Inkscape Tutorial – Featuring The Planner Society

I have a confession to make. I love stickers! I love using them in my planner.  But, I really love designing the stickers.  Did I say LOVE? I may be bordering on complete infatuation with all things adhesive.  Having admitted this out loud here, I want to share with you why I use stickers in my planning and organizing routine.  Creating word pictures with stickers help me associate information in my (still healing) brain.  Using colors and images to assign importance or priority to tasks and events helps me to be able to recall the information and increases my retention.

In the coming weeks, I hope to share more on my learning style and planning/organizing routines but today I am sharing a tutorial video on how I design stickers using Inkscape.

I own a Cricut Explore Air2 and print and cut my stickers after designing them in Inkscape.  If you have questions or would like to learn more, please drop me a line, I would love to hear from you.


Camels and Crowns?

It’s Wednesday and that means “hump day” for many people. For me, it includes looking to God in my planning. I need Him to help me get through the week…and that means trusting Him.
So, I am meditating on the camel today as a visual reminder to trust Him. Why, the camel? Think about it.  God made everything with a plan; you, me and even the camel.
His plan of equipping each of His unique creations with everything needed to face their day, week, month (even difficult seasons of life) is observable in their physical characteristics.  These unique features help us adapt to a sometimes changing environment.  All we need to do is trust that we have been or will be provided with everything we need.
Have you ever felt as though you were going through a desert…perhaps a drought?  How does the camel respond to such situations? Do they worry? Do they stress about crossing a hot, dry land with no relief in the foreseeable future? No. They just keep moving forward. But how?
They can survive in a desert because of physical features, such as:
Large feet that help them to walk on sand without sinking in.
Nostrils that they can open and close to keep out blowing sand.
Long eyelashes to protect its eyes from blowing sand.
They store fat in their hump, not water. If they cannot find food, they use this fat to produce energy. When full of fat, the hump stands up. But when empty, it is just a loose flap of hairy skin.
Unlike most mammals, the body temperature of a camel changes during the day. As a result, the camel doesn’t sweat as much when the temperature rises. Sweating causes water loss, so the camel’s temperature changes help it to conserve water.
Camels have thick lips so they can eat the prickly desert plants with out being injured.
The color of their bodies helps them to blend into their environment. This protects them from predators, such as wolves.
Camel’s ears are covered with hair, even on the inside. The hair helps keep out sand or dust that might blow into the animal’s ears.
The protruding bone on their forehead acts much like a sun-visor, which helps to keep sunlight out of their eyes.
So, next time you are facing a desert, drought, or simply struggling to get through the week, look to the camel and be encouraged knowing if God provided the camel with everything he needs, He has done the same and more for you. Remember, you are a child of the King and wear an invisible crown.

One Book July 2017 – Review of Week 2

This week found me a tad bit busier than last week and not feeling 100% but I was able to stay on task, due to prior planning, and get the things done (in a timely manner) that needed to be accomplished.  I didn’t get many personal things checked off my to do list but that’s okay with me.  This week highlighted the importance of having a flexible planning system.

Observations and changes made this week:

The first and most recognizable change for me this week is the TN cover itself.  I have been struggling with the LOVELY TPS Floral TN since my initial set up.  While I love, love, love it, the 1.5″ spine is just a little too small for my needs right now.

I am using my One Book July to experiment with tracking all of the things that need to be done this month, both personal and professional.  As the festival and pageant are at the end of July and the first week of August, I have little to do and lots of time to do it…STRIKE THAT, reverse it!

The next change I have made is the addition of a dump book.  I have one dedicated to all the details that I need to stay on top of this month in preparation for the festival and pageant, however, I didn’t have something to capture all the other items.  So, I dedicated some of my self-care time to creating an insert and have already started collecting items to be organized after my Incompletion Trigger List review.

My weekly spread is where the “work” gets done in my One Book July.  I noticed that I didn’t consistently use my dailies but went back and filled in what I accomplished, instead of using it for pre-planning.  I used stickers to create “word pictures” to help with my memory and this resulted in aiding my recall.  Therefore, I have decided to pre-set up my dailies this week.  Let’s see how that works for me.  I have had a new memory and discovered a 20 year gap…this blank spaces do not mean I don’t remember anything for those 20 years, but rather all instances relating to a specific memory group (i.e. an annual picnic that I have no memories of or the location it has been held in, although I apparently have attended it numerous times).  This leads me to look for ways to re-associate people, places, and things in hopes of being able to access the memories eventually. So, I am attempting to use more stickers in my planning routine to create word pictures in my mind.  Well, see how this works.  This week will be the first time I include the sticker associations in the “guts” of my planning and I am hopeful I can report a success next week!


This Michael’s Recollection’s Hourly Vertical Planner sits on my desk and does double duty as my memory planner.


This is the weekly box spread in my One Book July and functions as a weekly overview of my events and appointments using pictures.


This is a printable from Ray Blake at My Life All In One Place and functions as the “guts” of my planning. I have not previously utilized stickers in this section as it houses tasks…this is where I take my “To Do’s” to “To Done” and document any changes to my planned schedule of events with actual events.

Finally, I have decided to set up my dailies for the week to see how I can better utilize them in the TN.  However, I typically use my hourly planner for itemizing the details of my white spaces.

How are you using your One Book July?  What have you learned so far?  I would love to know how has this “experiment” helped you stay on track to reach your goals.

See you next week!







Week One – One Book July 2017

This week was a week of trial and error…more error than trial!  I found that my TPS Pocket TN with 1.5″ spine was a little too crowded.  I experimented by making a laminated TN cover with a 2″ spine and transferred the interior of my One Book July 2017 into it.


What I have learned this week … (be sure and check out my video)

  1. I quickly discovered that it had the perfect amount of room for me but I did not like the feel of the laminate as my everyday carry, so within one day I was back into TPS TN.
  2. I did try putting the TN inserts into a ‘B6″ size that I already owned after seeing a fellow OneBookJuly YouTuber try it and while it may work for me if I have a 2″ reinforced spine, the TN I have right now did not accommodate the pocket-sized inserts very well.
  3. I removed one insert, and to be honest, I can’t remember what it was supposed to be used for as I was not using it, don’t miss it and can’t recall what it was!
  4. As of right now, I believe I will be staying in the 1.5″ spine pocket-sized Tn through the month but will start investigating TN’s with 2″ reinforced spines in the pocket and B6 sizes.

Oh, I almost forgot, while at a work-related business meeting, the woman I was supposed to meet walked up to me and said, “You have a traveler’s notebook, you must be a planner girl!”  I was so excited to know how far this community reaches, and the joy it brings us “planners” right here in my small town.

How is One Book July going for you?  What have you learned this week?  Are you participating in the “Go Big or Go Home” version of the challenge?  Look me up on social media or YouTube and say ‘Hi’ – I’d love to know what goals you are working towards and how your #onebookjuly2017 is going.

Happy Planning!

The SetUp

After initial research into how I am going to structure my planner for One Book July 2017, I have decided to transfer all of my necessary planning and project management into a pocket-sized TN (traveler’s notebook) from The Planner Society.  


Behind the scenes of my YouTube setup video

The OnebookJuly2017 Challenge is to use One Book and One Pen for One Month.  However, there are no rules save for the rules you may set for yourself.  The goal, as I understand it, is to “get back to basics” and streamline or in some cases, learn what you need to be successful in your planning routine.  

Since I am a goal planner, I have included my current projects in each area (Being, Body, Brain) to help me reach my goals.  My goal for One Book July is to streamline all of my planners into one carry along planner/wallet that I can have to track EVERYTHING!  In order to keep moving forward, I need to assess where I am in any given project, once I evaluate my progress I can decide if I need to make changes or not.   

What I have learned so far:

  • Sometimes, I can not focus and am easily distracted.  When this happens I need to step away and do something else, usually a craft project, like mixed media to help my mind get clear and refocus.  Then I can come back to the task at hand.  It is helpful to know this about myself because I don’t get as discouraged and take a long leave of absence from my goals.
  • When I am riding the struggle bus, I need my planning system to have a structure and functional form to help me stay focused and follow my plan.
  • When I am hyperfocused, I need the real-estate that white space provides.
  • Having this self-knowledge is helpful in knowing which system to work out of at a given time to help me keep moving toward my goals instead of getting frustrated and giving up.

Knowing how you operate and researching the tools to help you is key to setting yourself up for success.  

Visit my Resources page to find the inserts I am testing as well as other valuable information I will add from time to time.

See you next week for an update to One Book July 2017 !!

Developing Your Style – Start with YOU!


“The essence of knowledge is self-knowledge.” – Plato

“Who am I in the midst of all this thought traffic?” – Rumi

It is important to ask questions and reflect on the answers you develop in order fully know who you are and what motivates you in the areas of Service (which I identify as Being), Syle (identified as Body) and Scholarship (identified as Brain).  

Being is how you identify yourself in relation to your contribution to the world.  It encompasses your platform which identifies the type of SERVICE you share with people and organizations.  Your BEING can be identified as your purpose; your personal mission statement and ultimately defines your STYLE.   

Brain is your (SCHOLARSHIP) educational pursuits, both personally and professionally.  Additionally, it covers areas of personal development to include your TALENT.  

Body is a large category that includes the areas of health and fitness, as well as your physical environment.  The sum of these three parts (Being, Body, Brain/Service, Style, Scholarship) is also categorized under Body/Style.  You, your style, your image is a brand and is the output of all the other factors contributing to the definition of who you are.  STYLE, then, is HOW you relate to the outside world; your family, friends, school, and community.

Hopefully, you can see how important the knowledge of who you are and what you value.  It is not only important to your core identity but it is extremely helpful in determining the what and how you plan to give, do, and be during your year of SERVICE as Miss (Local/State).

What do you know about you?  How can you share your unique gifts, talents, skills, and abilities with your community and the world at large?  Download this FREE Style Inventory and to get started on identifying your personal brand. 

One Book July 2017

Organizing thoughts into SMART actionable goals and planning them can be a daunting task for some…I know because it can be for me.  So, when I learned of the ‘One Book July’ challenge from Carie of Paper Planning Magazine I knew I had found a challenge that would help me accomplish my goal of streamlining the systems I use for project tracking.

Prior to December of 2016, I had no knowledge of the planner community.  I have used a basic calendar system for scheduling and tracking appointments and events and a plethora of spiral bound notebooks and legal pads for collecting information and (trying to keep track of) projects.  Enter memory loss and accompanying challenges stage right.  Approximately 3-4 years ago, I suffered multiple seizure/stroke-like episodes that resulted in three hospitalizations and many lost memories.  The good news was that I had no idea what I didn’t know, the bad news was that it was reoccurring and lasted for a couple of years.  In addition to losing the ability to read, write, count, cook, and a whole host of other activities that I had previously taken for granted, this left me unable to track time.  Once I started getting some memories back, I struggled with extreme anxiety as one memory at a time would slowly come back. Also, I faced the realization that I did not know how long it had been since the last time I knew what date it was…(does that make sense when you read it?). I would have periods of time, that I could not track or account for. I would wake up some days and have no idea how many days had passed since what seemed to me was yesterday but a year ago to the rest of the world.

As I began being able to consistently keep track of time again, my anxiety about forgetting again increased and I began using a ‘planner’ (read: any notebook I could find that day).  Fast forward to December and my little sister introducing me to the planner world on YouTube!!  Cue: Overhead spotlights and the heavenly choir.

As my brain has continued to heal, I have begun the process of reentering life again, taking on projects with gusto, and spending more hours than seems rational watching YouTube videos.

Follow along on my One Book July 2017 challenge as I create a workable system for me and perhaps pick up a tip or two that you can incorporate into your own goal planning routine.



Crown Sticker Set – Free Printable

Here’s a freebie for you to use in your ‘Miss’ lifestyle planning.

This set was designed as an experiment to fit my Large Happy Planner.  It was one of the first full box sets that I attempted as I was looking for colorful and functional elements for the Large Happy Planner that was released in January 2017.

This set contains 4 full boxes, 4 heart checkboxes, 8 heart checklist flags for top three, 32 headers, 6 appointment labels, 8-weekend banners, 12 functional stickers, and a washi strip.

Just click on the images and save.


TOM-CrownPS46.5-2These can be cut by hand or can be cut using a cutting machine.


Cricut and Silhouette are two companies that produce cutting machines.

I currently own a Cricut Explore Air 2


It’s used to kiss cut stickers and works great but sometimes I cut them by hand when they are basic shapes like squares and rectangles.

If you are interested in purchasing a Cricut Explore Air 2 for yourself, please check out the link I have provided.  As an affiliate marketer with links to products and services, I receive a commission when purchases are made through said links.  It helps me continue to provide reviews of products and services I use and think you will find of value also.  Thank you!





Turning Goals into SMART Goals

What are your personal goals for participating in a pageant?  Or, why do you want to win the “Miss” title you are competing for?  Is it the scholarships, the personal development, to promote an issue you are passionate about, or all of the above?

Some areas of goal setting to consider for a successful pageant competition can be:

Style: fitness and appearance; how you present yourself and how you may be perceived by others; how you represent the local pageant organization, community, state and national pageant systems as a contestant.

Service: your platform and community service

Scholarship: keeping your grades up and pursuing financial awards for further education

Success: reaching small goals that lead to bigger goals

What are some of the goals you have set for yourself?

Once you have identified your “Why?” It is time to transform your goal into actionable steps that will yield results.  Actionable steps are the daily, weekly and monthly tasks that need to be accomplished in order to achieve your goal.  These tasks are specifically geared toward helping you become your best self in a given area.  The objective is to turn your goals into manageable, realistic steps.  This is done using a method known as SMART goal setting.  SMART goals are short and long term goals that are:

S- specific

M- measurable

A- attainable

R- realistic

T- time bound

An example of a SMART goal is as follows:

Goal: To teach goal setting

SMART Goal: To utilize as an educational platform for young women living the “Miss” lifestyle and to share tools to assist them in setting and achieving their goals.

Hopefully this guideline to SMART Goal setting has given you some new tools to help you reach your goals.  I am including a free printable entitled “Smart Goal Setting Steps” to help you get started.   Good luck and reach for the stars!

Remember: You are your only competition!