Planning On-The-Go: Tips & Tricks From A Busy Mom

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Planning on-the-go can be a fun way to bring your planning with you where ever you are.  There are many reasons why a planner lover may end up planning on-the-go.  In any case, your planning time does not need to be limited to the cozy confines of your couch.

Ideally, I love to snuggle up with a hot cup of tea and a warm blanket during my precious planning time.  Surrounded by all of my planner goodies, I relax at the sight of my washi and pens.  As a homeschool soccer mom of 5 boys, this idyllic scene is not always possible.

I have come to depend upon my planners.  I need these sweet little beauties in my life to organize all the cray-cray up in this joint!  My brain has been thanking me for dumping out all of my ideas, to-dos, and inspirations.

*In case you are wondering, I am up to 5 planners.  I know-crazy for this gal who swore she would be a planner girl!  Hey, I’m willing to admit when I have been wrong.  I will  be sharing how I use each of these-and find time to plan in each.

If I know that I will have some time to kill, I will prepare ahead.  Often, however, I find that I am struck with planning. blogging, homeschool, spiritual, or other brilliant inspiration when out and about.  I find that always having at least a pencil and piece of paper is vital to reminding myself of such brilliance.  (I say that with just a touch of sarcasm.)

Things To Consider When Preparing For Planning On-The-Go

  1.  Type of Planner(s)–What sort of planners will you be planning with while out?  A simple and functional bullet journal will typically require less than a glam planner.
  2. Where Will You Be–Sitting on cold, hard bleachers on a windy day is much different than sipping on a latte at your local java joint.  If outdoors, think about the weather and environment.  Pack your bag with the supplies you will need to stay comfortable.
  3. Storage Containers–You may feel compelled to pack 4 suitcases with washi, stickers, and clips.  Don’t go there!  Keep it manageable, light, waterproof, and durable.

Above all else, use your common sense.  You do not want to be mourning the loss of one of your beloved planners or planner goodies.

Supplies For Planning On-The-Go

Stick to the basics.  Keep it simple (only a few washi-not your entire collection!).  Secure your pencils, pens, and clips to prevent breakage.

Here are a few tips to consider when planning on-the-go:

  • Choose a theme ahead of time.  Will you be planning out a week or month?  If so, select a theme and only pack coordinated washi, stickers, clips, and other embellishments.
  • Bring post-it notes.  Use as reminders in case you forgot or couldn’t bring that specific supply.
  • Remember index cards or scrap paper.  Jot down your important dates, deadlines, and to-dos.  You may find yourself distracted when on-the-go and it can be helpful to have this reference.
  • Shop your stash!  Dig through your storage.  Like me, you may find several items that can be reused or upcycled for planning on-the-go.
  • Put anything that can be damaged with water into plastic zipper bags.   You just never know!
  • If you just have to bring along some of your sticker sheets, use a binder with plastic page protectors.

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I am very excited to share a few of the ways that I plan on-the-go.  My absolutely favorite carrier is this Vera Bradley Tech Backpack.  It is a bit larger but has plenty of room to fit several planners in the middle section.  The front section has built-in pen/pencil holders and zippered pocket.  The back part (where a laptop would typically fit) is my fav!  I put my sticker binder in there where it fits like a charm. Shop Vera Bradley!


planning on-the-go

I currently use an older Vera Bradley zippered makeup pouch to hold pens and pencils when on-the-go.  I have their Impressionista pencil pouch on my ever-growing planner wishlist.

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planning on-the-go


Another planning on-the-go storage case that has been greatly helpful when I want to transport stamps, punches, and ink pads is this tackle box.  I found this gem at Walmart for under $3.  I love personalizing it with stickers and how I can see through it to easily find what I need.

planning on-the-go


planning on-the-go


I hope that these tips help you with planning on-the-go?  What tricks and tools do you use when you have to plan on-the-go?




Vera Bradley Designs, Inc.

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Creating DIY Planner Kit From Your Own Stash!

DIY Planner Kit

Creating Kits

The craft room is beginning to resemble a craft store; the credit card is maxed out and the kid’s college fund has been (ahem!) wisely invested in a collection of Maldens. So, why is it, that when we spot a new ‘Planner Kit’ we can’t help but want it? Need it?

Convenience. Having a planner kit delivered each and every month takes the ‘hard work’ out of planning – everything that’s needed to personalise a planner; create a monthly spread or decorate ‘for the season’ is there, in a handy little box, ready and waiting to be used. It’s also really easy to throw a planner kit into a tote bag for that all important scrapbook club or planner meet.

Excitement. There is something amazing about knowing that there’s some happy mail waiting at home – and this is only exacerbated if the kit hasn’t been ‘revealed’ in full before it’s sent out to subscribers. Sneaks of kit contents and waiting for it’s arrival all add to the anticipation.

But what if we could emulate the convenience of a kit club and become excited all over again about the stash that we already have? And all without splashing out any extra cash?

I know that it’s tempting, especially when the ENTIRE WORLD seems to be sharing their haul. Believe me, I have been tempted to subscribe to some of the very lovely kit clubs that are out there. But there’s something stops me every time I think about it – and that’s the fact that I know there will be something in almost every kit that I won’t want/use; and that there will, usually, be a kit during the subscription period that I absolutely loathe. Not everyone likes unicorns. I know, it’s shocking, right? 🙂

So, instead of signing myself up for a subscription kit, I create my own kits by ‘shopping my stash’ and not only do I save myself a substantial amount of money, but I also end up with a kit full of stuff that I chose to spend my money on!

And, I want to show you how easy it is to do!

Make A Start ­

One of the easiest ways to start creating a kit is to have some inspiration in mind. You could choose a colour combination, a theme or an inspiration kit to emulate. As a member of the Design Team for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge, I’ll usually be working with a ‘kit to counterfeit’ and I’ll make a note of anything in the original kit that inspires me – like the colours, patterns, words, themes or embellishments – then find items from my own stash that remind me of those elements.

When I’m creating my own kits, I’ll usually start by deciding what I want to make with it and I find that having a project in mind will help me to narrow down my choices a little. Working in my Color Crush means that I tend to favour softer colour combinations and more feminine touches, like florals, fabrics and cute embellishments. But when I’m working in my Black A5 ‘Business’ Filofax, I tend to work with a more vibrant selection of colours. Maybe that’s in the hope that I’ll stay awake while I’m working on my business taxes!?

Find A Foundation ­

Clearing out the craft room last week, I found a cute little A6 binder that I had completely forgotten about. (Confession, I can’t even remember buying it. Um. Yeah. See? This is another benefit of creating kits. You uncover all sorts of things that are creating clutter, collecting dust, and would otherwise be a waste of cash!)


DIY Planner Kits

I’ve been meaning to start a little blog binder – somewhere to keep a little blog schedule; organise new ideas and check off deadlines – and the small size of the binder means that it will be easy to keep in my handbag so that I can make the most of my commute.

Add In Some Colour ­

Now, what’s next? Well, there’s not much inside the binder – a few transparent dividers and an inside pocket – it’s ripe for a little development. Knowing that I want to add new dividers means that I’ll need some nice colourful cardstock and the small size of the folder means that I have the choice of using a smaller size, like 6×6 or A5. It’s like the choices are starting to make themselves!

DIY Planner Kits
First Selection


Heading to my little selection of 6×6, I whittled them down to seven that were entirely monochrome on one side. Then I turned them over to check the colours on the other side of the sheet (it’s important to bear this in mind, if both sides will be on display) and then selected four that worked well with each other – more monochrome, red and a little touch of metallics. You can see that I removed the multi­coloured sheets that were a little more ‘neon’ – and this made the selection a little more cohesive.

DIY Planner Kits
Second Selection


I then went back to my stack of 6×6 and found a few more sheets with red, metallics and one small little accent of aqua to add to my selection. I ended up with seven sheets in total – and a colour combination to work with!

DIY Planner Kits
Final Selection


Embellish ­

Still with me? Oh excellent, because now it’s the fun bit! Anyone want to join me in dive­bombing their embellishment stash? Using the colours of my cardstock as a basis, I added alphas from Simple Stories and My Mind’s Eye; craft tape from Paperchase and DoCrafts; and a stack of index cards from WH Smith. (They are a perfect fit for the little binder – result!)

DIY Planner Kit
DIY Planner Kit

Last, but not least there’s an eclectic, little mix of buttons, stickers, charms, paperclips and sparkly stones – and a massive stack of ‘hand­stamped, hand­cut’ embellishments that are my cost- cutting alternative to die­cuts. (I’ll be sharing how I make those in another instalment, so keep coming back.)

Now that the planner kit is complete, treat it like a planner kit that would have been worthy of some cash – because, let’s face it, every item in it has been bought already. Sit back and admire it for a little while, then enjoy working with it until it’s all used or it’s time to move on – with the added benefit that there’s no need to feel guilty if there’s something leftover!

Need Extra Inspiration?

I’m hoping that I’ve inspired you to try creating your own kit, but if you need a little extra inspiration head on over to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge where we share a new ‘kit to counterfeit’ each month.



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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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Planner Squad Hop Recap: Show us Your Happy Mail!


Hey Squadettes!  Thank you all so much for another great Planner Squad Hop on Periscope this week! To those of you who are just joining us, every week we put together what we call a “Planner Squad Hop”, where a few members of our group scope about whatever the topic for that week may be.

What is Periscope? Basically, Periscope is a fabulous social media app with live broadcasts.

Follow us to catch all our #plannersquad scopes!

Jenn:  @funkyjeandesign

Amy:  @AmyMilcic

Lindsey:  @nittygrittylinz

Planner Squad Hop Happy Mail

What is a Periscope Hop?

First, we start off with a host who organizes the hop.  The host will introduce the theme of the hop and give a shout out to When the host is finished, we all hop right over to the next scoper who signed up, then the next, and so on.

Want to see what hops we’ve done in the past? Every week after the hop we gather together these awesome replays so anyone who missed out can watch whenever it’s convenient for them. Last week we talked about our favorite planner.


Want to Join the Hop?

Interested scopers may sign up under the related graphic on Planner Squad Facebook group.  Each scoper will share for about 10 minutes about the topic of the week.  It’s a fun way to get a closer look at how other people plan and have fun chatting about our favorite topic-planners!

Not able to watch live-or just want to relive all the fun?  No worries!

Watch Planner Squad Replays here:

This week we talked about the Happy Mail we’ve recently received. Happy Mail is when you get fun planner related stuff in the mail – either gifts from friends, planner swaps, or things you’ve ordered.

(If no replay is available, that scoper does not have a account.  Please follow on Periscope to watch their live broadcasts!)

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Amy Milcic @amymilcic

(Click here to enter the giveaway!)

Amanda Long @amandaunfolded

Blogs at: Uniquely Unfolded


Alyssa Avant @alyssaavant

Blogs at:  Life From My Laptop


Kristin Zolkowski @intentionallife

Blogs at:  Intentionally Inspired

Do you want to join in the fun next Planner Squad Hop?  Head over to our Facebook group to sign up under that graphic.  Can’t wait to see what you have to share!

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How Planning Has Saved My Sanity

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Hey!  My name is Amy Milcic and I am a planner addict.  (Whew!  I said it!)

 I swore that I wouldn’t jump on the planner bandwagon.  I like to do things my own way with a unique twist.  I don’t follow trends and will swear to my dying day that Converse is the best brand of shoes out there.

When my friend, Jenn (a.k.a.Jenn-A), told me about how planners have helped transform her busy life, I became intrigued.  As a homeschool blogger and soccer mom to 5 boys, I have quite a few plates that I need to keep spinning at once.  (To get an idea of all the cray-cray in my life, head over to my blog, Busy Boys Brigade.)  I felt frazzled and overwhelmed with my growing to-do list.  I had to find out more-but was still resistant.

Where was my resistance coming from?  Well, like I said I tend to buck trends.  Also, to be honest, I didn’t want to throw down a chunk of money on something that I wasn’t sure that I would ever use or that would help.  

Jenn (and other friends on Periscope) encouraged me to check out different planners and sales.  Finally biting the bullet, I headed to my local Michael’s with a coupon.  I set a budget and told myself that I would go for it if I could find anything that I liked.  (Yeah, I get a good chuckle out of that now!)

I was told the Happy Planner from Me & My Big Ideas would rock my world. I was told that there were super cute variations and I would be hooked at first sight.  I was told that once I started, I’d never look back.

Planner friends, everything I was told was completely right!

I found a Happy Planner kit that was super affordable with my coupon.  I loved the cover and everything about it.  Plus, it was way under my self-prescribed budget.  It was a no-brainer and game changer.

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Happy Planner=Happy Momma

As soon as I got home and the boys were in bed, I spread my new planner goodies about my desk.  Instantly, I became immersed in setting up my Happy Planner.  I found myself smiling as I started my first spread. I had dabbled in scrapbooking back in the day, but this was just out of this world fun!

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One of my favorite Happy Planner Spreads, using craft paper and punch outs

And just like that, I was hooked.  Planners (yes, that’s plural.  When I love something, I’m all in!) have transformed my life just like they have Jenn’s.  How could I have been missing out all on this sweet goodness for so long?

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How Planning Has Saved My Sanity!

  1. family appointments
  2. meal planning (still a work in progress but at least it has started!)
  3. family reminders (birthdays, special events)
  4. homeschool happenings (I have a separate homeschool planner that I will share soon!)
  5. sports practices, games, & events (with 5 boys, we have a lot to manage)
  6. soccer coach reminders and schedules
  7. Church events and volunteer roles
  8. Blogs
  9. Periscope schedules and groups
  10. Creative outlet + Me Time

My head spins when I think about all that my family and I have going on in one week.  Prior to using planners, important (and not so important) tasks and commitments were frequently slipping through the cracks.  I knew that I could organize and manage it all but my index card to-do lists were not cutting it.

I can’t thank Jenn and my Periscope planner friends enough.  Planning has helped this busy mom regain her sanity-and carve out some precious me time that serves a purpose.

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My Arc planner with custom cover


I look forward to sharing how I use my planners (Happy, Carpe Diem, Arc, and Blog Planner) on-the-go (oh wait until you see my on-the-go planning bag!). I will also be sharing how planners have helped this sports mom tackle all of our schedules, games, and sports-related events.  Another area that I will be focusing on is using planners to coordinate and manage volunteer work.  

One of my biggest interests is planning on a budget.  Planning just rocks-but all the sweet goodness can quickly add up!  I will be sharing my planning on a budget tips and printables.  I also plan on creating some fun planner quotes and memes.

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If you are a busy mom and have a special way that you use your planners to rock your world, please share!   We moms need to share the love and help each other maintain our sanity while tackling mommydom!


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