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Teacher Planning Party

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To celebrate the start of the school year I gathered some teachers and school staff together for a little planning workshop.

We practiced unloading our minds of all the to-do's in a mind dumb exercise.  

We then planned out all our to-do's using our planners and talked about some strategies for keeping organized such as writing grocery lists on post its so that you can just pull them out of your planner when running to the store.

Next we talked about the fun stuff!  Adding washi, stickers, and colored pens to make your planning seem fun and playful.

I loved this design your own planner layout a teacher was working on, kind of a bullet journal idea.

August Planning Party

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I can't believe it's already August!  Only a few more weeks till I head back to school, so to prepare . . . I took a look at my planner and made it pretty so that I can look at these next weeks with joy.

Here is how it went:

Of course we needed washi tape, I found this handy organizer from Michaels.

This month we focused on celebrating Art as well as fun things going on in our last summer month such as a meteor shower and new movies and books coming out.

I found these awesome planner stickers with quotes and useful labels at Michaels, so fun!

I am happy with my color scheme for August, it's bright and fun!

July Planning Party

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I know it is already on its way through the start of July but I thought I would share a little from our July planning party.

We had the usual . .  snacks, mass amounts of washi, and some inspiration.

I found some cute stickers from Paper Source for students.

We also had some fun stuff to play with from Blue Sky Planners like these washi tapes that I just love.

And these pretty pens too!

This week's planning page focused on summer bucket lists and featured a fun coloring calendar from Blue Sky.

You can find these on bluesky.com

You can find these on bluesky.com

I focused on a 4th of July theme for my planner using red white and blue washi.

There are a lot of fun templates for summer bucket lists online and on Pinterest.  Here is a fun one I found on pinterest: http://www.swinglineblog.com/08/summer-bucket-list-new-swingline-template-web-site-coming-soon/

Happy Planning!

June Planning

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Yay!  It's almost June!  That means I am almost done with school and it will be summer time.  This is the first time in while that I will not be teaching summer school so decorating my planner for June was very exciting for me.

This month I decided to give my planning girls a theme of risk taking.  It is also national camping month so go ahead and plan a camping trip for this summer and get outside!

Here are some photos for our get together as well as my monthly planning page.

I just love these cute stickers!  I bought these at Paper Source but you can find them at a bunch of stores.  They make for cute planner stickers.

Crafting a Birthday Brunch

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So my girl friend's thirtieth birthday was coming up and my friends thought it would be nice to surprise her with a birthday brunch.  We were going to try out a new restaurant and everyone was assigned something to take care of such as flowers, dessert, balloons, etc.  I was in charge of bringing a sign or banner and some decorations as I tend to be the more craftier one.  So with a few days to prepare something, this is what I came up with.

1. Easy chalkboard sign . . . I have this small square chalkboard sign that I bought at Joann's that I use for all types of occasions.  I just marked up a cute sign using a chalkboard marker and used some washi tape to add a little more detail and color to the sign.  The triangles I cut out of scrapbooking paper using this banner punch I just bought from Amazon.

2.  I created this cute banner for the table as I guessed we wouldn't have a large space to hang something.  I used the same banner punch and scrapbooking paper with some string.  To create the base I bought these cute little pots and used floral styrofoam glued in the bottom and skewers to hang the banner.

3.  I of course needed a wrapped gift that was just as crafty as the decor so I wrapped her gift in kraft paper and cut different floral shapes out of cardstock and glued it down.  This was pretty quick and surprisingly easy.

4. The last touch . . . I found this cute little party hats at target and had to get them!  They added a little playfulness to the table.

Just a few little projects made our brunch fun and beautiful. 

Lazy Girl Scrapbooking

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I love the idea of scrapbooking, mainly because I love paper, pattern, photos, and the idea of organizing things into pretty little pages.  I do not however have hours of time to dedicate to scrapbooking.  The main reason I have started to scrapbook is the fact that I have figured out a system and materials that make it really easy to scrapbook.

Supplies you need:

1.  Patterned paper:

I order occasional Messy Boxes from A Beautiful Mess because the paper they send comes in different sizes already cut to fit scrapbook pockets and they are coordinated to match.  They are also super cute rather than most that I see at the craft store.  Messy boxes are a subscription based product but they often run deals where you can purchase past boxes or a month's box for shipping only, sign up for their newsletter to get updates.

http://shop.abeautifulmess.com/messy-box

2.  Embellishments

I love washi tape which works great for taping down photos.  Letter stickers, cute cutouts, ribbon, anything that you can find in a craft store to add a little fun to the pages is nice but totally optional!

3.  Pictures

I sometimes print pictures at home, or send a sheet to kinkos, I even use mini polaroid pictures too.  If you want some nice ones you can print them pretty easily at Costo, but I am pretty lazy and don't care that much so I put them all on a document, print them out and cut them.

4.  Plastic scrapbook page organizers

The most important thing that makes this all easy are the page organizers!  You can buy these online or at craft stores.  Mine are the Simple Stories brand: Simple Stories , which I think I bought off Amazon but I know they sell some at Joann's and Michaels as well as A Beautiful Mess sells them.  What's great about these is they have different size pockets and you just plug in photos and paper and it creates an interesting layout.  The pages come in different layouts and you can buy a variety pack.

If you are a more computer savvy person then you might want to try and use in design to plan your photo sizes to fit the organizer pockets, I just started doing that and It makes the photo part much easier.

Here are some of my recent pages that I whipped together using the polaroids from my birthday.  They are super simple and didn't take long to construct.

Need some inspiration?  Check this out: http://www.abeautifulmess.com/scrapbooks/

Happy Scrapbooking!!

Planning for April

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As March is coming to an end, it's time to take a look forward at April and get my planning on.   This month I decided to create a flyer with some ideas and inspiration for April.  Here is what I came up with this month:

This month I wanted to focus on choosing washi tape and planning a color scheme for the monthly view.  Having too many colors and designs can often make it more overwhelming rather than fun and helpful.  

Choosing washi tape . . . ideally you want one main pattern that is your focus, something fun and exciting.  Next you need at least two more supporting washi tapes, ones that match a color in your main pattern and at least one that you can write over with sharpie.  You don't really want more than 4 washi tapes unless they are very simple.  Here are some color combinations that we came up with . . .

I used some of the colors on the left, here is my before and after picture of my monthly view.

Not only did we have fun with washi but we played with these cute stamps I found at Michael's that have different icons.

We also made sure to plan fun events and time for self love.

Here is some more inspiration using a Blue Sky planner.  I love that there is a big block of space at the top to write quotes.  To order a Blue Sky planner check them out at bluesky.com.

Happy Planning!

March Planning Party

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So, with a few new faces we got together to nerd out about planning and decorating with stickers and washi.

Here are just a few photos to share!

Okay, so maybe I go a little overboard!

Here are some awesome designs using some of Blue Sky's adorable planners . . .

I love this month view my coworker created with her Sugar Paper planner!  The spring banner is so cute.

This month, we talked about planning personal growth goals and daily affirmations.  I really liked this image from Pieces in progress:

I also found some Irish quotes to include our planners in the spirit of St. Patty's Day.  Here is one of my favorites.

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May god hold you in the hollow of his hand.

Here are some fun days to add to your month as well.

Of course we needed fun stickers and washi too!

Happy Planning and may this month bring you luck!

February Planning Party

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As January comes to an end I thought I would share some photos from our monthly planning party.  I gathered my planning friends together to take a look at February and decorate for next month.  With fun washi tape, stamps, and colorful pens we got crafty with our planning.  Check it out . . .

Cute stickers, stamps, and washi tape from Michaels.

We discussed how important it is to plan fun things and time for yourself.  I found some cute calendars to help us plan such as:

Organization Calendar

Love Yourself Challenge

Kindness Challenge

Some fun dates to add to your calendar:

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My February calendar page!  I used washi, stamps, Blue Sky's awesome planner stickers, sharpies, and gel pens.

So much fun!  Can't wait to plan for March!  My february planner quote . . .

Stay humble, work hard, be kind

Pretty Planning Party

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I am a pretty organized person as well as a teacher so planning is a big part of my life.  I teach my Leadership students to plan events and I make sure I am organized so I can keep track of my work projects and my personal projects.  So my planner is pretty important to me.  With the help of Blue Sky, one of my favorite planner brands, I was able to host a planner party where I showed some strategies for using your planner more effectively as well as fun ways to decorate your planner and make it more fun to look at.

Check it out . . .

The Supplies:

Blue Sky planners

Blue Sky planners

Various pens and post-its

Various pens and post-its

My favorite!  Washi tape.

My favorite!  Washi tape.

The lesson . . .

Making lists and some fun Blue Sky stickers!

Making lists and some fun Blue Sky stickers!

Choose your planner.

Choose your planner.

Now for decorating!

So much fun!  The girls were asking if we could get together once a month to update our planners so I may be posting some fun planning decoration ideas in future posts.  Thanks to those who attended and shared their creative ideas with the group and thank you to Blue Sky for supplying all the fun planners and supplies. 

Let me know if you are interested in hosting a planner party for your friends!