Hi everyone! I'm here to share my traditional planner which uses inserts in a Carpe Diem planner. I used stickers I printed from Just Jaimee's story planner kit to decorate this week. Here's how it looks:
I had a long weekend a couple of weeks ago and I loved all the time it gave me to craft. I would do a project and before I left my craft table, I'd pull out a planner or pictures and start putting paper with whatever I was working on. Then as I walked by for the next few hours, I'd glance at it and let the ideas kind of simmer.
That's how I do a lot of things. My memory planner? The idea had been kicking around in my head since the release of the horizontal planner in June but I didn't get it figured out and going until October. Same with my scrappy planner... I'd found the printable inserts back in October but didn't figure out what I wanted to do with them until late December.
Anyway, this is the one that bubbled out of me during my crafty weekend.
The pictures on this layout are from 2008. I had all my photos from 2008 printed a few months ago and I'm loving going back through them and pulling some out to create a page when I'm in the mood. (I'm simultaneously working on putting 2015 vacation photos and 2008 photos in albums.)
And the details...
That photo is my inspiration. I was so healthy back then.
Gah. Baby Chesney.
I love working with all the bright colors and this one is so my current favorite... until I do another.
This was a selfie week... selfies of Dan/Ches/Brady at a basketball game and a selfie of my mom, my girls and I have lunch together at a Mexican restaurant. So I went with it. This week's Document 2016 uses Bella Blvd products, primarily from the Molly and Color Chaos lines.
Here's how it looks in my Filofax:
And the details....
Still my favorite way of memory keeping. At the moment. ;)
For the last year I've been kicking around this idea of creating an album about me. It hasn't gone much further than getting a bunch of selfies printed in 2x2" size. Yup, that's all I've done with it in a year. Until MLK weekend. I was sitting at my craft desk, had seen the photos tucked away with my photo storage, grabbed my Day in the Life album and started putting things together.
One of my favorite getting the morning started songs is Mean by Taylor Swift. I love old school, country music singing Taylor Swift. My girls love new, pop artist T-Swift. But old Taylor, she makes me sing in the shower. One day I was singing along and the impact of the words hit me. I was so inspired that as soon as I got to my laptop, I made this:
You can download and print by click on the image to bring it up full size, right clicking and saving, or you can download a pdf file here: Download Mean
Hi friends! Today I'm sharing last week's spread in my traditional planner. Which isn't so much a planner but a list of things I did that day. If I were to plan my days, it would look like this: get up, teach, drive home, work out, make dinner, watch TV, go to bed. But somehow I manage to list some things that made each day unique and I love how it all fits in my traditional planner.
This is my Carpe Diem planner with inserts from Chasing Planner Peace on Etsy and stickers from Just Jaimee's Story Planner kit at The Lilypad. The stickers are a digital product and I downloaded and then print and cut them when I had an unexpected day off last week.
And here's the details:
Really loving using my Carpe Diem daily now. More next week.
Last week's memory journal spread was inpsired by bold black and white. I used some pieces from Bella Blvd's Molly collection, some Doodlebug thin washi tape and some printed washi that I bought a long time ago (from Freckled Fawn maybe?). Here's how the week looks all completed:
And the details:
See you back next week for more memory journaling!
I didn't make New Year's Resolutions this year. Like most, I'll break them.
What I did decide was that I was going to spend my year in pursuit of a happier life. I haven't been shy about saying the last 18 months were dark and a struggle for me. I just look back and that block of months seems really gray to me.
I'm in pursuit of color. Of life. Of happy.
I've sort of mentioned some things here and there about what I'm doing to make my life happier, but here are specifically some things I'm tracking as part of the online course fit that I'm taking via Cathy Zielske classes.
10000 steps per day
I started writing this blog post clear back at the beginning of January and at that time 10K was a goal for me to track. However, I become obsessed with my fitbit and then beat myself up when I did not get my 10,000 steps. Even if I managed every other thing on this list. Daily fitbit weraing is just not mentally healthy for me. So I quit wearing it again. I will wear it when we go on vacations because my number of steps is going to be my cue for how much I can indulge myself with vacation treats. And I also find it interesting to see how many steps I've walked while in a theme or water park. Not on a daily basis, however. Number 2 and 3 are my main goals now.
2. Cardio 20 min/day
This is a 6 day a week tracker. I let myself have Friday off if I'm working it. If I have it off, I have to get in my cardio. And 20 minutes doesn't sound like much, but it's about all I can handle before I start getting bored and wanting to quit. If I keep it to 20 minutes, I can talk myself into doing it. Everyday. I can already tell a difference. I mostly use Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds DVDs for this (although I plan to get outside and walk when it gets warmer). I like WAtP because I have bad knees that I'm trying to baby as long as possible. It's also just 4 basic steps so once I've gone through a routine once or twice, I can turn down the volume, put in my ear buds and listen to my own music rather than the stupid DVD music. Update: I average more like 30 minutes of cardio every other day due to increasing my strength training. More below.
3. Strength training 2x/week
Just because I know I should. I have a couple of Walk Away the Pounds DVDs that have weights built into the cardio routine and I consider those as meeting this goal. I'm never going to be a crossfit person, but I can add some muscle. Update: I've been using the Walk It Off in 30 Days DVD by Leslie Sansone and she stresses alternating strength training with cardio in order to build muscle, which burns calories. I've been following it pretty faithfully and spoiler alert I've lost almost 10 pounds in January. I'm a believer in the importance of strength training in any self improvement program.
4. No junk food
Really not as hard as you'd think. I was the one in the school where if you needed chocolate, you went to my classroom. However, we had a little "friend" get into the chocolate over the holidays and I've never replaced it. We have tons of chocolate in my house but somehow having it available everywhere seems to kill my need for it. It's odd but the more we have available, the less I want it. I do allow myself 2 Dove dark chocolate promises each evening after dinner. Other than those two bitter chocolates and Chesney's birthday cake, I have not eaten any processed sugar since January 1. Again, not as hard as you'd think.
5. Listen to music while getting ready
I had sort of started this one at the end of last year and then my mom gave me a bluetooth shower speaker for Christmas. Now I consider it essential to my happiness. A few weekends ago, one of my Facebook friends shared an article about the benefits of music. It was serendipitous timing in relation to my final "happy" change I'm tracking. Every morning before I get in the shower, I turn on my new speaker and cue up a playlist in Amazon Music. It starts with Wake Me Up (the acoustic version) by Aloe Blacc and then it mixes in country and songs from the 80s and One Direction (because have you listened to Never Enough in the morning?). I've even got some Michael Buble in there.
You know what? It works. I get to work and I'm still singing. No matter what the day throws at me, I've got a song in my head. It's still there as I go to bed. I'm a believer in the power of music giving my mood a boost, given me more energy and making my life a happier one.
And that's all I've got so far. There are probably other goals I could set for myself, but I'm really satisfied with what I've got here. And I'm choosing happy.
I finally got around to designing my title page for my D16 Filofax scrappy planner. I really fell in love with the Everyday edition of Project Life last year when I was part of the 2016 PL Creative Team, so I wanted to use it for my title page. This is what I put together:
I also managed to stuff my pockets, which are sort of my favorite part of my Filofax. All those pockets waiting for stuff.
(P.S. That little 3.8x3.5 card... that's my reminder for what size to cut the patterned paper in my boxes. That's in mm. Because I adopted the metric system apparently.)