I'm pleased to share our new monthly planner feature from Lexi Daly! This will be replacing the Moments Inked newsletter that we previously published. Lexi is an innovative and dedicated planner user and she has so much to share!
Hello! Welcome to my first monthly guest post as the new Moments Inked Planner Ambassador! I’ve really enjoyed getting back into paper planning with the Moments Inked line over the last couple of years, incorporating stamping into my weekly plans, and even creating printed add-ins. So when Nichole asked me to take on this new position, I was really excited and ready to tackle it. From everyday use to new stamp sets and printables, I look forward to sharing both old and new products to help us all keep our planners both fun and functional!
With a new schedule of Papertrey Ink blog events rolling out this year, I thought it would be nice to start off with a printable dashboard dedicated to keeping track of everything so you don’t miss a single inspirational moment. I created two versions depending on how you might use it – one, to fit the full page binder die, and another to fit the note page binder die, both from the Moments Inked: Binder Page Die Collection.
For my planner, I've chosen to go with the smaller size dashboard to move from one month to the next, but you could use the larger size and create a whole section complete with lined and graph paper refills for wish lists, card layouts, and color ideas. Simply download the pdf, print on a standard sheet of card stock at 100%, fit the appropriate die within the guidelines to cut, and then decorate as you wish – although the schedule is so full of goodness that there’s not a lot of room to decorate on the front! I suggest going for it on the back and adding a wish list post it (or two or four!) for release day.
In addition to the new schedule, we also have two new Moments Inked stamp sets debuting this month, both created to coordinate with the existing Moments Inked: Boxed Die Collection. The die collection was created to fit the various spaces on the planner and is great for creating stickers that fit into those spaces or help divide the larger column into smaller spaces for checklists, events, etc.
I’ve often used them to create day phrases or decorative elements which led me to design the two new sets, Moments Inked: Day by Day and Moments Inked: Day by Day Blocks. I love incorporating silly phrases to break up the to do's and scheduled events – not only do they make me smile, but they are great for adding a pop of fun and color. Fun and color make me a happy planner!
While there are many stamp sets to create phrases that will continue to be useful for a few one-offs and holidays, I’m so excited to have a set of perfect-fit daily phrases to scatter throughout my weekly spreads. There are several options for each day of the week and a few that aren’t day-specific. Some may get used almost every week (Happy Hump Day!) and others when specifically planned (Taco Tuesday!) or rotated throughout the weeks for variety (TGIF or Fri-yay?). Choices make me happy too!
And Moments Inked: Day by Day Blocks? Well, as you can probably guess, it is a set of pattern block images created to fit the Boxed Dies for a perfect pop of pattern and color – check out the dots behind my quote and the starburst behind Fri-yay! Use them separately or layered behind a phrase or other image as I have. The sky is the limit! Of course, there are great card opportunities with both of these new sets. But this is getting long, so I’ll save that for a few countdown posts on my blog.
I hope you’re as excited about the new Moments Inked stamps and this new monthly blog feature as I am! Until next month…
Lexi has shared so many clever ways to add color and style to your planner, making planning a fun, creative process rather than drudgery. For today's anniversary challenge, we want you to take on another part of paper crafting that you might see as drudgery, and that is actually getting a card in the mail! Your challenge is to create a new card for someone in your life who could use a little cheering up this week. While you have your supplies out, put as much time into the envelope as you do the card. Perhaps create your own envelope out of a heavier cardstock or watercolor paper. Paint it, ink it, stamp it, brayer it, color it, doodle on it…whatever you are inspired to do, just do it! If you need inspiration, check out all the altered envelopes on Pinterest! Use a unique method to add the address to your envelope. Calligraphy, alphabet stamps, letter stickers, labels, just to name a few. Really have fun with this and make the envelope just as fun to make as the card!
1. Create a new project that includes a card with coordinating altered envelope. And mail it!
2. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product.
3. Upload a photo of your project to your blog, Instagram, online gallery or any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).
4. Add the direct link to your project on our InLinkz list below.
5. ONLY ONE PROJECT ENTRY PER PERSON PLEASE!
6. And/or you can leave a comment here to be eligible to win. Do you use the Moments Inked Basic Planner of Meal Planner? Or do you use another brand of planner? What types of things would you like to see included in this new monthly feature? What area of planning do you struggle with and would like tips on? (Just click the small "comments" link beside the date in the footer of this post. If you are reading this as an email subscription, be sure to click through to the actual blog to leave an eligible comment)
7. You have until 7am ET, Wednesday, March 15th to add your project link or comment and qualify for the contest.
8. TEN randomly selected winners (five comments and five projects) will be announced on our March Release Winners page no later than 9pm ET, March 15th.
TEN randomly selected winners will each receive an $25 Papertrey gift certificate to spend however they choose! Thank you for joining us today and best of luck with the contest!