5 Tips on Setting up your Planner FAST(er)

Thanks for joining me back here. We're going to talk about the five tips that I use regularly when I set up a planner to make it the process more streamlined and fast. We all know how long it takes to set up a planner.  It could be a mind numbing days, weeks, several hours, just to make sure it's exactly the way you want it to look. I, personally, want to speed up that process because I would love to have it done so I could have fun in it. So here are my tips on how I'm going to do that!

If you haven't checked out the video where I lay it all out, Here it is!

#1  List it out!
List out how many things you need for your planner. I have a permanent list section in the back of my work planner. It has a list of all the planners that I have currently and all of their sizes.  It lists not just the inserts sizes but the insert cover sizes and the dashboard inserts for my Foxy fix dashboards. All the measurement I need to put together a planner and make my paper cuts.
Those measurements and quantities are what you're going to use to build off of putting list together for putting together this planner. Now I would I do is go through my entire planner the way it was set up and I take out the things that I don't want. I make a pile and the things that I do want to keep and use again. I then count how many insert covers and dashboards I already have, want to keep in and that would work in this set up. If you want an insert cover but you also want an acetate and a vellum for each insert cover you'll have to do the math for that. Once you've written all of that stuff down onto a piece of paper next to you on your work surface it's going to be so much easier getting things organized to go get in your plan. 

 #2  Use a Collection 
I know all of us are getting boxes and boxes of delicious planner goodies. Use the entire collection as a jumping off point for your planner. It's going to make it so much easier for you to match things by using the maker or collaborator in the box. Now some boxes aren't big enough, I totally understand that. So what you'll do is hopefully have a different box from the same designer. Designers tend to use the same type of color palette and the same type of fonts and genre so it's going to be easier for you to match things.

Now if you want to go all over the board and pick out this studio and this maker and this design company and put it all together, all the power to you.Just make sure that you budget the time for that because it's going to take you longer to make sure everything works together.

#3  Pre-cut all of your insert paper

So it's a look at an assembly line process. You're going to do all of your answer covers, all of your acetates, all of your vellum bundled together.  This way you also have the same measurement in your mind each single time and it gets repetitive and kind of annoying but it also is a good thing!  You'll go faster! Sometimes my head gets a little loopy which is why I have the piece of paper next to me to help me get everything organized in my brain. 

#4 Recycle

I have a box and each box composed of items from each individual maker or style. I have a Mommy Lhey Box but I also have a small box that is for vintage looking items which is composed of different makers but all with the same style.  This is for a group of designers whom I don't have enough of just one single designer to justify a single box for just them. When I'm ready to set up, I go straight to that box and look for things I want to use again. I've made tags before, I've made dashboard inserts before.  Why not use what you've got.  I also use my insert covers again. All you have to do is trim just a smidge off the edges and voila you've made it into a dashboard insert. 

#5 Don't over analyze 

It make no sense to be stuck in analysis paralysis. Sometime I keep struggling, struggling and struggling and try to get something together. Maybe because I'm tired, I need to eat or my creativity is fried.   My advice is to put it aside that or turn it over or rotate it before punting to the side. You could always come back to it later.  Sometimes when I have a dashboard insert that isn't really working I just put it to a aside start on a new one and then all of a sudden the light bulb clicks and then all of a sudden you're back in business. That way you can keep going and keep moving forward. It may be not on the direction you are on, but at least your still moving in the next steps toward finishing. 

So I've got one last tip. Before you start putting things where they are supposed to go, do a dry run on your counter and then go ahead and insert everything into your planner  Putting them in the dashboard covers because that's the thing that takes the longest only to find out your flow isn't right is kind of depressing.  That way you can make adjustments on the fly easily! 

Thanks for stopping by!

B6 Planner Set up | Fairytale Club

Hi there!  I've done a whole planner set up for you using the Everyday Wishes Kit.  The only reason this is possible is that Andreas kits are so plentiful with beautiful paper. I made 7 insert covers and 6 dashboard inserts for my B6 with just this kit!

If you haven't seen my unboxing, here is the link: https://youtu.be/Y9i5he95HDQ

I took way to many pictures, but I was just so happy with the way it turned out, you'll have to suffer through the eye candy shot along with me!

Horizontal pockets stuffed with plenty of old and new goodies from FTSC!  Tags, papers and die cuts make this the beautiful opening canvas everyday.

By making a removable insert in my shaker pocket, I am able to change out an insert and put this one in!  My next FTSC blog post will be all about making one with the cute sequins we get in each kit.

My first dashboard insert was made with some patterned paper and a personal dashboard.  The alphas are from the Sweet Collection and are available on their own for purchase if you'd like to snag them.

I fussy cut this from an A5 divider because big and bold is how I usually roll!

I love the plentiful die cut words!  It is possible to create all types of phases and saying that go with just about everything!

Simple and effective: I used my pinking sheers to create a zig zag edge to the insert cover.  I also snagged this 'to' from 'today' for a makeshift on the go list!

I trimmed another divider to make it a focal point on this dashboard. That castle sure make my day happy too!

I love how all of her kits can be combined as well!  The paper was from the Sweet collection, again, but it is paired so well with this birdie!

I do love incorporating pictures into my dashboards and this black and white pattern make a perfect neutral backdrop for any scene.

Like Andrea, I love incorporating stitching in my designs.  It always adds a bit of softness to any layout.

And my favorite pages EVER!  I love the contrast, colors and boldness of this layout.  I never thought that putting a larger design over the same smaller pattern would work but it SO does!

Although the rainbow and the words were printed together, I separated them to overlap on the bottom of this page.  The top is a combination of paper scraps left over and the perfect script of a die cut!

I did do a process video on how I put this together along with some tips on how to speed up a planner set up.  At the end is also a flip through of the entire planner as well!

Have a great day!

My Everyday Carries

Well Howdy everyone!
It's Kim here again to show you my new Pocket wide that I transformed from my December LBB A6 Travelers Notebook! 

I originally did this back in September with the same size TN and I've used it for my everyday carry ever since!  I thought it might be time make and set up another one using the December kit with both digital and physical.  If you haven't seen it, here is the unboxing of it!

Here is the You Tube Video on how I accomplished this very easy thing!  I do use a sewing machine but it is so not necessary to make this easy transformation. Next is the inside after I got it all set up!

Inside my first dashboard, I have a scrap piece of acetate from when I set up my Standard Everyday Carry (and this is the blog post set up of that).  This time I stamped 'plans' on the tab and added my favorite Frenchie to the mix too!

On another dashboard, I created this montage of pretty striped scraps in the corner.  I really use absolutely everything left on my crafting table :)

I love this corner of my monthly January layout in my pocket tn.

Talking about monthlies, I have my Pink-a-dot Standard TN set up as well! This time it's February! 

I just had to use those ombre date covers and few stickers I had left for the month!

The washi came in handy to create a backdrop for the coffee cup and word stickers.

No corner of my TN is untouched with ML pretties!

I did have a chance to foil some printed acetate from the kit. One in gold frenchies and the other marbled paper in rose gold!

The best part of Mommy's kits is the abundance of supplies both digitally and most importantly physically.  I had enough to do spreads in each too!

Here is a walk through video on how I decorated both planners!

I hope you enjoy both videos!

Thanks for stopping! 

Weekly Faith Journal Entry | The Fairytale Club

Hi all, Kim here:) I've got a couple techniques that I want to share with you using the Everyday Wishes Kit!  I am doing another entry in my Faith Planner today as it works so well in here! Just wait amd see what I did!

I started off pretty tame on this page.  I just mounted this weeks prompts on to a piece of paper, and added it by using my grommet maker, a piece of seam binding and secured it with a couple staples.  I added a few stickers, die cuts and a couple sequins to fill in the gaps.

On the page opposite, I fussy cut some of the patterned umbrella pattern paper and mounted that on a piece of the packaging.  I love how the two meld together in a vignette here in my planner.

In between those pages, I trimmed a personal planner page for just the rainbow and the wish statement. I often use this as an extra add in flip space to journal, but this time I just used a piece of scrap paper and a unicorn die cut on the back for show.

I also added the confetti acetate page this weeks pages. On top of it, decided to scan one of the A5 planner dividers to get this phrase and then used my electronic cutter to get it attached with some adhesive vinyl. I did back it with a circle of patterned paper on the other side to give it some visual heft.

I did add a piece of paper on the bottom as well as a sticker, kinda like a page turning handle. I love acetates and how they add effect to the following page but still see through!

I couldn't help but add that extra special touch to my planner by decorating the pockets in a very simple way. I tamely loaded them with die cuts, pattern paper and a few planner clips too!

Hopefully you enjoyed this planner entry using the wonderful coloring of the Everyday Wishes collection!

Dreams really do come true!

My Kitchen Planner | Fairytale Club

Hi there!  I made myself another planner. (yup, insert eye roll here.)  I know, I know but listen to my reasoning.  When I'm in my office for the majority of the day, the main planner I work with says there, besides some nightly outings to the living room to sit and plan for the next day.  I've noticed that my meal planner and wellness insert where I track my eating habits are not getting used consistently.  After thinking about it for a while it isn't the fact that I don't want to write down what I want to make or eat, it's the fact that its not in the kitchen when I need to write these certain things down.

Using the Everyday wishes kit, it was a cinch to put together.  The personal size dividers needed just a hare of a trim to fit perfectly on top of the other pattered paper to make then super sturdy.

I made a little bag out of this beautiful patterned paper which will hold my grocery receipts for tracking expenses.  To make then easy to stuff in I used my pinking sheers to trim the front down to one layer and arched the top too.

I folded the sides together for a seam down the back and angled the corners on the bottom to make it crease up nicely.

A paperclip holds a few extra goodies on the back!

And my leading lady looks on to some daily notes that I can take out quickly and throw in my purse.  I did add one die cut in the corner to make me feel as if I'm trying to make it pretty!

One of my favorite parts about every kit is the acetate.  I trimmed and laminated it for a bookmark for easy turning on my wellness insert.

I love that a quick and easy project can make me feel so much more organized!

Thank you for stopping today!!