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ShopFINDS – Journal Cards

ShopFINDS – Journal Cards

ShopFINDS is our ongoing series that features some of the latest products we love coming from our amazing shop owner community.

Give us all the inspirational quotes, motivational mantras and encouraging words! Yes, we are talking about journal cards. Designed in all shapes and sizes, from perfect squares, to mini rectangles to circles, hexagons and even teardrops, shop owners have been creating so many beautiful options to compliment your planner. These bits of inspiration are a great way to add some deco while still keeping things simple and minimal.  They are also a budget friendly way to update and refresh your planner set up throughout the year. Let’s take a look at some of the latest designs offered by the shop owner community.

FANCY PLANS CO. (@fancyplans)

Fancy Plans Co
Fancy Plans Co
Fancy Plans Co

WILDLY NOTES (@wildlynoted)

Wildly Noted Journal Cards
Wildly Noted Journal Cards
Wildly Noted Journal Card

THE PLANNER SPOT (@theplannerspot)

The Planner Spot Journal Card
The Planner Spot Journal Card
The Planner Spot Journal Card

SESSA VEE (@sessavee)

Sessa Vee Journal Card
Sessa Vee Journal Card
Sessa Vee Journal Cards

POI & HUN (@poiandhun)

Poi & Hun Journal Card
Poi & Hun Journal Cards
Poi & Hun Journal Cards

TULLE & TWINE CO. (@tulleandtwineco)

Tulle & Twine
Tulle & Twine
Tulle & Twine

PLANNER PRESS (@plannerpress) 

Planner Press
Planner Press
Planner PRess

SEQUINS & PAPER (@sequinsandpaper)

Sequins & Paper
Sequins & Paper
Sequins & Paper

Tori Artis Planners – An Interview with Tori

Tori Artis Planners – An Interview with Tori

We are so excited to share our next “Planner-preneur” with you!  In this ongoing series, 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 month we are talking to Tori Artis, founder of @toriartisplanners.

Tori Artis Planenrs

Tori had a passion for art and creating from a young age. After buying her first “real” planner as a freshman in college, she fell in love with planning but couldn’t find the right planner to fit her style. So, she decide to create her own that would combine her love of colorful art and productivity. Being a planner herself, she knew that staying consistent can be a challenge so she wanted to provide a product that was easy and fun to use. She wanted her planners to be unique and not require a lot of time adding stickers and washi to make them cute. Being based in Texas, Tori also wanted to support local small business, so she teamed up with a local illustrator and printer and got to work. Her vision was to create a design that could work for all women and help them feel inspired and motivated. Tori is extremely hands on and works on every aspect of the business from layout designs and cover illustrations to assembly, coiling and shipping herself out of her home garage. It is truly a passion and labor of love for her. 

 

We talked to Tori about being an entrepreneur and building a planner company/brand from the ground up. Take a listen to our chat below:

PRO PLANNERS 

Tori Artis Planners are handmade with love by Tori herself. The Pro Planners feature twelve dated monthly spreads with weekly vertical spreads. Each month has its own unique colorway that is the same in all the planners. However, there are customization options that help you create a planner that is unique to you. There are over 30 one-of-a-kind illustrated covers to choose from. All the covers can be personalized and are removable making it easy to switch up the design plus there are fun add on pages/sections and accessories. The planners feature 80 lb. quality paper with 100 lb. divider pages and the vertical columns are 2″ wide (not the usual 1.5″). Additionally the metal coils come in three color options (silver, gold, rose gold) and can be upgraded in size to accommodate extra pages.

 

The dated 2021 Pro Planners were a complete success! Tori is currently working on new designs and products for the 2021/22 academic year release coming this spring/summer. You can join the newsletter to be notified.

Tori Artis Planners
Tori Artis Planners
Tori Artis Planners
Tori Artis Planners
Tori Artis Planners
Tori Artis Planners

ADD ON PAGES & ACCESSORIES 

Tori Artis Planners can be customized to work for you and fit your unique style. A great way to do this is with add on pages/sections. She offers three different add on sections including business, travel and finance plus an option to add extra dot grid note pages as well. You can also choose your coil color from silver, gold or rose gold. Another way to make your planner your own is with fun accessories such as the coiled-in vinyl pouch and colorful keychains (handmade by @tutudesignsco) that clip easily onto the coil.

Tori Artis Planners
Tori Artis Planners
Tori Artis Planners
Tori Artis Planners
Tori Artis Planners
Tori Artis Planners

STATIONERY 

In addition to planners, Tori has expanded into personalized stationery, calendars, notepads and journals. The products feature the same fun, colorful art that is found in many of the planners but can be personalized as well. The journals are coiled and the notepads come in a few sizes. Take a look below: 

Tori Artis Planners
Tori Artis Planners
Tori Artis Planners
Tori Artis Planners
Tori Artis Planners
Tori Artis Planners

SUBSCRIPTION BOX 

Tori also launched her first subscription box this winter, which sold out. She collabed with several shops to create a box filled with different products that are fun and functional. The boxes will be released quarterly throughout the year and the next one is already in the works. 

Tori Artis Planners

In her rare free time, Tori is a photographer and works with young girls/teens and women taking pictures that help them find confidence and inner beauty. She loves to travel and uses that to inspire her art and design.

To stay up to date on all things Tori Artis Planners and for more information on the next planner or subscription box release, follow along at:  

Website

Instagram

 

 

#PlannerCRUSH – February

#PlannerCRUSH – February

We are so excited to share our latest “#PlannerCRUSH” with you! 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:

 

CLUE: Planning over perfection…

 

Planner Crush Feb 2021
Planner Crush Feb 2021
Planner Crush Feb 2021
Planner Crush Feb 2021
Planner Crush Feb 2021
Planner Crush Feb 2021

ANSWER: Rebeca @myimperfectplanner

 

Rebeca jumped into planning when she got married 13 years ago by making a to do list everyday. When she moved to the U.S., she discovered the bujo community on Pinterest and YouTube. But once she found stickers and The Happy Planner, her planner journey really took off. Planning became a way for her to not only manage her time and tasks but also have a creative outlet that she really enjoyed. Rebeca is a true fan of The Happy Planner and the flexibility of discbound planning. She loves making colorful spreads, using all the stickers, rearranging pages and sharing them on social media. Plus having positive quotes and affirmations on her pages reminds her that we can all achieve whatever we want. Even if your planner isn’t perfect, just keep on planning!

For more inspiration, follow Rebeca on Instagram and YouTube.

Behind The Shop: Sticker Guru

Behind The Shop: Sticker Guru

Behind The Shop is an ongoing series that features our talented and devoted shop owner community. Each time, we talk one-on-one with a shop owner/s to hear first hand what shop life is all about. Whether it’s a new shop that just came onto the scene or a popular community favorite – we want to share more about their journeys and stories with you. 

Sticker Guru

Sticker Guru is the sticker and stationery shop run by the dynamic sister duo, Lisa & Lucy Zhou. Based in California, the shop was started in 2016 by Lisa, while she was a senior in high school. The stickers very quickly became a favorite among stationery addicts and planners. One year later (2017), her sister Lucy came on board to help with marketing and daily operations. Sticker Guru specializes in hand-made foiled stickers that add pops of color and pretty touches to your planner as well as other stationery items and accessories. In addition, they design and offer a monthly subscription box filled with happy mail goodies sure the delight any paper or planner lover.

 

Sticker Guru has grown into a popular brand in the planner community and recently celebrated its five year shop anniversary. Since finishing their degrees, Lisa and Lucy are both able to devote all their time to developing beautiful, fun products and expanding the Sticker Guru brand.  We had a chance to talk one-on-one with Lucy and discuss all things Sticker Guru and shop owner life.

 

Take a listen to our chat below:

THE STICKERS 

Sticker Guru
Sticker Guru
Sticker Guru
Sticker Guru
Sticker Guru
Sticker Guru

BEYOND THE STICKERS 

Lisa and Lucy recently accomplished a huge goal with the launch of their first planner, “Big Plans”. It is a beautiful A5 Wide size planner with one year of monthly and weekly spreads plus note pages. The planner is designed with simple vertical layouts on dot grid pages to combine the structure of a vertical planner with the flexibility of a bullet journal. The paper is amazing 120 gsm on a rose gold wire-o coil with a rose gold foil cover.

 

The fun stationery items designed and sold in their shop include journaling cards, pens, washi and sticky notes. They are even expanding into apparel with cozy sweatshirts and more to come.

Sticker Guru
Sticker Guru Planner
Sticker Guru Planner
Sticker Guru Apparel
Sticker Guru Washi Tape

ASIAN GIRL SQUAD COLLAB SALE 

To celebrate Lunar New Year this year, Lisa & Lucy wanted to do something special. They created the first Asian shop owners collab sale, called Asian Girl Squad. The sale is taking place this weekend, from Friday, February 12 – Sunday, February 14th and will feature twelve different Asian owned shops. Each shop will offer a special discount ranging from 15% – 25% off during the sale with a special code. Here is a look at the shops included in the sale:

Sticker Guru - Asian Girl Squad Sale
 
 
Be sure to follow Sticker Guru, Lisa and Lucy have recently started a fun and informative “behind the scenes” series on their social accounts that gives a peek inside their days as shop owners.
 

Planner’s Guide – Embracing A Planning Style

Planner’s Guide – Embracing A Planning Style

Whether you are a new planner or a long-time enthusiast, embracing a style can have a big impact on your planning journey.  From minimal to all out “no white space”, the way we set up our planner is what keeps us coming back every day and every week. Using stickers, washi, highlighters and page flags make it all the more enjoyable. There is just something magical about having a sticker stand out on the page that can motivate you to do the most mundane tasks (#laundryday or #trashday). Plus it’s a great way to help make your planner your own and really have it work for you. But if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the options or just wanted to try a new aesthetic, we’ve got you covered.

 

Here is a guide, which includes popular styles, inspirational spreads plus a few suggested shops and hastags, to get you started:

Embrace Your Planning Style Minimal
Embrace Your Planning Style Minimal

MINIMAL STYLE

Minimal planning has definitely grown in popularity in the planner community recently. Maybe it’s the more simple and clean layouts that make this style so appealing. But so many planners have jumped on the bandwagon and adopted a more minimal aesthetic entirely or at least in their line up. A minimal planning style usually focuses on less deco and more pen with mini icon stickers, translucent stickers or flags and muted highlighting.  It has more of a “back to basics” approach that gives the feeling of a fresh start each day.

Suggested shops: Paper Panduh, Caffeine and Paper Co., Let’s Make It Sparkle, Sweet Caress, Cloth & Paper, The Planner Spot, May Paper Co.

Suggested #s: #minimalplanner, #minimalplanning, #ringplanner, #a5rings, #a5planner, #ringboundplanner, #personalrings, #minimalplannerspread

FUNctional STYLE 

The FUNctional style of planning is all about getting things done but with a twist. Even when you plan for function (ie. keeping track of appointments and tasks), you can still add some elements of FUN to it. Highlighting things in your spreads makes them stand out so it is easier to focus on priorities, important dates and even color code. FUNctional planning usually includes some colorful icons, washi tape/strips, colorful boxes, bright highlighters (not neon) and minimal deco. It is a great way to embrace your creative side as well.

Shop suggestions: Fancy Plans Co., Knockout Print Shop, Once More With Love, Planner Monkey, Elaine Michelle Studio, Coffee Monsters Co., Fox & Pip, Bear Necessities

Suggested #s: #functionalplanning, #functionalplanner, #functionalplanningcommunity, #functionalplans, #functionalplannerlove

Embracing Your Planning Style Functional
Embracing Your Planning Style Functional
Embracing Your Planning Style Decorative
Embracing Your Planning Style Decorative

DECORATIVE STYLE

The decorative style of planning can range from adding a few decorative accents to full “no white space” spreads. Either way, decorative planning is usually about designing your spread first and filling in your plans later (#beforethepen & #afterthepen). Layouts are typically styled so the stickers all fit a certain color scheme or theme. Decorative planning is a great creative outlet because it allows you more flexibility to design what your planner looks like on any given week. Although the deco is the focus, planning this way can still be very productive and functional for those that embrace it.

Suggested shops: Wonton In A Million, Planner Kate, Cricket Paper Co., Sweet Kawaii Designs, Krissyanne Designs, No White Space Stickers, Villabeautifful, Virgo & Paper, Goldmine & Coco, Sugary Gal Shop, Sticker Guru, IndyNIvy_Ink, Frank Hearts You

Suggested #s: #decorativeplanning, #decorativeplanner, #beforethepen, #afterthepen, #plannerstickers, #weeklyspread

The best part about embracing a planning style is that decisions become easier and your planner will serve you better. Of course, styles may change as your needs change but when you choose a lane it takes the guesswork out of planning. It can also benefit your budget because you won’t need to buy all the things.  If you use multiple planners, assigning a purpose for each planner (ie a memory planner for decorative planning) can also be extremely helpful. 

Happy planning!

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