February 2020 Calendar Spread

Whats up, Buttercups! I am so happy to be back blogging and posting all of my favorite things. I experienced so many drastic life changes recently, but I am so blessed to blog, and work on artwork, and spend more time with my two year old. Planner layouts are a fun way for me to relax and de-stress. I’s almost like meditation for me.

So continuing on with cutting down on some older stickers, I’ve been trying to create layouts with some stickers that I wouldn’t typically use, or do not feel like I have enough of a vision of how I could utilize them into an organized and productive layout in conjunction with other stickers. I noted that I tend to steer away from yellow. Not sure why because, honestly, I think yellow is a B-E-A-Utiful color. But I did notice that I have very few yellow stickers in comparison to other colors. Here is what I came up with.

Monthly Page Layout

I used any yellow sticker I could find in my entire repertoire. I added some gold tape which I like but I wouldn’t recommend this particular tape. I got it at Hobby Lobby and it does not stick very well. But gold and yellow go very well together regardless.

Week 1 Planner Layout

So, the little purple “tab” stickers I have had since day 1. I know, it’s totally overused on this spread in my opinion, but like I said, I’m trying to use some older stuff so that I can buy some new things! Purple is the theme for this one obviously. And there isn’t much to say about this particular spread besides the fact that playing with different shades of the same color is totally cool. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I’ve found that greens, reds and blues (primary colors) are particularly hard to mix different shades of in the same spread. Purples, greens, and yellows you should be good though.

Week 2 Planner Layout

I had this set of flowers that look particularly life-like, which made them hard to combine with any other flowers I had which typically looked like a cartoon or drawing. I started with the flowers and then found stickers that matched the colors within the flowers. I then went back and added the prismatic/stained glass-like tape when I realized That the colors were fairly similar.

Which came first The tape or the stickers?

So, I get this question quite a lot. Are you supposed to start with stickers first or tape first when starting a new planner loyout. Honestly, it doesn’t matter. I typically start with stickers just because I have more of them and I’m currently tying to cut down on some older ones by using them first and working around those opposed to trying to fit them in somewhere else.

I would say to start with what inspires you. Currently, I am inspired by desire for supply reduction. I want less stickers in my sticker box. I I have been working around the stickers. But when I purchase new tapes (which I definitely did yesterday and you’ll see them coming up soon in the march spread!) my gears definitely change to tape first. Because who doesn’t like using their new stuff? Not me. I use newer stuff than my older supplied. Hence,why I am in my current situation of purging via using older stickers first.

Week 3 Planner Layout

I know, I know. This page is overwhelming. Cupid threw up on it. I’m not mad about it, but I mean, look at those ice cream/Popsicle things. How was I going to use those without it looking like A barbie calendar? Thankfully I had and excuse to be kitschy and tacky as fuck: Valentine’s Day. What better way to get rid of all those small little page fillers (hearts) than to heart the shit out of a Valentine’s Day spread.

Week 4 Planner Layout

So recently my best friend came to visit me and I told her to bring all of her planner supplies. By the way, she started using stickers and tapes because of me (#flex). When she was here we had an impromptu planner party. The great thing about getting together with a fellow sticker/tape user is that you can trade! So we went through our inventories and then exchanged sticker that we may not use but the other person will. It was also great because if there were any layouts that we had that we felt were lacking, we could use each others tapes! This is an example of one of those layouts. I purchased a “farmhouse sticker book (not my favorite) that had a lot of muted and grey stickers. One I finished the stickers, I didn’t have a tape that even remotely fit in with the color scheme. This fun tape did the trick. Yes, it has color, but its no muted and simple that it isn’t overwhelming and adds just a touch of character. Also, who uses coffee stickers? Isn’t coffee just a every day thing? Well, anyways, I was inspired by sing these little coffee cups because no one plans coffee. Coffee is just life.

Alright homies. Hope you enjoyed this month’s spread! I will add a link in just a little with all of my products per usual on Likeittoknow.it.

http://liketk.it/2KQXC

Comment your favorite spread below!

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January Calendar Spread

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Sorry I’ve been so absent lately. To be honest I’ve been really busy and have had zero inspiration. Nor am I confident in my ability to produce interesting content.

New Year, New Calendar!

I went with my favorite Erin Condren again because I loved it so much last year and I am still using most of the same sticker books until I start running low which currently I am not.

January Spreads

I have also linked most of the products used for these spreads on my #likeitkit page!

Linked here!

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October Calendar Sticker & Tape Spread

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Happy Fall Y’all!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Think about your pumpkin spices (which I hate), sweaters, boots, and scarves, but don’t forget all the fun stickers they have for fall as well! I recommend getting to Hobby Lobby or Michaels and pick out some cute fall tapes or sticker books to help get you in the spirit. Here are my October spreads!

Month Spread

The month of October, I am trying hard to be kind to myself. I feel like I’ve been way out of sorts. I love this spread because not only does it contain my “Mantra for the Month” but it also incorporates some great colors. What’s your Mantra of the Month?

When Life Gives you Lemons….

OK, so as annoying as this tape was (because it was a lot fatter than I anticipated and I had to cut it down to a reasonable size) I still really like the lemon theme. It also gave me an excuse to use some yellow stickers that I don’t usually use.

Drawing Outside the Lines

It’s OK not to follow the pre-exisitng lines. They are just tools, but they are not required! I enjoyed this layout. Simple but elegant.

PRIDE, anyone?

Pretty self explanatory. Each day is a color of the rainbow. I actually designed this spread in June which is pride month, hence the LGBTQ theme.
Played with making my own spaces; obviously I messed up a lot as you can see where I used white out tape to cover up my mistakes; still turned out OK though.

Thanks for taking a look at my calendar spreads. I know none of these have a huge over bearing fall theme, but don’t worry. Halloween actually falls in the first week of November so I can’t wait to show it to you! Let me know if these inspired you and share your ideas!

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July Calendar Spread

I had such good feedback regarding my calendar spreads. Not only did I inspire people, but it made me feel incredible that people found them to be cute. So, in an attempt to keep the good vibes, I’m going to keep posting them every month!

Month Page

https://www.erincondren.com/lifeplanner-learn-more

So as you can see, I’m trying to work on color coating the design portion with the functional part. That way everything matches. I got a HUGE book of flower sticker so I thought this would be a fun way to use them for the monthly spread.

Week One

https://www.hobbylobby.com/search/?text=the+happy+planner&quickview=80926040

I can’t lie, this is one of the best spreads I have ever done. But, don’t get discouraged if a spread doesn’t turn out so great because the more you practice with different layouts and different supplies, the better they’ll get!

Week Two

https://www.hobbylobby.com/Scrapbook-Paper-Crafts/Planners-Accessories/Stickers/Simply-Lovely-Happy-Planner-Stickers/p/80926034

As I said before, every spread cannot be perfect. But, the great thing is that there are tons and tons of products out there. If I had really wanted to I could have gone out to buy some stuff to spruce up this page. However, I didn’t have the time or motivation for this spread.

Week Three

https://www.amazon.com/PPSV-18-Create-Planner-Sticker-Watercolor/dp/B01N2W1BTF/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2G8BCWH979BKO&keywords=the+happy+planner+watercolor+stickers&qid=1562795601&s=gateway&sprefix=the+happy+planner+watercolor%2Caps%2C161&sr=8-1

When I first started this spread, all I did were the middle vertical flowers. Honestly, I should have left it that way because it was adorable. So, just try to remember that less is more sometimes!

Week Four

https://www.amazon.com/Agutape-Skinny-Japanese-Masking-Supplies/dp/B01FS9LVIW/ref=sr_1_11?keywords=metallic+washi+tape&qid=1562794860&s=gateway&sr=8-11

Rose Gold is so popular right now, so I tried out this spread! Turned out pretty good!

Here is a list of the products used for this months’ spreads:

  • Erin Condren Life Planner (Vertical Spread)
  • The Happy Planner Sticker Book (Fun Florals)
  • Erin Condren Designer Sticker Book (Classic Collection/Edition 4)
  • The Happy Planner Sticker Book (Simply Lovely)
  • Agutape AGU Foil Gold Skinny Washi Tape (purchased on Amazon)
  • The Happy Planner Sticker Book (Watercolor)

Hope you enjoyed! Comment or share your ideas below!

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June Calendar Spread

Alright, so recently I started doing a little more “designing” in my calendar to keep it fun and fresh and functional. I was tired of having notebooks with lists, a calendar with appointments, and sticky notes everywhere. So I purchased an Erin Condren calendar and over time I have collected a butt load of stickers. It makes my planner not only cute and functional, but it always keeps things interesting. It is also a HUGE stress reliever to design a planner page! I usually dedicate at lease one hour of time for myself on Sundays to design my calendar/planner pages. I try to do it when the weekend is winding down and I’m getting ready to start another work week. I figured, since I love it so much and I always look for other designs, why not share my own in hopes that it inspires some designs of your own! I will list several of the products I use below the pictures of my June calendar/planner pages below if you would like to purchase any of the same products!

So Here is my June Calendar page which is located at the beginning of the month. Then I have separate planner sheets for each week in that month. This inspiration was really just because I purchase some new flower stickers and wanted to see how I could fill some negative space. I love stickers with clear backgrounds because if they are a little too big for a space your can just overlap and still see what is below. I’ve also been practicing my script skills. As you can see in the top row, before the actual June calendar days start, I practiced a quote and added a “beach” with an arrow showing when I will be on vacation!
I am a total stickler for matching colors or color schemes. As you can see the color scheme is mostly hot pink in this one. Not only can you play with stickers to build your design, but you can also use washi tapes. They are basically decorative tapes. You can see where I used some tape on the bottom right page and a little bit throughout just to kind of break up the negative space. If you look closely you can also see where I have already messed up. IT OK TO MESS UP. It’s only a week and once the week is up you won’t have to look at it anymore. I use that whiteout tape to cover up any mistakes or to “erase” appointments that get canceled or changed.
Sometimes when I start to run low on stickers, I have to pick something I have a lot of and then build off of that. So for this one the theme is strawberries and watermelon. I used mostly red but there’s a little bit of green in there as well. Definitely a wonderful summer inspired spread. There is also a little bit of gold washi tape to accent.
The best thing about this Erin Condren spread is that it is completely up to you to customize it. I would say this spread is the closest thing to bullet journaling because it has three dot outlined segments for each day. I’m not going to lie, bullet journaling scares the shit out of me; I don’t feel like I’m creative enough to design a whole functional page. This spread kind of splits the difference. Erin Condren has other calendar spreads such as a daily one where it has 30 minutes times listed from morning until night. I had that one and didn’t like it because it wasn’t customizable enough for me. This one gives me the freedom to make my own functional spaces while still keeping track of daily tasks and appointments at my leisure.
This is most definitely my favorite layout in this month. Watercolor flower sticker are my absolute FAVE! Not much to say about this one. It’s pretty much the shit.
Pretty simple. Mint and Gold. Sometimes you can go ALL out with stickers and sometimes minimalism is better.

So here are some of the items that I used in these spreads of you are interested:

  • Erin Condren Life Planner (vertical layout)
  • The Happy Planner Stcikers (Various packs, all available at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or Target)
  • agenda 52 sticker pack (also available at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or Target)
  • Dalus gold foil washi tape (purchased on amazon)
  • agutape skinny gold foil washi tape (purchased on amazon)

As always, feel free to reach out with your comments and questions!

Xoxo