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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Plan With Me // November Monthly - A & M Memories Designs

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Crunchy
Leaves,
Crisp
Air,
Autumn
Arrived!
November is such a lovely month, I thought it deserved TWO monthly spreads. I don’t usually do two but my Volunteer Happy Planner needs a little love once in a while. 




This spread was given to me by the lovely Angela over at A & M Memories Designs. I am a part of her planning and design team. I am given spreads to review and share with you guys. More about that later. 

The monthly kit is her November Kit printable for the Happy Planner. She also has the same one for Erin Condren Planners.

Here is the grand reveal. Three pages of printables in gorgeous fall colors. 

 


The only thing I think that could be improved upon is how stickers are arranged for printing. I wasn’t thrilled the sidebar printed on its own page. I LOVE the sidebar, I just feel like I wasted paper printing it.

Also, do my colors look off? Everything looked great online but I think my printer went wonky. The ink is no where near out. Oh well. Colors will vary from screen to screen and printer to printer.

 


The date covers and sidebar fit perfectly. Angela even included covers for the empty boxes. I really love that detail. This kit has a nice autumn feel with the pumpkins and leaves. 



I love that the holidays and Daylight Savings Time was included. I often forget these things. Veteran’s Day is especially important in my volunteer planner since all my volunteer work is for disabled veterans. 

I really like how this turned out. I’m mad at my printer but it was bound to happen sometimes. 

 Supplies I used:
Paper
I like these over the Avery sheets because they work for both inkjet and laser printers. I know there is also some amazing papers on onlinelabels.com. For personal printing the matte or glossy papers are your cheapest bet. The weatherproof paper is my favorite though.

Printer

HP OfficeJet Pro 6830 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer


Daiso Japan precision knife

Metal ruler

Small scissors 

What pen do I use on a dark kit?
I have a white gel pen for the black and dark parts. The rest of the boxes work well with any kind of pen. I tested a glitter gel pen, ball point pen, staedtler fine liner, an inky pen, and a colored fine point mystery pen. The glitter gel pen and ballpoint pen smeared if touched immediately. Give those time to dry. About a full minute. The other pens were dry in seconds, which was shocking. My favorite inky pen usually needs 30 seconds to dry. 

Use code NATALIE15 for 15% off your order from A & M Memories. I don’t receive any kind of kickback or anything. It’s just a nice way for you to always have a sale. Mention my name for a free sampler. 




I’m a part of the Design and Digital Team for A & M Memories. I am required to make 4 posts a month. I receive the items free of charge to review and bring to you. I do not receive any compensation for the posts or for you using my discount code. You can join the A & M Memories Facebook group for updates and exclusive sneak peeks. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Plan with Me // October 6 - 12

This post contains affiliate links. I receive no monetary compensation for my review but I do receive the sticker kits free of charge. 

I
Love
Fall
This week it’s all about autumn. I live in Texas, so I don’t really get to experience this season. I like to pretend the seasons change and we don’t just go from 90 degrees to 40 this month. The Fall Leaves Laine Weekly Kit gives me a little bit of the Autumn spirit. This kit is brought to you by A & M Memories Designs.

My first impression of this kit was I absolutely love the colors of this kit. Navy and red-orange are really on trend this season. It’s has cute coffee cups, gorgeous plaid, and so many little glitter headers. 



I went ahead and cut out all the stickers ahead of time. Previously I cut as I went, but I wanted to be able to lay the stickers out without committing to the placement immediately. As you can see, there are quite a few headers and small boxes to write on. 



I started with the headers and date covers. They really are my favorite part of any kit. I will say I need to find an easier way to separate the sticker from its backing. You can see the dates lifting up after I mangled them. 





I decided to try something new and put all my decorative boxes on the middle row. I really like how it turned out! The stickers are a little short for the Classic Happy Planner so I put them at the bottom of the box. It left me plenty of room to fill it with small boxes. The top is all list boxes and then some decorative boxes at the bottom.



To finish it off I just filled in the space with half boxes and decorative stickers. 

Supplies I used:
Paper
I like these over the Avery sheets because they work for both inkjet and laser printers. I know there is also some amazing papers on onlinelabels.com. For personal printing the matte or glossy papers are your cheapest bet. The weatherproof paper is my favorite though. 

Printer

HP OfficeJet Pro 6830 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer


Daiso Japan precision knife

Metal ruler

Small scissors 

What pen do I use on a dark kit?
I have a white gel pen for the black and dark parts. The rest of the boxes work well with any kind of pen. I tested a glitter gel pen, ball point pen, staedtler fine liner, an inky pen, and a colored fine point mystery pen. The glitter gel pen and ballpoint pen smeared if touched immediately. Give those time to dry. About a full minute. The other pens were dry in seconds, which was shocking. My favorite inky pen usually needs 30 seconds to dry. 

Use code NATALIE15 for 15% off your order from A & M Memories. I don’t receive any kind of kickback or anything. It’s just a nice way for you to always have a sale.



I’m a part of the Design and Digital Team for A & M Memories. I am required to make 4 posts a month. I receive the items free of charge to review and bring to you. I do not receive any compensation for the posts or for you using my discount code. You can join the A & M Memories Facebook group for updates and exclusive sneak peeks. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Plan With Me // November Monthly

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Hello November!!
This month’s cover is brought to you by BEaYOUtiful Planning. I promise she’s not my only resource for planning printables; her November Free Printable is just so gorgeous, I had to use it. 

So, this monthly cover set comes with 3 planner options: Erin Condren, Classic Happy Planner, and Mini Happy Planner. It also has an additional notes page for your Erin Condren, but it works just fine to cover the Happy Planner This Month section. I thought that was a lovely and thoughtful addition. I love when things match. 
I’ll be using the Classic Happy Planner kit.

Since this kit doesn’t have a ton of stickers, I’m going to just walk you through what I did and show the finished product at the end. 

The first thing I do when I start a new spread is carefully remove both pages. Grasp the sheet at the top near the rings and pull downward. Go slowly as sometimes the page can catch and rip. You’ll hear a small “click” when the ring is free. It’s one of the most satisfying sounds in the world to me. 

Once I have my single pages in front of me, I start cutting out the headers. I really appreciate that she covered all the way to the edge on the Sunday-Tuesday header. It helps the page look more finished.

I cut out the blue headers next because I wanted to use them for the sideboard cover. I then cut out the sideboard and affixed the headers. I then carefully covered the left hand side of the first page. 

I continued by cutting out the empty dates covers and decorative boxes. I placed them in their designated spots. One of the decorative boxes had “Thanksgiving” printed on it so it was easy to place. 

I finally started on the work of cutting all the small boxes. There are designated bill pay boxes, birthday markers, and holidays. I might actually remember when Day Light Savings ends this year. 

The last thing I do is the date covers. I save them for last because inevitably I end up covering them otherwise.



As you can see this is a very pale floral kit. Cutting it out was not easy. The lighting was terrible. I also decided not to use my exacto knife and ruler. That’s a mistake I won’t make again. 

I really enjoyed how this turned out. It’s dainty, but still a fall floral. It has even made me like brown a little. 

Supplies I Used
Paper
I like these over the Avery sheets because they work for both inkjet and laser printers. I know there is also some amazing papers on onlinelabels.com. For personal printing the matte or glossy papers are your cheapest bet. The weatherproof paper is my favorite though.

Printer
HP Officejet Pro 6830 e-All-In-One
I honestly do not recommend this printer. It’s my mother’s printer. It does a decent job but I’m going to invest in a photo printer. 


Small scissors



Sunday, October 29, 2017

Plan With Me // October 30 - November 5

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Happy Halloween!!
This weekly cover is brought to you by MissPrintableStudio on Etsy. I purchased her Halloween Monthly Kit back in August just for this week. 

Now, the kit is labeled as a “monthly” spread, but it’s really a “weekly”. The boxes are a perfect fit for the Classic Happy Planner. She gives a ton of stickers and extras in the kit. I didn’t use most of them because the image was the focus. 

I actually did this spread back in the beginning of October. I was naive and didn’t take photos.  

The first thing I do when I start a new spread is carefully remove both pages. Grasp the sheet at the top near the rings and pull downward. Go slowly as sometimes the page can catch and rip. You’ll hear a small “click” when the ring is free. It’s one of the most satisfying sounds in the world to me. 

Once I have my single pages in front of me, I started by cutting out the washi strips. They are the purple witch hats and white spider webs. I had to cut them because they were two long. I did this by laying the piece where I wanted it and slicing off the excess with my precision knife. 

I wanted to get the mural done next so I cut out the pieces and lined them up on the right hand side. I really like how 8 boxes form a Halloween picture. 



I kept this one pretty simple with only a few lined boxes and decorations. The focus is really that spooky scene. 

Supplies I Used
Paper
I like these over the Staples sheets because they work for both inkjet and laser printers. I know there is also some amazing papers on onlinelabels.com. For personal printing the matte or glossy papers are your cheapest bet. The weatherproof paper is my favorite though.

Printer
HP Officejet Pro 6830 e-All-In-One
I honestly do not recommend this printer. It’s my mother’s printer. It does a decent job but I’m going to invest in a photo printer. 

Daiso Japan Precision Knife

Metal Ruler

I would recommend MissPrintableStudio. I bought 5 kits in all from her and found them to be beautiful and well designed. If you swing on over to my Instagram you can see the August kits I used. 



Plan With Me // October 22-28

It’s the week before Halloween! This whole month has been pretty much Halloween themed but the spread this week was really cute. Again, I’m doing a Plan with Me in my Classic Happy Planner

The sticker kit is the October Weekly Kit by BEaYOUtiful Planning. It is a free printable and I loved the sheer number of sticker that came with it. I am a no-white space planner, so the more the better.

This kit comes with 4 pages: boxes, half boxes, headers, and decorations. It features a rich colors and cute patterns. The colors are orange, green, purple, and black. There are also glitter headers and hand lettered sayings.

I started this spread with my usual zig zag of full size boxes. I then added in matching half boxes with space to write. This kit comes with date cover headers, which are my favorite. Pink peonies just don’t belong in a Halloween spread. I also added list boxes over the notes until  it was fully covered. 

I continued to fill in my planner with boxes, lists, and headers until all of the white spaced was filled. I really do prefer as little white space as possible. There are these cute little bow dividers that even filled in the little spaces. 



Another successful weekly! I love this. The colors are just so much fun. I know it’s crazy busy and not for anyone, but I love it. 

Supplies I used:
Paper
I like these over the Staples sheets because they work for both inkjet and laser printers. I know there is also some amazing papers on onlinelabels.com. For personal printing the matte or glossy papers are your cheapest bet. The weatherproof paper is my favorite though. 

Printer
HP Officejet Pro 6830 e-All-In-One Printer

Daiso Japan precision knife

Metal ruler

Scissors 

What pen do I use on a dark kit?
I have a white gel pen for the black and dark parts. The rest of the boxes work well with any kind of pen. I tested a glitter gel pen, ball point pen, staedtler fine liner, an inky pen, and a colored fine point myster pen. The glitter gel pen and ballpoint pen smeared if touched immediately. Give those time to dry. About a full minute. The other pens were dry in seconds, which was shocking. My favorite inky pen usually needs 30 seconds to dry. 




Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Plan with Me // Oct 15 - 21

I received this weekly sticker kit for free in exchange for writing a review post.

I loved decorating my Happy Planner for this week. I have a lot going on this weekend with a planner meet up and my grandmother’s 96th birthday. I wanted to make the week special. 

The sticker kit is Vampiress Vanessa by A & M Memories
I love the rich dark colors and spooky decorative stickers included. 
Let’s dive right in and gets started on this Plan With Me (PWM).



I totally forgot to take pictures before I started cutting. Oopsie! This kit comes with 4 pages: boxes, headers, decorative boxes, and decorations/glitter headers. It features a beautiful vampire graphic in four skin tones; black, blood red, maroon and green colors; spooky graphics; and glitter. 



With every kit I use, I do a zigzag with the decorative boxes. It’s just my thing. I also love that this kit included date covers. Nothing bugs me more than to have a gorgeous spread ruined by pink pastels at the top. 

I just continue to fill in my planner with boxes and lists until most of the white spaced is filled. I prefer as little white space as possible. Even with filling up the whole week, I still had almost all of my headers and half of my boxes left over. I could easily use them in another spread. 


I LOVE the way this turned out. It’s spooky and elegant. It’s defitely worth the price. I added a Halloween Countdown printable by Pink Pixel Graphics to help me keep track for my shop and decorating the house.  

Supplies I used:
Paper
I like these over the Avery sheets because they work for both inkjet and laser printers. I know there is also some amazing papers on onlinelabels.com. For personal printing the matte or glossy papers are your cheapest bet. The weatherproof paper is my favorite though. 
Printer
I have an inkjet printer at home but I had Staples print these stickers. I learned that if you bring your own paper, Staples will print it for FREE. Even color prints. 

Daiso Japan precision knife

Metal ruler

Small scissors 

What pen do I use on a dark kit?
I have a white gel pen for the black and dark parts. The rest of the boxes work well with any kind of pen. I tested a glitter gel pen, ball point pen, staedtler fine liner, an inky pen, and a colored fine point myster pen. The glitter gel pen and ballpoint pen smeared if touched immediately. Give those time to dry. About a full minute. The other pens were dry in seconds, which was shocking. My favorite inky pen usually needs 30 seconds to dry. 

Use code NATALIE15 for 15% off your order from A & M Memories. I don’t receive any kind of kickback or anything. It’s just a nice way for you to always have a sale.

I’m a part of the Design and Digital Team for A & M Memories. I am required to make 4 posts a month. I receive the items free of charge to review and bring to you. I do not receive any compensation for the posts or for you using my discount code. You can join the A & M Memories Facebook group for updates and exclusive sneak peeks. 


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Free Summer Bookmarks


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Journaling Belle Designs

I did! 
I've had these in the works for a while but I had no idea how to make them on my iPad mini. Seriously y'all, these bookmarks are three months of hard work and learning a TON about what apps I can use and how they work. 

I learned that I don't need a fancy stylus to create decent drawings. I also learned that you don't have to spend money on apps to get what you want. Everything I used was TOTALLY free. 
Maybe I'll do a how to one day. 

So, drumroll please...

Ta-da!
Okay, so this is only a sample of the three I colored. 

You'll actually get SIX different bookmarks for you to color.
I recommend printing them on cardstock so they hold up well. If you have a laminator you can make them water resistant. I'll be laminating mine soon. 

So what's the catch? How do I get my bookmarks?
These bookmarks are exclusively for new email subscribers. Just fill in your information below, confirm your email and they'll be delivered right to your mailbox! 




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