I have been wanting to join in with the ADORABLE Alexandra when she does her monthly posts that involve scrapbooking, planning, all beautiful things paper & pictures.... & I'm finally doing it - keep an eye out for her posts - they go LIVE on the 3rd Thursday of the month - but I have my Thankful Thursday - so posting early & will link up with her then.
I've got a renewed love of my planner lately! I know I love spending way too much time scrolling through Instagram for hashtags like #planneraddict or #plannercommunity - add in anything that references Erin Condren & now Plum Paper & I'm in.
Speaking of which, I've made the change this year to Plum Paper. I'm a tad nervous actually. I've been a die-hard Erin Condren fan & user for the past 5 years. But I end up taking graph paper & covering up the first few pretty pages of each month to make it more adaptable to what I want. Well, when I saw that I can add the pages I want in a Plum Paper without me covering anything up & making it a part of the planner? I decided to give it a try. Especially have I saw my friend Liz got her Plum planner & it's really nice. The paper is super smooth - I always go over to her desk & tell her I'm going to rub her paper. Most people would think that's weird - she just happily hands it over & says, "Go for it"... get a planner friend in your life planner people.
Speaking of Plum Paper - I have been turned onto their Subscription box of stickers that you can get each month for your planner. Here's the set that came for September.
They come with such cute little add ons each month - to document fuel, or laundry, or cleaning...
& I really enjoy their functional stickers too - this monthly Habit tracker round wheel one? I really like it - I've been using it for my workouts. I like coloring in the wheel!
|You can see the little weather stickers too & doctor stickers & dinner stickers - has it all|
You get all these for $10.00!!! I mean, how can you go wrong? Especially because it helps me color coordinate too. (if anyone is interested, let me know & I can send you a referral link)
All this is really making me really enjoy using my planner more.
I'll admit, I never was one of those people that decorated my planner. I wanted it to be functional. But I'm learning to make the best of both worlds. So its not a beautiful as some people's planners - cue that planner envy that I come across on Instagram - but I like how mine is turning out. Take a gander of my August spreads....
This is one of the first ones where I started to incorporate a theme of a color for the week. Leave it to me to start with a Belle yellow :)
But I also started trying to document my water intake... - you can see by the end of the week, I was over drawing the big water drops... I'm learning how to make it work each week.
Only the next week....
I really liked the change of putting the washi tape to be able to document the weather on each day (I'm a big weather nerd...) & I like the way it divides the bottom too.
The next week...
You can see that I made the change on this week to start making my TO DO list & my WORK lists different colors... & left each of the "DONE" circles to color in when it was completed different colors. I liked that visual.
.... & the next week...
So I used my side list on this one for my packing for my weekend trip for Women of Joy. That was handy.
& I tried to do a different bottom - using it for meal planning - but also using it for like a wardrobe reminder. To keep track of what I wore so I dont wear the same thing in the same week.
|Dont judge me for all the eating out for 'dinner' - I was out of town!!|
I used to document that in a bullet journal - but I dont think I'm going to keep that up...
& then the last week of August....
I made a cleaning & laundry check list on the side bar - but I didnt really keep up with checking off on that, so dont think I'll keep that up either....
|A close up|
SO yeah... I'm looking for new ways to just keep my planner fun AND functional AND attractive to the eye.
I've taken a lot of advantage of sales lately & stocked up on all the goodies to help....
so I'll be sure to share September's spreads & see if it looks any better.
Anyone else love planners?
Are you an Erin Condren fan or a Plum Paper user?
Do you plan your day & schedule or just go with the flow?