Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Crossing over?

I'm not so sure you can call it that, but after using another designer's planners for the past seven months I have gone to using the Me and My Big Ideas Happy Planners. Trust me, it's not a ding on that designer's products, I love her stuff,  however the planner style  for me are a little too creatively constricting, and not big enough. I like to personalize EVERYTHING, using all different kinds of brands of products.

I purchased a Happy Planner the week before my open heart surgery as a way to document the journey as well as keep up with my appointments before and after the surgery. I have found it to be an valuable tool, and after getting on several groups on FB, I have also discovered the versatility of the Happy Planner when it comes to decorating them in my own style. There are so many possibilities. On Pinterest there are so many free 'printables' to created into stickers to personalize your planner .... just go onto Pinterest and type in 'Free printables' and you are awash in so many options. The two brick and mortar box chains I have found to carry the Happy Planners are Michael's and Hobby Lobby. They both carry their own unique selection of Planners, because Michael's DOES NOT carry the new Rose Gold horizontal weekly style planners, where as Hobby Lobby does. Hobby Lobby also carries more accessories than Michael's. This is very frustrating to us planners because of travel time to go to stores, availability, and store preferences. I would much rather go to M's than Hobby Lobby. But that's just me. Online you'll find ALL the stuff you need at the Me and My Big Ideas website. Sometimes I find that vendors sites only sell to merchandisers, this is not the case. MAMBI has a great storefront that is easy to use, and it also accepts PayPal. 

This past weekend's raid on Michael's as well as 
re-organizing my planner stuff.

If you're like me, you'll find all kinds of other brands to work with your planners. For my faith and Bible study planner I have set up I have been using bits and pieces from the Bella Blvd. and Illustrated collections as well as the BoBunny Believe collection. You can find those very easily on Scrapbook.com. I have also found that the Becky Higgins Project Life cards fit into the photo protectors that MAMBI has, I have also used my MAMBI hole punch to add one to a calendar page. 

These are the pages from my 'faith journey and study' planer.

The MAMBI hole punches are great because you can create your own custom planners using the rings from MAMBI (see the gold ones on my planner above?) and whatever you decide to create! The sky's the limit! You can also create your own custom covers, all that you need is a laminator, or the use of one. If you don't have one of your own, FedEX Office stores offer the use of theirs for a minimal price. 

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