Saturday, March 21, 2015

Feature Friday #2 | DIY Ideas for Your Planners / Filofax

Hello everyone! This blog post should be up yesterday but something came up so I could only post it up today. I hope this post would inspire you or at least give you some ideas to make use of  your Cocoa Daisy goodies and art supplies to personalise your own planner(s).This is a photo-heavy post with plenty of planner DIY ideas - from making your own paper clips to stickers. So do sit back and grab a cuppa while scrolling thru this post.

1. Stamping on the good ol' Post It's

The regular post it's are boring but their adhesive is way better than the cutesy one that your could get from Target or Daiso (p.s. those are so cute but they never stick / repositionable).

I use the Get Foxy and the Under The Bed Stamp set to prettify the post-its. Even my 2-year-old is obsessed with these monster stamps and keeps asking me to stamp these on his arms.

2. Make your own stickers

Okay, this is no-brainer. All you need to do is to stamp on a piece of sticker paper (you can get them from Amazon or any office supply store) and cut them out. I like to stamp a bunch of these stickers using my favourite stamp sets and cut them out whenever i have free time or watching YouTube. I keep a bunch of these in a zipper pouch in my planner.

I also likes to colour the white reinforcement stickers and small label stickers using Copic Markers. Of course you can colour the stickers with highlighter markers, distress markers or even water colour.

Just in case you are wondering, I am using these white reinforcement ring stickers and small label stickers from Daiso - I love love love them as they are repositionable / removable.

This is how the stickers look like in my blank planner pages.

3. DIY Paper Clips

I love these two stamp sets a lot. So I stamped the fox and monster on a piece of white cardstock, and fussy cut the stamp images. You can certainely glue the paper clips to back of the cut image using liquid glue / hot melt glue (I use Helmar 450 Quick Dry glue and they work really well). To make the paper clips sturdier, I laminated the cut image with hot laminator before gluing the paper clips.

The paper clips are so cute in the front pockets of my planners. >_<

4. Cute Planner Tassels for Your Planner(s)

I didn't get the the craze of hanging a huge tassel on my planner as they are bulky and don't look practical at all. My bestie wanted a tassel (in unicorn colour) for her planner. So I googled tutorial on how to make a tassel and found this tutorial super useful.

To make the tassels even cuter, I stamp the foxy stamp on a piece of shrink plastic. If you need a tutorial on how to stamp on shrink plastic, I had a blogpost here. You can also make the shrinkies into cute pen charms / planner charm. I have even more DIY planner decoration ideas for you in the future blog post. So stay tuned, planner girls!


Layouts | Blessed

Hello all, today I have another rainbow colour layout to share with you here. I seriously cannot imagine my crafting life without rainbow colours. I have tried making monochrome / black & white pages but it just doesn't work for me. I just have to add splashes of rainbow everywhere in my life, from scrapbooking pages to planners to my room decoration.

As usual, I am scrapping one of my son's daily photo. I try to take at least of photo of him when I pick him up from montessori everyday. He likes to stay around for five to ten minutes after school to play with a yellow toy car. This photo of him inspires me to stamp the car images from Shop Evalicious to make it  focal point for this scrapooking page.

I stamped the car image in with various chalk ink just below the photo.

I also love how the badge draw your eyes to the photo.

I also stamp some car images on card stock and fussy cut them out to add foam dots to pop it up on the layout. Stamping multiple image is so fun and therapeutic! Thank for dropping by and have a nice day.


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Friday, March 13, 2015

Feature Friday #1 | Riesa Okano

Hello everyone, we have been packing kits and mails for the past 3 days and also running out and about (to meet suppliers and printers) for new products for my online shop. I normally trying not to manage so much things in a week because I tend to get tired easily nowadays, especially with terrible backache. Anyway, to spice my blog up a little, I have been wanting to do some Friday Feature post since end of last year. And you know, me being a procrastinator, it only took me 3 months to took the plunge and commit to a more frequent, weekly post. 

So I am planning to do a Friday Feature, every week (finger crossing that I would be able to be really disciplined on blogging), to feature some of my favourite planner addicts / planner girls, fave products, ways to decorate your planners, or also ways to stay organised. And for our very very first Friday Feature post, we have Riesa Okano that I got to know her when she purchased a planner via my online store. Since she has gotten the Macaron pastel pink planner from my store, I ask her if she could show me her set up and maybe contribute a blog post to my blog here. I am so thrilled that she agreed and also send me loads of pictures + ideas on how she set her pink planner up. 

So let's get started and get to know more about the lovely Riesa Okano.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
A:  I am currently a student at the the University of Hawaii at Manoa, I live in Honolulu Hawaii and I love to go shopping, decorate my planer, watch movies and go out to eat. Other things about me is I am Japanese, I love the color pink, I love macaroon things, I will buy anything cute or pink related and my favorite store is target.

Q: How many planner(s) are you using right now? And what is (are) your planner(s)?A: Right now I only have 2 planners my personal pastel pink one and my large pink kiki k planner that I do not use as often because it is so bulky, I usually just use it as a desk planner. I hope to buy a filofax or websterpages or erin condren planner one day. And I do use Kikki k inserts :) I didn’t have enough time to make inserts so I just bought from the Kikki website.

Q: Where do you find inspirations for your planner addict fix?
A: I find inspiration on instagram mostly and from blog posts. My favorite planner girls would be you of course! (Thanks so much!!!) You sell such cute things and you have wonderful blog/youtube posts. I also like to follow Charmaine Dulak, Carla De Taboada, Mypurpleylife and Mahalmade. 

And here's a cute post (with tonnes of photos) on how Riesa set her Macaron Planner in Pastel Pink up:

This planner is my go to planner that I use for almost everything; my daily to dos, work schedule, reminders, events and etc. I stuff a ton of sticky notes, page flags and a few paper clips in the front of my planner along with a little heart shaped cardstock. As for my planner charms I use my heart shaped macaroon planner charm and my Totoro Susuwatari planner charm to accent my planner. In front of my dashboard I use a little card that has all my professors office hours on top so it’s all in one place. Also I use a coleto pen in my planner because I can have one pen with that holds different colors.

So far I only have a monthly and weekly section I feel that these two sections are the only ones I need right now and if I want to add more I can always do that later. To bookmark my monthly page I use a bow paper clip and a little divider. To decorate my monthly pages I usually use washi tape, stickers and page flags.

Here's a peek into my monthly page: I usually track incoming packages, exam days, birthdays, reminders, pay day and bill dates on my monthly pages and on the side of my monthly page I have a list of all the orders I order so I can keep track of what came in already and what didn’t. After my packages come in I cross it out with pink ink. As for my weekly pages I track my daily to do’s, chores, errands, work schedule, package delivery dates and random notes about things I want to/need to buy.

As for my weekly pages I also decorate with washi tape, stickers and sticky notes. To bookmark my weekly pages I use a purple hello kitty paper clip.

And that's about it!
In the back of my planner I have this clear insert that has pockets I put stickers in.

And lastly at the very back of my planner I have a pocket, which I put some coupons, blank pieces of paper and more stickers in.

Thanks so much Riesa! Don't you just love her planner charms (you know I  always have a thing for planner charms!), how she matches her pink pen with the planner,  and how she decorates her pages?And now, to learn more about Riesa (she is really pretty!) and her planner addiction, go follow her on her Instagram @Riesao, and tell her that Happie Scrappie send you there!

And I am seriously very excited that we kick start the first Friday Feature post! I am hoping to do this diligently ;)  *Wish me luck*


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Planners | My Planner Set Up for 2015 & Free Printables for Your Filofaxes!

Hello everyone! I actually have a video up on Cocoa Daisy blog and YouTube about my planner set up for year 2015. It took me nearly 3 months to tweak the settings, changing the tabs, the inserts and also the number of planners that I am currently using.

Since I am trying to keep this blog post relatively short, here's the link to the video:

I know, I know, it sounds ridiculous that I am actually using 4 personal sized planners, and also a fauxdori + A5 sized planners that I didn't mention in the video. But whatever works that makes our life stay organised eh?

And here's the sneaks of the March 2015 Happie Planner Kit:

I started with this original sketch / drawing of the mason jar and make it into a dashboard. I draw with Pigma micron pen and colour it with my newly acquired prisma colour pencils. Coloring is so therapeutic and there is so much more to learn to improve my noob skill ;)

Then we digitise the drawing and print them out - colour with Peerless water-colour. It took me like hundred trials to get the colours, effect and sizes that I want. It is so much more work to make this mason jar dashboard than the page markers that we included in the previous kits, so I do hope you girls would love it! And yes, both personal sized kits & A5 sized kits will get one of these mason jars (without hole-punch) - since you can use them as dashboard, book mark or pencil board. For those who didn't subscribe to the kits, I have also listed these cuties in my shop here. Check them out alrighty?

Personal Sized kits:

Instead of just showing what are the products will be included in the March kit, some of my lovely subscribers would like to see how I use the bits & pieces from my kits. So I am gonna change things up this month! I am showing you how I use the sticky notes and stickers that came in the personal sized kits here - I did not sneak in the pen, washi tape, diary stickers and paper clip here. But I just want to show you how I decorate my weekly pages (inserts from Cocoa Daisy Day Planner Kit) using just part of the kit.

A5 Kit:

I just love love love the heart & geometry shape writing markers here. Only part of the page flags have adhesive so I am using tape glue to stick them down, since these are gonna be permanent of my weekly pages. Again, I am using inserts from Cocoa Daisy March kit (in A5 sized)

I am also running 4 giveaways on my instagram account (@happiescrappie) —> so now, go follow me and check out the individual giveaway to find out how to join the giveaways that are gonna end on 15th March. ;) I love love love the #planneraddict community on instagram, so I thought this would be the best way to return to all my lovely followers - sharing my interest and passion, and also goodies that I love. The giveaway includes ring binder, faucdori (by @pellestudio), my happiedori and also a mint zipper pouch (that can be used to keep stationery & hobonichi).

And last thing that I would like to share in this post would be…. as I mentioned in my recent video, the hubs sent me to Photoshop and AI lesson, so that I can learn to digitise my doodle & also create printables. So here you go, I created my very very first printables with the typewriter that I draw for February kit, so let's start with the to-do list & a pink typewriter list here.

I created the free printables in A5 sized and personal sized only as I do not use pocket sized planner myself. If there is any request, drop me an email / leave your request in the comment and I will do my best to work on them. No promise as there are still a lot to learn in using the softwares.

So here you go:

Please take note that these printables are for personal use, do not share the actual file / downloadable link on your blog/ website. Instead, link this blog post up and send your lovely friends here. Your lovely comments and requests would keep me motivated in creating more and more printables in the future!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Layouts | I Love You A Bushel & A Peck

 Hello everyone! Today I am gonna share a layout that I scrap lift one of my older layouts that I did 2 years ago. Here's the blog post that I blog about the layout and its fun to see how my style progress over the years - it has definitely became more minimalist nowadays - maybe thats because I have more things going on in my life, and layouts and scrapbook pages are the places where I could keep it simple and minimalist.

I used the Hello 2014 large tags to mat the three pictures on the left. love that these tags are perfect for my square pictures of 2.5'x2.5'. I also used one full sheet of Snip Snip label to create the tags on the right and stitched them down with sewing machine.

I added some puffy stickers to create some interest around the pictures too.

I think this is my favourite layout that I have created recently. It's quick and simple, yet it looks kinda complicated ;) Thanks for dropping by and I  hope you are inspired to create a tag / label layout too!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Planners | More Pockets for Your Planners

Hello there, today I am gonna show you how you can never have enough pockets in your planner(s).  You can read previous blog post by Florence on what she store in her pockets + an awesome tutorial by Candi on how to make pockets for your planner. I am gonna show you even more pockets, just because it never hurts to have some pockets to hold your bills/receipts, project life card, to-do list etc right? Firstly, I made some pockets using scrapbook papers using Candi's tutorial. I am using personal sized planner from Kate Spade and also Webster's Pages Color Crush (in Sky) so my pockets look much smaller than Candi's (as she is using an A5 equivalent Kikki K planner).

I just cut down a few pieces of scrapbook papers to the size of personal inserts. You would need scissors, paper trimmer, tape glue and hole punch for making pockets.

I am using the smaller pieces of scrapbook papers / vellum in the above picture to make the pockets. Even project life cards are perfect for that!

And this is how it looks like after i glue the smaller pieces on the dashboard. I added machine stitching just for fun and love the texture! Don't worry, stitching on paper with sewing machine is kinda easy and fun.

This is the front of my March dashboard (the printed version will be included in the March Happie Planner kit)  - i drew the Mason jar and fussy cut it myself and add a piece of vellum behind to use as pockets to hold some loose note papers.

Love these note papers from the Cocoa Daisy Day Planner - Feb kit. I am a sucker for everything with hearts.

You can also use the pockets to hold receipts / bills. But remember to take them out to file them else your planner gonna be bulky!

I am using a vellum envelope (trimmed down to fit the personal sized planner and punched holes) then it can use to hold some loose change for my 52 weeks money challenge.

I also use the pockets to hold some project life cards as i often use them as to-do list / writing quotes or to make the planner pages more colourful.


Here's the pocket that I made with project life card. I only stitch 2 side of the card to the dashboard so that it is easier to keep stickers or sticky notes in and out.

More ideas for pockets - most of your filofaxes / planners might come with zipper pouch / top loading pouch (which you can find here). But I love fun and colourful stuff so I use a normal zipper pouch / slim pen case, punch holes and use as zipper pouch in my planner. I even have matching colours for all my planners.

And some interesting finds: sticky pockets - The pockets are like post its notes which you can stick them on paper and they are removable. such fun accessories to the planners right? I hope you had fun reading my post about what you can use as pockets for your planners. Thanks for dropping by! 

Xoxo, Sam