Do it the Right Way – Mom Succeeds
If you are not intentionally decorating your planner, you are doing it wrong. Planner decorating has become very popular during the last years, and its popularity keeps increasing over time.
But with so many beautiful stickers, washi tapes, and printables available, you have to be intentional when decorating your planner. After all, you want your planner to be cute, organized, and functional.
Here are the topics that I will cover:
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Choose the right planner for you: InkWell Press Planner
First, you need a good a planner that works for you.
I am a firm believer of planners because they are like your personal assistant that keeps everything from falling apart. I have tried many planners in the past with different sizes, layout, and styles. They were okay, but I have never been happier than with my current planner.
I chose the InkWell Press planner because it is more than a planner. It not only keeps your to-do lists, but it also helps you create your monthly goal, plan, and focus, in addition of tracking your habits, planning your week, and having plenty of space for notes. On top of that, you have access to helpful videos, free downloads, and podcast episodes that I absolutely enjoy and learn a ton.
Now, let’s talk about the ideal layout.
The best layout for planner decorating
No layer is better than another when it comes to planner decorating. You can create gorgeous pages with either one. What is important is to focus on a layout that works for you first. Then, decorate based on that layout.
Most of the planners that I used had a horizontal layout. But this time, I purposely chose the classic edition because of its vertical layout, since it matched better with my personality. And I am so glad I changed!
This vertical planner layout is:
- easier to look at and picture your whole week at once
- better to see repetitive tasks throughout the week
- more organized, and as a result: better to plan and schedule additional tasks or activities
Another thing that I love about my planner, is the great amount of blank space on the weekly pages. All that space helps me to easily track different areas of my life on a regular basis. It also makes planner decorating easier since the planner can be customized in a way where I can be even more productive.
Quick Tip: if the vertical layout is sold out at the InkWell store, then try this store instead.
Why would you decorate the planner?
In my case, the purpose of decorating the planner is to be more productive, take a break, and regain energy.
Planner decorating gives me the opportunity to customize the planner in a way that works even better for me. I can create specific areas for different types of tasks. Having a plan, knowing what to do, and being organized, increases the productivity level.
Not sure if it’s just me, but planner decorating relaxes me. It could be the creativity part involved or the fact that I rarely take a break, but that’s something I enjoy doing. When I see the end results.
Getting my weeks all decorated and customized helps me regain energy. Because when I open the planner every Monday it is like tricking my brain to a fresh start with the new decoration.
One additional tip before moving on to the next section. It might get too overwhelming to decorate your planner every week. It’s better to set aside some time when you can decorate several weeks or even months at a time.
If you need to add an event to a week that has not been decorated yet, just add a post-it note to that week with all the information about the event. That way, you won’t forget to add it to your schedule later.
Be intentional with the decoration
You probably bought your planner to stay on top of things, increase productivity, or be more organized.
But, why decorate your planner?
It’s okay to make your planner look pretty and to make it your own. But, don’t forget to keep your planner functional. There are so many beautiful stickers for planners out there, that it wouldn’t be hard to find yourself adding extra stickers to the pages.
The classic InkWell Press planner is already great in the way it comes. Each day gives enough space to create a long to-do list for all the tasks to complete. It also has three boxes at the bottom which are perfect for key information such as the daily top three goals, daily meal planning, and a bills reminder.
The problem is that I needed more than that and it had to be organized in a different way. That’s why you must be intentional when decorating your planner.
First, think of what you want to achieve with your planner. In my case, I decorate my planner not only to make it prettier but to make myself more productive too. Then, identify what you want to track on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Don’t worry, I will give you some ideas in a moment.
Related post: How to Set Short Term Goals to Achieve More
The materials needed to decorate your planner
You don’t really need to spend a lot of money or use too many materials to make your planner look cute. I pretty much use the same type of materials every time I decorate the planner.
Here is the list of materials I used:
Those are also the most common materials used for planner decorating.
Where to get pretty printables for planners
The beauty of planner decorating is that it gives you different options.
My top resources are:
- Value pack stickers – Even though I am using an InkWell planner, I normally use the Happy planner value pack stickers, especially the mom life and the productivity stickers. There are different value packs to choose from including stickers for fitness, faith, menu, and even checklists. There are so many value packs available that I don’t blame you if you can’t decide which one to choose. But if it helps, there’s a value pack with basic stickers to get you started.
- Free Printables – By conducting a quick search on Pinterest, you will be able to find a lot of planner stickers that are gorgeous and free, which is exactly what I did for this blog post. To get the same printable that I used, head over Free Pretty Things for You to download it. There, you have the choice to download the printable created for the Erin Condren (EC) planner or for the Happy Planner. This time, I used the one for the Happy Planner because their rectangles are bigger and this time, I wanted to cover most of the boxes at the bottom of my planner.
Related post: 130 Free Printable Stickers for Planners (Free PDF version)
How to print those printables for planners at home:
- Sticker Paper – You can print your printables on a sticker paper. In this case, you just have to cut the shapes and tape them to the planner.
- Cardstock paper – This is the method I use. After printing it on cardstock paper, cut the desired shapes, and glue them to your planner using a glue stick or glue runner. Some people also use the Xyron sticker maker even though, I haven’t used it myself.
- Printer – You don’t need a specific printer. I use an inkjet printer and adjust its print quality settings to normal or best.
Planner Ideas: How to decorate your planner
The InkWell Press planner is already pretty and neat but we can still make it prettier, and more functional.
So, let’s go over each planner section…
Planner decorating makes it easy to create sections that tackle different areas of your life:
- Daily Appointments – That’s where the magic happens. Most of my activities occur between 7 am to 5 pm. But, whenever I have something outside those hours, I adjust the schedule for that day. I prefer to modify only a few days per year, rather than “permanently” adding those hours to the schedule and having them empty 80% of the time. Writing the schedule doesn’t take too long but if you still want a faster way, I am pretty sure there’s a sticker for that! 😊
- To-do Lists – A space to write home-related tasks such as laundry, cleaning, buy groceries, make a doctor appointment, buy a birthday gift, or get something for the kids.
- Business Tasks – Here is where all the business related tasks go. Tasks such as writing a new blog post, scheduling on social media, or even creating new products for the shop.
- Weekly Goals – Those important goals that I need to complete that week. I normally use it as is.
- Notes Column – It’s the space for any note that I need to keep handy.
- Weekly Gratitude – A way to not forget the wonderful things that happened during that week.
- Notes for next week – Any activity, event, or appointment that comes up and needs to be added for the following week.
- Saturday and Sunday appointments – InkWell provides you with the same amount of space for each day of the week. Since that’s too much space for my weekend activities, I prefer to combine both days in one column and use the extra column as a Notes column.
Using planner decorating in the right way, let’s you be more organized and productive.
Daily top three goals section
The top three goals are those that must be completed each day without excuse.
This planner has already created several sections for you including the three boxes at the bottom. Even though I gave you the idea of using them for your top three goals, meal planning, and bill reminders, you can also use them for all kind of combinations such as home, meal, and fitness or home, kids, and church.
Other useful ideas are evening events, kid’s activities, after-school activities, family events, date nights, movie nights, or self-development. The best part is that you can add tiny stickers to each area to quickly identify them.
The planning ideas are endless!
It’s time to decorate your planner
You are now officially ready to jump into planner decorating with a better idea (or ideas) on how to decorate your planner, in an easy but functional way. Have more ideas? Share them with us in the comments section.
Before you go…
5 planner decoration printable ideas to help you get started:
- Bundle #1 – includes a full year of weekly view stickers
- Bundle #2 – an editable twelve-month bundle of half-box checklists
- Bundle #3 – twelve colorful sheets of stickers
- Bundle #4 – plan your days with these weather icon stickers
- Bundle #5 – 70+ sheets full of stickers for many occasions
Have fun! 😀
Pin these planner decorating tips for later!
10 Ideas to Make Your Planner Look Cute
For those of us who like to write things down–especially to-do lists–planners are an absolute godsend. Whether you use a bullet journal, a store-bought agenda, or a blank notebook, they give us a means of organizing our daily tasks and even our entire lives in a presentable and logical fashion. However, they don’t just have to exist for the purposes of productivity–you can definitely use it to display your more artsy side. Not only could it serve as an outlet for creativity, but making your planner look especially nice will also motivate you to use it more. So, without further ado, here are ten different ways to make your planner look cute!
Perhaps the quickest way to give your agenda a pop of color is to use a color-coding system. In addition to giving your planner a new look, it is also an excellent organization method (especially if you are a visual person) as it allows you to classify different types of tasks at a glance. Personally, I like to use a color-coding system on my assignment tracker spread in my bullet journal, in order to differentiate between homework, classwork, tests, quizzes, and projects.
Color-coding doesn’t just have to be limited to categories, though. For instance, you can also use it to distinguish between tasks of different priorities, or you might use colors as a method of tracking your mood each day. Whatever it is, color-coding can mean the difference between a messy notebook or an orderly one, and it can add some aesthetic appeal all the while!
Sticky notes are also another fast way to make your spreads a little less bland. But aside from helping mix things up in your planner a bit, sticky notes are also very versatile which lends to their practical purpose. For instance, if you have a few specific tasks that are repeated on a regular basis, you can write them on a sticky note and move it around as you see fit, instead of needing to rewrite the same mundane things over and over again. The same goes for other repetitive things, such as shopping lists and meal plans. If you are one who keeps a bullet journal instead of a normal planner, you could consider attempting to make a spread with sticky notes instead of drawing everything out. Also, this versatility provides some flexibility to the otherwise inflexible nature of a paper planner. If you run out of room on a page or a specific section and would prefer not to continue writing on another page, a sticky note is there to save the day!
3. Stickers & Washi Tape
Stickers are a fun way to make an otherwise bland spread much more lively. If you are someone who likes to have a specific theme or color palette in their planner for each month, then stickers are an easy way to go about decorating the spreads for that month. For example, as we are currently in the month of April and in the midst of springtime, you might find it fitting to incorporate stickers of flowers, plants, birds, and the like. Washi tape can be used in much the same way. Washi tape, especially patterned and textured ones, can be used to decorate the edges of your pages or to serve as a divider between sections.
However, these don’t have to be purely ornamental. There are endless possibilities for their practical purposes as well. Stickers are an alternative to color-coding for categorizing your tasks. You can use stickers to indicate the specific nature of a task, or how urgent/important it is. Another idea is if you have stickers of checkmarks, you can use them to mark off finished tasks (although that is certainly much less sustainable then just checking them off with a pen). Washi tape comes in a variety of colors, so it can be used much like colored highlighters or pens when it comes to a color-coding system.
4. Watercolor & Paint
There is something awfully therapeutic about watching watercolor pigments slowly spread across a piece of paper. The same can be said for acrylics, or whatever type of paint you would like to use. Although this option does not have a practical side to it (at least not one that I can think of) it is definitely a solid way to provide some aesthetic appeal to your planner. However, it should be noted that this typically works better with bullet journals, particularly those with thicker pages that can withstand watercolor. So, if you have a normal planner, be sure to exercise caution before you decide to bring out the paintbrushes.
5. Binder Clips
Binder clips come in many different shapes, colors, patterns, and sizes, so they also provide good opportunities for decorating your planner. As for practicality, they can be used for easy navigating. After using a planner for a while, it can get pretty crazy flipping through those past spreads every single time in order to find the page that you’re looking for. So, use them to bookmark the spreads you are currently using or pages that you refer to frequently. Or, you can use them to separate sections of pages in your notebook from each other.
Quotes are a foolproof way to liven up your spread–but it’s also important to pick them wisely. Whether it’s a quote of a famous historical figure or one from your favorite TV series or book, or perhaps a verse of your favorite poem, be sure to choose quotes that you find inspirational or that bring you joy in some way or another.
There are also endless possibilities in the way you write said quotes. Whether you do it in cursive, calligraphy, or bubble letters, quotes will definitely provide a way for you to exercise your penmanship. Or, if you prefer, you can print them out in one of your favorite fonts and then paste them into your planner.
7. Treat It Like A Scrapbook
Like I mentioned in the previous step, it is important that you keep mainly positive influences in your bullet journal so as to ensure your motivation isn’t reduced as a result. These positive influences don’t necessarily have to be in the form of the written word. Another option is to print pictures off of the internet or cut them out of magazines and glue them into your planner. You could make entire collages out of these pictures, or simply glue one or two on the corners of pages.
These pictures can be of just about anything that brings you joy. They don’t necessarily have to be pictures, either–a pretty piece of scrapbook paper or a newspaper cut-out can go a long way.
Whether it is your favorite animal or the protagonist of your favorite film or simply a patterned piece of paper, incorporating other things that you like into your planner will help give your planner some personality and customization. It will make it feel like it is truly yours, and it will be all the more pleasant to use.
8. Record Your Memories
This step is heavily related to the previous one–but this time, the idea is to use your own pictures. Whether the photos are taken on an instant camera or a digital one, use them to enhance the accounts of your daily experiences. Incorporate pictures of interesting places you went that day or the loved ones you spent your time with. You might paste pictures on your daily spreads or you might dedicate a specific spread for displaying your photos, as my friend has done in the picture below. Doing so will transform an otherwise normal planner into a piece of sentimental memorabilia, a time capsule for you to look back on when you are older.
A well-drawn border can make a page look very well put together. They can simply be straight lines or you could try and experiment with shapes or doodles if you would rather go down the creative route. If you’re not feeling particularly motivated to draw something extremely detailed, you could definitely use washi tape as a border or, as a particularly artsy friend of mine suggests, you could go for a plant or flower vine.
It might look a bit time-consuming and difficult at first glance, but in reality, it is anything but. For the most part, all you have to do is draw a line and upon that line, incorporate leaves and flower petals as you see fit. Here is an example from my friend’s bullet journal:
10. Doodles & Stencils
Channel your inner artist by drawing random doodles wherever you have space on your pages. Just like pictures and color, doodles also do a great job of making a planner spread look all the more dynamic and appealing. If you prefer, you can also use stencils, which may be easier, quicker, and provide a foolproof method of drawing the perfect doodles without the added risk of messing up.
With all of these tips in mind, it’s important to remember that your planner, bullet journal, or whatever you like to use does not always need to be perfect or aesthetic by any means. At the end of the day, your planner is supposed to help you organize your thoughts and keep you focused, and it certainly won’t help if you are stressed out about making it perfect. Seeing all of the picture-perfect planners and bujos online can certainly make it very easy to fall into that trap, but the key thing to realize is that organization and flexibility come first in a planner. You should feel comfortable using it to its full potential and with making it messy from time to time. The creative and artistic aspect that I speak of in this article is merely a form of self-expression, and self-expression is not meant to be flawless.
How I Organize & Decorate my Erin Condren Planner
If you’re a big fan of Erin Condren’s Life Planner like myself and have seen all my reviews on this planner like here and here, then this post is perfect for you! I will show you my way of how I organize and decorate my vertical layout planner. With the new features of the Erin Condren planner the boxes are blank so you can put in your own titles for each section. I have seen people use these sections for many different uses according to their lifestyle.
If you’re a student you’d probably try to separate it into readings, to do, & homework for example. Other uses might be:
- morning, day & night
- home, work & personal
- school, work & personal
- home, kids & memories
- cleaning, errands & meals
- fitness, appointments & to do
- today, to do & odds and ends
- appointments, things to do & little things
- and so much more!
The way I organize my planner is by using the sections “Today, To Do & Personal” I feel like these sections are perfect for anyone! I sometimes switch the personal to “end of day” or “little things” as well depending on the week.
- Today Section: In this section I typically write down appointments, places I need to go or be, and special events going on.
- To Do Section: In this section I write down my list of tasks that need to be done for the day. Since my Erin Condren is my home&family planner I usually write down things I want to clean up, organize or do with my kids.
- Personal/End of Day: In this section I typically leave blank or put quote stickers in. I like to add in pictures to this planner for memories so this spot is perfect for that too.
Organizing Side Bar
For the side I usually have a master to do list for the week. These to do’s are things that I want to eventually get to but doesn’t have a specific date I need to get it done by.
I also like to have a to buy section for a quick list of things I need to pick up at the store, which I usually transfer to my on the go planner.
Sometimes if there is room I like to either add a weekly tracker for cleaning or spending just depending on what I need to keep track of more that week.
Organizing Bottom Section
The bottom section with lines I typically use to write down my meals. If I don’t meal plan, which is often, I would just write down little notes/memories from the day. Sometimes I leave it blank and just decorate it or put pictures in it.
Decorating My Planner
When decorating my planner I usually start with washi tape. I put washi tape on the very top above the dates and below the sections. After that I start putting my stickers for the headers. Then I put my weekend stickers, side bar labels, checklists in the middle boxes, decorative full boxes throughout the spread and blank event stickers in the top box. If I know what is going on I will use specific stickers for events, appointments, bills, chores etc in my boxes. And sometimes I like to use decorative stickers from Michael’s to decorate my pages around the corners of the planner. I try my best to leave lots of space for writing and for my pictures when I am done for the week. Here’s a quick tutorial on faking an instax printed picture!
Below are some examples of my weekly spreads in my Erin Condren planner:
Stickers from Soda Pop StudioStickers from Wendaful Designs
An example with my diy instax pictures inserted throughout my weekly spread
I absolutely love the vertical layout for the Erin Condren planner. It works perfectly for me and is just so organized! I love the separated sections for planning different categories in your life.
There are so many ways to organize and plan in your Erin Condren planner whether it’s as a fitness and health planner, baby planner, memory planner or just a regular daily planner. I hope these ideas helped you to decide on how you want to make your planner work for you!
If you don’t have an ECLP yet you can use this link here for $10 off your first purchase!
526600cookie-checkHow I Organize & Decorate my Erin Condren Planneryes
Welcome to the Wendaful planner blog! I’m Wenda, a mom, planner addict, and blogger who shares free planner printables and tips on how to live a happy, productive and organized life!
How to Decorate your kikki.K Cute Planner – kikki.K
We think this adorable planner might just be our cutest yet. With hand stitched details and pops of colour, it’s perfect for brightening up your workspace. So we thought we’d share these fun styling and decoration ideas to help you get even more fun out of yours.
Cute Time Planner
Paper Lover’s Book
Planner Lover’s Kit
A5 To Do List
Mini Week Planner
Magnetic Page Markers
Slim Ballpoint Pens
1. Set up your Front Cover
We love having our favourite stationery in one neat place and ready to go. We used a plastic pocket from our Planner Lover’s Kit to create a simple pencil case to store pens and little stationery pieces. Of course, we couldn’t resist adding a roller skate Key Ring as a planner charm.
2. See your week at a glance
By adding a Mini Weekly Planner Pad to the front pocket, you’re easily able to see your week at a glance. Write down 1 or 2 important activities or reminders for each day – for example if you have an early start one day or need to pack your gym kit the next.
3. Set up your Calendar Pages
Your Calendar Pages are designed to help you manage your schedule in more detail. Use stickers to mark important dates and add a Magnetic Page Marker to make using your calendar even easier. Be sure to add cute quotes to inspire you each day.
4. Add a To Do List
Writing out a to do list each day can do so much to help you prioritise and work effectively. We used our To Do List Pad to create a quick to do list that can be moved to any page or section. Simply attach with a Bulldog Clip.
5. Make time for fun
Your planner should inspire and motivate you each day. With that in mind, we created a DIY Envelope from our Paper Lover’s Book and added in some Conversation Starters. These are amazing little tools to spark conversations with your friends and family. Use them to explore new ideas and share the inspiration.
We really hope these ideas inspire you to get the most out of your planner. Don’t forget to share your set up with us using #kikkiKPlannerLove on social media. We surprise our favourite each month with a special treat!
Discover our Cute Collection here.
Two FAB Examples of Fully Functional Happy Planning™
– The Happy Planner
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and we planner babes here at me & my BIG ideas believe that a well-loved, filled up, frequently used Happy Planner™ is one of the most beautiful sights to see!
Today we’re sharing two different fully functional, yet beautiful, weekly layouts in a CLASSIC sized undated Happy Planner™ of mambi Design Team member Stephanie Howell (IG | blog) – who we just might declare the Queen of Functional Happy Planning™!
About these pages, Stephanie writes:
“I’ve mentioned it before and I know I’ll mention it again. ..my life is kind of insane right now. Five children, ten and under, and two work from home jobs…yeah, I’m like a chicken with my head cut off most days.”
I literally cannot remember a single thing if it’s not in my planner. I look at it about 20 times a day. Therin lies the rub. I don’t have a lot of time to make my planner super beautiful YET I want it to be cute AND functional. I use the sticker books to add ‘fancy’ touches to my planner pages but they are still very very functional. I get stuff DONE.
On this spread I flipped through my sticker books and went with a color scheme. Black & white with touches of gold. I just pulled and gathered stickers that matched the theme. This color scheme immediately added a touch of elegance to my planner and made it more fun to look at . I especially love the handwritten stickers.”
About these pages, Stephanie writes:
“As I was sitting down to do my spread for this week, I realized December was coming and I got CRAZY excited. However, the colors in my undated Happy Planner™ were not conducive to Christmas. Salmony pink doesn’t immediately bring December to mind. I decided to roll with it and see if I could make it work…
…and I DID! I love the way my spread turned out. I chose my favorite stickers in shades of red, green, black, and gold. I think the leaves from the seasonal sticker book add such a gorgeous and chic touch to this spread. It makes me so happy to look at these pages!
I’m all about layering stickers on my spreads and I did lots of that this week. It’s an easy way to add texture and depth to your spreads. Not to mention the fact that it’s an EASY way to make simple spreads look fancy. ..and another weekly using the handwritten stickers from mambi all over the place! Instant magic!
I also added a few doily bits to the tops and edges of my pages. I LOVE doilies and use them on everything! …of course this transfers to my Happy Planner™ too!”
Catch us living creatively on Instagram at:
@meandmybigideas + @the_happy_planner
10 Ways to Personalize Your Planner
The great thing about planners is that there are nearly an endless amount of ways to customize them and add personality to keep you motivated with your daily goals and to-dos! I am asked all the time about my planner personalizations and so I thought it would be fun and helpful if I gave you a run down of 10 Ways to Personalize Your Planner! Although I use a Filofax Original Planner in Fluoro Pink, you can use most of these customizations in any planner you own and use, from a Kate Spade, to an Erin Condren and even a Sugar Paper planner!
A really cute and coordinating pen is must have item in my planner that I think adds a lot of personality to it. There are quite a variety of pens out there in planner world, and among them multipens like the Pilot Hi-Tech C Coletto are very popular because they give you the ability to write in a variety of colors! Friction pens as well are very popular because they are erasable and as a planner person, you know how scary it can be to write in an appointment and then have things change!
Planner charms are a very fun way to add personality to your planner because you can literally use a wide variety of charms to coordinate with your interests. Although many sellers on Easy make custom charms in fun shapes like coffee cups, cute animals and even desserts, you can find charms at your local craft store or use ones off a keychain!
#3 Custom Dashboard
As one of the first pages in your planner, a custom dashboard can do a lot to help motivate and inspire you whenever you open it up! It’s simple enough to make your own dashboard by laminating pretty scrapbook paper or cutting down an acrylic screen print to size. I recommend using acrylic prints or laminating regular paper so your dashboard is coated and more durable- it also works well for holding and removing sticky notes!
#4 Custom Dividers
Custom dividers are an excellent way to create a theme for your planner. You can purchase sets of themed dividers on Etsy, but I like to make mine by printing out images and pictures, adding tabs and then laminating everything so it’s nice and sealed! Use your own pictures, quotes, and snippets from magazines to create a collage for your dividers or stick to pretty scrapbook papers if you like a simpler look!
#5 Page Markers
I love to use page markers to help me quickly locate important notes and pages in my planner. There are lots of different varieties of page markers; magnetic ones, paper clips, and even adhesive tabs. They are a great way to add color and style to your planner that you can appreciate even when your planner is closed!
#6 Printable Inserts
Although your planner may come with a set of dedicated inserts, there is always room for more, specifically, for fun and inspirational inserts that help to add personality to your planner and keep you on track with more than just your to-dos and schedule! The insert above is actually a free printable checklist titled 30 Days of Thankfulness that is available through my shop! Inserts like this are a great way to add inspiration to your planner and to add a little fun to your days!
#7 Stickers & Washi
Although planner decoration isn’t for everyone, if you do want to add a little fun and interest to your planner pages, using stickers and washi tape is a fun way to do it! I have quite the collection of washi tape and I always have more than enough stickers around because I usually make my own and print them onto full sheet labels! The sets shown above are currently for sale on my shop, so if you want to print your own stickers at home and like these designs, feel free to check them out!
#8 DIY Folder
Not all planners are created with equal amounts of pockets and storage, so if you need an extra space to store stickers and notecards or whatever else you need to keep inside your planner, check out my easy DIY Folder Tutorial that shows you how to turn a regular file folder into the perfect little storage solution for your planner!
#9 Journaling Cards
Journaling cards are a great way to add instant decor and inspiration to your planner. They can even act as page markers, dashboards and even dividers! This #INSTALOVE card comes from my personal collection of printable journaling cards and is designed to be a frame for square, Instagram style pictures. This is a great way to keep photos of your friends and family with you in your planner! You can also use project life cards and MAMBI pocket pages like this striped card above!
#10 Colorful Paper
Why use plain old white paper in your planner when you can quickly add interest to your pages by using rainbow-colored copy paper? I keep a stack of colorful papers around and cut them down to size and punch them in my planner. They are great for color coding notes or visually dividing up sections or just adding a little fun to your pages!
Of course, this wouldn’t be a complete planner post from me without a fun video to go along with it! If you would like more details on some of the items I have shown in this post, feel free to check out this video!
As always, I hope this post (and video) were helpful for you and gave you some ideas for your own planner! If you have other planner personalizations that I missed, please let me know about them in the comments. I’d also love to see pictures of your planners and how you customize, so please feel free to tag me @MissTrenchcoat in your Instagram pics!
My DIY Decorating Project Planner
I usually don’t post on Sundays, but thought since I was sharing something with one reader, I would share it with all of you.
I get a lot of emails from readers with questions about all sorts of things, mostly about decorating or readers wanting to know more about my personal life, but there are a few questions I get asked most frequently.
One of these most frequently asked questions is… How do I get so many DIY projects done?
These readers know what they like. They want to get their homes decorated and/or projects started and completed. They tell me they lack the time and when they do have time, they lack the energy or are unfocused and weeks go by without them getting anywhere on a project or idea that they want to complete.
For these questions, I usually respond with something like, “My work is my passion; it is just what I do. It is my 9-5 job that I can do all day, every day.” While most people have jobs that keep them away from home for 40+ hours a week, my work hours are doing projects and blogging about it.
About 3 weeks ago, I got an email from a reader who wrote:
“OMGosh I love your home and all that you have done with it. I have an older home where every room needs updating. Every time I think I am ready to start a project, I become overwhelmed and start procrastinating to the point that I don’t get anything done. How do you stay so focused and where do you get the energy? Any tips that you can give me would be appreciated as I want to love my house and right now, I don’t.
I was going to answer her in the same manner as I had with this kind of question before, but then I stopped and said to myself. “How can I better explain how I go about getting my projects done that may help her. ”
I began to break down my decorating project process in my mind and knew the one thing she could do that helps me stay focused and not overwhelmed is to write things down.
I am a paper and pencil kind of gal and find I organize better using the paper and pencil method over organizing tasks using digital organizers like Asana and Google Tasks on my computer.
I write everything down and try to keep each project I am doing or planning on a separate sheet of paper. It is not an elaborate system, just a sheet for each project that I plan to do. I keep all the sheets in a simple folder. I call this folder my brain. It is an extension of my daily planner where I keep track of everything blog-related.
I also use sticky notes to write on the sheets, highlighting things that need to be done right away. I use a paper clip to attach any photos or inspiration to the sheet. When I go out to buy supplies, I then go digital and take a photo of the project sheet I am working on with my phone.
I thought I would make my project sheet available to anyone that wants to give it a try.
Download Free Printable: DIY Decorating Project Planner
No matter if you want to declutter your home, sew drapes for a window, redecorate an entire room or paint a wall. Getting the scope of your project written down and then having one handy place to keep notes about the project will help you to stay focused and organized.
Sometimes I get overwhelmed with the scope of a project, like when I made over my kitchen. In that case, I kept a project sheet for every aspect of the makeover from painting the counters to ideas for cabinet knobs to how I organized the pantry.
I also followed the “only one” rule.
The “Only One” Rule of Getting DIY Decorating Projects Done
I learned this rule when I worked in retail display early in my career. I would get to work in the morning and there would often be a long list of projects I had to get done that day. On some mornings, it could be overwhelming.
My boss at the time told me to just focus on getting one thing done at a time, cross it off my list, literally with a pencil and then start the next project. If you look at the list as a whole, you will get overwhelmed and may not get nearly the same amount of work done.
He was right and I try to keep this in mind whenever I start to get overwhelmed by the scope of a project.
I know it seems so simple, but sometimes this is all it takes to help you to stay on task to get a project done.
Do you have any tips for readers on how you keep your DIY decorating projects completed?
90,000 paintings for the kitchen on the cardinal points
It is advisable to pay special attention to creating a peaceful atmosphere in the kitchen. A person spends a lot of time here, so each decorative element plays a specific role. In accordance with the rules of Feng Shui, various pictures that often appear in the interior of the hearth are designed to bring harmony, and not just attract the eye.
Rules for the selection of paintings for the kitchen
In any situation, the center is the person himself, who is directly influenced by his environment.When planning the kitchen entourage, the main goal is to make the impact of all decorative elements beneficial, given that wealth and love should reign here.
If a picture is purchased for decoration, scenes of destructive elements, predatory animals, ugly distorted faces that cause only negative emotions are not allowed in the images.
The perception of any design forms should emphasize and enhance the feeling of coziness, security, and home comfort.It is advisable to place, according to the Feng Shui rules, even small-sized pictures in a certain area, knowing how it will affect the overall energy of the room. The choice of paintings for the kitchen should be in the cardinal points, each of which has its own symbols and life values.
Placing pictures in the kitchen
Each sector of the room carries a certain load, which can be strengthened in a positive way by placing a certain image if you know some of the principles of Feng Shui.
Power on the south side of the kitchen belongs to fire. Ideally, this is where the stove is placed, necessarily separated from the sink by at least a countertop. Strengthening this segment with a pattern of the sun, poppies, a blooming sunflower, a regal peacock or a rooster’s bright plumage, you can activate the growth of reputation, self-realization. If the picture has a frame, then they are selected wooden, painted in brown or green shades.
This side of the kitchen is in the grip of the tree, which is responsible for the prosperity of the family, the multiplication of wealth.
The southeast direction will not accept hot flashes of red, since only refined landscapes, images of a birch grove permeated with light or a flowing spring in the forest thicket can enhance the energy here.
Gloomy scenes with stagnant water in ponds covered with mud, creeks should be avoided. A special positive comes from the self-embroidered images. You can choose fast-growing bamboo for the embodiment by placing the embroidery in a wood frame.
The revitalization of the eastern segment of the kitchen protects family relationships and also promotes health. The tree is responsible for this, which means that the same pictures will do as in the southeast zone. The images should not contain fallen, dry trees, drooping grass. This trend is ideal for placing family photos on the walls. If there is a desire to see fish, birds, then they should be depicted in pairs.
The earth element dominates the northeastern side of the kitchen.A stove can also be installed here. The selected pictures in wooden or plaster frames should reflect the main symbol of this zone – knowledge. It can be an owl, scenes from school life, a wise snake.
The northern direction, which is responsible for Feng Shui for career success, will require strengthening if projects, homework, and speeches are being prepared in the kitchen. This is the fiefdom of water, and accordingly it should be in the paintings in silver, white or blue frames. It is necessary to avoid images of water that carries trouble and destruction – floods, waterfalls, storms, as well as stagnant backwaters.
This sector accepts the color of silver, gold on the frames of paintings, the plot of which can be lunar landscapes, majestic mountains, images of places from a dream. Activation of this zone with such attributes will attract the patronage of respected people.
The kitchen wall, located on this side, should be given over to the power of children’s creativity with images of planets, the infinite Universe, mysterious landscapes – mountain, lunar, children’s images.
This Feng Shui direction is responsible for the harmony and romance of family relationships. It is easy to strengthen the dominant element of the earth by placing pictures with paired images. Passionate red poppies in a beige frame would be appropriate.
If you want to direct the flows of positive energy to a specific area, where there is no room for a picture to fit – there is a window, arch, door, tall set, you can apply some design techniques:
- purchase textiles for curtains or light curtains with the necessary symbols of the elements that dominate the sector;
- lay out a picturesque mosaic with the desired image above the door or arch;
- Apply a drawing from a favorite and suitable for energy picture on the front surfaces of a headset or an apron.
Do not forget that any picture placed in the interior of the kitchen should please the household. According to the principles of Feng Shui, hand-made products are the most filled with positive energy.
Blessing of the daughter before the wedding from Mom: Tips + Video
Mom is the most important person in the life of every bride. The little girl she remembers is on the verge of a new life. Therefore, the most important and most sincere on this day are congratulations and words of blessing from the mother of the bride.
The story of the origin of the blessing. Blessing is a kind of permission to do something. Even in Russia, any significant event began with the words of the parents’ blessing. A blessing is a “good word”, an approval of an action.
The ceremony was performed with an icon.
In many religions there is a wedding blessing, but it appeared in Orthodoxy. The bride and groom asked their parents for permission to become a family.Sometimes they didn’t get it and got married in secret. But this was considered a sin and very much condemned. Even a priest could refuse a wedding if the couple did not have a blessing from their parents. Of course, in the modern world, young people make such decisions themselves, but many still listen to parental words and receive blessings from the parents of the bride and the parents of the groom.
Important tips for preparing a blessing from the mother of the bride:
- All the main speech will be addressed to the daughter, but the groom must also be mentioned, because they become a couple.
- You need to say not only congratulations, but also words of encouragement.
- It is better to try to avoid words that are too sentimental, because tears will entail flowing makeup, which is unacceptable for a bride.
- If you feel unsure, try rehearsing in front of a mirror. In the same way, you can make a joint congratulation with the bride’s dad.
- While pronouncing the words of blessing, they can be shared with the groom’s mother, if everyone is on good terms.The same applies to the ceremony of removing the veil at the end of the evening.
Parents are given the floor at least twice, this is a meeting of young people with a loaf and the banquet itself. In addition to the loaf, many meet young people with an icon in front of the registry office or in a restaurant give a blessing with an icon after the registry office.
- Avoid blessing verses. They can be easily forgotten and confused, let all the blessing be in prose. Poems are best set aside for toast. Be calm and confident. No pieces of paper, just words from myself.Even if you forget something, you can improvise, because these are words to your beloved daughter.
- Excitement will always be there, but try not to show it. Avoid awkward situations and words, especially those that make the bride uncomfortable in front of the guests.
Note. The words of blessing from the mother of the bride are very important and the most personal can be said when left alone with the daughter.
Examples of blessings
- Dear daughter, today you are leaving your parental home and starting a new life.Building a family is a difficult and responsible job. We put into you all those important qualities, thanks to which you can become a good wife. And I’m sure you will succeed. You will be a great wife and a great mother. Solve all obstacles in life with wisdom, support your husband, treat him with understanding. You become one, and I am very happy for you! God will help you!
- My daughter! Today your childhood dream has come true. You wanted to be a fairy princess in a beautiful dress.I wanted a prince on a white horse to come to you. I wanted a lot of guests and gifts. Today is the day when it all comes true. But just remember, my dear, that real life is not a fairy tale at all. You will get whatever you want further if you work on it. I wish you to be a charming, light, funny, but at the same time a wise woman. Love your husband and take care of him. I hope he will be able to prolong the fairy tale of your life for a very long time.
Our dear daughter.Today the moment has come when my dad and I are letting you go into adulthood. Remember that good family relationships are not easy and require a lot of patience. Your husband will be the head of the family, and you should be a loyal and kind helper. You are now becoming a family and all problems must be solved together. I wish you happiness and love!
- My beloved girl! Know that a woman develops in four main roles: mother, daughter, bride and wife. You have already performed two roles perfectly.The remaining two are the most important. I wish you to become a wonderful wife and a great mother. May your family always have understanding, order and respect. Support each other at all stages. Be gentle and tolerant. I bless you!
- My girl! It seems that not so long ago you tried on my shoes and dresses and dreamed of how you would wear them as an adult. It was very funny to watch how you tried to paint your lips for the first time, and now you are already teaching me all the rules of makeup. Time is fleeting. I am happy to see how your eyes shine when you look at your chosen one.On this wonderful day, I wish you wisdom and understanding. And you, son, have patience and strength. Keep your love and happiness for many years. Congratulations!
- Dear daughter. People say, “many are looking for, but only a few are found”. You found each other and found your happiness. Store it for as long as possible. I really want that a smile never leaves your faces, that your eyes shine with love and tenderness. Do not be afraid of problems, everything goes away. The sun always comes out after the rain. If the shoulder of a loved one is near, then any difficulties can be overcome.Be the support and support for each other. We are always by your side. I bless you!
What is important to know about blessing?
- The blessing of the bride is made an icon of the Kazan Mother of God, and the blessing of the groom is the icon of Christ the Savior.
- It is forbidden to hold icons with your hands; for this, special towels are purchased or sewn on their own.
- According to custom, parents baptize future spouses before the ceremony, and repeat this in front of the banquet hall.
- If one of the spouses has an incomplete family, then the godparents can do this.
- Newlyweds bow to their parents, accepting blessings and kissing icons.
Icons for blessing are used by families, which have been passed down through generations, or bought specially for the celebration and illuminated in advance in the church. The Mother of God is a symbol of kindness, humility, the birth of children. And Christ is a symbol of masculinity and the protector of the family.
Mom stands with the icon in front of her daughter and says prayers and words of blessing.Then the bride must kiss the icon and touch her forehead. This symbolizes gratitude to my mother for her upbringing and a request to higher powers for help to her family.
Jewelry design. From idea to sketch
Looking at the sparkling windows of jewelry stores, I kept asking myself the question: how can an artist come up with such beauty? And not only come up with, but also think over the possibility of translating your idea into metal.Today we will tell you about the work of those who create jewelry in their imagination, that is, about the work of SOKOLOV designers.
Meet the Artist
Artists are known to be creative people. And as typical representatives of the art community, they are very different from “ordinary” people: from the style of clothing and ending with a view of the world.
However, we will not mislead you and paint a portrait of such a free wanderer who wanders in search of inspiration and under no circumstances leaves his sketchbook.Of course not.
Jewelry designers are modern creative people, professionals in their field and, of course, unique specialists who create masterpieces.
On all fronts
The creation of a sketch of the decoration and even the emergence of the idea itself is preceded by a lot of work.
First of all, SOKOLOV analysts carry out extensive research devoted to the study of the main trends. The latest collections from leading jewelry brands, fashion weeks and key design trends are all subject to careful scrutiny.In addition, experts carefully study fashionable Internet portals such as style.com, vogue.ru and many others, visit Russian and foreign jewelry exhibitions.
Much attention is paid to the analysis of trends in the field of color, design features, the use of certain stones and the use of new materials.
On the basis of the data obtained, the main directions of the development of the world jewelry fashion are determined.
Inspiration: What’s the Secret?
Work on a sketch of a product or a whole collection of jewelry begins with the fact that the artist gets acquainted with the research of analysts and chooses a relevant topic.Anything can become a source of inspiration for a designer: both the usual everyday things, and something more sublime.
As the designers themselves say, “Poets and musicians need a source of inspiration. Artists just see the world differently, regardless of the circumstances. ”
By the way, about the vision of the world. It turns out that it is precisely this (in addition to valuable professional qualities) that makes an artist an artist.
“Everything that happens to us is somehow reflected in our work.This may be unconscious, not immediately, but it is so, ”says Dmitry Khokhlov, the author of a new line of jewelry included in the Russe collection. – My aunt from St. Petersburg loves to walk in the park and feed the birds. She often talks about this, sends a video where birds eat from her hands. This inspired me to create a line of jewelry with birds – not exotic parrots or hummingbirds, but bullfinches, robins, titmice, sparrows and other inhabitants of the middle lane familiar from childhood. As a result, the line became a continuation of the Russian theme and entered the Russe collection. “
Alla Arutenkova, author of the Express Yourself collection: “There is always a lack of color and bright colors in life. We have such beautiful women, and jewelry for them should be appropriate! I wanted to combine a laconic shape and bright colors, so that the owner of such a piece of jewelry would attract attention. From here came the juicy shades of Pantone, the idea of just such a design and the ability to create the most daring and unexpected mixes. ”
“Every woman has a secret,” the artist Natalia Kachalova is convinced.“This inspired me to create the Fleur collection.
Usually we see flowers on a sunny day, when they play with all colors, and with the onset of dusk, few people pay attention to their muted palette. But one evening I went out into the garden, and suddenly I saw how beautiful and mysterious they are in the moonlight! Flowers seemed to carry a special enchanting magic of the night … Collection “Fleur” is a collection of “night flowers”. It was created for women who want to remain mysterious and unique. ”
But Tatyana Chernyavskaya, the author of the Hercules collection, decided to correct the injustice and finally think not only about women, but also about men: “Everyone is accustomed to classic design and often does not think about the meaning of rings and cufflinks their owners.But men also have their secrets. Courage, nobility, selflessness and unselfishness – such qualities are not customary to show off, and yet they basically characterize a real man. Hercules is known to everyone as the personification of the best qualities of the strong half of humanity, and it was his image that formed the basis of the entire collection. The 12 feats described in “The Myths of Ancient Greece” are actually not just interesting stories from the life of the hero – they are full of nobility deeds that every man can do today.I am sure of this, and I hope my collection will convince you too. ”
In pencil and not only
The first person who “sees” the designer’s idea is a blank sheet, on which the idea acquires quite real, albeit graphic outlines. At the same time, the artist develops several versions of one piece of jewelry at once, which differ in design elements, inserts or other decorative details. Of all the options presented, the expert advice chooses the best one.
For a detailed study and creation of a technical drawing, without which further work with the product is impossible, the sketch of the future decoration is transferred to a special computer program.After that, the artist, using a tablet and a pen, brings the sketch to perfection.
Moodboard Instructions for Use
When working on a collection, the artist must draw up a mood board, or “mood board”. The visual presentation of a design project, as a rule, consists of images, texts, photographs and even fabrics necessary to reflect the mood and theme of the future jewelry line.
This is not such an easy job as it seems at first glance, because an artist needs to convey the concept of a collection, its main idea in one collage.
And only after going through such a difficult path, the jewelry acquires the right to exist and goes to 3-D designers who create its three-dimensional model.