Sunday, July 22, 2018

Letter Board

The past couple of years I have seen SUPER cute letter boards all over my Facebook feed during the holidays.  For my birthday this last year I was gifted a Joann's gift card and was SO excited to finally purchase one of my own.  Okay, I lied.. I actually purchased 2. I purchased the tall one for in the kitchen and the smaller one for my office.  (I have since then purchased one more for school.. and the several different letters)

This is in reference to the Meat Loaf song I Would Do Anything for Love

This is the smaller one that will stay in my office. 

I am sure that there are tons of brands out there, but I am suing DCWV.  You can find it at Joann's and Michaels.  Each board came with 188 characters (I believe that these both came with white letters) I purchased a white board for school which came with black letters.  I discovered 2 things very quickly...
1. If I want to write longer quotes, I needed more than what came with the package.
2. I needed to keep them organized! That is a LOT of letters.

I found containers at Michaels in the jewelry section.  All of these are plastic pieces that pop into the main letter board.  Not only can you purchase letters, but you can also purchase words and icons.
The organizer for school.

All of the words that I have so far, this is something that I need to get organized better

All the various icons. I have them sorted by the different packets they came in.

I love this organizer! Although the boards came with white letters, I also purchased a pinkish set and also a mint set. I have these sorted by letters only.

The stash before it was completely organized.

Unboxing all the goodies that I ordered from Joann's that I couldn't find in the store. You can find the live Facebook video here.

I have spent at TON of time pinning different quotes that I would like to add to the letter board.  Now.. not all of them are school appropriate, see the one above about wine and dinner being a winner. I have 3 boards I have created.  One for ideas, one that I have completed, and ones that are school appropriate.  You can find my Pinterest board here.

I have purchased DCWV from Joann's both in the store and online.   They are also available at Michaels, Target and Amazon.

I am just found this cuteness from Heidi Swapp and will be checking to see if it will work on my letterboards that I have.

I plan to change the one in the kitchen weekly.  It is time consuming, but I have also enjoyed changing it out weekly.  The one my office, I probably will not change as often and will more than likely be more motivational (or about wine)

Do you have a letter board?  I am excited to use this in the library for advertisement for events, book quotes, or motivational quotes.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Memory Planning

Instagram has become one of my new favorite platform for social media.  Don't get me wrong, I am still an avid Facebook user.. I use Twitter  and follow people on Snapchat.. but I LOVE Instagram.

I follow some GREAT creative people such as Lisa Johnson who has some of the most creative bullet journaling and note taking photos.  Carrie is always posting some of the coolest sketchnoting techniques and challenges.  These are just a couple.  I am continually inspired by SO many people!

I had been watching Heather at Kellofaplan  and oh my goodness! The things she does with a Happy Planner is AWESOME! One of the ones that intrigued me, however, was that of Memory Planning.  I use Erin Condren Life Planner as my regular planner, but I loved the idea of a Memory Planner.  I of course love taking pictures.. so I thought a Memory Planner would be fun.  I added it to my summer bucket list.  My plan was to begin at the beginning of June, but because of the move, I had to start a couple of weeks later.

I now have a weekly Memory Planning day, and I LOVE it.  I have been using the Memory Planner as a type of scrapbook.  Even better, since I am doing this weekly it makes me really look at all of the things that happened during the week.  It has also reminded me that even little things make a difference in the story that we have.  I am attaching links to where I purchased products within the caption for the picture.

I purchased this Memory Planner at Michaels

There are so many sticker books available. I realize as I start using these, that I want to add more to my collection! 

@notechef4u recommended Sharpie Art Pen Markers, and they are perfect for my memory planning.

The Happy Planner Paper Punch
I didn't think I would use this, but I have LOVED using it!  It was a great purchase.  I have been able to add invitations, announcements, and other odds and ends into my weekly memory planning. Thanks @Kellofaplan for the recommendation. 

I have found that my memory planning is much more listing and sort of a simple blogging.  I do love looking at all of the people that have beautiful font handwriting, but I don't know if my handwriting skills are ever going to get there. That doesn't make me want to stop though! I love the memories that I have already put down on paper.
The beginning of the month spread. I like that I can add important dates to the calendar.

A weekly spread. This was my very first one that I did for the first of June.

I love that I can use it for reminders that I do know how to cook and also the books that I have read.

I love the last page of the month as it asks for favorite memories of the month.

You can buy a specific printer for the pictures, but I follow Kellofaplan's printing hack. I use the app on my phone and send them to CVS (through another app on my phone)

Having my own organized space in my office has been SO wonderful!

I LOVE my toolbox that my dad made me! It is perfect to hold all my stickers and items.

I have loved memory planning this summer, and I also love that I am already making it a weekly habit.  Some of my favorite hashtags are #happyplanner #memoryplanner #memoryplannig  there are so many great ideas out there!  Do you memory plan? Are you on Instagram?  I have also started an Instagram for my libraryland stories.. and I plan to start a Instagram for my NEW job next year.. a middle school librarian!