Cara Vincens's Blog Posts

Hi, it’s Cara here today with a project that is very close to my heart. If you don’t already know, I have 6 children. And you know what that means… lots of children, LOTS of odd socks! I’ve really tried to control this problem but it’s just too big and I have too many mateless socks. It has simply got out of control! So what is a planner girl to do? Set up a new planner, of course!!

I feel like I am constantly in that scene of Monster’s Inc, where a monster comes out of a door with a sock stuck to his back and someone starts screaming '23-19! We have a 23-19!’ 

This orphaned sock thing is a huge problem in my house and I’m determined to make it top priority in my life. I am going to dedicate this entire planner to keeping track of all the single socks in my house. I wanted to make this planner really special, to really make it stand out amount the others in my planning system and that’s why I chose the Typewriter Floral Traveler's Notebook and my absolute favourite collection, Hello which matches perfectly with the Simple Stories I Am… collection. It was really surprising to me that there are no sock stickers in any of the the Carpe Diem sticker tablets. I can’t be the only one who wants to set up a sock planner, right? Luckily there are quite a few cute laundry basket ones.

I love to decorate the pockets of my TNs and this one was no exception, lots of butterflies and flowers and that oh-so-adorable sneaker!! Sneakers go on over socks so I thought it was completely fitting. I also added some washi wrapped around a card to have on hand while I plan for my odd socks.

I decorated the covers of the inserts (seen above) so that they inspire me in this big project that I’m undertaking. If I’m going to tackle these socks, I’ll need the motivation! I think the most important part of this planner is the odd sock tracker. I’m going to catalogue each of the odd socks as they come out of the dryer and when I see an odd sock around the house (under the couch, in the front closet, or in the bottom of a hockey bag) I’m going to track it using the fab little stickers from the Calendar sticker tablet. Aren’t those little laundry baskets darling?

This challenge is probably going to be a busy one (so many odd socks), so I've chosen to do daily spreads for this month. I’ve decorated this first spread with some gorgeous stickers from the Hello Sticker tablet and the 4x6 stickers from the I Am… collection. There’s lots of room for me to plan out my sock hunts and mateless sock tracking.

Since today is the first day of a new month, I think it’s the best day to start this ambitious project. Wish me luck!

To watch my process video for this planner setup, pop on over to my YouTube channel here: Cara’s YouTube channel

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Hello, I’m Cara and like most of the world right now, I’m excited for Spring. Officially there’s only about a week left of Winter, but I’m not sure the weather has gotten the memo! So to let Mother Nature know what time of year it's supposed to be (man, I wish she used a planner!) I’ve filled my TN with lots of beautiful spring flowers from the Spring Farmhouse collection.

My favourite is this March monthly spread, these soft Spring colours put a huge smile on my face and I can tackle any storm outside. I used number flags from the Numbers Sticker Tablet and the ‘March’ is from the Seasons Sticker Tablet.

Don’t be afraid to layer stickers. I’ve used stickers from the Spring Farmhouse 4x6 pack that has flowers and leaves that you can layer up for a custom look. I’ve added them to March 20th to mark the first day of Spring. I also added some label stickers on top of boxes. That long label is perfect to write in an event that spans two days.

This week’s spread is also full of Spring colours and icons, isn’t that bike the cutest? And that bow!!  Darling!

The pockets seem to scream Spring with all the birds and flowers. There’s a mix of chipboard, die cuts, cards from the cut apart sheets, washi and stickers. I tucked some patterned paper with some stickers into the long pocket in the back and my planner is ready for some sun.

There are lots of great motivational phrases in this collection and since we see the covers of our inserts everyday, I thought these would be a great spot to give myself some motivation. 

The ‘no rain, no flowers’ die cut was too small, so I hand wrote that one.  

I covered the weekly and monthly TN inserts with patterned paper and the black gingham one comes with the Blush Speckled TN. I layered patterned papers, stickers and enamel dots on the covers and I even ran a line of washi down the spine of the pink one. 

If you like process videos, I’ve got one up on my YouTube channel for my monthly spread here: Process Video March 2019

There is also a video featuring these other projects on my channel here: Cara’s channel

Happy planning!

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Hello, I’m Cara and I am addicted to travelling! I love a clean hotel room with a puffy white bed and it’s cute little tea and coffee bar. I love to visit new things and learn about new cultures. And I love getting away from the everyday to experience something new. I’m not home a week from one trip and I’m dreaming up the next. 

A Traveler’s Notebook is the perfect place to plan and document your travels, that’s what it was originally for! It’s in the name after all ;) Simple Stories' new Simple Vintage Traveler is a perfect pair to set up a Traveler’s Notebook just for travel. In it you could plan out your travels before you leave, house all your documents while you are away and even document all the fabulous sights you see.

I chose the Cream Dot TN and added some Black Speckle Washi and paper to make the pastel colours from the collection pop. 

I started with the pockets because it’s my favourite thing to decorate. I wrapped some washi on a card and added stickers, chipboard and die cuts in various sizes and shapes, sprinkled a few enamel dots (the new Spring Farmhouse dots match perfectly) and I love how it turned out.

I tucked that black speckle paper into the long back pocket, along with the Take Detours paper, added some ribbon trim and a tab and the pockets look fab!

I covered 3 TN inserts in papers from the collection and decorated those as well. I decided to keep the back 2 relatively flat with stickers, washi and die cuts only.

For the front insert, I also added some chipboard and enamel dots as I don't mind these bumpy items in the front.

I think my favourite bit is the dry-erase packing list that I made with one of the Layered Frames. I used a permanent waterproof pen to write the list and I can check it off with a dry erase marker. 

To make my TN the star of the show when I travel, I added lots of clips and tabs to the tops and sides, with extra hot glue so they’ll hold up in my carry on.

I also hot glued a chipboard hot air balloon and some ribbon to make a TN swag for the front cover.

If you’d like to see my process video, click here:

Travel TN Setup

Happy planning and happy travels! 

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