Howdy friends! It's Layle, back again with my monthly Carpe Diem planner blog feature. This month I challenged myself to do something a little bit out of my comfort zone - use a collection that isn't necessarily in my wheelhouse, so to speak, our new Faith collection.
Ok, time to get personal for a second - I'm not a religous person. With that said, although I'm not religous, per se, I am a spiritual person. And that's A-OK, right? Right! We're all different and that's what makes this world such a great, diverse place. When Amber, Simple Stories owner & Creative Director, designed the Faith collection, I was torn. It is absolutely gorgeous; the colors, the florals, the patterns, it all speaks to me. I knew I would use it, no doubt, I just needed to figure out how to make it work for ME.
If you're scratching your head right now, wondering where all of this is headed, here's the point. Have you ever looked at a baby scrapbook collection, found different parts of the collection that you're drawn to, but you steer away from it because you don't have a baby? That would be my normal response to the Faith collection, in the past I would steer away from it because I would jump to conclusions and assume it wouldn't work for me. Today I'm going to show you how you can use a collection that you are drawn to, but think may not work for you because of a specific theme.
Before I jump in, Meka Meeks (one of our creative team members) created a gorgeous Faith themed planner a few weeks ago. I encourage you to check it out here when you're done to see how she set up her planner; it's truly inspiring and will give you an idea how to set up a faith based planner for yourself.
Now let's jump in!
The first thing I set out to create with the Faith collection a few weeks ago, before setting up my planner for March, was a Doc It Journal. Similar in size to a Travelers Notebook, they're great for recording thoughts, notes, lists, bullet journaling - you name it.
I did a bit of journaling about what I mentioned above - being a spiritual person vs a religous person. It was fun to put my thoughts about it down on paper, something I've not done before. As you can see, I used different stickers, washi, and die cuts from the Faith collection for my spread & they totally worked! In fact, I knew right off the bat that I wanted to add the heart die cut with the Psalm - even though it's religious in nature, that didn't stop me from using it because the words really spoke to me and emphasized my feelings & the words I was putting down on paper.
(Back to the baby analogy for a second - if you find a piece of scrapbook paper, sticker, die cut, etc that has a cute little bear or lamb or something that might be associated with a baby, don't let that stop you from using it if it speaks to you!)
Next step was to start setting up my planner for March. Just how I like to change my purse out with a new season, I do the same thing with my planners - anyone else with me?! For the spring I've transitioned to the new Clover planner - isn't it the prettiest thing you've ever seen? I just love it and it goes beautifully with the Faith collection. I added the fun Planner Decal to the front; they're super easy to apply, and a great way to temporarily switch up the look of your planner! I ended up adding the flower clear stickers to tie the inside theme of my planner in with the outside.
After the cover, I set out to decorate the inside. This is where the 'thinking out of the box' comes into play. I knew I didn't want to set up a specific faith theme for the month, so I looked through the collection and found the patterns, icons, etc that were inspiring to me & I'm really happy with the way it turned out!
I started by decorating the pockets - that's always the first thing I do when setting up a new planner. I added 3x4 Elements to the pockets, then accessorized with clips from the Faith collection and a few stickers. A few of the Page Flags from the Posh collection matched really well, so I used 3 of them in the bottom pocket, along with 2 more Faith clips.
I'll let you in on a little secret... I always have a piece of coordinating paper, stickers, etc tucked in the big pocket to the right of the pockets. Want to know why? Not because it's cute (ok, it is though, right?!) and not because it's sticker storage for when I need them on the go. It's actually to cover up my 'on the go' Washi!
I like to tear off a few strips of coordinating washi and 'store' it there in my planner, that way I have washi with me on the go when I need it!
After decorating the pockets, next step was to customize the dashboard - a really quick & easy way to change the entire look of your planner when you open it. I've been making dashboards since I started planning a few years ago & I have to say - our new A5 Punch is a game changer, people!
Makes it SO easy to punch those 6 holes! Up until this point, I've been using another pre-punched page as a template and a single whole punch to punch each hole individually. The punch does it in one punch. Sounds basic, but it makes such a difference! When we designed it, we spent quite a bit of time considering what we wanted in a punch. The best part about it is the guide along the left edge, so you know exactly where to place your paper each and every time - no guessing or lining up pages or measuring! Trust me, you're going to want to pick one of these up when we start shipping to retailers in May!
With this release we introduced 6x8 pads & I have to tell you, when it comes to dashboards, the pads are the bomb! No more measuring and trimming because the 6x8 papers in the pad make the perfect sized dashboards!
As you can tell, I love the florals in the collection, so I continued to carry that theme into my monthly spread. I started by adding the floral washi to both pages, the handy dandy punch punched through the washi like butter!
Next up - decorating the spread. I always start out by dating the calendar. A mix of handwritten numbers paired with numbered stickers is my go to
From there I pulled out the Sticker Tablet and went to town. Ok, let's talk stickers for a minute! The new Sticker Tablets are amazing - the Faith Sticker Tablet has 12 A5 sticker sheets with more than 700 stickers! Talk about sticker heaven :)
I had no problem finding PLENTY of stickers & sentiments that fit the look and feel I was going for, without being too religious
We're headed to Planner Con next month; as I was looking at the stickers, it occured to me that the bible looked like a planner! So I cut off the bottom of the sticker & voila - a planner :)
Here's the 1st week in March.
Another example about thinking outside of the box and looking at products in a different way is the washi I used on this page. Although as part of the Faith collection the marks on the washi are intended to be crosses, when you look at it again outside of the theme, they can just be a whimsical + decoration.
Another simple dashboard here - a vertical 4x6 Element, punched with a few stickers added. The sentiment on the dashboard is something I'll really focus on trying to do this month & will move from week to week in my planner as a reminder.
So there you have it, my planner set up for March. I hope I've given you some ideas for looking at collections and products differently to see how you might be able to use them in your planning, scrapbooking & crafting projects!
If you're looking for more ideas on decorating your planner, check our our LIVE LOVE PLAN Pinterest board - with more than 600 pins featuring our Carpe Diem planners, you're sure to be inspired!