Unplanned, last minute photos of my boys always turn out to be my favorites. Maybe they have less time to catch a hint of my ulterior motives and therefore are more cooperative. I’m not sure.

We headed out for a morning walk, turned mini-photoshoot last Saturday, stopping for McDonalds hotcakes and orange juice on the way. If only I had realized how desperate they both had been for haircuts prior to taking the photos. Oh, details…

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ps. Hard to believe THIS was a whole year ago.

pss. A peek behind the scenes (thanks to my husband) here.

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Happy Tuesday!

I’m sharing a spread I created with some awesome One Little Bird elements this week, so head on over to Peppermint’s blog to see the details of how this spread came together.

Donya Luana One Little Bird Creative Team
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At the beginning of this year I began using a paper planner. Again. It had been several years since I’d used one (probably college), and Google Calendar had been working well for me. But there is one big reason I need a paper calendar: I need a physical to do list. I need to write it all out and I need to cross it all off.

So back to a paper planner I went. I chose the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley late last year, primarily because I’d been following her work for several years and have always admired her designs, but also because I love the way the pages are laid out. Like they were designed for the way my brain works. I have used it daily for 10.5 months now and I still love it. So much so that I already have my 2015 Simplified Planner in hand and ready to go.

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This month I’m taking a Studio Calico class called Agenda. The class focuses on how to set up and get the most out of your planner, but to be completely honest, it was the exclusive stamp set that came with the class I was most interested in. And not for my planner, I just wanted the stamps for scrapbooking.

But when the class began I was blown away by the inspiration and customization I saw with those using the binder/filofax planners. Five minutes of planner envy later and my creative juices started flowing. I didn’t have the ability to add new pages to my spiral planner, but I wanted to make my planner work for me. Even more so than it already was.

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I did this by using two transparent cards from the Heidi Swapp Overlay Value Kit to create a “today” tab and a “dashboard”. Following this tutorial, I hole punched one side of the cards and cut out small slits so they could be easily added and moved around in my planner. That “today” tab is super convenient when I flip over the monthly page view.

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For the dashboard I cut a piece of vellum paper the same size as the overlay and punched matching holes. Then I stamped the cups onto the vellum and paper clipped the vellum behind the transparency so I can write on it daily and erase it when I’m done. I am notoriously awful when it comes to water intake, so tracking how much water I’m drinking daily is a biggie for me. It’s also a great spot for little reminders I might overlook on my normal to do list, or general reminders like remembering to smile. :)

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At the back of my planner I keep a separate calendar (I use this ‘month at a glance’ printable) to keep track of my blog posts. A folded 8.5×11 piece of paper fits perfectly back there, but it’s hard to see it without a tab. I created the tab using a Project Life card from the Strawberry Kit, and just stapled it onto one of the papers that I keep a year long list of post ideas on.

Are you a paper planner user? What do you do to make your planner work for you?

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I love transitioning my home decor from summer to fall in October.  Which basically means switching out everything for pumpkin scents and orange/yellow decor.

We’re currently searching for the perfect chair combo for our empty playroom/sitting area space of our living room and I’m dying over that chair.  I bought those flats this summer, and now that it’s cooling off enough to wear something other than sandals, I’ve been slipping them on more frequently.

And that apron…would be so perfect for Beau.  Yep, I’m already searching for holiday gifts….

What are you loving right now?

What I'm Loving: October Edition

1. LL Bean Signature Ballet Flats   2. Target Wooden Lantern   3. Lindsay Letters ‘We Love You, Fall’ Canvas   4. West Elm Smoke Meat Every Day Apron   5. Bath & Body Works Pumpkin Caramel Latte Candle   6. Nursery Works Sleepytime Rocker

Have you found a good fall wallpaper for your phone yet? This one is gracing my screen these days so I’m sharing it with you. Just click the image below to download it. Then simply save to your phone and apply it in the wallpaper settings on your phone.

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At the beginning of the year I set a goal to work on a 2010 album alongside my current album for 2014. Everything went smoothly through March, but then I jumped to September and had a hard time going back. I finally made time last month while Beau was out of town to get back into it, which mostly just meant forcing myself to close out my 2014 Lightroom library and open up 2010. Sometimes the first steps are the hardest.

Once I had the 2010 photos on my screen again, the stories started jumping out of the photos, ready to be written down.

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Completing this spread really reminded me of why I’m going back and documenting 2010. Our lives have changed so much in just 4 years and Ephram won’t remember any of it.  Even I will have a hard time remembering it someday.

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In this spread I used several of Ali Edwards’ digital brushes to print onto journaling cards.  The ‘storm’ word art came from a free download she shared several years ago.  The ‘around here’ and arrows are from her new prompts.

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In July 2010, Ephram turned 4 months old and I started capturing his smile on camera more frequently.  I knew I wanted to go big with that photo of him sort of sitting so I tried out a Design E page in this spread.

Since I had already picked out some journaling cards to use with the photos from this page before deciding to use the square format of Design E, I cut them into 3×3 squares and stapled them together to form a large 6×6 square.

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The ‘celebrate America’ is another free download by Ali Edwards and I printed it on the tag by running it through the printer the same way I do with journaling cards. Super easy!

To follow my 2014 album progress click here.

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