2016 Planner Layout, Week# 46

2016 Planner Layout, Week# 46

Hi There!

I’m keeping it short and sweet today because this lovely little layout post was supposed to be here two Tuesdays ago. It seems I started vacation as soon as I hit publish two weeks ago! I’m so grateful I was able to stay present with my family on our awesome vacation but I can’t believe this slipped my mind. Especially since I kept updating my planner daily for a quick reference of what we got to do. So without further ado, let’s begin.2016 Planner Layout, Week# 46

I may say this every time I share a pastel layout but this really is my favorite color scheme to use in my planner. I’m pretty sure these layouts offer the closest feeling I’ve ever been to planner peace. While I’m on the subject of pastels, have you seen Violet’s Instagram? She is living my pastel planner dream life! Gah, you gotta check her out!

Let’s get back on track for this weeks layout post. I wanted to share another series of stickers readily available and compatible to the Passion Planner. I hit up my local Michaels store specifically for this purpose. I felt it was perfect timing with all the new planner products the Recollections brand is bringing out. I used two sets from their line: the Creative Year Blush & Mint Stickers  and the Creative Year Blush & Mint Sticky Notes.

I’m so proud of myself for remembering to take pics before jumping into my layout. They really are a gorgeous set of stickers and stickies. Here’s how my layout looks #beforetheink.

I can’t believe how perfectly these stickers fit in this planner! I love how everything coordinates so nicely. I will definitely snatch up any new products in this color palette. Combining these sets touched all the bases: gloss, matte, gold, pastel, femininity and texture! Let’s look at some closeups too.

Let’s finish up with my end of the week results. I did my best to write extra neat and took advantage of the stickies to redo any bits I didn’t like. I was having an awesome time and have no regrets forgoing several of the tasks listed. The memories far outweighed the responsibilities in this case.

I hope you enjoyed this layout post and maybe found some inspiration too.

This season is proving to have many challenges so I’ll be taking a longer excursion this month to make sure my priorities remain intact. I’ll be returning to my normal schedule as soon as the dust settles. I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

2016 Business Boutique and Preorder Giveaway!

2016 Business Boutique and Preorder Giveaway!

Hey Friends!

I’m so excited to share a bit about Christy Wright’s Business Boutique! This event was held at Cornerstone Church in Nashville, Tennessee. They hosted 3000 women, had 19 speakers, 11 onstage sessions, 14 different Breakout Sessions, and brought in Lady Antebellum. They really went all out for this 2-day event. There was live music in the lobby, food trucks for lunches, and even vendors on site. Y’all, this conference was sold out!

2016 Business Boutique~ Nashville TN
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It was amazing to look around the auditorium full of business minded women hoping to gain the necessary tools to make their dreams a reality. Everyone there was within at least one of the following categories:

Dreamer: You want to do something, but you’re not sure what.

Starter: You’ve got your idea, but you need help to get it off the ground.

Builder: You’ve already created something but now you’re ready to take it to the next level.

When I originally signed up for the Business Boutique conference I was in the Starter phase of Ginger Paper Co.. Now I’m technically in the Builder phase for the shop but I feel I’m also in the Dreamer phase for what I’m called to do long-term. This conference took us from Foundation to Fruition in a way that made it possible to plan every step to lead to a successful business. By the end of the event you’ll have the confidence needed to move forward, a workbook with all the valuable notes you took, and hopefully some new friends to encourage you along the way.

It’s impossible for me to express how valuable and empowering the Business Boutique was. I fully anticipate attending this conference again and encourage you to consider attending too. Christy Wright even announced they will be doing 1-day events next year.

So what does this little workbook have in it? Every single note I took! This workbook is a resource guide that contains speaker notes, a Business Plan model, Encouraging Quotes, names of women I connected with, a Budget Checklist & Cheat Sheet and room for follow-up notes. I’ll be referring back to these notes often.

You’re probably curious about the speakers and what they talked about. Well, I’ll do an outline format to organize this information so you can understand it without being too wordy. Let’s start with a lineup of the event speakers and their topics of discussion. You can learn more about each speaker at the links they provided.

Event Speakers

Christy Wright

~The Vision: Know Where You’re Going

~The Plan: Mapping Out Steps to Get You There

~Money: Making the Most of What You Make

~Crushing Fear: Finding Faith in the Tough Times

~Interview with Hillary Scott: Keep Going:Turning Setbacks Into Success

~Interview with Nicole Walters: Selling Confidently: Talking About Your Business Without Being Pushy

~Life Balance: How to Build Your Business and Still Have a Life at the Same Time

Dave Ramsey

~The Power of Intentionality: You Become What You Think About

Rachel Cruze

~Money: It’s Not Just Business. It’s Personal.

Christine Caine

~There’s Something About Mary

Amy Porterfield

~Use Social Media to Grow Your Audience and Impact

 Donald Miller

~StoryBrand: How the Power of Story Can Grow Your Business

As I mentioned above, there were onstage sessions and breakout sessions. All attendee were encouraged to preregister for three breakout sessions to secure a seat. These sessions were in a more confined setting allowing for personal interaction and an opportunity to ask questions. Here are all the Breakout Speakers with links so you can learn a bit about each one.

Breakout Speakers

Barrett Ward

~How to Start a Nonprofit or Social Enterprise

Beth Anne Schwamberger

~How to Use Podcasting and Webinars to Build Your Brand

Chad McKinney 

~Simplifying Taxes and Accounting for Small Business

Crystal Paine

~Monetizing your Platform: How to Make a Full-Time Income Online

Erin Mckeeby

~The Practical Guide to Email Marketing Success

Jennifer Deshler

~Keep the Dream Alive When You Are Busy 9-5

Jeremy Cowart

~Creating a Life Masterpiece: What Does It Actually Take?

Kelly Hancock

~Blogging Toolbox: Tips, Tools, and Tricks to Help You Blog More Efficiently

Melissa Kaiserman

~The Etsy Edge: Standing Out in a Popular Marketplace

Stephanie Melish

~Success Lessons: How to Identify and Convert Common Mistakes Into Money

Stoney Noell

~Bringing Your Website to Life

Wasn’t that an amazing line up? Everything we wanted to learn right within our reach! So now that you’re really excited to go to an event too, I thought I’d give you the heads up on preparation. Keep in mind, I went to the 2-Day conference so the 1-Day event materials may be different. I already mentioned the workbook so you can leave the additional notebook at the hotel to lighten your load. I’m sure there’s a lot more I could include but these will guarantee you’re prepared!

How to Prepare for Business Boutique

~ Connect via social media! Prior to your event take advantage of the opportunity to get to know some of the ladies who will also be at your event. You may have the chance to meet while there!

~ There were lots of jeans, ladies! Dress in Business Casual attire but ultimately you want to be comfortable and warm. Keep in mind you will spend a majority of your time seated but you will have the opportunity to take lots of selfies, and maybe even have your headshots done!

~ Pack Light! For the actual event that is! You will have just about every minute of your time accounted for so whatever you bring, you’ll need to carry with you everywhere. Do yourself a favor and don’t bother with the extra load.

~ Expect to Network! No pressure really, just get to know the ladies seated near you. It’s a good idea to bring business cards; if your just starting out, bring networking cards to share your contact information.

~ Lunch is a biggie! While lunch trucks were provided for the Nashville event, the lines were very long. You may want to consider bringing a light lunch and/or snacks along with a bottle of water. I suggest bringing high protein snack bars, a fruit and maybe a couple of protein packs that will be fine without refrigeration.

~ Wear Your Product! You’ll most likely have vendors at your event but don’t let that deter you from sharing your work too. Take advantage of the opportunity for sales; If your product is light enough, bring in a couple of samples. Leave the bulk of your product in your car just in case some of the ladies want it now!

I hope you enjoyed this synopsis of the Business Boutique. I went to this conference alone but left with new friends and the knowledge that I’m not alone.

Now onto the part you’re probably really here for… the giveaway! Christy Wright has a new book coming out in April 2017 and she gave us an opportunity to preorder the book and take home the DVD! I think you should make your dreams a reality too so I’m excited to pass along a copy for you to check out for yourself. Here are the details:

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Giveaway Details

~ The giveaway is open to U.S. residents and will run through midnight on November 27, 2016. Must be at least 18 years old to enter.

~ You are entering for a chance to receive the Business Boutique Marketing Basics DVD and a preordered book.

~ The winner will receive a signed copy of the Business Boutique DVD upon verification and a copy of the book upon release in April.

~ The winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to claim the prize. If unclaimed, a new winner will be drawn. The winners’ entries will be verified.

~ This is a Rafflecopter giveaway. You may enter here or click the preorder image above.

There you have it; my much-anticipated review of the Business Boutique and an awesome giveaway. I’ll be back on Tuesday with another planner layout, see you then.

2016 Planner Layout, Week# 45

2016 Planner Layout, Week# 45

Hi There!

I’m happy to be here with another planner layout but why does it seem like the weeks are flying by!

2016 Planner Layout, Week# 45

For this layout I want to feature another sticker shop that I’ve had in my stash for too long. This sticker set is the “Purple Paisley Boxes and Flags” made by Little Lullaby by Diana but she has since changed her shop name to The Police Wife Planner.

I purchased this set when I was trying to build up my sticker collection. Now that I’ve used it, I realize I should have ordered some coordinating elements. I have five more sets so I may need to scoop those up before I forget.

Without the extras, I had to get a little creative but I think this set worked out pretty good. It’s always nice to find stickers that can fit just about any size planner. I layered the flags with my daily routine labels and icons. Yes, I realize the font is too light on some of these but I’m trying to use them up.

From the looks of this #endoftheweek spread, I think I stayed sufficiently productive but it seems I’ve been slacking on writing down the extra tasks I do. I literally bounce from one thing to the next and back again so I need to get a grip on tracking what I actually accomplish at my desk.

I spent two days working on some Friday new releases for my shop and I was good to go until my youngest got sick at school. Life happened and it completely slipped my mind to activate the listings. So I’m being more attentive this week to make sure I do better notations and don’t miss any more major deadlines.

I’ll leave you with this quote from the Business Boutique conference I recently attended. I’m planning to share more about this event on Thursday so I hope to see you then.

God created you on purpose, with a purpose. ~Christy Wright
2016 Planner Layout, Week# 44

2016 Planner Layout, Week# 44

Hi Friends.

I’m back from the most amazing business conference I have ever been to. I’ll be sharing the details soon but wanted to let you know it’s the main reason why my planner was so bare. This weeks layout post may be a bit disappointing to some but, on the flip side, refreshing to know that planner chicks don’t have it together 100% of the time.

2016 Planner Layout, Week# 44For this week I wanted to show that any stickers can work in the Passion Planner so I chose a couple pages from the Create 365 sticker pack. You can take a look at the exact one here. I was happy to see there was a color combo that perfectly matched the washi I wanted to use. These packs are made to fit the Happy Planners but with a bit of trimming they can work any way you want.

2016 Planner Layout, Week# 44

I love how this spread turned out but I’m glad I used some of my retail stickers for this layout since I didn’t get to really enjoy them. The MAMBI team really did a great job coordinating the different elements in a way that most of us planner girls like to do our layouts.

After completing this layout, I got to work getting myself ready for the upcoming conference. Since I was working so haphazardly, I used stickies to track what I needed and wanted to do. I didn’t want to risk making too many mistakes and dread showing you later. All that to say, I transferred my notes before taking the final shots and added a few by memory.

Friend, I have gotten my first sale ever! I don’t know how long most shops wait to get their first sale but I’m so proud that it landed on my two month shop anniversary. I think that is AWESOME!!! You can probably imagine my excitement for actually getting to add that notation to my list this week.

Ha, speaking of notations, I thought I would have time to work on the items on my “Remember” list. Jokes on me; the conference was jam packed with information. They provided a workbook to take notes from all the speakers including the breakout sessions but by the time I got back to the hotel all I could do was rest from the information overload. I had the best time. There’s a lot to process and I can’t wait to share it with you.

I’ll be back next week with another planner layout and a bit about the conference. See you then.

Update: Blog Transition

Update: Blog Transition

Hi Friends!

Today I want share how I’m transitioning this blog to be a tool for reaching my goals. As such, I want to share my successes, failures, and what I’m learning along the way. Writing my progress here offers accountability and requires me to thoughtfully articulate what I have to say.

Spoiler Alert!! I have struggles along the way, and you will too. It’s how I choose to learn from them that determines my next steps or how I need to adjust my plans. I have a very recent example for you. I’ve mentioned before that opening an Etsy shop was on my mind for many years. Well, as I was in the process of finalizing my opening, I lost focus of the whole purpose of it. To this day, I haven’t gotten my first sale! Am I discouraged? No. I’m actually quite comfortable with it because I met that goal to start my own shop!

It’s such a healthy reminder

Sometimes where we want to go may only be a stepping stone to where we really belong. I truly believe that I wanted to have my own shop to finally get my ideas out there but it’s so much more than that. This littleish goal built up my confidence to dream bigger. I have big ideas and there is so much that goes into them.  When I realized I could use Etsy to relieve the financial burden of working toward my passion, that was my confirmation to move forward. I have renewed invigoration to improve my shop and trust that it will do exactly that when the timing is right.

If things work out the way I’m hoping, I’ll be able to follow this blog schedule:

weekly: Tuesday Planner Layouts

biweekly: Thursday Updates/Lifestyle Posts

Occasionally there will be printables on whichever day they’re applicable. I’m also considering posting new releases for GingerPaperCo on the days those fall.

Moving forward, my hope is that as I develop a strategy, I’m able to seamlessly mesh my lifestyle posts in with my creative ones. Both are very important to me but my creative endeavors are an outlet and a resource to allow me to pursue helping others. When I speak of creative, I’m referring to planner related posts and printables that reflect what I’m currently using to keep me moving forward. My lifestyle posts allow you to see what I’m moving towards on a personal level.

Currently, I’m trying to figure out the best way to articulate my ministry without being too vague, while being sensitive to what I put on the internet. Ideally, I’ll be able to give a positive vibe without disregarding the seriousness of the plight we overlook. Until I get my words figured out, I’ll be writing about a couple websites, doing a book review, and maybe review the conference I’m heading to next week. I’m excited about my current lineup for Thursdays. I really hope you’ll continue this journey with me.

See you next week.

2016 Planner Layout, Week# 43

2016 Planner Layout, Week# 43

Hi Friends!

It’s time again for another planner layout… already! This week has flown by and I’m so glad I documented most of the tasks that got done this week. Our weekend was filled will lots of fun Halloween Activities with our friends and neighbors. Let’s get started, I can’t wait to share this week.

AngieHalesCreates~ 2016 Planner Layout, Wk# 43

I am finding that pastels really are my favorite to use in my planner. It doesn’t hurt that Gabi’s Paper Co made the most gorgeous pink and gray kit. I’m also really favoring skinny and floral washi right now. I think this #beforetheink is gonna be tough to beat.

AngieHalesCreates~ 2016 Planner Layout, Wk# 43

I love that I was able to make these personal size stickers work in my Passion Planner. Here’s a tip, if you have boxes that are a bit too big; place them on wax paper then cut to size. You may notice in the image below, I didn’t figure that out until after I placed my Today headers. Honestly, I goofed on several bits this week but who’s keeping track anyway.

I’ve been holding on to this goodness for months! Jennifer really knocked it outta the park with this kit. It’s so soft, dainty, and perfectly feminine. I like how my DIY words coordinate nicely too.

Are you ready to see my end of the week chicken scratch? I really hate making notation mistakes in my planner, but not so much that I’m willing to use pencil. Oh Well.

I didn’t do much pre-planning for my week because I knew how limited my time would be. I had four outside activities on top of prepping for an upcoming conference out of town. So, I was keeping busy and had to remind myself to write down tasks before moving onto the next. I’d like to point out that we have a new Zaxby’s in town, hence the multiple meals we had there this week. Don’t judge, it was a busy week for us! Technically, I attempted to meal plan, it just didn’t work out as planned.

Well, that covers my week. I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my layout and got a bit of inspiration too. I’ll be back Thursday with an update to my schedule and what I hope to do with this blog. See you then.

2016 Planner Layout, Week# 42

2016 Planner Layout, Week# 42

Hey There!

I’m back again with another planner layout. I’m excited to share my new Passion Planner and the way I customized it. I spent a lot of time resizing stickers to fit this model. I also customized word stickers to coordinate with my morning routine and whatever miscellaneous tasks I do throughout the week. I love how everything turned out.

AngieHalesCreates~ 2016 Planner Layout, Week# 42

For starters, on this #beforetheink, you can see most of the custom word stickers I made. I realize it takes lots longer to add these stickers as opposed to just handwriting them but I dislike my handwriting enough that it’s well worth it to me. I’m hoping to add many of these to GingerPaperCo soon. I just love these colors together!

And here goes the full spread with my notations. I worked on these stickers on/off all week so that’s why it looks like I haven’t gotten much done. The reality is, there just isn’t much time between dropping off and picking up my boys. Throwing a sick kid into the mix just really makes things a little harder to manage. That being said, I consider this past week a win in the whole scheme of things.

2016 Planner Layout, Week# 42

I’m having difficulty adjusting to the timing of natural lighting right now. It seems that my perfect lighting isn’t available until about 2pm and I’m just not patient enough to wait that long. I gotta get things done; like making that ribbon bookmark!

This is my second Passion Planner and I wanted to have some pretty stuff attached to it too. I added a ribbon to my last one so I just stepped it up a notch this time. I like that I can divide the ribbons to bookmark different areas in my planner and still have the tassel look. Function meets Fun.

Well there you have it for last weeks planner layout. I hope you liked it and you’re inspired to do more in your own planner. I’ll be back next week with another layout featuring a set from another Etsy shop you should check out. See you then!