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As Featured On Blitsy- Decorate Your Happy Planner With PanPastel

Time for a tutorial and a Me & My Big Ideas Create 365 Happy Planner hack from me over on Blitsy blog today. I’m sharing how to decorate and add a bit of colour to your Happy Planner with PanPastel and stencils.

[I do use affiliate links and there are some in this blog post]

Close up of PanPastel on MAMBI Create 365 Note and Graph Paper

It has been a while since I last got my PanPastels out and I was thinking that it would be a great way to add a mixed media page to my planner. As PanPastels are a dry medium you don’t have to worry about the paper curling, as you do with liquid mediums, so you can even use the Me & My Big Ideas Create 365 Note & Graph Paper as it takes the PanPastel really well.

You can find all the steps on how I did it over on the Blitsy Blog so do go take a peek!

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As Featured On Blitsy – MAMBI The Happy Planner Hacking

If you have been reading my blog this week then you will know that I have been singing the praises of the Me And My Big Ideas (MAMBI) CREATE 365™ The Happy Planner™. I have a new obsession, you can tell can’t you?

Well, I have some good news, you can get your very own Happy Planner in the Blitsy sale this weekend. Oh yeah! It’s your birthday! Ok, so it might not be your birthday but I’m just getting a bit over excited and all. (By the way I do use affiliate links and there are some in this blog post).

To give you a bit of inspiration of what you can do when you get your Happy Planner I have been planner hacking and I have a tutorial for a collage planner cover over on the Blitsy blog right now.

Buying The Happy Planner From Blitsy

For us in the UK (sorry my readers from other countries, I can’t advice on prices for your countries) the Happy Planner from Blitsy including postage and packaging works out around £19.28 (according to xe.com at the time of writing this blog post), that’s approximately £12.87 for the planner itself. This means you can drop something else into your shopping basket and not have to worry about import tax and duty as long as you make sure the goods don’t cost more than £15 before postage and packaging is added.

But a quick note, again for those in the UK: be careful of using the 40% off codes on Blitsy as when these are added you can get a super deal BUT the original un-discounted retail price of the item is placed on the delivery label, even though you did not pay that amount. That price on the delivery label can tip you over the £15 (approximately $23 depending on exchange rate) import limit and you might get charged duty and import tax even if you did not pay that price (they can only go by what is on the label). So you would need to factor that in when working out if you are saving money or not. I have no idea why this happens when you use the 40% codes and I have pointed it out to the guys at Blitsy and they said they would look into it.

Of course you will have to wait a little longer to get your planner if you order it from Blitsy as it does take a few days for dispatch and then it will take some more days to travel from the US to the UK! But it is only like a 2-3 weeks delay before it is in your hands and sometimes not even that.

So thems me Blitsy shopping tips of the day and if you want some more MAMBI Happy Planner inspiration then check out my other Blitsy Planner hacking blog post or my Me And My Big Ideas CREATE 365™ The Happy Planner™ blog post from Wednesday.

Catch you later Happy Planner Hackers and Blitsy Shoppers

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Me And My Big Ideas CREATE 365™ The Happy Planner™

Hey guys, have you spotted the little snippets of my planner I’ve been sharing recently on Instagram or in my last newsletter? Well some of you certainly have and have asked me to share more about it, so here it is!
(by the way there are some affiliate links in this blog post)

I’m A Happy Planner

Me And My Big Ideas (MAMBI) CREATE 365™ The Happy Planner™ is now in charge of organising my life and a big task it has ahead of it! For the last few years I had been using a series of notebooks which I would alter with a calender and a weekly diary section but it just was not keeping up with the job or I wasn’t keeping up with it more like. So I have been looking around to replace this system and I’ve been looking at all the planners that are on the market or even thinking about making my own again, but who has the time to do that! I mean that is why the notebooks were no longer working for me.

Anyway, I’ve been looking at planners for a while now, trying to decide which would suit me the best.  But then earlier this year the MAMBI Happy Planner popped up and as soon as I saw it I KNEW that this planner was just what I needed to organise my life and when it popped up in a daily sale at Blitsy I snapped one up.

Close up of the MAMBI Happy Planner Discs

It has totally revolutionised my life! I’m not kidding, I’m now all organised and know what needs to be done and when, it even makes my afternoon cup of tea. Ok, that last bit was a lie, it doesn’t make tea but what it does do it does brilliantly. I use my planner to keep track of commissions, key dates, things I need to do, it is also my blog calender and social media organiser and I’m even using it for some memory keeping too. Perfect!

Why The Happy Planner?

For me this is easy to answer –

  • Customisable
  • Size
  • Price

What I love about this planner, and why I picked it over the many others on the market, is that it is customisable. It works on a disc-bound system which is surprisingly robust and you can add in or remove pages as you need. There are different versions of the year planner and I got the Life is Beauty Full version with a couple of the planner accessories, like the gold expander rings, some note and graph paper, I’m a sucker for note and graph paper, new covers, pocket pages, notepads, inspiration cards.

Ok, I confess, a few accessories might have jumped into my shopping basket!

A page from my MAMBI Happy Planner

A close up of a page in my Happy Planner





Planning Is About Details

It is also a great size approximately 22 cm x 24.5 cm (8.5 x 9.5 inch) or a bit bigger if you use the expander rings, so a good size to have as a desk planner. It is perhaps a bit on the big size to take out and about in a handbag, depending on how big your handbag is of course, but I really needed something for my office so the size is perfect for me. The Year planners come with 18 months worth of planning and start in July 2015. I got mine at the end of July so I’ve used the first month for a some memory keeping.

Each month starts with a tabbed divider and a double page spread so that you can see the month ahead and then the following pages are a week by week view. The last page of the month has a notes page where you can put important dates, or your goals for the next month. My fellow Blitsy Creative Team member Laurel Beard did a great video walk through for her Happy planner so go check that out.

Some MAMBI Happy Planner extras

Make It Yours

Did I mention it is customisable? Erm, yes you did Kim, like only a nanosecond ago. Well when I got mine I swapped out the front cover and added in some of the pocket pages. I’ve also set up an overflow / notes planner using the expander rings, this is where I hold the months I’m not using at the moment as well as the extra planner bits and bobs that I got to keep them all in one handy place.

But customising doesn’t stop there, I have the heart of a papercrafter after all so I’ve been doing a bit of planner hacking. I made my own pocket page using some journalling cards and the MAMBI Planner note paper. You can see the full tutorial to make your own over at the Blitsy blog,

A DIY Happy Planner pocket Page

You really can use your planner how ever you want and there is a lot of inspiration out there. Plus there are some themed Happy Planners too such as one for organising your recipes or one for helping you to keep track of your exercise (I totally NEED that one!).

Where To Buy Your MAMBI Happy Planner

I got mine for a steal in one of the 4 day Blitsy daily deals and if it pops up again I shall shout, so make sure you are following me on Twitter or facebook. Or just go sign up at Blitsy to get the sales information first hand!

EDIT:
HOLD THE FRONT PAGE! I’ve just heard from a very reliable source that the Happy Planners will be back on sale at Blitsy on Friday 18th September! That is this Friday! You can wait until Friday can’t you?

If you are in the UK and want some tips on buying from Blitsy then check out my new As Featured On Blitsy post which has the link to more Happy Planner inspiration too.

Thanks for all the questions about it, if you have more questions please do get in touch. For all of you already planner-obsessed folks, which planner are you using and what to you like about it?

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As Featured On Blitsy – Mixed Media Planner Pocket Page

Calling all mixed media fans and planner fans, I’ve merged two of my favourite things at the moment to bring a mixed media planner pocket page tutorial to the Blitsy Blog.

A mixed Media planner pocket page tutorial

Go check out the Blitsy Blog to find out how I put this page together.

Also check out the Blitsy’s Secret Society page on facebook. It is the perfect group for us Blitsy Addicts, just ask to join or give me a shout in Facebook as I think I can add you to the group.

I *HEART* Blitsy so they are one of my affiliate programs and some of the links in this blog post are affiliated, I have a full run down of my affiliations on my Disclaimers and Disclosure page.

Thanks for popping in and enjoy the tutorial.

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