Paper Crafts

The Happy Planner by MAMBI

I. Am. So. Addicted.

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I bought this planner with the sole intention of using as a scrapbook. I knew that with my limited amount of time, this planner was possibly the answer to all my scrapbooking woes. I knew that it would help me stay on top of memory keeping, even better than Project Life and other methods I’ve tried.

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I. Was. Right.

It has been gloriously fun to sit down at the end of a week and take an hour or 2 to document my memories. I print out the pictures at home on thick paper and decorate in my random, collage style. It’s so easy and I’m so thankful. Of course, I did fall behind when family visited, but it’s been easy to catch up. I ain’t skerred no more!

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As far as planning, I currently use my gorgeous large gold Kikki K, with awesome inserts from The Planner Market. However, I’ve decided that I want to use a spiral-bound planner for this upcoming year, and have ordered this Plum Paper Planner. This picture of Gage will be on the front. Squee!

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Do you have a Happy Planner?

Do you use it for traditional planning, for memory keeping, or both?

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Life · Organization · Paper Crafts

Planner Mania.

I’ve always been a fan of paper (I’m a paper crafter, after all) and planning that way. I do a combination of paper and Google calendar now, so that my family can stay in the loop, and vice versa. (We tried Cozi. I was the only fan.) Then there is my Outlook calendar for work. Ugh. It’s exhausting. I hate having to look in multiple places before I schedule something. So I decided to take the plunge and get an organizing system where I can have everything in one place. Plus, I want to be able to do more with paper, like bill tracking, menu planning, house maintenance, tracking Gage’s milestones, and jotting down memories for Project Life. I tried doing the home organization binder with tons of printables, and it’s just too large to carry around, so I didn’t use it as much as I wanted to.

Well, thanks to Vanessa from @thatmoxiechick on Instagram (and a friend IRL), I recently ordered a Kikki.K planner. They are an Australian business (that embraces Swedish design) that started 10 years ago in the founder’s apartment! Nice, right? I had never heard of the company before, but that beautiful gold planner had my attention! They were having a sale and I couldn’t resist. Plus, it was my birthday gift to myself, so it was even more justifiable at that point. I have been wanting a Filofax for months and months, but I could not spend $80+ on it, and they’ve been out of the really awesome pink domino patent leather one forever now, so Kikki.K it was. (Come to find out, I was not settling for less. Their products rock!)

During the excruciating wait for the planner to arrive, I decided to investigate more of the planner community. Holy. Shite. I was not prepared for how intense it really is! Of course, it has only upped the intensity I feel for all things paper, and I’ve become a tad obsessed with it, overall. I’ve started following planner addict blogs and Instagrams, started downloading any free A5 printable I can find, and started looking for planner things on Etsy. I’ve also raided Walmart and Target for cutsie things to decorate my planner with, though I have some much scrapbooking stuff that I certainly did not need to do that.

My planner finally arrived this past Saturday and I am so happy! I’ve posted tons of pictures on Instagram already, but I am going to share a more in-depth look here. Yahoo!

Meet Penny. Yes, I named her. Thanks to my husband for the suggestion!
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She is quite a beauty, and I love the color to pieces. (Side Note: I need gold/black washi tape suggestions! NEED!!!) I couldn’t wait to open her up and start customizing. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I will keep in her (aside from schedule/tasks), but I went ahead and customized my inserts with random scrapbook paper.

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I also decided on a Project Life card and a picture of my mom and son to greet me every day! (I need to get hubs in here somewhere!)

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I created my dashboard. I’m still looking for a pretty picture to use as the background, but this is great for now.

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Next, I made my Today page marker, and decided to add a To Do list in. I do not know if I will keep it this way because have a To Do section in the planner, but I’ll see how it goes…

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I also decorated my first weekly spread! Woot.

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I printed out MsWenduhh’s financial pages because I definitely wanted to add that into the planner. Love them!

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Finally, I also created a pocket folder via Miss Trench Coat’s awesome video tutorial. Only I inserted my folder in the opposite way,because I wanted it that way. I do not know if it will pose a problem when I finally place documents in there. If it does, I will just make another. it was easy!

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 That’s as far as I have gotten. I will update you again soon. I’m still learning so much about this entertaining new hobby. 🙂

Love,

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Life · Paper Crafts · Parenting

365 days of amazing that is hard to put into words.

Today, January 14, my little punkin butt turns ONE.

It has been 1 year, 12 months, 365 days, 8760 hours, 525,600 minutes, and 31,536,000 seconds since his arrival, marking the biggest accomplishment of my life and changing our family forever. Do I sound proud? I feel a lot of pride, excitement, sadness, anxiety…you name it!

This was the first look you gave the world, as you were quietly resting on my chest, wondering what the tittlepop just happened…

Since then, your facial expressions have become quite entertaining, and you are rarely seen without a smile on that adorable face. You are just so happy, and we are so happy about that. It brings me great joy and fulfillment to know that you are content, feel safe and have a lot of fun with us!

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Even though our birthdays are in the same month, 11 days apart, you are a Capricorn and I am an Aquarius. I don’t know what that means, but it’s cool anyway. I look forward to our special day every year that mommy and son celebrate our birthdays together. The sky is the limit in this great city and surrounding areas. We have years and years of fun ahead of us!

You have changed so much during your first year of life. It’s truly amazing that you started out as a few cells, growing into this mini-human that babbles, dances, crawls, stands, cruises, throws amazing fits when you’re tired, has learned what No means, but sometimes ignores it, looks to us for safety and comfort, but explores and sometimes crawls as fast as you can away from us. You love to explore, touch, taste (ugh), squeal, smile, make the epic grumpy cat face, point, pet the animals,  stand and cruise on the furniture, put your rings on the cone, bang your hammer on the pins, and dance to music. You also love to cuddle when you don’t feel well, and honestly, it melts my heart like nothing else. Mommy will miss those days!

I hope you’ve had a great first year, boo. Your father and I, as well as your Noni and the rest of your family, truly adore you to infinity. You bring great joy into our lives and I really, really hope that we do the same for you.

Here are some #ProjectLife pages I’ve done recently. I love you, G Money!

Love,

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Blogging · Books · Paper Crafts · Parenting · Social Work

I knew I wouldn’t stay away for long.

It was inevitable.

I ran a book review blog from 2010-2013 and totally loved it. It’s no longer live but it was called Smash Attack Reads. It brought much joy and entertainment to my life, but blogging became less and less important when my sweet baby boy was born.

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Blogging took up much of my spare time, as most serious blogger’s can attest to. And as most parents can attest to, you have little, if any, spare time when you become a parent…especially in the beginning!

But it was inevitable that I would return to blogging one day. I just have too much to say.  Whether my words are worth reading is purely up to you, dear reader, but I shall peck away at my keyboard regardless.

I plan to use this blog to write about books (duh), being a parent, my work as a social worker with youth, paper crafting, food, and any and everything else I care to share. It will be a smorgasbord of the things that make me happy, angry, sad or frustrated.

I would love for you to join me in my rambles.

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