The month of April marked one year of this blog and while I wasn’t making as consistent posts then as I am now, I still wanted to celebrate my one year blogging-versary. If you saw my post on Instagram for my one year, I announced that I would be doing a giveaway and that time has now come. When I decided I wanted to do a giveaway I immediate knew what I wanted to giveaway–planning/blogging products that have been a part of my one year journey. I thought the perfect post to giveaway those products would be one talking about my planner journey. So read below to hear about my planner journey and see the end of this post for the giveaway details.
My first memory of having a planner was in middle school when they handed out a school branded agenda (I am sure my parents had to pay for it) but I remember how I was excited by it. I was the kid that loved stationary shopping and I loved having that agenda book. I would write my tests and assignments but it was also a place to write notes to friends and doodle (even my 13 year old self knew I loved to decorate planners 🙂
Between that time and entering of high school I knew I needed a ‘real’ planner and the first one came with a FiveStar binder. It was a green soft binder material planner and it made me feel so important. I no longer had to use the school issued one and it made me feel like I had a ‘life’ to organize. Later in my high school career I upgraded myself to a black leather filofax type of planner that I carried everywhere with me. I used it both as a planner and a journal during my high school days, writing in it whenever I had a chance. I am really surprised I didn’t keep either of these planners and wish I did to look back on now.
Enter university life–the time when you think I would have actually purchased a nice planner but nope I used the ones that came with our welcome week pack. Again it was a school type agenda book with smiling university kids faces all over it. But still I was excited every year to get a new one and used it everyday to keep track of school. Does anyone remember the different folds people would do for their planner pages to show what page they were on, from just bending the top corner to bending the whole page and reserving on each side to create arrows, I am sure I tried them all.
After finishing universities and moving overseas to teach I still didn’t find myself using a planner. I was substitute teaching at various different schools and if there was a time to be using a planner, this time of my life would have been it, but instead I used a notebook. I wrote each day in it of what school I was going to, the headmaster’s name, the directions for the train, etc. but still no planner.
It wasn’t until I started an HR position that required a bit more formal planning that I found myself back into a planner and I can’t even remember where I got it, but it is pretty easy to see from the colour-why I picked it.
I completed that planner and it was time to find something new and this time I found myself in Chapters/Indigo and they had so many to choose from. The brand I picked would be my planner brand for the two and half years. The Orange Circle Studio Do It All Planner with it’s practical planner stickers attached inside was that planner. A vertical planner reminiscent of the Happy Planner & EC Planner with it’s divided lines and sidebar lead me down the rabbit hole of vertical planners.
In 2015 I jumped ship from the vertical planner back to horizontal into a Eccolo World Traveler planner mainly because of it’s cover. I fell in love with the quote and at this time was looking to change up my planner style. It was in this planner that I found the world of washi tape and dollar store stickers. I first moved from using colour coordinating pens to separate work and home life to using colour coding for tasks. I would choose two weekly colours. I don’t know why I didn’t jump from this planner into a Happy Planner but instead I made a stop over to the Whitney English Day Designer.
I ordered the DD offline cheap because the season was almost over and decided to try a page per day for my planning life. I loved the DD and still do but I had found the world of etsy stickers and although was incorporating them into my DD I was itching to do something different. So I took the plunge and bought the Happy Planner. I still had my Day Designer, but purchasing that planner is what created this blog. I wrote my first blog post that week and fell in love with both the Happy Planner and blog writing. I had already created my Instagram account and had been slowly adding planning photos to it. From here my planner journey is shown throughout my blog posts.
The Happy Planner really turned the switch for me into planning and blogging and although the Happy Planner was what I consider my start of my blog, I didn’t stop my love of planners with the Happy Planner, I just added more planners to my life. One of those planners being a Webster’s Pages Planner.
I love both my Happy Planners and Webster’s Pages Planner so I thought it would be nice to give you the option to choose. So you can choose between an undated A5 Happy Planner or a personal sized Webster’s Pages Planner. (The Webster’s Pages Planner comes with all it’s inserts plus 2017 calendar pages if you want them, I know some people like to use custom inserts, I have yet to try those).
The world of Etsy Planner Stickers is another reason I first got into decorative planning and therefor into blogging, so I also wanted to giveaway credit to one of the first Etsy shops I ever bought stickers from–The Studyholic. If you look back it one of my first few photos on IG, it is a photo of her Easter Kit and it was the first weekly kit I had every purchased (and I used it as a weekend kit for my Day Designer) This shop is also part of my planner blogging journey because I am on her PR Team.
Another part of my planner/blogging journey has been my friend Kristen. One day searching through planner youtube videos I saw one from Kristen. She was the first ‘plannergirl’ I found that wasn’t following the typically planner layouts and buying planner sticker kits. I loved watching her videos and seeing how she planned her weeks. Not only does Kristen create awesome planner and lifestyle content but she has an etsy shop ‘Pastels Paper’ where she sells Flat Lays and I was super excited when she asked me to be part of her PR team for her shop. Flat Lays are super important when creating blog posts but I also love using them in my Instagram feed. So I wanted to include flay lays in my giveaway. But I didn’t want to choose for you, so instead I will be giving away six custom flay lay photos that way whether you are a blogger or you just want some photos for IG you can have choice in what you get. They also make great desktop photos for your computer.
How to Enter:
- Comment below what planner(s) have been part of your planner journey or what your favourite planner has been so far. (also include your IG name so I can contact you if you win)
- For an extra entry follow me & share my giveaway post on Instagram @planbydesigns
Giveaway Ends Midnight (Pacific Time) June 1st. (Open to Canada & US residents only. Must be 18 or older to enter)
Good Luck Everyone!!!