30 Days of Lists, Day 1

Here we go!  I’m so glad it’s September!  Summer can stuff itself in a paper bag, light itself on fire, and drop itself on Texas’ front porch.

Every Thursday this month I’ll be posting my week’s worth of lists for the 30 Days of Lists challenge, which I’ve done several times before.

You can see the lists every day if you’d rather, by following me on Instagram.

I’m preparing to move house this month so I might get a little behind here and there, but without my creative pursuits I will likely go insane and take you all with me, so I will endeavor to keep up with writing and listing and planning while all this is going on.

Anyway, here’s my book for this year’s challenge.  I started like I often do with a blank, black Moleskine Cahier notebook, and dug through my scrap papers for pretty things.  I crumpled up and inked the blue patterned paper, then inked up the dark blue stamped piece and stamped the title.  It’s pretty simple, but I really like the color combination and its overall look.  The individual tabs are just punched-out circles with stamped numbers.  Links to some of the products are below; I couldn’t remember where the patterned paper came from, sorry.

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Inside front cover.
Inside front cover.

Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink pads in Mermaid Lagoon and Chipped Sapphire
Versafine ink in Black Onyx (for stamping)
Number stamps:  Lawn Fawn, Smitty’s ABCs
Tsukineko Sponge Daubers
Hero Arts lowercase alphabet stamps
Moleskine Cahier blank notebooks (set of 3)


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Planner Friday –

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I’ve been sick as at least one kind of dog, possibly two, so I haven’t had the wherewithal to do much on the planner front besides stick things to other things.

I did however really like how this week turned out – it’s an example of how planning like this can be emotionally beneficial.  It’s easy to forget you have any sort of long-term goals when your short-term life kind of looks like the same brick wall you’ve bashed your face into a hundred times already.  But this week’s theme was a nice reminder that there is someplace I want to be, and by damn, someday I’ll get there, even if my planning acumen has yet to extend to something that big and dramatic.

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The “daily expenses” stickers are kind of an experiment, but I don’t think they’ll last.  As much as I need to keep better tabs on my money I don’t think that’s the right.

Several of the images are photos I took on my trip to the West Coast several years ago.  I also drew the little Ostara bunny sticker (techincally Ostara was on the 20th this year but I’m doing well to remember what month things are in, so I usually stick with the generic 21st for solstices and equinoxes).

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Washi tape is by Recollections @ Michaels (I believe it was the Modern Boho collection) – I sliced it in 1/4ths to make the long strips.

Font is Woodgod.

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Planner Friday – Drawing (on) a Blank

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So, this week I saw someone on Instagram who’d declared it a “sticker free week” and just wrote and doodled everything.  I didn’t feel much like screwing with the Cameo and couldn’t think of a color scheme or anything to inspire me with my already-made stickers, so I thought, great idea!  No stickers at all this week!

Next thing I knew I was bleeding.  I was doing something ill-advised with a pair of precision scissors while I was pondering the planner, and somehow managed to stab myself.  So, I had to revise my plan a little, and used some blank scraps of sticker paper to cover up the areas I’d intended to draw on just to cover up the blood.

I never did quite finish all the doodling I figured I’d do, but still, the week turned out prettily.  Sometimes a little extra white space is a refreshing change.

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I ended up using a few non-decorative stickers – I didn’t feel like drawing out all those TV logos.  But I did draw the cupcakes!  There were a lot of birthdays this week.

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I had planned to do a pretty quote of some kind on the sidebar, so I kept the mood tracker to just a few circles, but it’s still a big empty space.  Still, the week’s not over yet. If I manage to do anything else with it I’ll post pics on Instagram.

Incidentally I post images of planner stuff throughout the week on Instagram, but also of the shrines I’m working on – there are some awesome pieces happening over here at Tiny Relics.  I give out coupon codes and stuff as well, not to mention the usual cat pictures and strange selfies in bad lighting, so if you’re into that sort of thing c’mon over and follow me on Instagram.

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Planner Friday: Behind the Curtain

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When I started making planner stickers, I cut them out by hand and then peeled them off the sheet one by one.  I realized pretty quickly that making my customers do that was deeply annoying and way less professional than most of the other Etsy shops.  There was only one cure:  I needed a Silhouette Cameo.

The Cameo is one of a line of cutting machines – they don’t just make stickers, but can emboss, etch, draw, and cut through a variety of materials from cardstock to vinyl and fabric. For the average sticker maker they’re a bit on the “hell no, do you see how much that thing COSTS?” but if you run a sticker shop it’s soooooo worth it.

I thought I’d give you a peek at how the whole thing works.  It’s kind of a mysterious process to a  lot of people – how does the machine work?  How does it know what to cut?

Basically, it goes like this:

  1. Design your sticker in whatever graphics program you like.
  2. Import the design to the Cameo’s software.
  3. Create a print-and-cut file.
  4. Print and cut.

Here’s a slightly closer look, in pictures.  Click on each to see larger (and read the notes I added; they may or may not be big enough on your screen.)

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Planner Friday: At Last I See the Light

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No, I’m not throwing in the planner-fever towel because of some existential realization; I’m referring to one of my favorite Disney Movies, Tangled.  I actually love it way more than I did Frozen, which makes me the worst middle aged white lady ever, but there you have it.

(Though I did love Frozen.  A lot.  Tangled just occupies a place it doesn’t; I couldn’t really articulate why.  The whole chapter with the lanterns, from the King & Queen comforting each other about their long lost daughter to the actual “I See the Light” sequence itself, gives me goosebumps even now.)

I’ve been slowly assembling a Tangled planner theme for weeks, and I finally got it together.  It’s mostly stickers I made myself from movie stills or quotes, but the watercolor of Rapunzel’s tower on the left page came from Pink Paperplane’s shop on Etsy.

I apologize for the wonky shadows in these photos – I was in a weird spot at Starbucks where there was some direct sunlight and some indirect and it all got kind of weird.

Oh, and I realized I’d been forgetting to include resources and links to stuff I use – most of them repeat, but I do use things other people make.  I’ve also been asked to list the fonts I use when I make headers and such – you’re in luck! I love fonts! Best of all 95% of the ones I use are totally free.

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I really like how all the little lanterns turned out – I took the image and made three sizes, printed out a half dozen or so of each, and tried to space them like they might be floating.  Technically I guess I should have made plain ones too, since the only one in the movie with the sun on it was the one Rapunzel’s parents released (which she catches momentarily during the song).  Oh well.

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I had a devil of a time with the Weekend banner – for some reason those things are always SO FRUSTRATING.

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Tools and Supplies:

Sticker sheets from OnlineLabels.com
Stix cut out with Silhouette Cameo
Stickers designed in Pixelmator
Font used for headers:  Dumbledor (free)
Skinny washi tape from Michael’s

(Psst…for next week I’m working on a theme based on Neko Atsume.  I have a sickness.)

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