Happy beautiful New Year, friends.
Ah. I love fresh starts. Whether it’s a new week. A new month. Or as it is right now…a new year.
I love a line in the sand and a chance to renew and reflect and re-organize if that is possible.
One way I am doing all the above is with the this year’s Heidi Swapp Color Fresh Memory Planner Collection.
December gets a little hectic at the end. With the holiday activities. Friends and family in town. Dinners and church services. Not to mention the end of a busy fall semester if you have a house full of academics as I do. So the planner and focus falls off more than I would like.
With a new year on the horizon, and a fresh new planner full of blank pages to be filled, I am more than renewed and ready to kick start all the stories and memories.
In today’s post I want to share with you three areas of my planner. How I use the Color Fresh Collection to fill these pages. How each of these spreads are utilized each month. And how to be inspired everyday to be in said planner.
The work flow that I employ in my monthly planner always starts with setting up the dashboard first. The dashboard is the jump off place for me for the whole month. It sets the tone. The energy. The focus.
One of the tools that will be found over and over again in the year’s planner is the Heidi Swapp Stencil Alpha Ruler. I used this larger alphabet stencil on the January dashboard to highlight some titles that need extra focus in the month. Like GOALS and WORD. I like the larger font of the Alpha Ruler and how it demands a certain level of attention.
Another piece of the collection found on the dashboard are the cardstock stickers that are found in the Icon Sticker Book. I like to think of the dashboard as a bulletin board. Or maybe even a sort of mood/inspiration board. Placing these stickers front and center in the month lends itself to a space of inspiration and motivation.
Keeping it all in view. That’s what the monthly calendar spread is all about. I may or may not know a few planner babes who nix these monthly pages. I don’t. I can’t. I need this month at a glance. Just to see it all in one place gives me a certain level of control over all the situations taking place on this page. Oh girl, do I need a certain level of control.
For even more insight into my work flow on this and other planner pages, be sure to check out my class over at BigPictureClasses. My Capturing Life Everyday class walks through every aspect of a planner and how to make each view work to the end of great memory keeping.
Included in the Color Fresh collection is a set of three stencils. These Color Fresh Stencils include an alpha that is smaller than found on the Alpha Ruler. It makes for a good size to fit in the smaller squares found on the monthly calendar page.
Also found quite a bit on that month calendar is the new Memory Planner Clear Stamps. I love the impact these icons and words make on the page. Stamps are definitely a planner babes friend.
The heart and soul of any planner is found on the daily pages.
Here are the words, photos, quotes, feels that are filled in as the month progresses. There is no hard-fast rule for these pages. As the year progresses, the spaces found here will ebb and flow with photos. Bullet point schedules and tasks. Quotes. Hand lettering. It’s just whatever the mood evokes at the time. All the while creating a beautiful space for capturing the blur of this moment in time.
Part of the collection that these pages holds can be found in the Icon Sticker Book. The sticker sheet is already hole-punched and can fit right in the middle of a week’s spread. Makes it perfectly convenient to have journal prompts at the ready.
Whether you are a veteran planner girl, or are new to the planner community, my hope is that these tips are useful to get your new year started in a planning way. The Heidi Swapp Color Fresh Memory Planner, Stencils, Stamps and Stickers are just one way to begin a happy and beautiful new year.