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August 2017 - Plan With Me

It's making my head spin to think that August is here already...and while we're on that subject,  where did the summer go?  It seems like it's shorter and shorter each year and we stay so busy.  With my kids getting older and going more places nowadays,  there's never a dull moment.   I need my digital BuJo more than ever right now, especially since the kids will be in school before I know it.

My latest planning video is here for you:

Here are links to some of my Pinterest boards and pins that were mentioned in the video:

All of My Pinterest Boards
My Bullet Journal Inspiration Pinterest board
Hand Lettering Pinterest Board
Pin With Mood Tracker
Doodle Challenge by the Petite Planner

I'm posting photos of the journal spreads I included in the video, in case you wanted to get a better look at them.  I hope you enjoy seeing what I did, and since I didn't include a habit tracker on the page opposite the month of August, feel free to leave a suggestion on what you think would make a good replacement.

Let me know how you like these pages, and I'd be curious to see what you are doing in your bullet journal this month.  Have a great day and happy Planning!

Digi Paper Trend - Tropical

 Do you ever miss the many different scrapbooking magazines that used to be available?  I used to see them so frequently, not only in the local scrapbooking store (aka LSS), but in pretty much every grocery store I frequented, bookstores, gas stations, and more.  Nowadays, it's harder to find them...thankfully, there's still Scrapbook & Cards Today.  I'm grateful for it, and love to read it, but I still get sad that there's only scrapbooking publication left.   Back in the day, when there were plenty to choose from,  I felt like the magazines were the best source for spotting papercrafting trends.

I know there's a ton of inspiration online, but just trying to find info on the current year's trends is a bit hard.  It feels like most posts or online articles about what's trending are focused on one brand, and I think that it's nice to be able to look across all the offerings available.  There was one blog I used to visit that had a series on trends, but they stopped posting about that about 2 years ago.

So, after doing my own research on this year's trends both in print and online,  I decided to do videos and blog featuring a current trend.   Here is my first video in this series, which showcases the "tropical" trend:

I created a Pinterest board for things I found that show the popularity of Tropical Chic, which does have scrapbooking layouts and cards, but also food ideas, home decor, jewelry, party favors, and more.  If you have any doubts as to how well-liked this trend is, the objects I've gathered here should put them to rest:

Pinterest board - Tropical

Since trends are seen across multiple areas, it's no surprise that it's also popped up into paper crafting.  I was easily able to find tropical- themed digital scrapbooking kits.  The one I chose to use for the projects I'm showing you today were made with the "Pineapple of My Eye" digital kit by Traci Reed and Jady Day Studio at Sweet Shoppe Designs:

Get The Pineapple of My Eye Kit Here

The first project I'm sharing here is my digital bullet journaling spread.  I imported a jpeg image of a single pineapple as well as a white ribbon with little pineapples on it.  I used the ribbon as a border and placed a little pineapple next to each day of the week.  From there, I just used my Apple pencil to doodle in the Morpholio Journal App and added the writing for each section of the spread.


Up next is this scrapbook page I made about a pool day we had during our DisneyWorld vacation.   The pool was at the Music Resort, and while it did have pools shaped like musical instruments,  the main feel was more tropical, so this kit was perfect. 

I couldn't resist using the kit to make a card...this pineapple element was calling to me, so here you go:

Here's the list of traditional supplies I used for this card.  If I couldn't find a link to a particular product, then I provided a link to one that's similar:

Pink Bazzill Cardstock
Recollections colored rhinestones
silk flower embellishments
a button from my stash.  You can use anything you have on hand...I fully encourage using your stash whenever you can.

I hope you guys enjoyed my take on the tropical trend...if you feel so inclined, go and try it out for yourself!

See you all later,

July 2017 Bullet Journal Spreads

Heya, everyone!  Wow...has your July been as busy as mine?   It started our for me with the Independence Day fun, and then continued on as I attended Brave Girl's Symposium.  I got to go and hear amazing speakers who shared messages of healing and validation, connect with other ladies from around the country (and in some cases, the globe), eat good food, do yoga, take part in break out sessions, shop, and rest.  It was a much needed break: 

If you wanna know more about Brave Girl's Symposium or Brave girls Club,  visit their website here.

I'm posting my bullet journal pages finally, now that the middle of the month has arrived...but ya'll understand, right?  I found out I was able to go to the symposium just days before it started, so I jumped at the chance to do so.  

Here are my pages for your viewing enjoyment...:-)

I've gotten into the habit of showing my monthly memories from the previous month in the next month's blog post and videos, since I don't create these spreads until the very end of the month.  It just makes more sense fore me right now  The monthly memories are my favorite and so fun to look back on.  This spread is also a great tool for me as I look back and go to scrapbook pages on these events and moments.   

This is the same idea as last month...I put my gratitude log and doodle-a-day on a spread.  I am using  Nicole's prompts for her blog, the Petite Planner, for this month's doodles.  Here is the link to her Instagram account where she posts these prompts:  Oodles of Doodles Challenge for July  You will have to scroll down just a bit to find the prompts, but they are there. 

Ok...you can see my completed mood tracker for June, and I love the way it turned out.  That spread is one of the prettiest I've done, and I will always be glad I did it.  However, it was still too visually confusing for me.  I can see that there were mostly good feelings there throughout the month, but still didn't give me what I wanted.   I'm hoping to see if there are one or two prevailing moods that are dominating my day-to-day life, so I chose to make thermometers for each mood.  I figure if I can see my moods side by side in this linear fashion, I can see which ones are prevailing and which ones are not.  If I see too many negatives getting more of my energy, then I want to be sure I change that.

Here are two weekly spreads based off of this spread from Zen of Planning.  It was not my original idea, so I wanted to give credit where it was due.  I modified it to suit my own taste.  I love both of them, but liked the second one even better since I prefer my spreads to stay a little cleaner.  I may just adopt the lower one to use consistently for awhile...it really seems to have everything I need and want in a weekly spread.

Here is the video I did to go along with this post.  I hope you'll watch if you have time: 

Other links you may find useful: 

Thanks for taking time to be here, and if you feel so inclined, let me know how you are doing in your digital or traditional bullet journal.  Are you trying anything new or sticking with your tried and true?  I'd love to hear from you.

Have a great day,

Last Minute Graduation Cards

Well, as you can guess from the title of this post, I needed some cards for a couple of graduates, realized that my stock of pre-made cards were gone, and so I scrambled to get some done before we had to give them out.

The nice thing about these cards is that you can customize the color (in most cases) to match the color of your graduate's school or university.  I used the Leaving the Nest: Graduation kit by Traci Reed.  Click here to get the kit:

As for the physical supplies used in the cards, the links are below.  If I don't have a link for the actual product or a substitution, I'll also make a note of that: 

double loop picot trim (this is a close substitution)
Brown Gingham Ribbon (a substitution)
Rusty Hinge Distress Ink (used in the video, but not pictured)
Glue Dots Dispenser  (not shown in the picture, but used in the video)
Also, use the adhesive of your choice if you want something else in addition to the Glue Dots

Here's the video showing how to make the cards: 

Let me know if you make cards based off of the ones in my video, and feel free to comment with future post or video ideas, suggestions, or constructive feedback.  Thanks again for spending part of your day here.  Have a good one!

June 2017 Plan With Me (In My Digital Bullet Journal)

OK, after an unexpected hiatus, I'm back!  I got a bad cold...you know those ones where you just feel like death warmed over?  Ugh!  That's how it was for me.  I had no energy to do anything, much less craft.

I'm happy to jump in again and show you what I've done in my bullet journal for this month.  I know some of you who come here looking for scrapbook and card making inspiration might be wondering if I'm still posting about that, and rest assured that I am.  I have a few things down that vein in the works, so stay tuned...:)

Here's my video outlining how I set up my BuJo for the month of June 2017.

Here is short and sweet run down on what's different if you don't have time to read the video:

-In the photo at the top of this post is a mood tracker.  I didn't think I would want to do one of those when I first starting bullet journaling, but I've been wondering how my moods are affecting me these days, especially after the death of my father earlier this year.  I've been looking for an alternative to the mood mandalas that are so popular right now.  While I love looking at them, visually, it's really busy for me personally to get a handle on how my moods will fluctuate throughout the month.  So I'm opting to create a blossom for each day of the month, and fill it in with color based on my mood.  Here is the flower for June 1st that I colored and embellished for how I felt that day:

I'm also changing up my doodling practice gratitude log pages a bit: 

I'm modifying my gratitude log just slightly, trying to keep it neater and tidier, with a bit more space for writing.  My doodling page is different this time around because I'm taking the #oodlesofdoodleschallengejune done by Erin,who writes the Petite Planner blog.  If you click on the link with the hashtag,  it will take you right to Erin's suggested list of things to doodle from her Instagram account.  I was getting stumped trying to think of things to doodle on my own, so I'm doing her challenge to keep it easier for myself.  

And also, if you have looked over this post and are curious about the some of the lettering styles I've used on the pages I've shown here, you can find them gathered on a Pinterest board I created for them.  These are all the creations of other artists...I'm just trying to learn to letter these styles myself and don't claim these lettering designs as my own:  my hand lettering pinterest board.

Here also is my spread containing my June calendar and the habit tracker I consistently download from Kara at Boho Berry:

I've also planned out my first weekly log...I keep flip flopping back and forth about which format I want to use.  I went back to a format I've already used in the past.  We'll see if I stick with it or decide to go another way.  I messed up the title on the right side of the spread, making the letters for "June 4" too large, but I'm leaving it.  This bullet journalist is striving for progress, not perfection...:).

I hope you guys like my page spreads that I have so far.  If you want to see more of my progress for this month as I go along, please give me a holler.  

Otherwise, thanks for visiting and I'll see you around!