Sunday, January 17, 2016

Planner Post: 2 weeks & New Tabs

I missed last week's post, so I have 2 new spreads to share.

I really like the limited color palette on last week's spread. Black, white and pink. I made my own to-do list and patterned stickers as well as the sidebar, which is an edited image of an Egon Schiele drawing.  I also added some MAMBI stickers and magazine cutouts.




This week I decided to go with a theme. I chose Bob's Burgers and I made all my own stickers from images online. So fun!


I also have some new functional additions. I'm using the interior cover as a dinner dashboard. Hubby and I go through Pinterest, pick out dishes that look good, and write them down on post-it's along with the website they're from. Then, when it's time to plan out the week's dinners, we can flip through and pull out the ones that work with what we have in the fridge.

I got my planner in December, so it came with extra months that would never be used. I took out the pages, but left the dividers to be repurposed, which I've started doing this week. I changes July, August and September to Fitness, Reminders and Projects.
In the fitness tab I made a full-page sticker to cover half of a leftover monthly view. It also really strengthens the page. Inside the tab I have my elliptical training program, which I am 3 weeks into, as well as some custon fitness journal pages, which I designed myself.
Here's what the fitness journal pages look like. I made them myself because I wanted them to be very specific to my diet and exercise habits, but the Happy Planner has it's own fitness expansion pack, too, for those who don't happen to have the tools to make their own.

Here's inside the Reminder tab. Another huge sticker that I designed, and a smattering of coupons that need to be used, appointment cards, etc.

More homemade pages for inside the Projects tab. I like to keep a running list of projects ideas to make sure I'm never without something to do. I made separate work and personal project pages, because when you work from home, it's really easy to forget which is which. This keeps a balance.


Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Planner Post: New Year's Spread


Although New Years was this week, I wasn't in the mood to do a traditional New Years "look" to the week's spread. I wanted to start the year out with some bright colors to help combat the Winter doldrums.


This bookmark was a gift from the hubby in my stocking. I put it through my punch and it's the perfect sturdiness to hold up to being re-positioned every week for the rest of the year.



 I may have also recently channeled my inner 8-year-old and given in to a great deal on a massive amount of Lisa Frank stickers, which explains the tiara-wearing kitten opposite this month's overview page.
 

Lastly, I created a new pocket page for myself because the last one I created had some engineering faults. I had been considering buying the pack of them made to go with this planner, but I knew I'd only ever really need one, so this was worth the patience/time/frustration with my inability to measure and cut straight lines.


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Planner Post: Kitsch Christmas Spread

I have a tendency to avoid buying seasonal types of stickers and such. I just don't like owning things that can only be used for a week out of the year. So, when I went through my collection looking for festive decorations for this past week's spread, most of what i found were stickers I'd inherited from my grandma and a few bits of ephemera from estate sale grab bags. I laid it all out and it was so completely not my style, but I decided to embrace the kitsch of it. I even found a sticker featuring a festive banana hammock (see Tuesday the 22nd) and a card with a kitsch-tastic Christmas hairdo (the insert).
The other insert is a tag that I made for an art journal last year. It may look familiar to some.

The flocked teddy bear sticker- I remember when my grandma bought those back in 1987 or so. The flocked Santa sticker: even older.



Monday, December 21, 2015

My Planner, My New Obsession

It's December right now and a big part of this being The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year for me is the fact that this is when I start looking into buying a new planner. I've had a little trouble committing to a paper planner in the past few years because I'm perpetually lugging around at least 2 other kinds of books (usually a sketchbook and a journal) and it's hard to justify a third book when technically my phone can do everything a planner can do (even though I have never actually used my phone as a planner). However, this year I had an awesome realization that with the right kind of binding, a planner could technically be a planner, art journal/regular journal, a smash book and a scrapbook all in one! I could appease all my chronicling and crafting impulses all between the same front and back covers! (Well, OK, so there aren't expansion rings big enough to contain ALL Of my booky stuff, but maybe with some serious focus on quality over quantity I could keep most of it contained there.)



So, I did my research and decided on the MAMBI Happy Planner. The major deciding factor for me was the way it's bound. Instead of rings or a coil, it has discs, and the pages sort of pop onto the discs for major customization and rearranging capabilities. It takes a special type of hole punch to add in your own pages, but luckily it's an affordable punch. (BTW, I'm not getting compensated for this or anything.)

So, after a week with this baby, here's my first full spread.

I'm using a mix of stickers from my pre-existing collection, new stickers meant for this particular planner, and stickers that I made myself out of magazine cutouts and home-printed images. I assume that once the honeymoon is over with my new favorite toy, my spreads wont be so busy and cluttered.

I also made a little pocket page, which I placed opposite the cute month-overview page for December.

If you have a planner obsession, too, please comment. I'd love to make some planner-friends and perhaps do some trading of supplies!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Nananananananana Bat-Fam!



I had a super fun Photoshop job recently that I just had to share. These people know how to do Christmas cards right.


It began as this already-awesome shot by John Klycinski:


Here's the initial retouching before I put them into Gotham.

Next, always the hardest part, isolation from the background.
And then into their new home in Gotham.



Sunday, December 13, 2015

Oy with the t-shirts already!

This past week I've looked back through all the notes on my phone, planner and scribbled into sketchbooks and made a master list of all my t-shirt ideas. Then I got out my brush pen and went to work. I have 12 new designs- each with 2 options; dark text for light shirts, and light text for dark shirts. Every one of them is available on all 191 style options, and each of those styles has several color options. It's not too late to pick one up for Christmas! The turnaround is 4-6 days (printing and shipping combined), and there's express shipping available, too.



 










 
Hello I suck at human-ing T-shirts

 












Sunday, December 6, 2015

Tiki Masks and Totem Poles



This past week I've been drawing and painting a lot of masks and such. If you like to draw faces, then masks are extra fun because you don't have to adhere to making them lifelike or even symmetrical- you just mix up some shapes and get some cool-looking character. Also, there's none of those pesky necks or shoulders to have to draw.









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