Time Management: Planning My Creative Week

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Making time for creative projects during the week is very important to me.  As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I feel so blessed to have a fun hobby that brings me joy and allows me to share that with others.  As a blogger and member of design teams, I like to  stay organized.  I wanted to share my process for staying on track during the week with all those crafty things I want to accomplish.

I have a video HERE where I go into a little more detail of my planner set up and workflow, or you can scroll below for the condensed version.

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This year, I have been using the Miss Maker standard-sized Happy Planner along with the Blog Management Set–Personal Blog from Printable Possibility.  I love the weekly “to do” page and actually replaced the weekly pages in my planner with this one–I just print it out at 80% trim it to 7″ x 9 1/4″ and punch the side with my Happy Planner punch.

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I wanted to streamline my focus a little bit with my blog and create a weekly workflow that would work for my life.

My 2019 focus as a whole includes:  Creating more Instagram stories and posting more “behind the scenes” photos, learning something new via a class, and improving my Clean and Simple card making technique.

My weekly workflow includes:  4 hrs. per week allotted to design team work and creative days fit in for other blog projects.  I like to keep the weekends free for scrapbooking or just taking a break from crafting all together.  It’s amazing what little breaks can do for your “creative mojo”!

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In my planner, I use one of the weekly pages from the Happy Planner on the left to create a “monthly to do list” at the beginning of each month.  I covered the dates on the top with some patterned paper and a “to do” sticker.  This little strip has repositionable adhesive on the back so I can use it again for the next month.  My To Do section includes design team projects and other blog projects I need to accomplish for the month.  The Plan on It section includes other things I want to do creatively for the month such as improved photo styling or taking a class.

On the right, to plan my week, I use the “blogging to do” page from the Printable Possibility Blog Management Set.  I usually plan on Sundays taking note of other obligations I have going on in my “non-crafting” life.  I add a few of my “to do’s” from the monthly side over to my weekly side.  This will usually include design team projects that I have deadlines for.  I plan for each day of the week, but I don’t include specific time frames.  I’ll try to fit in some goals from the Plan on It section if I have room.  As I finish, I cross off what I’ve done and do it all again the following week.  My goal is to have everything crossed off on my monthly list.  If it isn’t though, I just move it over to the next month and start fresh.  The only things I make sure get crossed off are the projects with deadlines.

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So far, this weekly planning process has been working well for me.  I plan revisit this at the end of the year and make changes if I need to.

Please let me know if you have any questions about my process or any of the products I use.   Thanks so much for joining me today!

 

 

 

 

 

You Are Lovely

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I’m over at the CreateForLess blog today with a fun ink blending technique using a dry embossing folder.  Head over to the post to see all the details……

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Hello Beautiful

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Hi Everyone!

Today, I have a sunny card I am entering in both the A Blog Named Hero challenge and the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge #307.

It’s been so dreary this winter, I’ve been ready for some fun color, so I grabbed some yellows and oranges from my Hero Arts ink collection along with their Color Layering For You stamp set and went to work on a clean and simple card.

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I love the lime green leaves paired with the orange flowers.

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The little bit of black from the pretty sentiment ties everything together.

Thanks so much for stopping by–have a great weekend!

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Nested Tags

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Happy Sunday Everyone!

I’m over at the ThinkCrafts blog today with some nested tag projects.  How cute is that little dotted detail around the edge?  Head over to my post for all the details.

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Birthday Surprise

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Clean and simple with pops of color are my favorite card designs.

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I’m over at the CreateForLess blog today with this fun birthday card along with tips to make your black and white stamping stand out.  Head over there for all the details.

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CutCardstock Project: Sending Happy Thoughts

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One of the sentiments I see a lot in stamp sets is “sending happy thoughts”.  This is one of my favorite greetings to send to people because it let’s you know you are right there cheering them on in their journey or just reminding them that they are important to you.  For today’s CutCardstock design team project, I was inspired by my variety of Astrobright cardstock to create a happy rainbow of clouds with a clean and simple style.

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I chose 6 swatches of Astrobright to create my clouds–Lunar Blue, Martian Green, Venus Violet, Sunburst Yellow, Cosmic Orange, and Fireball Fuchsia.  Don’t you love those names?!  When you buy Astrobright, you can choose the “Create your own assortment” option and try out as many colors as you’d like.

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I cut out the clouds using an older die from Paper Smooches called, Curly Clouds.  Since the clouds are just outlines, I glued each to a sheet of Curious Translucent Vellum and trimmed them out.

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I love the bright, happy outlines with the soft vellum. I used the Zig 2-Way Glue Pen to adhere the delicate die cuts.

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I created a 4.25 x 5.5″ note card using Cougar Super Smooth 100# card stock and blended a little bit of Salty Ocean Distress Oxide to create a sky for the clouds and sentiment.

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I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from Pretty Pink Posh on to a stitched heart die from Kat Scrappiness and added all the parts to the card using foam tape and small bits of clear pop dots for behind the vellum.

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I placed the clear glue dots strategically where the clouds curl so it would not show through as much.  I love how this card turned out with the Astrobright.  The colors are so cheerful against the soft white and blue background.

Thanks so much for joining me today and be sure to head over the the CutCardstock shop to see all the Astrobright color options on sale this month.

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Old-Timey Birthday Card

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I’ve recently been trying to add more masculine birthday cards to my  collection.  The Tough Guy stamp set from Avery Elle just makes me smile with it’s vintage style.

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Clean and Simple was the way I wanted to go with this card, so I started off with a “grounding spot” for my weightlifter.  I actually used the Enclosed: Sun die set from Papertrey Ink.  The card below was one I did awhile back and I’m borrowing the design from it as well.  I love how you can get two different looks from the same product!

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Lately, I’ve been loving when people add little touches of white gel pen to their coloring.  You see this a lot on Lawn Fawn projects and it really makes the images come to life.  I want to try and do this more, so after coloring in the weightlifter with Copics, I added two small lines on either end of the weight just for some shine.  I’ll admit, I held my breath a little so I wouldn’t make a mistake but I think it turned out o.k. :).

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I don’t always purchase the matching dies with my stamps since my Cutter Bee’s usually do the trick for cutting things out.  In this case though,  I was glad I got the die because it cuts out all the inside parts that are really hard to get with the scissors.

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I stamped a small shadow with some grey ink underneath the weightlifter’s feet so he would have something to “stand” on.  This is from an older stamp set from Paper Smooches called Vogue Abode which, unfortunately,  I could not find a link for.  A grey marker line would work well for this too.

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This card was so easy and fun to put together, I made two!  Thanks so much for joining me today.  I have all the products I used listed below.

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Elegant Thank You Cards

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With the end of the holidays upon us, we have a lot of thank you’s to send out to friends and family.  I have an easy project over at the ThinkCrafts blog using some vellum and a beautiful stamp set from Hero Arts.

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Head over to their blog to see how this project came together.

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New Baby

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I’m having fun over at the Think Crafts blog with this cute little critter set from Avery Elle.   Felt adds a softness and texture that’s perfect for baby cards!  Head over to the blog for all the details.

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Circle Celebration

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I’m over at the ThinkCrafts blog today creating lots of circles with my We R Memory Keepers Circle Spin & Trim.  Super handy for those circle shaped stamps in your stash.

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Head on over to the blog to see how this tool works and how this project came together.

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