Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My Planner Decorating Journey | Then & Now

I've been planner decorating for over a year and a half and am still in awe of how much things have changed since I first started putting stickers in my planners. Sure my life itself has changed drastically as well which is always a contributing factor, but I definitely feel like I've finally settled into a style and routine I love. When I first started out, I was obsessed with the Erin Condren Vertical Life Planner. It was as if it was created just for me to find planner peace. It was the perfect format to divide my life up neatly into three categories: work, school, personal. Everything fit so well into those little boxes and I couldn't shut up about how amazing the Darice sticker books are. 

Now I still love the verical layout, but since I work from home everything kind of blends together in a mess of to do lists without a clear, defined category system. My life is more about when I'm going to get things done over what things there are to do. 

But that's what I love about planning and Erin Condren planners in particular. They adapt and adjust with your lifestyle and there's so many layouts to choose from to suit whatever it is that you do in a day. I know that in the next few years my life will continue to change and morph and so will my planner journey. Soon we'll start having kids and that'll open up a whole world of swim practices and play dates. It's always nice to look back and see where I've come in my planning story, but I can't wait to see where it heads next.

So enjoy a side by side comparison of spreads a year a part. 

xoxo Kayla

Friday, June 17, 2016

My Wedding Garters

One of the details I nearly forgot to sort out was garters. I'm a big fan of all the traditional, a-little-too-old fashion wedding practices and really wanted to find something fun for my garters. So of course I headed straight to Etsy to hunt around and found just the thing. 

What's old, new, borrowed, and blue? The Tardis of course! A Doctor Who themed garter set seemed so beyond perfect since it's what brought Alex and I together in the first place. There were so many options to choose from, but this set by PikesPeakCreations called to me right away. The details on these babies are just amazing down to the little Tardis and sonic screwdriver charms. 

It's weird but these garters really brought everything home for me. Sure I've tried on my dress a handful of times and have been to the venue time and time again. Heck we just started to send out the invitations. But all of that still felt somewhat dream like. There's just something about holding these in my hands and not having to hide them from Alex (he wants to be surprised about the dress) that makes it so much more real. I'm getting married in less than 80 days and these cute puppies will be going along for the ride.

xoxo Kayla

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Storing and Organizing Makeup Palettes

This one is kind of like "duh," but so often I see and hear people complaining about palette storage that I thought it time to write up a quickie about how I do it. I picked up a bunch of these storage bins from Target a few years ago, but they definitely still have them in stock in the storage section of their stores. They're awesome because they're affordable while coming in tons of different colors.

I store all of my palettes in one bin so it's nice and full and they don't flop around inside. I used to separate my face palettes from the rest of the herd, but I just love how full and organized they all look standing in a row. I arranged them from smallest to tallest in the back so nothing gets lost out of sight. Then I pop the whole thing into one of the larger drawers in the IKEA Alex tower. The Alex system is still my favorite way to organize makeup and stationery supplies in a simple, non-breaking-the-bank sort of way. I've thought about keeping it out on a counter somewhere in my office, but I'm working on a clean counter lifestyle and it fits like a glove into the drawer.

Don't have as many palettes as me? Find a nice small bin so they can all stack up next to each other so they aren't flopping around and possibly breaking. It's simple, but gets the job done. And that's my life motto.

How do you store your palettes?

xoxo Kayla

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

What Makes a Good Etsy Shop?

Before I ever opened Oh, Hello Stationery Co., I was an avid Etsy shopper. It's the perfect place to find really cute, one of a kind items not massed produced in a factory. With so many sticker shops out there now I thought it best to break it down so you know exactly what makes a good Etsy shop, and which ones to avoid.
  • Number of sales is by far the easiest way to determine if a shop is legit or not. Sure you can find amazing shops that don't have that many sales (you have to start somewhere as a shop owner), but if you're hesitant, picking a shop with over 1,000 sales will be a lot safer than picking one that doesn't.
  • Quality of reviews and what people are saying about the shop. Scroll on down and read a few reviews. Are there a lot of positive comments? There's bound to be a bad review here or there, but if the majority of people gave good reviews, you've found a good shop.
  • Quality of photos throughout the shop shows how experienced the owner is with owning a shop. If things are blurry or all over the place, the shop might still be trying to figure things out and quality could be lacking.
  • If the front page is kept up to date and looking fresh and clean. Is there a header? Are there any updates or announcements? A good shop puts effort in the front page!
  • Social media channels means the shop is established and working to promote itself on other platforms. Check out their follower counts and how often they post.
  • Shop age is another good indication as to whether or not a shop is legit. If a shop just opened they could still be working out kinks and issues with quality. Find a shop that has some experience under their belt to make sure you're getting good products.
With so many people out there trying to make a buck in the sticker game, follow these few tips to be sure you're getting high quality products and reducing shopping risks. Happy shopping!

xoxo Kayla

Monday, June 13, 2016

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

Guys, it happened to me. I've been blogging for nearly six years now and I finally hit a wall so big I stopped blogging for over a week. Now to most a week break seems completely acceptable after blogging nearly every day for such a long time. But for me, I didn't feel like myself.

Blogging has been such a huge part of my life and the catalyst for a lot of the other amazing things in it. I started this particular blog right after I started dating Alex. He helped me take my first post photos and I honestly think this blog caused him to fall in love with me in some way. I know how silly that sounds, but my dedication and passion for this blog helped him see how dedicated and passionate I am in all aspects of my life. I stuck with this blog when no one read a word of it. He was a part of every second if it and knows who I was before people tuned in and who I remain now that there are you lovely lot reading these posts.

Blogging lead me to YouTube which lead me to planning. This blog started this whole crazy journey and then I somehow lost it for a few weeks. And I didn't like it one bit yet I struggled to figure out how to start again. I'm still not sure how to jump start it back up to the fervor and passion it was at before this trip up. But I'm not patient enough to sit around and hope inspiration smacks me on the head and I feel like blogging a mile a minute again. This blog has done so much for me over the years that it deserves a little effort on my part to get the gears turning.

So I'm going to take photos. Tons of photos. Photos of everything, anything, and in every possible combination. Through that mess I'm sure to collect there will be blog posts waiting to be written. Just writing this post has me already itching to write more, photograph more, and get back at it.

Isn't that always so curious? The thing you're having trouble doing is the thing that'll make it easier for you in the long run. Having trouble writing? Write. 

So although the momentary lapse of posts seemed just that, it was a big deal in my world. So let's push it all aside, pretend like it didn't happen, and get back at it.

Are there any posts you'd like to see? Help a girl out!

xoxo Kayla

Thursday, June 9, 2016

My Top Five Favorite Etsy Shops (Besides Oh, Hello of Course)

Although I own my own Etsy shop and website I still can't help but go a little crazy for other Etsy shops' stickers. Plus I'm constantly being asked what my favorite shops are besides my own so I thought it finally time to let the cat out of the bag. So here they are in a neat little video package in no particular order.

xoxo Kayla