I’m baaaaack!

These past few months I’ve been in somewhat of a planner rut. My decorative planning has been on and off, as in on one week and three weeks off. As you can see, I neglected my blog and posted a bit here and there on Instagram.

Part of the issue had to do with work and feeling completely drained by the time I got home. Reason being, I was promoted at work and I was just getting into the groove of my new work load.

I finally feel like I’ve got it under control and I’m ready to get back into the planner world. I’ve slowly started planning again and I feel so much more like myself. I hope to keep the momentum going and get back into planning meet ups and other planner related activities as well.

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Planning 101: 19 Ways to use a Planner

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Most people who buy a planner love the customization of ring bound systems, as well as arc and spiral bound systems. One planner leads to another planner and before you know it, you have a collection of planners. Some people choose to use one at a time and switch between planners depending on the month or season. If you prefer to put your planners to work instead of leaving them on a shelf, I have put together a list of ways to put those planners to use.

  1. Inspiration Binder – Use this binder to store inspirational quotes, ideas, magazine or newspaper clippings. Write a paragraph here or there when you see something you like. You can include anything you like.
  2. Health and Fitness log – With the New Year right around the corner, what better way to track your health and fitness goals than in a planner? Log your goals and your progress as you go along. Kikki-K also has an article on how to make your planner into a Wellness Binder.
  3. Gratitude Binder- Create a planner for you to write something that you are grateful for. You can write daily, weekly or as often as you choose.
  4. Blog Planning – Keep track of ideas and due dates in this planner. Plan time ahead and schedule posts. This comes in very handy, especially when going on a vacation or when life takes you somewhere unexpected.
  5. Home Planner – In your home planner, Alexis from Strange and Charmed suggests keeping important documents such as insurance, warranties, etc. You can also use this as a main planner to keep appointments and important dates for the family.
  6. Meal planning – Figuring out what’s for dinner everyday can be a bit stressful, especially when working. Plan your meals ahead so you have one less thing to worry about each day.
  7. Journaling – You can jot down things you did or write a page or two describing the details of your day. Some people who have tried journaling started off with trying to write everyday which could be a bit overwhelming. Start your journaling off slow, here are a few ways for you to get started. Here is an example of how to get a journal started.
  8. Financial Planner – Many people struggle with keeping their finances in check. Start the year off right with a financial planner. Track spending, income and bills.
  9. Video Planning – For those of you with YouTube channels, use a Video planner to track the videos you’ve done, plan on when to make new ones and keep yourself on track.
  10. School – Use a school binder to keep track of assignments, due dates, classes and contacts of you partners and your professors/teachers.
  11. Address Book- Gather all those address pages that you’ve never used and put them into one binder so it’s easily accessible if anything were to happen to your phone.
  12. Church – Use a planner for writing down notes from service, jotting down your own ideas or interpretations, or as a bible journal.
  13. Scrapbook – Keep track of special events by decorating pages in your planner. You can do this directly on the weekly pages or on blank sheets of notepaper.
  14. Wedding planner – Have a wedding coming up? Use a planner to keep track of your guest lists, budget, bridal party, groomsmen, and all the people who help you along the way. Later you can look back on this and even share it with your children.
  15. Notebook – You can use a planner as a notebook for multiple categories. Photography, brain dumps, sports, or just to jot down an idea here or there.
  16. Travel – Keep track of all the places your visit while you travel. Store your train tickets, plane tickets, and stubs for all the places you visit. You can later add these to a scrapbook or a journal.
  17. Vehicle – Keep a planner in your car to keep track of battery changes, tire changes, accidents, payment and anything else related to the upkeep of your vehicle. This also makes it a lot easier if you ever plan to sell your vehicle.
  18. Storage – When you’ve finished using your insert, store the pages in a planner that you are no longer using.
  19. Wallet – Pocket and personal size planners are the best sizes to use as a wallet. Keep your important cards such as your license, and credit cards in the side pockets. Use business card holders to carry the rest of your store rewards cards and anything else that you would carry in your wallet. Here is an idea of how to turn your planner into a wallet.

If you have any other ideas, I’d would love to hear them. Or if you have a picture to share of how you’re using all your planners, please leave a comment below.

Planning 101: Lingo and Terms

Have you ever seen a planner for sale posts, planner DIY tutorial, or planner photo caption and thought to yourself, “what in the world do these phrases and letters mean?”

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*For sale post created for example only. Photo credit: Ashley Witt (Kate Spade Planners Club)

Being a “newbie” to the planner world can be a little intimidating, especially when you see posts like the one above. But fear not, we’re here to help! We’re bringing you a brief guide to planner terms that you may see in online forums, shops, and social media postings.

 

A4: uses paper size 8.27 in x 11.69 in, slightly similar to a full sheet of paper

A5: uses paper size 5.83 in x 8.27, slightly similar to a half sheet of paper

BNIP: brand new in package

BST: acronym for “buy, sell, trade”

BUMP: acronym for “bring up my post”

CC: color crush

“compact” size: similar to personal size but with smaller rings

dashboard: usually kept at the front of a planner for decoration or to hold notes

dividers: these separate pages in your planner, and usually have tabs or some kind of label

DISO: acronym for “desperately in search of”

dream planner: a planner someone hopes to own one day

EUC: acronym for “excellent used condition”

fauxdori: a style based off of a Midori traveler’s notebook, hence “faux”

FC: Franklin Covey brand

FF or Filofax: a brand of planners, most commonly used when referring to sizes

following/*: following the post to get notifications of comments/responses

FSO: acronym for “for sale only”

F&F: meaning “friends and family,” a Paypal payment option

GUC: acronym for “good used condition”

guts: another term for inserts or content inside planner

G&S: meaning “goods and services,” a Paypal payment option

inserts: the pages used in a planner such as calendars, notes, etc.

ISO: acronym for “in search of”

kikki.K: a brand of planners based in Australia

KSW: stands for “Kate Spade Wellesley,” a specific planner

LV: stands for Louis Vuitton

NWT: acronym for “new with tags”

NWOT: acronym for “new without tags”

“other” folder: a folder on Facebook where messages from people who are not your friends go.

“personal” size: uses paper size 3.74 in x 6.73 in

“pocket” size: uses paper size 3.19 in x 4.72 in

PP: PayPal

PP/Paypal ready: ready to pay via Paypal, usually within an hour or so

PM: stands for private message

printable: content that can be printed at home, usually a worksheet or insert

RAK: Random act of kindness, usually in reference to a gift sent/received in surprise

TFS: acronym for “thanks for sharing”

TIA: acronym for “thanks in advanced”

washi: (washi tape) decorative Japanese tape, usually made out of paper

Wo1P: a calendar insert format meaning week on one page

Wo2P: a calendar insert format meaning week on two pages

unicorn: a rare and hard to find planner (usually a sold out style)

Know of any other acronyms or terms that we didn’t mention? Feel free to share your knowledge and leave a comment below!

Planning 101: Refillable Planners

So you’ve decided that you’re ready to take the plunge and buy your very first refillable planner. There are plenty of benefits to having a refillable planner and this option is highly customizable for the person who knows exactly what they want in a planner.

However, after a little bit of research you find that there are so many choices. What size should I choose? Which brand should I go with? Where will I get my inserts? While getting started with refillable planners is no easy feat, we are here to give you the basic knowledge to get you started.

Brands

There are quite a few brands of planners. Here are some of the most popular ones.

Filofax– This vendor offers tons of different styles, refills, and planner accessories. Filofax refers to their refillable planners as “personal organizers.” They also have notebooks, electronics accessories, folders, portfolios, pens, and pencils. Filofax offers new designs and colors and retires old styles once in awhile but for the most part their planners are consistent. It’s relatively easy to find these planners from Amazon and other resellers, and there are even options to buy these used at a discounted price point. Prices for new planners range from $58 and up.

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photo courtesy of https://www.filofaxusa.com/

kikki.K– kikki.K is a one stop shop for all your stationery needs. They call their refillable planners “time planners” and they sell new designs each year. This means if you see a planner you like, do not hesitate to get it because once it’s gone you won’t see it on their site again. kikki.K offers nylon and leather planners. Prices for these planners range from $39.95-$79.95.

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Franklin Covey– Franklin Covey also offers many designs of planners. On their website they refer to their planners as “binders.” Some designs are available for purchase longer than others and they come in nylon, leather and simulated leather. These planners start at $39.95.

Kate Spade– Kate Spade offers their refillable planners yearly around October. We are unsure of whether or not Kate Spade will be offering refillable planners again this year, but keep checking back to their site. Prices are $60 or more depending on the sales.

Louis Vuitton– Before you cringe at the LV price tag, remember: you get what you pay for. Louis Vuitton planners tend to be of higher quality, like many of their leather goods. On their website they refer to their planners as “ring agenda covers.” Prices for their planners start at $365.

Sizes available

Each brand refers to the sizes of their planners a little differently however most people will refer to Filofax sizes when speaking generally.

Filofax- mini, pocket, compact, personal, A5, and A4

kikki.K- small, medium, large and the brand-specific “Personal Time Planner.”

Franklin Covey- pocket, compact, classic, and monarch

Kate Spade- small and large

Louis Vuitton- small, medium, and large

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Inserts

Based on Filofax sizes, here are the sizes of the size of the inserts for each size planner:

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photo courtesy of https://www.filofaxusa.com/

Each of the companies mentioned above provide inserts for the planners they make and sell. If the inserts that are included with the planner you purchase do not work for you, there are many other options you can choose from. Philofaxy.com offers many different printable inserts for free. Etsy also has a variety of sellers who make printable and printed inserts. In order to find inserts on Etsy try searching “(size) inserts” or “(size) planner refills.”

If you are still unsure as to what size planner you would like to get, try cutting or folding some paper and carry it around with you for a week or two. If you find that the pages are too small or too big try the next size until you find something that will work for your needs.

If you use this guide to buy your first planner, we would love to hear how this helped you and how you like your new planner. Feel free to email us or leave a comment below!

Planning on a Budget: DIY Ribbon Clips

Hello Planner Lovers!

Planner clips are an easy way to mark pages you need easy access to. Instead of using plain old paperclips, I thought it would be fun to share with you all how you can decorate your very own clips with ribbon or string you have lying around the house.

If you don’t have ribbon, you can find them by the spools at practically any store. I know Walmart carries them for as little as $0.98 per spool.

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The first clip I’d like to share is the most common and you’ve probably seen them in people’s planners before. All you need is about six to eight inches of ribbon and a paperclip. You can use one or more colors depending on your liking. This clip is so simple and easy to make you’ll find yourself wondering why you haven’t made them before.

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The next ribbon clip is a bit more complex but almost as easy. For this you need a six inch piece of ribbon, a paperclip of course and a little bit of thread. Click the photo for step by step instructions on how to make that cute bow paperclip.

Have any other ideas on how to utilize ribbon to make a paperclip? Leave a comment below to share your idea with everyone!

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Planning on a Budget: 7 Free Halloween Printables

Hey Planner People!

Halloween is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with free Halloween printables? I have compiled seven planner printables for your to choose from so you can rock Halloween all month long! Simply click on the photo you like and follow the download link on that page.

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@planner.PICKETT: Nightmare Before Christmas FREE halloween Planner Sticker Printable:

Keep in mind that theses printable were put together for your enjoyment by hardworking people. Please do not redistribute these stickers or claim them as your own. If you would like to share the printable, simply share the link to this post or the direct link to the creators post.

Happy Halloween!

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5 Washi Tape Uses for the Office

Hey Planner People!

Washi Tape is a staple in the planner world for most people. Did you know you can subtly showcase your washi addiction at work? This will not only cheer up your work space but will also help you use up some of those washi rolls you’ve been hoarding.

1. Washi Tape Clipboard

Sitting in meetings all day can be a bore. Spruce up your clipboard with a few patterns of washi.

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2. Washi Tape Flags

Add washi tape to your paperclips to make easy to find page markers.

Photo Credit: Tambouille

3. Pretty Binder Clips

Binder clips come in various colors and prints. However, if your office only orders plain clips, brighten them up yourself with that stash of washi you keep in your desk drawer.

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4. Washi Tape Desktop

Add a bit of flair to any computer screen with a bit of washi.

Photo Credit: Apartment Therapy

5. Washi Tape Keyboard

Turn your boring old keyboard into a washi tape keyboard with just a few rolls of washi and a pair of scissors.

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I hope these washi tape ideas help you brighten up your workday!

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Planning on a Budget: Pretty Planners under $15

Taking the plunge into the planner world can be a bit intimidating. Especially if you know that there are many different types of refillable planners out there. You can read my post here on refillable planners.

For many people, buying that first planner is a big investment. Many of the planners cost close to $60.00 or more. Dropping that much money on something you are unsure about is a big risk. My suggestion to you is to first find a simple and less costly planner you can test out. That way, if planning turns out not to be your thing, you won’t have to regret spending so much money.

I have complied a list of a few planners that are great for testing out to see if the paper planner thing is right for you.

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1. Target Dollar Spot

Target comes out with new designs for their dollar section every month or so. Their items range from $1-$5. Most of the planner related items are either $1 or $3. If you’re lucky, you can find a binder and a set of inserts for only $6.

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2. Day Designer

This Day Designer Planner can be found at Target. The original price is $7.99, it is currently on sale for $7.19. Plus, if you have a Target REDcard, you save an additional 5% making this planner only $6.83.

 

Personal size planner, punctuate planner, stamping, washi, pocket cards:
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3. Barnes and Noble Punctuate Planner

This planner from Barnes and noble starts popping up in stores around summer time. If you think a ring binder is something you want to try, I definitely recommend this one. This planner is usually about $10 and you can probably score anywhere from 10%-25% off with coupons.

 

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4. May Designs

May Designs is a company that creates custom notebooks. They have various inside pages to choose from including note pages, planner pages and coloring pages. A completely customized notebook is $23, however May Designs constantly runs promotions and I have gotten my books for as little as $9.00 (plus shipping).

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5. Micheal’s Recollections Planner

This planner from Recollections is sold only at Micheal’s craft stores. The original price of this planner is $19.99. If you can find a 50% off coupon, that makes this planner a whopping $10.00. Monthly and weekly inserts need to be purchased separately.

You can find many more planners under $15 at stores such as Walmart, Office Max, Staples and almost anywhere you purchase school supplies.

I hope you’re able to find a planner that is in your budget and that works for you!

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Mahalo to our Sponsors!

As you may know, we hosted our very first Planner Con on August 13, 2016. You may read about it here. We would not have been able to have such a successful event without the help of fellow planner addicts, vendors, and shop owners.

A big Mahalo goes out to all the following sponsors:

Bloom Planners
Simply Gilded
Cortnee Boutique
Plan.Sparkle808
Kristine_saidmeow
Halupa Co.
Oli Block
Imagine320Designs
JustMyRosyLife
The Ink Road
Pen Gems
Foxy Fix
Vines Design Co
Pop NG Designs
Nikki Plus Three
Krissy Bee
Sweet Little Panda Designs
Tsum Tsum Spot
Planner Posh
The Sticker Dealer
Scarlet Lime
Joyful Planning

There were also a few other last minute donations that I forgot to note. If you donated to our event, please know we are truly grateful. We would also like to say thank you to everyone who attended the event. Without you, it would not have been such a big success.

If you missed this event and would like to stay updated on our future events, make sure to follow us on Instagram @OahuPlannerGirls and join our Facebook Group – Oahu Planner Girls. You can also follow my blog as I will be posting upcoming events here as well.

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Ollies Paper Boutique Sticker Review

As you all know by now, stickers are a staple in my planners. Most weeks all I need to get by are stickers, washi and a pen.

Last week I received this amazing package in the mail. The stickers are from Ollie’s Paper Boutique.

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These stickers blew me away. I love the colors blue and purple and these pictures do no justice to those blue and purple labels. The colors are so vibrant, I love it! I also chose Pokemon Go stickers, the misfit kit and they threw in a sheet of “Sleep in” stickers.

In the misfit kit, all these stickers were included. One or two pages were miscut and there were a bunch of cut die cut stickers. The rest of the sheets were practically perfect, causing me to wonder what they were doing in a misfit kit – which is a good thing. Overall, I would have to say the the stickers from Ollie’s Paper Boutique are high quality and well worth the money.

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If you would like to get your hands on some stickers from Ollie’s Paper Boutique, visit them on Etsy and use code “GRANDSPECIAL” for 15% off your purchase of $10.00 or more! Hope you enjoy!

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