Build Your Own Bundle – How it Works

This, this is HUGE! I really cannot wait for the reveal! This is just one reason I have been so quiet over here. I have been working with 5 other amazing Etsy shop owners to bring this crazy idea of mine to life!

I know I revealed this over on Instagram a couple of weeks ago, but I figured I’d share it here with more of an explanation of what and how this whole crazy thing works. If you have ANY questions, please leave a comment below, or message me on instagram.

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Shop News

So the last time I was around was right before the 4th of July! Summer break is almost over! I can’t believe we are about 2 1/2 weeks from school starting. With the new school year upon us there are some big changes coming to The Planner & Paper Company Shop. If you follow me on Instagram, you kinda have an idea of what this blog post is about.

While I have been pretty quiet around here, I have been working tirelessly on a Back to School Collection – I released the Countdown portion a couple of weeks ago – and on the September monthly collection. I was invited to join Peppermint Planner’s birthday bash next month and so I created a small sampler sticker sheet to be included in her giveaways. That lead us – Hubs & I – down the rabbit hole of looking for printing options. I wanted to send a printed version of the sampler and so we started researching options. We have found the most cost effective solution and it allows us to eventually grow into a subscription based business, should that be the route we chose.

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NEW RELEASE – MERMAID JUNE’S MONTHLY PLANNER KIT

June Planner Sticker Kit

Whew! This planner kit has been a thorn in my side. Seriously, I love the colors, I thought I loved the theme.. and then I’ve sat here and stared at it for DAYS. I am loving the results, but this was a true labor of love. All of the other products that are in the store have taken me maybe 4-5 days from start to finish, but this one.. I think it’s almost been a month!

This planner kit contains a little bit of everything. Basics – flags, dots and headers, boxes of all shapes and sizes, a weekly kit and calendar toppers and a dashboard to help you plan your month with an under the sea theme.

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Summer Bucket List 2017 – free printable

 

Every year as a summer “tradition” of sorts, the kids and I make a summer bucket list. This started back in 2011 when the Boy was 3. This hasn’t only been limited to a summer bucket list, we also created a  Road Trip Bucket List  for our road trip a couple of years ago. I wanted to have things to keep them occupied, because what are you supposed to do for 11 weeks of no school with a 7 & 3 year old? Well, I created a bucket list. It was a list of fun, small or big things to do and we worked our way through the list over summer break.

I had seen different things on Pinterest for ways to incorporate the kids – use popsicle sticks, pull one out each day and that’s what you were off to do for the day, color code each item and each color will depend on how much time you have to do said item. We have tried both options. We’ve even tried writing our list onto colored paper and then drawing one from a bucket – I know.. cliche! Now that they are older, an old fashioned list seems to work just fine.

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New Release – Meal Plan & Grocery Shop Digital Kit

If you haven’t already guessed from the number of posts I’ve made about meal planning, it’s a pretty big deal around here. I don’t know how we’d function without a meal plan and having something to help me organize my meal plan is an added bonus.

When I sat down to design the Meal Plan kit, I took into account everything I typically write down or how I organize the menu in my planner. For the longest time I’ve been using the blank boxes on the right of my Erin Condren Horizontal Planner, this way it was with everything else that we have going on in our lives. I recently purchased a Happy Planner Mini to use as my meal/menu planner and I LOVE it. I love having the meal plan in one place that I can carry in my purse and leave out on the kitchen counter if I need to. The downside to the Happy Planner Mini was there wasn’t a designated place that I could use to write my meal plan. I was using a ruler and pen and just marking off 1.5in boxes off, which was great in theory, but not very pretty.

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What’s for Dinner? Meal Plan for 5/1

So I slacked on the blogging last week – I swear time just got away from me – but thank goodness I had a meal plan or we might have been eating sandwiches all week! Below is a look at my planner, that I posted on Instagram, from last week so you’ll see what I’m talking about!

I wish I could say it was a one off week, but the craziness is just going to continue until school lets out for summer break in 4 weeks (What?!? we’re almost done with school this year?).

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who knew opening a shop would be so much work?

I feel like I’m spending RIDICULOUS amounts of hours at my desk on my laptop and not getting anywhere. I’m sure it feels like I’m posting teaser posts on Instagram and it seems like I have so much done, but yet I’m not sharing anything with anyone. I PROMISE, I’m working as hard as one could work to get everything accomplished in order to open the shop. I am that “A typical” person who wants everything to be perfect and until it’s perfect it’s not happening. But, I’m close. Like REAL close to having everything ready and opening the shop. I just want everything to be, well perfect.

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Slowing Getting Somewhere

In a previous post I mentioned that I was looking at this weekend as a launch date for The Planner & Paper Company Shop. Unfortunately, this just hasn’t worked out as planned. I think I set myself an unrealistic date; thinking that I’d be able to finish, package, test, write shop policies, How-To’s and prepare myself for the shop to open in a matter of weeks and I have just run out of time! While we are not opening the shop today, I thought I’d give you a run down of everything that has been going on around here.

The past 2 weeks have been jam packed with product development, Cricut testing, packaging creation,  research and LOTS of planning! Not just my everyday life events, but planning the launch for The Planner & Paper Company shop. I feel as though I’m slowing getting somewhere with the to-do list that I wrote for myself and I’m hoping that we can start listing products here in the next few weeks – stay tuned for the date.. it’s coming, SOON!

There has been A LOT of admin stuff going on. I have worked on updating our Shop Front – I have created new store header images and worked on the “behind the screen” stuff so that we are ready come launch day. I also created/started our Facebook Page. There’s not much there yet, but all blog posts will be shared there, and I will try to update with the Instagram photos as well. It’s definitely the one place, besides here of course, that you’ll be able to find all the latest blog posts, new releases, sales etc. etc.  for The Planner & Paper Company.

I am currently working on finishing up a weekly planner kit, Bloom. I started this as a basics set, not so much a themed kit – was trying to have more than just a baseball kit in the shop for now, and have ended up creating something I REALLY love and can’t wait to see it printed and in my planner! I did share a sneak peek while I was working on it on our Instagram account.

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We’d love to have you follow us over there. There will be more sneak peeks, behind the scenes pictures, and sometimes there may be some cute pictures of my dogs, Hank and Molly, thrown in for good measure.

I have also been working on making sure that Circut Print & Cut works with my products. I will be writing a tutorial on how to use my products with Cricut Design Space and how to print and cut my stickers if you are a Cricut user. It’s pretty simple, just a few extra steps than if you were a Silhouette user, but still totally do-able! This tutorial will also be included, as a PDF,  in the download files for you to print and keep for  easy reference later.

This weekend I will be doing test prints of our packaging for our Planner Charms (see below for an example). There will be different styles and color options available once our shop goes live.

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I am super excited about our packaging. I know, it’s a little detail, but I like a classic, well polished look and I’m hoping that we have found a solution that will be just that! This packaging will carry throughout once we transition to printed planner stickers as well.

While all of this The Planner & Paper Company stuff sounds like fun, I did sneak in a trip to Michael’s to browse the planner isle. Who knew they were having a sale on their planner items and the 2017 Happy Planners? Well, they were and I now have a Happy Planner Mini and a pack of the Mom Life stickers!!

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I have seen them all over the planner groups on Facebook and the way they are being used – the Meal Planner is what has me intrigued – and I’m super excited to have one of my own! Now to put it to use!

Wow, that’s a whole lot going on around here! I think this covers all of the bases of what’s new with all thinks The Planner & Paper Company! I will be posting a set launch date as it gets closer and I know we are truly ready to launch.

Finally starting to recover

I had intended for all things Planner & Paper Company to launch before the holidays, but my external hard drive decided that it didn’t like that plan and wanted to die on me; with EVERYTHING I had created as well as my digital scrapbooking supplies, etc. etc. I was heartbroken to say the least, if I’m being truly honest I was just going to call it quits and move on. BUT.. after some much needed reflection, I am slowly starting to create new sticker files.

I was spared, as I had sent 2 of my files to a local printer that were still in my email, so I was able to recover one part of a collection and use that for some of the sticker sized boxes I had already created. I have only revamped one set of stickers, the baseball themed pack, as I need those right now as baseball season is about to get started.  I do not plan on recreating anything else that I had made previously as I’m hoping to get my external hard drive fixed in the near future and I will just release everything once I have it all recovered.

I have a feeling that it will be slow and steady progress for the next few weeks until I really find my footing again – I’m not worried about the technical part, it’s more the creative/themed part I’m worried I will struggle with – but once I have a few more items under my belt, I plan on releasing them into my Etsy shop. If you’re interested, stop by and favorite it this way once I get rolling you’ll be able to keep up to date with new listings. **If you’d like to take a peek at what the “old stuff” looks like, it’s in the header I created for the shop**

I’m hoping to be up and running, or at least have released a few things tentatively by March 18th, I’ll post more as I get closer.

For now, I’ll leave you with a little sneaky peek of what I’ve worked on over the weekend.

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