I’m sad that today is my final day as a Growing in Unity Girl of the Week. With that being said, I am so very thankful for the opportunity Unity Stamp Co. has given me. I am so very thankful for everyones kind comments and I truly appreciate each and every one of you. I’m so thankful for my village’s support in this endeavor. I truly hope my week has inspired you to look through what you have and think a little outside the box in how you use it. For those of you new to the stamping world, you can never go wrong with a Unity stamp and you will always find one that pertains to where you are at any given moment! Even better, right now, they are having an amazing sale – go check it out…I’ll still be here!
Today, I’m bringing to you another way I use my Unity stamps. I use an Erin Condren Life Planner to try and keep my life together and organized, making sure I’m where I need to be, when I need to be there. I also LOVE pretty planning! So I merge the two together sometimes and I did so this month for my monthly calendar and monthly overview. I pulled out Friend Like You because it has this amazing Thankful script that I thought would make a great header for my tracking purposes. I also pulled out my August 2015 KOTM, Life Is Change because it has some awesome fall themed stamps. Finally, I grabbed the lightbulb ornaments and mug of cococa from my September 2015 KOTM, Our Hearts to Yours (I should rename this in my organizing system as Old Faithful!) I grabbed my Versafine onyx black ink and dug deep for some of my old Close To My Heart inkpads in Slate, Cocoa, Olive, Desert Sand, and New England Ivy.
I knew that I wanted to use the slate with the ornaments and cocoa along the bottom of my calendar to remind myself those days weren’t part of November. I think I may have liked this spread better if I had done some 2nd generation stamping. I took my 4 remaining CTMH stamp pads and stamped all 4 in different areas of the leaf stamps in the August 2015 KOTM. This gave the leaves the appearance of being multi-colored. I then stamped them randomly on the monthly calendar. I took the fall trees stamp and did the same thing and stamped them across the top of the calendar.
Next I went through and put all my appointment reminders using stickers and wrote in things I needed to remember using a Papermate Inkjoy Gel 0.7 pen. I finally added a couple decorative stickers and called it done.
I knew I was going to do a 30 Days of Thankful challenge this month and what better place to keep track of it than in my planner! I decided to use the monthly notes page to keep track of my thankful notes and I learned from the calendar spread that I needed to utilize either a lighter color stamp, or do 2nd generation stamping. I opted for the latter using my Versafine onyx black ink. I inked up the Thankful stamp and used a q-tip to remove the ink from the “to have a friend like you” portion of the stamp, then stamped it onto some leftover sticker paper from my bible journaling. I fussy cut the sticker and then placed it in the top left corner of the notes page.
I took the leaves that I used on the monthly calendar and inked them up, stamped them on scratch paper, then stamp them onto my notes page (2nd generation stamping). I loved how this came out! Finally, I stamped a sentiment from the August 2015 KOTM in the bottom right corner of the page. I have space to write my thankful thoughts throughout the month as well as some pretty decoration!
For the overview page, I stamped out the Fall Angie girl in the bottom right corner, also using 2nd generation stamping. I stamped a gratitude sentiment in the monthly goals section to remind myself that I want to keep up with the thankful challenge and this sentiment reminds me why I want to do it!
I have to say that I wasn’t happy with how my monthly calendar turned out, but sometimes you just have to go with it. I love the stamps and I love the colors I chose, I just didn’t love the end result…and that’s completely ok. When you make cards, its so easy to just start over when you don’t like how something comes out. I wasn’t about to do that with my planner, so I just worked with it until I could be accept it. Sometimes that means adding another stamp to it, another color, or even just start writing the important things in it. I am absolutely in love with my overview pages!
I wanted to take the time again to thank you for being so supportive this week. Unity Stamp Co is such an amazing company and I have truly enjoyed putting these projects together for you. Please take the time to check out their shop! Don’t forget to leave a comment below and if you haven’t already, check my other posts from this past week and leave a comment there too! The more days you comment, the more chances you have to win a grab bag from Unity Stamp Co! (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4) I will be choosing a winner Monday morning from all the comments using a random generator.