Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Stickers on a budget

Planner printable stickers and saving 
money making your own kits

PRINTABLE SITES
Most people who are into planning or even crafting may own a die cutting machine but even if you do not you can make some planner stickers yourself to save money with just using your printer and a pair of scissors.

I will share with you several sites that you can get free printable stickers and there are also loads on Etsy that can be purchased really reasonable. So that if you want to decorate your planner you can on a budget. Sometimes you just don't want to take the time to create a set of stickers from scratch so these are also nice to get started quicker. I will also link several different places to purchase sticker paper that range in prices and also different materials such as matte, glossy or reposition able.

I know a lot of times purchasing kits are the best way to keep your planner spread cohesive and a lot of the printable sites have multiple sheets where you can print coordinating elements. There are loads more and pretty easy to find on pinterest but these are the ones I found to be great sites
First we will talk about printable sites. Here is a list of the ones I have found and like a lot.


FREE SITES

1. https://plannerproblem101.com/2017/03/10/paris-kit-free-printable-planner-stickers/

2. https://lovelyplanner.com/category/planner-freebies/free-planner-stickers/

3. http://www.victoriathatcher.com (she has LOADS and its one of my favorite sites for freebies)

4. http://www.beayoutifulplanning.com/2017/03/18/april-weekly-free-printable/

5. https://plannerproblem101.com/2016/07/22/tropics-kit-free-printable-planner-stickers/

6. http://www.wendaful.com/2016/09/ultimate-list-beautiful-free-printable-planner-stickers/


Low Cost Sticker Files

Here is a few of the low cost planner printable and some not all will even include a silhouette file. Most don't but if you are manual cutting with scissors that is not important but for those with silhouette machines it is nice.

1.https://www.plannerpenny.com/collections/printables  (this is a great site! There is also some freebies)

2. https://www.etsy.com/shop/MeeDigiScrap?ref=l2-shopheader-name (she has some freebies, her sets are beautiful)

3. https://www.etsy.com/shop/loveplannerprintable?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Now you will need a color printer but most of us have that and then here is some resources for sticker paper:

STICKER MATERIAL

I personally shop ONLINELABELS.COM for mine. They have an array of shapes if you want to create your own and have them fit in the templates so you wouldn't even have to use a cutter or scissors but I buy full sheets with no slits in the back either.

I buy the matte reposition-able which are a bit more pricey because they can be removed easily and relocated. They run about $29.95 for 100.
They have matte, glossy, reposition-able and loads of shapes and template software.

They have some matte stickers that are not reposition-able that are a low cost of $12.95 for 100. Shipping runs about $5-6 so this is something I try to avoid but for selling I do go with this site because I want the quality they offer.


Low cost option and a much better way to find free shipping is Amazon. Here is one that offers stickers for 12.00 for 100 and free shipping. STICKERS



DIE CUTTING MACHINES
If you do not own a die cutting machine but would like to buy one and want to get in as cheaply as possible and you really just want to cut stickers I would suggest the Silhouette portrait. I am in the US so these links will all be US companies but most offer international shipping,  this site offers a lot of bundles as well which is nice to get some extra's with your machine.

Portrait: Swing Design offers a lot of bundles start at $145 and up depending on what bundle and of course what is most important to you in your bundle. Your limited to nothing bigger than 9" wide to fit in this machine but it is perfect for doing stickers.



Cameo 2: This one you can go up to 12" wide on materials but that is really the only difference. They cut the same. I use this one because I do a lot of paperclips and in mass quantities so utilizing the 12" paper gives me more items on a page. $199 & up



Cameo 3: This is the newest machine in the Silhouette arsenal and the basic difference is this machine can hold two tools at one time. The blade is also self adjusting (the first tool anyway) and there is a bit more storage for tools. Unfortunately when they made this they made no improvements in the materials it can cut, the cutting power and last but most importantly they did not improve on the noise the machines make! That would have been a big improvement. Price point $269




Cricut Air 2- This is the newest machine in the cricut lineup. They still sell the Cricut Air, and the Explore. Both the original Cricut air and Cricut Air 2 have bluetooth. Both hold two tools but the second tool is just for markers or a scoring tool. I never tried a second blade, I wonder if that would work? The cricut explore is the oldest and doesn't have bluetooth or the ability to hold two tools at one time. The cricut has a far better design as far as looks go, its seems like a much more sturdy machine, it is not loud at all and number one for me is it cuts excellent. It cuts way better than a silhouette although silhouette remains the most popular I believe with people running shops. The downfall to this machine is the software is very basic and for a lot of people it may work but for people running a shop and wanting more abilities to design it is lacking. The second con to the machine is that the software is totally an online program so you are a slave to the internet, a slave to the speed of the site and you can't work with it if you do not have internet because even though there is a port to insert cartridges it is merely for syncing the cartridge to your account. you cannot use the machine as a stand alone anymore even with cartridges like the old days. Price point is $249-299





Hopefully this helps in your decision making if you are looking to buy a machine.

Once you get familiar with the sizing of the items and what you use a lot maybe you will want to customize some for yourself you can do this with several common programs that you probably have on your computer. Go wild and make some of your own once you have some time. That is one of my goals. But at least when we don't have time we have plenty of free or reasonable options to jazz up our planners.


Now here is a spread I made with goodies from the Brimbles Box. I hope you grabbed yourself a Brimbles box. This one was equally as cute as always. I loved these lady bugs. I just am getting started for a few weeks down the road so it is not at all close to finished. I also will show you another Travelers notebook pocket folder I made. I am obsessed with these!








Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mind over Matter

Mind over Matter

Most days I have great ideas, loads of "to do's" that I plan to do but I ultimately fail at getting them done. I am forever saying to my husband "tomorrow I want to organize my drawers" 'this weekend I need to clean out my closet" but guess what...those days come and go without results. 

My problem is as long as I say it out loud it doesn't mean anything. I would say I am a bit of a type A person but since retiring I am a bit more relaxed about things. The problem for me lies in the fact that because I am type A and I don't accomplish these random things in my head they continue to bog up my head. A person like me that don't accomplish these goals will just go nuts at some point ha ha, cause we haven't done the things we said we were going to do. 

So I am constantly nagged in my brain of all the task uncompleted. SO for me I have to rely on "to do" list and PLAN the items in my planner. Seeing them on paper makes them a permanent task that if I do not get the chance to mark off will drive me insane. Plus its goals for the day and I always try hard to complete what I have given myself to do.

So if you are remotely like this I suggest writing down a "to do" list and then taking your planner and spreading the task out and designate them for particular days throughout the week. Therefore not bogging yourself down but giving yourself a realistic goal that you know you can meet. It will make you feel so accomplished. I know I felt defeated if I talked these task out loud and didn't get them done. 

Something about pen to paper does it for me. It makes it real and then therefore I personally set a goal for myself and make it happen. Try it sometime you will see it does make a difference. I own multiple planners so I try to designate one for my shop things and then use one for my everyday home life. You can also cross post them so that each planner is sync'd so if you do not open the other up you still have an idea of what you need to accomplish. 

Everyone has a particular system. Make your system work for you but I am telling you most people who enjoy planners are probably people who are very much like me. I personally feel I am much more disciplined using a planner. Maybe I don't need 10 of them but I switch off depending on what colors I feel are going to make me happy for a while. 

I hope this little ramble will help you get a system that works for you. We are all not perfect but we strive to make our life easier and productive and when planners came into my life I am much more focused. This post will be on Mrsbrimbles blog so please visit her blog, check out her shop!

Happy Planning!

I wanted to share some really cute items from the March Brimbles box with you. I wasn't sure I would love the space theme because I just don't have small children around or anything but I have to say it was one of my absolutely favorites!! I LOVED these stickers and ephemera! I am sad I used all the stickers!!!











Friday, March 3, 2017

Stamp and Sticker Organization



I am a self confessed planner stamp & sticker hoarder  addict. But I was finding I was doing more "collecting" than using and I felt like most of that was due to the fact it was so complicated to dig through my drawers and collect all the things I needed plus since my stamps and stickers were just very disorganized in my storage I decided I need to take some time to organize them and have all my goodies in a manageable place and thus I would get to use them more. I am on the Limelifeplanner blog today and sharing these ideas with you all.

I love Ikea but unfortunately for me I do not live close to one. So anytime we go on vacation the first thing I do is see if one is close by and fortunately I took a vacation in January and was able to get to one close by. I had wanted to purchase the Raskog cart for a long time and finally I was able too. 


Top Shelf holds my most used planners, some pencil cases, Mambi sticker books and then my favorite washi tubes and single washi's in the smaller photo cases. 




 2ND shelf I have larger stamp sets that do not fit in the photo containers and I didn't want to take out of the original packaging. I am weird like that. I also have baby wipes for cleaning my stamps, my levenger punch and some colored pencils on that shelf.



Prior to leaving on vacation I had purchased so storage items so that I could take some things on my trip and keep everything tidy. I went to Joann's and I purchased the following products:


Photo Keeper that has 5 internal photo boxes in it that hold 5 x 7 photos and fit the planner stamps perfectly. 

As you can see the stamps fit in the large 5 x 7 photo boxes well and I fit several in each.

I also bought a few singles of the photo boxes in a smaller size 4 x 6 to hold some washi tape you can see above. I couldn't find the link online, I purchased at the store itself. They are made by IRIS
I also bought the one shown also above that was an Artbin Essentials and it is great cause I fit at least 36 of the dew drops in it. All of these were found in the store and are not always available online from Joann's but I am sure you could find at other online sources. 


Here are some items to make a quick simple sticker book:

Arc or Happy Planner Disc's or use a ring binder
Paper punch
sheets of cardstock
Adhesive for attaching your sticker sheets to paper

I started out making my sticker book by sorting my stickers by shops. Just put some adhesive on the back on the sticker sheets and lay down on your paper and you are done.  I think it would be great in the future if I set it up with tabs and sorted it as well but this time I just didn't take the time. But now I have a system that all my stickers are right next to me when I plan and I can easily find the right sticker and utilize them now. here are some pics of the sticker books I have made. 







I can't tell you how much more efficient organizing these things can make you. I hope this helps some of you get your planner groove back by getting organized!