Let’s Talk About Blitsy!

If you are a planner girl and haven’t heard of Blitsy, it’s possible you may be living under a rock. Just kidding! But seriously, if you are crafty in any way, you need to know all about this amazing website and how you can bless your planner addictive life because of it. Keep reading.

Let's Talk About Blitsy!

*Disclaimer – This post has been sponsored by Blitsy, which means we received compensation in exchange for writing and sharing our thoughts about their company with you today. Sponsored posts help us not only share some of the awesome resources in the world of planning with our readers, but it helps support Planner Squad so we can continue to bring you awesome content just like this.

I was recently given the opportunity to go on a bit of a spending spree on Blitsy’s website and see how much I could get for my planner. It was so exciting! What would I get? How could I be creative and think outside the box for my planner? How much could I get with the amount I was allotted to spend? I was a girl on a mission – a mission to bring the amazing world of Blitsy to the pages of my planner.

Retail Therapy With Blitsy

I waited until the kids went to bed so I could have pure peace and quiet for my shopping bliss. I pulled up the website and immediately started clicking that “add to cart” button. See, when I online shop I just add everything I think I want to my cart and then when I see the price damage I have a mini heart attack and then start removing things.

I probably shopped for like 2 hours. (Come on now, when you have quiet time and permission to online shop – you squeeze every bit of time out of that opportunity you possibly can – amiright?!) When I finally decided I had probably gone WAY over my budget I braced myself for the panic and clicked on “view cart”.

Surprisingly I was over my budget, but not too much! I was amazed! I wouldn’t have to delete much at all! And then, I saw this:

Let's Talk About Blitsy!

Whaaat?! Blitsy accepts 40% off competitor coupons?! Cha-CHING! That means MORE STUFF! I finally clicked to complete my order, and expected to wait a couple of weeks before I would get my order in the mail.

You see, Blitsy can offer their awesome discounted prices because they act kind of like a middle man between the customer and the company who sells the product. That means, when you place an order Blitsy has to wait to receive the product from the company before they can forward the product on to you. Sometimes that means a bit of a wait in the shipping time; but for the all that you get at at those prices, it’s so worth it.

But I didn’t have to wait long – I got my box in one week! Actually quite a few of my orders lately have been shipping much faster and Amy has said the same about her orders! Yay for faster shipping!

Happiness is Blitsy


My Blitsy Order

Again, I waited for everyone to go to bed so I could get out the goods and start to play without interruptions (aint nobody got time for that). I created for hours! (Seriously – I big time overslept the next day because of my late night planning binge. But its okay, it was so worth it.)

Here’s a list of everything I got (this time.. I now have a Blitsy problem. Thanks Blitsy!):

I was able to do some really cool stuff for my planner. Check it out!


Planner Therapy With My Blitsy Haul

First, I dug out the Gelatos. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them after watching this video. Seriously – how cool are these?! I used these to draw directly onto my planner pages, and even made some colored boxes for my Happy Planner! Oh, and you can color directly onto your stamps for some cool effects as well (It didn’t turn out great since I was still learning how – but you can see the birthday cake stamped below using the gelatos!). So many possibilities with these!

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Oh, Check out this dashboard I made for my happy planner with the Gelatos too! I know, my lettering needs some major help. I’m working on it.

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I used the Xyron Sticker Maker to turn the boxes I created and the Bits and Pieces into stickers (helps a lazy girl save on the scrapbook tapes!).

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Let's talk about Blitsy!

Let's talk about Blitsy!

 

Check out what Amy did with her Xyron machine – She turned ribbon into washi tape! That girl.. she’s a smart one!

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Lets Talk About Blitsy!

 

I also used a bunch of MAMBI stickers to make this layout. I love how you can really get creative with them. Some I actually cut in half to use in two different places!

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Finally, I used my MAMBI Pocket Cards, Page Protectors, and some Carpe Diem Bits and Pieces to make these shakers! I love when I flip through my planners and see these beauties staring back at me!

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The Blitsy Experience

Overall, I was more than happy with my Blitsy experience. Awesome product for low (and competitive!) prices, fast shipping, and hours of creative bliss that resulted in some very cute planner decorations!

What are you waiting for? Go sign up for your own Blitsy account so you can start shopping right away! Click on the banner below to save $10 on your first qualifying order of $40 or more!

$10 off your first purchase!


Have you found some awesome steals at Blitsy? Comment below and tell us about the awesome deals you’ve scored!

Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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Happy Planner Printing Hack – How to Print Directly Onto Your Happy Planner Pages (Tutorial!)

Happy Planner users – rejoice! Long gone are the days of printing your decorative elements onto sticker paper. I have discovered a method that allows you to print directly onto your pages, and today I’m going to show you exactly how to do it with this Happy Planner printing hack!

Happy Planner Printing Hack! Learn how to print directly onto your Happy Planner Pages. Save time & money for more planner fun!

 

I love to decorate my Happy Planner. There are so many amazing weekly kits out there but since I do not have a sticker cutting machine (Now I do!  Here is my new friend!) but it takes so much time to hand cut each sticker out and place them where I want them.

Then one day, I was scrolling through one of my favorite planning facebook groups and found someone had shared this awesome Happy Planner hack! I was so excited about it that I knew I had to share it with you!

(Thank you so much to Jing Pia Roan for allowing me to share this tutorial here on Planner Squad and for also allowing me to use her happy planner template files as well! You can find Jing online here and here.)

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Happy Planner Printing Hack Tutorial

Step 1: Download Software, Templates, and Design

In order to get started, you will first need to download the FREE Silhouette Studio Basic Edition software. No, you do not have to have a Silhouette to do this tutorial – but you do need the software (or Photoshop).

You will also need to download these free Happy Planner page templates (courtesy of Jing) as well. You can find the free downloads here at our free printables page.

(For this tutorial you can either create your own decorative boxes and elements on your own, or I’ve created some you can use to practice with. These will be included in the download with the templates.)

Here is an example of Planner Squad's Happy Planner Printing Hack Tutorial.

Step 2: Open Templates into the Silhouette Software

Find where you downloaded your template files and open them in the Silhouette Studio software. To do this click on “File>Open>Select File>OK”. Print this Template from the Silhouette Studio Software prior to decorating on regular computer paper.

(Tip: Make sure your image is not resized to fit the page. It should be printed at its actual, 100% size, which is 8.5×11)

Screen shot of part of Planner Squad's Happy Planner Printing Hack Tutorial.

Step 3: Import Decorative Files to Library

Import all of your decorative elements to the Silhouette Studio Library. To do this click on “File>Import>Import to Library>Find File to Import>OK”.

Another screenshot of Planner Squad's Happy Planner Printing Hack Tutorial.

 

Helpful screenshot of part of Planner Squad's Happy Planner Printing Hack Tutorial.

Step 4: Open the “Library” in Silhouette

Click on “File>Library>Library” to open.

This Happy Planner Printing Hack Tutorial can save you money & time!

Step 5: Insert Decorative Elements to the Template

Find the decorative elements you wish to add to the template and double click on it. It will then be inserted to the file on top of your template. Click and drag to move the element where you would like it to print on the page. Do this for all of the elements until you have placed them all where you want them.

(Tip: Make sure the template is not selected with a border around it while adding your design. It will cause the design to not add correctly. Click somewhere in the grey area to deselect the template.)

Screenshot with helpful tips on how to customize your Happy Planner Printing Hack.

Step 6: Add a Page From Your Happy Planner to the Printed Template

Use your printed blank template and add a page from your happy planner so that it fits in the box.

(Tip: To make sure all of the lines add up perfectly, hold the page up to a light so you can see where the lines are. Some printers print differently so doing this will make sure you’ve lined everything up properly. If your printed template is not the right size, you will need to reprint and check your printer settings to make sure it wasn’t resized wrong.)

Once you have lined up the pages correctly, use washi tape to keep the paper in place during the printing process.

(Tip: I tape along the top and bottom instead of the sides like in the photo to keep from ripping the punched side of the paper).

Use washi tape to help your paper in place with this Happy Planner Printing Hack.

Step 7: Remove the Template

Click on the white page of the template to select only the template. Then press “delete”. Your design elements should be in place still, but the template boxes should disappear.

Another screenshot to help you with this Happy Planner Printing Hack.

Step 8. Print!

Put the template with the Happy Planner page taped to it, into your printer. Press File>Print, and print your design. Your design will print directly onto your happy planner page!

Check out this Happy Planner Printing Hack & how you can make your planners shine!

Voila!

There you have it! A decorated Happy Planner Weekly Spread and it didn’t use a single sheet of sticker paper! Of course now you can add more fun elements to it to spice it up if you’d like, but this Happy Planner printing hack makes the process much easier and saves so much sticker paper!

Example of Happy Planner Printing Hack.

 

Did you try this Happy Planner printing hack out for yourself? I’d love to see how it turned out! Share a photo with us on Instagram and tag @PlannerSquad! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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Traveler’s Notebooks 101: What They Are, How to Use Them, and How to WIN One

We’ve had a lot of our followers asking about the Travelers Notebook lately. They mostly want to know what it is exactly and how they could use it themselves. Since I couldn’t live without my travelers notebook, we decided to share our knowledge of the travelers notebooks with you today. Introducing, Travelers Notebooks 101!

Travelers Notebook 101: What they are, How to use them, and how to win one. www.plannersquad.com

What is a Traveler’s Notebook?

A Traveler’s Notebook is basically a book-like cover that holds more than one smaller notebooks or inserts with elastic bands. Each elastic band can hold up to three notebooks.

Here’s some pictures to show you with a little more detail:

Travelers Notebook 101: What they are, How to use them, and how to win one. www.plannersquad.com

Travelers Notebook 101: What they are, How to use them, and how to win one. www.plannersquad.com

Travelers Notebook 101: What they are, How to use them, and how to win one. www.plannersquad.com

Travelers Notebook 101: What they are, How to use them, and how to win one. www.plannersquad.com


Why I Love My Traveler’s Notebook

I love my travelers notebook for many reasons. First, I love how it’s small and durable enough for me to carry around with me everywhere I go. I can shove it in my purse when I’m in a hurry and I don’t have to worry about messing it up like I would with my happy planner.

(Side note: Oddly enough I love the way it feels in my hands, and the sound the pages make when I flip through them. I know. I’m weird.)

I also love how I can customize my travelers notebook to use it anyway I need to. As a homeschooling mom, virtual assistant, and business owner – my plate is full. I have many different things I need to plan and keep track of, and being able to track it all in one notebook that I can take on the go is so important.


How I Use My Traveler’s Notebook

There are many things that I plan in my travelers notebook, from my weekly calendar to my meal plan and shopping list. Here’s a list of some of the different inserts I’ve made for my own.

  • Weekly Spread – Because what is a planner without a calendar of some sort?
  • Meal Plan – Nothing makes my weeks run smoother than knowing what’s for dinner every night. My meal planner also has my grocery list – so no more leaving it at home!
  • To-Do Lists – I’m a lister. I have to have a check list every day of my life or I don’t remember anything and I feel like nothing ever get’s done.
  • Birthday Planner – Planning birthday parties can be a pain. I love having all of my party details and shopping lists in one easy place, everywhere I go!
  • Holiday Planner – Just like the Birthday Planner, I love being able to keep my holiday plans in check every year.
  • Creative Projects – Get bored sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office? Add an insert that’s good for doodling. Or you can join in on a cool project such as Lister’s Gotta List or Love Your Lettering.
  • Journal – Whether you need a food journal to track your daily diet and exercise routines or just want to randomly record thoughts you have throughout the day, you’ll always have a journal handy if you add an insert!

Plus, there are so many other ways you can use these!


Win Your Own FunkyDori Traveler’s Notebook

I recently released my very own version of the faux-dori (faux=fake and dori=Midori, or the original traveler’s notebook) in my etsy shop. I loved the other Dori’s floating around out there, but I really wanted to learn how to make my own so I could customize it exactly as I wanted.

These things are made sturdy (with thick fusible interfacing), have finished edges, and a thicker outer elastic band for extra support. The elastic band is also attached so it will not get lost, and a pen holder is sewn into the inside so your pen is tucked away, nice and neat. The FunkyDori is made to fit the tall and narrow Midori inserts, yet are made wider so it can hold different sized inserts or just have enough room for the pen at the end.

Enter to Win a FunkyDori Travelers Notebook from Planner Squad and Funky Jean Designs

Would you like to win this FunkyDori? I’m going to be giving one away to one of our lucky email subscribers! To enter to win just submit your info below, and then complete the entry requirements.

The winner will be announced on April 8,2016 (We decided to extend this one week due to the site being down for a few days this week from technical difficulties.)

(Don’t want to wait for the contest to end? Or maybe you want a different style? You can buy one here! I love custom orders!)


Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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Where to Shop – FREE Printable Dashboard with Exclusive Coupon Codes for 8 Awesome Planner Shops

Raise your hand if you love planner shopping and happy mail! *Waves hand frantically in the air* There’s nothing better than sitting down at the end of a long day and losing yourself in Etsy searching for those planner stickers that you probably don’t desperately need for the next Holiday’s themed spread, or to track your daily water intake.

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I don’t know about you, but I really hate to buy anything online that’s not on sale or doesn’t have some sort of coupon code that will score me an awesome deal. When you think about how much money is dumped into your planner just on stickers and washi alone, it could probably cause you to start hyperventilating a little.

But you guys – there are so many amazing shops out there! I can’t help it! Even if I don’t need it, sometimes I just have to have it! I also strongly believe in helping out small business with getting their name out there more. As an etsy shop owner myself I know how hard it can be to find an affordable way to advertise my own shop, so that is why I decided to put together this awesome printable for our subscribers!


Where to Shop – Free Printable Dashboard

Planner Squad "Where to Shop" Printable Dashboard Freebie

This is a FREE download for a printable dashboard or bookmark (however you want to use it) with 8 different shops that sell planner related goodies! The best part? They’ve created planner squad exclusive coupon codes that will be good until September 1, 2016 so you will basically never have to pay full price for stickers again. Just print this out, put it in your planner, and always have your favorite shops handy without having to hunt for a coupon code!

These are available in all of the major planner sizes (A4, A5, Happy Planner, and Personal). Just print, Trim excess paper, Laminate, punch, and voila! A bookmark or dashboard for easy access to your favorite shops that you’ll never lose!

Click here to download the FREE Where to Shop Printable!


If you make a purchase from any of these shops, please share about your purchases below, and let the shop owner know that you found them through the Planner Squad “Where to Shop” free printable!

Want to be included in the next printable? Check out the advertising section of our site for more info!

Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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Share Your Spread #5

Sorry this post is a little late this week! But even though it’s Tuesday instead of Monday, it’s time to Share Your Spread!

Every week we ask our viewers to come and share their spread on our weekly link up, so others can be inspired by their creativity. I love coming back to see how everyone’s planning out their week, no matter what planner they use!


I love taking the time every week to sit out and plan (literally), what my entire week will look like. If I don’t have my week perfectly laid out and decorated, then I feel like I’m off and everything seems to crumble.I seem to get more done since it’s so fun to look inside my planner and check off those little boxes!

That being said, what does your planner look like this week? Did you go with a special theme? Finally getting to use that new awesome washi you found? We want to see! Make sure you use #PlannerSquad and #ShareYourSpreadLinkup when you share your spreads on instagram!


It’s Time To Share Your Spreads!

Share Your Spread Weekly Link-Up Planner Squad

Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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