If you’re even remotely into the planning community then you’ve probably heard about die cuts. They come as either cardstock pieces or stickers (this took me way too long to figure out) to add larger decoration to your planner, bullet journal, or traveler’s notebook. They’re incredibly popular, but I often get asked what you use them for since we sell quite a few in our shop. I’ve got you covered.
1. Stick them throughout your planner. I have them scattered throughout on title pages, monthly quote pages, and on the pockets in the back. It’s a fun way to add a pop of creativity without much effort.
2. Laminate them so they stand up against wear and tear. You’ll be able to clip them onto a pocket in your traveler’s notebook, use it as a bookmark or washi them on to a dashboard while being able to use it again and again.
3. Put them on your laptop to add personalization to your belongings. I also like to put mine on notebook covers.
4. Laminate them and turn them into paperclips. Use some hot glue to attach your laminated die cut to a paperclip!
5. Give them as little gifts in snail mail. Die cut stickers aren’t just for planner addicts. A lot of my non-planner friends love these larger stickers. It’s like a throwback to the machines at the front of the supermarket. Add one into your next letter to a friend and they’ll definitely write back a thank you.
At the end of the day die cut stickers are just larger versions of your favorite designs so return to your kid roots and start slapping them everywhere.
Although I’m still traversing the confusing world of traveler’s notebooks, I have found a few favorite shops for supplies that make things a whole lot easier to get started and to settle in. Here’s all my favorite places.
For the notebook itself
Chic Sparrow is my top choice. Right now they don’t have a lot to choose from on their website as they’re releasing new leathers soon, but I find the quality and the variety the best. I have spent my fair share of time on the Foxy Fix website, but theirs seem a lot more expensive than Chic Sparrow and I much prefer the more natural colors that Sparrow has to offer. It’s all personal opinion though so shop around and choose a company you like best.
I have to do a bit of self-promotion here. If you happen to have A6 sized notebooks (B6 is coming soon) then Oh, Hello Stationery has some seriously awesome dot grid notebooks. All of our patterns are hand-drawn so they’re unique and gorgeous to look at. If you want actual calendars and such, Sew Much Craftingand The 1407 Plannersare the places I go to,
I’ve been visiting a lot of college friends lately and it has me feeling a whirlwind of emotions lately. It’s great to see them again, but a lot of them are still doing the same things they were doing five years ago. Everyone seems stuck. No one is moving on or growing up. They’re exactly the same. Just older.
Alex and I skipped a couple of steps. Oh, Hello granted us an amazing house in a neighborhood many people work their entire lives for. Our new friends all have kids and are established. We find ourselves in a limbo between our college friends and our adult friends who are so much more adult-y than we are.
It got me thinking about growing up. Who I want to be as an “adult.” And the thing is, I have no intentions of “adulting” in the traditional sense. I love toys. Shopkins make me too excited to full express and I prefer watching My Little Pony over most of the other junk on television. I can officially afford all of these things younger me would only lust after. Why deprive yourself of childish fun just because you’re stuck somewhere in adult limbo?
Then it comes to the topic of kids. We aren’t in a hurry. Children currently seem like the fastest way to leave youthville and firmly plant yourself in grown up town. I’m not ready to be responsible for someone else when I eat Panera too many ties a week to be healthy. I love kids probably because I relate to them on a spiritual level. Sometimes I want to cry for no reason. The toy aisle is still the best aisle in the store. But Alex and I are just not ready for the responsibility of our own children.
I don’t really know the point of this post. More or less to go on about how we’re stuck between two friend groups without a clear sight of where we want to go next. I don’t want to be that person who is still going to the same bar with the same people after all these years, but I’m not ready for kids just yet. So here we sit between two worlds. We’re happy, but a little lonely.
I’ve been using The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Toner for about four years now and never found anything quite like it until Miracle Water landed on my doorstep a month ago. It’s basically the exact same product in all the right kind of ways. I use toner after my second cleanse to remove any leftover mascara or makeup that’s being stubborn. Miracle Water adds moisture back into my skin right away after my cleansers make it a bit dry and sensitive. It sinks into the skin quickly and provides a great first layer for the rest of my skincare routine. I love how big the bottle is and I can easily decant some product into a smaller container for travel. Plus being able to see how much product I have left makes this slightly better than the Body Shop’s offering. Miracle Water and I became fast friends.
The Secret Sauce on the other hand had me a bit on guard. I know that the Secret Sauce is an absurd amount of money. Sure I’d spend that easily on a new traveler’s notebook, but it’s hard to choke down when it comes to a beauty product. So I seriously scrutinized this product over the last month of regular use. My skin feels firmer, brighter, and I find that I use less makeup to cover up redness and uneven skin tone. The product is rich and creamy and reminds me a lot of Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask in consistency and moisture bringing. I wake up with skin feeling plump and hydrated. Plus a little does go a long way since it’s such a rich product that I’ve barely made a dent in the generous glass packaging.
So yeah. I know it’s expensive. But I’m already thinking of setting aside some money here and there to repurchase when I eventually run out. It’s the best heavy cream I’ve found in ages that works like an overnight mask without needing a whole separate product. I’m convinced.
I can’t wait to see what other skincare products IT Cosmetics has up their sleeves.
For as long as I’ve used an Erin Condren Life Planner, I’ve had the hardest time figuring out how to use the twelve boxes at the front of the planner. Honestly I basically ignored it completely until this past July when an idea struck me. It’s the perfect spot to track monthly accomplishments.
I’m using my boxes to track things that have happened with Oh, Hello Stationery Co. every month, but of course you could use yours for other accomplishments. They’re great for work accomplishments, family highlights, baby’s firsts, and so on. Plus if you do a yearly holiday card, scrapbook, or photo album, you won’t have to try and figure out what happened in the last year. It’ll already be written down in a handy location.
Plus nothing feels better than seeing all of your accomplishments in one place. It’s so easy to get wrapped up from day to day that you don’t realize all that you’re getting done. Oh, Hello changes so quickly that I rarely stop to notice exactly how much we do. This page is a great reminder. A brag board of sorts.
If you don’t happen to have an Erin Condren, find a spare notes page and draw up a few boxes. Whenever something exciting happens in a month, jot it down. You’ll be surprised at how much you accomplish after just a few months.