A few weeks ago my fabulous friend Cara Vincens at The Hooting Pirate gave me an advance, sneak peek, all-access pass to her upcoming class “Practically Perfect Planners.” Let me tell you, I couldn’t wait to dive into the class content as soon as the access code hit my inbox, because Ms. Cara really knows her stuff!

<Listen in as she discusses planners on Melissa Shanhun’s Scrapbooking Inspration podcast>

The Issue

But I was eager to get right to it for another reason – I have a huge need to get myself – my time, my appointments, my schedule – organized. I struggle to keep up with everything I need to get done in a day’s time and despite several attempts to sort it all out and use some sort of calendar or list-making system, I haven’t been able to commit to any one that works for me long-term. So Cara’s class couldn’t have come at a better time (no pun intended).

Lessons Learned

In the free pre-class videos, Cara taught me that it wasn’t my fault – I hadn’t failed my planners; my planners had been failing me. By working through the checklists and questionnaires, I began to learn about the type of system that could work for me. Cara’s thought of everything, and over the course of the class, it became crystal clear to me what I really needed.


Once I knew what I needed, it was time to examine my options – Cara suggests that you find, alter, or create the perfect planner for you. In my case, I opted to create one from scratch, and with lots of inspiration from the class and the pre-class videos, I even managed to work in a little cuteness.

The Class

Practically Perfect Planners starts up soon – February 9, to be exact, and runs till March 22. Registration is open now. Check it out if you need a little extra inspiration to get organized and stay organized.


Love the idea of this class? Great! You could win a spot! Simply leave a comment by this Sunday, February 8 at 3:00 p.m. CST, telling me about your current planner system – what’s working and what isn’t – and you could win a seat for free. But don’t let that stop you from registering if you know you want to participate – if your name is drawn, you will receive a refund for the full class price. Pretty cool, huh?

So what are you waiting for? Leave a comment, then head on over to The Hooting Pirate to learn more about Practically Perfect Planners.

12 Thoughts on “Fangirl Friday – Practically Perfect Planner Class

  1. I just love watching Cara talk about planners. If anyone can get through to me it should be her. I got a passion planner and need help figuring out how to makeit best work for me.

  2. Not so much a planner system — just a calendar hanging on the wall with items taped to it:) Maybe I could use a planner system!

  3. Jenny McGee on February 7, 2015 at 6:48 pm said:

    I love the new planner phase. I do not have a planner yet, but would love to learn more with this class and then get one going. Thanks for the chance.

  4. Tonya Pimentel on February 7, 2015 at 10:49 pm said:

    I have a calendar on the wall at home and then use outlook at work. Neither seem to be working all that well for me.

  5. Barbara Dyrda on February 8, 2015 at 12:23 am said:

    Right now I’m using a Daytimer. It has lots of space for work stuff, but the pages are thin…not really for much customization. I really could use a class to help me find the right system.

  6. I have seen the pre-planning videos and Cara’s class looks awesome! I wear many different hats and having a concise planner would be incredible! I carry a week at a glance calendar and I have a composition book where I write EVERYTHING down so I have it all in one spot. Thanks for the opportunity to win this class.

  7. very interesting! loved learning about the planner system! 🙂

  8. I purchased the Heidi Swapp planner from Michaels and also took her planner class and loved the class. This is my first time using a planner-it’s working ok-but I feel I need a little more guidance. I think Cara’s class would be a “practically perfect fit”.

    Thank you for giving us all a chance to win a seat in her class.

  9. Lidima on February 8, 2015 at 7:01 am said:

    Struggling to make planners work for me. I make lengthy to do lists, transfer information from one planner to the next, use two calendars for the two different settings I am in.

    This year, inspired by lots of YouTube clips, I wanted to make a planner work for me and make it pretty and fun.

    I am trying hard to modify a Kath Kidston pocket diary, and am creating a bulky, clumsy model. I would really appreciate Cara’s class to help me streamline the process and identify my needs with regards to creating and using a planner.

    Many Thanks

  10. Bethany Stockman on February 8, 2015 at 5:28 pm said:

    I have a planner from Erin Condren that I use for business. I would love to learn some other tips to make it practically perfect

  11. Joanna on February 8, 2015 at 8:04 pm said:

    I use Google calendar, but I miss the vesatilty of paper.

  12. Mariane Odom on February 8, 2015 at 8:07 pm said:

    I have a planner and write out the activity on a date but that’s about it. I realize I need so much more. Usually I write things down on tiny slips of paper or the back of an envelope when I need something. Having a planner that works for me and is next to my side – lol- would be the best! Having a list of questions to answer in order to customize a planner for me would be great. I have seen snippets of how Cara has decorated her book and I would love to do that too. ;o)
    Thanks for offering a chance at winning a seat in the class. ;o)

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