Hi everyone! I’m Cindy Guentert-Baldo (@llamaletters on Instagram and Cindy Guentert on Youtube) and I am so excited to have been asked to write a guest post for Happie Scrappie today. I’ve been a fan girl of hers for nearly a year now – her Happie Planner kit is one of my favorite packages to get in the mail each month!
Because I’m such a fan, I tend to talk about her kits a lot on Facebook and Instagram, and when I talk about them, I tend to get lots of questions. See, even though I receive the Personal size kit from Sam every month, my main planner is an Erin Condren horizontal layout. This means that a lot of the planner girls I interact with tend to also have spiral bound planners rather than binder style, and since the kits I receive are geared towards the Filofax/Kate Spade/etc crew, I often find myself explaining to the spiral bound crowd why I love the Happie Scrappie kits so much. So, rather than showing a layout with all of the Happie Scrappie stuff everywhere, I decided to show some of the ways I incorporate the items in the kit into my every day spiral planning.
After all, Sam’s stuff is so cute it should be used in every style of planner, ring bound, spiral bound, or otherwise!
One of the items that is almost always included is a set of adorable page flags or sticky markers. I love these. They are probably the most used accessory for me, not just in my planner, but in my everyday life. One of my favorite uses for them is marking events ahead of time so that, in case times change, I don’t have to do some fancy covering with washi tape or big old scribbles to cover it up! The hedgehogs from this month’s kit are especially adorable, so much so that I had to hide them from my 11 year old so she wouldn’t run off with them!
I’ve been loving the stickers Sam has been designing for the kits lately – I tend to use functional rather than decorative stickers in my planning and it is always a treat to have such happy colors to go with the function. Most days I put the top two “to do” items for that day under the date on my layout, and the envelope stickers from this month fit perfectly and match the colors so beautifully.
Generally my monthly layout is pretty boring. I use it to keep track of appointments and meetings, but I don’t spend a lot of time making it look fancy… Until this month! I stamped on the fox labels from this month’s kit with chalk ink and stamps from the studio L2e “list it” kit and put them in my sidebar to make a list of priorities for the month. I also couldn’t help but add a little decoration with the fox quote cards and owl stickers from August, as well as the polka dot washi from a previous kit. It’s still not super fancy, but it is waaaay more decorated than usual.
I’ve been struggling to decide what to do with the monthly note pages in my new Erin Condren… I was super excited to have them as a feature, but now that I have them I keep drawing a blank. (Of course.) The little labels Sam did for this month’s kit inspired me (side note: KEEP MAKING THESE I LOVE THEM) to create a list for my Konmari project I am starting up next month. I stamped using black ink with the studio l2e stamps and added dots from the previous month’s Happie Scrappie kits to serve as check boxes. I also used one of the gel stick highlighters from Sam’s shop to add some color to my lettering – these highlighters don’t bleed, blend with water and work to add really cool effects. I love them. I also can’t speak highly enough of the pens Sam sends in her kits. The fine point and gel ink always write so well, I hoard these pens and save them for special occasions!
I guess the hoarding is another sign I need to Konmari. ;-) (If you don’t know what it is, check out the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.)
For the next couple of months I need to track work hours. In the past, I have used a coil clip to add a journaling card into my planner for this purpose. This month, though, the die cut animal cards from the kit were way too cute to not use for this. Plus, the ears work as a great bookmark! I added a flag (with a dollar bill stamp from Tiny Stamps Big Plans) and one of the doodle stickers from this month to jazz it up. I also used one of the big sticky notes to hide my info from all of you stalkers out there. (Don’t think I don’t notice you looking! I’m kidding, I’m kidding.)
These aren’t the only ways I’ve used Happie Planner kit items in my Erin Condren, just some of the most recent ones. Believe me, her kit is so worth the (very reasonable) price every month, even if you don’t use a binder system. If you don’t use one at all I might recommend the Traveler’s Notebook insert kit, since those inserts function just fine as a little notebook.
I, however, actually do use a personal size Color Crush planner for challenges, so I do have a use for the fabulous inserts Sam sends. The paper… I can’t go on enough about the paper. It is so thick and luxurious, it is nearly cardstock. Sam’s paper is a lettering girl’s dream. That’s why I’ve used the inserts in the past as a base for my #listersgottalist challenge. The inserts and panda stickers here came from a previous kit, while the page reinforcers come from Sam’s shop. I just love her inserts, and each month the style is different (this month’s kit was week on one page and a blank page, and I haven’t quite decided how to use those yet) but the paper is always wonderful. Did I mention I love the paper??
I hope I have given you some ideas on how to use the items from the Happie Planner kit even if you don’t do the ring binder style. And thanks Sam (and Lucy) for inviting me to the blog today… Happie Planning!
Things that I have used in this post.
|Foxy and Forest Critters Dashboard|
|Forest Critters and Happy Mail Stickers|
|Banner Flag and Dots Stickers|
|Chevron Washi Tape|
|Panda Inserts - Personal Size|
|Pastel Heart Pens|
|Foxy cards with Motivational Quotes|
|Pastel Polka Dots Washi Tape|
|Gel Stick Highlighters|