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Fall Floral Planner Layout feat. Tombow!

I’m so excited to be sharing a special planner spread featuring Tombow products that I received to use in my final submission for the Tombow 2018 design team! It took me a little while to decide what exactly I wanted to do. But once I figured it out, I ran with it!


The following are all Tombow products:

  1. Dual Brush Pens 636 (imperial purple), 623 (purple sage), 158 (dark olive), 933 (orange), & N00 (colorless blender).
  2. Twintone Markers in light orange, navy blue, and brown.
  3. Irojiten Colored Pencils in Straw Yellow, Crocus, and Rose Pink.
  4. Monotwin Permanent Marker
  5. Mono Graphite Pencil 2H
  6. Mono Multi Liquid Glue
  7. Mono Aqua Liquid Glue
  8. Xtreme Tabs
  9. Mono Dust Catch eraser

Other supplies used:

  1. CLASSIC Happy Planner
  2. Water brush
  3. tweezers
  4. sequins
  5. Glass glitter

Sketch it out.

Before starting anything I lightly sketched my flowers with the Tombow Mono 2H Graphite Pencil. Once I was happy with the placement and scale, I traced over them with the Monotwin Permanent Marker because I don’t want my lines to bleed as I color the flowers in.

Color your world.

One of the absolute best ways to a more textured and unique look when working with markers is to layer it with colored pencils. You can apply the colored pencil before, after, or even sandwich the marker in-between layers of colored pencil. For this project, I simply filled in all of the leaves and flowers using the Irojiten Colored Pencils before I apply any marker color. The reason I did this was because these pencils are wax-based, so it helps to keep the marker color on top of the paper for a little bit longer than normal. This makes blending on non-watercolor paper much easier.

To achieve more of a color variation in all of the flowers and leaves, I’m going to color each one using more than one layer. In the picture above, I had previously applied a light wash of the Purple Sage (623) Dual Brush Pen using a water brush. Now, I can add a few quick lines of the Imperial Purple (636) before beginning the next step. I want to let that dry before touching it again, so I will begin filling in the other flowers and leaves on both pages. This way I’m working on one while waiting for the others to dry. This is especially important since I’m using paper that isn’t made for watercolors. By approaching it this way, I avoid pilling the paper.

Applying the navy blue Twintone Marker and the Imperial Purple Dual Brush Pen to my blending palette, I pick up both colors with the Colorless Blender and slowly apply to the petals of the flower. This really gives a richness to this flower that I’m in love with! I got this technique from the Advanced Lettering class that I took with Brittany Luiz at PinnersTX. 🙂

Glitter is my jam!

Let everything that you’ve colored in dry completely. Using the Mono Multi Liquid glue pen tip, I apply it in the center of the anemone and sunflower. Then I quickly cover both with the glass glitter. You can use whatever glitter you want for this part. This was simply what I had on hand. 🙂

Sequins of events

Instead of drawing berries, I decided to use glued on sequins instead. Typically, gluing sequins down can be a test of one’s patience, but the Tombow Xtreme Tabs make it sublimely easy. The tabs themselves are larger than my sequins, but they’re easily trimmed down using a pair of scissors. The best part…they do not gum up scissors! 

Once you have all of your trimmed tabs down, you can use either a pair of tweezers or a gem pick-up tool to apply the sequins to the top of the tabs. Since there isn’t any wait for the glue beneath the sequins to dry, I can start the next step.

*Optional step: If you want the sequins to have a little more gleam to them (I did), you can add a small dab of the Mono Aqua Liquid Glue on the top of each sequin. Let dry overnight.

Final Touches

To make sure that everything felt cohesive, I chose to continue the watercolor feel by incorporating it in my weekly to do’s, notes, etc. When the Tombow Glue Pen is used prior to any application of a water-based color, it acts similarly to masking fluid (a watercolor medium that essentially masks/protects whatever is beneath, in this case, the white paper). I actually learned this technique when I took Jennie Garcia’s class at PinnersTX. 🙂

I slowly lettered out remember, to do, weekend, notes, and added a few doodles and bullet points. Let the glue dry (it’ll only be few minutes). Then using a water brush and my markers, I applied a watercolor-like wash on top of all of the areas that I applied the glue pen. As the color dries, the glue continues to resist the color and whatever you wrote is now visible against the darker color. Neat, huh? 🙂 Make sure when you do this that you choose a darker color because the contrast (dark vs light) won’t be great enough with a lighter color. Let dry.

Now, you’ve got a unique planner spread that’s functional and beautiful! I hope you absolutely love this as much as I do. And, if so, let me know in the comments below. 🙂



*Special thanks to the Tombow Team for the awesome supplies that I used to make this beautiful planner spread!






Doodled Planner Spread feat. Tombow!

New beginnings. Maybe that’s not the first two words you expected for this post, but that’s where I need to start. Since my last official post so much has changed, but it’s all been for the better. We moved from North Carolina to Texas to be closer to family. Drew started a new job with a new company. I’ve changed my major from fashion design to graphic design, and I’m even attending a new school which is a huge change since it’s on campus instead of online like before. So, yeah, new beginnings.

In terms of my blog, that means that I’ll be doing more here creatively than just planner-related posts (though, like this one, they will still happen). My blog will be more of a compilation of all things art, creativity, and some DIYs! I’m super excited to start this new beginning and share it all with you!


Doodled Planner Spread

For the longest time, I’ve been meaning to do an all hand drawn/doodled spread in my Everyday Essentials CLASSIC Happy Planner®. So, I finally took the plunge, and I couldn’t have loved it any more! The best part is that is surprisingly easy to do even if you feel your drawing skills are less than stellar.

Pencil it in.

I started by doing my doodled spread in pencil. While you can use whatever pencil you have on hand, I highly recommend the Tombow MONO Drawing Pencils because they write cleanly and erase beautifully. You’ll also want a good eraser that doesn’t smudge your pencil marks or tear up your paper. The TOMBOW Mono Dust Catch Eraser is the one I recommend not only for this but for any project where you need an eraser. It erases without smudging or smearing…but, since it’s slightly tacky, it catches all of the dust bits! No more eraser crumbs! The eraser is used twice. I use it as I draw my spread out and prior to applying pen and marker. If for some reason you’re having trouble erasing with the Tombow MONO Dust Catch Eraser, you can also use the Tombow Mono Light Eraser. It still erases really well, but it does create some crumbs.

Color your world!

Before you start this part, you want to erase everything while leaving ghost-like lines from your pencil work. Once you’ve got that done, you can start filling everything in with color! I used a combination of the new Tombow MONO Drawing Pens, the Tombow Twintone Markers, and the Tombow Dual Brush Pens. The wonderful thing about all of these is that they don’t bleed through your paper which for those of us who use paper planners is the holy grail of writing instruments! Once you’ve chosen what color scheme you want to go with, you just doodle away to your hearts content and watch your design come to life!

And that’s really all there is to it! It makes for a fun and unique layout that is also really relaxing to create. If you do a doodled spread yourself, let me know! I’d love to see what you create! As always, you can find me here, on Instagram and YouTube!



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Stacks on stacks, of Happy Planners™: My ‘Stay Golden’ Memory Planner

Sorry it took a while on part 3 of my “Stacks on stacks, of Happy Planners™” planner babes. Things have been pretty chaotic with school as of lately. But I promise to continue to work hard to get the remaining two posts to you ASAP.

This is my first foray into the YouTube world, so I hope you like it even if it is a bit rough around the edges. Let me know what you think!

Lots of love,


Stacks on stacks, of Happy Planners™: Fitness Edition

Eating right and exercise is something we all should do. We’ll live longer, get sick less often, and be happier. But even knowing all of that, some of us still struggle to not only start but maintain that lifestyle. The decision to change your eating and exercise habits has to be a personal one. Don’t do it for your husband, boyfriend, or whoever. Do it for you. Do it because you want to feel better inside and out.

Once you’ve made the decision to change your lifestyle to a healthier one, you’ll likely need some help. In order to ensure the choices you make both in terms of fuel and fitness are good choices, you need to write down what you eat and what types of exercise you do. This way you have a record of everyday, and you can refer back to it at any time to see what worked or didn’t work.

Getting started isn’t hard or expensive.


Stacks on stacks, of Happy Planners™: Picture Quote daily planner


Let’s get this planner party started! Today, I’m going to share how the Picture Quote Happy Planner™ works as my daily/to do planner. Nothing has really changed in how I use my daily planner except that I’ve narrowed down the focus of this planner to tasks, to do’s, appointments, schoolwork, etc.

Stacks on stacks, of Happy Planners™!

A rather common question that I’ve been asked before is, “How do you use five planners?” The overall answer is that they each have their own function: daily plans, fitness tracking/planning, memory planning, lettering practice, and a sentence-a-day journal.

stackBut that doesn’t really tell you how or why I use them in the way that I do. So beginning on Monday, October 10th, I will cover how I use one of my planners each day ending on Friday, October 14th.

Some very BIG news!

new mambi DT

I made the 2016-2017 me & my BIG ideas Design Team!

I’m so very happy to announce that I have been selected in addition to 19 other amazingly talented ladies to be apart of the 2016-2017 me & my BIG ideas Design Team! Words don’t even begin to describe how thankful and honored to have been chosen to represent this amazing company. Thank you to Stephanie Fleming and Amanda Zampelli for giving me this opportunity to continue sharing and doing something I love! If don’t already, make sure to follow @meandmybigideas and @the_happy_planner on Instagram to see what all of us on the Design Team will be sharing with you over the next year starting on October 1st. You can also find links to the other 19 wonderful ladies on the Mambi blog.


Truthfully, I didn’t expect to make it.

All forms of paper crafting are a relatively new concept for me. In fact if you would’ve told me that I’d make this Design Team 10 years ago, I probably would’ve have thought you’d lost your mind. Prior to the first Happy Planners being released, I had never scrapbooked a day in my life and rarely used a paper planner. So for me, being selected among such amazing long-term talent has left me both with a feeling of complete gratitude and awe.

Finding this planner was fate at it’s best.

Coming across the Happy Planner was equivalent to kismet. I was going to be starting my very first semester at the Academy of Art in their online BFA in Fashion Design program, and I knew that this pretty planner would likely fill both a creative and functional need. It did help that I worked at Hobby Lobby at the time, and an insane amount of ladies were constantly asking for it! So, naturally, this peaked my curiosity.

Because the Happy Planner is both functional and visually stimulating, I have used it without fail since I bought my first one in July 2015. And because of this planner and the amazing company that has created it, I am constantly organized and always have loads of creative inspiration on hand.

Keep Planning a Happy Life™ and Live Creatively™

Over 450 application were submitted to be apart of this year’s design team. With only 20 total design team members being chosen, that equates to roughly only 4% of the applicants making the final cut. What I’m trying to impart to those of you who applied but didn’t make it, don’t feel discouraged or unworthy. To be honest, there were so many other ladies who I thought would for sure make it long before I did. And that’s a huge part of the reason why I’m so grateful for this opportunity, it’s the entire planner community that has been a constant source of support and inspiration for me. So, I want to do my very best because of all of you!

This community is full of so much love and support that I’m constantly blown away by how much virtual strangers truly care and appreciate one another, and I feel so very blessed to be among all of you.

Finally, I’ll leave you with some words of wisdom.

Life is full of ups and downs, but be sure to focus on the good and all of the blessings you already have in your life. This is only the second time in my entire life (31 years and some change) that I have been chosen for something that I really and truly wanted. That’s only 6% of the time in the entirety of my life! Which means 94% of the time I’ve been let down by not being picked, but I kept going. Keep doing the things you love and enjoy. Life is about accepting yourself for who you are and being happy and content that you are enough just the way you were made.

And you never know, in pursuit of one dream, you may just find something you never even thought of. For me, that’s being on this amazing me & my BIG ideas Design Team. Who knows? I may just change my major, so that I can continue within this industry that I happened upon by complete accident. It’s these unexpected changes in life that are the most meaningful and when we learn the most about ourselves. So, keep going and don’t look back. You never know what you’re gonna find on the road called Life.





Have Planner, Will Travel

Summer’s Almost Over

While summer might be winding down, it doesn’t mean you won’t have to travel at some point especially with the upcoming holiday season. With that in mind, I thought I’d share how I managed to pack and successfully bring not one but two planners. Not only did I bring two planners, but I was able to pack some accessories to also accommodate any on-the-go planning needs.

Creating a Chore To-do List When Your Not a Chore-doer

I’m probably the black sheep of wives when it comes to household duties. For whatever reason, I have never been a cleaner. I don’t particularly enjoy it or find it soothing. Never have and likely never will. My poor Mr. does the cleaning and sometimes the cooking, too. With me going back to school full time and being no longer employed, it’s only fair that I take over the household responsibilities. I have to pull my weight and do what I loathe doing. Chores. Ugghhhhhh…..

7 Pens Perfect for Using in Your Planner

When it comes to using a paper planner, nothing is more important than the almighty pen. You can write, draw, bullet, underline, circle, box, etc. all with just a pen. The pen you use in your planner is likely the single most diverse tool that you have in your planner arsenal. But I don’t suggest using just any pen. So, no, the one in your junk drawer is not likely the best (it could be though, who knows?). In order to give you the best possible experience when writing in your planner, you want a pen that writes clean and smooth, doesn’t feather, and doesn’t seep through to the other side of the page.