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52 by 20 Challenge| Happy Planner

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Happy Planner Odyssey

I started my Happy Planner Odyssey in October 2018. Prior to that, I had been watching countless videos on YouTube from #plannerbabes of all kinds: Happy Planner, Erin Condren, Plum Paper, Bullet Journal, etc. Having used an inexpensive generic, horizontal, spiral planner from Walmart for work for a period of time in early 2018 (it quickly became too much work to track the work), I realized that I really did want the ability to customize and remove/add paper to the Happy Planner.

In an intentional, albeit impulse purchase, I picked up a Happy Planner (big) one morning from a local Wal-mart. Intentional because I knew I wanted to buy one. Impulse because I had found a random one in their clearance section (and by clearance, it was $4 less than usual). For me, it was a sign that I was supposed to buy it.

Happy Planner Classic

A few weeks later, I picked up a mini Happy Planner (neither the Big Happy Planner or the Mini were in a style I wanted but the availability in Hawaii is extremely limited and I didn’t want to wait for something from Amazon) from another Wal-mart. I had already determined functions for both the Big and Mini planners but really wanted to ‘play’ in the medium size Happy Planner (the Classic).

Having no reason to buy one, I ordered an undated, Happy Planner Classic from Amazon anyway. I didn’t really know what I would do with it but I knew that I would think of something. Worst case scenario, I would feature it in a giveaway on my YouTube or Instagram (I really enjoy doing giveaways).

Inspired by YouTube

I might have mentioned I’ve watched countless videos on YouTube. Seriously, I barely watch TV these days. One weekend, I stumbled across a channel (hopefully I can find it) where the woman did a mock layout. I think she has a sticker shop and wanted to test/play with her most recent set. She knew she wouldn’t use the planner as she had others that were functional, but the entire planner was full of mock-ups.

What a revolutionary idea! But I couldn’t help think that it was wasteful – in her case, it made sense as a way to advertise her new sticker line without blatantly advertising her new sticker line. I don’t have a sticker shop. So what could I do to play but still be less wasteful?

Creation of 52 by 20 Challenge

My 52 by 20 challenge idea came from this… for 52 weeks, starting late October 2018 through October 2019, I would semi-decorate the planner but date it for the year 2020. But in a genius twist (at least I think so), I would feature it in a giveaway in early in November 2019. Just in time for the giveaway winner to use it for the new year. I truly love this idea!

At the time of this blog post, I’ve already completed 13 weeks of the challenge. I can’t believe that I’ve already completed 3 months worth of this planner. If you have been watching my video, you know that I have been heavily featuring the Spring section of the #squadgoal girls. So much so that I purchased a few additional books just so that I would have enough to last me through the challenge.

I upload videos about this challenge on a weekly basis. If you’re like me and want to play in the planner that you don’t really have a use for, I invite you to do your own #52by20challenge. And you don’t have to feature it in a giveaway like I am. I’m sure a family member or friend would love to have a planner that you spent your time and attention on.

Happy Planner Uses

I you have the person in mind, you could customize it to their tastes and needs. This would be a great gift for that young person in your life who may want something to help organize in a fun way. This would make a great gift for that new mom who may want to organize, plan, and have a pretty planner but may not have the time. This would make a great gift for the ‘kupuna’ (elder) in your life who may want a pretty planner but wouldn’t know where to start. This would make a great gift for that student in your life who might need some motivation to plan in a fun yet functional way. The possibilities are endless on who you could gift this too!


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DIY Happy Planner Mini Cover/Dashboard

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DIY Happy Planner Series

This is the 2nd of my Happy Planner Mini DIY series where I create coordinating covers/dashboards for the Happy Planner Mini Traveler’s Notebook-Style cover (I’ve linked that video below) that I made in a previous video.

In my YouTube video, I show a quick and easy way to make your own DIY Happy Planner Mini Cover/dashboard. I make a distinction between a cover and a dashboard because for some, these terms are interchangeable. I based this distinction on the actual Happy Planner Mini. For my purposes, I prefer to create covers to cover the entire front of the planner versus dashboards (think monthly dividers) however, I’ve left dimensions for both below depending on your preference.

Happy Planner Mini Traveler’s Notebook

Because the Happy Planner Mini Traveler’s Notebook-style covers may not always match the Happy Planner cover, I thought this was a quick and easy solution to that. Plus, I usually do the Happy Planner Mini Traveler’s Notebook-style cover and the cover/dashboards at the same time since the laminator I use is already on so it really does make for quick and easy project.

The measurements listed below are for one cover or dashboard. However, when I create my own, I typically make two although you could make as many as you’d like, especially since I find them very useful when making my Transformer style Happy Planner Mini. See my video below for my example on how I use my own covers to create my Transformer sections in my Mini Happy Planner. Since this is my on-the-go planner, I find this method very user friendly.

Blog post: Happy Planner Mini Traveler’s Notebook-Style Cover

Paper Measurements:

Cover: 7.25 inches by 5 inches (makes one cover)

Dashboard: 7 inches by 4.5 inches (makes one dashboard)

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Supplies Needed:

Video of Happy Planner Mini Traveler’s Notebook-Style Cover


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Planner Babe Tag 2019

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Planner Babe Tag 2019

I was tagged by Tameka from Pastries, Pumps, and Pi to participate in the Planner Babe 2019 Tag and I have to admit, I was really reluctant to do this. I think there’s room enough in the planning community for all but I sometimes wonder where my place in all of this fits? Most #plannerbabes that I watch on YouTube are moms and wives, maybe working professionals, maybe stay at home moms, some even all of the above. Some speak of their faith on a regular basis, some do not. Some like the vertical layout while others stand-by the dashboard layout. You’ve got the Happy Planners, Erin Condren, and Bullet Journalers. I sometimes feel that I’m lost in the diversity yet sameness of the planner community.

Another part of my reluctance stems from the fact that although I can be quite the extrovert at work, personally tend to lean towards introversion. Couple that self-esteem issues and the thought of being on camera for any length of time is daunting. And scary. And terrifying. And something I’ve avoided (at least in a video. I’ve been known to take a selfie or hundred). It’s the biggest reason that I don’t do live videos.

Courage be thy friend

But I thought I’d grab the bull by the horns and just go for it. Maybe it’ll help my subscribers see me in a different light. Maybe it’ll help new viewers and potential subscribers who see someone who looks like them. Maybe I worry too much and should just take it easy on myself.

Regardless, I’ve done it. I’ve loaded it on my channel. And even though I should have filmed it horizontally to avoid the black boxes, I’m quite pleased with it. Although seriously, what is up with the hair??


Tameka’s Channel:

*Planner Babe Tag Originators:

Krystal Klear Ideas…

Southern Tee Time…

*These are the questions from Krystal Klear Ideas Tag/Challenge:
Planner Babe Tag:

  1. What bag do you carry your planner in?
  2. How many planners do you actually use at one time?
  3. What is your planning routine? (Set the stage for us. Music, environment, day you plan, time, etc.)
  4. What snacks do you eat during planning?
  5. When did you start planning? Get introduced to the planner community?
  6. Life before planning! Productive or NAH?
  7. What is your layout preference?
  8. Do you prefer sticker kits or create my own spread?
  9. Do you prefer spiral, disc, or journal style planners?
    10.Favorite planner supply?
  10. Favorite area to plan? (Meal, Faith, Cleaning, Budget, etc.)
  11. Any funny planner stories?
    Wild Card Questions:
  12. What is your favorite planner tool?
  13. What is your planner goal?
  14. Tag a few planner babes!

I’m not sure if these ladies have been tagged yet, but I’m tagging the following:

Denise from Denise Dives In:

Karyna from Karynalovestoplan:

Cindy from Cindy Guentert-Baldo:

Bella from The Modest Cat:

Rebecca from Rebecca’s Roadmap:

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DIY Tutorial: Happy Planner Mini Traveler’s Notebook Style Cover (fits mini rings)

I love bullet journals. I love how you can customize them to fit your needs. I love the freedom of bullet journals. However, I hate doing monthly and weekly spreads. I know that some find that task enjoyable and almost zen, but for me it’s tedious and discouraging. For the latter part of 2017 and most of 2018, I dealt with that by NOT doing a monthly or weekly spread. That didn’t work for me.

In October 2018, I picked up my first Happy Planner (Big). I fell in love with the ability to customize it and the beauty of NOT having to sketch out the monthly and weekly layouts cannot be overstated. However, the size of my original Happy Planner was not conducive to portability and there’s just information that I need to carry with me on a daily basis. I decided to pick up the Mini Happy Planner and found one in a Walmart nearby.

However, that posed some problems as well. I worried that the rings would crack or pages would fall off if I threw it in my purse. Since I already make Traveler’s Notebooks for my Etsy Shop, it was easy for me to reconfigure that design. I came up with this Happy Planner Mini Traveler’s Notebook cover as a solution for that problem and I’m loving it. This tutorial is for the Happy Planner Mini Traveler’s Notebook Cover (Mini rings). I will be doing follow-up tutorial for the Happy Planner Mini Traveler’s Notebook Cover (classic rings). I think I might be able to do a Happy Planner Mini Traveler’s Notebook cover (expander rings) but I need to test that out. I also will be doing a DIY on the laminated coordinating dashboards that I create.

Happy Planner Mini Traveler’s Notebook Cover (mini Rings)

Paper Measurements:

  • One piece of 8 inch by 12 inch card-stock or scrapbook paper
  • One piece of 4 inch by 7 7/8 inch paper

Supplies Needed:

  • One piece of 12 inch x 12 inch card-stock or scrapbook paper (heavier weight is preferred. If you want your inside cover to be decorated, I would recommend a double-sided paper.
  • Legal Size Laminating Sheet: 9 inches x 14.5 inches (I used the Scotch Brand 3mm Legal Size pouch but I will be testing the 5mm pouch to see how that works. I wouldn’t recommend the 10mm pouch as it could be too rigid to bend properly):


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I’m new to Happy Planning, YouTube videos, and blogging so I hope you’ll join me on my journey!!






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A VISION, A GOAL, A WORD| January 2019 – March 2019

I’m starting 2019 in a very different mindset than I’ve ever had before. I’ve never been one to set New Year resolutions or goals that I wanted to achieve. I’ve always thought that hard-work and perseverance is all I need and when it comes down to it, I can accomplish what needs to get done. I feel that I’m creative and ambitious and yet if I’m perfectly honest, a procrastinator and prone to fits of laziness.

But as I’ve started my Happy Planning Journey (October 2018) and as I’ve been on an Etsy Journey (November 2017), I’ve come to realize that without a few key pieces, the old adage of ” A dream without a plan is just a wish” is truly an accurate statement.

For 2019, I had thought I’d do like I’ve seen many others do and do a separate vision and goal board as well as One Little Word. Yet, as I sat down at the end of 2018 and thought about these things, they all seemed to be intertwined. My vision sets the tone for my goal; my goals set the tone for my word; and my word helps me bring my vision and goals to life. Perhaps its just the way my mind works – I don’t think that something like this is a one-size fits all type of thing.

Check out my YouTube video as I go through my thought process on how I created my quarterly “A vision, A goal, a word” board that I will utilizing to keep my on track. And FOCUSED. That’s my word – it might be my word all year but that’s my One Little Word. And because I plan to review this both monthly and quarterly, I think I can set up small wins for myself that will truly make this my plan to achieve.


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Converting a Vertical Layout to the Supermom Dashboard layout in a Happy Planner


As I might have mentioned once before (or a million times), I’m new to the planning community. I picked up my big happy planner in October 2018 and decided to dive right in. And to document my journey, I started filming the process and uploading videos on YouTube.

A few weeks into it, I watched a video on YouTube by Tarchelle B. and it completely changed the game for me. My #happyplanner is in the vertical layout and I definitely thought it would be useful. But Tarchelle B. had challenged herself to turn her vertical layout into the new #supermom #dashboard layout. At first, I merely attempted it myself to see if I could turn my vertical layout into the dashboard layout without using the big colorful boxes that she used in her video for fun.

However, it has quickly become my favorite style/method of working my business and social media planner. I love the functionality of it. And since 1) I’m not a mom and 2) I don’t have access to the ready made dash board layout, I think this is the perfect solution. Although I showed how to do this in my very first set-up, I thought I’d devote an entire video on the process. I honestly don’t think I could go back to the vertical layout since there seems to be too many boxes and yet paradoxically, not enough.

Check out my video on YouTube:

Here’s Tarchelle’s video that inspired me:

Materials that I used:

Happy Planner Big – vertical layout

Bic Wite-Out Correction Pen:

Sakura Gelly Roll 08 White Pen:

Tombow Mono Correction Tape:

Sharpie Pen in Black:


Measurements of date boxes: 2 5/8 from the far left side line and 2 5/8 from the far right size line. The middle box is slightly smaller.

If you have any questions, definitely shoot me a comment here (I’m fairly new but I’m pretty sure that is a thing) or you can leave me a comment in the video of this. I’m a work in progress when it comes to Blogging and YouTube and I hope you’ll come with me on the journey!



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DIY Vision Board Hack

DIY Vision Board Hack for the Happy Planner Mini

I was watching a video from one of my fave #plannerbabes, Tameka of Pastries, Pumps and Pi on YouTube and she was doing her 2019 Planner line-up.  When she got to the section about her Mini Happy Planner and wanting to do a vision board but wasn’t sure how to go about it since the space is so limiting, I thought of an idea.

This DIY Vision Board hack is completely inspired by @coupontoprovide’s dashboard folder tutorial on YouTube.  Lakia of @chaoticcritic did a neat riff on that tutorial.  I think my riff is a simple, yet functional version that creates a larger space for a vision board.  However, there are a myriad of functions that this could be used for:  dashboard for post-it notes, goal board, word of the year board, habit tracker, etc.

Materials used:

File folder (I used a decorative one from Walmart but any file folder would work)

We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

Fiskar’s Deluxe Paper Trimmer

Washi Tape

Happy Planner Mini Insert page (I used an extra one I had from an old planner)

Let me know what you think of this tutorial – it was my very first!  Also check out my YouTube channel for other great content!!


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