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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
  • 6 small 1/2 split circles
  • 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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Posted in Crafting, Creating, Foxy Fix, Paper Craft, Tutorial

Tutorial: Washi Keychain

The much awaited and requested Washi Keychain tutorial is up!

I had so much fun making this little thing, and I hope you will too!!  Sorry for the few times I go off camera, I am still learning where the screen is with this tripod set up, and filming from straight above, vs filming at a slight angle like I was before!

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Supplies you need:

  • piece of leather, or a sample leather keychain from Foxy Fix
  • elastic
  • key ring or ball chain (if you don’t have a foxy fix key chain, this will be an extra piece needed)
  • thread, can either be linen or even crochet cotton, or cross stitch thread,(leave all 6 strands together)
  • marker
  • ruler
  • paper trimmer(which I forgot to mention in my video)
  • acetate or a laminated sheet run through once on its own, or any other plastic sheet you wish to use
  • awl, or paper piercing tool
  • bonefolder
  • sewing needle, or book binding needle
  • hole maker (I used my Crop-o-Dile)
  • scissors

And here is the tutorial!  Enjoy!!

Thanks for watching, don’t forget to like and subscribe to my YouTube channel for more tutorials, plan and journal with me’s and other videos!!

Lindsay

Posted in Crafting, Creating, Journal with me, journalling, Paper Craft

Journal With Me 1

I filmed myself today playing with my new water color paints and some tip -ins for journalling.  I even added in my very first post card from postcrossing.com

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I did some previous pages, and I have started adding journalling, and I quite like having the photos to talk about!

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Here is the video I made for my next set of pages, including adding a post card after,  I am filming using a camera, but the only drawback of the camera is it only films 30 minutes at a time, so sorry if it feels cut off at the end of the video, I will have to get better at paying attention to the time so I can restart the camera, or figure out if I can change the settings on how long it records for!

Enjoy!

Lindsay

Posted in Cocoa Daisy, plan with me, planning

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

Posted in Crafting, Creating, Paper Craft, Post Crossing

Tutorial: Penpal Envelope

I love getting goodies, I mean really who doesn’t!  I love to send goodies too!  So why not make a cute little envelope to send it all in!!

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You can decorate it how ever you wish as well!  Have fun or even use plain envelopes, the choice is yours!  I do however recommend that your 2 middle envelopes be heavier cardstock to protect your goodies during transport!

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Lets begin!

Supplies needed:

  • 4 pieces of paper, atleast 2 cardstock weight
  • washi tape, wide is good to cover 2 strips of double sided, and any other washi you want to use to decorate
  • double sided tape, I used one that you can find at Michaels
  • adhesive
  • We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board
  • scissors
  • paper trimmer
  • penpal goodies for inside
  • any other decorating items you want to use

Here is the tutorial!  I hope you enjoy!

 

Posted in Cocoa Daisy, Paper Craft, planning, unboxing

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

Posted in Crafting, Creating, Paper Craft, planning, Tutorial

Tutorial: Envelope Dashboard

Today I bring you the Envelope Dashboard.  I recently did a walk-though of my February set up, and in it I showed off my envelope dashboards.

 

As you can see they are super cute, and super useful, you can put anything in them.  I do all 4 of my dashboards with them, so that I have an envelope for work receipts, home receipts, coupons and loose notes or other things I get that I don’t have time to find a proper place for in my planner.

Here are the supplies you need:

Here is the tutorial!  Enjoy!

 

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February Set Up

It’s February 2nd can you believe it?  I know I can’t!  Punxsutawney Phil decided that there will be 6 more weeks of winter…booo…hiss…lol.   ETA, maybe I should listen to our Wiarton Willie, our Canadian ground hog, as he says early spring this year!!

Thank goodness either way for being able to insert color into my drab grey winter scene with lovely papers, stickers and washi tape!!

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I worked this morning with some cute valentine’s themed papers to make a new faux pocket for February, and also some pocket dashboards.  I used 6 different sheets for this and made a full set of matchy, matchy dashboards for my planner.  Each one has an envelope pocket as the back cover for receipts and loose notes etc.

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The faux pocket is laminated this time, I cut off the excess lamination from the edges because sewing it does make the edges strong enough without the added edging that the lamination makes.  But now the papers and the washi are protected from use!

A tip: if you are laminating your faux pocket; use the edge of scissors to cut the pockets back open, as you may end up cutting too far with an exacto knife and accidentally cut your pockets right off! (i didn’t do it, but I came close!)

And here is a quick video walkthrough of my February planner set up

What sorts of things did you include in your February set up?

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Posted in Cocoa Daisy, Crafting, Creating, Paper Craft, Tutorial

Tutorial: Faux Pocket

EDITED TO ADD: For those who either don’t have a sewing machine or don’t sew, You can also use the double sided tape that you can find at Michael’s with the red backing on it, the skinny stuff.  It works great, you can use it to attach the sides of each of your pockets after you washi tape them on. And also for your back piece as well, adding it to just the sides you need to in order to insert it into your planner :).

And now on with the Tutorial!!

I have been having a blast today playing with paper!!  A few days ago, Christine from Cocoa Daisy posted a short video where she showed off a faux pocket for the front of her planner, and I instantly fell in love with the idea and wanted to make one of my own!

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I also wanted to share how to do it with you!  So I made a tutorial, that as I am writing this blog post is slowly but surely uploading to my YouTube Channel!  Please subscribe as I will be posting more videos!

Here are the supplies you need to make your own faux pocket!

  • Cardstock, these pieces must be at least the width of your faux pocket, scraps can be used, as most of the pockets should be about 2″ deep unless you want larger pockets, you also need a larger piece that will act as the front of your backing
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Washi
  • Sewing machine
  • backing cardboard, this is a thin cardboard, I found some on the back of a paper package, or you could use an old cardboard post/mailing envelope
  • a ruler or a cutting mat with measurements on it.

You could also have embellishments if you wanted to decorate the bottom pocket as well, it’s up to you!

I hope you enjoy my tutorial!  I had a few phone issues (space, who needs it!) but I got it sorted now, so upcoming videos should go much, much smoother…lol

Please comment below if you make a faux pocket with a link to your Instagram feed so I can check it out!!  You can also hashtag #plannerfauxpocket on Instagram so that we can all see and be inspired by your pocket!!

Posted in Crafting, Creating, Paper Craft

New Skill Unlocked: Book Binding

Ok a bit of a geeky title, but seriously I feel like I just got an achievement or a Girl Guide badge or something!  Last night the Open Field Craft Collective hosted a book binding workshop and I took part in some awesome fun, and I learned a new skill!

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Looks like a bit of a mess, but I was in the midst of folding papers to create a “signature” which is the book binding term for one of the booklets of paper that was to go into my book as I bound it.

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Here all 6 “signatures” are done, and I have threaded my needle to use for binding.  The paper I used was dot grid paper that I printed earlier in the day using this dot grid generator

My settings are as follows

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And when you go to print, be sure that you print it at 100% scale, otherwise your dots will shrink and you’ll end up with a white boarder around your pages.  Don’t be scared about the 11×17 document size its just set like that to give you full dot coverage on your 8.5×11 sheet when you print.  I also printed mine double sided with the flip on the short edge, so that I had dots on both sides of the paper, but you could print it one sided and ever second page or so would be blank, or even make a lined template in word and use that, again creating it on 11×17 settings and printing it at 100% scale so that your lines will go all the way to the end of your pages.

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Here is the finished product. I have chosen to close it with a simple elastic loop which you will see in another post as I would love to share this new skill with you and create a tutorial for my blog!

 

 

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Clips, Quotes and Doodles

For the last few days I have been playing around in my Cocoa Daisy planner.  Doing some decorating, and writing a bit.  Planning more in it as we get closer to the start of February.  I have been planning some videos to do, and planning more blog posts that I hope you’ll enjoy!

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Playing with the puffy stickers from February I made a few clips, the heart one, which is so adorable and such an awesome idea.  It comes as a sticker with the little area to fold over a paperclip, and then the two puffy sides stick together to make the heart clip.  So Fun!

The circular ones are the puffy circles that come on the sticker sheet.  You get 4 circles, so I used the Simon, and the donut on one clip, and the cup, and the planner nerd on other clip!  Then I could flip them around for a different look.

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I also finally decided on what I am doing for February in the divided blank sections.  I am going to practice my handwriting and doodling with some quotes that I like. I can’t wait to find more to add into my pages and practice different writing fonts as I go!   I used some of the Cocoa Daisy Washi Tape to decorate a little on the top of the page as well.

The next kits are coming soon for Cocoa Daisy, sign-ups for the April ones will start March 2!!  The best value is the 6 month subscription,  There are different sizes available from A5 binder style all the way to Mini Travelers Notebook style.  They announced this month that the add on kit was so popular in subscriptions that it sold out!  So to make sure you don’t miss out on it, subscribe early and subscribe to what you want!!  I am subscribed to the Personal Dori, and the planner add on kit, and I may try the dashboards subscription out as well to give me a few for my laminated dashboard envelopes that I like to have around my inserts in my planner!