Oahu Planner Girls present Oahu Planner Con

On August 13, 2016, Oahu Planner Girls hosted our very first Oahu Planner Con. The event was held at Kaka’ako Agora from 10:00am-4:00pm. Vendors began setting up and people began lining up for OPG Kits as early as 8:30am.

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We had 25 vendors at the event. Yes, twenty five!

There were planner shops, scrapbook shops, food and drink stations, clothing booths and much, much more.

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Once we opened up, people started flowing in. We had all sorts of people come through, babies, children, teens, moms, dads, grandmas, planners and non planners. Throughout the day people came and went. Shops sold tons of products and we even had one shop sell out, how amazing is that?

As people came in and paid their admission, they were given a raffle ticket. We pulled numbers on the hour, every hour and gave away over 25 prizes throughout the event. At the end of the day, we tallied up the tickets and we had over 400 raffle tickets left. We sold a few tickets during the event and did not count the numbers we pulled while calling out prizes therefore, we estimated close to 400 people came through.

Throughout the day we had a few workshops set up as well. We started off at 10:15 am with Tyra of @tjt.designs. She hosted two workshops, the other was at 11:15 am. Next we had a giveaway by Cinch from 12:30-1:30 pm. They gave away a Long Camel Obi belt to everyone who followed them on Instagram. At 2:00 pm we had Michelle of xo.mamaplans stop by to talk story with those who purchased our VIP Package. After that we finished the event with a resin charm workshop from Joy of The Joy of Crafting at Ben Franklin.

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Planning on a Budget: DIY Planner Tassels

Hey Planner Lovers!

A few weeks ago I helped host a planner meet up on Oahu. Our group is called Oahu Planner girls, check it out! Anyway, at the meet up we had a few games and craft projects for the girls to do. My job was to create one of those craft project. I chose planner tassels!

I know some ladies don’t have a lot of time to sit and make planner things but for those of you who do, I wanted to share the printable I made. The directions are super easy to follow along and can be modified. You can make the ribbon shorter or longer and you could add more strands if you prefer.

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View the printable version here.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Want to see something else on the blog? Leave a comment below with your suggestions. Also, if you do make your own planner tassel we would love to see. Use the hashtag #OPGtassel on Instagram to share your creation with us!

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Planning on a Budget: DIY Washi Tape Booklet

Hello fellow planner lovers!

Last week I created a DIY Mini Happy Planner video. A few days later, it dawned on me that with the rings that I had left over, I could create a portable Washi Tape Booklet! I couldn’t wait to put the tutorial together!

1. Cut out the “pages”

I used laminated sheets. I find that when using cards, there is usually a glossy film that sticks to the tape when you get to the last few inches. The film prevents the washi from sticking and therefore it went wasted. I ran a few sheets through my laminator and cut them down to 4.5″ x 4.25 ” pieces.

2. Wrap Washi

I wrapped about 28″ of washi tape around my laminated sheets. That is about seven times around the laminated sheet. Make sure to leave about a half inch or so to allow enough space to punch. I fit five regular size washi on each sheet, eight skinny washi and about three fat washi per sheet.

3. Punch Pages

I do not have a Happy Planner or Arc punch so I lined up an old sheet and used it as a guide to punch holes. I then cut slits to allow the pages to attach to the discs. Having a Happy Planner or Arc punch would have been much better, I found that it was hard to punch and cut all the pages exactly the same. When put in the book, the pages were a bit harder to turn, but it is still possible.

4. Attach all pages to discs

5. Cover

I cut up a thick folder about a half inch larger than the pages. I then punch holes into the covers and attached them to the back and front of the book. Viola! A portable washi tape booklet! Now you can have all your washi tapes on-the-go!

This video is geared toward Happy Planner users. To modify for ring planner, resize the “pages” and punch holes to fit into your planner. To modify for Erin Condren users, simple punch pages with a spiral punch.

If you liked this video and would like to see more DIY’s and tutorials, please like and subscribe. Also, don’t forget to follow the blog to keep up to date on all Planning on a Budget posts!

 

Planning on a Budget: DIY Mini Happy Planner

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I have had a Happy Planner for about six months now. When I first bought the planner, I decided I wanted the planner to be a stay-at-home memory keeper. I’d jot appointments and things that were accomplished during the week or special events that took place. During the past couple of weeks, my Happy Planner has become my main planner.

The downside of using the Happy Planner as a “main planner” is that it is not very travel friendly. The planner takes up a lot of space in my small purse and it is hard to plan on the go. I recently seen a post in the MAMBI Happy Planners group where someone tweaked their planner so that it was a bit smaller and much easier to carry around. I loved the idea of it being a bit smaller so I decided to give it a try. While trying it for myself, I wanted to create an easy to follow video for anyone else who may want to turn their HP into something a tad more portable.

If you would like to make your Happy Planner similar to a personal size, remove two discs and fold the paper up so that the notches line up with the next two discs. For easier access to your pages, cut off the bottom two notches of each sheet so there is no need to hook and unhook the pages each time you plan.

If you liked this video and would like to see more DIY’s and tutorials, please like and subscribe. Also, don’t forget to follow the blog to keep up to date on all Planning on a Budget posts!

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Fancy Sticker Prints Review

There are many, many different sticker shops on Instagram. One day while scrolling through my feed, I came across an adorable Mermaid kit sticker set. I immediately contacted the shop owner and shared how much I loved the set.

Last week I put together my post – Planning on a Budget: Coupon Code Roundup & No Spend Printable. When I messaged her to see if she wanted to be part of the round up she agreed. I then got a message stating she was coming to the states (from Canada) and that she wanted to send a few sheets to me for a review. I was ecstatic! Here are the weekly kits I received.

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I was so excited that I got the Mermaid kit! So excited that I cleaned off my desk and set up for a Plan with Me video. These stickers are AMAZING quality. They are cut neatly and are repositionable (as you’ll see in my video). The colors are vibrant and the designs are super cute. I was almost sad to use the sheet because it was so cute and I wish I had more. Fancy Sticker Prints is also offering a special code to my readers! Make sure to get your orders in before the code expires!

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Planning on a Budget: Coupon Code Roundup and No Spend Printable

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Hello Everyone!

As promised (via Facebook and Instagram) I have compiled a Coupon Code Round-up for a bunch of planner shops. These shops include stickers, clips, dashboards and other planner embellishments. I hope you enjoy!

Chasing Chels

Leigh Darling

Crafty PawzzDayCreates

Just my Rosy Life

Imagine320designs

Dixiedori

Fancy Sticker Prints located in Canada

Golden Creations HI

Passport to WonderlandPiggy Park DesignsPlanner LushPlanWithaSocialWorkrStudio RiversSugary Gal Shop

 

 

For those of you planning to do a no-spend next month, I have prepared this printable with a month card for you to keep track of which days you accomplish your no spend. I also thought it would be a nice idea to reward yourself if you get through the whole month without spending money of planner supplies. Click the photo below to download your free printable.

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I hope you folks enjoyed this “Coupon Code Round-up”! Make sure to get all your purchases in before the 31st if you plan on doing a no-spend next month. Please feel free to leave a comment below and let me know how you liked the round up and if you’d like to see it again!

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Financial Tip Friday: 3 Easy Ways to Start Saving Today

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Thanks for joining me for another Financial Tip Friday! I will be adding a new tip to my blog on how to manage your finances each Friday, so make sure you check back often to see the newest posts. To catch up on all the Financial Tip Friday Posts, please click here.

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Many of us are great at spending money. According to a study done by Statista, Americans spent an average of $88.77 per day between February 2015 and February 2016. It’s no wonder why many of us seem to be living paycheck to paycheck and have such a hard time saving money.

Many of us have resolved to save money in the New Year. If you have not started already, now would be a good time to start saving some of that hard earned dough. Here are a few ways for you to start saving today:

1. Change in a jar
For the past two weeks I have been stashing my coins and one dollar bills in a           container at work. I did this so that I could grab money and go to the snack store whenever I wanted to snack on something. In that time however I saved $20.82 ($16 in ones and the rest in coins). That is not including the money that I have already taken out to spend either. This was accumulated by tossing every dollar bill and coin I came in contact with into the container. Easy right?

2. Bring home lunch
By bringing your own lunch at least once a week you can save around $60 per month. Toss the money that you’d normally use to buy lunch into your change jar and watch the savings pile up even faster.

3. Buy Generic
The price difference between generic and brand-name items are sometimes significant and more times than not the quality is almost exactly the same. Buy brand name items for the items that are important to you but try to opt for generic for everything else. You can also add these savings to your change jar and see how much money you’ll have after one month.

For those of you who just started reading my Financial Tip Friday posts, I’d like to invite you to join my Facebook group “Living on a Budget.” We will be discussing the topics each week. The group is also there for you if you ever need support or advice so I hope you’ll join us. Also, please keep in mind that all tips and scenarios are either from my own personal experience or configured solely for examples. Though the methods mentioned on my blog may have worked for me, I cannot guarantee they will work for everyone. However, I’d love it if you gave it a try and let me know how it worked for you! Well, that’s it for this weeks Financial Tip. Check back again next week for more!

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Planning on a Budget: Where to Find Free Printable Planner Stickers

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As you all already know, I love all things planner related. If you do not know this by now, feel free to check out my previous posts or follow me on Instagram to see all my planner posts.

Though there are many reasons someone may start using a planner, two of the reasons I love planning is because of all the goodies and the endless possibilities. By goodies, I mean stickers, washi tape, pens, stamps, paper punches and so much more. As far as endless possibilities: imagine you have 10 different people. You give each person the same set of supplies, two rolls of washi, pens, a stamp set and a week on two page insert. You tell each person to decorate the inserts to their hearts content in thirty minutes. Thirty minutes later, you have 10 different layouts even though each person started with the same supplies and the same directions.

Having a limited budget for planner goodies, I have to find other cheaper or free ways to indulge in my planner addiction. I know there are many, many other people who are in the same boat as myself which is why I wanted to put together a post of planner addicts like you and me who offer free printables.

http://luckicharms.weebly.com/free-printables

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http://www.wendaful.com/free-printable-stickers/

Free Heart Dates Stickers

https://chicchicprints.wordpress.com/

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https://fancyplanner.wordpress.com/

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http://tdebuff.wix.com/traceyplans

http://www.myplannerenvy.com/

Free Planner Sticker Printable: Bad Day Sampler for the Vertical Erin Condren Life Planner

http://planneraddiction.com/

https://missplans.wordpress.com/freebies/

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http://www.theorganizingcompanion.com/

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http://www.thepinkroomco.com/blog

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There are many other people who offer free printables as well, this is just a short list of the ones I could find while searching and Instagram, Facebook, and Google. To find more free printables, try key words such as “free printable stickers”, “printable planner stickers” or other variations. Please keep in mind that the images here are low quality photos for example only, some photos may have been resized or cropped to fit into the post. If you would like to download the actual stickers, please visit the links provided. Also, some of these blogs offer free printables only on certain days and for a certain period of time, for more information please visit the websites to read their policies further.

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Financial Tip Friday: How to Avoid ATM Skimming

Hey Everyone!

Thanks for joining me for another Financial Tip Friday! I will be adding a new tip to my blog on how to manage your finances each Friday, so make sure you check back often to see the newest posts. To catch up on all the Financial Tip Friday Posts, please click here.

ATM Skimming

ATM Skimming when someone uses a hidden card reader to steal the personal information from your card’s magnetic strip, as well as cameras to record your pin number to gain access to your funds. Some skimmers may opt for fake keypads instead of cameras in order to capture your pin. These keypads are designed to fit over the ATM keypads almost perfectly.

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To avoid ATM Skimming, there are a few tips you can follow.

Try to use the same ATM as much as you can. This will help you to become familiar with the ATM so you will know if anything looks out of place. Also, if possible, try to stick to indoor ATMs, which are more difficult for skimmers to tamper with.

If the card readers looks fishy – loose, taped, cracked or scratched – do not use it. This may be a sign that the card reader has been tampered with.

Always cover the keypad when entering your pin to block any cameras that may be fixed on the keypad. If the keypad looks raised or if it is a slightly different color than the rest of the machine, this may be a sign of a fake.

For those of you who just started reading my Financial Tip Friday posts, I’d like to invite you to join my Facebook group “Living on a Budget.” We will be discussing the topics each week. The group is also there for you if you ever need support or advice so I hope you’ll join us. Also, please keep in mind that all tips and scenarios are either from my own personal experience or configured solely for examples. Though the methods mentioned on my blog may have worked for me, I cannot guarantee they will work for everyone. However, I’d love it if you gave it a try and let me know how it worked for you! Well, that’s it for this weeks Financial Tip. Check back again next week for more!

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Financial Tip Friday: Savings Check-In and New Savings Strategy

Hey Everyone!

Thanks for joining me for another Financial Tip Friday! I will be adding a new tip to my blog on how to manage your finances each Friday, so make sure you check back often to see the newest posts. To catch up on all the Financial Tip Friday Posts, please click here.

A few weeks ago, I created a savings plan for different pay periods. Today, I’d like to take the time to reflect on those goals. If you have kept up with the goals here is where you should be:

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If you are finding this method to be a bit tough, you should consider the $5.00 Savings Challenge. What this challenge entails is, everytime you receive a five dollar bill, store that bill on the side and add it to your savings jar, box, envelope or whatever you are using. At the end of the year see how much money you’ve saved. I have not tried this method yet but I think I will try this next year. It’s so much easier to remember than having to refer to a chart.

If you are also a planner addict like myself, you could create a printable or use a note paper in your planner to log each time you add a bill to your savings. If you want to take it one step further, jot down a note about how you came in contact with the bill. Were you cashing a paycheck? Did you receive change while taking your daughter Prom dress shopping? When or where did you get it? At the end of the year you can go back and have something to reflect on when counting all that money!

Know of another money saving challenge? I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and let me know how it worked for you if you gave it a try.

For those of you who just started reading my Financial Tip Friday posts, I’d like to invite you to join my Facebook group “Living on a Budget.” We will be discussing the topics each week. The group is also there for you if you ever need support or advice so I hope you’ll join us. Also, please keep in mind that all tips and scenarios are either from my own personal experience or configured solely for examples. Though the methods mentioned on my blog may have worked for me, I cannot guarantee they will work for everyone. However, I’d love it if you gave it a try and let me know how it worked for you! Well, that’s it for this weeks Financial Tip. Check back again next week for more!

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