Meet my new planner, "Posh"! Posh is a part of the Simple Stories line of Carpe Diem planners & accessories introduced last summer (2016). I bought the Carpe Diem Posh boxed set last month. It's perfect! I can start "planning" at any time because the inserts are undated. It came with 12 monthly calendar pages (undated), 12 monthly tabbed dividers (undated), 72 weekly inserts (undated), and a lovely acetate dashboard (the first page) with gold foil print. 

In the photo above, you can't actually see the acetate dashboard with gold foil print. It's really pretty and says, "Choose to Shine". However, I decided I wanted 2 acetate dashboards, so what you're looking at is the one that I made and placed on top of it! He, he, he. 

Here's what I did:

  1. I cut an 8.5" x 11" transparency sheet (bought at office supplies store) down to size to fit the planner.
  2. I used a hole punch to punch holes, so it would fit inside the binder.
  3. I glued down the 4" x 6" "Reset" Bingo card (part of The Reset Girl Carpe Diem Collection)
  4. I glued on wood, Bingo number embellishments (bought at Michaels store).

Once it was all dry, I flipped it up to see the "Choose to Shine" dashboard. I often flip back-and-forth to admire both. I'm in love with both dashboards!

The paper & pocket cards shown tucked inside of the left side of the planner are all from Simple Stories', The Reset Girl Carpe Diem Collection

I'm in love with Poshy!

Thank you for indulging me. He he he.

Today, I'm sharing a few recent "before the pen" layouts in my "The Happy Planner." As I mentioned in my previous post (click here: last post ), sometimes I decorate the entire week in advance. Other times, I decorate as I go. When I'm really swamped, I do all my planning on a legal pad with no decoration at all! Ha, ha, ha!

I'm happiest when I can spend some time planning in advance and making things pretty. It keeps me motivated! Here are two layouts from the week of 2/13/17:

(Above: classic size, Peony style "The Happy Planner" )

(Above: mini size, Peony style "The Happy Planner")

I use the classic size (7.75" x 9.75") planner to list "to-do" daily chores & errands. I'm still experimenting with how I want to use the mini size (5.125" x 7.5") planner. So far I've used it as a mini journal of things I want to remember about my day, and as a space to write down things I am grateful for each day.

All decorations shown on the planners are by the company, Me & My Big Ideas. I've used a combination of their pocket/journal cards, mambiCHIPS (chipboard stickers), soft spoken (3D embellishments),  and their Pocket Pages Hugs & Kisses kit. The company has a great line of  products you can use to decorate your planner, scrapbook, handmade cards, etc...

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The first photo is of my mini size, Peony "The Happy Planner".

Today, I'm sharing a few "after the pen" layouts in my "The Happy Planner" by Me & My Big Ideas. Sometimes, I decorate a few days at a time (see Monday - Wednesday above). Other times, I decorate and plan the whole week in advance, such as shown below:

My planning style varies depending upon the amount of time I have. When I'm really rushed, believe me, a legal pad with my notes and lists will get the job done! When I have time, I like to make things look pretty. Plus, I think it makes me feel better about the mundane tasks on my list. He, he, he!

Here are two more favorites from last year:

You may have noticed that I like to have white space in my layouts. It keeps me calm, so I don't stress out about all the things I need to do. LOL.  The only time I tend cram tasks on every line is when I "plan" on legal pads.

How about you? Are you on team "white space" or "cram"? Hey, whatever gets your "to-do" list checked off, right? There's more than one way to get things done.

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All decorations (stickers, paper clips) shown on my "The Happy Planner" pages are from the company, "Me & My Big Ideas." To take a look at their website, just click below:

Me & My Big Ideas Website (products)

It's been awhile since I've posted here, and I'd like to do more this year. I'm still obsessed with "planning" so get ready for tons of pictures! Ha, ha, ha!

Since I last posted about "The Happy Planner" (by the Me & My Big Ideas Company), they have expanded their line to include sticker value packs, ribbon paper clips, washi tape, hourly tracking sheets, and so much more. To take a peek at all the happy, eye candy at their website, just click here:

The Happy Planner Products

 One of the exciting changes (since we last "talked") is that they have 3 different sizes of planners: BIG, Classic, and mini. The big size measures 9 inches x 11.25 inches. Classic size runs 7.75 inches x 9.75 inches. The mini size is an adorable 5.125 inches x 7.5 inches. 

New planners for 2017-2018 were just released the first week of March. You may take a look at all the new designs, by clicking below:

Newest planner release for 2017-2018

The planner shown in the first photo is mine. It's an undated, "faith based" planner for Christians. It's gorgeous inside with beautiful calligraphy, bible quotes, and photos of flowers. Here's a look inside mine:

I love that there a prompts preceding each month (see example above)!  The prompts allow you to reflect on people you want to pray for, things you are grateful for, and what your spiritual goals are. 

I decided to use the undated, monthly section to write something that I am grateful for each day. Here's an example:

I decided to use the weekly planning section to write down some bible verses and then some of my own thoughts. Here's an example:

Thank you so much for taking a look! Since I have several planners, it's fun to use them in creative ways. Do you use a planner or planners? How do you use yours?


If you use Instagram, did you decide to do your #2015bestnine? The website "2015bestnine" (dot com) will compile your nine most liked photos from last year into 1 photo grid. After seeing everyone's photos on Instagram, I couldn't resist. Here's mine:

The site was easy to use and my grid was ready in less than 5 minutes! The site added the header and footer shown in the photo. The results were a pleasant surprise to me. Some photos that I thought would be popular, weren't the most popular and vice versa. Are you thinking about using the site? Please read my P.S. section at the end of this post for a note (missive!) of caution. 

To see more of my Instagram photos, just click the Instagram link in my sidebar.

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All is well with my MAC computer now, but if you decide to use the site ("2015bestnine") proceed with caution. While using it, a pop-up message appeared saying I had a virus!

I had only used my computer that day to get my #2015best nine photo grid. So, if I really had a virus, I figured it came from them. So, I tried to exit the page, and got another pop-up...

According to the Geek Squad (computer repair specialists), if you have a virus, you won't be notified! I wish I knew it at the time! Instead, I followed the instructions that popped up to REMOVE the "virus" and in doing so, put my computer at risk. I knew I had anti-virus or some type of security software on my computer, but I couldn't remember what it was called! (Embarrassing!)

NOTE TO SELF: Know what security measures are on your computer. Write the name(s)down and keep the information somewhere accessible.

I finally got wise once "MacKeeper" (my so-called online friends that were going to remove the virus) did a partial free removal, and then asked for money to complete the removal. I knew whatever security system I had in place was already paid for. So, I shut down my computer immediately and took it to be repaired! I feel pretty silly for falling for the whole mess, but everything looked so legit, so - - - official:

I'm glad I took pictures along the way to share. I think I felt weird about the whole process and that's why I decided to take pics. Luckily, there was no damage to my computer. And I didn't give out any financial information. I hope others are as lucky. LESSON LEARNED. Thank you Geek Squad!

First, here's a flashback of previous "Happy Planner" layouts...

I've been using "The Happy Planner", by Me and My Big Ideas, since July. My planner runs from July 2015 - December 2016. Here's what I love about it:

  1. There are several designs to choose from, and each planner is different inside.
  2. It's fun to decorate! Me & My Big Ideas (also known as "Mambi") offers accessories for the planner so you can customize it. (More on that later in this post.)
  3. Folders, inserts, pages, etc... can be added to it easily.
  4. The pages are a nice THICKNESS! You can handle/turn the pages without wrinkling them. 
  5. It has 2-page weekly AND 2-page monthly sections for planning.
  6. Pictured above is another nice extra: the monthly overview. You can write in goals for the month, special events, notes, etc...
As I mentioned, there are several designs to choose from. Here's the cover of "The Happy Planner" that I chose:

I have to admit that at first, I was skeptical about whether I'd like the planner. I am used to Filofax & Webster's Pages planners... They both have rings instead of discs. See those hot pink discs on the left of the photo? I was afraid of them! LOL. 

HOWEVER, once I went into the store and handled the planner, I saw how easy it was to work with the discs. Pages can easily be inserted in or taken out of the planner. Additionally, you can purchase a "Levenger" hole punch, so you can add your own pages or journal cards to the planner. (I purchased one and have found it indispensable. In case you'd like one, I'll include a Levenger link for you at the end of this post.)

In this photo, the "Levenger" punch is above the planner:

(Click on photo for a larger view)

Also included in the photo above (on the left & right) are pocket folders. They are pre-punched and are easy to slip inside the planner. The pens shown in the middle are SAKURA GELLY ROLL pens. I love using them because they come in lots of colors, and the ink does not seep through the page and bleed into the other side.

MAMBI offers accessories galore to customize your planner!

Let's go over items #1-8 shown clockwise (okay, semi-clockwise. it's not a perfect circle. LOL.) above:

  1. Get It Done Stickers - stickers with positive, motivating statements like "Don't Quit Your Daydream". 
  2. To Do Stickers (bright version) - stickers designed to fit in the columns of your "weekly view" section. Stickers such as "workout", "meeting", and "deadline" keep you on track.
  3. Puffy Stickers - adorable round puffy stickers with sayings such as "This Week", "Let's Do This", etc... You get 2 sheets (and each one has 30 stickers).
  4. mambiSTICKS - chipboard stickers that add fun and dimension to your planner. I used these in the second photo in this blog post. I love the chalkboard look that these have!
  5. Pocket Folders - these can hold loose papers, stickers, etc... They are already pre-punched & ready to slip in your planner (and come in fun designs)!
  6. Inspiration Cards - positive sayings on 24 pre-punched cards that you can slip into your planner. Package includes circular and square shapes.
  7. Puffy Stickers (icons) - puffy hearts, asterisks, stars, check marks, arrows, etc... to highlight things in your planner.
  8. Note & Graph Paper - pre-punched lined & graph paper (20 sheets each). These are great for taking notes, making lists, doodles, etc... They are easy to insert or take out of your planner (and carry with you).

I hope these notes are helpful... So, are you ready to join in The Happy Planner craze? To find the latest planners & accessories on MAMBI's website, just click here:

Me & My Big Ideas Shop

To see more of my Happy Planner layouts, just click *HERE*. If you decide to purchase one, I hope you have as much fun with it as I have!

Thanks so much for stopping by.




Here's a link to the Levenger Circa 1-2-3 Portable punch (on their site):
Levenger Circa-1-2-3-Portable-Punch

You may also find it on
Amazon site - Levenger Circa 1-2-3 Portable Punch

The 1st photo shows Simple Stories brand journal cards & stickers (from the "Claus & Co." line). The other planner photos feature Me & My Big Ideas stickers/embellishments exclusively.

If you have trouble finding the accessories shown in the last photo, try searching for them on

"Hope + Healing"  © Kelly Rae Roberts

I've been away longer than I anticipated..."Hope + Healing" by artist Kelly Rae Roberts (shown above), describes exactly where I am right now. I am hopeful because a new year has come. I am focused on healing because we lost four family members between June and November of 2015. It was a strange season for our family, but we leaned on each other. 

I was able to spend some extra time crafting towards the end of the year. It lifted my spirits during a difficult time... I know my grieving is not over, but I wanted to return to this space and wish you & yours a bright, blessed 2016!


You may learn more about artist Kelly Rae Roberts and her work at: