I used to be an avid-hardcore-paper-planner type. I had a very organized system, with lots of inserts and I would decorate them like crazy!
But then I got in a bit of a rut. My life got so busy and I convinced myself that I didn't "have time" to plan like that. So I switched to a simple app-based todo list system.
It wasn't until more recently that (after talking to Chief-Mom-in-Charge ;) I realized that you make time for the things that matter to you. And the act of paper-crafting was something that calmed me, excited me (hello, I own a paper shop!) and was something mom and I did together. So it matters a whole lot to me.
Of course, I'm still extremely busy, so I've gotten inventive and figured out a few tips and tricks to having the beautiful planner of my dreams, but also being realistic with my time :)
USE A PRE-MADE PLANNER
I used to use a Kikki.K or Kate Spade binder, then fill it with my own inserts. That worked AWESOME for me for a long time (and sometimes I really miss them!) however, between the printing, the cutting, whole-punching, decorating, organizing, and then actually planning... that took up so much time for me. Plus, I always always either redesigning or trying to find new inserts.
Now, instead, I have a Shop Bando and the new Rifle Paper Co. bound planners. This does a couple things for me:
1. They are both SO beautiful in their own way. So no matter if I'm feeling the more elegant Rifle, or the more quirky Bando, my mood can be easily changed + met.
2. Both pretty much fit my basic planning needs so I'm not needing to constantly search for new and better options (was I the only one who never found planner peace via the binder systems?) and instead I can focus on the part that I care MOST about--- making it pretty!
SET A SPECIFIC TIME EACH WEEK TO DECORATE
Originally, I spent some time each day playing and decorating my pages. Now however, I save a ton of time by doing it all weekly. Monday morning (or Sunday evening if I'm feeling particularly crafty!) I'll set aside anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to pull out all of my stickers, tapes, pretty pens and vintage papers.
I'll lay it all out, put on some kind of documentary (probably WW2 or universe related-- I'm a nerd) then make my weekly masterpiece! ;)
This helped me make sure I wasn't spending too much time on them, but that I was still doing it! <3
USE A LAPTRAY OR A SECOND DESK
I personally, sit on my couch with a laptray but you could also have a second desk for this. Why? Because this way, if I end up taking more then my blocked-hour, I can set it all aside, then go work. I'll come back to it that night or during my lunch. But now I don't have to unpack, pack, unpack, pack, you know? Which is entirely too time consuming.
It's also really nice to designate a space for how far the mess is allowed to go ;) For instance, anytime I've tried crafting on the floor in my office or even my bed, the mess seems to end up ALL OVER the house somehow. Which, obviously takes up even more time out of my busy schedule. Now I have organized chaos ;)
And there you have it! My three easy tips for planning and paper-crafting for the busy babes. Got any tips you'd like to share? Leave a comment below or join the conversation over on instagram!