i know that in the end i could end up loving the syatem or planner itself. However, the 21 day theory has become outdated, and the new magic number is 66. Yes, the number is even larger now to create a habit (sorry for all of you 21 Day Fixers!) You can find out more information about forming personal habits (the good ones) HERE, or just google it, and this link is the first page that pops up.
2. Plan How You Would Plan (Not How Someone Else Would)
I am guilty! That's right....I have modeled my planner off of other people's planners, especially when i first started planning, and guess what? Those setups didn't work. Using other peoples ideas, and setups didn't work because i am not them. My life is different than your life is, and your life is different than mine. By no means am i saying not to borrow ideas, but make sure that they fit your lifestyle, and planning style in order to optimize your planning experience.
If you do not have a planning system yet do not be scared to try different systems. There are so many systems available which might fit your style, and you might even decide that you need a few different planners for different reasons. Just to name a few: Filofax, Erin Condren, Plum Paper Planner, Travelers Notebooks, MAMBI 365 Happy Planner, Sugar Paper LA, Big Sky, A Dollar Tree planner, Day Designer, and The Passion Planner. This may seem overwhelming, but you will learn from trying, and making mistakes.
4. Let Your Planner Do The Work
Planners are just that....planners, let them do the work for you. Planners are a place that you can write everything down, and get it out of your head so that you can move on. Move on to something that you have been meaning to do for a long time, or move on to another planning adventure. It is so easy in the planner community to get caught up in the hype of decorating with washi tape, stickers, and embellishments that the planning can get lost. Focus on what planning is to you.
5. Have A Daily Plan
So you finally picked a planner, and a system, and that is great, but make sure that your planner IS your daily plan. Planners are only useful if they are used, and keeping your planner close to you or with you on the go, or somewhere that you will see it throughout the day such as your desk is the easiest way to make sure of this. The more you use your planner, the more it becomes yours, and your planning system will become defined.
We hope that you have enjoyed these Createyou86 planning organizational tips, and that you find the system that is right for you.
Let me know in the comments below what planning system do you use?
Welcome to another product review here at Createyou86. This product is available in paperback, is available for boys, and girls, and is recommended for children betweenthe ages of 4-7. I chose the girl version because....i'm a girl, and i can look at it from a female perspective.
This product is the latest daily devotional from the brand VeggieTales. The updated content, and art offer the perfect opportunity for parents and children to share time together each day with short passages of prayer. Each entry in the book provides a Bible verse, short devotion. Thought of the Day, and prayer. The content of the book will help children learn more about God, and develop a daily practice to keep Him close in their lives.
I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book, and the fact that the Thoughts of the Day are specific questions that the child can take time to think about, and relate to themselves, or things that may have happened in their life or throughout their day. You could even read with your child in the morning for a fresh start each day of the year.
This book can be purchased on Amazon for $9.99 USD
Click HERE for the girl version
Click HERE for the boy version
We hope that you enjoyed this product review. We have quite a few more coming up very soon.
Let us know in the comments below if you have a favorite VeggieTales product?
Welcome to the first post in the Createyou86 Hello October Blog Series. This series will be all about my favorite season here at Createyou86.....FALL! Fall is such a beautiful time of year. Fall is a time of change, color, and getting ready for the upcoming holidays. The posts in this series will range from things that i love about fall, to organization tips, and tricks, and much more. You will get a closer glimpse into my life as a blogger, and why i haven't done certain things in the planner world. I know this post is short, and sweet, but I hope that you are all as excited about this blog series as i am.
Let us know in the comments below what is your favorite season?
Welcome to the fifth post in the Createyou86 September Studies Blog Series. It is hard to believe that September 25, 2014 I started this blog, and i was sitting on a twin size bed in California just browsing the planning community, and hoping that i would be able to join, and make it.....whatever that meant. I knew that i wanted a Filofax, and then I knew that i wanted to be a blogger, and everything kind of clicked. I never considered all of the work that goes into blogging, or where i wanted to be in two years, but seeing where i am (in Pennsylvania still sitting on a bed, but it is queen sized) now i know i want it to get better.....BIGGER and BETTER! I have new blog series' on the way, as well as new YouTube videos which i hope everyone will enjoy. Last year we did some case studies, and I would definitely like to continue those (they take a few months to get together, we might ask for your participation in answering questions, and they are more wordy than other posts here, but i think overall they are a great addition to the blog.)
I want to thank everyone who has supported this blog, or any of our social media channels. My favorite is Instagram because i can post photos, and interact with other users with my same interests in planning, and organization.
Today I decided that I wanted to try a photo shoot so i asked the other half of Createyou86 (James) to help me out, and see what would come of it in some of my favorite fall clothes. I am also creating this post while i listen to Ella Henderson's "Ghost", because it was one of my favorite songs two years ago.
All photos were taken by Createyou86.
Thank you for sticking around for two years with us! I had so much fun doing this mini photo shoot with James. We can't believe it has been that long, and we can't wait for many more Blogiversary's thank you for spending ours with us!
Let us know in the comments below how have you changed in the past two years? OR What would you like to see from us going forward?
Welcome to the fourth post of the Createyou86 September Studies Blog Series. This post will be a little different in that it won’t be a long, and rambly. I would simply like to share some of my handwriting styles with all of you. This post will contain photos of notes taken by hand by me from some of my college classes.
I have found over the years that i have MANY different types of writing. This stems from being taught how to write (how my sister taught me) not how they taught us in school, when my hand gets tired, or starts to get writers cramp, when i’m not feeling good, lazy, or am just plain not in the mood to write. All photos taken by Createyou86.
There are so many different reasons that handwriting changes, and mine is no exception. In the planning community beautiful handwriting is like a beautiful handbag! (or anything else beautiful that you would love for your planner.) It is coveted, and wanted by many.
Let us know in the comments below what some reasons are that YOUR handwriting changes? or How you like your own handwriting!
Welcome to the third post in the Createyou86 September Studies Blog Series. This post may seem trivial, but i can promise you that I am guilty, and for most planners it is a pretty. serious. discussion.
Let’s start at the beginning, two years ago when i started planning, many of the posts about owning a Filofax were about how terrible the paper quality was, and what pen you should buy so that you can avoid bleed through, or shadowing. At this point there was “pretty planning”, but it wasn’t as prevalent as it is today. When i received my first Filofax I was overjoyed, I could now be apart of an exclusive community that nobody else (in my family or locally) knew about, or cared to know about (that i was aware of anyway.) That first Filofax was a red Personal Domino, and it came with a red Papermate Inkjoy (that pen is still working 2 years, and 3 months later) which i had never to my knowledge tried using before. I loved it! I loved how smoothly it glided across the page (with no skipping at all). At this point i knew nothing about pens, and had no idea what skipping was. I loved how vibrant the color was, but soon things changed.
Some time into my new Filofax addiction (let's just call it what it really is!) I began to explore other options. I went this route because red was starting to get old, and i felt like i couldn't see my planning as well as i might with a different color. PaperMate has so many different types of pens, and colors, and tip sizes that i was starting to become overwhelmed when i went to Target, or The Dollar Tree (at this point i have an entire pencase full of different colored pens even specifically from PaperMate because i did a product review, and pen test for them.) After testing, and reviewing their product i decided that i still LOVED the product, but i didn’t need color except for special occasions.
I decided that i would stick with black pen only….
I am also that person that went to Target to buy the PaperMate Inkjoy 18 COLOR pen set….
Now let's be clear. I AM using colored pens in planners other than my daily planning, but i don’t use them often enough that i will be running out of that eighteen set pack ANYTIME soon. You can check out several of the planners that I use in my previous post (Rigid Planning), and below are a couple of my most recent layouts.
Let us know in the comments below if you use colored pens/pencils for your planning, or black pen!
Welcome to the second post in the September Studies Blog Series here at Createyou86. While many of us use our planners for function AND decoration, some of us choose to decorate our planners, and cover up all of the white space. This is something that i could never do. Perusing the internet i see a ton of “no white space” planner pages, and the beautiful stickers, and setups, and i wonder how i could possibly focus on functionality with so many colors, and patterns present on two small pages (personal size Filofax).
The only answer….
I was always told by my choir teacher in highschool, that “Can’t” should never be a word in my vocabulary, but when it comes to planning I just can’t wrap my brain around no white space spreads. Not only are Filofax pages not catered to when it comes to planner stickers, but my brain functions very rigidly around my personal schedule. Most everything happens the same in my week except for my work schedule which recently has changed pretty frequently.
So what exactly does “rigid planning” mean? This means that i use the same stickers (or types of stickers), in the same places each week, only deviating if i have a cute quote or stickers that go along with a set (and i feel that i have room for them), or i have a specific bill to pay. My trash, laundry, cat litter (paw), and blog post stickers are all placed meticulously. When i purchase stickers I tend to buy more than one of the same sheet so i know i will have quite a few for quite a while. As i said earlier, my brain is not a huge fan of change when it comes to my planner. Below are a few photos from my Gold Special Edition Saffiano Personal Filofax (Check out my Instagram for weekly planner setup photos).
Let us know in the comments below if you are a "rigid" planner, or a "free flow" planner!