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Introducing, the very first Limelife Media & Creative Team

By Leslie Sleesman
on April 01, 2015

When we set out to pick 10 people to help us represent Limelife Planners we had no idea how wonderful nearly ever single application would end up being. True story. We had such a difficult time picking 10 people that we ended up picking 12. 

These mothers, students, teachers, friends, daughters, and planner-lovers will be blogging as well as showing off their ideas on Instagram and Facebook. Be sure to check back often because all of this goodness starts TODAY (no April Fool's Day here!).

Without further ado, here is the Limelife Media & Creative Team (pictured top left to bottom right):
1) Elliscia Axson-Hall 2) Sarah Halstead 3) Kelly Cosgrove 4) Nicole Ferland 5) Katharine Poppe 6) Amber Boyd 7) Kate Morse
8) Jamie Breeden 9) Emilee Adams 10) Debbie Crowder 11) Florence Antonette 12) Abbey Niebel 

Tasha, myself, and these amazingly talented (and beautiful) women have a lot planned in the next 5 months. Expect lots of great ideas -- prepare to be inspired!

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on March 03, 2015

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The Limelife Media & Creative Team: We Want You!

By Leslie Sleesman
on February 17, 2015

We have an exciting opportunity for TEN talented, organized, creative, planner-loving individuals to join our Media and Creative team. We want YOU to help us share the Limelife brand as we continue to grow and develop.

Responsibilities include:

  • Writing two planner/organization related blog posts per month (dates will vary and can be set up to accommodate your schedule. We will also work with you to come up with blog topics if needed -- we have a few ideas up our sleeves!). 
  • Provide Limelife with 10 new images suitable for Facebook and/or Instagram. These images will be of or relating to your Limelife Planner (or other forthcoming Limelife products). These images cannot be ones that you have previously published on Social Media and will be subject to approval from the Limelife owners.
  • Email Limelife with a headshot of your for our website. 

In return, you'll get a FREE Limelife Planner of you choice as well as an advance sample of every new product that we release during your time on our Media and Creative Team. We have some other fun things in store for M&CT members as well. (Trust us, it's pretty great.)

Media and Creative Team members are hired for 5 month contracts, which will begin on April 1st, 2015 and run through  September 1st, 2015. At that time we will be choosing another group of 10 individuals, although an offer to stay may be extended to M&CT members who have done an exceptional job. 

To apply, please send three images of your planner in use (does not need to be a Limelife Planner), as well as a statement of interest -- tell us why you want to me on our Media & Creative Team! Be sure to let us know if you are an Etsy shop owner or have your own planner-related small business. We are happy to have other small business owners! We'd love to help promote your products as well. We will be choosing members by March 10th, and we are asking that you apply no later than Wednesday, March 4th. 

 

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The Evolution of LimeLife Planners

By Leslie Sleesman
on January 01, 2015

This post has been a LONG time coming.  We've had people ask how the business started and where our name came from.  Well here you go!  The evolution of our Limelife Planners.  The last two years have been the biggest changes to the planners and to our business. It's been a roller coaster and we've learned some expensive lessons along the way, figured out what people want, what they don't want, and a TON of other things.  Here are all my planners from the very beginning. 

I've (Tasha) always had a pen and paper addiction. Ask my mom, as a kid I would "play" with pens, pencils and paper.  So no surprise that I love paper planners.  I can't use my phone, I need it in front of me.  And if I don't write it down, I will not remember.

So that brings me to the beginning.  5 planners ago, I asked my dear friend Leslie if she would design me the monthly pages (at the time I had basically no design skills...okay, lets be real - I had none) and she was a freelance designer.  I told her I would just print them myself, take them to staples and have them bound.  She of course agreed (because she's the best graphic designer around).  So she made me all of the monthly pages and I "designed" some notes pages.   We decided to make the planner 5.5"x8.5".  I then cut tabs out of cardstock, BY HAND, and wrote on them with a sharpie.  The tabs were all me, I wanted tabs badly.  I needed to be able to quickly flip to the month.  But the best way we could figure out was to just make them myself.   My cover was literally a piece of cardstock and I printed my photo and my logo separately and used adheisve to put them onto the cover, then I had Staples put that piece of acetate on the front to protect it, when they spiral bound it.  At the time, we loved it. 

A year flew by and people had seen my planner.  So this time around I had to make more than one.  Leslie revamped the 2012 pages.  I made one for myself, my mom, and about 3 close friends. Leslie was not on board with the spiral-bound planner at the time. She was a three-ring binder girl at heart, so she printed the pages and punched them for her binder.  I however could not and would not cross over; I had it in my head I wanted it spiral bound.  This time I designed the cover and printed as a piece of cardstock and again used the piece of acetate on the front.   

When it was time to plan the 2013 planner we were getting smarter, and more popular.  This time we had several people that wanted them.  Leslie also made files for the tabs, I printed them on cardstock and then cut them out by hand again (instead of writing on them with a sharpie).  Leslie also had the bright idea to make the right side of the page fold out so that we could make the monthly boxes larger.  I don't have a photo of it, because I didn't make mine like that.  I wasn't crazy about having to fold out the page every time I needed to see the month...which turned out to be the consensus of everyone.  But we tried it, and learned from it.  That year we sold about 20 of them.  We had things we wanted to do for the planners but we just couldn't do it and keep the planners affordable if we were only making a small amount of them.  We always joked about needing a rich Uncle to make this business really happen!

That year FLEW by...and now we had TONS of people who wanted them.  Leslie wanted to make the planners 7x9 this go round so that the monthly boxes could be larger without having to mess with folding pages.  I was very hesitant...will they be too big? Will people like them?  BUT I trusted her, and I went with it.  As long as I had tabs, I was happy! :)

We FINALLY found a company that would do the tabs for us.  Oh happy day! I was over the moon when we got to give the lady all the details of these and they were going to be exactly what we wanted.  We had to order at least 50 of them.  And we were oh so nervous for that expense.  Let me just tell you, they were so expensive... and we were completely funding the business without any outside support (the way we still do it today). But we did it, and jumped in with two feet.  We ordered 50 tab sets and made some other huge decisions; laminated covers this time around instead acetate, the larger planner, custom covers, and added horizontal weekly pages.  Leslie also designed meal planning pages and I did some photography log pages that I'd been wanting for my photography business.  We sold 50 right off the bat and were blown away! (With no website, Facebook page, or company name at this point.)  We made the decision to order more tabs.  And they all sold, too... 106 total that year!  That was in October & November. Once we were done with that round we called it quits for the year, but decided on a timeline for the next year. 

In December Leslie came to Ohio and we held a very formal business meeting... 8pm on a weeknight, in our yoga pants, at Average Joe's with beers. That's the night "LimeLife Planners" was officially born.  That name was all Leslie's suggestion (she owned a graphic design company called Yellow Lime Studio, so this was a spin off from that name)... it was perfect!  We made a Facebook page, a logo, business cards,  website, and tons of other work had to be done.  In June we launched our Facebook page and flew to 3,300 fans in 30 days!  We were hoping for a few hundred...here it is December and we are so close to 5,000. We made some changes to the tabs, ordered aluminum coils in varying sizes, designed tons of different planner options, as well as add-ons, and decided to also offer notebooks, covers, stamps, and other accessories in addition to the planners. The number of planners we have sold this year continues to blow our minds. Just a few short years ago we were hand-cutting tabs! From cardstock! 

All along we have wanted to do planners the way we like and use them. We know there are a lot of other planner companies out there, but we also don't like how a lot of things are done with their planners. The last few months have been a whirlwind but we have felt so blessed by every minute of it.  We cannot thank you all enough for your support. Please continue to share our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. We cannot wait to see where next year takes us! 2015 is going to be big for Limelife. 

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Printable Planners: Are they worth it?

By Leslie Sleesman
on December 17, 2014

If you spend any amount of time on Pinterest (or Etsy for that matter), you'll notice an overwhelming number of links for free printable planners, or shops with printable planners for sale. In an effort to make sure that we are keeping our prices comparable, we wanted to take some time to do the math and see just how much cheaper printable planners really are.

We wanted an 'apples to apples' price comparison, so we just used the number of pages that come in a Limelife Planner. Some online printables have more or less pages than our planner, so it's important to keep that in mind. For our purposes we are basing this off of the following planner:

  • Basic Planner (60 double-sided pages)
  • Standard Weekly Pages Add-On (70 double-sided pages)
  • Laminated front and back cover (2 double-sided pages + lamination)
  • Coil (we use a sturdier aluminum coil, but the 'Big Box' office supply stores don't readily have this option; they use plastic coils in standard colors.)

We also based our prices off what Staples would charge to have this printed. They charge .98 per double-sided color copy (which includes the paper price). 

Drumroll please.......

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By purchasing a pre-printed/laminated/punched/coiled planner from Limelife you could save roughly $79.70 than if you were to print it yourself. Now, of course, you might have a local printer that charges you less than .98 cents per double-sided copy, or you might have fewer pages in your printable file, etc. which would impact the price of printing yourself.

It's also important to note that you want a planner that works for your life! If you find a printable that is exactly what you need, it might be worth spending the extra money (and time) to print yourself.

We are really happy with the results of this comparison! We know that we're giving our customers a great product for a great price - especially since we have free shipping on all US orders. 

Happy Planner Shopping!
 

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Limelife Font Loves

By Leslie Sleesman
on December 01, 2014

We are always scouting the latest and greatest fonts for use in our products.

It's a little-known fact that I can identify fonts pretty much anywhere. You know that show 'The Miller's"? The font on their mailbox is Thirsty Rough. Dreamworks uses Populaire in some of the inserts in their DVD/BlueRay combos. Good fonts are everywhere and we're always studying them. Planners and fonts are always on our minds. 

Here's a fun list of some of our favorites. If you like these fonts, be sure to pin this image on Pinterest! Just hover over the image and a "pin it" button will appear in the upper left hand corner.

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Gatitote - the perfect bag for your Limelife Planner

By Leslie Sleesman
on October 15, 2014

A friend introduced me to Mosey bags several months back, and I've been obsessed with them ever since. I recently went on a trip to Salt Lake City, and bought Mosey's gatitote bag to bring along. 

Best. Purchase. Ever.

One of the reasons I love this bag so much is that there is a front pocket that fits my planner perfectly. This way, I can keep the planner safe from all the other "stuff" in my purse. It keeps my planner in better condition and gives me more space for everything else. Then there are two outside pockets which fit a package of pens. I love being able to have a designated spot for a whole package of pens! A lot of purses and totes have space for a pen inside (and this bag does as well), but these front pockets are a bonus. You could even store planner accessories (think notepads, page flags, stickers, etc. in the other front pocket. 

The bag shown above is the gatitote in Mushroom.

The main compartment of the bag also holds my 13" MacBook Pro very comfortably alongside my wallet, and other necessities. I've even been known to put my camera (a Nikon D7000) in the purse when I'm running to the park with my kids. It's not padded, so therefore not really meant to be a laptop or camera bag, but the design and layout of this bag is so great that it has so many uses. 

This post was not sponsored by Mosey. I (Leslie) just think they're bags are really great! If you want to win a gatitote for yourself, head over our Facebook page where Mosey has so graciously given us a bag to give to one lucky fan. Hurry! Contest end Friday. 

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Hand lettered stickers from Letter Girl!

By Leslie Sleesman
on October 08, 2014

For years i've been totally head over heels in love with the amazing hand lettered creations from Lettergirl. Gina is the amazingly talented woman behind the fantastic handwriting you'll find in her Etsy shop

Lettergirl has amazing art, stationary, textiles, return address stamps (my personal favorite), as well as a sticker-of-the-month.

We are happy to be giving away three of the sticker-of-the-month sets (at least 8 stickers in each set). These are great to add to planners, put on cards, gifts, or just about anything else you can think of. 

Enter to win these stickers and then check out Gina's shop! You cannot live without a return address stamp - I promise. 

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Accessorize with Washi (a giveaway)!

By Leslie Sleesman
on October 07, 2014

We're back with the second day of giveaways this week. 

Today we are giving away some pretty awesome washi tape strip packs from Planner Kate! Kate has a great Etsy shop where she sells pre-cut strips of washi tape for planners. These are great for highlighting special events, important dates, birthday's anniversaries, or even just making the most mundane task look awfully pretty in your planner. 

You can visit her Etsy shop to see more styles of tape.

Enter below! Winners will be chosen randomly on Friday. 

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Grand Re-Opening Week of Giveaways!

By Leslie Sleesman
on October 06, 2014

Since opening our shop again on October 1st, we've already received so many wonderful comments, words of encouragement, and orders from so many of you. Thanks! 

To help us celebrate, we're doing 5 days of giveaways this week, and let me tell you... they're all fantastic so be sure to stop back every day. 

We are starting off with a giveaway from Selby Lane. Omega is the beautiful face behind all the lovely bags, totes, and purses in her Selby Lane Etsy shop

She's also the one behind the Limelife Planner pouches, which are custom pouches to tote around you Limelife Planner! These are currently available in our shop here.

And now for the giveaway... drumroll please...  We are giving away this beautiful wristlet bag!

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Get two chances to win "liking" Limelife Planners and Selby Lane on Facebook. It's super easy! (See entry below.) The giveaway will end on Friday (along with all other giveaways this week). Winners will be chosen randomly.

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