Welcome to the new 2016-2017 Happy Planner™ BLOG HOP featuring posts by the me & my BIG ideas Design Team! The idea behind this BLOG HOP is to give you an in-depth look of some of the 10 new Happy Planners™ that are going to be available on the mambi shop March 1st @ 8am PST, and to give you 16 unique perspectives on why and how those certain Happy Planners™ landed on the desks of the members of our team.
Hopefully, this will help you all in deciding which Happy Planner™ might be right for you. (NOTE: you can watch a flip-through of all 1o on katch.me/mambitweets.)
HOW THIS BLOG HOP WORKS: at the end of each blog post in the HOP will be a link to another member's post on their plans for Happy Planning™ come July 2016. You will keep 'hopping' to the next blog until you wind up right back here where you started.
Now, without further ado, we'll kick it off with our first participating Design Team member Megan McKenna and her new 'Fresh Floral' Happy Planner™.
I’m excited to show you the style of my new ‘Fresh Floral’ Happy Planner™ and share how I plan to use it come July. When I was told to choose which one out of the 10 new planners I was going to use, it literally took me a while. Each planner has its own personality and style to it which makes it so hard to just choose ONE! The reason I chose the Fresh Floral planner was because of a couple reasons that I am going to explain in this blog post.
You should never judge a book by its cover, but in this case the cover played a giant part in my choosing. Not only does it come with this beautiful almost-watercolor floral pattern, if you flip it over, it has a fabulous woodgrain pattern. Florals and wood grain?! SOLD! What a perfect combination! The only bad part about that is - choosing which one to be the cover in July!
I had the above Savannah DIY Gallery Art Pad at home, but didn't realize that my new planner matched perfectly with it! I finally noticed, and now I can have my craft room match my planner! How fun! This rustic theme is so beautiful with the script fonts, floral, wood grain, and the foil details. It reminds me of being back home at mom's house in the middle of the country! I think that's why this planner spoke to me.
I love that the Happy Planners have a first "hello" page. It's like your planner is welcoming you back for more planning! As you open up to the first page, you start to notice the color scheme of purples, peach, oranges, and pinks with black lettering. I felt like a pop of gold would finish off this front page so I added my name using the gold foil alphas & words mambiSTICKS pack. Perfect touch, don'tcha think?
This page is one of my favorites in this planner. It has a "currently" section where you can write down what your reading, what your crafting, where your going? So you can look back and see how you changed throughout the year. It also has a spot to list the birthday and important dates occurring that month along with your goals. I just love the script font used on this page. When the month is over I might go back and add a pocket page in front of the divider and insert a few photos from that month!
As I was flipping through this planner and I reached a monthly spread, that script sang to me. It is so clean and pretty. I really like that the view of the month has simple colors and isn't too busy. I usually put birthdays, appointments, special events, photo shoots, and fun 'National Holidays' on this spread, then when this month comes I will go to the weeks and plug in all the info. One element that I wish this planner had but the 'Be Bright' planner has, is the fun 'National Holidays' already written in the month. I think this is such a fun way to have extra things to celebrate for! The beginning of every year I make my list of the days that I want to make sure that I do something for that specific day, such as making a pizza on National Pizza Day!
The very top reason I chose this planner is because of the way the weekly spread looks like. I like layouts that are very clean and simple so when I want to add my own details such as washi tape, stickers or color combinations, it won't look too messy. I like that the numbers and days of the weeks at the top are black and in a simple font. I also like that the weekend boxes have a shaded color to them so the weekend plans stick out. I like that the 'morning, afternoon, evening' text is removed because I don't necessarily plan that way. I use the top box to write my work schedule, any birthdays or appointments, and holidays. This is the first box I look at so this is for all the important information. The second box I use for my To-Dos. I list all the tasks I need to get done that day here. The bottom box is for either more tasks, a fun motivational sticker or quote, or things I have to do that day but isn't as important. I really like celebrating for holidays such as Christmas or Halloween in my planner by decorating with stickers and washi tape but this planner isn't really set up, color wise, for holidays. I loved the simplicity of the inner pages so much so I had to give that up. With the pages being so clean and simple though, I don't see it being a problem for me when I go in and add my decorations.
The overall style and feel of this planner, if you didn't already notice by the amount of times I used the words 'clean' and 'simple', IS clean and simple. But the floral detailing makes it elegant and beautiful.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Keep the HOP going by heading over to mambi Design Team member Thuy Bui's blog at >> http://www.heythuy.com << to see which Happy Planner™ she's got her hands on!