Blog Tips, Blog Tools, Crafts, Organization, Party Supplies, Small Business

To Do List; Can’t Function Without It.

This past holiday weekend had me all over the place. The kids were out of school, the Man Hunk was off from work. That meant more cooking, cleaning, and yelling LOL! I wouldn’t have been able to get through the weekend without my “things to do” list.

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This “things to do” list is the latest template I designed to go with the Monthly Content Planner and Blog Post Planner set. The set is designed to help keep you focused and on track.

For example, I used the Monthly Content Planner way ahead of time to organize all of my social media content so it will go along with the items I’ve been wanting to release. The project for this week was cake toppers.

Monthly Content Planner I knew that I would be busy with the production of the cake toppers, so on my Monthly Content Planner I had planned to post “sneak peeks” to my Instagram/Twitter/Facebook pages. It allowed me to have something quick and easy to post while not fully giving away all of the details.  

Next, I used my “Things To Do” list to keep me on track for those couple of days that I was working on this project. It may not seem like it, but a lot goes into promoting these items. For example, here’s a glimpse at my process:

Planning (Content Planner/Project Planning)

Design Projects

Build/Create

Photograph and Edit

List Items in Etsy Shop

Promote on Social Media

Blog

This is a basic structure and there really is more to the list you see up above. Using my cake topper project again as an example, taking these pictures required me to bake and decorate an actual cake LOL! I literally had to tell my peeps not to touch the cake until after I was done taking the photo’s. Then I realized that my 3-year-old would not understand my struggle, so I baked two cakes just so they could dig in to one and leave my prop cake alone. Let’s not even talk about the set up. See my previous Flat Lay post for reference. But, here’s a behind the scenes look just for shits and giggles:

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Once I was done listing these items to my Etsy shop and promoting the items on social media, I wanted to share a bit of this process and that’s when the “Blog Post Planner” came into play. As you can see, these items require a lot of planning and execution; without my templates I wouldn’t have been able to stick to my desired time frame. I’ve figured out a way to plan ahead and this works great for me. If you need help planning for your business check out my templates here:

Monthly Content Planner

Things to Do

Blog Post Planner

Thanks for stopping by, I will catch you all up on the next one!

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Blog Tips, Blog Tools, diy, Organization, Small Business

Why You Absolutely Need a Content Planner

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As some of you may already know, I’ve recently dipped my super cute and totally not chunky toes into the blog pool. I’ve come across the term “Content Planner” during my previous research but I will confess that I didn’t exactly put this planner into practice right away. Needless to say, I learned the hard way that this is probably the most important tool out there.

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Check out my planner on Etsy

I found myself struggling to come up with topics or ideas to post and I’m sure I am not the only one who’s struggled with this.  It’s easy to plan a blog post once you have the idea, but if you need to post new content on a regular basis, this shit is going to give you a serious bout of writers block pronto!

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As is in my nature, I looked around for some inspiration and then created my own version of a Monthly Content Planner. Basically, you take some time and come up with ideas and write them down on a block in your calendar. Honestly, it doesn’t take a very long time to prep, there’s a million ideas out there you can find for free with a basic Google/Pinterest search for” blog post ideas.” I cannot tell you enough how much this tool will help you get it together. You will dramatically decrease/eliminate completely the stares off into space when you’re trying to think of what to post last minute.

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Check out my planner on Etsy

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Crafts, diy, Dry Erase Board, office decor, Organization

DIY Dry Erase Board

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I recently went to Michael’s craft store and I saw a dry erase board that I really fell in love with. However, I thought about my actual needs and how I didn’t need a calendar outline or a notes section. I needed space to write out a daily to do list, and space to draw and brainstorm details for new projects. So, I did what any crafty bih would do, I DIY’d it!

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During that same said trip to Michael’s I found all the supplies I needed to get started, all under $20, details are below, enjoy!

Tools You’ll Need:

  1. Dry Erase Adhesive (I used ConTac’s brand, available at Michael’s craft store and yes you can use one of their coupons on this item)

    *this dry erase adhesive is a max of 18” wide, 6’long, keep this in mind when choosing your flat surface.

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  2. Foam Board (Or any flat surface that will adhere to the dry erase sheet).               IMG_7362

  3. Decorative Tape ( I used Heidi Swapp “love” MARQUEE tape, and metallic gold washi tape)

  4. Ruler

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Step #1: Draw Border.

Measure about 1.5”-2” away from the edges on all sides and draw an inner border on your flat surface like so….

Step #2: Measure and Cut Dry Erase sheet.

Cut out your Dry Erase Sheet to about 1 centimeter larger than the measurements on your inner border. (This will help in making sure that you don’t have any shortage of adhesive once you start applying the sheet).

Step#3: Apply the Dry erase adhesive slowly and carefully.

It will help if you use a flat object to flatten out any air bubble as you go, but don’t scrape too hard or you can scratch your dry erase adhesive.

Step#3: Line the edges with your decorative tape.

I placed my tape so that only half of it was on the board so that I would have enough left to wrap around to the back edge of the border. This way, even the outside edges are lined with tape.

Step#4: (Optional) Add permanent décor to your board.

For my personal board I added vinyl lettering “things to do” and “PLAN AHEAD darling”. I used my Cameo Silhouette 3 to cut the vinyl, but if your don’t have a Cameo you can use permanent marker to add your décor. Some good ideas are calendars/days of the week boxes, these are easy to do with a flat ruler. Or, hit me up on my Etsy Shop and request a custom order for Vinyl décor.

I hope this inspires you to go out and make your own dry erase board. This would be perfect for any office or for your kids bedroom. You can make this small or large and customize it for males.

Feel free to share with all your crafty friends. XOXO

-Jazelle