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Hey Planner Friends! It’s Rachel again, and I’m here to share my Persimmon A5 Planner setup for the month of October using the Simple Vintage Halloween Collection. This collection has me feeling nostalgic with its vintage, storybook feel. I love all the illustrations, especially the cheeky pumpkin characters and mischievous little cats! The cats peaking out of pumpkins remind me of our own little rascal cat!

As always, let’s start with the pockets! I have a mix of the chipboard pieces and the bits and pieces from the collection tucked into my pockets. Those pieces on the outside of the pockets are adhered on with some removable roller adhesive. Because of the materials of the planners, I never have to worry about ruining them - sticky adhesive rubs right off (when you want it to!). I backed the large vertical pocket with some patterned paper from the collection and use this pocket to store the 4x6 collection stickers for easy access. How cute it the dressed-up girl peaking out of the pocket!

With such a cute washi set for this collection, I wanted to try and make a washi dashboard. I love how it turned out and it was super easy to make! I laid the washi down on a piece of white card stock, trimmed it out, and adhered the back of the card stock to a paper from the collection. This is a great project to get some extra mileage with your washi, and be able to display it in an eye catching way! I did add a few other washi’s from other collections, but you could easily make this dashboard with just the three in this collections.

Next up was the divider for October. I am a big fan of this plaid paper, and couldn’t wait to make a divider out of it. To measure out my divider, I traced around the A5 Divider template. I used a paper trimmer, but you could also use the template like the photo crops and cut right around the template! Once I had the divider trimmed, I used the planner punch to make the punch the holes.

I then pulled some stickers from the combo stickers sheet. This collection has stickers that come already layered into adorable clusters! If you are like me and are somewhat new to planner decorating, these clustered stickers and images are a life saver! See that sticker at the top? Yep, it came like that! All I had to do was peel it off the sheet and place in on the page! Same with the October tab! This is is great for people who love the look of layers, but maybe don’t have the time or experience to expertly craft an embellishment cluster.

I decided to put a little decoration on the page that appears before the monthly layout. I plan to document some great past costumes that my husband from years past. Spoiler alert - he is much more creative than I am when it comes to costumes!

Here is a look at the monthly spread. I started by dating the pages using the It’s a date stamp set. After the pages were dated, I filled in the major events using some icons from the Get It Done Stamp set and stickers from the 4x6 set.

I added a strip of washi to the top of the page and layered some more stickers on top. The little word strips are always so clever!

I love the monthly layout because I can plan around with the decoration, while still leaving room for the important details of the month.

It wouldn’t be a project from me with out a little planner hack! For the weekly pages, I wanted to create a little bookmark with pieces from the collection. I decided to trim down a 2x2 insta pocket page to add chip board stickers, paper from the collection using the 2x2 photo crop, and the bits and pieces. To the top, I added a monthly tab from the Tabs sticker tablet and a washi paper clip banner.

On to the weekly layout! Because Carpe Diem Inserts are undated, you can play around with all the different layouts! This month, I wanted to use the fitness layout. To make it work for me, I simply covered the far left column where each of the boxes are labeled and placed stickers along the bottom where the hydration tracker was. I dated the pages using the numbers A5 Sticker Tablet, a must for undated planner inserts! I even made a ho-hum task list playful by adding bats as bullet points!

Here is a look at the pocket page place marker in action. This is a great way to liven up a planner page, especially if you don’t have time to decorate the planner page itself.

For the second half of the week, I tried to keep some white space for those events and to do’s that come up as the week progresses.

I hope you enjoyed a look inside my October planner setup! Even if I don’t dress up for Halloween this year, at least my planner looks the part! Until next time, I hope you have a BOOtiful October and a Happy Halloween!

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Hey, Planner Friends! It’s Rachel again, and I am on the blog today sharing a memory planning spread from September using the new Hello Sticker Tablet, Washi Set and Spiral Planner! I remember thinking back when the revamped I AM collection came out that this collection would make a beautiful planner and would be so fun to have in a giant sticker tablet. Well, (planner girl) dreams really do come true!

This spiral planner is so beautiful and is dated, which is great for Memory Planning! While I bounce in and out of my other planners, I like to stay in the same planner when it comes to Memory Planning. Having pretty dividers like this one lets me jumped right in and get to documenting! I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself to document “all the things” in this planner. Mostly, I want to capture a few moments on the week that help me remember that period of time in my life. With its horizontal layout and lined pages, this planner speaks to the journal lover in me!

For this week, I focused on documenting two things: a busy week at work and a planner meet-up that I help host with my planner bestie, Felicia!

Sometimes, I am asked the question (especially from my family!) “how do you have time to keep up with a project like this?” My response is usually “I make time!” Since this project is helping to tell the story of my life, I try to make it a priority. But that doesn’t always mean I have hours to work on a weekly spread.

After cropping and printing the photos for this week (which I often do in advance), this memory spread came together in 15 minutes one morning before I went to work. Yep! 15 minutes! How, you might ask? Well, for starters I wasn’t rummaging through my planner stash looking for the “perfect embellishment” With one sticker tablet, alpha stickers and a few washi rolls, I was able to spend more time on telling the stories than on decorating. That is something I love about the Hello Sticker Tablet and Washi set - they make any page look beautiful and can be used for pretty much any memory!

I loved finding this “hustle hard” sticker in the Hello sticker tablet and placing it on top of the clipboard sticker to represent my busy week at work.

For the second half of the week, I documented a really fun planner meet-up that my friend Felicia and I put together. With so many photos and so many things I wanted to say, space was limited so I decided to use my We R Memory Keeper Planner Punch Board to punch the restaurant business card from our brunch and slip it into the spiral binding. I then used two butterfly stickers from the tablet to make a little tab for the card, making it easier to turn.

Here is a close-up of one of the photos from this week’s spread. I love the hand ripped floral washi as a layer behind this photo of the ladies getting crafty in our planners. The great thing about this washi size is that you can easily alter it fit your needs.

I love how this sticker cluster came together on the bottom corner. And that little banner embellishing the photo of the ladies up in my craft space? So cute!!

So there you have it! A complete memory planning spread in my planner. Keep up with this project and avoid that “analysis paralysis” by picking a few supplies to work with and get it done! Remember, done is always better than perfect.

Say hello to memory planning. Your future self will thank you for it, I promise!

 

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Hey planner friends! It’s Rachel again and I am feeling all the “Back to School” vibes in my Cream Dot Traveler’s Notebook. Even though I am not a student or teacher anymore, I was still really excited to use the School Rocks! Collection in my Traveler’s Notebook for September. I love this collection’s retro school feel and think the colors will be a great transition into fall. The printables for this month pair perfectly with this collection and I will be sharing how I used both in my setup for this month.

As always, let’s start with those scrumptious pockets! I used several of the elements cards and the combo stickers to give these pocket an A+ upgrade. I giggle a little when I see the trimmed down ruler from the Ready-Set-Learn paper and the You Rule! Sticker - I think it is pretty “punny”!

I decided to keep my insert covers pretty simple for this setup - just a few pieces of paper from the collection kit, an element card and a few embellishments. I love the kraft insert covers peaking through! I did go ahead and add some decoration to the back of the inserts, which I don’t often do. I like how it turned out! Isn’t that composition notebook sheet adorable? It is from the printable set from this month!

Speaking of printables, let’s talk about those next! To make page markers for three of my inserts, I used the printable notebook sheets and adhered the printable die cuts to the top. I laminated the page markers to make them sturdy and a little more functional. Now, they act a a great dashboard for sticky notes or a place to write a to-do lists (with a dry erase marker). I love seeing them peak out of the top of my travelers notebook when it is closed!

I also used the calendar printable (already dated!) and adhered it inside my monthly insert. I decorated the monthly spread with stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet and paper scraps from the decorated notebook covers. A little hack: you know the cover sheet that you get when you buy a collection kit? Don’t be afraid to use that, too! I trimmed a strip off the top of the cover sheet and used it to decorate the beginning and end of my monthly spread.

I had so much fun putting together my monthly dashboard. I decided to focus on my goals for the month and used the combo stickers to highlight them. The notes page is reserved for “bright ideas” or big moments that I will fill in at the end of the month.

Here is next week ready to go using the new weekly inserts! To decorate, I used the Combo stickers, paper strips, and some fussy cut items from the I Love School Paper. This collection doesn’t come with washi, but that didn’t stop me from making washi paper strips instead!

As you may have seen from my last post, I love stamping, so I decided to pull coordinating stamp inks from my stash and some of the new stamps to complete my weekly spread.

I am really loving the box stamps from the Make a List Stamps to highlight important events. For my “Remember” section, I used icons from the Get it Done Stamps as my bullet points instead of my normal checklist. I keep telling myself that if my checklist is cute, maybe I will get all these things done!

For an extra “punch” of color, I love to use punched papers and adding them as decoration to my pages. For this page, I used a small hexagon punch to make a little hexagon cluster to highlight the weekend.

I like keeping the rest of the collection pieces with me, so I made a pocket folder with one of the papers and adhered a 4x4 element card and a trimmed down 4x6 Element cards to the inside of the paper. This folder lives in the center of the my weekly notebook for easy access when I am ready to decorate!

I hope you enjoyed this walk through of my September setup in my travelers notebook using the School Rocks! Collection. As you can see, this collection is not just for students and teachers. There is so much universal cuteness in this collection, that it is perfect for setting up and decorating all planner pages!

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