Friday, September 4, 2015

Planning...with the brand new Heidi Swapp sticker set!

Hey everyone! So happy you popped in today!

I'm soooo excited that we've reached September!

It's definitely one of my favorite months. The kids are back in school, the weather is getting cooler, the holidays are just around the corner - what's not to love?

And with all that's happening (and is about to happen!) my planner is getting more and more packed! Today I'm sharing how I'm using the new Heidi Swapp  sticker set (available at select Michaels stores) in my Memory Planner...

This collection is absolutely PERFECT for using in your planner...those acetate words are amazing - and are so awesome for calling attention to specific days or events...

With a huge selection of tags and little notepads (!!!), you will never have to worry about where to make your to-do lists, keep your reminders or jot down notes. And the paperclips and bulldog clips are a MUST for any plannergirl...

Here I used a large Dipped Tag to create a small shopping/to-do list for the week. When it's time to head to the store I simply have to (remember to...yikes) take the tag with me. I also added a few label stickers to my days...just to dress them up a bit. And a few randomly-placed Word Jumbles add some color...

One of my very favorite things about this Memory Planner are the little pockets on the inside front cover. They are just perfect for keeping extra tags and enamel shape stickers!

I think one of the things I love best about this new sticker collection is the incredible variety of products. The huge number of choices available is just awesome...and will definitely have you covered no matter what decorating mood you may find yourself in.

Thanks so much for taking a peek inside my planner...see you soon!


Friday, August 28, 2015

Heidi Swapp meets The Reset Girl...#listersgottalist

I'm sure by now you've all heard of The Reset Girl, right?

Well, if not, then today's your lucky day...

Cori Spieker, aka The Reset Girl, is a major player in the planner/list-making phenomenon that's sweeping the creative world...and she's pretty awesome.
August #listersgottalist

Every month Cori presents a listing challenge - i.e. a set of journal prompts to complete throughout the month. It's a fantastic way to document the things about you you may never think to record (she even has a Junior Listers set of prompts that are perfect for the lister-in-training!), and not only is it a perfect way for newbie crafters/journalers to get started, it's also a super-cool way to create a little something every day.

Here are just a few of the prompts Cori offered for August:

*People who bring a smile to my face
*Recess memories
*When I was 16...
So fun, right?

OK, I'll give you a little bit more information on how to find Cori and her challenges (and YouTube Channel, Instagram, SHOP! and class) in a minute...but I want to share an album I created especially for my August lists...

My August 2015 #listersgottalist Album...@HeidiSwapp Mixed Media meets @TheResetGirl by @MaggieWMassey

Now, over the past year or so, I've started a number of different challenges like this. And I will admit to never having finished a single one. You gets in the way /the little notebook I'm using for my lists makes its way to the bottom of THE PILE/I lose my prompts/whatever. But when Cori started her challenge back April I was determined to stay on task. And guess what? This month (August) I actually finished a challenge! What? I know! I'm so excited!

So here are some things I've learned over the past few months about myself and my list-making abilities...

1. I need to keep things simple. Like siiiiiiimple. If I put too much pressure on myself to make things pretty I won't finish.
2. I need to get things set up in advance.
3. I need to allow myself to not go in order.
4. I need to allow myself to not have to be poetic, overly wordy or even interesting.
5. I need to keep my list book/album/sheet in plain in the kitchen...where I spend so much I can finish a list or two while I'm cooking.

So, taking all that into consideration, I set about creating a special place for this month's lists. I started with one of Heidi Swapp's Mixed Media Cinch Kits...

My August 2015 #listersgottalist Album...@HeidiSwapp Mixed Media meets @TheResetGirl by @MaggieWMassey

...and jazzed up the cover with some white acrylic paint, a pin-dot stencil & some Silver Metallic Texture Paste.

My August 2015 #listersgottalist Album...@HeidiSwapp Mixed Media meets @TheResetGirl by @MaggieWMassey

Then I simply glued one of the wood words from Heidi's brand new Michaels' sticker collection to the cover. It was already painted black, so I didn't need to do a single thing to it to make it perfect.

I knew I would need more listing space than the album as-is would provide so I cut some patterned paper (from Heidi's Hello Beautiful collection) down to 10x8, folded  it in half and added that as well. (I adhered the open ends of each page, punched holes with my Cinch and inserted the new page into my album folded side out). once I had my album all ready to go I figured the easiest way to stay on track was to use little Project Life cards (I chose my cards from the new Heidi Swapp Prismatic Core Kit) for each of my lists (I've seen Cori do this, and I think it's a brilliant idea). I grabbed a stack of cards, used some of Heidi's new puffy stickers to number each one and set them near my album. I created my lists whenever I had a minute...and when I was done with each one I just popped it into my album.

It worked BEAUTIFULLY for me! The small size of the cards made me feel less pressure than an entire blank sheet would have because I didn't feel like I had to write tons and tons and tons to fill up the page. 2 cards fit well on each page...and when they were adhered I added a strip of washi and a sticker or two and called it a day. I was really focusing on getting my lists done...not making the pages I allowed myself to completely under-embellish. Man, that felt good.

Wanna see my pages?

See! Not much decoration at all...easy peasy.

I even added a photo! I like the way it fits right in...and I think I may go back and add some more.

My August 2015 #listersgottalist Album...@HeidiSwapp Mixed Media meets @TheResetGirl by @MaggieWMassey

With all the added pages and cards my album got nice an chunky as the month went on. I just love to look at this side-view! OH! FYI - I did have to substitute a larger Cinch coil for the one that came with the kit...

My August 2015 #listersgottalist Album...@HeidiSwapp Mixed Media meets @TheResetGirl by @MaggieWMassey

I love that I actually finished this month's Listers Gotta List challenge! I may go back and add a little more to my lists...and I may even go back and embellish a bit more. But I'm really happy with what I have - so if I never get around to adding to it, I'm OK with that.

It's free to join the Listers Gotta List challenge, and there is tons of inspiration available (by searching the hashtag #listersgottalist) if you're unsure of how to start. You can find Cori and links to all of her social media outlets by clicking HERE ( I highly suggest you give Cori's challenge a try...there are no are in make it exactly the way you want it and you take from it what you wish. Who knows? You may even learn a little something about yourself....

Now go get to listing!

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