I found my happy place.
Well, one of them.
Over the past couple weekends, working on this #BestLifePets planner with an audiobook playing in the background (currently: Everyone Brave is Forgiven)… It’s totally relaxing and seriously fun!
Here’s what I’m learning and what I wanted to share with you guys today:
The things I’m capturing are things that, a year from now–heck, probably even a month from now–are things I wouldn’t remember because they’re so small, but I’m SO grateful to have a place to capture them now.
For instance, the other night we ordered dinner from a pizza place. I spotted on the menu single slices (who knew?), so I ordered Em a single slice of pepperoni pizza. He LOVED it, of course. And so I wrote about that in that week’s spread. Same thing with the silly little things that Cooper does on a day-to-day basis. I now have a spot to chronicle the funny moments that wouldn’t necessarily stick in my memory. I think it’s going to be so fun to flip through this book down the line!
I’ve also loved seeing all the projects YOU are working on. So inspiring! I love how everyone has a fresh take on creating the pet planner or, like mine, the memory book. I have seen comments on Instagram from folks who say they aren’t sure about taking it on because they’re not creative. I wrote a little rant about that on the BlogPaws blog, actually, because I truly believer everyone is creative. Everyone can create. It’s just that “creative” somehow implies artistic ability, when that is only a small sliver of types of creativity. If you look at my spreads, you’ll see that I use mostly stickers (no drawing AT ALL) along with journaling.
All that said, I wanted to share with you some stickers to help in your creative efforts. Jodi, the brilliant, creative genius behind Kol’s Notes and this project designed Valentine’s Day stickers–for cats and dogs! They are super cute and helpful for decorating your pages.
(Both will open in a new window as a PDF.)
Hint: Don’t go out and buy fancy paper or anything to make these stickers! I just printed them on regular old copy paper on my inkjet printer, then cut them out with scissors, and glued them down with a glue stick. (Note: If your dog is like Emmett, watch the glue!!! Sigh.)
So, for those of you who are participating or who want to jump in, Jodi pulled together some themes for the month (that I totally should’ve shared last week… sorry for the lateness, but the great thing about this project is that you can work at your own pace at any time):
And here are some shots of what I’ve been working on… I had SO MUCH FUN with these Valentine’s Day stickers because obvi my animals are my sweet valentines. And John, too, I suppose! 😉
Here’s my cat page, all about Newtie:
And my dog page:
A mix of pasted-down printable stickers, puffy stickers, and journaling! Complete with messy handwriting and un-lined-up washi tape! 🙂 As I said, it’s all about fun, not perfection!!
What do you guys think? Are you taking part in the challenge? How are you using your planner, if so? What question do you have about putting together a fun memory keeper like this? And–the big question–are your pets YOUR valentines?
For more inspo, check out my January post announcing the challenge, and any of these posts from the fabulous challenge creator and my co-host, Jodi: