A new month and the new Dandelion Wishes Collection are here! Setting up a new month in your planner is a snap with Cocoa Daisy kits!
Rachel Newman: Classic Vertical Planner Setup
There is something so satisfying about setting up a new month in your planner. There are a few things I do to keep the process fun and streamlined. To start, I punch my Classic Vertical Inserts for a discbound system. The customization and compactness can’t be beaten!
With the pages punched, I get to work on my monthly spread. The monthly layout can be used for so many things. If you need some ideas, here are a few, thanks to the amazing members of the Cocoa Daisy Fans Facebook Group.
Items to add to your Monthly Spread:
- Appointments for you and/or your family.
- Big work/home/personal projects, deadlines, or meetings
- Bill due dates
- Reminders such as reveal day
- Prominent social engagements.
- Use icon stickers for specific items/tasks/reminders
- Health tracking: hydration, exercise/steps, sleep, meals.
- Tracking reading schedules
- Cleaning rotation schedules/chores. The list can change each month/season
- Gratitude: three things you are grateful for at the end of each day, or in the mornings.
- Menu planning /tracking (what you actually had including eating out, delivery, etc.)
- Memory Keeping: I use mine for a picture a day, so it’s a simple memory keeper for each month.
For me, in this season of life, I use the monthly for the “known” items: birthdays, deadlines, bills, paydays, and events using the Dandelion Wishes Classic Sticker Kit. For items that spread over multiple days, I use the washi strips from to mark this. In the open space, I love to decorate! I used the decorative boxes on three of the days to create a visual triangle and embellished them with decorative stickers and stamps from the Dandelion Wishes Memory Keeping Stamps.
This habit tracker has officially found its home on my monthly spread! I can use one sticker to track something for the whole month, and this month, it is sunshine! March was pretty grey so I thought it would be fun to track the days I see the sun in April. This is always doubles as a walking tracker and I like to exercise outside when it’s sunny.
The monthly spread is great to put stickers I don’t always have room for in my weekly spread like the “Hello, April” sticker and the quote in the bottom corner.
Lastly, I went decorated the back of the month page with papers from the Dandelion Wishes Planner Kit and a pocket card from the Dandelion Wishes Modern Memory Keeping Kit. The kit came with these gorgeous butterflies that I knew I had to include. To make the wings lift off the page, I only adhered the middle of the butterflies. Now, when I open my planner, I can “fluff” the wings, which makes me smile. If you look closely, you can also see a different way I incorporated the film strip die cuts as a textural element. Watch my full process in this video on YouTube.
Share your monthly setup with us by tagging @cocoa_daisy on social media or posting to the Cocoa Daisy Fan Page. Make sure to visit our Pinterest page and the Cocoa Daisy YouTube Channel for more inspiration.
Rachel, Creative Team Blog Coordinator
Tags: classic inserts, Classic sticker kit, vertical inserts, Planner Setup, planner divider, butterflies, diy divider, Discbound