Guest Blog: Daycreates Crafting Fun!
Hello :) My name is Dalyn (pronounced day-lin) Here is my story:
I have loved crafting practically all my life. It started one summer when I was about seven or eight years old. I was attending Summer Fun and each day we'd play games, sing or dance, and have arts and crafts. Although I was a very active child, the class I looked forward to the most was arts and crafts.
That summer was the summer I found that I had a real knack for crafting. Each class we'd make something new and each class I was almost always the first to finish-unless it had to do with coloring or decorating, I'd be one of the last because I had to make sure it was perfect. When I was finished though, my leaders would ask me to go around and help my group, so I would.
I attended Summer Fun almost every year after that until I reached Intermediate School. I then volunteered at Summer Fun as a group aid each summer until I graduated High School, and guess which group chose me to assist...Arts and Crafts! Although the leader was the one who planned all the activities, I was the one who carried them through since I was the one who was able to figure them out and then explain them easily.
After graduating High School, I worked as a Group Leader at an After School Program (A+) with the YMCA. A+ was a little different than Summer Fun since they had homework. We also had to take them out for snacks and have one outdoor activity and one indoor activity per day. Planning indoor activities for me was a breeze, outdoor activities weren't as easy to plan for but since we had books and training's and SPARKS activities, I was able to plan those too. Each day I did an arts and crafts activity with my group, usually the activity lasted only an hour or two, but sometimes I had activities that took a few days to complete.
I worked at A+ and Summer Fun with the YMCA for almost 6 years. If I were to list every single activity I have ever done with my kids it would take hours to read. Some ofthe crafts we did included making cards during the holidays, gifts for the kids to give to their parents, board games, and tons of other things.You see, when it comes to crafting for me, the possibilities are endless. I dabble in a bit of everything. From working with polymer clay to crocheting. I have yet to find a craft that I am completely committed to. Hence my decision on making my shop and blog not only about one thing, but rather on everything I make. Crafting is a big part of my life, especially now that my other half is not working. For now my crafts are a basically keeping us from being homeless (at least until my other half finds a new job). But it isn't at all about the money for me. Crafting helps me to relax after a stressful day at work, it also provides time for me to think. Without my crafts I feel that i wouldn't know what to do or how to spend my time. Instagram and facebook, as well as other social media sites, have provided me with so much inspiration. Every time i see something new i think about how i can replicate what I've seen. I am also very grateful for my friends and followers for encouraging me.
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Good morning planners,
I wanted to give a few quick tips that I follow for better time management. I feel that time management is something that can always be improved on. I find that these are working for me right now, and have been working for quite a while. I hope you find these useful.
01. Create a daily plan.
02. Pick a time limit for each task.
03. Use a planner / calendar to know your deadlines.
04. Learn to say "NO".
05. Make your target finish time early.
06. Block out distractions.
07. Don't fuss about unimportant details.
10. Leave buffer time in-between.
Have a planned day!
Guest Blog: Maggie Made Cards
We are very excited to have Maggie Made Cards as our first Guest Blogger. She has some great insight into planning, and the importance of having notecards in your planner at all times. Find out what else she has in store. Click Read More!
Guest Bloggers Needed!
Createyou86 is currently looking for guest bloggers. We are always looking for different points of view to keep our information fresh, and current. Here are some pre- post requirements:
*Can you write an engaging article for our readers?
*Are you someone who has an interest in handmade products, and possibly planners as well?
*Are you someone who would be excited to help promote your blogpost through social media?
*Are you someone who has a store where the goods are handmade, and would like to help promote your website through guest reviews or blogspots on our blog?
*If you would be interested in a monthly or regularly scheduled post please let us know in your email.
If you feel you fit the above requirements "SAY HELLO!" below, and lets start planning your guest blogpost or store spotlight!
POSTING INFORMATION: When you do a guest blog or blog spotlight for Createyou86 we will send you the link to your post when it is completed so that you can proudly display it on your blog or website. We will coordinate social media posts so that the day your blog or spotlight posts you can let all of your followers know. We would be happy to choose a topic for you, or you can choose your own topic as long as it pertains to handmade products, planners or planning of some sort. You will be given a submission date for your article, and a post date for your article. The submission date takes into account any further editing that needs to be done for the article including, but not limited to: Spelling and content errors, sourcing if you choose to include quotes or photos, formatting, and layout.
Keeping Track of Important Dates
Good Morning Planners,
Have you ever sat down with stacks of bills, or papers and been completely overwhelmed when thinking "Where am I going to fit all of these dates on my planner? and in addition to that "Why would I want to add all of these dates to my planner?" For me keeping track of dates, and times used to be an arduous task. I would collect my bills or papers, and the second I sat down I would want to get up, and do something else. However, as I have gotten older I have new responsibilities, places to be, and bills that need to be paid. In order to cut down on the anxiety that used to overwhelm me when planning in advance (I think this is why I never used an agenda in school), I now take each piece as it comes to me. The day the information is presented to me I find my planner as soon as I can and eliminate the anxiety by just getting it done. This way by the end of the month I don't have 15 bills, or other dates that need to be written down. Oh, and the everlasting sticky note obsession. Sticky notes work wonders when you don't have time to sit down , and immediately plan. Just try to make sure that they make it into the appropriate planner page for future review. You may even be more comfortable by date / bill tracking at night, in bed where you have no distractions.
Have a planned Day,
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Good Morning Planners,
We would like to know what system do you use for your main planner? We hope you enjoy this poll. Have a planned day!
Social Media Updates!
I wanted to let everyone know that YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Pinterest buttons have been added to the "Social Media" tab. We hope that you follow us on all of our social media platforms so that we can give you more up to the second updates. We have also updated our YouTube URL and it is easier to find than ever before!
Have a planned day,
Join Createyou86 in our first ever October Photochallenge on Instagram. There are 31 posts one for each day in October, ending with Halloween of course! Let your imagination run wild. We can't wait to see what you post! Don't forget to use the hashtag #CY86PHOTOCHALLENGE or #cy86photochallenge, and tag @Createyou86 so we can leave you a comment or a like! Be sure to check in on the blog or our Instagram feed for future photochallenges.
Fauxdori Organizational Tips
Well hello there!
Today I want to share some tips on how to utilize your Fauxdori made by Createyou86 in the most effective way. Start out by figuring out what you would like to keep in your Fauxdori. Are you going to bring it with you in your purse? Are you using it as an everyday planner? Are you keeping business information in it? Are you keeping personal information in it? After you have figured out its main use, start to think about what the specific sections for your specific use might be.
EX: I use my Extra Large Fauxdori (9x5 1/2) for business, here is how I have it set up.
Week on one page Insert (the entire year, and then some!)
Brain Dump Insert
SKU Number Insert (keeping track of inventory)
A notebook which includes:
The best thing about a Fauxdori is that when you get bored with a section, or you finish an insert, you can take it out, and replace it with a new one so you are not limited to one type of insert. You can even add more pages to it if need be. Createyou86 is more than happy to help you organize your Fauxdori. If you have already purchased one just send us an email, and let us know how we can help!
Have a planned day!