Since I could remember… I have always loved stationery. Pens. Paper. Pencils. Paper clips. Stickers. Post its. I love it all. In middle school, black paper and milky pastel pens were all the rage. I had a pretty impressive collection of those milky pens. In high school, my best friend Olivia and I would pass notes to each other using super cute kawaii stationery– all written in the brightest colored gel pens. All our letters adorned with beautiful stickers and awesome word art (before it was cool).
After graduation there was a brief moment of sadness because there was no real need for stationery anymore. Texting and social networking were becoming the newest thing so there was no real need for handwritten letters anymore. At my job, everything was done on the computer so there was no need to write anything down. Then came cell phones; those magical little handheld devices that allow you to pop things in your calendar or reminders.
Let’s veer off my obsession for stationery for a bit here … I started homeschooling my daughter in 2013. We will save the homeschooling subject for another day but the fabulous thing about homeschooling is that it challenges me to be very organized. I am naturally pretty organized but I have to be, like… Level: Expert in order to keep all the numerous ideas, assignments, lesson plans, field trips, etc. straight, along with daily life. I would use online trackers and my phone’s calendar to help me stay organized but I started to realize that I would still forget some things here and there. I decided to start writing things down in a planner.
I started with a Lilly Pulitzer planner. I love it. It is sturdy, colorful, and has a lot of features. I started writing down lesson plans… then I started adding excerpts of our daily lives…then I wanted to add in some daily goals and notes. I felt as though by planner was becoming more of a journal. Though I love the planner, I needed to find something with a little “more.” Now, I use it solely for lesson planning versus bombarding it’s pages with everything else. So, my search began for a planner for me. After months of reading reviews and watching YouTube videos, I settled on the Erin Condren Life Planner. *I know if Erin and I knew each other in high school we would have been BFFs. By her designs alone you can tell she’s fun and obviously shares a love of stationery like me.* I love this planner so much. Are you thinking that I am crazy? That is it just a planner? I don’t blame you. A lot of people do not get why I love planning, organizing, and writing
crap stuff down so much. To be honest, I don’t even get it BUT there is no denying this fact… This planner helps me almost attain some kind of organizational master ninja award. I have places to add everything: goals, notes, plans, thoughts, inspirations, meal plans, and exercise! It is quite literally a life planner.
Now let’s circle back around to my love of cute stationery, stickers, and pens. There is this whole world of planning I did not knew existed up until a few months ago. Creative people are turning their life planners into these tremendously creative journal planners and I totally wanted in (obviously)! So, I started using my planner creatively and now I am on my way to being a organizational artsy-fartsy master ninja! It has been a creative outlet for me, all while helping me stay organized. I get to use lots of stickers, pens, markers, etc., to help me doll up my planner. It is super fun to plan for the days and weeks ahead and aesthetically pleasing to look at. It also has helped me look back over weeks of planning and really reflect on the joys in my life… Dance class for B, watching the husband play flag football, and even the smallest of joys of putting a check mark to a goal to indicate it’s completion.
I am happy to have a tool to help me reflect on how wonderful life can be while it also serves it’s purpose of helping me stay super organized. Oh, and my ever growing collection of pens and planner stickers are pretty cool too 🙂
Here are my fave places for stickers right now:
Super Cute Kawaii Stickers: SweetKawaiiDesign
Cute Functional Stickers: MsWenduhh
Amazing Functional Stickers: Scribble Prints Co.
And these are my fave pens to use:
Who says organization can’t be fun, right?