May 2018 Planner Guest Designer | Belinda Hearn

If you are a member of the Cocoa Daisy Planner Fans facebook group, you know Belinda Hearn. Belinda is an active member of the group and shares her amazing spreads frequently! Let’s get to know Belinda even better:

Organising Kits & Building My Cocoa Daisy Planner.

“Hi, my name is Belinda Hearn and I live on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. I am 47, a mother, wife, sister, daughter and aunty. But really I’m just me, a creative soul who loves to put pen to paper and create. I love to draw, write poetry, sketch and paint and are enjoying bringing these elements into my planning. I am inspired every day, and hope to share my inspiration and designs with others.

My planning style is pretty, colourful and playful, but functional at the same time. Some of my favourite planning elements are washi, die cuts and stickers (I have just subscribed to the new Sticker Kit). As some may have guessed, I also have a special fondness for Fussy Cutting and the Cocoa Daisy printables are one of my favourite mediums (outside of the kits) allowing me the creativity to use them in my own way in various planners and planner styles.

I can honestly say that my favourite time each month is when my Yellow Polka Dot Box arrives. It is something special just for me, allowing me to organise my days and express myself creatively. To be able to share my designs and ideas in May, well that brings me joy and a smile to my face. I am very thankful for this opportunity.”

Pop-in Pocket Tutorial


How Belinda sets up her Custom A5 Disc Bound Cocoa Daisy Planner

“Each month I make my planner from scratch. From the Planner Kit, I choose my 2 favourite designs from the papers (laminated and punched) to make my front and back planner covers. The last design in the papers I use in my reusable Pop-in Laminated Pocket.

I then I punch all the A5 Pages & A5 Dashboards and set them up as follows: Front cover, Pop-in Pocket, Current Month Tabbed Page / Month at a glance, Dashboard, Month on 2 Pages / Year at a Glance. I then use a Dashboard as a weekly divider, then the week on 2 Pages, with the week on one page in the middle. I then repeat for each week. Finishing with the Daily Pages and Back cover.

My first step is creating my own weekly dashboard. I enjoy using the Pocket Memory Cards, Washi, Diecuts and Stickers to decorate this page.

Then it’s time to decorate the weekly pages by laying down a selection of washi tape, diecuts, stickers and stamping.

I usually finish the week by using coloured pencils to highlight the entries.”

Thank you so much, Belinda, for being our guest designer and sharing your amazing creations with us! It was such a pleasure to have you here. You can find Belinda on instagram: @planlikejane as well as on youtube: Planlikejane where she shares all of her creative ideas.

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  1. Julie Smith

    What wonderful designs!! Love the use of colour, creativity and functionality in these pages. You are an inspiration!!

  2. Wendy Antenucci

    I love your fussy cutting and your use of the Happy Planner items. Your drawing is amazing, I’ve been watching on IG, love the Pooh Bear <3

  3. thecraftyways

    I LOVED planning with Belinda. She’s full of such amazing ideas and creates beautiful planner layouts❤️☺️

  4. janinerachau

    Thank you for sharing your pages! Love!


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