A pack of 6 small legal pads is all you need to make your own personal planner paper. At office Depot these only cost around $4.00 , and you get a ton of paper on each pad.
Tuesday's at Createyou86 are now Transformation Tuesday's. Feel free to follow along on social media tagging @Createyou86, and #Transformationtuesday.
Good Morning Planners,
Today i want to talk about organization. Not the organization we all love of planning our week, but closet organization, room cleaning/organization, car cleaning/organization, and even desk cleaning weather it be at home or at work. I personally organize, and clean the best when i am angry or bored. Does this happen to you as well? When i turned about ten years old i started getting a temper. This turned into a great thing after i gave myself a few minutes to cool down. I would walk downstairs (ignoring anyone who made me mad), and i would grab a trash bag. I'm not sure what everyone else thought, but i knew i was about to unleash some crazy organization on my bedroom or whatever other room i thought needed it. This could last anywhere from ten minutes to a period of hours. Most times i would start with my closet. This normally happened at least twice a year (sometimes seasonally). I would go through my closet thoroughly, and remove any items that no longer fit, or i knew i wouldn't wear anymore (shamefully some items still had tags on them or had never been worn). Then came the organization. I would take the items that were still relevant, and i would organize them by color, rehanging, and refolding the items as well. I would then move to other rooms or relevant parts of my room that i thought needed attention such as my desk, or my bed that may or may not have needed to be made or new linens needed to be put on. Another time that i organize or clean is when i am bored. There is nothing i can't stand more (in my older age) than being bored. Being bored makes me feel stagnant, like i'm not getting anything done. Because of this i tend to throw myself into projects to keep myself busy. Even when i was younger, and i would clean in anger i would always be sure to treat the items i was bagging with care so that i could donate to The Salvation Army which wasn't far from my house. I found that this yearly, bi-yearly, or sometimes seasonal cleaning would give me a great way to help someone who might not have had as much as me, and most times thinking about that while cooling my head would make me feel even just a little bit better about the current situation. So now that you have heard my story, when do you organize the best?, and what is your favorite thing or spot to organize (besides your planner)?
Good morning planners,
Because our February blog series has ended a little early i wanted to welcome you to the Createyou86 blog if this is your first time visiting, and give a quick introduction to the Createyou86 March Blog Series. The March blog series will be called "March: Planner Awareness Month" or (PAM).
We often hear about special months dedicated to illness, causes, or even holidays. Shouldn't we as planners dedicate time each year to being more aware of everything that we put in, or take out of our planner, and why we do it? I want to officially welcome you to Planner Awareness Month (PAM). For this blog series there will be plenty of tips, tricks, and printables to help you as a veteran planner or a new planner to become more aware of your planning tendencies, and to keep you moving forward in your planning journey. We are very excited to be working with Isabella or @Babybellex3 on Instagram.
As has become the norm with each new Createyou86 blog series there is an associated photo challenge. We encourage that you screenshot or share this page, and this photochallenge with friends through social media. We will also have it posted on our Instagram account @Createyou86, and Twitter @Createyou86 for sharing as well. Be sure to use the #CY86PAM, and tag us in social media so that we can comment on or like your photos!.
We hope that you all enjoy this new blog series, as well as the new content we have been bringing in 2015.
Today is the sixth, and last post in the February Planner Love Blog Series with Ty from Dignified Lady. We would like to say that we really enjoyed working with her, and we would look forward to working with her again in the future! Today's post is about showing your planner some love. I had a Sugar Paper LA planner that i wasn't using, and i decided to use it to decorate each week to give everyone some planner inspiration. In the future each weeks decorations will be posted on Transformation Tuesday's each month along with the correlating blog post. Without further a due here are February's planner pages.
We hope you enjoyed the February Planner Love Blog Series featuring Ty from Dignified Lady, and we hope you are looking forward to the next Transformation Tuesday . If you did enjoy this series, and this post be sure to stop by Ty's blog, and see how she showed her planner some love this month. Also look out for the next monthly series from Createyou86. March: Planner Awareness Month.
Good afternoon planners,
Welcome to the second post in the February Planner Love Blog Series featuring @Ty_Catching_Fire from Instagram. Today I want to talk about some very simple, and affordable DIY's to show your planner some February Love!
I want to start with the paperclip. Paperclips can be a pivitol part of planning as well as helping to make your planner look pretty. The photos below will bring you through the process to create your own fancy ribbon paperclips. (SCROLL FOR MORE EASY DIY PROJECTS!)
2 Sided Post-it's
The next DIY project that I wanted to show you is how to use Post-it's to create two sided removable notes to add to your planner. You can get post-it's from the Target Dollar $pot for $1.00. the photos below will show the process I used to create mine.
stick these two post its together putting both sticky parts together.
DIY MAMBI Decor
Some of you may have heard of MAMBI (ME AND MY BIG IDEAS). This company has created journaling /decorative cards which can be put together to create easy decor to liven up your planner. Below are some photos showing how to.
The Mambi cards all have two sides, so it is up to you to pick which sides look best together. Glue or tape together the sides that you DO NOT want facing outwards.
Here at Createyou86 we hope you enjoyed seeing some super simple planner DIY's. If you did be sure to check out
Ty's Blog for her take on planner DIY's.
Leave us some comments below, and let us know which one you liked the best!
Good morning planners,
Createyou86 couldn't be more excited to tell you that this blog is officially apart of The Her Campus Blogger Network. The Her Campus Blogger Network is amazing. Her Campus is the #1 global community for college women, with more than 5,000 contributors. HerCampus.com features national style, beauty, health, life, love, career, LGBTQ+, High School, and real world content supplemented by local content from 250+ campus chapters nationwide and in seven countries. Createyou86 couldn't be more proud to be apart of such an amazing community. Find out more about Her Campus HERE. We hope that you share in our excitement, and we look forward to bringing you more great content in 2015!
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Welcome to the first installment of Transformation Tuesday!
On Tuesday's we will be bringing you content to Transform not only your life, but your creativity, and state of mind. Createyou86 has been coming up with new content for 2015, and our newest form of content is our newsletter. Here are just a few reasons we would recommend subscribing to our newsletter:
1.) Entertainment - There is nothing better then waking up in the morning, sitting down for coffee or tea, and having a newsletter with great content in your e-mail. I actually look forward to several of the newsletters that I am subscribed to because of their content. Reading great content helps me relax!
2.) Useful Tips - Not only is entertainment important, but who doesn't love getting useful tips for your planning self? Weather it be planning hacks, research based tips, Lists, or business information. Createyou86's newsletter will be packed with them!
3.) Saves Time - Maybe you don't have time during the day to check out the latest blog on the Createyou86 website. Wouldn't it be super convenient to have the latest blog posts, and weekly links all in one place for later? We think so too!
4.) Friend Recommendation - Many of our subscriptions have come from friends recommending friends. That's right...word of mouth. We love that our first newsletter hasn't even gone out yet, and there are already planners, and friends of planners talking about how great it is going to be!
5.) Information Updates - By being subscribed to the Createyou86 Newsletter you will be privy to the newest giveaways, and promotions from the Createyou86 sales page. Being a subscriber you will also be the first to read our weekly blog posts. These posts will consist of your 2x/week monthly blog series as well as our brand new Transformation Tuesday blog posts.
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Are you lucky enough to say that your craft room, office, or even your study is this organized? Or do you look at your "organization" and panic? For many planners, we get our first planner, fill it with information, make it beautiful with our own personal touches, quickly find a need for it, and convince ourselves that we need a second, third, fourth, or even fifth planner. Some may call this a hobby, a habit, or even an addiction. Sometimes we even buy more than one planner, not because we need more, but so that we can seasonally change the look of our planners like an accessory such as shoes or our favorite hand bags. This post will be about how to manage multiple planners efficiently. The reasons that we use planners span from work, home, personal appointments, our kids health, our own health, crafting, meal planning, and even keeping track of supplies. There are so many different planners used for so many different reasons. Here are some reasons that I use my planners:
1.) Blog Planner (Personal Planner)
2.) Business Planner (Createyou86 XL Fauxdori)
3.) Personal Planning & Appointments (Personal Domino Filofax)
4.) Other Business Planning (Sugar Paper LA)
Here are some of the best ways I have found to manage having multiple planners:
Know Why You'll Use It
This may seem very simple, but some of us create reasons to use things without it being a legitimate reason. Some of us are "just because" people. This may seem like it is fine, but when it comes to planning you always want to have a clear, and concise reason for planning. If you don't you can easily become overwhelmed when your "just because" becomes "i don't know". I started with one main planner where i kept everything including business, personal, and appointments. This became overwhelming for me when i was looking at so much information all squished into a very small amount of writing room. Eventually i decided to divide, and conquer. Hence the birth of the Createyou86 Fauxdori.
Organization Is Key
When you are using a planner, it really needs to be streamlined to you, and only you. I'm sure most of us watch videos on YouTube, and we think how beautiful other peoples planners look, and we want to emulate them, but unless that is the way your brain sees your planning it could turn out disastrous. Once you have the right size planner, and have found an insert that you think will suit you, you should try those inserts, and that setup for at least a week to make sure everything is set up just the way you want. Yes, i realize that planners are ever changing, but your basic way of planning most likely will stay the same (my way of taking notes has not changed from elementary school) with very small changes. If you find that you don't like the inserts that you have chosen, there are plenty of places online where you can find free inserts such as Facebook groups, MYLIFEALLINONEPLACE, Philofaxy, and even Lime Tree Fruits to name a few. Once you have your planner set up USE IT, and see if that binder, and planner is what is going to work for what you intended it for. Like we said before...planners are ever changing. Also be sure to love the inserts you are using because committing to a full year of inserts, and not truly loving the setup can ruin a planning experience.
Commit To Something That Works
You have enough stress in your life, and planning shouldn't be apart of it. Planning should be something that you can do carefree, and knowing that it will work. The best part about planning is the ability to add, and subtract. The ability to tweak even the smallest part of your planner so that it suits you. Your planner should help eliminate your to-do lists not add to it.
Join A Group or Community
One day i was on Instagram, and picture of someones beautiful Filofax showed up in one of my feeds. Being a lover of stationary, and paper it had never even appealed to me to have a planner, or that they could look the way that this one did. I very quickly found out how enormous the Instagram planning community is. Just recently i created my own Planning, and Blogging Mastermind Group where myself, and some select planners get together to share our love for planning. There are countless Facebook groups, Instagram communities, and even bloggers to help out with your planning experience. Go be apart of them, and learn what others are doing to help themselves. This may help you in the long run. These groups are even a great place for photo inspiration.
You Will Change, So Will Your Planner
It is inevitable......change. You will change, and so will the needs of your planner. At some point one of your planners may even become obsolete, and you may need to find a new use for it, or even sell it because you can't find a use for it. Planners can be super affordable depending on what you are looking for, and if you are a first time planner, using a simple desk planner might be a great place to start before committing to a more expensive version such as a Filofax, Midori, or Fauxdori. There are so many places to look for help, and inspiration, but don't let this become overwhelming. Your road to planning success is right around the corner. I am even going to include a link to my very own Beginners Planning Guide at the bottom of this blog post is a printable guide to help you on your road to planner peace.
If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out Ty's Blog for even more ways to manage multiple planners that may be helpful for you. Also be sure to leave me some comments below, and let Createyou86 know how you manage your planners or if one planner is enough for you.
Check out the brand new Createyou86 blogging schedule. Let us know in the comments how you feel about this new schedule, and what types of topics you would like to see under time management, productivity, or personal growth!
Welcome to week four of the February Planner Love Blog Series. This topic is a pretty hard topic for me to write about, but i thought id try to conquer it as best as i can. The only planner "Dupe" that i have experienced is the Createyou86 Fauxdori. This Fauxdori has all of the same options as a Midori Travelers Notebook for half of the price, more than affordable three day shipping anywhere in the United States, all products are handmade not mass produced like the MTN, and there are several payment options available such as credit card, and PayPal.
I would love to try a ChicSparrow fauxdori for the quality leather, and workmanship from another quality crafter.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and be sure to check out Ty's Blog for any planner dupes that she might have, or experienced. Click the photo below to visit our Fauxdori Store. Be sure to stay tuned for a very important blog update!
Good morning planners,
its that time of year again..........Valentine's Day. Every year I struggle with original ideas that are heartfelt, but not too cheesy or expensive. Below are some ideas that I have used in the past as well as what I am doing this Valentines day for the man I love.
1.) 52 cards with 52 reasons I love you.
One of the first gifts I gave to my now fiancé during our long distance relationship was a box of homemade chocolate pretzel sticks, and a deck of cards naming all of the reasons that I love him. I had originally heard this idea from a person, but found this photo on Pinterest for an example. This was an inexpensive way to show how much I loved him, and how much I cared. all it took was:
*deck of cards from the dollar store
*ribbon or an unused hairtie
I wrote out all if the reasons that I loved him, cut them out, and taped each reason to a different card. You can hole punch, each card, and lace ribbon through them, or I just left the deck alone, and held the deck together by using a fancy hairtie.
2.) A photo collage.
This was my present to my fiancé this year for Christmas, but it is a great present for any holiday. I got the frame from Kohl's at a very inexpensive sale price, I printed the photos out in black and white on photo paper, and backed the photos with scrapbook paper. the entire project cost about $15.00
3.) Handmade Cards
This handmade card was very inexpensive, and very simple to make. I have a pack of seasonal 12X12 scrapbook paper which is purchasable for a variety of prices from any craft store. Shown above i folded the paper in half, and then in half again. If you buy a seasonal pack, you then have card paper for most every holiday.
4.) Date Coupons
These date coupons are a super cute, super easy Valentines Day project. I printed the cards out on the computer, and wrote down things that I thought my fiancé would enjoy doing such as:
*A food crawl
*A trip to a local Vineyard
*Lunch in the park
*Candlelight dinner of his choice, and a few others.
I made several because I wanted him to be able to use them all year long. They are only usable one time. The coupons say void after one use, and I will rip it up to make sure of this.
I hope you enjoyed these simple, inexpensive, original ideas for the one I love, now go and make them your own! I would love to see if you use these ideas this year be sure to tag me @createyou86 and #cy86febcollab be sure to check out
Ty's Blog for some other Valentines Day ideas.
Welcome to the Createyou86 blog! We have an amazing announcement to make.
Createyou86 has been nominated for the "One Lovely Blog Award".
This is such an amazing honor for us here at Createyou86. We started this blog to help our readers, and customers on their planner journey, and we were nominated by the person who we did our first blog series with
Aubrey Eastway and the 528 Square Feet Blog
The blog award works like this:
One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by bloggers for newer or up-and-coming fellow bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and to help new bloggers reach more viewers. it also recognizes blogs that are considered to be "Lovely" by the blogger who chose them. In order to "accept" the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines.
The rules for accepting the award include:
Here are seven facts about Emily from Createyou86.
One little word can change the entire course of a year or the meaning of a document. One little word can help or hinder a relationship, and can change the course of history. For the 2015 year I am choosing the word "Consistent" for myself, and Createyou86.
Throughout 2014 i relied on myself to give Createyou86 a consistent schedule of weekly events which were held to for the better part of the year with the exception of December, which brought about new opportunities for our website, and blog. In December i changed up our schedule to make way for these new opportunities, and to take some time to create new content for our readers, and viewers. These opportunities have come in the way of Blog Series. This new concept has significantly changed our schedule which will continue to evolve as we move forward in the new year, so be sure to check back for updates, and possible new schedules.
Something else i would like to make more consistent are photos, and videos . I feel like the quality of our Instagram photos are high, but i have had many issues with iMovie, and YouTube uploads. In December these issues arose so i had to go back to using my cell phone to record videos which works fine, but there is no WOW factor in the videos that i post at this time. I am trying several different video making apps to figure out how to best create new content for our subscribers, and customers.
One last thing that i would like to make more consistent in 2015 is content for our blog. During a blog series i am consistently posting blogs two times weekly. However, i would like to have more consistent posts in between series posts. Planner related posts would be among the intermittent posts, but not specific to a series. I hope that my One Little Word has helped inspire your goal setting for the year ahead. This being my very first OLW, i have learned a lot about what i want in the new year for Createyou86, and for all of you.
What is your OLW for 2015?
Good morning planners,
FEBRUARY IS HERE! we all know what that means......the month of love!......planner love to be exact. Here at Createyou86 we want to say thank you for visiting, and welcome to our newest blog series. There are a few exciting events happening at Createyou86 this month that we wanted to let you in on. First is our February blog series. Here is all of the information about it. We are very excited to welcome Ty from @Ty_Catching_Fire from Instagram for this series. Not only is she a planner, but she also runs her own business. This series should be great seeing things not only from Createyou86's perspective, but from Ty's as well. Another part of this series is the February photochallenge. Be sure to tag @Createyou86 and #CY86FEBCOLLAB so that we can like, and com.ent on your photos! (scroll for more!)
The last super awesome part of this series is the sale that i am hosting on my Fauxdori Store . The entire store is 20% off through February 15, 2015 when you use the code: 20VALENTINE. If you have been wanting to try out a Midori type planner for half the price + 20% off of that!! Now is the time. We have 3 day affordable shipping, all products are handmade, and we accept PayPal, and all major credit cards. Now onto the good stuff.....
Have you ever looked at someones planner, and wondered how does that planner compare to mine, and should i trade mine for that one? I think we all have. As the planner realm expands, and a ton of new crafters, and entrepreneurs are adding new planners to the planning community, we often wonder if we should change planners, and in the planning world most planners can choose their favorite planners outright weather it be the beloved Filofax or the beautiful Erin Condren Life Planner, or the Midori Travelers Notebook or even the Fauxdori which many different companies have made more affordable in contrast to the MTN. Today i would like to take some time to compare some of Createyou86's favorite planners, and share them with you.
Let's start with the Personal Planner, and the Personal size Domino Filofax. I love both of these planners and the Personal Planner is about $39.95 including shipping (depending on the size that you choose) in comparison to the Filofax Domino which ranges between $45-$55 without shipping depending on which model you choose, and what country you order from. The Personal Planner is spiral bound which makes for easy writing on either sides of the page, and the Filofax is ring bound, which as a left handed person always poses a challenge to me. Both planners are completely customizable. If you own a hole punch, some papers, and clear tape the sky is the limit with either of these planners. (Coming in future blogs this month!) The only real difference between these two planners are that the Personal Planner comes with a plastic pouch, you can personalize your cover with photos which is difficult to do with a Filofax unless you don't mind ruining it, the credit card holders, and the front and back pockets that the Filofax has do not exist in the Personal Planner. Both come with elastic closures, and a ruler. In a Filofax you can't choose which color your ruler is, but in a Personal Planner you can. I would also like to compare the Filofax to a Createyou86 Fauxdori.
You might already know that the Fauxdori is the less expensive version of the Midori Travelers Notebook or MTN which is a piece of leather with several elastic bands inside to attach notebooks to, and an outside elastic that holds the notebooks together so that they don't fall out. Some comparisons between the Createyou86 Fauxdori (shown above), and the MTN are that the Fauxdori is made from a signature woven paper. This paper can only be cut NOT ripped, and is very flexable. The color of the woven paper is brown with golden hues. (CLICK HERE TO READ AUBREY EASTWAY'S PRODUCT REVIEW) Inside the notebook can range from 1-2 elastics based on the size that is purchased to hold inserts or notebooks. All Createyou86 Fauxdori's come with the first insert included in the price except for the XL Size. Most notebook inserts can be replaced very inexpensively from a local Michael's Store, Dollar Tree or Target $pot. Createyou86 prides our product on being a quality product for at least half of the price if not more (20% off entire store through February 15th) of the original Midori. In comparison the products for Midori are pricey. The MTN itself ranges in price based on size, and weather it is a special edition or not. In addition to the original MTN purchase you also need to purchase notebooks, or print your own inserts from Etsy Shops which can range between $6.00 - $18.00 a piece. The Createyou86 Inserts can be purchased at an everyday store for $.50 -$1.00. You can buy other products from Midori ranging from pen holders, to plastic pockets. The MTN is a quality product if you want to spend double the money + shipping from a foreign country.
We hope you enjoyed these planner comparisons, and that it helps you to decide which planner is the best for you. These are only a few planners that are available. Be sure to check out Ty's Blog to see which planners she will be comparing, and which planner is her favorite. My favorites right now are my Createyou86 XL Fauxdori, and my Personal Planner.
Which are your favorite planners, and why? Be sure to leave us some comments below!