A household planner can make your life run more smoothly and save your sanity. Take a look at this Happy Planner Mini household setup.

Keeping a household running smoothly can be a daunting task. There are so many things to keep track of: budgets, bills, groceries, chores, and household maintenance. Without away to record things, it can be difficult to keep up, and important tasks can easily be forgotten. However, if you’re a planner girl, you already know there is a simple solution to staying on top of things and making stuff happen – the household planner!

What Goes into the Household Planner?

When you’re setting up a household organizer, first make a list of all the everyday things you need to track. Take your time with this. You may find that different things come to you over the course of a few days, and you’ll think “I could track this in my planner!” Write it down.

Some suggestions to get the wheels turning:

  • Menu plans
  • Grocer lists
  • Chore lists
  • Seasonal maintenance tasks
  • Bill due dates
  • School/church/sports activities
  • Emergency information

Each family has their own unique schedules and needs, and all of these can be planned for and tracked in your household planner.

The Happy Planner Mini

I’ll be honest. I’m the creative type (the blog name alludes to that, no?), so I like to DIY a lot of things, including my planners. So when I begin to set one up, I don’t typically buy the ready-made kits at the store, although they’re lovely and adorable and priced very reasonably.

Instead, I purchase the refills and binding (in this case, discs) and put together my own from scratch.

A household planner can make your life run more smoothly and save your sanity. Take a look at this Happy Planner Mini household setup.

You can read about how I created this one here: Mixed Media Planner Cover

The result is something unique to me, and because I have so much fun making it, I feel more motivate to actually use it.

A Peek Inside

There are truly endless ways to set up and decorate your household planner. Here are a few photos showing the way I use mine.

A household planner can make your life run more smoothly and save your sanity. Take a look at this Happy Planner Mini household setup.

Monthly view: the focus area for deep cleaning each week is written on washi strips. Bill due dates are recorded here, too, for easy reference.

 

A household planner can make your life run more smoothly and save your sanity. Take a look at this Happy Planner Mini household setup.

The refill kit comes with clear stickers for labeling the month and date. They are tiny, though, and can be tricky to align. Use tweezers to help with precise placement.

A household planner can make your life run more smoothly and save your sanity. Take a look at this Happy Planner Mini household setup.

Each night’s dinner menu is written on the weekly spread, along with which specific deep-cleaning chores I plan to do each day. Stickers make it fun to track!

 

A household planner can make your life run more smoothly and save your sanity. Take a look at this Happy Planner Mini household setup.

The disc binding makes for easier decorating – you can pop the two page spread right out, and when you finish, the pages glide right in and stay secure.

So there you have it. A household planner can save time and sanity. The Happy Planner Mini makes for a handy one to start with, and its disc binding allows you to add to and subtract from it whatever you need. I’d love to see how you plan and track household chores! Come on over to the Facebook group and show us what you’re working with!

P.S. You can find all sorts of planner goodies in my Etsy shop, Kreative Paperie.

Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

Hello there, and welcome to my stop on the Spring Fling blog hop!

What is it about longer days and warmer weather that lifts our spirits and makes us feel like anything is possible? In my corner of the world, spring doesn’t last very long, and summer can be – well, let’s just leave it at “unpleasant.” But spring is my favorite time of year, and when I’m not outside enjoying it, I find myself wanting to get crafty.

I’m a recent convert to the idea of using a planner for fun and function, and since I discovered MAMBI’s Happy Planner, I’ve enjoyed coming up with new accessories for it. Today I’m sharing a mixed media cover set for the HP Mini.

Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

It was a lot of fun to make, and I’m in love with how it turned out. Included is a step-by-step tutorial for you to make your own, as well. Enjoy!

  1. Gather supplies

    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    White cardstock, Perfect Medium embossing pen gelatos, cling wrap, water sprayer bottle, clear embossing ink, HP punch. (Not shown: laminator and laminating sheets)

  2. Draw your design

    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    Mandala design – I googled “hand drawn mandala” and took inspiration from some I saw in the search results.

  3. Emboss
    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    Cover design completely with embossing powder, then shake off the excess.

    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    Design covered with embossing powder. Use a heat gun to melt the powder.

  4. Add media
    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    I used gelatos in spring-inspired colors: robin’s egg blue, sky blue, grass green, and daffodil yellow.

    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    Put the color medium of your choice onto a sheet of cling wrap, then spray water generously to get the color moving.

    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    “Smash” the color onto the white cardstock. You may need to pick up the plastic and move it around to get the coverage you want.

    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    Your embossed design will show through the color.

  5. Add finishing touches
    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    I handwrote the phrase “Make it Happen” with the embossing pen, then covered it with gold embossing powder.

    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    Added some “zazzies” and heated the powder.

  6. Laminate
    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    For a Happy Planner mini, both covers should fit into one laminating sheet.

    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    Use a 4 mil laminating sheet for a really sturdy cover.

  7. Trim and punch
    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    After trimming away the excess laminate, use a page from your Happy Planner to line up where holes should be punched. Use a grease pencil or marker to mark placement.

    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    Turn the punch upside down to see where the holes should align. Make sure the edge of the cover is inserted all the way into the punch before punching.

     

  8. Bind
    Make your own planner cover in an afternoon with a few simple supplies. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself.

    Use your favorite discs to bind your covers and your Happy Planner pages together.

     

     

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little spring planner tutorial. If you’d like to be among the first to know when I post more content like this, be sure to subscribe to the Kreative Updates email list. You’ll get this cool printable freebie when you do!

Free printable journaling cards

And to continue the blog hop, scoot on over to my friend Beth’s blog, Scrapping Wonders, for more mixed media fun, this time in a traveler’s notebook! Beth’s post

Or catch the whole thing:

Karen Fitting: Think Spring http://wp.me/pdovL-qG
Lisa Harris: Mixed Media Spring Planner Cover: http://mykreativepursuits.com/mixed-media-planner-cover/
Beth Soler: Mixed Media Travelers Notebook http://wp.me/p2E66M-2XQ
Kristie Sloan: Spring – Word Tags for all Seasons, home decor http://kristiesloan.com/spring-word-tags-for-all-seasons/