Planners, Series

The Happy Planner Series: Basic Components

Hello, my crafty friends! This will be my first installment in my The Happy Planner Series. I hope that this series will be helpful to you if you are considering a new way to plan or for those who are new to the whole planning thing.

There are so many planner brands out there. Personally, I have used a Filofax, a Travelers Notebook, and the Recollections Planner in the past. I have finally found my ‘planner peace’ with The Happy Planner from Me & My Big Ideas (a.k.a MAMBI). I like how to The Happy Planner is decorative yet very functional for me. The Happy Planner comes in three different sizes: Mini, Classic, and Large. There are also many different colorful accessories that can be used so The Happy Planner is personalized to your liking.

Here are the basic components of the MAMBI’s The Happy Planner:

1/Rings  – The rings (binding system) is what makes The Happy Planner unique. The rings are what you call discs. These discs require a unique hole punch and hold the inserts of the planner together. The discs come in various sizes: mini (.75 in), medium (1.25 in), large-expander (1.75 in). The discs also come in a variety of colors.

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2/Cover – The Happy Planner comes in a variety of designs, colors, and themes. The basic covers are laminated and hole-punched. You can purchase additional covers if you crave constant changes. If you want a more professional look, you can purchase a premium binder-like cover. These premium covers come in a variety of colors and they come in mini, classic, and large sizes.

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3/Inserts – The Happy Planner planning inserts come in two different formats: horizontal and vertical. Personally, I enjoy the vertical layout because there is more room for me to write and use my functional planning stickers. However, the layout is personal preference. The Happy Planner also has additional inserts that can be purchased such as am an hourly format, notes pages, budget inserts, and home planner inserts. These additional inserts come in the mini, classic, and large sizes.

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And that’s all she wrote for this first installment of my Happy Planner Series. Please look out for the next installment in the next few weeks. Happy planning! Happy Crafting!

Washi

Have a ton of Washi? Here are 10 ideas to use Washi.

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Hello. My name is Rosaline…and I am a washi tape addict. If there was a support group for washi tape addicts, I would be a member. LOL.

For those who don’t know what washi tape is…let me give a little background on these colorful, wonderful jems. Washi tape originally comes from Japan and is known as “masking tape.”These “masking tapes” are made of natural fibers (such as bamboo) or from native Japanese trees. In the United States, “masking tape” is known as washi tape. Washi tape comes in a variety of width sizes (very thing to think), textures (such as smooth, matte, and glitter), colors, and there are even some that are laser cut into designs.

I have over 200 washi tapes in my collection. I have found numerous ways to use washi tape. I would like to share some of those ways now. Enjoy! Happy Crafting!

1: Paperclip Page Flags

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Paperclip page flags are easy to make. They go great in planners and for organizing all your papers. I use these paperclips to color code documents pertaining to the Crafty Rose Emporium business. To make these cuties: Take your favorite washi (I suggest using the regular width washi), wrap it around the longer part of the paperclip, and cut a triangle at the end. It’s the simple! 🙂

2: Deck Out your Computer Keyboard

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This project might be a little more challenging but I found it to be a lot fun. Find 1 or 2 of your favorite washi tapes (preferably ones with multi designs on it —such as the picture above). Start cutting down the washi tape to size and stick away! If it helps, you can take a black sharpie marker (anything that won’t smear) and write the letters and symbols on top of the washi.

3: Organize your cords

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This is how I organize all my cords at home. So convenient and I love the pops of color! This idea is also great for labeling all those charging cards that we all have.

5: Make a colorful garland/banner

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Grab your favorite colorful washi tapes and twine/string…and go to town!  These garlands are great for birthday parties and decorations. I’ve used washi tape garlands to decorate packages and gifts.

6: Cover your laptop

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This is a fun project to do! It’s simple and quick. Take some of your favorite washi tapes and start making a design on the cover of your laptop (or the back of you tablet). There is no right or wrong way to do this. The designs are endless!

7: Decorate your notebook/binder

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This idea is simple and fun to do. Take any of boring notebook or binder and transform it into your own piece of colorful art.

8: Colorful Picture Frames

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When I buy wooden picture frames I decorate them with paint and washi tape. The designs and colors are endless! This project is a great project for children of all ages.

9: Jazz up a candle 

 

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This project is very simple. Take a few of your favorite washi tapes and some candles (all different sized candles work). You wrap the candle completely or you can leave gaps. It is entirely up to you!

10: Design your Own Phone Case

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This idea is just as simple as the washi tape notebook/binder. The color schemes and themes are endless. Be creative! My latest washi tape phone case was unicorn themed!

 

 

Annoucements

Month Long Special Offer In My Store!

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Hello, my crafty friends! I would like to mention an offer I am running in my eBay store. This offer is valid from April 10, 2017 and ends May 10, 2017. Here is how the offer works:

Buy $5-$15 worth of items, receive 1 free surprise item.
Buy $11-$20 worth of items, receive 2 free surprise items.
Buy $21-$30 worth of items, receive 3 free surprise items.
Buy $31+ worth of items, receive 4 free surprise items.

Surprise items are chosen at random. No special requests allowed. Total amount does not include any applicable sales taxes or shipping costs.

Remember, I list items to my store on a weekly basis so there always something new to see. Thanks! Stay creative! And happy shopping! 🙂

Link to my store (just in case the other links don’t work): http://stores.ebay.com/craftyroseemporium/

 

Books, Recommendations

My Recommended Craft Idea Books – Part II – Children’s Edition

Hello, my wonderful crafting friends! This is part two of my recommended craft idea books. This part focuses on children arts and craft books. I used to be a former teacher and these are some of the arts and craft books I have used in the art center of my classroom. I remember my former students having a blast using the ideas I pulled out of these books. I hope you can use these arts and craft ideas in your classroom or with you children at home. Enjoy! Stay creative! 🙂

Arts & Crafts Busy Book: 395 Activities by Trish Kuffner (Editor: Bruce Lansky)

This book is filled with tons of simple and entertaining arts and crafts for children of all ages. This book contains holiday projects and activities, recipes for making play dough and clay using everyday household ingredients.  The best thing I loved about this book is that it gave my former students a chance to show off their creativity and expressive themselves. I also noticed that these projects and crafts helped with their focus and helped them build their fine motor skills. I really suggest you check this book out. This book can be found on Amazon. The book can also be downloaded onto the Kindle.

Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paperfolding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away… by Chris Alexander (Foreward: Tom Angelberger)

This books was a blast when I was substitute teacher for a 9th grade history class. I remember the teacher not leaving a lesson plan so I had to improvise. I pulled this book out of my emergency substitute teacher bag and handed out some paper. I projected the book onto the SmartBoard and had the students follow along. The students had blast! In the book you can create some of the famous characters in the Start Wars movies –R2-D2, Yoda, Boba Fett, and Princess Leia. I bought this book on Amazon.

The Toddler’s Busy Book: 365 Creative Games and Activities to Keep Your 1/2- to 3-Year-Old Busy by Trish Kuffner

This book is by the same author of the first book I mentioned. This book is gear towards babies and toddlers. I used this book when I taught preschool children. This book contains a bunch of arts and crafts that keep boredom away while teaching children mathematics, motor-skills, and language development.  This book can be bought on Amazon and cheaper on eBay.

Draw 50 Animals: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Elephants, Tigers, Dogs, Fish, Birds, and Many More… by Lee J. Ames

I found 4 copies of this book at a book sale at my local library. I thought it was a good investment to purchase all 4 copies. Turns out I was right. I had included these 4 books in my substitute teacher bad and was able to use them when I had to fill in for a teacher for an entire week, there was always extra time at the end of each class period. I was able to distribute the books to groups of students who wanted draw. It was a big hit! I suggest you purchase a copy of this book. This book can be bought on Amazon. The book is also available on the Kindle.