Mini-Happy Planner Giveaway

Enter to win this adorable Mini-Happy Planner + more awesome planner goodies at Planner Squad!  Giveaway ends Dec. 3.  Find more planner resources & freebies over at plannersquad.com

Do you hear the bells and whistles?  Do you see the fireworks going off?  It’s time once more for a Planner Squad giveaway-let the celebration begin!

Jenn and I love to bring these fabulous giveaways to our Squadettes.  It is our little way of saying you for being a loyal planner girl.  (And if you are not a Squadette yet, what are you waiting for?  Pop on over to our rockin’ Facebook Group and jump in the fun!)

This month, Jenn selected the most adorable giveaway and we are so pumped up to get it started.  A Mini-Happy Planner!  (Bet you guessed that from the title!  You are so smart!)

We know how hard it has been for some of you to find these sweet things.  When Jenn saw this cutie, she immediately thought of our Squadettes and messaged me.  “We have got to get this for a giveaway!  The Squadettes will love it!”  Isn’t Jenn a wise one?

In case you are not familiar with the Mini-Happy Planner, I will share a few fun facts.  Happy Planners come from the glorious company known as Me & My Big Ideas (a.k.a. MAMBI).  These gems are super fun to decorate and customize.

We loved their standard size Happy Planner and fell head over heels for the Big Happy Planner.  And then, MAMBI outdid itself.

A compact ball of planner fun wrapped up in style!

Here are the details on the beautiful Mini-Happy Planner in this giveaway:

  • pages are 4.5″ x 7″
  • same laminated front & back covers that are also 4.5″ x 7″
  • undated
  • disc bound
  • monthly and weekly layouts

And here are some pictures to get you drooling over the Mini-Happy Planner we are giving away!  Squeal!

Mini-Happy Planner for Planner Squad giveaway is stylish and fun.

Inside cover and first page of Mini-Happy Planner for Planner Squad giveaway.

Monthly layout of Mini-Happy Planner for Planner Squad giveaway.

This Mini-Happy Planner for Planner Squad giveaway is adorable and functional.

Example of a dashboard found in the Mini-Happy Planner for Planner Squad giveaway.

Back cover of Mini-Happy Planner as part of Planner Squad giveaway.

 

I adore the black and white theme!  I think that makes it so much fun to decorate and add a splash of color to where you want it.

Mini-Happy Planner Giveaway

One lucky Squadette will win this prize package valued at over $50:

  • one Me & My Big Ideas (MAMBI) Mini-Happy Planner
  • Planner Squad Shoppe Surprise Pack (Jenn is going to surprise our lucky winner with goodies from the Shoppe!)
  • Planner Squad Shoppe $15 Gift Card to pick out even more great planner goodies!

Giveaway ends December 3, 2016 at 11:59 pm CT.  Best of luck to all who enter!

 

 

 

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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!

Lets Talk About Blitsy!

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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Plan With Me – Plus Free Printable Stickers | MAMBI Happy Planner

Plan With Me Plus Free Printable Planner Stickers-Planner Squad

This post is from one of our lovely contributors, Stephanie Newman.  

I have become obsessed. Like seriously obsessed. Like so obsessed that I will use up all my paper,  printer ink and spending money for the month on my new hobby. Is it a hobby? It’s a hobby. Because I said so.

What are you talking about crazy woman? I’m talking about my Happy Planner and making it look super duper pretty.

 

Why I Love My Planner

When I first heard of decorating your planner with stickers and washi tape, I thought people were crazy wasting all their money on their planners and all it does is just take up space in your planner to write things down. But back in November I really wanted a new planner that worked for what I needed to use it for, which was basically planning my entire life. That included but was not limited it to: homeschooling, blog planning, personal life and meal planning.

That’s a lot of stuff. And I wanted the ability to carry this planner in my purse, and my current planner was just much too big for that. I tried the digital planning. While it works when you’re out and about and totally forget your planner at home, or you need to check with your husband’s calendar (because you know he ain’t going to carry a Happy Planner around with him), I forget things. I’m more of a visual person. I need to see things in front of me and I need a to-do list, otherwise things WILL NOT GET DONE.  And the best way to accomplish all these things is to use a planner and make it pretty. 🙂  Plus, I like scrapbooking but I don’t get to actually sit down and do that anymore and this is very similar to that only on a smaller scale.

 

Getting Started With Planners

So what you’re going to need to get started in this fun hobby, is a planner. I have a Happy Planner from Me and My Big Ideas, but you can use whatever planner you have :). What’s great about the Happy Planner, you can take the pages out so the rings don’t get in the way of your decorating.

Plan With Me

 

Then you’re going to want to grab your stickers. Here’s the things with the stickers…they’re everywhere! I mean all you have to do is search on pinterest and bam! You’ve got sticker layouts coming out of your ears. It gets addicting, watch out! Some are free printables and others you have to purchase through a shop like Etsy, but again, use what you want. If you’ve got stickers from Michael’s or Jo-Ann’s, use ’em.

Today I’ll be using this layout.

Plan With Me Plus Free Printable Stickrs

I made it. Isn’t it purdy? I just printed it off on shipping label paper from Avery, but you can print the stickers off on regular printer paper or if you have printer friendly sticker paper, go ahead and use that.

Plan With Me

Once you’ve got that printed off, start cutting out the pieces you want to use. 🙂

Plan With Me Plus Free Printable Stickers

Here’s where you can add in some washi tape before you put down your other stickers.

Plan With Me

 

Plan With Me

 

What I like to do at this point, before sticking them onto the pages, is to lay them out where I want them. Then when I think they look good, I snap a picture of it– so I remember where they go– and start sticking!

The week is finished. Now, I’ll take another picture before I start doodling all over it, so I can share with my friends in planner groups on Facebook.

Plan With Me

Then, put your pages back in your planner and you’re done! So much fun isn’t it?

Plan With Me

Download My FREE Printable Stickers!

Now here’s the best part of me sharing all this information about how I plan, is that the sticker layout I used for this week, I’m sharing it with you, fo’ free!

You heard right, FREE!!!

Happy Planning peeps!

And hop on over to here to check out more fun things for your planner.

Plan With Me

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