Planner Squad Swap: Sign Up for June 2017

We’ve been having a blast swapping planner goodies and filling our mailboxes with loads of happy for over a year now. What a success this swap has been! I’m happy to announce that it’s officially time to sign up for May!

Love getting happy mail full of planner goodies? Then this swap is for you! Read more posts about planning at www.plannersquad.com

Yep, that’s right, time for another Planner Squad Swap sign up! Please pay attention to everything in this post as you never know when the swap rules will change!

Also, mark these dates in your planners! We’re super strict on our rules, so you don’t want to miss any of this super important info.

Important! Swap Changes!

We’ve made a major change to the monthly swap rules in the past couple of months. From now on, we are charging a small fee to participate. 

Why? Because running this swap takes a lot of time and can be very frustrating at times. Especially when members refuse to read the provided information and follow simple rules.

Not only has this fee made it worth the time spent away from my family and other work projects, but it also caused a significant decrease in flaky swappers and rule breakers. Definitely a major swap win!

Please note – this fee does not guarantee you will receive a swap package in return. While we certainly hope that this will deter the flakes, we have absolutely no way to guarantee it. This is still very much a buyer-beware kind of situation.

Sign ups are non-refundable

The fees are in place to help cover the time it takes me to run the swap. If you back out, I will have to spend even more time matching your partner up with someone new. For that reason, all of the swap sign up fees are final and non-refundable under any circumstances. 

We do understand that sometimes life happens and problems arise. When this happens we will try to work with you if you have to send your package late, within reason. Communication is key – so please get in touch with your partner asap, and keep the communication strong!

Only members of our Facebook group are eligible to sign-up

Anyone can participate in our swaps, as long as you are a Squadette, aka a member of our Facebook group, and have not been banned due to breaking rules in the past. Want to be a Squadette too? Come join us in our awesome Facebook group!

[Yes – we will check if you are a member or not. You will not receive your partner’s info until you are confirmed as a member of the group. So make sure you join now if you haven’t already!]

There is a spending limit

You are required to spend a minimum of $15 BEFORE shipping. This total used to include shipping, but honestly, you can’t buy too much these days for less than that, and we want these swaps to be quality. That’s why we’ve made this change. If you don’t think you can swing spending $20-$25 after shipping costs, then you shouldn’t sign up for this swap.

If you don’t think you can swing spending $20-$25 after shipping costs, then you shouldn’t be signing up for this swap.

Shipping tips

The best way I’ve found to ship a good amount of oddly shaped products while keeping the cost low is by sending USPS priority in a flat rate box or envelope. This can range from anywhere between $6-$18 in shipping costs depending on how big your package is. This option also includes tracking.

If you want to keep within a specific budget, I recommend picking your flat rate packaging first, then only buy items that you know will fit inside. You can get the priority packaging for free at any post office.

International swappers can keep their costs low by keeping their packages as lightweight as possible, and evenly spread. For example, if you send a package that is just stickers, inserts, dashboard, covers, etc and theses items are approximately the same size and thickness, you can generally send them in a documents envelope.

When packages become uneven and heavier than 1 ounce, they begin to get pricey. For more tips on how to keep international shipping costs low, visit your local post office and ask a worker for their for advice.

Consequences

Once you are signed up and have received your partner info email, you are required to send your swap. If your partner does not receive their tracking number by the end of the day on the 15th of the month, you will be placed on a warning list. This means if you’re ever late again, you will not be eligible to swap in the future.

International swappers are exempt from this rule only because it is extremely expensive in most cases to add the tracking number. That being said, international swappers will be at a higher risk because we will have no way to hold swappers accountable.

If your swap partner does not receive a package from you by the end of the day on the last day of the month, then you will be banned from future swaps, and the Planner Squad Facebook group indefinitely.

You will also be added to a public list alerting others that you did not follow through with your swap as promised. This list will be public so that others will know not to swap with you in the future.

There will be zero tolerance for rule breaking and flaky swapping.

Important Dates

June 3, 2017: This is the signup deadline for the June 2017 swap.

June 4, 2017: An email with your swap partner’s information will be sent to your provided email no later than this date. I will begin sending partner emails immediately and frequently. This will ensure you have plenty of time to shop for your partner and get to the post office. That being said, the quicker you sign up, the sooner you can receive your partner’s information.

If by June 4, 2017 you still have yet to receive your partner email, please check your spam folder or type our email address into your email’s search bar. If you are still unable to locate it, please contact me as soon as possible.

All emails will be sent from plannersquad@gmail.com, so add us to your contacts and/or create a filter so our emails will always go to your inbox!

June 15, 2017: This is the shipping deadline which means all swap packages MUST be shipped (with a tracking number sent to your partner) by the end of the day on June 15th.

Sending a tracking number is mandatory, not optional, so make sure you don’t forget this! Failure to send a tracking number on time may result in being banned from future participation.

Please note: order numbers are NOT the same as tracking numbers! Your package needs to be shipped by the shipping date. If you send your partner an order number that shows an order was placed on the shipping deadline date, you will be considered late and could possibly be banned from future swaps.

June 30, 2017: All participants must have received a package by the end of this date. Anyone who has not received a package by this date should report it to me immediately.

This is crucial to keeping the swap a success and keeping flaky people from signing up and leaving someone else in the dust. Please do not protect flaky swappers!

Need more Clarification?

Click here to watch a video of me explaining the swap process and its changes entirely (complete with Q&A session!).

Once you have read this post in its entirety and understand everything, you’re ready to get started!

Click here to begin the June swap sign-up process!


Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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This Pre-Order Washi Kit is Totally Your JAM!

Are you a lover of all things washi tape? Do you like to collect rare and unique rolls of washi that you can’t find in your everyday craft stores? Then the Planner Squad Shoppe has just what you need!

Planner Squad Shoppe Washi Tape Kit Pre-Order

I’m happy to announce that we have officially brought back our washi tape kit pre-orders! That’s right, once again you can pre-order a themed set of five washi tape kits for an extremely low price!

Washi Kit Pre-Order Details

How do our washi kit pre-orders work you ask? Every two weeks or so, we choose 5 rolls of washi that you can buy in a kit, centered around a fun theme. Squadettes (that’s you!) will be able to pre-order these kits and pay a low price of only $7.50 (plus shipping)! This averages to about $1.50 per roll of washi that you can’t find just anywhere, saving you about $1.00 per roll compared to our normal prices!

Only want a couple of the rolls? That’s okay! You can also order pre-order the rolls individually for about $2.00 each. While this isn’t the best deal, it is still a little bit cheaper than or normal prices.

Unique washi like these at this low of a price? What a steal! 

While sometimes we have extra rolls of washi to list for sale when we receive these kits, it’s not always a guarantee. The only way to guarantee you will receive this washi at the discounted price is to pre-order your kit today!

Current Washi Pre-order Theme: Music

This week’s kit is going to keep us running to the mailbox in search of happy mail. That’s right, this week’s washi kit pre-order is a postal theme!

In this kit you will receive one roll each of the following styles:

  • Musical Love
  • Rainbow Tunes
  • Rainbow Treble Clef
  • Tickled Ivories
  • Musical Waves

 

Tune in for the Squadette Show on Friday at 9 pm EST in our Facebook group to get washi preorder sneak peaks “in person”. Trust me when I say that pictures never do our washi tape justice!

How to Order

To order your washi pre-order kit, click on the link at the bottom of the post to take you to the listing in the Planner Squad Shoppe. This listing with the discounted washi price will only be available for 2 weeks, ending April 21, 2017, and then will be taken down. Please note, all orders are final and non-refundable.

Sometimes our distributor runs out of supplies before we get a chance to order these kits ourselves. This is rare of course, but if for some reason this does happen, we will order a similar style washi tape to put in its place.

We ask you to please allow 4-6 weeks shipping and handling time once the preorder ends. This is only because our awesome supplier is located on the other side of the world, so sometimes it can take anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks for us to receive it ourselves.

As soon as we receive the order, we will package it up all nice and pretty, and send it on its way to you!

Now, what are you waiting for?! Go get this kit right now while you still can! While you’re at it, make sure you check out all of the other goodies we have in the Planner Squad Shoppe.

Click here to pre-order your vintage washi kit today!

For order updates, make sure you are a member of our Facebook group. We often post washi pre-order updates there!

Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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Join us for the April 2017 Instagram Challenge (With Free Printable!)

Last month we had a ton of fun with the March Instagram Challenge. Unfortunately due to some technical difficulties, our free printable with the prompts was down for some time. But, many of you still it going, and we loved seeing all of your entries!

Join us for the April 2017 Instagram Challenge and be entered to WIN! For more posts about planning visit www.plannersquad.com

With March coming to an end, it’s time to introduce you to the fun challenge prompts we have for April! Keep reading for more details.

Introducing the Instagram Challenge

So, what is the Instagram Challenge exactly? Well, basically, Jaynelle (aka @Sweetjaybaby on IG) is going to supply us with a daily photo challenge revolved around planning.

To participate in the challenge, all you have to do is take a picture that reflects that day’s prompt and share it on Instagram for the rest of us to see.

What’s in it for Me?

Every month, we will be hosting a monthly challenge giveaway sponsored by an awesome planner related shop.

This month’s challenge is being sponsored by the amazing Cassie at CW Graphic Designs. Cassie is donating a total of 5 free functional planner stickers (valued at $9.00).

Join us for the April 2017 Instagram Challenge and be entered to WIN! For more posts about planning visit www.plannersquad.com

How do you enter to win? Simply use the hashtag #PSIGChallenge every time you share your challenge post. Each photo you share using that hashtag will get you one entry in the giveaway.

Shop Owners – We’re Looking for Challenge Sponsors!

That’s right, we’re looking for shops who would like to sponsor a monthly giveaway by supplying prizes.

Any shop who sponsors the giveaway will have their shop name and IG handle on the free challenge printables for that month. We will also shine a spotlight on your shop in the blog post for that month’s challenge.

This could be a great form of advertisement for you and your shop!

For more information on how to sponsor a giveaway, check out our advertisement page. When you fill out the form, let us know you would like to sponsor an IG Challenge.

April Challenge Prompts

Okay, now that you know how the challenge is going to work and how you can enter to win, it’s time to get your free challenge prompts printable.

This printable PDF includes a printable dashboard in letter size (to print in HP classic size, reduce size by 80%).

Click Here to Download This Printable!

Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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Journal Challenge Week 11

Week 11 of the Journal Challenge has finally arrived. I don’t know about you, but I look forward to these challenges every week. It’s a new bit of inspiration to get my creative juices flowing for the week!

 This week, we’re going to do a little “unwinding”. Keep reading to see what I’m talking about.

Journal Challenge Week 10: Unwind

This week’s journal prompt is “unwind”. I chose this journal prompt because it’s very therapeutic to take some time to unwind and destress at the end of a long day, or when life is throwing you a curve ball.

Writing about these things may help you become more aware of it yourself. I could also help others who read your journal entry (if you decide to share it with others) understand more about you as well.

For this week’s journal challenge, I want you to think about what helps you unwind after a long stressful day. As you think about how you unwind or relax, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What helps you unwind or relax at the end of a hard day?
  • Why does this help you unwind?
  • Do you like to do this activity alone, or with others?
  • If you do this activity with others, who do you prefer to do it with?
  • Is there a special place you prefer to do this activity? If so, where?
  • Does this activity benefit you in other ways than just relaxing you? If so, how?

If you can, include some sort of visual element to your journal entry to give it that much more sentimental value. For example, here are some ideas you may want to include:

  • Pictures of people
  • Printout of a scene from a favorite movie or television show
  • Sketch or some other artistic element
  • candy or food wrappers
  • ticket stubs

There are so many fun elements you can add to your entry to make it even more fun to look back on in the future!


As always, if this journal entry isn’t too personal, we would love to see how it turned out. Snap a photo of your entry and share it with the rest of us on social media.

Anytime you share your journal challenges online, make sure to tag @plannersquad and use the official challenge hashtag #PSJournalChallenge. This week you could also use #unwind. 

We will share some of our favorites with our followers. Til next week, happy journaling!


Have a Suggestion?

Do you like the topics I am coming up with so far? I would love to know any suggestions you have for future prompts. Feel free to comment below or contact me to suggest a journal prompt!

Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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