Monday, February 13, 2017

How to Decorate your Planner Pages

 Written by Erica Brown

I use a classic sized Happy Planner for my main planner, but the tips that I’ve included here would work in most planner sizes and styles with only a bit of modification.  I’m a Plan as I Go white space planner, meaning that I plan a bit every day, so my style is less formal.  Here’s a look at this week’s layout before the pen.  I printed a few pages that I thought would work nicely in my planner on sticker paper, and fussy cut all of the stickers.  I’m so happy already!  Watch for a filled out version of this layout next week!

Tips for using a digital kit in your planner:

  • Compare the size of the stickers to your planner pages.  Journaling cards that are 3 by 4 are the width of two boxes in the Happy Planer or Erin Condren.  If you have a busy couple of days, use the cards to fill some space.  I tend to do this for Friday and Saturday, as I work long hours both days.  This will also help you avoid assigning too many to do lists to days when you won’t accomplish them.  
  • Find some washi that coordinates with your kit.  This will help give you some more options, especially when covering headers.  You can also use them to back tiny words, or to anchor elements.  
  • Don’t feel that you have to use an element in its entirety.  I cut several patterned journal cards in half to use as full boxes, and I cut have come them to use as half and quarter boxes if I needed them.  You can also cut out portions of a design, as I did with the cupid seal from one of the journal cards.  
  • Be ready to change the way you use a pattern.  If there are stripes in the kit, use them to create lists.  Cut out individual circle elements to use as circle labels.  Tabs can be headers.  Cute banners can be used for the weekend.  Be innovative! 
  • I didn’t use this tip, but one great thing about Little Hot Tamale digital kits is that she allows you to resize.  With a little bit of work, you could easily change sticker and card sizes to be easier to use in your planner! 
I had so much fun using this collection in my Happy Planner!  I love girly colors and kawaii themes, and this digital collection definitely had that!  I also love how many different elements came with it.  I have so many more pieces still in my pile before I start reusing them.  In fact, the really hard part was narrowing it down!


Friday, February 3, 2017

10 Creative Pocket Letter Tips!

Written by Becky Sher

Pocket letters don't have to be fancy to be amazing?  But if you have a few tricks up your sleeve, you can do a lot of fun stuff in nine little pockets. 


Here are a few tips:

1. Use a binder ring to add a few extra elements or goodies to the edge of your letter.  A tassel made from ribbon or yarn looks extra festive and your pal can use it later to decorate her planner, if she uses one.  Wrap a sample of twine or washi tape on a plastic bobbin (find them in the embroidery section of the craft or fabric store".  I also made a little charm from a doughnut eraser -- I screwed a tiny eye hook in the top. 

2. An assortment of fun paper clips makes a cute gift to your pen pal.  I always send some of my favorite gold paper clips?   I stashed them in a tiny plastic bag and then hid them with some cute embellishments.

3. Everyone loves to receive flair buttons in happy mail.  If you don't have a button maker, you can use epoxy stickers to make flair, or buy sets from sellers on Etsy.  Keep an eye out when you're shopping -- flair is everywhere right now, even at the dollar store.  Sometimes the backing paper wants to pop out because the buttons are chubby, so I added a paper clip at the top to keep it in place.  I just glued an inexpensive craft store pom pom to a gold paper clip.

4. I love to include tags in my pocket letters.  I use removable glue dots to attach them to the backing paper, so they don't wiggle around, but my pal can still use the tag if she wants.  If you want, you include "mail tag" questions on the back of the tag for your en pal to answer.  Or she can use it next time she gives a gift. 

5. WASHI!  Save pieces of clear plastic from the packaging of your craft supplies (stickers often come on clear plastic backing).  I've used the plastic "window" from the front of a box of pasta!  Cut the plastic to size, and wrap with some samples of fun washi.  I stapled one of the tabs from the "Sweet Life" collection to the top of my plastic piece for some extra pizzazz. 

6. Don't be afraid to use embellishments on the OUTSIDE of your pockets.  I use strong double-sided tape or foam dots to attach elements.  And remember, it's OK to cross over pockets in the same row (don't cross vertically if you're going to fold your letter for mailing). 

7. Create a little pocket to stash more goodies for your pen pal.  I made a little goodie pack with stickers and more ephemera from the "Sweet Life" collection.

8. Shaker pockets make everything better!  You can use a Fuse tool to seal your pockets, but if you don't have one, narrow double-sided tape works just as well.  You can even seal with washi tape, so your pal can re-use the sequins and confetti.

9. It's OK to cover up part of your shaker pocket -- it adds a little extra interest.  I absolutely love this cassette tape, so I had to use it here with the words "You rock!"

10. The last thing I do is cover the edge of my letter with washi tape.  This just keeps it from looking quite so much like an office supply.  I like to use little bits of different tapes, but you could use one long piece, of course.