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I had such a great time decorating my planner pages in December that I couldn’t wait to share them with you even though I have yet to share my November pages. Don’t worry those will be here in the next couple weeks and I hope you guys love them. In the meantime I made December in my planner so fun and festive.
I have not purchased next year’s Erin Condren Life Planner (I just can’t decide what style I want!). It is an investment, but I love it for planning all things blogging and special events and appointments.
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I can’t wait to show you this month’s spread. I went a little scrapbook paper crazy, using Scotch roll adhesive to stick everything to the pages. Way quicker than browsing through thousands of (beautiful) stickers on Etsy and waiting for them to arrive in the mail.
I found glitter red and green washi tape in the $1 spot at A.C. Moore, not the easiest to use but I cut it in half and used it to line the bottom of the daily boxes all the way across the spread.
I used green for the weeks my kids were going to be off from school. I cut out some scrapbook paper with these foil deer silhouette and layed out the word December with individual letter stickers. Across the top on the right side of the page is another strip of scrapbook paper I cut to size.
On the right margin, is a t do list notepad I cut down the center. It just adds color even though it only covered up a list space of lines underneath.
I took the photos of the monthly spread before it was filled out. While it was still clean and pretty.
We should just establish before we get too much farther that I am currently obsessed with deer silhouettes and plaid.
I used a flag punch on card stock to cover up the letters and then wrote the numbers in with a sharpie marker. A trick I learned watching @belindaselene on YouTube.
A few sticky notes and planner squares go a long way towards adding color my planner, but without filling up the space I need to write. I actually live my life out of 3 planners. This is the only one I decorate to this degree. Some weeks I do find I have to add in a post it note or 2 because I filled up the space, but I can’t help it, it is so pretty.
I took this gorgeous silver deer silhouette paper from a paper pad I got during a black Friday weekend sale and cut it out for a bottom border. It also had this square with the deer silhouette on sheet music and laminated it for a page marker.
For this weeks spread I printed out some pins and made up some ornament stickers, buffalo plaid planner squares, and to do list squares, cause I just couldn’t let December go by without some buffalo plaid in my planner.
I really loved my buffalo plaid snowflake and my red and gold Christmas ornaments. I printed them on Avery label paper. People are always asking me about the quality of Avery labels, the quality is amazing, but remember a week in your Erin Condren Life Planner goes by in 7 days, how high quality do you need the sticker paper to be?
I think that the Avery Label paper is outstanding. I don’t know why I would use anything else. Besides being great quality and turning out beautiful stickers, they are also very affordable.
You can get 25 full standard paper size labels for only $6.99 on Amazon HERE.
I made the weekend stickers with deer silhouettes of course. I did finally find some buffalo plaid washi tape at Michael’s, but only after I had printed and cut my own, but both are gorgeous. Pretty much all red and black plaid is beautiful to me. I hope this trend last forever. Plus, how cute are these pens from the Target store dollar spot?
I think baking with my family may be my favorite thing to do with them ever. Yes it is always a little too much sugar in the bowl, and flour on the floor, but still, we have such fun.
I frequently have cooking time with the kids during our homeschool time. They are very little but it is great to teach them about measuring and other things while we laugh and poor and scoop.
With the anticipation of all the baking the holidays bring and a fabulous pad of stickers that were only $1 at Michael’s with all manner of Christmas baking stickers in it.
I had a sheet of baking card stock stickers I found on clearance quite a long while ago, and I finally used them on this week’s spread.
The little square cupcake and muffin stickers are the exact right width to fit in the vertical layout squares. I used a pink to do list note pad on the left. I found this super cute cupcake washi tape at Dollar General in October when I was on the hunt for Halloween Washi tape.
It was my daughter’s birthday this week so I added some foil birthday balloon stickers. These stickers are easy to find, I’m pretty sure I bought these at Walmart.
I liked how cheerful the bright pink and mint colors are in my planner. For the date squares I cut up some polkadot scrapbook paper I had on hand. It was loose or I would love to tell you where it came from. Just stuck it down with some adhesive. I really like how covering up the numbers on top can transform the whole look of the spread without taking up any of the space you would normally use to write on.
Christmas week in my Erin Condren Life Planner! I just jam packed it full of beautiful things. I don’t have a lot of appointments the week of Christmas and didn’t think I needed to write in “shop, wrap, cook” so I felt like my options were wide open. I printed some stickers from Etsy and a lot of them ended up in this spread. You can check out my post on these affordable stickers HERE.
A little fun with Santa on the to do list and this amazing washi that reminds me of fairisle print sweaters.
My favorite Christmas verse on Tuesday and red and green glitter washi stacked across the top border of the page.
Candy canes, Christmas presents, and Rudolph. I only wish I wasn’t so, so busy that I have barely have had time to look in here this week.
Even looking through the photos of my planner make me happy, I am going to be sad to pack this up. The pressure of a totally blank planner, right you guys? I keep telling myself “You own everything you need for decorating your planner, buy nothing!” Somehow that thought always turns into “Make everything yourself!” I am really looking forward to making myself a few planner covers. At least I can share all the gorgeousness with you.
I really wanted to do black and gold for New Year’s decorated pages.
I used scrapbook paper along the bottom and side, and these glitter hearts that come in packs of six from the $1 spot at Joann’s.
Obviously a page marker that says “YOU ARE AWESOME” always belongs in my planner. At least one of you is wondering if I’m kidding, and the answer is; sort of.
Really sometimes we need a daily reminder of how awesome we are, and that is why I like to fill my planner with quote stickers. I like to feel encouraged and uplifted whenever possible.
Since everyone always asks, the only Etsy shops I used are the printable stickers from the Shops Listed in My Previous Post HERE. Most everything I use in from local hobby stores. Washi tape, stickers, scrapbook paper and paper punches are about the only things I use.
Here’s a look at my desk before I sat down to do all these spreads.
I keep my big pads of paper and paper punches off to the side, along with some big trash cans so that I can try to keep it tidy.
Feel free to ask any questions you might have below or leave a link to your decorated pages blog post, I love seeing all the great ideas everyone comes up with.