01 September 2016

Rose Blossom Blog Hop: Blessed in Planning

Hi All! Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop featuring Close To My Heart's September Stamp Of The Month: Blessed Beyond Measure. If you're just hopping in from the incredible Shelly Nemitz's blog, Just One Pretty Piece, you're in the right place. If you're starting with me, you can find a list of participants at the end of this post. Now on with the show....

I don't know about you, but I am SO ready for autumn--pumpkins, apple picking, crisp mornings, and gorgeously colorful trees. Close To My Heart has captured the season beautifully in this month's Stamp Of The Month set:

The sentiment about gratitude is one of my all-time favorites, and I could use frequent reminders of it's truth, so I decided that I would use this month's SOTM in my planner. Let's take a look:

I've been a planner girl since at least age 10. My first planner had a teddy bear on it and was purchased at Skaggs in my hometown (or maybe it was Ben Franklin....), and so began my quest for the perfect planner system. About 10 years ago I despaired of every finding said system and began creating my own. This year I decided to change things up just a bit and combine my love of notebooks, the midori system, and planning. So I created a monthly planner in mini notebooks by Field Notes. My favorites are either Square or Dot grid. The one shown here has a cherry wood cover. Here's a look at some close-ups and the back cover:

Now let's take a look at the inside:

This is also one of my all-time favorite sentiments. I added it to a 3x4 card from the brand spankin' new Swan Lake Paper Packet by Close To My Heart. It is a gorgeous fall collection I know you'll enjoy. Here's a couple of close ups:

And here's a look at my monthly spread.

To keep the ink from bleeding through the pages, I used second generation stamping for the pumpkin, and the sentiments. (I use washi tape to block out travel and event dates.) Here's a look at the stamping:

On to the weekly:

My weekly spread is really why I create my own planner every year. It allows me to track my day in detail as well as my husband's and kids' schedules. (I somehow missed a dividing line between Friday and Saturday in their schedules. I corrected that later.)

I created bookmarks for my pages using CTMH Poppy Thick Twine and strands from the Jute ribbon.(I also used these on the notecard I made for the opening page.

Finally, here's a look at my daily spread. The dates were created using CTMH Capture This stamp set and the other items are from CTMH Plan On It! and Simon Says Stamp Plan On It, as well as the retired Dated Stamp Set (also by Close To My Heart). As you can see, I keep it pretty open so I can jot down what I need to during the day. (Haven't filled out my to-do list yet. It's a long one!) The heart and cups are used to track my daily exercise and water in take.

And that's it! I hope you enjoyed a peek in my planner! Now hop on over and see what the amazing Morgan Vogt has for your inspiration at Tweetscraps

And here is a list of participants as promised:

Kim {that's ME}

Have a wonderfully creative week!


  1. you rocked this stamp on your planner! I think it is a very versatile set, and you've proven that here!

  2. WOW ... this is so cool AND ambitious. I know what you mean about each planner system not quite having everything. At the same time I never thought about making my own. This is really awesome and you can know that you know it's exactly what you need. My version is just to "make it work". Love the cover of this the best.

  3. I love your planner!! The cover is perfect-- love the wood effect and that inside sheet with the colored twine is so sweet. I'm a planner girl , too, and I truly appreciate the thought and care that goes into your creation! Beautifully done!

  4. This stamp set is perfect for a journal, especially a gratitude journal. Thanks for helping me see that. I am amazed at your hand-drawn calendar/weekly entries. Very cool and very Kim Hill (aka kinda awesome).

  5. After careful examination, I am lead to the conclusion that there isn't anything you cannot do given paper and ink. This is beautiful and useful all rolled up in one lovely piece! Awesome Hill. Awesome.

  6. Wow, what an amazing book! The stamping and decorating are stunning, but I'm just blown away by all the detail you put into creating your own planner system. Margot may have some competition for organizational ninja... ;)

  7. Wow, your planner is amazing, Kim! Love that you've personalized your system to work for you, and love all your tips. Great idea to do second generation stamping to prevent bleed through. And love using washi o block out dates. TFS!
    Sorry I've been MIA this week. My computer is in the shop, and I am quite helpless without it. 😜