Hello Kitty Theme :)

I am very excited for this weeks theme. I have a bunch of Hello Kitty stickers from a coloring book a bought on clearance at Walmart and I have been just dying to use them. Pink is also my favorite color so this is by far my favorite theme.

20150713_170006My week is still pretty blank towards the end of the week. I have information that I didn’t write in yet. I also don’t know when I am working this weekend so that will take up some space as well. This week is very bittersweet for me. This is my last week as a tutor for the Upward Bound program this summer. I am going to miss the kids a lot even though some of them drove me up a wall. I will also miss the residential staff that I have worked so closely with for the past 6 weeks.

Moving on to more planner related things, you may notice some changes from last week. I added a workout challenge in the last section of my days. I found a 30 workout challenge that I want to try and thought that the best way to keep me at it was writing it down in my planner. I always feel bad if I write something in my planner and don’t get to check it off. Hopefully, this will give me some motivation.

I am liking my weekly ‘To Do” list on the left, I am pretty sure I will keep that there for all of my layouts. I also find that I like using dots to show what I have going on during that time of day. It makes my events and activities easy to find.

I liked having my weekly stats in the left section as well so they are also staying there for the time being. Not much changed this layout. I think I am starting to get the hang of this.

I also figured out a way to put movie tickets and other little keepsakes in my planner without using coil clips. Stay tuned for a DIY!

Shannon

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Hump Day Spread! (7/8/15)

Hello! Welcome back 🙂 I’ve missed you!

I hope your week is going great, mine is going pretty smoothly actually. I’m going to give the credit for that to my lovely ECLP. I think I am finally getting a better feel for how I want to layout everything. I feel like my half week is not as crowded as last week, which makes me very happy. I have taken another step towards planner peace. I also really love my sticker theme this week. When I went planner shopping over the weekend I picked up a few sticker books from Joann’s which you saw in my last post. One of them is a summer theme with flamingos, chameleons, and crocodiles. I used those stickers as well as my yellow and pink washi to make a yellow and pink summer theme. It makes me want to just lay out by the pool and drink lemonade.

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What I did differently this week is at the bottom of the days I am only writing my thankful thought or a great memory from the day. I moved my steps to the bottom “Night” box and I moved my WordPress stats to the notes section and I am only doing them weekly now instead of daily. I am not dedicating a whole box to my “To Dos”, instead I am putting them in the box (Morning, Day, or Night) that I need to get that task done. I think that this way I can see when I need to have things accomplished as well as see what else I have going on for that time of the day. I am liking it a lot so far, but the week is not over yet!

How are your weeks looking?

Shannon

Weekend Haul and Last Week’s Finished Layout

Hey guys!

I am so excited to share with you all the goodies I got over the weekend! First I would like to show you my very first Etsy shipment. I ordered some July themed stickers and washi from NiftyNimble Designs and I am so happy with how they turned out.

IMG_20150702_183055In my order I got some nice dots, quarter boxes, bill due stickers. weekend banners, stars, 4 sample washi, and some samples for full boxes and To Do boxes. I loved, loved, loved how these stickers turned out and I have no problem writing on them. I like writing on the darker colors such as the red and the dark blue with my new white ink Gelly Roll that I picked up this weekend.

Now, for the rest of my goodies!

20150702_214642Everyone is talking about Dollar Tree’s stickers so I had to go and check them out on my day off over the weekend. I still haven’t found any weather stickers but I did find some rainbows. I also picked up some cute owls, foxes, conversation boxes, page flags, and some cute paperclips. I ended up spending $7 there because I also bought some dark blue crepe paper for a project that some of my students are working on.

Now, for some reason my picture for my Joann Fabric’s haul has disappeared so I will just tell you what I bought. I found a pack of white ink Gelly Rolls, coveted Joann’s paper tape, a 1/8 hole punch, and three sticker books. Joann’s had a sale on Frisker’s products as well as the scrapbooking items and I also had a coupon for 20% off my entire order so I only spent $10 here.

20150702_214827Next, on my adventure I stopped at Walmart. I really wanted to grab Papermate Flair pens in black because I love how they write and look in my planner. I also picked up a binder so I can organize my stickers in sheet protectors instead of keeping them all inside one box. I can’t seem to control myself when I see washi tape, so I picked up a pink and a yellow which you will see in this week’s layout.

Speaking of washi tape, here are all the tapes I picked up this weekend excluding the samples from NiftyNimble Design.

IMG_20150702_230244Now with that out of the way I think it is time to show you last week’s completed layout:

20150706_170041I still think it looks a little too busy and chaotic, but I am happy with the end result. I am learning from myself and other bloggers to figure out how I want to design and layout my future spreads. Keep a look out for my midweek this Wednesday!!

Shannon

Happy Hump Day!

Happy hump day everyone! There are so many great things about today! First off, it is the first day of a new month! It is time for new challenges and new goals to make us better people. How exciting. For the planner community, it is a time to show off those mid-week spreads as well!

I am absolutely loving my ECLP so far, I just do not think I like how I am doing my spread. In my opinion it looks messy and it doesn’t really have any consistency to it yet. I mean, it is only my first week in my ECLP and I really did not know what I was doing when I started throwing stickers on it. I was too excited about having my planner that I did not really think through what I wanted to do with it.

Below, you can see what I ended up doing for the first half of my week. Because the first two days were June I wanted to do something to make them stand apart. I used Target Dollar Spot page flags in the June colors to mark things that I had to do that day. I also put a To Do list in the top box for all three days because I do not have anything to do during the mornings on those three days. I used the bottom section to mark when my Etsy order was shipped, my blog views, my steps, as well as a daily thankful thought.

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I am already thinking about what I want my spread to look like next week, and I think I am just going to do another week of red, white, and blue. My first reason for this is I ordered a July sticker set from Nifty Nimble Designs and it did not come in yet. It should actually be at my house later today or tomorrow. When I do get it, I will do a post on what she sent me. I am super excited to get my stickers from her Etsy shop.

I am also super excited for my personalized cover for my ECLP that I just ordered today. I ended up getting the scalloped cover in hot pink and grey and I could not be happier with my decision. I am hoping that it looks amazing in person.

Non-planner related I am heading out to a Wild Things game tonight, which should be fun as long as the rain holds off. This will be my second time going to a Wild Things game.

Until next time,

Shannon Nicole

Erin Condren Life Planner and Planner Haul

With the new academic year right around the corner I decided it was time to start looking for a new planner. I take picking my planner fairly seriously because it is a big part of my life during the academic year. I was tired of buying the cheap, small planners from stores like Walmart and Staples. Below you can see my planner from last academic year. I’m pretty sure I got it at Staples for around $10.

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This planner worked great for me last year. It kept me organized and housed all the information I needed for meetings, homework, and school activities. However, this coming year I am going to be involved with a bit more on campus which means I will need a better system to organize myself and all of my events. I needed something with enough space for homework, club meetings, executive board meetings, newspaper meetings and deadlines, and work. I thought that I was asking for a lot, especially being on a college girl’s budget.

Being the Pinterest nerd that I am, I went straight to the site to start my planner research. I ran into a lot of different brands that I have never heard of: Kikki K, FiloFax, Erin Condren, and some others. I looked at each of them individually, but there was something about the Erin Condren Life Planner that just captured my planner addicted heart. The layout was exactly what I was looking for – it was separated into different sections which was perfect for my busy schedule. That’s when I started looking at other people’s Life Planners. SO MANY STICKERS! The amount of stickers and washi tape that people used to decorate their life planners astounded me. I just had to jump on board and start right away. Thennnn I looked at the price. I tad pricey for a college girl’s budget, but the way I saw it is that my planner literally becomes a part of me once I receive it. It helps me with everything that I do and without it I would be a mess. Also, the Life Planner is an 18 month planner which I took into consideration. In the end, the pros outweighed the cons and I splurged.

My Life Planner is currently in production. I check the status of my planner every day. I know that may sound obsessive, but I cannot wait to get it.

While waiting for my planner I began to do some more research on how people use their Life Planners. I watched dozens of reviews, unboxings, plan-with-mes, and sticker hauls. I couldn’t get enough of it. That’s when I decided to go out in search of my own planner supplies. Before I get into what I purchased let me just share with you my biggest mistake: I did not set a budget for myself. I just started grabbing everything off the shelves that I thought I would or could use in my planner. About $60 later, this is what I came home with.

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So pictured above I have items from two stores.

I went to Walmart first and bought: Papermate Flair pens (on sale), panda stickers, heart stickers, puppy/kitty stickers, star stickers, star foam stickers, thumbs up sticky notes, to-do sticky notes, Avery colored dots, 3 rolls of washi tape, a paper craft kit that was on clearance for $10 (Included: paper cutter, glitter tape, cardstock, paper, glue stick, glitter glue, stickers, ribbon, and some other items), a Hello Kitty sticker/coloring book (clearance), and two sheets of puffy stickers (clearance).

From Target I bought: Staedtler pens, 4 packs of page flags (dollar spot), two packs of sticky notes (dollar spot), a double pack of sticky notes (dollar spot), 4th of July whale stickers (dollar spot), and a tape runner.

Clearly, I was planner crazy and my frontal lobe shut down during the shopping process. However, I am excited with what I purchased and started thinking of ways to store my new planner supplies. I settled with using a cardboard box to store all my stickers and other accessories. I used the paper and cardstock from the kit from Walmart to decorate it and make dividers. The end resulted is pictured below.

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I think it looks so cute all in one place like that. It can easily sit on my desk while I am writing in everything that I need to do. Needless to say I am super excited and ready for my planner to arrive. When it does I will share my unboxing with you. 🙂

If you are interested in purchasing an Erin Condren Life Planner use this link for $10 off your order 🙂

https://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/shannonadams0330

About me!

I am starting this blog so you can follow me on my adventures this summer and all throughout the next academic year as I try to balance my life on paper.

Yes, this is going to be mostly about my planner, but also about me, my boyfriend, and my cat. Hope you enjoy 🙂