Rachel Newman's Blog Posts

Hello Again! Rachel here, and I’m am so excited to share my setup for my work planner in my Black Speckle A5 planner using the Good Vibes Collection. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I cannot get enough of this collection. I am in love with the pink, aqua and bold black and white accents of this collection. I feel like it was MADE for me! What better way to spice up my work planner than with some good vibes from this fun collection!

Let’s start with the pockets! As a planner girl, I love my planner pockets! Sometimes, it can be hard to keep all the cuteness contained in the pockets, so for this pocket setup, I adhered the chipboard stickers with removable tape to trimmed-down pocket cards for the 4X4 Elements paper. I like to mix up the background shapes in my pockets. For the circle, I used one on my favorite tools, the circle photo crop, to trim the circle out of paper from the element paper. I loved opening my planner this month and seeing these beautiful pockets! For the front divider, I used one of the 12X12 papers and the divider template to trim down the paper, and hole punch the paper to make a perfect divider (no measurments needed!). I decorated the front divider with 3X4 element cards and the combo stickers. The sentiment on this card is a good reminder at work to do my thing (which is, be friendly and help students!).

I used the same steps to make two more dividers for notes and important documents. Since this planner is for work, I need it to be very functional. But that doesn’t mean the dividers for each section can’t be fun!

  For this divider, I added some of the bits and pieces and the word strip stickers from the 4x6 sticker sheets. Again, some good reminders on these word strips stickers - “Work hard. Be Humble. No bad days. Let your life shine!” I work with college students every day and these sentiments remind me that I do my best work when I put the students first, and try to make everyday a good one.

I rarely decorate my monthly spread in my work planner but with this collection, I just couldn’t help myself! I started with that fantastic washi on the top and bottom and then filled in the days with stickers from the 4x6 sheets. I love how the box stickers fit perfectly in the daily squares.

My favorite decoration for the month was on the 30th. That’s right! In July, my husband and I are headed to Spain and I can’t wait!

While I do use weekly inserts in my work planner, my daily inserts are the real work-horse. Here is where I write down “all the things”. Sometimes I decorate them, other times I don’t. Either way, the daily sheets give me plenty of space to jot down notes, to-do’s and document the people I have spoken with throughout the day. This is super helpful for the reporting I have to do for my job. When I have time to work on my monthly report, I simply look back through my daily pages to update the report.

These pages are functional first, but I also love getting to decorate them, too! For this day I cropped a scrap of paper using the circle crop so that the “yes, please” was still included. I added stickers for 4x6 sticker sheets and even added a journaling 3x4 element card for decoration and function.

 

I hope you enjoyed getting to see a peak into my work planner. I have really liked this setup for the month of May. Tell me, do you use separate planners for specific areas of your life? Comment below and let me know!

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Hello, Planner Friends! This is Rachel, back again to share another planner project! This time, we are talking all things Memory Planning! Don’t know what Memory Planning is? Check out this awesome video series Layle put together with Scrapbook.com! I like to think of Memory Keeping as small-scale scrapbooking in your planner. I typically Memory Plan with sticky notes as the week is happening and then add the photos and decoration after the week has passed.

This weekend was a special one. My husband and I took a trip to California to meet up with his family in their desert cabin. The trip was so great. My favorite part was getting to explore Joshua Tree National Park and spending time with John’s family at their desert cabin, lovingly known as “the shack”. So when I saw the Travel Notes Collection, I knew this collection would be a perfect way to document this trip in my Memory Planner.

A memory like this calls for more space than what is available on the pages of this spiral planner. Now, I’m not one to shy away from a good “planner hack”, so I decided to trim some of the papers from the 6x8 paper pad, punch holes, cut slits in the holes, and add them to this week’s spread. Who said a spiral planner isn’t customizable? Want to know about another planner hack?  I took out the pages from September – December 2017 by cutting slits in the pages and gently removing them. Now my memory planner has just 2018 in it, which I like. Plus, this give me more room to add more pages and memorabilia into the planner when I need to.

I loved using the 4x6 and Combo stickers from this collection to embellish this page. I used the little banners to highlight my husband and his family jumping around on the rocks. Something that I always do when I travel is try to find memorabilia from places we visit. I grabbed that cute Joshua Tree sticker, and my thoughtful husband stamped the date and location on a piece of paper for me! I was so pleased to see how seamlessly these two extra details matched the Travel Notes elements on the page!

I adore the clear stickers and word strips in this collection. My photo editing skills are pretty limited, so having these clears stickers and word strips allow me to easily add some embellishments to my photos. For an added touch, I included a tab with a word strip to this page.

Can we just take a moment and talk about that adorable backpack die cut from the bits and pieces pack? Not only do I love the reference to the great Doc Brown, but I thought it went perfectly with our desert adventure! Believe me, it was quite an adventure just getting to the family cabin that first night.

Here, you can see the back of the added insert page. I added photos of the cabin and some journaling my first time there and its story. I also put some of the details of the week on the luggage tag die cut. The trip as a whole came at such a great time and was such a nice escape!

I like to vary the way I document moments in my memory planner. Sometimes I journal, other times I use a list format, while other times I use doodles and lettering or alpha stickers.

I try to pick up postcards when I travel and this one worked perfectly with the Travel Notes Collection. I decided to make an interactive element with the postcard by adding washi to one side of the postcard and the planner page. When the postcard is flipped open, you can see more journaling and photos. Having a fold out element is another easy way to add space to your memory planner without having to add to the spiral.

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my memory planner! Be sure to check out my Instagram to see more pages from this planner. This is such a fun project and great way to get “scrappy” on a small scale and stay (relatively) up to date documenting all the memories! 

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Hello Planner Friends! This is Rachel and I am so happy to share another planner blog post with you. Today, I am going to show you my personal-size planner that I use to document daily happy moments.

Can I just take a moment and say how perfect this little planner is? First, the color - if I could only have one color of planner (gasp!), it would definitely be this Robin’s Egg Blue! It goes with everything and makes me so happy every time I look at it! And while some personal-size planners can feel too small, this planner is perfect, with its slightly wider size and inserts. I keep this planner on my bedside table so I can easily work in it at the end of each day.

When I saw the Crafty Girl line, I knew I wanted to give this little planner a facelift using this colorful and cheerful collection. Those pockets were begging for some decoration. I used a few scraps from the 6x8 papers to back up a few of the bits and pieces die cuts.

 

I decided to make some monthly dividers using the 6x8 paper pad, the new personal planner dividers templates, and the tabs sticker tablet with decorations from the Crafty Girl Collection Kit.

I love this quote from Alice Morse Earle: “Every day may not be good...but there's something good in every day”. This pint-size planner helps me document those good little moments so I don’t forget them. Maybe it was a good workout, time with friends, a good moment at work or even just quality time with the husband. Documenting these moments helps me thank my lucky stars and focus on the good, rather than dwelling on the bad.

Something I love about the Craft Girl Collection is its versatility. The colors, patterns, and stickers can be used for more than just documenting your crafty life. But the crafty sayings also inspire me to get my crafty on! I know that spending time crafting helps me relax. Plus, the more I do it, the more I want to keep doing it!

Since I’m usually working in this planner at night, I have a little planner “kit” for myself to limit my supplies. That way, I spend less time choosing decorations and more time documenting.

Along with Crafty Girl Items, I also keep the new Sticker Tablets close at hand for dating the pages and adding little icons here and there.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed getting to peek into my personal “good in every day” planner. How do you document the goods things in your life? Comment below, I would love to hear from you!

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