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Using Stamps In Your Planner

By Leslie Sleesman
on May 07, 2015

Lets talk planner stamps. I personally own ALOT of stamps. You can say that it is one of the things I hoard a bit. I accumulated most of my stamps because I am a crafter. I have been making cards and other craft projects way before I became a planner. That is what I love about planners: I can combine my two loves and “craft” while planning! 

There are so many options for planners with stamps out there. It is an investment but what isn’t when you are a planner, crafter or both? One of the benefits to stamping is that they are re-useable. A one time investment can pay off.  Stickers can get quite expensive to purchase and you can find some very cute stamps that are very functional for the task you may have to mark in your planner such as cleaning, grocery shopping and more. Most of the stamp companies have sets that are themed for the various tasks making it simple to select what best fits your life. 

Some of my favorites are Mommylhey, Bella Creationz, Sweet Stamp Shop and the list goes on. Pricing can range from $8-$18.00 per set depending on size and number of stamps included. I really am a “cutesy” kind of person so my attraction for Mommylhey was inevitable. Lhey is one of the nicest people I know. I love to support small businesses. 

Now….equally important are the inks you use to stamp in your planner. I typically use Memento black ink although it does tend to shadow on the next page. That being said all the info I have found on the internet watching Youtube video after Youtube video is that VersaMagic Dew Drops chalk ink is the best for planners. 

I do plan to purchase some of these inks. As I said I love stamps but I do not have an over abundance of inks. I probably have a lot to some people but because I used them on a whole different medium than planners my inks are not the right kind. I am pretty standard when it comes to stamping images. I only like to use black. I can use colored pencils to fill in the images with some color and they stand out better with the black outline. For me, a few black inks won’t be a large investment. You will also need a stamping block but since most planner stamps are pretty small you can start out with a small block or maybe a medium sized. I have a set that is graduating in sizes so I can always find the perfect one to use. 

Simply take care of your stamps and you will be enjoying them for a long time to come. I do have stamp cleaner but for the most part I keep a pack of baby wipes handy to clean off the stamps and you are good to go for next time. Now lets get to stamping!

Links to stamp companies mentioned: 


Bella Creationz

Sweet Stamp Shop

Versamagic Chalk Inks 

This blog post was written by Debbie Crowder for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. Please share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author. 

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Organizing Crafts

By Leslie Sleesman
on May 05, 2015

Everyone turns to a place in their home that is quiet, peaceful and inspiring to plan. My place is my office. Although I had an office in my home way before my planner addiction, I transformed my special spot just a few months ago during one of my mom’s visits from Georgia.

Michaels was my go to craft store for find the different parts to make up my desk. Each part is from the Recollections Collection. At first, I thought of just having one table, and I was going to add on from there, which I still think is a fabulous idea, but my mom thought I should just do everything all at once while she was in town.

My first table is made up of a Recollections Cube and The Recollections Mini Cube with Slots on top, and then other side sits the 4 Shelf Tower.

My favorite section is the 4 Shelf Tower because of its gigantic drawers. My first drawer keeps my packaging materials. Stationary is what the second drawer consists of. The last two drawers divide my scrapbook stickers from my planner stickers.

This is the section I plan to keep my materials for my upcoming projects in. Right now, I have pictures as well as mementos that I plan to use in my son’s baby scrapbook this summer.

My second table which sits caddy-corner from my first one is held by The Recollections 5 Drawer Cube as well as Recollections Desktop Marker Organizer Caddy sitting on The Recollections Organizer Cube 4 Shelf.

Inside the drawers you can find the following in the given order 1 – Gifts, 2 – Paints, 3 – Paper Scraps, 4 – Mailing Labels, 5 – Checkbooks.

Not only do I keep markers inside the marker organizer, but I also keep highlighters, pens, and whiteout. Below, notecards and stamps share a shelf. Scissors are stored inside the drawers. Scrapbook paper fills the bottom slots.  

The only section that appears on the back of my desk is here which is where I keep my glue guns, glue sticks, yarn, washi, buttons, letters, and stamps.

On top of my desks, besides tons of sticky notes, clips, and pictures of my loved ones, I keep two organizational pieces. One is for my washi and favorite pens and is called the Recollections White Desktop Washi Tape Dispenser Base w/ Storage. The other is The Desktop Carousel that has my scrapbooking necessities.

When I look up for inspiration, I see sayings that mean a lot to me and my family, pictures from my son’s first photo shoot, and our family’s marquee.

Well, there is no way I can end this piece on my table for all of my crafts without discussing the actual table top. So, in the beginning, I was going to order the table top that Recollections intended for these pieces, The Recollections Desktop Panel for Craft Storage System, but then one quick and inexpensive trip to Lowe's cancelled that shipment. Instead, I found slabs of wood already painted and everything. One we screwed on; one we didn’t which gives me the flexibility to play and be creative while designing my happy place to plan and create.  

This blog post was written by Elliscia Axson-Hall for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. Please do not repost this entry without giving credit to Limelife Planners and the post author.

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By Leslie Sleesman
on May 04, 2015

With Mother’s Day fast approaching the idea of what gift to get the perfect mom comes to mind. Whether the special mom in your life is a stay at home mom or a full time working mom, you know as well as I that mom doesn't stop going and she deserves the best! Below I have listed the perfect gifts for every mom. 

1. Limelife Planners

Everyone knows that mom is always busy. Why not gift her a personalized planner to keep her organized? Limelife Planners are perfect for every type of mom and they have great add-ons to make the gift even more special.  Limelife has several colorful planners to assure that mom gets the one planner that fits her style. Don’t forget to get the extra add-ons such as stickersstuff pockets,  to-do list pages, and budget pages

2. Lisa Leonard Designs

I love Lisa Leonard Designs because each piece they create is a unique and personalized work of art. The jewelry is hand cut, hammered, polished, and drilled. You are guaranteed to find a beautiful piece of jewelry that fits mom. There are necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and decor. She has very reasonable prices and even gifts under $50.  My top pick would be her best seller, the personalized stacking rings (sterling silver) for $39. 

3. A Small Getaway or Spa Day

Let's face it, all moms need a break from reality to get pampered and catch up on some ZZZ’s.  Get out there and find your mom a spa day package and even add on an overnight stay to the comfiest, coziest hotel you can find.  ( WARNING: Getting kids to go on a sleep over so mom has a “night off” at home is not a treat. Moms can find a million things to do at home and none of them will be resting, relaxing or even going to bed early.) Check out or even Groupon for specials on spas in your area. 

4. Gift Cards!

I’ll make this easy… Macy’s, Starbucks (or Dunkin' if mom loves DD), Etsy, Nail/Hair Salon, Target, Amazon… this is just a start. Think about MOM, where she loves to shop and get her a gift card to SPLURGE! Make it somewhere she will spend on herself and enjoy what she gets with the card. 

5.  Alex and Ani 

Bangles, necklaces, earrings, rings, handbags and so much more, OH MY! Known for their bangles that look so fabulous stacked together, Alex and Ani have made a name for themselves.  They create eco - conscious jewelry and accessories. This is also a great gift for grandmothers, sisters, aunts and godmothers.  If you can’t pick out what mom would love best go ahead and go with the gift card. This is a gift you CANNOT go wrong with.

6. Birchbox

Birchbox is a beauty subscription service for the woman you love.  It’s a beautifully designed box put together for mom with 5 samples each month that match her look. After you purchase the subscription she will log on to and take a quiz that matches her box to her style.  It costs $10 a month or $110 for a full year.  This is the gift that keeps on giving for a WHOLE year!

7. SHINElife

This momma-owned shop is my personal favorite. She’s a momma herself and she’s designed beautiful pieces of jewelry inspired by her personal journey in life. She has so many unique, one of a kind pieces that can fit every mom’s journey.  She has designed custom heartbeat necklaces, custom handwriting key chains and bracelets. How perfect is that to have the kids write a message to mom or sign their names and have it be a keepsake that mom can carry with her forever? My top pick is the Personalized Mommy Tag Necklace with Swarovski Stones for $28. 

With this list I’m sure you will find something that fits the mom in your life. And as always, moms love handmade crafts/DIY projects by their children. Us moms can NEVER get enough of our children’s art work and crafts. Now, get shopping! Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th, 2015.

This blog post was written by Jamie Breeden (@jamielee2526) for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. Please do not repost this entry without giving credit to Limelife Planners and the post author. 

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Favorite Instagram Accounts for Planners!

By Leslie Sleesman
on May 01, 2015

Instagram is probably my favorite social media platform of all time. In this post I share my top 8 favorite planner accounts on Instagram. (Shameless plug: if you’re not following me/my shop on Instagram, you should! Find me @TheAlexStudio.)

The Reset Girl (@TheResetGirl)

Anyone who is big into art journaling / planning should be familiar with Cori’s Instagram. She has over 30,000 followers, and is my biggest planner inspiration! She has the most creative layouts of anyone I’ve ever seen on Instagram. 

Happie Scrappie (@HappieScrappie)

I absolutely love Sam’s Instagram and her shop! She sells planner supplies at and has the cutest Instagram. If you love whimsical things for your planner like kawaii designs she’s the one you need to follow!

Rifle Paper Co. (@riflepaperco)

Rifle Paper has some of the best cards around, and their Instagram is carefully curated and well thought out. I love looking through their Instagram feed- who doesn’t love beautiful vintage inspired Instagram photos?

Plan with Belinda (@planwithbelinda)

I absolutely love Belinda’s YouTube channel, as I’ve been subscribed to her for quite some time now. She recently, within the past year, fell in love with planning, but she’s always been into scrapbooking and planner supplies. I was thrilled to see that she now has a planner Instagram account. I love her feminine style which translates well to the pages of her planners. 

Glam Planner (@glamplanner)

Another one of my favorite beauty-guru-turned-planner-addict is Glam Planner. Elle is another person I’ve been subscribed to on YouTube for years (AllThatGlitters21), so I was also thrilled to see that she is into planning as well. Her style is another that you can see reflected in both her YouTube channel and the pages of her planners.

The Planner Society (@theplannersociety)

I have been a fan of Christy Tomlinson’s artwork for a while, so her Instagram was one of the first ones I ever followed when I joined this community. She and Cori (TheResetGirl) just recently started a new workshop called The Creative Planner, where you can get 3-year access to all kinds of amazing resources. She also has the best photos. Definitely check her out if you’re new to planning!

Haute Pink Fluff (@hautepinkfluff)

Vanessa’s Instagram is also one that I have followed since the beginning. She has beautiful color coordinated photos that make you happy when you look at them. She also has an Etsy shop where she sells the cutest tassels and pom pom accessories for your planner. Her shop is

This blog post was written by Nicole Ferland for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. Please do not repost this entry without giving credit to Limelife Planners and the post author. 

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Making your Planner Fit your Lifestyle

By Leslie Sleesman
on April 20, 2015

It hurts my soul to read about others having an epiphany and realizing that the layout they fell in love with while ordering their planner no longer works for them, but it happens! Things change, and of course sometimes it's just one of those things that pans out differently in reality than in your head. My hope is that if this happens, you don't just toss it aside, or even worse throw it away. In fact, I have a better option: how about transforming the planner to fit your lifestyle?

Transforming my planner is just what I decided to do when I discovered the hourly layout wasn’t working for me. First of all, the reason that the hourly layout did not work for my lifestyle is because I am a teacher, and as you know, our work days are scheduled the same way every day with few exceptions like the occasional pep rally or early release. So, it occurred to me that I was wasting all of that valuable space between time slots 7:00 and 3:00. Just as any creative planner or crafter, I HATE WHITE SPACE, so sections became the solution to my problem. The first step in creating this new layout of sections is whiting out the times along the edge of the side bar. You may be worried about the ugly blotches of white gooeyness. No worries! This is nothing that a beautiful strip of washi tape cannot fix. Sometimes stickers! Sometimes a combination of both!

Once the hours are dead to you, I count the lines within the day section and divide that amount by three. For me, that meant dividing 27 by 3 creating a 9 lined sectioned for my mornings, my days, and my evenings.

My favorite sticker shops come to the rescue when it comes to labeling each section of the day. The Alex Studio lists both Glitter Label Stickers and Pastel Glitter Label Stickers to fit Limelife Planners. Planner Pandemonium has over sixteen different patterns to choose from and actually includes decorative boxes to match the labels as well. I have found that other shops including Plannersque and Planner Kate will also customize labels for you (Requesting my labels to be 1.68 x .25 works best for me.).

 The newest format that I have created was based on different areas that are involved in my career. I mean everyone knows teaching is a career of many hats. I divide the sections the same way to create this layout, but I label each box differently. In addition, I look at this spread as a true week in comparison to daily sections.


One could, of course, have their own personalized version of this layout depending on their obligations at their workplace. Maybe you only need two sections? Or four! The key is to make the layouts in your planner your own. I wish you the best finding your own peace in Planner Heaven.

P.S. If you'd still prefer not to transform your planner pages, you can contact the girls at Limelife and they'd be happy to help you purchase new weekly pages that better suit your life. 

This blog post was written by Elliscia Axson-Hall for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. Please do not repost this entry without giving credit to Limelife Planners and the post author. 

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Your phone's secret trick!

By Leslie Sleesman
on April 14, 2015

We all wake up to an alarm in the morning, right?  Your phone alarm, your alarm clock in your room, your cat batting at your hair, your dog whimpering to be let outside, the smell of coffee from the kitchen (for those of us that live in a Folgers commercial) or the little pitter patter feet of your kiddos coming down the hall...those are all alarms that we are used hearing in the morning and responding to. After we wake up, we often forget the alarm until the next morning.

A LONG time ago (we're talking YEARS ago) I started setting my alarm during the day to remind me of things I would often forget.  I would set my alarm to go off at the same time everyday to remind me to take my prescription. Once I became a mom and inherited 'Mom Brain' I started setting setting my alarm to remind me to do silly little things that I would forget otherwise. 

Exhibit A:   Last week I was laying in bed and I realized I needed the phone number off the back of the remote to call our local DirecTV installation guy.  I would have totally forgot in the morning before I left to do my daily school drop-off and run around (which is when I make most of my phone calls)... so I grabbed my phone and...

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I always set the time for a time where I know I'll be in a situation to actually be able to do what I'm setting the alarm to remind me to do!  I knew I'd be up and moving, out of the shower and getting ready to leave at 6:22am.  (I like the weird times... because I'm weird like that.) It's important that you set the alarm for a time when you can realistically do the task! Hitting snooze a bunch of times isn't effective. If you find yourself in a situation where you can't do it when you thought you could, no sweat! Just set another alarm for  a better time and keep moving on with your day. 

This day I knew I had to do these two things at these two times and while they're in my planner on my weekly page written down... I knew at 9:30am I would be driving and wouldn't be looking at my planner so I needed the reminder for that specific time. The next time I open my planner, I'll be able to check off these two items, and who doesn't LOVE checking things off the to-do list? This is the perfect way to combine paper planning with our digital lifestyle.

Try it!  It's so easy and handy.  Leave a comment and let me know what you're setting your alarm to do tomorrow

This blog post was written by Tasha Braniff of Limelife Planners. Please share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author. 

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Meal Planning!

By Leslie Sleesman
on April 08, 2015

The Limelife Planners Menu Planning Add-On has been a great help to me and my family. I love the simplicity and design of the planner. I have a family of four: two adults, a 4.5 year old, and a 2.5 year old. Having all of our tastes line up is difficult. Before using the menu planning add-on, we would just buy whatever looked good at the store and figure out the actual meals on the fly. This was stressing me out. I would look in the fridge and cabinets and have no idea what I was going to make that would please everyone in the house. Once I started using the menu planner I felt so much better and in control at meal time.

The grocery list keeps me organized. Having it placed on the same page as the meal planning means once I decide on the meal I am able to jot down all the ingredients that are needed to create the meal. No more guessing and hoping I have what I need! Once I have a completed weekly menu and grocery list I take a picture of it with my phone. This way I have it with me and I can send it to my husband if he is the one doing the shopping. I usually don’t plan out a budget for my shopping, however I do like to write down what we spent so I can get an idea of how much we are spending from week to week.

This week I started tracking my own personal food intake using the menu planner. I jot down what I ate, including snacks. I’ve been working on being healthier and counting calories. Using the menu planner is just another way to track and journal my food.

Hopefully, using this menu planner will help me develop a healthier relationship with food and make my time in the grocery store and the kitchen more pleasant. So far, it has been great!

This blog post was written by Katharine Poppe for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. Please share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author. 

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Keeping track of your week!

By Leslie Sleesman
on April 08, 2015

In my house, there always seems to be confusion as to the who, what, when and wheres -- honestly, you'd think that I have some huge family but nope, there's only the three of us and my two in-laws. Keeping the schedule of four adults and a special needs kid is tough sometimes! 
In an effort to keep us all straight I started branching out from my planner. I really disliked my husband looking through my planner, and *gasp* trying to write things down on my calendar. Then there are my in-laws asking oodles of questions about our schedules so I started hanging a monthly calendar on the fridge. My son is all about his schedule and frankly, so am I. Even with the monthly calendar, my family seemed overwhelmed and clueless at what exactly was going on so I thought a more detailed weekly list would help.

Usually I sit down on the weekend and have 'planner time' to ensure everything is squared away. Once I get my planner straight and ready to rock, I pull out the weekly pad to make a condensed and easy-to-read version for my boys and in-laws. This weekly pad is amazing! The possibilities are endless and with the large areas for notes and task list, you could use this for so many other things, not just a schedule for your home. 

I hope to also utilize this more and incorporate a dinner menu as well. I'm terrible at meal planning and would like to streamline our household more. Another idea I had was to use this sheet as a way to track homework and story time for my son. I admit, I do get a bit lazy during the summer when it comes to keeping a schedule for him and would like to use this to make myself more accountable.

As soon as I hung this weekly page up, my husband was impressed. I told the house that there was room for them to make notes and add on so that we all have our input up there. I absolutely love how it brightens up our fridge and is so accessible to the whole house.

If you use a Limelife Weekly Planner Pad what do you use it for?! Work, home school? Email us at we'd love to see it! 

This blog post was written by Kate Morse for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. Please share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author. 

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How do you carry your planner?

By Leslie Sleesman
on April 04, 2015

One of the many {many!} reasons I love having a paper planner is having my schedule, meal plan, and to-do list right at my fingertips.  I am totally the girl that carries her planner everywhere.  I can’t imagine doing life without having all of that information handy.  Carrying a planner, along with everything else I need as a mom to three littles, requires a bag that is up to the challenge.

I absolutely love the Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags.  They’re not your typical mom-jean-fanny-pack, winnie-the-pooh-adorned diaper bags, but are so much more durable than a fashion bag.  I own four of these; I use two for daily use, one as a camera bag, and one as an overnight bag.

Here’s a look at what I keep in my daily bags.

I mostly use this bigger bag, the City Carryall.  In my bag, I carry my wallet, diapers and wipes, a Petunia Pickle Bottom Powder Room Case full of essentials, my coupon bag, Tylenol, hand sanitizer, a Perfectly Posh Healer stick {cures everything - rashes, burns, stings, bites, dry skin}, snacks, hair pomade for my boys, a favorite pen, gym tags for the kids, my house book {a notebook with paint samples and fabric swatches for each room of our home - makes shopping for the house a breeze!}, toys for my boys, a tape measure, a Tide pen, lipstick, sunnies, and of course - my planner!

It seems like quite a bit, but every mom knows the need to have a Mary Poppins-esque bag with anything and everything to stave off a toddler tantrum.  Everything pictured fits so well into the bag, with plenty of room to toss keys and my phone on top.

In case you’re curious about the Powder Room Case, here’s what I have stashed in there.


Tissues, tampons, earbuds, bobby pins, hair ties, extra pens, a key to the church building, cough drops, band-aids, my checkbook, and nail-care essentials.

If I’m going out without my gaggle of children {or if I’m in the mood for a smaller bag}, I reach for my Touring Tote.  I just transfer over my wallet, Powder Room Case, and of course my planner.

My planner fits perfectly in each bag, with plenty of room to zip.  I just love that if I find myself at the grocery, I have my meal plan and grocery list handy.  If I’m making plans with another mom, or at the doctor’s office, I have my schedule handy.  I don’t need to take one of the annoying cards {that I always lose!  always!} to remember my appointment; I have my planner at the ready.

Another bonus?  I spend an undisclosed amount of time in line at a Starbucks drive-through each week {day?}, and I can always pull out my planner to update my to-do list or {my favorite!} cross things off.

What about you?  How do you carry your planner?

This blog post was written by Abbey Niebel for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. Please share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author. 

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Sticky Notes: A Planner's Best Friend

By Leslie Sleesman
on April 02, 2015

My favorite part about using a planner is using sticky notes. I have a small collection of them and they are helpful in so many ways! I love to use them to write down things to add to my planner in future weeks, and since I’m writing it on a sticky note, I can move it around and not commit to writing it in pen right away.

I use sticky notes for future appointments, for meal planning, for laying out a week in my planner, for just about anything!

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I use small tab sticky notes to plan out meals in the monthly layout in my planner. That way I can move them around and change them if needed. Once I have the meal plan set in stone, I write the meals down in pen. I also save the sticky notes to use for the next month’s meal planning, so that I don’t waste paper, and also so that I know what meals my family likes best. 

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I keep a small stash of sticky notes in the pockets of the binder I use that holds my Limelife Planner. I have the “unbound and unpunched” version of the Limelife Planner, and I chose to put it inside a Kikki K ring binder system. That way I can add my own pages and add things like journaling cards to make my planner unique. 

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Here is an example of how a dashboard works. Any laminated or smooth-covered piece of card stock will work, and you can clip it in to your planner with binder clips.

Sticky notes are very versatile for planning and can be purchased from many different places. Happy Sticking!

This blog post was written by Nicole Ferland for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. Please do not repost this blog entry without permission from Limelife Planners. For more information about Nicole and her Etsy shop, you can find her at @thealexstudio on Instagram. 

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