Planner Squad Swap – Sign up for the September 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 September 2016 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 September 2016 swap is August 31st.

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 by September 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. Check back in a few weeks when we open sign ups for October!

 

Happy Swapping!

Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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Planner Squad Shoppe Grand Opening! Enter to Win a Mystery Swag Bag!

We’ve been talking about it for months now, Amy and I. The prospect of someday opening a store here at Planner Squad so that our amazing Squadettes could stock up on awesome goodies to help support their planner addiction! We kept saying “Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could open a store someday?” Notice the key word there… “someday“.

In our minds, “someday” would be further down the road. Much further. After all, Planner Squad was only just launched just a bit over six months ago! Little did we know that the site, and the Squadette community, would grow so fast in such a short amount of time! Our heads are still spinning with how fast we are growing, and we now ask each other almost daily on our voxer chats, “Can you even believe it?! I never thought…”

But it did! Here we are!! Opening day for Planner Squad Shoppe is finally here!! 

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Planner Squad Shoppe

We have been having so much fun picking out supplies to stock the shoppe for opening day! While there are so many things we would like to add to the shoppe as we grow, we decided to start out small with the basics: stickers, washi, pens, apparel, and some accessories. Let me give you a quick introduction to each of the items you can now purchase!

Stickers

I have been working like a mad person all week coming up with some awesome stickers to help pretty up those planners! While we have a limited number of listings to start off, there are a lot more coming in the very near future! Here’s a sneak peek at one of the sheets now available!

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Washi

As Amy always says, washi tape makes the world go around! We’ve found some really cute and unique rolls of washi to offer up for sale here! This is good quality washi too – and you won’t find these in any of your local stores!

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Apparel

Show the world how proud you are to be a Squadette with these awesome t-shirts and tank tops! When you buy these items you are not only supporting Planner Squad, but also another small business as well!

These shirts are designed by Planner Squad, but are made by Jenn’s very talented sister in law, Gloria T. Roberts of Gloria’s Custom Creations. You can also check her out on facebook here. She loves custom orders!

We hope there will be more designs added in the future!

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(Doesn’t that manly man look awesome wearing our loose-fit Squadette t-shirt?!)

Accessories

These super cute hand-stamped metal Squadette charms will help you rock your planner! For custom charm options, check out Funky Jean Designs!

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Get your dose of bling with these super cute (and oh-so-popular) Squadette Gem Pens! We have 6 colors in stock right now and hope to add more in the future!

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Stock Demand

We sincerely hope that you love everything we have picked out for you so far! Since making our first stock purchases, excitement for the shop has really grown! We are blown away with your excitement, which has made us giddy with excitement ourselves (and now, we’re afraid we may not have bought enough stock.. ha!).

That being said, please keep in mind that we are going to be working diligently to keep up with demand. It may take us a while to truly get in the groove of owning a shop but I promise we are working hard behind the scenes to keep everything stocked as best as possible.

Keep checking back often for updates on new products and updated stock!

Swag Bag Giveaway!

Want a chance to win a bunch of Planner Squad Swag in honor of the Shoppe kickoff? We’re having a giveaway and there are three chances to win!

First, fill out the form below for multiple entries for the website portion of the giveaway. Then, head over to our Instagram account for a chance to win there too! Finally, make a stop over on our Facebook group for your final chance at winning.

MYSTERY SWAG BAG

Giveaway ends August 12, 2016 at noon. We will announce all three winners during the Squadette Show that night!

Good luck to everyone who enters!

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Planner Squad Swap – Sign Up for June 2016!

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 next swap? Keep reading for more information!

Planner Squad Swap June Sign Up

 

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?

The limit is $15 max. 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. You must spend a MINIMUM of $15 on your swap partner (again, that can include shipping if you would like).

When is the deadline to sign up?

The swap signup deadline for the June 2016 swap is May 31st.

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. 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.

Is there a shipping deadline?

Yes. All swap packages MUST be shipped by June 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.

Other things you should know as a Swap Participant

As soon as you get your swap partner, reach out to them either through email or fb contact! Communication is key! If you have not heard from your partner within a few days let us know. Anyone who does not keep in contact will be removed from the swap!

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.


The June 2016 Swap is CLOSED!

Click here to sign up for the July Swap!

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

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 (yet) 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.)

Don’t have a Happy Planner yet? You can get one here through Blitsy!


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.)

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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)

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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”.

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Step 4: Open the “Library” in Silhouette

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

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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.)

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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).

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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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