Freebie Friday // Printable Buffalo Plaid Mini Happy Planner Cover

Oh my goodness you guys...the holiday season is heeerrrreee! Who has their tree up?  Who has lights up?  Who is wearing holiday leggings?  I am only doing the last one because I am waiting for Zach to come home to start decking the halls!  However, as soon as set down my last piece of pumpkin pie I started to deck my planner!
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I have for you today a free printable Mini Happy Planner cover!  This guy is in a PNG format so you know what that means....it is ready to print then cut with your Cricut Explore!  Don't have a Cricut Explore yet? Better get to asking Santa! (Oh! There is a new Cricut Machine that does print & cut AND so much more.  It is the Cricut Maker!)  This cover is perfect for the current season.  I mean buffalo plaid is all the rage.
On the week of Thanksgiving, I posted in the Cricut Ready Stickers Group on Facebook how to make your own buffalo plaid prints using an oldie-but-a-goodie website/tool : a tartan maker.  I've been using this site for ages (I even mentioned it in this post!) and love to go back to it when I need simple tartan/plaid pattern.  So easy!  And you can import these patterns right into Cricut Design Space too.  Learn how to do that in this video over on the YouTube channel.


As with all the free downloads on the blog, these are free for personal use.  Do not sell the final product or the file.  Do not distribute in mass quantities, and do not claim any part of this as your own.  If you want to share or Pin this project, please pin the blog post and not the file itself.  I appreciate everyone playing nice!

When you download this guy, be sure to size it to be 7.5 inches tall.  Keep the proportions locked and the width should auto populate.  To fit this guy on my happy planner in my Recollections binder that I deconstructed I did have to trim a bit off of the right side.  Then I rounded the corners with my corner chomper.  So if you're using approved Happy Planner deluxe covers (the little binder style guys) you won't have to trim this.  Additionally, you can see this post for how I laminate & then cut the planner covers with the Cricut Explore.

Happy Holidays & Happy Planning!


Hooray for the Holidays // Print your Holiday Cards with Minted

Last weekend Zach and I packed it up and headed to his parents' house in Michigan to take photos for our first ever official holiday card.  We've been talking about do a card off and on for like the entire time we've been together...but it always seems to be too much work, so we just don't do it.
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This year though, Zach was gung-ho so I thought I'd better ride that wave while I have it!  We set up a tripod (on a chair!) and found a gorgeous spot in his parents' backyard under this beautiful pair of trees whose leaves were bright yellow.  I used my iPhone (you all know I use my iPhone for everything) to take the pictures and my Apple Watch as the shutter release.  Three quick poses & about 50 + shots later, we were done in about 45 minutes.  I was so surprised!  The phone + watch combination made it super easy to shoot.  I didn't have to set a timer, run over, click, run back to see if we got the shot.  I could compose the shot right on the face of my Apple Watch, tap to adjust the focus and brightness, then use the 3 second timer to shoot a burst of about 10 photos at a time.  Easy, peasy.

Now....all I have to do is decide on the card!

I love Minted because of the uniqueness of their card collections.  Of course they don't just do cards - see more posts about Minted's offering here - but that's what we're focusing on today.  They have HUNDREDS of card styles with great colorful touches and the most popular trends.  Choose a die cut shape for a fun touch, hand lettering if you're creative, or tartan if you're down for traditional.

I think I'm deciding on these three cards, the last one even features gold foil! :

You can choose from a Holiday theme or get specific with religious touches, traditional Christmas or Hanukkah, or even send a Thanksgiving card.  Whatever happiness you're wishing your friends and family this year Minted has you covered.  

And don't forget you can enjoy up to 15% OFF + FREE SHIPPING on holiday cards

Do you send holiday cards?  What style do you like the most?

xoxo, Moe


Make it Monday // 4 Halloween Planner DIYs

We've still got a week left in September but now is the perfect time to get our Halloween themed items in line for October.  100% I am going to do a Halloween each week in October!  I just love it!
All of these DIY's can be used for any planner.  I'm currently using a mini Happy Planner & personal size inserts still fit perfectly!

Personal Size Halloween Countdown Insert

I am printing this ASAP!  I love this little guy because it has a list on the back of movies to watch this October!  If you make this guy yourself you can add places to go or a Fall Bucket List to the back...or maybe a Halloween Bucket List.  You don't have to be a professional designer to use PicMonkey to create awesome inserts.  Grab the printable or learn to make your own here.

Halloween Note Pages

Speaking of inserts....who loves to pick out themed or seasonal notepads from the Target dollar spot?  I do, I do!! But you only use one or two of them because they are too pretty to actually write on.  Well, in this DIY you can make your own so that you don't feel guilty hoarding notepads.  Just print as many as you'd like then store them in PicMonkey's cloud storage system Hub or on your computer until next year.  Best thing?  You can make them in your own colors!  Grab the printable or learn to make your own here.

DIY Halloween Planner Band

This is such a fun & freaky DIY.  All you need is ribbon, elastic, a fabric flower, and some freaky faces...and you've got a fun planner band.  Adjust the elastic to fit around different planners (and you can even wear it as a hair bow if you're down!  Check out the post here.

Printable Halloween Countdown Stickers

If you want to countdown to Halloween another way, print out these stickers.  These are great for bigger planners like an Erin Condren or Happy Planner.  Check it out here.

I do hope you have a frightful month!  I'll be sharing some Halloween inspired marquee stickers too so you can mark all the Halloween movies you'll be watching, so keep a look out for those.

How do you mark Halloween in your planner?  Any specific spreads you're looking forward to?

xoxo, Moe