We are so excited to share our next edition of the ongoing series, “Planner-preneur”. Here, we share an inside look at people from our community that have poured all their creativity and inspiration into a “planner-related” entrepreneurial venture. This time we are talking to Ana Mazuera of @xo__fromana.
Ana has been in love with all things art since she was a child. In 2016, she discovered the planner community and has been merging her love of both ever since. She creates all types art inside her planner and has opened a sticker shop so others can decorate their planners with her art as well. Her signature character, ANi, is becoming a well-loved favorite and has been seen around the community in collabs and swag.
Here, Ana shares some of her journey with us and she is only just getting started:
Q: Do you think of yourself as more of an artist, a planner or both?
A: I am an artist first. Absolutely! Everyone says “I was drawing before I could walk”. My happy place was a corner behind my grandparent’s sofa with my papers and my crayons drawing and creating. In high school, I was always rushing to an art class and I spent all my free time working on projects, mixed media, acrylic painting and black and white photography. I have loved stationery all my life! Planning found me the summer of 2016. I was following a digital artist with her #planner and that hashtag lead me down the rabbit hold. It took about a month to gather my materials (a cheap lined journal, a pencil and some color pencils). I didn’t think it would amount to much but I wanted to try. I created @bujo_fromana and fell in love with the community. I decorated the pages of volumes 1 & 2 (I call my journals volumes) mostly with doodles from IG and Pinterest that inspired me.
Q: Can you tell us about the character ANi and why you created her?
A: Among the doodles in my volumes 1 & 2, you can see when and where ANi got her start. You can see how she went a little darker and I started developing her hair. But, it wasn’t until I found myself at a craft store with my girls (now 6 & 8 years old) looking for mermaids that “looked like us” as my little said, that ANi really came to be. We have big curly hair and we are proud of it but it wasn’t available at the store. I looked her in the eye and told her to pick something else or we could draw one at home. She grabbed my hand and said lets go! We drew ANi as she exists now, with freckles, big hair, short legs and the big lashes. The name came much later when I was ready to share her as a “product”. My mom has always called me Annie but I was worried I had see other characters with that name so my sister came up with the phonetic spelling “ANi”
Q: Can you tell us about “Coffee Break” and some of the other content you have been working on or sharing?
A: After studying sociology in college, I was left with a lot of questions about community and people in general. At first, I got the idea to create a “show” where I would interview planner moms with different age children and ask them the same five questions. I started with friends and then branched out to the community. I still have a few unaired episodes so it will be back on YouTube in the future. Then “Coffee Break”, one of a million ideas from my planner bestie Shaniece from @thesleeplessplanner, got started. Although we have never met in real life, we have spoken virtually everyday for the past year and half. One day, we thought maybe the people that follow us would think it was fun to join our conversations. So we filmed an intro and today we filmed episode ten – it’s crazy! People can tune in on Instagram on Thursdays at 12pm EST, watch for an hour, chime in the chat or watch the replay on YouTube. They listen to our chat and watch what ever artsy thing came to mind that week. I am also part of an amazing mixed media journal challenge, called #take5art, (with Shaniece) that includes twelve ladies from all around the world. We all use the same five prompts, create and share our process video at the same time on the last day of each month. It is an amazing creative workout! I love it and I am so proud to be a part of it.
Q: You have a Patreon as well, can you tell us about some of the things you are doing with it?
A: Patreon (oh boy) is only in the crawling stages. So, there is a little bit of everything in there. I have six tiers ranging from $1 – $20. I try to film and share daily little updates for lens (like IG stories minus the handsfree and filter features). I share journal sneak peaks, the current ANi that I am working on and I like to post surprise printables as well. There is a bi-weekly podcast tier, a cute Besties flat mail and I have recently added the monthly sub kit.
Q: What are you excited about creating right now? Are there any new collabs coming soon?
A: I recently decided to join the weekly planner kit craze. It took me a while to offer kits because I love stickers but I also LOVE watercoloring in my hobo weeks. After I had enough people ask how do you do that and would you sell it. I decided to figured it out and now I have a few kits for sale in the shop. From there, the monthly sub kit idea came about and that’s my current priority. I am always open to collaborating and I am always joking with friends about ANi needing friends. I was so honored and encouraged after the success of the Teenie TN that I created for The 1407 Planners. That was so cool! I have a few secret projects for 2020 that I can’t share right now but I’m busting at the seams! And I promise to share as soon as I can.
Q: For 2019, you have shared that “getting out” was a goal. What has it been like interacting with the planner community and would you like to continue doing more in 2020? Perhaps, even teach a workshop?
A: I made “grow” my word of the year for 2019. As in, grow my company, my skill set and my community. I interact with hundreds of people everyday through a screen. Last year, I was so upset with myself because I felt stuck in my own rules so I bought a ticket for the NYCPAS Masquerade event. Even though I felt awkward and scared, I was there and I had a great time and made so many real life friends. I didn’t let my social anxiety keep me home so I rewarded myself with a few more events, like 1407 PlannerJam in Ohio and the SPC Planner Party in Texas. It’s been amazing meeting people that not only recognize me but ANi as well. I have a few planner events already lined up for 2020 including the Chicago Planner Conference in February, which will be amazing! ANi will be at more events than me because I will continue sponsoring swag for the community. I think I would loose my mind if anyone ever asked me to do a workshop. But if it makes sense, I would totally be honored to give it a go!
Ana’s story is definitely inspiring to us all. We can’t wait to see what’s to come! Be sure to follow Ana on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube or Patreon.
The Haul List – Gift Giving Edition is here! The holiday season is the perfect time to spread some extra planner love. We have put together a handy guide of goodies to help check all the planner friends off your list. Whether your shopping for a newbie or expert, these gifts are sure to delight. Everything from the latest books to well-loved staples, there is something for any planning style. Wrapped up alone, in a bundle or stuffed in a stocking – #plannergiftsmakethebestgifts.
Neutral & Minimal
- Original Patent Organizer in Nude by Filofax
- Weekly Vertical Inserts by Cloth & Paper
- Dual Brush Pens in Grayscale by Tombow
- When Less Becomes More by Emily Ley
Crafty & Colorful
- Stay Sweet Watercolor Palette by Amy Tangerine
- Ivy Photo Printer by Canon
- Mildliner Double Ended Highlighter by Zebra Pens
- Mega Value Pack Sticker Books by The Happy Planner
Goals & Productivity
- 2020 Power Sheets by Cultivate What Matters
- Planner Folio by Plum Paper
- Notepads by Start Planner
- The Joy Of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton
Gratitude & Journaling
- Gratitude Journal and On The Go Folio by Erin Condren
- Crystal Vibes Dot Grid A5 Notebook by Archer & Olive
- Mono Drawing Pens by Tombow
- Memory Planner Stencils by Heidi Swapp
We are so excited to share our next “#PlannerCRUSH”! In this series we share the planning style of someone in our community that we just can’t get enough of. We are talking about scrolling the IG feed and binge watching all the PWMs. Each time, we will feature a clue along with a few planner pics to see if you can recognize our #plannercrush? Here goes:
Her bujo-inspired Happy Planner spreads are filled with endless creativity…
Rochelle of @plansbyrochelle
Known for her #happyplannerbujo spreads, Rochelle continues to inspire us with each layout. She can work magic with dot grid filler sheets and make any planner spread her own. We just love her combination of creativity and functionality in her planner. And, those seasonal Pinterest inserts give us all the feels every time.
Follow her @plansbyrochelle on Instagram and YouTube
WONTON UPON A TIME, THERE LIVED A GROUP OF DIM SUM WHO CALLED THEMSELVES THE DIM SUM STEAM TEAM. THEY WERE THE BEST OF FRIENDS, AND EVERY YEAR, THEY HOSTED A HUGE BALL IN NEW YORK CITY TO CELEBRATE THE DAY THEIR MERRY BAND CAME TO BE!
The Steam Team, as they are affectionately known, are the creation of Cynthia from the beloved sticker shop Wonton In A Million. For the past four years, her shop anniversary celebrations have been a fun way for planner friends to come together, visit Chinatown, eat delicious dim sum and party.
This year’s event did not disappoint. The fairy tale themed celebration was a feast of creativity from the decor, to the tables, to the menu and more. Table sponsors selected their favorite stories to bring to life with colorful centerpieces, amazing table settings and so much swag! Here are a few highlights….
- Swan Princess by Peach Pom
- Aladdin by Naysharie Designs
- Trolls by Bubba Bear Studios
- Alice In Wonderland by Oh Hello Co
- Snow White by Sugary Gal Shop
- Wizard Of Oz by NYC Planner Addicts
- Peter Pan by Let’s Make It Sparkle
- VaneloPEA by The Queen Pea
- Nutcracker by Couture Pens
- Beauty And The Beast by Once More With Love
Cynthia welcomed guests and shared that she is writing a children’s book based on her adorable Steam Team characters. We all can’t wait to see her bring it to life – stay tuned for more details on that coming soon.
After chatting and using chopsticks, it was time for the costume contest and dance party to begin. Attendees dressed up as fairy tale characters in groups or solo to honor their favorite stories. And, Steamie, Suey and Wonton opened up the dance floor for the night.
It was so much fun to celebrate with Cynthia and the Steam Team. Can’t wait to see what’s coming next year!
The new collection of 2020 planners from Whitney English is beautifully designed with sophisticated details and intentional interior pages. The overall mission is to recognize that life has many seasons, each of which may benefit from a different planning system. This new format was created to help you live a more balanced life through goal setting and list making.
The three cover styles, English Chintz, Signature Stripe and Block Print Paisley have a real authentic vintage feel. The cover itself is a vegan leatherette with gold foil stamped details and book style binding. The hard cover wraps around the interior spiral bound pages for a polished look. The inside cover has an interior accordion pocket for spacious storage.
- English Chintz
- Signature Stripe
- Block Print Paisley
The planners have a subtle and muted color palette with a nod to timeless style and design. Each one is made by hand allowing for its own distinct look and feel. They are all packaged in coordinating book style storage cases for extra protection and convenient display on any bookshelf.
The interior pages have a vellum finish and are unique and very well thought out. There are monthly spreads and weekly spreads, both of which have a Monday start. The Week On One Page format features the week on the left hand side and lists divided into four sections on the right hand side. It is perfect for people that love to use list making as part of their planning style. All the pages are numbered and can be referenced in the index section (similar to bullet journal style) included in the back of the planner. This keeps all your information easily accessible.
Each of the planners also includes the HEART goals framework in the upfront pages as well as on the monthly dividers. This helps you stay on track with your goal setting and make adjustments and progress throughout the year. HEART is an acronym for the five life segments.
H – help yourself (sleep, nutrition, water, exercise)
E– empower yourself (emotionally, spiritually, intellectually)
A – all your people (connect with the people that matter)
R – resources and responsibilities (management of life ie. car, house, etc)
T – trade or career (use talents and gifts)
There are also three extra tabbed sections in the back of the planner, notes, references and index. The notes section features extra pages divided into four sections just like the weekly spread. There is even a guide of 93 ideas for lists to keep in your planner included in the section. The reference section is meant to hold information that is frequently referred to and needs to be kept on hand. The index section is a three column format that allows you to categorize information by topic and page number to refer back to it easily.
The collection also includes coordinating A5 style notebooks that fit into the inside pocket. This Week On One Page is the first of other formats to come. An academic version will be coming in the Spring of 2020 as well as other new products. The planners and notebooks are available exclusively on the Whitney English website.