It’s Simone again with a blogpost for you that is very near and dear to me. As you know, I love having a pretty planner but even more so, I want my planner to work for me. Last year I had my very first planner crisis during June when we had family visiting from Germany and the kids being home from school. I didn’t have the time, energy or desire to use my DaisyDori insert and so it was mostly blank. I started feeling guilty because I didn’t use it and then actually cancelled my subscription because of that.
This year I wanted to approach things differently. I had already learned that what works perfectly well one month doesn’t necessarily work the next. Earlier this year I came to the insight that yes indeed, with a system as open as the DaisyDori I do not have to plan the same each and every month. I can totally adapt the layout and setup of my pages as I need them to be. So for June I decided to completely abandon the daily planning in a personal size DaisyDori and plan and journal in a standard DaisyDori instead. I am using the first part of the DaisyDori with the sectioned grid pages for a calendar with one week on two pages. The rest of the DaisyDori is left for journaling. If you want to see what I prepared beforehand here is my June Planner Setup on youtube.
My plan was to fill the first part of the DaisyDori with little snippets of life. So that’s what I did: with black ink and stamps I added in our plans for the day and then I used stickers and washi tape (mostly from the Planner kit, Planner Addon as well as the DITL kit) to embellish the day.
I started by looking for stamps that matched our activities and stamped those first. If you look closely you can see that I used two different colors of pens. I love using two different colors on one spread and often will use black ink for our plans and blue ink for memory keeping (the fun little stories). I also saved a cup from my husband’s favorite coffee roaster and put their logo in.
For Thursday I stamped the cute crab from the June DITL kit as a little border at the bottom of the day. Then I layered several stickers and die cuts from the DITL kit embellishments to something that I consider a title. I don’t know if they officially exist in a planner, but I love to make my own rules. There wasn’t much else to say about that day because days spent in Santa Cruz are always the best so I added the city using bold lettering. I then added my snippet in blue: A sad day – my trusty old sandals unexpectedly fell apart.
There you have it: my expectations are very low key – I would love to add our plans in this front part of the DaisyDori. If I have the time and energy, I will decorate it just like the week you see here. It took me about 30 minutes in all. This way I have some idea of what happened this month and when I come back in July to fill in the rest, I can refer back. If you want to see what the first two weeks in June look like, please head over to Instagram where I posted both: Week 1 and Week 2.
Are you adjusting your planning to the different seasons in the year? How do you plan during the summer? I would love to hear!