Creative Planning for Beginners
This is supposed to be my guest post for an online craft shop last year but they haven’t posted it yet so here it is! 🙂
I started ‘plannering’ (yeah, sounds funny, but I can’t find a better term to describe what I’m doing LOL) again late last year.. after years and years of depending on my mobile phone to track my schedules and appointments.
Back in grade school I was using a personal-sized ring bound planner/organizer but I recently fell in love with The Happy Planner and my comeback to the planner world, the universe rather (LOL), has become one of the most exciting part of my 2015.
So I succumbed to my inner planner goddess (whaaat?) and purchased my THP from Saffy Tenten. The Happy Planner stays true to its name.. it really makes me happy.
I set myself challenges every time I work. Ideally, I approach everything as though it’s the first time – with a beginner’s mind and an amateur’s love. – Willem Dafoe
If you’re a beginner in creative planning, you might want to start looking for pens, stickers, and washi tapes. I started with only these three items and survived my first decorating attempt. Check out how my first planner weekly spread turned out.
I suggest that as a first timer, it’s okay to experiment on colors and themes, because eventually you will find your own style. I also don’t follow a particular layout but rather play around with the resources that I have. And as someone who has an eclectic approach to just about anything in life, I like to decorate my planner with a new theme each week.
My first haul for 2016 (all from Saffy TenTen) was aimed to level up my planner game. Don’t be afraid to try new add ons to glam up your planners and new ways to experience more planner fun.
I’ve already predicted that I will be needing larger discs for Fae, my happy planner, so I purchased this Gold Expander Disc set. What do you think of my planner’s new makeover? 🙂
I also purchased pre-punched inspiration cards & journal cards to add some interest in between my planner pages. I love that some cards are embellished with foil and glitters!
A lot of creative planner girls are into stamping lately and I wouldn’t want to wait for decades just to try them. My starter stamping tools are a couple of Technique Tuesday clear stamp sets, a Heidi Swapp stamp set, and a movie stamp from Imaginisce. I also have ink pads from Lawn Fawn and an acrylic stamp block from Apple Pie Memories.
They say that stamping isn’t for everybody, but there’s no harm in trying. I find stamping very useful when I don’t have stickers for a particular activity that I need to put in my planner. What’s more encouraging is the variety of ink shades to match my different weekly spread themes.
I’m enjoying this newfound hobby and if you’re a beginner just like me, I hope that you’re just as enraptured [to this craft] as I am.
Do check out Saffy TenTen for new arrivals (get your wallets ready, ladies!). I have my eyes on the THP storage case, Stay Golden 8.5” x 11” happy planner, and the new Happy Planner Punch!
Happy shopping, and happy planning! Spread the planner love. xoxo