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The Happy Planner Spring Collection is here! The new 2021 – 2022 planners and accessories release on the website today. The collection features a variety of exciting new planners in different sizes, layouts, designs and patterns and fun new accessories. This season focuses on a combination of bright colorful patterns, florals and neutral tones. Plus, we can’t forget the Disney products!
There are so many planners and goodies it can be hard to choose. We spoke with Christine Asciutto (@twinkleplansherday), from The Happy Planner Squad Mentor team to get all the details about the new launch, what are her favorites and which planners will she be using this year. Take a listen to our chat below:
The Indigo Collection includes nine new products designed in beautiful tie dye patterns with rose gold accents. There are both 18-month and 12-month planners in the big, classic and skinny classic sizes. The layouts are vertical, horizontal and dashboard plus notebooks (big and mini), stickers and a planner companion pack.
Jungle Vibes is a burst of bold colors and fun accents. It features nine new products in a variety of jungle-inspired, animal prints combined with inspirational quotes and foil details. There is a 18-month planner in big dashboard layout and classic colorblock layout (formerly student) plus a 12-month mini vertical as well as notebooks, sticker packs and a planner companion pack.
Colorful Leopard is a fresh take on the popular Wild Styled. It features six updated, colorful leopard patterns with planner sizes in big dashboard, classic vertical and skinny classic horizontal plus a guided journal, a value pack sticker book and new zip folio.
Black & White is a collection of monochromatic patterns with all the minimal feels. It features twelve products which include a 18-month big vertical and 18-month classic vertical, value pack sticker books plus so many FUNctional and interchangeable accessories.
Colorful Florals is a collection of 26 products in floral patterns that combine bright springtime colors mixed with neutral designs and some deep, rich tones. It features both 18-month and 12-month planners in big, classic, skinny classic and mini. The layouts are vertical, horizontal and dashboard plus a guided journal, value sticker packs, a planner companion pack and accessories.
Goal Tracking is a very intentional collection filled with products designed to help you achieve your goals, track your progress and reflect on the wins! It features a 18-month classic wellness planner, a 12-month mini budget planner and six new extension packs to help you take care of yourself, your home and your finances. There are also value pack sticker books and filler paper.
The Spring Faith collection has products designed to help you be purposeful in your faith. It is designed with a neutral, muted color palette with planners in a 18-month big, 18-month classic, a 12-month mini, a guided journal, notebooks, sticker packs and filler paper.
The Disney collection for spring features Mickey & Minnie products as well as new Princess products. It features new big, classic and mini planners in a combination of all the layouts. There are also value pack sticker books, large stickers, vinyl decals, filler papers, extension packs, metallic discs and more. It is filled with fun from all of these beloved characters.
CHRISTINE’S FAVORITE ACCESSORIES
We are so excited for this release! Head to our Instagram and let us know in the comments, what’s your favorite design and what’s on your shopping list.
Are you still on the struggle bus when it comes to goals? March is here and the end of quarter one is on the horizon. If you haven’t started making progress (even if it’s small) towards your goals for 2021, it’s time to reevaluate, reset and recommit. We all know there are so many roadblocks, mental barriers, expectations and just life, that can stand between us and achieving our goals. So it may seem tempting to just give up and convince yourself it wasn’t the right time or the right goal. But the truth is, stepping outside that comfort zone and establishing the routines and habits that will get there is hard work.
We know how great it is to have someone in your corner, cheering you on along the way. That’s why we teamed up with Plan With Laur and Bloom Daily Planners to giveaway access to the Recommit To Your Goals Bundle & Live Workshop plus a 2021 Bloom Vision Planner.
RECOMMIT TO YOUR GOALS
Recommit To Your Goals is a workbook bundle created by Plan With Laur (Lauren Ladouceur) in collaboration with Bloom Daily Planners. It is designed to be a step-by-step guide that walks you through the process of getting on track with your goals. The workbook features a series of printables which help you set realistic expectations, remember your “why”, create an ideal week and more.
In addition to the workbook, Lauren will be hosting a live workshop (via Zoom) on Sunday, March 7th to review the bundle as well as address some common roadblocks and necessary mindset shifts that need to take place to achieve your goals. The workbook and workshop can be purchased individually or together plus there is replay access to the workshop so you can revisit at any point during the year. Check out the video below for all the details
BLOOM 2021 VISION PLANNER
The Vision Planner from Bloom Daily Planners is designed to help you achieve your biggest goals. It is a beautiful vertical planner with monthly and weekly layouts plus so much more. The guided planning style provides prompts to help you plan a roadmap for all areas of your life (ie. personal growth, relationships, health & fitness, family/home, finance, work/school). It includes 20 goal setting and life coaching pages as well as monthly vision boards to help you focus and manifest your goals.
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 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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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 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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
Back in December, you set some goals for 2021 – but now what? There seems to be an abundance of resources for setting goals and not enough for following through on them. January is almost over and maybe you are feeling overwhelmed already or wondering how to make progress on the goals you set for yourself. The fact of the matter is most people give up on their goals by mid-February. Goals take work, all kinds of work. The kind of work that makes you focus inward and determine what’s important and the hard work it takes to follow through and finish them.
So where do you start? How do you break them down into actionable steps? How do you know which ones to prioritize? How do you hold yourself accountable? How do you pace yourself so you don’t burn out? All of these are important questions and a huge part of making sure you are successful in your goals journey.
We talked with Laken Edwards from @planwithlaken to tackle some of these challenges that come up and stop us from working towards our goals. Laken shares her experience, expertise and tips for actually achieving your goals. Take a listen to our conversation below:
TIPS FROM LAKEN
➡️ Decide what you will prioritize and focus on this year
➡️ Progress happens when you celebrate the little wins and milestones along the way
➡️ Accountability is found when you determine what you need to keep going
➡️ Invest in yourself if it will help you achieve your goals
➡️ Take action, get started and follow through
➡️ Rest is important and necessary
BE INTENTIONAL & TRACKING
The best way to stay focused and achieve your goals is to be intentional with your time and track your progress. Writing your goals down and putting pen to paper makes them seem more real. It can also help with holding you accountable. We all love to check things off, right. There are many tools you can use, the two Laken mentioned are the MäksēLife Goal Planner and the Power Sheets Goal Planner. Here are a few pictures to show you how she is being intentional and tracking her goals this year.
ACCELERATE YOUR GOALS
Laken has launched an online course called Accelerate Your Goals, which starts February 1st, to give you tools you need to overcome some of the challenges and road blocks that stop you from achieving your goals. She shared some of the course details in a recent YouTube video on her channel, check it out below.