the art of planning


I love order. I love to have a plan and yes, I still write things down on paper and not just on my iphone, much to the dismay of my mr.

I really wish I could be a spur of the moment type of gal, but I'm far too much of a perfectionist/analyst to be her. I'm learning to accept that this is who I am. In fact, I have full on embraced it! SO I thought, "surely there must be other girls out there like me!" right? if you do exist, then this post is for you. or better yet, if you are the complete opposite and hope to someday be the girl with the plan, this too can be a good read for you! If you're neither, then feel free to parouse past posts. Moving on.

I enjoy making lists, especially when they have to do with all things creative, such as the blog, shop or design. I am constantly dreaming up new ideas and find that if I don't write them down they will disappear into a far off land never to return again, so I haaave to write them down! While I was at my favorite antique shop, I came across this cute little planner/notebook/binder that I knew I had to have. Why? Because it was a dollar, it was lilac, and it was only a dollar. Did I mention it was a dollar? I love a deal. So I bought it and knew it had potential of becoming my dream keeper; like a trapper keeper, but fancier. obviously.

Today I had enough time to gather all of my scrapbook-y things (yes, that's a word) and do a little makeover on the little dream keeper. It looks a little something like this now...







I made four dividers out of craft paper and added little tabs so I could section them off. My tabs include Posts, DIY, Shop, & Design. These are four areas that I am constantly coming up with ideas for, but you could obviously choose whichever best suit you.  I used washi tape to liven up the tabs a bit before I wrote on them. Behind each divider, I added blank white sheets of paper that I cut and hole punched myself. easy enough. I used a few of the sheets of papers that were already in it when I bought it as well; cause they seemed useful. The planner also came with tons of business card holders. Like at least 50 more sheets of them than I'm actually using. I thought they would work to hold some pretty extra things for inspiration. In the back I thought it would be nice to have some loose leaf paper; in case I need to write something that doesn't necessarily pertain to any of the four sections. So I took an envelope, hole punched it and put the extra sheets in. I decided to put a little sticker to hold the flap down securely, but I'm sure it would've been fine without it. I threw in a mini notebook, for extra note-taking situations and a little bookmark to help keep my place. It makes it real easy to dream up pretty things when I have a pretty thing to write it all down in^_^ Hope you have fun creating your own dream keeper!!



xo.
Melisa