Chic Planning:  January 9-15, 2017 – So Pretty!

Hello Everyone!  

I hope all is well in your world. Today I will be sharing with you all my planner layout for this week. If you read my post from earlier today, the Layering Washi Tape Tutorial, this is the layout in which I used that technique as you will soon see.  So let’s get started!


Here is the left side of my planner layout. As you can see, in the center of my layout, I used the Layering Washi Tape Technique. I like the DIY sticker with the image found on Pinterest of the little girl looking at her shadow – and she sees a princess/queen. We all need to see ourselves as such and this was just a little reminder of the queen within me who wants to shine everyday in every way. 


Here on the right side of my layout, I continued with the Washi Tape and ivy stickers that I’ve had FOREVER!  To mark the 109th founding of my electrifying sorority, I had to pay tribute to the oh so pretty ladies, my sorors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. with both the ivies, the “pretty” sticker and the #J15 portion of the layout. Some of you may not know, but Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the first and oldest African-American Sorority. So, there’s no way I could go without adding something to my planner for my sorority.


Overall I love the simplicity and strength in this planner layout. I’m glad that I was able to pair both images found on Pinterest with images from a free printable set by Victoria Thatcher. What makes your planner layout for this week stand out?  Comment in the section below as I would love to hear. 

Until next time,

Happy Planning!

Nati J. 

Layering Washi Tape Tutorial

Hello eveyone!  

Real quick, I just wanted to share with you all a quick tutorial. If you are a fan of washi tape, you will love this layering technique. So let’s get started!


While working in my Happy Planner over the weekend, I added this green Washi Tape to my planner pages, but felt I needed to add something more to it. 


I found this Recollections Washi Tape in my stash to be just what I needed. I decided to layer the two to create a different look and feel to my planner layout. 


After the green Washi Tape was placed, I simply placed the pink hexagon Washi Tape on top. 


It was that simple. So now instead of having a white background or a muted turquoise in the back of the hexagon Washi Tape, I now have the Kelly green in the background. What fun things do you like to do with Washi Tape?  I love to hear about it. Until next time,

Happy Crafting!

Nati J. 

Chic Planning – January 2-8, 2017: I AM…

Hello Everyone!  

I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the cold weather. I know for me, I will be indoors most of the time and drinking hot cocoa and hopefully getting some craft time in. 

This week my planner theme is:  I am!  “I am” because what comes after is so important!  We believe what we think. So in the spirit of the new year, I wanted to make sure that I made only positive affirmations on my life. So, let’s get started with this week’s layout!


On the left panel, I made sure to have the “I am” statement stand out. 


And here on the right side, I wanted to still have positive thoughts in the layout. 


Here is the full spread. I like how the affirmations stand out. The arrows are moving forward towards the future. Overall, I like the look and feel of the layout and how all the pieces came together.  What are some of the affirmations you plan on making in your life this year?  

Until next time,

Happy Planning,

Nati J. 

Chic Planning:  January Motivation 

Happy New Year Everyone!!!!

It’s so hard to believe that it’s 2017.  I’m so excited to see what is in store for the year ahead. I’m hoping for us all that we flourish in all aspects of our lives. 

Today, I wanted to share with you all my January monthly layout, so let’s get started!


Here is the left side of my layout. I feel that in the new year, we are all trying to reflect on the past year as well as what we want to accomplish in the new year. Along with that we also want to rejuvenate and renew our souls and well being. 


Here is the right side of my layout.  Here, I continued with the quotes. 


Here is the full spread. I really wanted to focus on motivational quotes. If you’re going to hustle and make things happen this year, do it. Say no to unnecessary drama – only allow positive vibes in your life. Be who you are unapologetically.  Rise & Grind and know that there are only so many tomorrows. Our mountains are in front of us. Let’s climb them and claim what is ours!!!!!

Until next time, 

Happy Planning!

Nati J. 

Chic Planning:  December 19-25, 2016 – Christmas Time Is Here

Hello Everyone!!!!!!  

I hope you all are enjoying this Christmas Season. I still have a couple more gifts to get, but hope to be done by tomorrow. With the Spirit of Christmas here with us, I just couldn’t let this month go without a Christmas layout in my planner, so let’s get started. 

Here is the left side of my layout. I knew going into this layout that I wanted to use a Timree Notepad (from last Christmas at Michael’s) in my layout. I also thought the fashion girl with her Santa hat would be a good touch. 


On the right side, I continue with the red bow garland and washi Tape. 

Here is the completed layout before the pen. I love how the garland at the top just pops out at you. I feel as though the extra stickers and stamped images complete the overall look of the layout!  Thank you so much for joining me on a look into this week’s planner layout. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. Until next time,
Happy Planning!

Nati J. 

A Little Christmas DIY – Catchall Dish

Hello Everyone!

I know it’s been a while!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you all are blessed during this Christmas Season. Today I wanted to share with you all a quick, easy, and inexpensive DIY Christmas Gift idea for any special woman in your life. So let’s get started!  


So today’s DIY is a catchall dish. The materials needed to complete this project are the following:

  • Reinforcements
  • Metallic Gold Sharpie Oil Based Paint Marker
  • Any small plate – I got mine from Dollar Tree
  • Masking Tape
  • Alpha Stencil Set
  • Foam Pouncing Brush 


First, get your plate and figure where you want to place your Stencil. Use the masking tape to hold the Stencil in place. 


Next, get your Foam Pouncing Brush and Oil Based Sharpie Paint Pen. Dab the paint pen onto the foam brush. 


Make sure you generously moisten your brush. 


Now you want to completely Stencil your design. In this case, I am adding the paint to my Alpha Stencil, but you can use any design you like. During this step, you may need to add more paint to your brush several times. 


One you are finish painting your entire image, you’ll want to carefully pull the masking tape from your plate. 


Now it’s time to randomly place the reinforcements and color the inside with the Paint Marker. 


It’s best to work in sections. Once you have 5-7 reinforcements colored in go ahead and carefully pull off the reinforcements with a pair of tweezers. 

If any of the paint gets under the reinforcements (or stencils) you can remove the excess paint with finger nail polish and a q-tip. 


Here is the completed plate. But I wanted to take it one step further to make the paint permanent. 


To take it that one step further, place the plate in the oven. Once the plate is in the oven, set the oven to 350 Degrees and bake the plate for about 30 minutes. 


Once it completely cools, it is now ready to use!  I left my plate in the oven until the oven completely cooled. 


The catchall dish can now be used for jewelry or…


even for craft embellishments. 


And here are two more dished I was able to make. I will pair these dished with 2-3 piece of jewelry for each gift recipient. 

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial. If so, please leave a comment and let me know!  Until next time,

Happy Crafting!

Nati J. 

Chic Planning:  November Monthly Layout

Hello Everyone!  

This month, I decided to decorate my monthly spread with a happy theme versus a Thanksgiving theme – since Thanksgiving is just one day out of the whole month. So let’s get started!  


I found this fashion girl on Pinterest and thought she would be cute to add to my monthly spread. I also cut out some pattern cloud paper to mark off my weekends. 


I used the same cloud pattern paper to block out the weekend as well on the right side of the spread. 


Here is the full spread. I like the way it all came together. I think the little turkey is festive and the quote stickers stand out within the layout. Since the fashion girls shirt reads, “glitter is always an option,” I decided to use glitter pink and glitter gold Washi to mark out some dates on the spread. Overall, I like the way this layout came out. It was my first time using pattern paper in this way on a layout and I like the way it came out.  I hope you all enjoyed this post and will give adding pattern paper to your layouts a try!  Until next time,

Happy Planning!

Nati J.