Happy 1st Birthday Planner Squad! Here’s Your Invitation to the Party

Happy First Birthday, Planner Squad! Join us as we celebrate with giveaways & more!

 

Hey hey Squadettes!  Planner Squad is turning 1 and we want YOU to celebrate with us!

Get ready for the ultimate in planning fun and giveaways!  We are super excited to party like rock stars with giveaways and more in our Planner Squad Facebook Group.

A Look Back At Planner Squad’s 1st Year

I have tears in my eyes as I think back over this past year with Planner Squad.  When Jenn and I began to chat about a site dedicated to all things planners and uniting the planning community, we never dreamed that it would grow like it has.  And that amazing growth is all because of YOU!

Which post drew you to Planner Squad?  Was it our super popular post, Ultimate  List of Where to Find Free Planner Printables?  Maybe it was our Ultimate List of Planner Pens?  Were you drawn to the free printables?  Or our Etsy shoppe?

Whatever your reason for becoming a Squadette, we are so very pleased that you are here!  Jenn and I have major plans for 2017 to bring you the best in planning.

To thank you for your support and dedication, we thought it best to have a giveaway party in our Facebook group!

We have had some AMAZING companies contribute to this giveaway.  Jenn has been working hard to organize this festivity to make it fun for all.  Get ready for prizes on the hour, starting at 10 am CST on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.  

It’s kind of like a reverse surprise party!  We are going to surprise our guests (that’s YOU!) with the prizes you can enter to win.

Details for Planner Squad’s 1st Birthday Party!

Who: Planner Squad and YOU!

What: Birthday Bash and 5k Member Giveaway

When: January 24, 2017 from 10 am CST

Where: Planner Squad Facebook Group

Why: Reached 5k members in our facebook group and our 1 year birthday (Boom!)

Planner Squad is 1! Join us for our happy birthday party for a mega celebration + giveaways! Find out more here:)

Jot down Planner Squad Happy 1st Birthday on Tuesday, January 24 at 10 am CT in one or more of your planners. We can’t wait to see you there and get this party started!

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How to Add Multiple Inserts to Your Travelers Notebook

Travelers notebooks are one of my very favorite things in this whole entire world. Probably because I know I can customize it to fit my exact needs. If I have something I need to plan, I can just make a new insert for it!

As of now, I have a total of 8 inserts and there is more that I know I need to add in the future. I even use it as my wallet! (I’ll share more about that later.)

Wait, what? Is it possible to fit more than two inserts inside a traveler’s notebook? Yes! it is!

How to Add Multiple Inserts to Your Travelers Notebook

I know there are many seasoned planner girls out there who already know this, but I know there are a lot of new planner people out there who are just getting to know their traveler’s notebook.

Sometimes in my Etsy shop, I sell my own version of the traveler’s notebook (also known as the “FunkyDori”). Often times with my custom orders I would get asked how to add more than one notebook to a single elastic band.

Today, I’m going to show you how!

If you are not familiar with what a travelers notebook is, I recommend you check out this post.

How to Add Inserts to Your Travelers Notebook

Most standard travelers notebooks come with two elastic bands on the inside. What many don’t understand is how to hold 3 (or even 5) inserts on each bandThe trick is in an extra elastic band!

Step 1. First, you will need your travelers notebook (with one of the attached elastic bands free), three separate inserts, and an additional elastic band. You could use a standard rubber band, or buy some elastic from your local craft store (I bought mine at Walmart even).

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Step 2. Decide which of the three inserts you would like to be in the middle. Open that insert to the middle, and wrap the elastic band (the one attached to your traveler’s notebook) around the inside of the insert.

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Step 3. Open your second insert to the middle, and wrap the unattached elastic band (or rubber band) around it. When the insert is closed, the elastic band will wrap around the middle of the insert and its outer spine.

Step 4: Open the third insert and again you will wrap the elastic band around the middle, but this time you will use the elastic band that is already attached to the 2nd insert. When you are finished, both inserts will lay side by side when closed, spine to spine, but will be joined together by the elastic band.

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Step 5. Wrap the band with the two joining inserts around the main insert already attached to the traveler’s notebook. The main insert will slide right in between the other two booklets.

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You should now have three inserts attached to one elastic band within your traveler’s notebook!

For those of you like me who need to see it so you can understand it, I created a video tutorial for you to watch below.


Are you a travelers notebook junkie like me? I want to see how you use it! Share a photo with us by tagging @plannersquad on Instagram (and don’t forget to use #plannersquad!). I can’t wait to see them!

Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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Planner Squad Swap – Sign up for the October Swap!

Do you like to get planner related goodies in your mail box? If so, the Planner Squad Swap is for you! Each month our Squadettes like to participate in a monthly swap that brings the happiness of planner related goodies straight to your mailbox! Want to know how you can participate in the 2016 October swap? Keep reading for more information!

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How does the Planner Squad Swap work?

Basically, you fill out the form at the bottom of this page to send an email to our Swap leader (the infamous Sarita!) and she will pair you with your swap buddy. Then you and your swap buddy will each shop for and/or create planner related goodies to be packaged up and shipped to your partner! Swap partners are paired together – so whoever you are sending to, will be sending something to you in return.

Who can participate in the swaps?

Our swaps are only open to our awesome Squadettes (US ONLY!!). 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! If you’re not, then your email will go to the virtual trash can and you will not be allowed to participate. So make sure you join our fb group!]

What is the monthly limit we should spend on our swap partner?

Your swap package should be valued at $15. That may or may not including shipping, that is up to you. You are more than welcome to spend more on your swap partner if you would like, however that does not guarantee you will get the same amount in return. Do NOT send a package worth less than $15! (again, that can include shipping if you would like).

When is the deadline to sign up?

The signup deadline for the October 2016 swap is September 30th.

Okay, I signed up! When will I be assigned a swap partner?

Emails are generally sent out with your swap partners information around the 1st of every month. Check the facebook group for updates from Sarita, because she will share a list of who she has signed up for the swap. If you did not get an email, check your spam folder. If you still can’t find your email, contact Sarita to let her know.

Make sure to add plannersquadswap@gmail.com to your contacts and/or create a filter so your email will go to your inbox!

Is there a shipping deadline?

Yes. All swap packages MUST be shipped (with a tracking number sent to your partner) by the end of the day on October 15th. That gives everyone about two weeks to shop for their partner and put together a package, which is plenty of time. If for some reason you cannot get to the post office in time to ship your partners package, you MUST let Sarita and your swap partner know. Once you ship your package, please send your buddy the tracking number so they can look out for it!

Other things you should know as a swap participant

If you flake out on your partner and do not send a swap gift – you will be forever banned from the Planner Squad facebook group and no longer be allowed to participate in future swaps. Also, since partners are paired in groups of two – your swapper will know who their flaky swap partner was, which could ultimately end up in a bad reputation for yourself.

If you sign up – follow through. Zero tolerance for flaky swappers!

Also, do not wait to receive a package before sending yours. That’s not how it works! If everyone waited to receive a package before sending one in return – no one would ever get any packages! If you sign up – follow through!

If you still are unsure of what’s expected of you, watch this video in the group.


**Disclaimer: Planner Squad and Facebook is not responsible for any wrong doings that may happen during a swap. When you sign up – keep in mind that you are taking a risk. We have no way to force anyone to send packages. That means, if someone doesn’t follow through on their end of the deal – you may not end up with a package that month. While that really stinks and we try to avoid that as much as possible, we’re ultimately not responsible if you do not get a gift in return. By signing up you are telling us that you understand there is a possibility that you may not receive anything in return. If you do not receive a package by the end of the month – contact Sarita immediately to report it. We will not be chasing down your swap partner for you – that is your responsibility. 


Sorry, this swap is now closed. Be on the lookout for the November swap sign ups coming soon!

Happy Swapping!

Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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NEW Periscope Planner Fun: Squadette Show!

NEW Periscope Planner Fun: Squadette Show! Join us on Periscope weeknights at 9pm ET for planner chat & community.

 

Hey Squadettes!  Are you looking for a fun way to find out the latest and greatest in the planning world?  Want a way to connect with other planner lovers?  Interested in finding a nightly show that is dedicated to one of your favorite things in the whole world-planners?

Well, Planner Squad has come to the rescue!  Periscope has been a great way for us to meet so many wonderful planner gals.  We want to extend our planner community to Periscope!

Planner Squad proudly presents….(drum roll, please!) the Squadette Show!

What Is the Squadette Show?

The Squadette Show was dreamed up by Jenn and Amy to bring our most favorite planner gals together each weekday night.  We love chatting with our Squadettes every day in our Planner Squad Facebook group.

Both Jenn and I love to watch and do live social broadcasts on Periscope.  You can often find us sharing great planner hauls, deals, and more.  I also host a daily homeschool scope called Rock Your Homeschool! where women of all ages and stages have a fun time getting a positive start to our day.

Jenn and I had an aha! moment during one of our voxes (Are you familiar with the Voxer app?  It is a walkie-talkie like app that has been another fantastic way for us to connect with each other and other planner gals!)

Why not unite our love of planners with Periscope?  And the super-duper kicker-have a weeknight show where we can all share our planner love?

I know, time to wipe the happy tears from your eyes!

Squadette Show Is For You & Me!

Planner Squad wants the Squadette Show to be a place where planner girls can come together and chat about planners.  Here is what you can expect to find on the Squadette Show:

  • Weekday Periscope broadcasts at 9pm ET/8pm CT/7pm MT/6pm PT
  • Jenn or Amy will host Friday night Squadette Shows to give Planner Squad and show updates, as well as highlight featured planner shops and deals
  • Squadettes are invited to host the Squadette Show for our Monday- Thursday broadcasts!
  • Topics may include:  Anything planner related!  Chat about planner scopes you saw that day (using #plannersquad!).  Share your planners.  Let’s see your spreads.  Show us great deals on your planner site.
  • Recommended time for Squadette Show:  +/- 15 minutes.  We do not want to inhibit your desire to share the planner love!  If you feel the need to keep on sharing, go for it!
  • Weekly Sign-Ups to host Squadette Show will be in Planner Squad Facebook Group every Friday morning.  Sign up quickly so Jenn or Amy can share the schedule for the next week!
  • Hosts will be encouraged to watch and give shout-outs to #plannersquad scopes from that day or week.

It is basically going to be a planner party on Periscope each weekday night!  We are so pumped up to start this new adventure for Planner Squad on Periscope!

Do you have the free Periscope app on your smartphone or tablet?  If not, you can find out more here.   You can also watch broadcasts from your computer-you just can’t comment or give hearts.  

Make sure to follow Planner Squad on Periscope!  Use #plannersquad for all your planner scopes!

Let’s get this Periscope planner party started!

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Effective Goal Planning (and Free Printable)

When I saw Jenn’s advert on Facebook for contributors to the Planner Squad blog I knew instantly it was something that I wanted to be involved with. If you are a member of the Planner Squad Facebook group you may have seen me floating about. For those of you who don’t know me I am Tina, the owner and designer of Little Chiqui Paperie – an online stationery boutique specialising in planner inserts.

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Effective Goal Planning

Since we are well into the second quarter of 2016 I thought it would the perfect opportunity to talk about effective goal planning. One of the things us Planner Girl’s have in common is our obsession with goal setting.

It is part and parcel of planning. December rolls around, we prepare our planners for the new year ahead obsessing over the perfect set up and we set our goals. The old year ends, the new year starts and we are on a high and excited about all the new things to come our way.

Our goals are fresh, we are motivated and we work hard but then without even realising we start to lose motivation and lack drive, we forget our goals and why we set them.

I don’t know about you but accomplishing my goals makes me feel good about myself. Its makes me feel accomplished. I have always been a goal setter (or dreamer as some people call me) and I really believe that we need goals in our life.

Goals are really hard to accomplish if they are not set in the correct way and without even knowing so, we are usually setting ourselves up to fail.

S.M.A.R.T Goals

For those of you who have never heard of the S.M.A.R.T principle it stands for Specific, Meaningful and measurable, Achievable, Realistic and relevant and Timely. When goals are set using this principle they are more likely to be accomplished.

I always use this principle when setting my own goals. I know that when using this formula that this goal is achievable. When goals are set without using this simple format they are much harder to achieve.

Once you learn how to set goal effectively using S.M.A.R.T you will be setting yourself up for success in accomplishing all your goals assuming you are prepared to put in the hard work to execute your action plan.

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FREE Goal Assessment and Planning Booklet Printable

Today I wanted to share with you a free Goal Assessment and Planning Booklet download that I have designed exclusively for the Planner Squad. It’s purpose is to help guide through effective goal planning using the SMART principle and help encourage you to review your goals regularly.

The booklet is designed in A5 format and will fit perfectly into an A5 planner. If you don’t own an A5 planner you can print his booklet style and make yourself a goal setting booklet.

A little bit about the workbook – It is 12 pages long and designed to be printed duplex. It can also be printed booklet style. Pages 6 & 7, 8 & 9, 10 & 11 have been designed to be printed as many times as you need them. The file is in PDF format and can be opened and printed using Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.


Setting goals shouldn’t feel daunting. It should feel exciting and when accomplished it should feel rewarding. I hope you enjoy working through the booklet and I hope it helps you with setting  and accomplishing your goals.

What kind of goals would you like to achieve in your life? We’d love to hear them! Comment below if you’d like to share them with us!

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