3 Tips for Memory Keeping Like a Pro

After a long (much needed) vacation, I’ve finally begun to upload videos to YouTube again and this first one is a Plan with Me update. The planner I work on is a part of my collaboration with The Happy Planner for their Be Happy Box. My intention was to share how I caught up on the blank spaces in my planner while we were out of town for 3 weeks. I really enjoyed making the video and hanging out with my family as I worked. Of course, you should go watch it and feel creative and inspired. If you can’t watch it immediately or you’re saving it for when you have some time to really sit down with your own planner and work while you watch, here are 3 takeaways from the video you can use right now!

  1. Be a Maximalist. Don’t be afraid to fill up blank spaces. I used to feel discouraged when I’d look back over a week and see so many blank spaces in my planners and journals. To me, they represented failures to log my days “properly.” Now, I get excited when I see them because I realized they’re actually opportunities to add beautiful embellishments and flourishes. Those empty spaces are a blessing in disguise. If you want to be more “true” to the past, you can always journal a little about your experiences in colorful pens or markers to add your own personal touch.

  2. Add dimension. Try out multiple media for a multi-dimensional look and feel. Don’t hold back. You can add stamps, watercolors, stickers, die cuts and washi tape in layers to create the perfect multi-layered masterpiece. The benefit to working through things in layers is that you can always cover up something you don’t like with a sticker or a die.  Just remember that if you’re stamping or using watercolors you need to allow everything to dry carefully before you move on to your next layer. While you wait, you can always work on another page or project. 

  3. Time-saving supplies. Use tools that make it easy and exciting to try for the layout of your dreams. I was so excited to try out The Happy Planner’s box punch for this photo, I couldn’t resist sharing while I worked. If you didn’t see on my Instagram Stories, no worries, I included it in the video. It isn’t just using that specific box punch– although it really is great. Use supplies that get you excited. As a child, I loved going into craft supply stores and seeing all the amazing options. Whether it’s your favorite tape runner, a printer that connects wirelessly to your phone, or a pair of scissors sharp enough to cut cardstock in a single long satisfying swipe, use it! Those supplies can make all the difference in your creative practice. 

I share 5 awesome tips in the video, so be sure to watch on Youtube to see the final two. Whether you just had time for this blog post, or you were able to see the video as well, I hope you feel inspired to continue in your own creative pursuits. Be sure to reach out on social media. I know I’ve been talking about this for a while now, but if I do decide to schedule videos more regularly, what day should I upload? Let me know! I always love to hear back from you all. 

Be Happy Box Reveal!

Amy Tangerine tote

I’m so happy to unveil this project for you! This has been in the works for quite some time and I can’t wait for you to see all the amazing goodies in my Be Happy Box collaboration with The Happy Planner!

The box officially launches June 10th at 6AM PST. For the first three days only, use code AMYTANGERINE to get 20% off your entire purchase! I’ll update the link once it’s live, but you will be able to find it in The Happy Planner shop. Quantities are limited and the products are exclusive to the box, so make sure to mark your calendars and planners.

Amy Tangerine Be Happy Box

I really hope this box can provide a bright ray of rainbow-themed positivity in your days as you use it to plan and decorate. Here’s a walkthrough of every item in the box:

  • Stickerbook: As you all know by now, I’m a huge fan of embellishing your planner with stickers. Using them as layers, filling out blank spaces or even covering up the occasional mistake. This sticker book contains 10 whole sheets of stickers that all come in a variety of different kinds, sizes, and finishes.

  • Happy Planner Tote Bag. It’s one of my favorite items in this collaboration. You always need a bag with plenty of space for all of your planning supplies so you can bring them with you when you’re on the go and this bag is perfect. I love the hot pink accents and of course, the handlettered quote on the side. It says, “create beautiful things that bring joy and happiness” which is a phrase that perfectly conveys one of the very best things about planning– the joy that comes along with it.

  • Dashboard: If you haven’t used one before, it’s basically a giant bookmark for your planner. That way, as you progress, you can keep track of exactly where you are in your year and flip right to your next page.

  • Planner: I’m really excited to show you guys this planner because it’s the first ever to be included in a Be Happy box and that’s a big deal! It’s a 12-month planner that begins in July, so you’d be able to start using it almost right away. For those of you who start school up in the fall, it could be the perfect way to keep up with all your assignments.

  • Washi Tape: We’re including three rolls of washi tape – two are rainbowy and bright and one is black and white.

  • Desktop Calendar: The spiral bound desk calendar is a great way to brighten up your work space and keep track of commitments or events that you don’t necessarily want in your official planner.

  • Paper: We’re including 20 filler sheets of paper. Each page has a grid on one side and the reverse has dotted grid. You can tailor these pages for any use, including in your planner or for notes, doodles or any of your other paper needs.

  • Phone Adapter: This last item is incredibly exciting for me. I genuinely can’t wait to use it. It’s a phone adapter for the back of your phone case. It’s rainbow hued and says “smile” which is a nice reminder to carry with me no matter where I go.

There’s a full video walk through of the box on YouTube:

These items fill me with so much joy and happiness and I hope they do the same for you as you plan your happy life. I can’t wait to see how you use them! Let me know what your favorite item is.

Let's Celebrate— It's Doodle Day!

It's Doodle Day

It’s Doodle Day— time to really get your creative juices flowing and unleash your inner artist! In honor of the day, I wanted to share this page from my Hobonichi, complete with this amazing stamp of Jack’s face from Paper Afternoon on Etsy. It’s one of my favorite crafting items right now. The lego stamps are also from the same shop and I love them because they are so unique and super super cute! I also had tons of fun using my stencil ruler to create little silhouettes and stars.

Sitting down this morning and drawing out some of my favorite things was super calming and a great way to start off the busy weekend. Doodling can be a great way to help you focus, bring a little extra creativity into your life, and brighten up your day.

Doodle Day isn’t just about making beautiful, random creations in the margins of books or notes in meetings. Although doodling can be an excellent way to organize your thoughts, pass the time, and focus on what’s going on around you. Here’s a quote from www.epilepsy.org that I really found powerful and inspiring:

“Doodles show what kind of people we are because we are free to doodle what and how we like, and we show our individuality through all the choices we make in life. Our clothes, friends, work and interests all say something about us, and so do the language and gestures we use. Doodling is an uninhibited form of self-expression.”

At this point, you might be wondering, what does doodling have to do with Epilepsy? Well, the whole purpose of Doodle Day is to raise support for Epilepsy Awareness. I don’t need much of an excuse to doodle, but who doesn’t love making random art for a good cause!? If you want to know more about how to support Epilepsy awareness or make a donation yourself, you can find out more here: https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/doodle-day

Be sure to share pics of your doodles and let me know, how do you build creativity into your everyday?

10 Creative Ways to Fill in Your Journal

10 Creative Ways

As much as I love spending quality time journaling and decorating my pages each and every single day, sometimes life gets in the way. Even though I’ve made it a part of my daily practice to carve out at least 10 minutes to get creative, I find myself falling behind. Clusters of blank spaces pop up throughout my pages. In the past this is when I usually abandon a project (or sketchbook…. I have tons that I started strong with the first few pages, but have just left me feeling as empty as the neglected blank pages that follow). Sometimes we just need simple solutions to play catch up. Get into the mindset of using your supplies, feeling the freedom of putting beautiful things to use instead of letting them sit in a forgotten desk drawer. Sometimes, the simple solutions look best. It can be easy to overthink the process. Instead of thinking about what will look exactly right or perfect, focus on what you like and what looks good to you. Sometimes, it might be that sparkly washi tape that you just really like or a cute sticker shaped like a happy strawberry. Whatever it may be, pay attention to that initial reaction– does it make you smile when you look at it? If so, chances are that it belongs in your journal.

10 Creative Ways
  1. Add stickers. In the past, I hoarded them for the perfect occasion, not wanting to use them up. Just like any other craft supply however, these are meant to be used! If you don’t have good stickers, I highly recommend my sticker book or the Pipsticks sticker subscription. Use the code CRAFTLOVE for 15% off your first order.

  2. Cut up magazines. There’s no wrong way to do this. That pile of dusty magazines in the corner of your living area is definitely begging to be carved up. It’s a great way to fill up those empty spaces in your journal. Plus, once you’ve harvested all you can get from a magazine, you can declutter and send the leftovers straight to recycling! If the choice between cleaning or journaling comes up, ask yourself, why not try for both?

  3. Add things you get in the mail. You know the inserts you never asked for; the inexplicable mailers you don’t remember signing up to receive. Sometimes, the unasked for papers actually contain hidden gems.

  4. Movie stubs, business cards and other things you picked up throughout your day. You know all those things that end up at the bottom of your purse?  Well, they could be the missing decorations you need to complete a page or spread.

  5. Cute doodles. The most important thing to remember with this is that doodles aren’t supposed to look any specific way. They are unique, imperfect, and great for filling up those open spaces. You can use any pen or marker to draw them and if you want inspiration, look at instagram or Pinterest to see other doodles people have created. I have a favorite doodle book if you're looking for even more inspiration. Remember, it doesn’t have to be complicated. A heart, flower, or star can look really good in the right place. You could even try memory doodles. Sketch out a specific thing you remember from that day. It can be as simple as the cup of coffee you drank in the morning.

  6. Washi Tape. In times of doubt, keep it simple. This is what washi tape is for! It’s inexpensive and there are so many beautiful designs. If you want to get more creative with it, layer the washi tape or create your own design with multiple types of tape.

  7. Printed photos. You know those photos you get at some events? This is the perfect place for them. Or if you want to print them at home, I love using the Prynt Pocket or HP Sprocket because it’s a sticker print. The Instax printer is great too, but is slightly thicker than other prints. Small photos make it easy to fill up a blank space. Plus, these images are often very meaningful and hold special memories.

  8. Look up favorite quotes on Pinterest and write them in. This is one of my go-to methods. Certain quotes can capture how you felt at the time, important things you want to remember, and ideas that are especially meaningful for you. Try out new fonts and colors. You can place tiny quotes in the margins, fill entire pages with quotes. Get creative. Get messy. Try out new things. Check out my "Word" Board on Pinterest for inspiration and ideas!

  9. Practice your lettering by recording motivational or inspiring quotes that fit your mood. This is a little like step 8, but I recommend looking in different places for this one. Do you have a favorite motivational book, podcast or TED Talk? Whatever form it may take, refer to it as you work on your journal or planner and copy down the quotes or segments that speak to you the most. You’ll be surprised at how meaningful this can become. Use colorful markers and pens. You can add texture and pattern with various colors and drawings. Adding diagonal lines, diamond patterns, squares, or even cross-hatching can enhance any empty spaces in your journal.

  10. Have a friend or loved one add a note to your journal. If your creative juices are a little tapped out, ask someone to write something for you! A simple little note or thought can add so much to your pages and take off some of the pressure.

As you work on your notebook, journal or other awesome paper project, just remember, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts - in other words, done is better than perfect and when you look back on your work, you’ll be so glad you got things recorded. Which of these 10 tips are you most excited to try? Let me know in the comments and be sure to take a look at the video!

Makers Gonna Make

Amy Tangerine x Brit + Co

Decided to make a fun little spread in a new Brit + Co planner I got while visiting San Fran last month. Used fun supplies from my shop (the floral stamp repeated all over Makers Gonna Make is from the Gratitude set) along with my latest collection, Hustle & Heart. I used my favorite Tombow brush markers to create a list of Crafty Projects I want to make.

Amy Tangerine x Brit + Co
Amy Tangerine x Brit + Co

Brit + Co planners and goodies can be found exclusively at Target. They also have a great little article up called Planner Goals: How 6 Boss Ladies Stay Organized and Personalize Their Planners that I was interviewed for here. I also shared a bit of the process of decorating this in my latest Favorites video on YouTube. What's on your list of crafty projects?

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