Monday, December 7, 2015

#CPCPlannerGirl: Haute Pink Fluff

If you're looking for some good inspiration for your next desk layout, meet Vanessa of @HautePinkFluff. Tons of creativity goes into her planner layouts, but we at Cool Pencil Case drool over her amazing crafting area in her home as well. Everything is well organized and full of color! She took the time to answer our favorite #CPCPlannerGirl questions today -- see below for a couple of key planning tips and which Cool Pencil Case items are her favorites!
"With the use of emails and text messages, there isn't anything more personal and sentimental than using beautiful stationery mailed to friends and loved ones. I love stationery because it can be so personal and there are endless of stationery companies and prints to choose from. It's easy to create your own stationery and it's one of my favorite creative outlets." - Vanessa

(Included above: Giraffe Charm Wallet and Pencil Pouch Duo)

What do you love best about your favorite planner and why?
My favorite planner is a ring-bound planner because it's so easy customize and make planner accessories for yourself. I always find really cute handmade planner accessories on Etsy and a ring-bound planner makes it easy to update.

Tell us about your favorite and most used planner accessory (bookmark, gel pen, stamp, etc). My most used planner accessories are my planner tassels and page markers. I have them on just about every planner and notebook I have.

(Included above: Giraffe Charm Wallet and Pencil Pouch Duo)

What is your favorite Cool Pencil Case product and why?
The Happy Baby Mega Pencil Case is without a doubt my favorite product. They hold a lot of pens, pencils, washi tape, paperclips, and sticky notes. I love the color selection and the quality is excellent. I love it so much, I have three of them!

Can you give some tips on those who love decorating their planner pages but are on a budget?
I first started decorating my planner using printable stickers that I would find in the free files on Facebook planner groups and mostly Etsy shops. They're really inexpensive and I can print as many as I need. I also re-use any pretty prints or images I cut from magazines, turn gift bags into dashboards or journaling cards, and check out planner related blogs for free printables. 
When did you start using your planner and how did it change the way you prepared for the day/week/month?I got my first planner when I was 10 years old just for fun, but I started to use a planner to keep organized when I was in middle school. I would write down all the due dates for assignments, exams, and projects ahead of time, that way I could see how much time I have for each assignment and not force myself to try to remember everything. Using a planner helps me remember things by writing it down, but also eases the stress of trying remember everything at once.

How do you organize all of your stationery and supplies?I use clear shoe boxes of different sizes that I purchased from The Container Store, but really any store has them. I'm a very visual person, so using clear containers helps me see what I already have and remember to use it. I label each one and stack them together. I always see really beautiful bins and baskets to hold stationery, but I prefer to have everything contained in a box. I also use the clear bead boxes to organize small push pins, paperclips, sticky notes that I feature a lot on my Instagram.

How do you decide how to design your planner layouts? How long does it usually take to complete your design for the week or month?
Most people may be surprised that I actually don't look on Instagram or watch "Plan With Me" videos on Youtube for inspiration or to get ideas. Aside from scrapbooking, planner decorating is a huge creative outlet for me, so I tend to stick with what I like and my personal style on a daily basis. I try to stick with using my favorite colors and prints all of the time and be my original self. Since I have a lot of planner supplies, it usually takes me about 30 minutes or longer. It's just something I enjoy doing and love spending time on.

(Included Above: Happy Baby Mega Pencil Case)

How has the planner community on instagram supported your love for stationery?I started an Etsy shop last January to sell my planner tassels and the planner community has shown such a huge support in my shop and my Instagram. I love being tagged in photos that remind them of me or one of their purchases from my shop. I also love seeing the RAKs or a "random act of kindness' when people send stationery gifts to friends to brighten someone's day.

Name us three of your favorite planner girls/guys that our Cool Pencil Case fans should follow!
My favorite Instagram accounts that inspire me for journaling in a planner, creative planner decorating, and planner productivity are

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