Planner Friday: Dangerous Creatures

This week’s inspiration:  Women reading books, inspired by my second viewing of the live-action (and utterly gorgeous) Beauty and the Beast.  

I started with Belle, of course, then branched out into my next favorite book maven, Lizzie Bennett.  Just searching for “Women Reading” yielded up dozens of lovely classical paintings and more modern work as well, so I was spoiled for choice.

It only seemed fitting to use a font called Jane Austen for this theme.

You’ll notice the new tracking sticker at the bottom of each day; I’ve been noticing a slight alteration in the pattern of my moods lately and I needed data to get a better handle on what effect my most recent meds change has had, so I created the sticker to make note of mood changes between my workday and everything that’s not the workday.  (It’s a scale of 0-5, and I make a little mark on whatever level I feel that symptom was at)

I also used this book washi, which I’ve had forever, though there are a number of similar designs all over the internet.

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Planner Friday – Moody Blues

Another color theme this week; that’s becoming sort of my default these days, when more creative themes are in short supply.  When in doubt, go to design-seeds and pick a palette or search “dark blue” on Pinterest and see what happens.

One thing I’ve decided is to do away with the meal planning bit on the sidebar next week; I’m just not using it, and I think I got better use out of the “this week” list that used to be there.  I still haven’t figured out how to plan food for the week but neither of the stickers I’ve made have worked worth a damn.  That’s the cool thing about planners, even if you don’t make your own stuff – you can always try a different strategy to get what you need out of your system.  Or you can chuck it and find a whole new system!  

The important things are these:

1 – Your planner is useful and helps you accomplish what you want to accomplish (whatever that means for you)

2 – Your planner keeps you coming back to it, which could mean it’s crazy pretty, or that it’s strictly utilitarian, whatever gets your fangs out.  

This week’s font:  Beautify Script (free)

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End of March Planner Roundup

I got kind of behind in posting weeklies in March, so here’s the return of the monthly review.

February 27-April 5 – Moana Theme

(More about this theme on that week’s blog post.)

Font:  Vaiana, available on Etsy

March 6-12 – Spring Wildflowers Theme

(More about this theme on that week’s blog post.)

Font: Cupcake!

March 13-19 – Mermaid Washi Theme

(More about this theme on that week’s blog post.)

Mermaid Washi – available here

Bookmark – available here

March 20-26 – Ostara Theme

Font:  Druchilla

As I said on Instagram:  Blessed Ostara! The Spring Equinox was always one of my favorite Pagan holidays. A day for renewal and rebirth in more ways than one. May it be so for all.


March 27-April 2 – Turquoise & White Theme

Font:  Jenthill

Note – the “washi” strips with the white flowers aren’t actually washi, so there’s no source for them – I made them just with a strip of color and a wingding font I got for free somewhere.  


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Planner Friday: Washi Mermies

This week came on fast, and I was utterly lacking in fucks with regard to my planner theme, so I kept it simple.

I had recently picked up this set of Jane Davenport washi tapes at Michaels**, so I grabbed the mermaid-y one and used it as the main visual cue.  It’s all washi, plus one single sticker I had in my plannerstash (the light-on-ocean box in the left sidebar).  I didn’t even bother with my trackers this week.  

I like how it turned out.  Further proof you don’t have to make whole sheets of stickers or overthink your planner pretties.  Just whip out some tape and go to town.

This week also showcases my new bookmark from Stickebeans, who made the Marauder’s Map cover and bookmark I used last year.  I still adore both and they’ve held up very well – I’m sure I’ll switch back eventually. I just wanted something new to look at for a while, and Stickebeans makes such excellent-quality products I was keen to order more from her shop.  

(She uses wonderfully thick lamination and her covers/bookmarks can practically stop a bullet.  I really wish she did custom work so I could’ve had this year’s cover done so beautifully, but given the volume of order she has I don’t blame her for keeping things simple!) 

Note the little figurine of Pua and Hei-Hei from Moana that I found on Amazon.  (These pics are often taken on my desk at my day job, which is why you see my Funkos and such.)

I’ve been using the divisions just like I normally do – the top one for my to-do list, the middle section for events and things I did, and the bottom for writing progress.

**I like the tapes in the set, but I warn you, if you want to buy them:  The purpleish tape with the affirmative words has a spelling error in it, which kind of killed that one for me.  I can’t believe it got all the way into production without anyone catching it.  Several of the others however, including the mermaids and the blue one that says “I’m learning to fly,” are just gorgeous.

Incidentally the Marauder’s Map bookmark shown on Etsy also has a spelling error, but the real thing does NOT.  If it worries you mention it to the shopkeeper, but mine was perfect.  

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Planner Friday: It’s Spring, Y’all

I make no secret of the fact that I was born and raised in Texas.  I also make no secret of my loathing for my home state.

Let’s face it, this is an embarrassing place to live if you’re a liberal.  Just this month we heard that opposing trans folks’ right to pee like human beings is the same as fighting at the Alamo and that doctors should be able to outright lie to women in our longstanding “No Fetus Left Behind” program. 

But hey, we’ve got barbecue.

Of course I’m a vegan so giant hunks of charred animal flesh don’t really endear the state to me.  

But it’s not all idiot politicians and severed animal heads hanging on people’s walls, which brings me to one of the things I do genuinely enjoy here:  Spring wildflowers.

For a few weeks before the weather becomes scorching, our hillsides are blanketed from end to end under a stunning quilt of bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, firewheels, and many others.  The landscape becomes soft and plush, and everywhere you drive you see people hauling their children and dogs to the side of the road to get the obligatory shot of a cherub-cheeked tot being swallowed by flowers.

I decided to celebrate this briefest and loveliest of seasons in my planner this week.

The only way to really do the wildflowers justice is to show them covering the land, so I made big long stickers for the bottoms of each page.  Above that, on Tuesday you see the iconic state flower, the bluebonnet; and on Wednesday one of my favorites, the firewheel (I think it’s also called an Indian blanket).

On Thursday we have the Indian paintbrush, which almost always shares the hillsides with bluebonnets, producing an intense red and blue carpet.  

And how could I not include the quintessential Texas image, a longhorn cow surrounded by bluebonnets?  The only thing more Texas would be if the cow was dead, cut into pieces, and slathered in sauce on a paper plate, eaten by a big white dude in a ten-gallon hat with a Trump 2016 lapel pin, his feet propped up on an immigrant’s back and his free hand signing a bill to force women to have vaginal ultrasounds.  

Okay, like I said.  I don’t like it here.  But we’ve got awesome flowers.  Yee-haw.


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