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Saturday Seminar: Monthly Calendars

So as I was getting ready for this weeks post, I was thinking to myself, really I don’t have a ton to talk about with this week’s topic of Monthly calendars.  Then I started taking photos for the topic and realized there is enough, so here you go!

Monthly Calendars!

I have several, and I even saw some other ideas that I am sure will be shared on the Cocoa Daisy Planner Fans Facebook Group, so don’t forget to head over there and share your calendar with us!!

The first I am going to talk about is the Pages version of the 2-page Calendar spread.  This is available in Personal and a5 format from Cocoa Daisy.  I use the Personal Size for my Social Media Calendar

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The boxes are just the right size to lay out my month at a glance and leave room for some ideas on the side.  You could use the colored dots to color code your days if you needed, or use the little houses, arrows and the bullet to do lists in these boxes as well.

The best part of this month’s calendar is the tiny but not too hidden Simon on the page 🙂

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If you’ve seen my May set up videos over on the Cocoa Daisy Blog, you know that I keep a bullet journal for at home planning so that my husband and I are on the same page.  This calendar has to do with things that we need to do together or that one is doing for the other like me going down to pay for Chris’s soccer fees 🙂  I used the day dots and days of the week stickers from the Add-on kit to number these dates and I think it’s super cute!

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There is the front of the Standard and Personal Size dori’s as well that have a small calendar at a glance.  I use abbreviations on this calendar that help me to know what tasks fall where in the month so that when I am day planning I am still adding tasks that I may do ever week, but I still need to see them aother wise I will forget…lol

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In the front of the Mini Dori, there is something like the page below, but I believe it doesn’t have the days of the week already on it, so I just took one of the January pages I had for note taking, or ideas like this, and jotted out a mini calendar.  I believe one of our members did this in her Mini dori and if you missed it, this is sort of what she did!  I think it’s great since you have the 7 different colors of the week, you can just draw lines for the weeks, and your mini dori now has an at a glance calendar!!

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How do you use your monthly Calendars?  do you make your own from one of the other pages?  do you have a great idea about what other then to do’s to fill them with?  Please head on over the Cocoa Daisy Planner Fans Facebook group to share your ideas with all of us!!

Happy Planning

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Posted in Cocoa Daisy, Coloring Tools, Crafting, Creating, Journal with me, journalling, plan with me, planning, Saturday Seminar, Tutorial

Saturday Seminar: Inks, Stains and Ink Pads

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Saturday Seminar time again!  and as a mixed media “artist” I love this topic!  It’s all about inks, and stains, and Ink Pads and what are your favorites, so here are mine!

Lindsay’s Favs:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stains, great for just splashing on the page!  Adding a bit of color, on the Cocoa Daisy pages, it dries so quick!  No heat gun necessary!!, these aren’t great for blending though, mot color combos, when added on top of one another, tend to go muddy brown so keep that in mind when using them.  They work great by themselves or in lines of colors.
  • Tim Holtz Distress Sprays, so much fun to create a different texture behind other things, or just on its own! Spray directly on the sheet, or only a palette and use a brush to apply if you want to paint with the color of spray you have.
  • Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers (I didn’t talk about these in the video below, but since they are on my Dandelion page after I ended the video and decorated the page, I thought I would add them)  They are vibrant colors, best used on another piece of paper, like the Cocoa Daisy Scrapbook paper and then added to your Planner pages as seen in the photo above, just to help avoid bleed through of these heavily pigmented inks, or color a bit on a palette and water them down a bit before using directly in your planning pages!
  • Versafine Ink Pad for general stamping, I have not had any issues with bleed-through, and given a flat surface behind your stamping provides a crisp and clear image! Other inks that work great in planners are Chalk based inks, they don’t bleed through when you’re stamping if you want to add other colors of in into your planning.

 

Here is a small “tutorial” video on using the stains, sprays, and ink pads in your planning pages!

Happy Planning!

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Saturday Seminar: Watercolors

It’s Saturday Seminar time!  I have to admit I was really super excited for this one because I planned a tutorial video for you to watch, which is at the bottom of this post!

I love to watercolor in my art journals, but sometimes you just want a little more color in your planner, and so here is a quick way to do it!  You can use all sorts of markers, the best ones I find though are ones that react with water like the Tim Holtz Distress markers.  But you could do this with Tombow dual brush markers, or Jane Davenport Mermaid markers.  Keeping in mind the more pigmented and even darker in color the markers are, the more bleed through you will have if you watercolor directly onto your pages.

There is nothing stopping you though from watercoloring on sticker paper and sticking it into your planner, or even watercoloring on watercolor paper and gluing it in either. Both options would work very well if you are not wanting bleedthrough or are worried about your actual pages warping from the water, just make sure that your sheets are completely dry before adding them into your planner, or moving onto the next page if you are working on more than one spread!

Both options would work very well if you are not wanting bleedthrough or are worried about your actual pages warping from the water, just make sure that your sheets are completely dry before adding them into your planner, or moving onto the next page if you are working on more than one spread!

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Above is a page I did previously in the month I did 2 small sections of watercolor on a page, the one on the left has less water added to it than the one on the right so the colors didn’t spread as much as the one on the right.  Both effects look great!

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Here I used a note sheet, and water colored a little on the background with some Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers and used it as a background for my front cover of my May insert.  You could also use watercolor as a background on the pages you like to journal on, or some of the blank pages in your book.  You don’t have to just be abstract about it either, you could draw, or stamp and watercolor those images as well!

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Here is the page that I will do for you in the tutorial below.  It is quite easy to watercolor with markers, and get only the area you wish, I will show you how below!!

I hope you enjoyed my version of this weeks Saturday Seminar Topic!  Please feel free to go to the Cocoa Daisy Planner Fans Facebook page to share your watercolor ideas, and read what other people do with their watercolors in their planners!

Happy Planning!

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Posted in Cocoa Daisy, Coloring Tools, Creating, plan with me, planning, Saturday Seminar, Uncategorized

Saturday Seminar: Markers & Highlighters in your Planning

Welcome to Saturday Seminar!

This week’s topic is Markers and Highlighters and ideas to use them in your planning!  I love adding color in my planner and a great way to do this is with markers, especially when you plan on the go, you can pop them in your purse and use them when you need to!  I have this case from Websters that works great for on the go planning

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You can use them to help color code your calendar marking things for work, kids, together, personal, etc.  Here I used mine for work and scheduling tasks so that I can easily glance at it when I need to know what tasks need to be done, but these tasks don’t clog up my main planning pages

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You can use them to add a pop of color, here I used Tim Holtz distress markers to watercolor; more on that at a later date, and use them to highlight a sticker or appointment, by drawing around the sticker or appointment

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Use them for planning, here I used markers instead of a pen to separate my days, and plan my meals for the week.

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Here I used them to add a little pop to the back cover around my washi tape

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Here I used them to write a quote that I like on one of my note pages in my Social Media Planner

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I use my highlighters mostly in my Social Media Planner pages to help color code filming, posting, and preparation tasks for things.  I also used a marker to color my social media stamp instead of using a stamp pad because I don’t have that color of stamp pad.  You use the brush end of the marker, and rub the stamp along the flat/long edge of the marker to cover, and then stamp your image.

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So how about you? do you like to use markers and highlighters in your planning?  How do you like to plan with them?

Happy Planning!

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Posted in Cocoa Daisy, Coloring Tools, Creating, plan with me, planning, Saturday Seminar, Uncategorized

Saturday Seminar: Colored Pencils

For April’s Saturday Seminars, we are going to talk about color tools!!  I’m super excited to share some of the ideas I have using some of the great tools we have out there!!

This week we cover Colored Pencils, or Pencil Crayons, or whatever you like to call them!  They can be a great addition to your planner, to use for decoration, coloring in stamps, color coding your month, or week or day.  You can use them to create anything you want in your planner, the possibilities are endless!

I wanted to share with you a couple of things that I did this month with colored pencils!

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Here I used them to highlight special days in march and add a little color to the days that don’t have dates on them at the beginning of the month.

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Here I used them to color code stamps that I used to highlight tasks I wanted to complete, red for posting, and yellow for filming.

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And here I used them to help me separate Saturday and Sunday instead of using washi, or stamps, I drew the little flowers and then added the shading on either side.

What do you like to add colored pencils to in your planning?  Chat with us over on the Cocoa Daisy Planner Fans Facebook page in the Saturday Seminar topic!!

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Saturday Seminar: Decorative Sticker Sheets

I love using the decorative sticker sheets in my planner, on cards, on postcards, or anywhere else.  I also love to make clips with the larger ones!  They are so much fun to play with!

Luckily we get these cute puffy sticker clip ones in the kits sometimes that you can make clips with.  Cocoa Daisy is even nice enough to send us paper clips to go with them!  I love this part of the kit!  Such a great detail to add in!

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The decorative sticker sheets are so great to use to fill space in your planner.  Either while you plan, or after the fact and you notice one of your days is light.  The count on these sheets will vary each month depending on what sort of artwork is on them. But it’s fun to use all of them!!

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Here I have used one to fill in space that I wasn’t using on a light planned day.

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Here I used one to help Decorate my Birthday!

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Here is one of the puffy stickers to decorate on one of my dashboards.  I use the puffy stickers mostly on my dashboards to help with the bulk.  Even though these puffy stickers are not very thick sometimes they can add just a little too much bulk to my pages.

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I also like to use the puffy stickers on my Faux Pocket dashboard, to add some decoration to it!

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The word stickers on the decorative sheets are also functional sometimes and can be used to top lists and things!

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Here is the big circle puffy stickers as a clip in my planner, as well in the foreground you can see the banner stickers have also been used to make a clip by placing 2 of the banners back to back with a clip in between,  for these and the circular ones I like to add a little E-6000 glue in the middle to keep them together better then the sticky backing can, especially if you are in and out of your planner all day it’s nice to have a little added adhesive!

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Use your stickers everywhere and anywhere you want to!  Functional and Decorative stickers both!  Layer them with washi tape, or die cuts.  Add some marker or pen around them to give them a frame.  They are there to help you with your planning, and make it fun!

Happy Planning!

Lindsay

Posted in Cocoa Daisy, planning, Saturday Seminar

Saturday Seminar: a5 Sticker Sheet

It’s Saturday Seminar time!  This week we are showcasing the a5 Sticker sheet that you get in the Cocoa Daisy Planner kit.

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I have only used a few of this one so far, but as I am writing this post I am using more!!  It is so much fun to play with the stickers for sure!

So lets go through all the stickers on the sheet

  • 2 month banner stickers
  • 2 title stickers
  • 6 flags
  • 4 dot word stickers
  • 2 fold over tab stickers
  • 4 – 1/4 circle stickers
  • 4 large arrows, some date specific
  • 6 mini dots inside 6 hole reinforcements, or paper donuts I like to call them
  • 1 landscape short decor banner
  • 4 list toppers
  • 1 tracker or to do list
  • 2 tags, you could also use the 2 tiny dots inside the top of the tags as well!
  • 8 arrow head shapes
  • 1 Cocoa Daisy Heart
  • 3 stars
  • 4 duo colored hearts
  • 1 large decor circle

If you count the 8 tiny dots inside a few of the stickers you have 63 stickers!

I have quite a few ideas for these stickers, and some of them have yet to be implimented so for those ones I will do my best to describe what I am thinking!!

The March banner, as well as the blank banner can be used for the front of your dori decorating, or on the month at a glance or month on 2 pages view, those pages do already say march, but if you wanted to change it up a bit you totally could stick them right over top of the existing month wording, you could layer it with washi tape too!

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I cut off the beveled edge of one of the title stickers, and stuck it onto my spring cleaning top tab.  I did have the sticker from the tab stickers on there, but then put this one over top because I liked it better!

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The fold over tab stickers I used for my March Blog Plan Page, and I also made a bookmark to easily find the week I am in.  I used a piece of vellum, the edge that I cut off for my meal plan tip ins, some die cuts, and stickers to spruce it up!

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I used the shorter Decor banner, with bonjour on it on the bottom of the bookmark as well, you could laminate the bookmark as well, but this month was just a trial for me so I left it unlaminated.  I think I will do the bookmark again, and laminate it at the same time that I do my dashboards to save a sheet of lamination!!

The duo colored shapes, could again be used as more temperature trackers!  Oh yay!  More dates that I can track weather with fun stickers!.  If you read my last Saturday Seminar, I used the duo colored circles for this purpose!

For ring bound planner girls the donut holes are a no brainer, use them to reinforce one day, one week, or just randomly through your month!  The dots inside could be more bullets or todo lists!

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I didn’t have an appointment to use one of these 1/4 circle stickers, so I just used it as decoration on one of my less busy days!

The large, some date specific arrows are super fun as well!  Cocoa Daisy has even included the dates you should use them on to help guide you!  Isn’t that fantastic!  In my March 6-12 Plan with Me video I used the hop forward one because while my clocks don’t change where I live, my Mom’s do, so I wanted to remember that!

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I used the large circle decor sticker on my front cover, I also made a process video on how I made that as well!  The tags, and flags could also be used for decorating your cover, or for filler on your not so busy days!

The list toppers work great for shopping lists, I used one on the shopping list I made in my March 13-19 Plan with Me video.

As a fun added tip, you could even cut out and use the Cocoa Daisy logo as a sticker to mark important dates like Sneak Peeks on the 15th of the month, or release day on the 28th of the month!  Now if there is anything you want to be sure to have in your planner it is those 2 dates!!

 

Happy Planning!

Lindsay

Posted in Crafting, Creating, planning, stickers, Tutorial

Tutorial: Travel Sticker Book

It’s nice to carry stickers on the go, but not all that nice if they fall out of what ever you are carrying them in!!

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I decided that I wanted to be able to carry some planning stickers with me so that when I am out and about planning that I could use some of the stickers that I like to use in my planning.

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I however didn’t want to just carry loose sheets of stickers that I had to stuff back into my planner each time I wanted to use them, hence the Travel Sticker Book!
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I did a short tutorial on how mine is done up and I hope you will enjoy it!

 

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Saturday Seminar: Day and Date Sticker Sheet

So often we get a sheet of stickers that we have trouble using, or just want to look for other ways of using.

Today, I am going to show you how I am currently using the Day and Date sticker sheet that you get in the Cocoa Daisy Planner kit.

Because of course I am well into the month of March planning, I have used most of this sheet, but this gives you an idea of what the sheet we are going to be talking about looks like.

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So lets go through all the stickers on the sheet

  • 8 tiny arrows
  • 4 bullet vertical flags
  • 8 tear drops
  • 16 small solid circles
  • 6 large 1/2 split circles
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  • 6 house shape arrows
  • 8 small 2 colored arrows
  • 4 large 2 colored arrows
  • 31 numbered banners, and 1 shape banner
  • 13 word banners

Thats 110 stickers all on one little sheet!  Amazing!!

The date/numbered banners are easy, I use them each month to date my days in my planner, I usually do this during my initial planner set up at the end of the month previous. This way if I have planning to do before the month I am currently in is done, I at least can put sticky notes in the right place in my new dori.  As you can see I didn’t use the last date banner, but you could use it and write a previous months date on it if your week doesn’t begin on Monday or Sunday.

The tiny arrows I used to mark how much the trip to the mechanic was, but they could be used for work hours, or cleaning zones, or even to point to something you need to pay attention to.

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The tear drop I used to signify a shopping excursion, but they could be used for pretty much anything that you want to ad a “bullet” to.  for ladies, you could used them as your personal trackers as well, if you like to track that sort of stuff, or need to :).

The small solid circles could also be used for “bullets” on your lists, you could also use them on your monthly calendar to signify something is happening on that day if you don’t wish to write tiny on the front calendar in the dori’s.

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The bullet vertical flags align perfectly with the grid on the front section of the dori’s.  I use them for daily to do’s sometimes if there are a few things that just need to be done without going anywhere.  You can also use the word banners here to signify to do’s, they fit right inside the grids as well!

I also use the word banners to separate my important tasks on my tip out page, I find it very easy to categorize my tasks with them, and again there is grid on this page, and the banners fit quite nicely within the grid!

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I’ve decided that on the days that I want to track the weather that I would use the split circle stickers, and write the highs on the top half of the circle and the lows on the bottom half of the circle. (these temps are all in Celsius in case you were wondering)  You could also use them turned the other way so the split is up and down as well, or even wrap them on the edge of your page to signify something important just by glancing at the edges of your dori.

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The tiny little houses, I have been using to signify household bill dates, you could either write in the amount of the bill due, but I found it was easier to write in just an abbreviation of the bill on each little house, if you have more then 6 household bills, you could use the large or the small 2 colored arrows as well for tracking.

To keep things neat and tidy on your planner you could fit the 2 colored arrows in the bottom of the date flags as well if you wanted to keep things in the same spot each day.  This is something that is best set up when you do your first planning in your dori, decide where things are going and to keep things cohesive, put them in that spot on each day, so that you know where to look if you are just quickly glancing over your pages.

I really hope you have enjoyed my post about this sticker sheet!  There is no right or wrong way to use any of the stickers on any of the sheets, what ever they do for you, is what you should use them for.  I hope my take on them was inspirational to you!

Happy Planning!

Lindsay

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Plan with Me!

Over the last few days I have been setting my March planner up, and I have filmed some videos to show you how I have done it!

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First Video is the March set up.  I had a ton of fun setting up my planner, it took about an hour, but I was playing with new things, and new ideas and it doesnt usually take that long, but really once march is set up it takes just a few minutes per week to plan your week as well!

and here is the video for my first week of March 🙂

Enjoy!

Lindsay

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Cocoa Daisy March Kit Unboxing!!

I am so excited to share with you my first full official kit with Cocoa Daisy!  I am pretty sure that may mailperson thinks that I have nothing better to do then to stand by more door and wait for her to come up the stairs with my package…lol…But I have been waiting all weekend for it to be delivered!  I wish that as soon as it arrives in the city that I could just go pick it up since I am only a few blocks from the main postal station, and it really would save them the trouble!!

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This kit is so full of so many goodies!  It took me a while to get through it all!   Hopefully it’s not to long but I had to share every little detail with you all!!

If you don’t already subscribe to Cocoa Daisy, well you better head over to their site and subscribe to all this goodness!!  I am so pleased with the high quality of goods as well as how awesome their customer service is in any situation!!

I hope you enjoy watching as much as I loved unwrapping all this!!

Lindsay