5 Things to Bring To A Planner Meet-up | Michael's Planner's Night Out Event Experience

Happy Monday, Planner people!

As many of you MAMBI Happy Planner fans may know, last Thursday, April 21, Michael's, in partnership with Me and my BIG Ideas, hosted a Planner's Night Out event at Michael's locations across the USA and Canada.

I was one of the few fortunate souls to have had a positive experience. I thought I'd share my experience and some suggestions to bring to future planner meet-ups--because a lot of people were unsure what to expect or bring.

Planner's Night Out: Experience 

Just to begin, in no way was I under the expectation that this was going to be an actual "class" like many thought it was going to be. In my mind, I thought "what exactly was there to teach?!" To me, at least, planning has no real methodology because it is how you express your creativity while trying to organize your life. While it is great to have a beautiful planner, the overall point of a planner is for function, right? Whether you are using it for every-day life, a home binder, meal planning, lists, memory keeping, bible study, work, school--no matter what you use it for, there is some sort of function to it and to tell someone how to organize their life is kind of bizarre to me. Because of that, I never thought it was actually going to be a "class"; rather I came into the event with the understanding that it would be a Planner Meet-up with endorsement of The Happy Planner products. I'm not sure how it was advertised on the USA website, but on the Canadian website, it was under our "Classes and Events" tabs, but I didn't see any specific indication that it was supposed to be more of a "class" than an "event" so I just assumed it was an event. 

I came to the event with my best friend, my Mom and my sister--all who are new to the Happy Planner--hoping they'd get some inspiration as to how to decorate and organize their new Happy Planners. This was also my first Planner Meet-up but I generally had an idea of what to expect. The event--at least at our location in Whitby, ON--was not in the classroom, like we were expecting. Rather, it was held at a couple of tables located in front of the Children's section of the store. 

When the class began, there were 9 of us in total--10 with our facilitator, who told us from the beginning she was just there to facilitate and answer any questions; not really to teach us anything. Our facilitator walked us around Michael's Craft Store, showed us some alternatives to buy (stickers, washi, etc.) from the Recollections brand so we could save money while planning, then brought us back to the table. She also gave us all a $5 coupon to thank us for showing up. 

About 10 minutes after the coupons were handed out, everyone left except for me, my best friend and two local planners who seemed pretty familiar with planning. We all worked on our spreads and chatted until the end of the event at 8:30pm. We shared ideas, supplies, and just chatting on random other topics--we all went to (or graduated from) the same university, so we chatted a lot about school, work life and we heard stories about their parenting lives.  Before everyone left, we all added each other on Facebook, exchanged Facebook groups that we thought the others may enjoy and all browsed the store together.

It was clearly so much more of a "meet up" than it was a class, for sure. Nevertheless, I wasn't disappointed. It is pretty unfair how some locations got free stuff while others didn't--from what I read online--but I still had a lot of fun. Maybe next event, will be more organized and more universal in structure. 

As I said earlier, it was my best friend's first time planning, so I left her have a page from one of my planners, in my extension pack, to try it out and see if she'd like it before she bought one. Turns out she loved it and we're going to Michael's, later today, to buy her a Happy Planner! We also decided that this would be her "Best Friend" page in my planner, and when she gets her planner, I can decorate a page in her's. 

As for me, I used a Monster's Incorporated kit by PrettyOnPaperCo on Etsy to decorate my second week in May. I actually do a lot of pre-planner decorating, so this was the next week I needed to get done. Super in love with how it turned out. 

Me and my best friend ended our night grabbing dinner at Tim Hortons and chatting about the event. We decided we'd definitely go to another Planner's Night Out or Planner Meet-up in our area. We were event talking to the ladies at the event who stayed and chatted with us that we'd have a coffee and planner date in the future.


Now that the event is done and over, I was thinking about some things people may want to bring to an event like this. I noticed a lot of comments on Facebook Groups I am part of people asking what to bring to an event like this. While the store didn't give much information to individuals when they called, I made a rough list as to what I thought was appropriate to bring and worked out for me at the event I attended. 

5 Things to Bring to a Planner Meet-up

You can't really have a planner meet-up without your planner, now can you? I found it especially useful not only to decorate with, but to share inspiration with others at the event. Many people were going through my planner to see how I decorated my planner and similarly I was going through others' planners to see how they decorate. If you don't bring your planner to a planner meet-up, I'm not entirely sure what you would event do at the meet-up to be honest. 

Next, I'd suggest something to decorate with. I primarily use stickers, like many people in the planning community use, but I know some people also use watercolor paints, stamps, scrapbook paper, or anything else they can get their hands on. Bring what you love to use. Maybe you'll inspire others to try out your method of decorating. Maybe someone at your meet-up was curious about your decorating method to begin with and now they have someone to ask questions from. Plus it is really relaxing to decorate at a meet-up while chatting. 

I'd also suggest bringing some washi tape. Who doesn't love washi tape? You could swap samples with others. You could share supplies while decorating. It is just an all around useful item to use while at a planner event. 

I forgot to bring scissors and I highly regretted it form the beginning. You never know when you'll need scissors. Whether to help you decorate, open up supplies that was just bought, or just to cut something you didn't know you would need to cut--it's useful to have. Who knows, maybe someone at your event forgot scissors--like me--and you can be the awesome planner girl who helped them out!

and finally, you can never forget the pens! One of the first topics of conversation at the event we went to was "What pens do you use in your planner?". What better way to suggest a product than by showing them--so they know what it looks like, how it writes, how it feels in their hand. Plus, how can you plan in your planner if you don't have anything to write with? You may even need a pen to write down contact information from the new planner friends you've just made. 


These were the 5 things to bring to a planner meet-up I could think of based off of my experience at the Michae's Planner's Night Out event. What are some essentials you can think of to bring to a planner event? If you went to the event, how was your experience? Let me know in a comment down below! 

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5 Have-To-Try Uses For Project Life Cards In Your Planner

Do you have a bunch of Project Life cards sitting around your craft desk/room/house and have no clue what to do with them? Everyone keeps telling me I should just stop purchasing them because I never follow through with Project Life. But wow could you not want to buy them? They are absolutely adorable.

If you're anything like me, I bought a bunch of Project Life cards but never ended up using them to make Project Life albums--so now they just sit around my desk taking up space. Fortunately, I have been trying to think of some clever ways to put them to use without having to buy Project Life Albums.

If you are unsure of what Project Life cards are, they are small cards meant to be decoration or for journaling in Project Life Albums. The "Project Life" craft method is like a cross-breed between photo keeping in a photo album and scrapbooking. 

Lately, I have really been trying to maximize my productivity by using these cards throughout my planner.

Today, I will be sharing with you 5 Have-To-Try uses for Project Life Cards in Your Planner

The first use I suggest for Project Life cards is to use them for Memory Keeping. While you could have a planner solely created for memory keeping, I like to keep everything all together. I find that punching holes into my cards, writing down weekly memories, and then popping them into my happy planner makes it super easy to remember which week a certain experience happened while saving space in my actual planner for important tasks or reminders. 

Another use, similar to memory keeping, is tracking Gratitude. I have been working extremely hard to be conscious of little things I am thankful for, in my life. That being said, sometimes, on busy weeks, there isn't space in my planner to write gratitude--especially if I have a long list of things I am thankful for that week. Instead, I find popping in a Project Life card to do this, weekly, is a lot more space effective. 

I also enjoy creating Grocery List on Project Life cards. If you need to take a quick trip to the store and a few items come to mind, why not use a project life card to take note of them? Its small so you can easily pop them into your planner for portability and easily pop it out of your planner while shopping to prevent yourself from having to carry a planner around the whole grocery shop with you. 

Another great use for Project Life cards is to use it to Track Your Schedule. As a student, my schedule is all over the place. I like to write out the days I have class and the time my class is. This is awesome because if your class goes on for several weeks, you can easily move this card to the next week, no problem. I currently enrolled in a blogging and content marketing online class and the time difference is EST to UK so I enjoy tracking them on a card to remember what time my webinars are. 

Finally. the last use of Project Life cards I suggest is Meal Tracking. Again, it is super space effective. If you wanted to, you could even write little recipes on each project life card and stick all the recipes you plan on cooking that week into your planner, so you have the recipes at hand. Then, when you cook it for that week, just store the recipe away until the next time you plan on cooking it again. 

Which idea is your favorite? How do you use your Project Life cards in your planning life? I'd love to hear them down below!

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