My Autumn Planner Set Up
I am not really one to ‘set-up’ my planner as per the seasons. I will use seasonal charms and clips and decorate according to the theme of the month/season, but I am not one of those people who will switch into another planner based on the season! I will on occasion pop in a new dashboard or redo my front pockets, but I don’t go crazy! I would sort of like to, but for the most part I just don’t have the time to do it! However, with Autumn approaching we are entering my favourite season. Halloween is getting so close that I can practically smell it!! So I do try to make more of an effort in the spooky months! I would have Halloween every day if I could!
Anyway, getting back on topic – these last few months have been pretty crazy for me. I have been struggling to stay on top of things and I haven’t had as much time for crafting and planning stuff as I would like. Hopefully that is all about to change, but for now my Autumn planner set up is pretty sparse! However, I will show you what I have got going on!
October Happy Planner Set-Up
First of all, let’s take a little peek at my October Monthly Spread in my Happy Planner. I am using the Watercolour version at the moment and it is a classic sized one. The kit that I have mostly used in this is from The Plump Planner and it is her October Ghosts ECLP Monthly View Kit. Karen only opens on weekends so do be sure to get an email alert so you don’t miss out on her next sale window!
Photo Credit : The Plump Planner
The first thing that I like to do with my Happy Planner is to fix the days. They are always sold with a Sunday to Saturday monthly view which is just not logical to me! I especially find it odd since the weekly pages run Monday to Sunday! Anyway, I use date cover ups and day headers to rearrange my monthly views to be Monday to Sunday! I have usually used either Ugly Bug Does kits, or free printable from My Planner Envy so this month it was a little different. Since the kit is designed for an EC life planner the header did not quite match up and i had to do some cutting and rearranging on that! It kind of bothered me that the day headers are actually attached, but I made it work and It is nothing I can blame on the stickers since I am using an EC set in a HP! Besides, surely Frankenstickers are suitable for the season?
I have to be honest, I had gone through and written in a bunch of stuff for October on the original dates so my sticker placement was pretty much dictated by that! However, I am pretty please with how it all turned out. I use my monthly spread for an at a glance for things like Bills, Basketball Games and Appointments. This is actually the earliest that I have ever set this up, so I don’t have everything in there just yet. I was just super excited to get into the Halloween stickers! The other stickers that I used in the spread come from the following stores :
- Harry Potter Countdown from The Geeky Planner
- Harry Potter Decor from Ugly Bug Does
- Basketball Stickers from Handcrafted By Sheree (Custom Order)
As a little nod to the spooky season, my planner clip for the month is also Halloween themed and it is a gorgeous gravestone felt clip which came in a pack of three from Another Old Nag on Etsy. She makes adorable bags and has just gotten into planner accessories too!
Do You Even BuJo?
Another planner that I am setting up for the Autumn Season is something new to me! It seems like the ultimate buzzword in the planner community at the moment is BuJo – If you are not familiar with that then it is time to get out from underneath your rock ad learn that it is actually short for Bullet Journal which is a sort of a hand drawn planner and journal system designed by Ryder Carroll. You can read more about it on the Bullet Journal website. Everyone who is anyone is starting a BuJo, and even although I feel like I almost have planner peace, I desperately want one of my own! I even saw some stunning limited edition Harry Potter BuJo’s from Moleskin which launch on October 13 in the UK. However, I must not buy one unless I am really going to use it! Instead I figure that I would just shop my stash!
Some time ago I took a notion to make a fauxdori! I ordered a TN insert and some elastic and that was as far as I got! However, that turned out to be a happy coinkydink, because I found that TN insert this week and wouldn’t you know it – it is a grid paper insert! Perfect for a baby BuJo user like myself. So, long story short, I have started to set this up as a kind of tracker and journal for myself with the promise that if I find the system useful I might just treat myself to one of those Harry Potter pretties!
So, on to the BuJo set up! Like I said, I am a totally newbie at all of this and I have no clue what the heck I am doing. So, I trawled planner groups, Pinterest and Instagram for some BuJo inspo and tried to think about what to include. I kind of want this to be almost a rough copy of what is going on in my life before I transfer it into my planners. It will hopefully become a catch all for lists, to dos, appointments, habits and more as well as serving as a journal at the same time. This is what I have so far! I started out with a monthly view for an at a glance look at the month. I have started putting in the stuff that I know about already like birthdays, the basketball schedule and our trip to Harry Potter Studios. Next up I have some important dates, a weight loss record and workout tracker. On the facing page I have added in a habit tracker and blocked out some of the days when I know I won’t be doing that task. Then I added two daily pages for October 1st and 2nd since they are ‘orphaned’ days that won’t belong to a week! I wanted an hourly schedule and somewhere to put in my water intake and meals. I also added a step tracker and mood record. Then at the bottom is a space to journal. I will see how this set up works out for me, before drawing up the following week.
Last of all, I did a weekly spread for an at a glance at the week. I also added in a space for goals/to do lists for the week, a weekly menu and a weekly step record as well.
I sort of wish I had started from today instead of waiting until October!!
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