Planner…Monday, whoops.

It took me until Tuesday of last week to even get my planner in order – it was that kind of messed up week.  But I did manage to pretty it up eventually.

This week I went with a single artist, the ever-popular John William Waterhouse.  I’m guessing if you’re a girl-type person of a mystical bent you probably had at least one Waterhouse hanging in your dorm room.  

Waterhouse is usually associated with the Pre-Raphaelites but in fact he painted a number of years later, inspired both by the PreRaphaelite brotherhood and by Greco-Roman, Arthurian, and Shakespearean mythology.  

I love his use of colors, and the sense of movement in many of his paintings, particularly that born of the wind.  I chose some of my favorite Waterhouse paintings for this theme.

The font is called Radaern, and is available for free.

You might notice my error – I accidentally duplicated the weekend Mood Box sticker instead of the weekday one.  Oh well.  I knew what it meant.

You might also notice how little I wrote on this week’s planner even though by the time I remembered to take pictures the week was nearly over.  Some weeks I write all over the pages and some weeks I barely have a to-do list.  Life has a way of doing that.  I don’t always have the time, energy, or fucks available to be thorough in my planning; but there’s plenty of room for whatever I need, even if I just need something pretty to look at now and then.

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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: Lavender Sage

I’m a bit behind in posting my weekly spreads – if you want them as they happen you should follow me on Instagram (not to mention you’ll get all the latest images of my FunkoPop collection which I know you’re all dying for).  

The week of the 6-12 I needed some peace, some quiet.  I recently came up with the idea to scroll for theme inspiration on DesignSeeds – all those lovely color palettes!  I scrolled until I hit upon one that had the feel I wanted; I don’t remember exactly which it was, but there are quite a few with the general scheme I ended up using, like this one:

Then I used it as inspiration to hunt through Pinterest for suitable images.  

I made some quick headers (the font is Julius Sans One), and voila, a soft and gentle color theme that I really, really loved looking at.  

That’s really the point of all of this – what feels good when you look at it?  What makes you want to open your planner and use it?  What makes you leave the pages open and touch them once in a while, smile at the colors or the pictures?  

I like how it has a sort of Jane Austen-y feel to it, maybe because the woman with the book reminds me of Elizabeth Bennett.  It’s feminine without being…girly.  I love the grey-lavender of actual lavender plants, and the grey-green of sage leaves, so they wound up in the theme as well.

(There’s nothing wrong with girly, really, it’s just not what I wanted.)

I was also trying a new meal-planning thing, hence the new sticker, but I ended up not liking it, so this week I tried a new sidebar thing I’ll show you in my next Planner Friday post.  

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