Planner Squad Swap: Sign Up for June 2017

We’ve been having a blast swapping planner goodies and filling our mailboxes with loads of happy for over a year now. What a success this swap has been! I’m happy to announce that it’s officially time to sign up for May!

Love getting happy mail full of planner goodies? Then this swap is for you! Read more posts about planning at www.plannersquad.com

Yep, that’s right, time for another Planner Squad Swap sign up! Please pay attention to everything in this post as you never know when the swap rules will change!

Also, mark these dates in your planners! We’re super strict on our rules, so you don’t want to miss any of this super important info.

Important! Swap Changes!

We’ve made a major change to the monthly swap rules in the past couple of months. From now on, we are charging a small fee to participate. 

Why? Because running this swap takes a lot of time and can be very frustrating at times. Especially when members refuse to read the provided information and follow simple rules.

Not only has this fee made it worth the time spent away from my family and other work projects, but it also caused a significant decrease in flaky swappers and rule breakers. Definitely a major swap win!

Please note – this fee does not guarantee you will receive a swap package in return. While we certainly hope that this will deter the flakes, we have absolutely no way to guarantee it. This is still very much a buyer-beware kind of situation.

Sign ups are non-refundable

The fees are in place to help cover the time it takes me to run the swap. If you back out, I will have to spend even more time matching your partner up with someone new. For that reason, all of the swap sign up fees are final and non-refundable under any circumstances. 

We do understand that sometimes life happens and problems arise. When this happens we will try to work with you if you have to send your package late, within reason. Communication is key – so please get in touch with your partner asap, and keep the communication strong!

Only members of our Facebook group are eligible to sign-up

Anyone can participate in our swaps, as long as you are a Squadette, aka a member of our Facebook group, and have not been banned due to breaking rules in the past. 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. You will not receive your partner’s info until you are confirmed as a member of the group. So make sure you join now if you haven’t already!]

There is a spending limit

You are required to spend a minimum of $15 BEFORE shipping. This total used to include shipping, but honestly, you can’t buy too much these days for less than that, and we want these swaps to be quality. That’s why we’ve made this change. If you don’t think you can swing spending $20-$25 after shipping costs, then you shouldn’t sign up for this swap.

If you don’t think you can swing spending $20-$25 after shipping costs, then you shouldn’t be signing up for this swap.

Shipping tips

The best way I’ve found to ship a good amount of oddly shaped products while keeping the cost low is by sending USPS priority in a flat rate box or envelope. This can range from anywhere between $6-$18 in shipping costs depending on how big your package is. This option also includes tracking.

If you want to keep within a specific budget, I recommend picking your flat rate packaging first, then only buy items that you know will fit inside. You can get the priority packaging for free at any post office.

International swappers can keep their costs low by keeping their packages as lightweight as possible, and evenly spread. For example, if you send a package that is just stickers, inserts, dashboard, covers, etc and theses items are approximately the same size and thickness, you can generally send them in a documents envelope.

When packages become uneven and heavier than 1 ounce, they begin to get pricey. For more tips on how to keep international shipping costs low, visit your local post office and ask a worker for their for advice.

Consequences

Once you are signed up and have received your partner info email, you are required to send your swap. If your partner does not receive their tracking number by the end of the day on the 15th of the month, you will be placed on a warning list. This means if you’re ever late again, you will not be eligible to swap in the future.

International swappers are exempt from this rule only because it is extremely expensive in most cases to add the tracking number. That being said, international swappers will be at a higher risk because we will have no way to hold swappers accountable.

If your swap partner does not receive a package from you by the end of the day on the last day of the month, then you will be banned from future swaps, and the Planner Squad Facebook group indefinitely.

You will also be added to a public list alerting others that you did not follow through with your swap as promised. This list will be public so that others will know not to swap with you in the future.

There will be zero tolerance for rule breaking and flaky swapping.

Important Dates

June 3, 2017: This is the signup deadline for the June 2017 swap.

June 4, 2017: An email with your swap partner’s information will be sent to your provided email no later than this date. I will begin sending partner emails immediately and frequently. This will ensure you have plenty of time to shop for your partner and get to the post office. That being said, the quicker you sign up, the sooner you can receive your partner’s information.

If by June 4, 2017 you still have yet to receive your partner email, please check your spam folder or type our email address into your email’s search bar. If you are still unable to locate it, please contact me as soon as possible.

All emails will be sent from plannersquad@gmail.com, so add us to your contacts and/or create a filter so our emails will always go to your inbox!

June 15, 2017: This is the shipping deadline which means all swap packages MUST be shipped (with a tracking number sent to your partner) by the end of the day on June 15th.

Sending a tracking number is mandatory, not optional, so make sure you don’t forget this! Failure to send a tracking number on time may result in being banned from future participation.

Please note: order numbers are NOT the same as tracking numbers! Your package needs to be shipped by the shipping date. If you send your partner an order number that shows an order was placed on the shipping deadline date, you will be considered late and could possibly be banned from future swaps.

June 30, 2017: All participants must have received a package by the end of this date. Anyone who has not received a package by this date should report it to me immediately.

This is crucial to keeping the swap a success and keeping flaky people from signing up and leaving someone else in the dust. Please do not protect flaky swappers!

Need more Clarification?

Click here to watch a video of me explaining the swap process and its changes entirely (complete with Q&A session!).

Once you have read this post in its entirety and understand everything, you’re ready to get started!

Click here to begin the June swap sign-up process!


Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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Planner Squad Swap: Sign Up for March 2017

March is right around the corner which means its time for the latest Planner Squad Swap sign up! Please pay attention to everything in this post as the swap rules have changed! Also, mark these dates in your planners! We’re super strict on our rules, so you don’t want to miss any of this super important info.

Sign up for the March 2017 Planner Squad Swap. For more posts about planning visit www.plannersquad.com

Important! Swap Changes!

We’ve made a major change to the monthly swap rules. From now on, we are charging a small fee to participate. 

Why? Because running this swap takes a lot of time and can be very frustrating at times. Especially when members refuse to read the provided information and follow simple rules.

That being said, I have finally reached my breaking point and have to start benefiting from this financially to make it worth the time spent away from my family and other work projects. I am also hoping this will keep some of the flaky swappers away so we will have an even more successful swap.

Please note – this fee does not guarantee you will receive a swap package in return. While we certainly hope that this will deter the flakes, we have absolutely no way to guarantee it. This is still very much a buyer-beware kind of situation.

Sign ups are non-refundable

The fees are in place to help cover the time it takes me to run the swap. If you back out, I will have to spend even more time matching your partner up with someone new. For that reason, all of the swap sign up fees are final and non-refundable under any circumstances. 

We do understand that sometimes life happens and problems arise. When this happens we will try to work with you if you have to send your package late, within reason. Communication is key – so please get in touch with your partner asap, and keep the communication strong!

Only members of our facebook group are eligible to sign-up

Anyone can participate in our swaps, as long as you are a Squadette, aka a member of our facebook group, and have not been banned due to breaking rules in the past. 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. You will not receive your partner’s info until you are confirmed as a member of the group. So make sure you join now if you haven’t already!]

There is a spending limit for this swap

You are required to spend a minimum of $15 BEFORE shipping. This total used to include shipping, but honestly, you can’t buy too much these days for less than that, and we want these swaps to be quality. That’s why we’ve made this change. If you don’t think you can swing spending $20-$25 after shipping costs, then you shouldn’t sign up for this swap.

If you don’t think you can swing spending $20-$25 after shipping costs, then you shouldn’t be signing up for this swap.

Shipping tips

The best way I’ve found to ship a good amount of oddly shaped products while keeping the cost low is by sending USPS priority in a flat rate box or envelope. This can range from anywhere between $6-$18 in shipping costs depending on how big your package is. This option also includes tracking.

If you want to keep within a specific budget, I recommend picking your flat rate packaging first, then only buy items that you know will fit inside. You can get the priority packaging for free at any post office.

International swappers can keep their costs low by keeping their packages as lightweight as possible, and evenly spread. For example, if you send a package that is just stickers, inserts, dashboard, covers, etc and theses items are approximately the same size and thickness, you can generally send them in a documents envelope.

When packages become uneven and heavier than 1 ounce, they begin to get pricey. For more tips on how to keep international shipping costs low, visit your local post office and ask a worker for their for advice.

Consequences

Once you are signed up and have received your partner info email, you are required to send your swap. If your partner does not receive their tracking number by the end of the day on the 15th of the month, you will be placed on a warning list. This means if you’re ever late again, you will not be eligible to swap in the future.

International swappers are exempt from this rule only because it is extremely expensive in most cases to add the tracking number. That being said, international swappers will be at a higher risk because we will have no way to hold swappers accountable.

If your swap partner does not receive a package from you by the end of the day on the last day of the month, then you will be banned from future swaps, and the Planner Squad Facebook group indefinitely.

You will also be added to a public list alerting others that you did not follow through with your swap as promised. This list will be public so that others will know not to swap with you in the future.

There will be zero tolerance for rule breaking and flaky swapping.

Important Dates

February 28, 2017: This is the signup deadline for the March 2017 swap.

March 2, 2017: An email with your swap partner’s information will be sent to your provided email no later than this date. I will begin sending partner emails immediately and frequently. This will ensure you have plenty of time to shop for your partner and get to the post office. That being said, the quicker you sign up, the sooner you can receive your partner’s information.

If by March 3 you still have yet to receive your partner email, please check your spam folder or type our email address into your email’s search bar. If you are still unable to locate it, please contact me as soon as possible.

All emails will be sent from plannersquad@gmail.com, so add us to your contacts and/or create a filter so our emails will always go to your inbox!

March 15, 2017: This is the shipping deadline which means all swap packages MUST be shipped (with a tracking number sent to your partner) by the end of the day on March 15th.

Sending a tracking number is mandatory, not optional, so make sure you don’t forget this! Failure to send a tracking number on time may result in being banned from future participation.

Please note: order numbers are NOT the same as tracking numbers! Your package needs to be shipped by the shipping date. If you send your partner an order number that shows an order was placed on the shipping deadline date, you will be considered late and could possibly be banned from future swaps.

March 31, 2017: All participants must have received a package by the end of this date. Anywho who has not received a package by this date should report it to me immediately.

This is crucial to keeping the swap a success and keeping flaky people from signing up and leaving someone else in the dust. Please do not protect flaky swappers!

Need more Clarification?

Click here to watch a video of me explaining the swap process and its changes entirely (complete with Q&A session!).

Once you have read this post in its entirety and understand everything, you’re ready to get started!

Sorry this swap is closed!

Click here to find our most recent swap sign-ups!


Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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Washi Tape Addicts Rejoice – Pre-Order Kits are BACK!

Are you a lover of all things washi tape? Do you like to collect rare and unique rolls of washi that you can’t find in your everyday craft stores? Then the Planner Squad Shoppe has just what you need!

Trying to figure out how to create Silhouette cut files for all those great free planner printables floating around? This post may help. Find more planner tutorials at www.plannersquad.com

I’m happy to announce that we have officially brought back our washi tape kit pre-orders! That’s right, once again you can pre-order a themed set of five washi tape kits for an extremely low price!

Washi Kit Pre-Order Details

How do our washi kit pre-orders work you ask? Every two weeks or so, we choose 5 rolls of washi that you can buy in a kit, centered around a fun theme. Squadettes (that’s you!) will be able to pre-order these kits and pay a low price of only $7.50 (plus shipping)! This averages to about $1.50 per roll of washi that you can’t find just anywhere, saving you about $1.00 per roll compared to our normal prices!

Only want a couple of the rolls? That’s okay! You can also order pre-order the rolls individually for about $2.00 each. While this isn’t the best deal, it is still a little bit cheaper than or normal prices.

Unique washi like these at this low of a price? What a steal! 

While sometimes we have extra rolls of washi to list for sale when we receive these kits, it’s not always a guarantee. The only way to guarantee you will receive this washi at the discounted price is to pre-order your kit today!

Current Washi Pre-order Theme: Vintage

This week we’re taking you back in time to give you blast from the past. That’s right, this week’s washi kit pre-order is a vintage theme! In this kit you will receive one roll each of the following styles:

  • Vintage Butterflies
  • Vintage Eiffel Tower
  • Vintage Technology
  • Vintage Landmarks
  • Vintage Advertisements

Vintage Washi Tape

Tune in for the Squadette Show on Friday at 9 pm EST in our Facebook group and I will show you these beauties “in person” 🙂 Trust me when I say that pictures never do our washi tape justice!

How to Order

To order your washi pre-order kit, click on the link at the bottom of the post to take you to the listing in the Planner Squad Shoppe. This listing with the discounted washi price will only be available for 2 weeks, ending February 28, 2017, and then will be taken down. Please note, all orders are final and non-refundable.

Sometimes our distributor runs out of supplies before we get a chance to order these kits ourselves. This is rare of course, but if for some reason this does happen, we will order a similar style washi tape to put in its place.

We ask you to please allow 4-6 weeks shipping and handling time once the preorder ends. This is only because our awesome supplier is located on the other side of the world, so sometimes it can take anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks for us to receive it ourselves.

As soon as we receive the order, we will package it up all nice and pretty, and send it on its way to you!

Now, what are you waiting for?! Go get this kit right now while you still can! While you’re at it, make sure you check out all of the other goodies we have in the Planner Squad Shoppe.

Click here to pre-order your vintage washi kit today!

For order updates, make sure you are a member of our Facebook group. We often post washi pre-order updates there!

Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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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!

washi graphic

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!

tank topsshirts

(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!

Squadette Planner Charm

 

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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