Planner Friday – Step-By-Step With the Froud Faery Oracle

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If the Shadowscapes Tarot is my favorite tarot deck, it’s still not my favorite divinatory oracle – that title is reserved for Brian Froud’s Oracle of the Faeries.  I’ve had this deck for well over a decade (and it’s starting to show its age) and done hundreds of readings with it, though I’ve always had the best luck using it to read for myself.  I use it primarily for my monthly five-card reading these days, as a way of asking “What do I need to know about the coming month?”

With the Summer Solstice coming up – a holiday that is connected to Faery for many Pagan traditions – it seemed a good time to feature my beloved deck in my planner.

Here, step by step, is how I decorate these days.

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Step One

Usually when I’m doing stickers for myself, I don’t bother using my Silhouette machine unless I’m already cutting orders for the shop.  I print out all the stickers on one sheet (you can read more about how I do all that in this post from February) and then cut them with a regular paper trimmer.

I like to do my decorating on Sundays at Starbucks before a writing session, which means I have to take them with me.  This week I couldn’t find the little plastic envelope I normally stow them in so I made a quick envelope out of cardstock, which worked out well because I could then stuff all the backing papers into it and recycle the whole thing.  I also brought washi samples in a few colors I thought I might use.

On the left are my standard decorating tools:  a tiny tape runner, a gift card I cut in half (I use it to cut washi – nothing works better for a clean line), a small craft knife, and a Pitt artist pen in XS size.

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Step Two

I dump out all my stickers and separate them into piles:  purely decorative, column headers, my self-care sidebar, and so forth.

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Step Three

The first things I stick down are two strips of washi:  one separates the sidebar from the week, and the other the weekend from the weekdays.  I like to combine Saturday and Sunday into one section since I tend not to have a rigid schedule on the weekends.  Then, I put in the Weekend banner, followed by my “This Week” and “Next Week” stickers.  I only ever use one of the bottom-row checklists each week; the rest get covered up.  I add my self-care sidebar and Currently Reading box, and that leaves a checklist area on the left for to-dos that need to get done this week but not on a specific day.  I can refer back to it throughout the week and add items from that list to individual days as I have time to complete them.

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Step Four

Next come the section headers.  As I’ve mentioned I used to use a Top 3 To Do box, then another for Projects and a third for Writing.  I’ve changed that up to let myself do more journaling so my days encompass both things I wanted to do and what I actually did that day.

For example, the to-do section will have a bullet journal-style list like

  • make grocery list
  • mail out Etsy orders
  • check job postings

But the Events section will say “Bought more freaking washi tape @ Michaels, had lunch with Talulah, watched Star Wars w/BFF and ate ice cream.”

On Wednesday I’m supposed to do the cat boxes and vacuum (in theory at least) so I made a special sticker for it.

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Step Five

Where I put my Writing sticker depends on how much of the column is left blank after I decorate.  I used to put pretties all over every column but it made the whole spread so chaotic I eventually shifted to using mostly the bottom of the pages for decoration and the upper columns for writing.  I like to add one or two pretties to break it up a little, and on the weekends anything goes.

First I lay out all the pretties where I might want them, and slide and switch them around until I like their placement.  This time I even removed one of the headers and restuck it lower on the column to accommodate a pretty.

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Step Six

Once I like where everything is, I stick it all down, then add the Writing headers, leaving two or three lines on each day to jot down what I worked on that day.

That’s it, aside from the actual writing down of the things!  I mostly make to-do lists day by day, but at this point I’d fill out the This Week checklist and start on Monday’s to-dos as well as write in upcoming events or time-specific appointments.  Often I’ll scribble down advance planning in pencil weeks ahead of time and then ink it in when it comes time to do up that week.

Happy Planning!

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