2017 Scrapbook Expo Review | Akron, OH


Last weekend, I attended the Akron, OH Stamp & Scrapbook Expo (for the third year in a row!!). I just wanted to share my haul with you all…

My haul literally took up half of my bed. Soooo much goodness. There were less than 25 vendors, but the ones that were there were pretty current with their selection. Definitely more “planner” related items than I remember last year- and I even took a planner class. Yay!2017 Akron, OH Stamp & Scrapbook Expo | JM CreatesMy favorite purchases were the crystal pens and the washi. I gotta have all the washi!2017 Akron, OH Stamp & Scrapbook Expo | JM Creates

Some of my haul from my classes… they hook you up with the latest & greatest products! I wish I would have taken a couple more classes…

Memories… I can’t wait until next year’s show!

Have you ever attended one of the Stamp & Scrapbook Expos?

Thanks for stopping by today!



The Planner Society | May 2017 Kit

I did it. I finally subscribed to The Planner Society main planner kit. I’ve been looking at these for at least a year, maybe longer. It never seemed like the right time for me to take on something like that. I’ve been scrapbooking since 2006, and I’ve never subscribed to any kit clubs! I’ve purchased one-off kits or past kits, yes, but never committed to a kit club until now!

I love the look of the May kit, but I just kept scrolling on, like I always do. I really love this Palm Springs theme though. And all the Planner Girl goodies- like the clip,the stamp, the notepad…

When the registration stayed open an extra day,  I took it as a sign from above that I was meant to have this kit. I clicked subscribe, and I am so happy I did! When the box came, it was like Christmas morning!! I don’t know how long I’ll keep my subscription going, but as long as they look as beautiful as this, it may be forever!

Here are just a few things I’ve made with the contents of this gorgeous kit…and I still have a few things left to use!

I purchased this kit on my own, and I only endorse companies and products that I truly love & use, and that I think my readers will love too!



National Crafting Week

I was so sad that I didn’t get to participate in any events for iNSD (International Scrapbooking Day) last Saturday. I always seem to work that day. I’ve got to change that one of these days!

But, I’m super excited that this week is National Crafting Week! A whole week dedicated to my favorite hobby! I can definitely get behind that! I love everything about scrapbooking and planning; they are my passions. You can bet I will dedicate some time to them this week!


Scrapbooking in a Traveler’s Notebook Update

Hi there! So, I decided to switch up my scrapbooking routine a few months ago. I switched from making classic 12×12 layouts to a Traveler’s Notebook format. I still love it! It’s a quick and creative way for me to just get my photos and words down. I really wish that I would take a little time each week to print out my favorite photos and make a quick layout, but right now I seem to binge and make several layouts in one sitting, like once a month. I am ok with that, I guess. 🙂

My layouts are simple: photo(s), paper, letter stickers, date stamp, and the occasional embellishment. That’s it!

Here are a few layouts:

IMG_7756IMG_7737IMG_7759IMG_7757Here’s a part of my current TN family:IMG_7749I have more to share on this topic. I’ll discuss this format more in a future post.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by!


Using a Traveler’s Notebook for Scrapbooking


Today I want to share my new scrapbooking system. So, I’ve been scrapbooking for over 10 years now. I have hundreds of layouts stored very nicely in Iris boxes. I am running out of room. 😯 Plus, after so many years, I am a little bored with filling up 12X12 pages. And, it takes a lot of supplies to create those layouts. So, after being inspired by several people on YouTube and Instagram, I decided to make a change.

I bought a gorgeous Webster’s Pages Platinum Traveler’s Notebook last spring, and I didn’t know what to do with it. I wanted to plan with it, but that didn’t work for me. I tried making random lists in the books, but that felt like a waste. So, upon seeing others using the books as mini scrapbooks, with the smaller size for spreads, I wanted to try it out! It has been working great for me so far. I use one book as a yearly diary for myself, one book is for the year, and one is for random layouts or to record memories from past years. I don’t know how quickly I will fill a book up, so I don’t know how many books it will take to complete a year. I am hoping maybe to fill one up in four months, so I would need four books a year.

This system is much more manageable than the huge layouts! They are tucked away in a lovely book that I can pull out anytime. I think I’ll like this change! I can still make some regular layouts throughout the year, but the TN system is less burdensome and intimidating. If you’re just getting started with scrapbooking, I suggest trying this system out!

Would you/do you use this kind of system for memory keeping? Let me know in the comments!

My Planner System for 2017

Hello! Happy Sunday!

Finally!! I think I have my planner system set up for now. I have many perfectly lovely planners, and I have been spending the past month & a half perfecting my planner system for my needs right now. So, I want to introduce you to my current planner stack:

I had a moment (ok a few weeks) when I didn’t know if I wanted to keep my classic size Happy Planner in my everyday stack. But, then I took it out of rotation, and I missed it. Then I looked through my past spreads, and I realized I love decorating a planner. While it needs to be functional as well, I love looking back at how I decorated my week, and what I did that week. Plus, I looove these rose gold rings. So, my Minty Fresh Happy Planner is back.

I use it kind of as a look back in my planner, that is I decorate it after the week is almost over. I know what has happened during the week, and therefore I can make it more aesthetically pleasing and add decoration where there are holes.

So where do I actually plan? I started a bullet journal. I love it! I just have a simple, black covered and lined journal, but I am not afraid to mess it up. I may get a Leuchtturm when I finish this journal (I think I would like dotted grid pages instead), but I am experimenting with this system in this cheap journal for now. I love how freeing it is to be able to change how my weekly spreads look, and add in random collections in the middle of everything. I am taking a lot of inspiration from Boho Berry, BlueLahe on IG, and the official bullet journal website right now.

I tried to start a bujo last summer, but I fell off the wagon because I got a Happy Planner. It was all about decorating after that.  🙂 But, I need a planner that can be flexible with my needs. I wanted a planner that could be a catch-all, but also one that I wasn’t afraid to get a little messy. And it is! My Happy Planner shows my week in a pretty way, while my bujo actually keeps me organized. Plus, I can change it to be anything I need it to be day to day, or week to week. I take it with me everywhere.

Here is my pretty Recollections planner. It is one of the larger sized ones Michaels carried at the end of last year. I originally wanted to use it as my memory planner, with photos, stickers, and such. But, as I completed the first two weeks of the year, I wasn’t feeling it. So, I turned it into my creative life planner a la Stephanie Howell. I plan and record what I want to complete on my blog, IG, scrapbooking, photography-wise, and miscellaneous creative tasks during the week. Not a lot of decorating going on here, and that may change as I get more comfortable in this planner, but it’s ok with me for now. It’s pretty on its own anyway!

Finally, here’s my Mini Happy Planner. It kind of picks up the slack. It is just so cute! I started using it as my creative life planner, but it was a tad too small for what I wanted to document. It is fun to put randomness from the week in it along with some fun stickers.

This is not technically a planner for me, but it is a new part of my creative routine, so I thought I would include it here. I am backing away from completing tons of 12X12 scrapbook layouts this year (running out of room!), so I am trying this Traveler’s Notebook system out. I will have another post just about this system later, but I am loving the smaller size to scrapbook in!

I don’t have them pictured, but I do also use a Large Happy Planner for work and a personal size Webster’s Pages planner for my financial plans.

Thanks for making it this far with me! More planner posts to come! Any questions, leave a comment below!

A Look at December in my Happy Planner

Hello!! Happy New Year!  🙂  I know, it’s already January 12, but I needed to take a little break from here (and a lot of things) to recuperate from the holidays. It’s a wonderful time of year, but it takes a lot out of you, and it was hard for me this year to snap out of holiday mode. But, I’m back. Hopefully, more regularly too. I have a list of things I want to post about, but I have to start somewhere, so I decided to share my December Happy Planner spreads first and foremost!

This first photo is actually of my layout for January, but I just wanted to share my Happy Planner in her Deluxe Cover. I got the white one with polka dots. I love it!! I was afraid it would be bulky, because it’s a little bigger than an A5 size binder, but I like the protection it offers. Plus, I can decorate the pockets!

Here’s my monthly spread.

Week one of December.

Week two.

Week 3. I love the Mr. Grinch stickers here. 🙂 They are from Polished Patterns.

Week four. Christmas week!

Week five. Happy New Year!

I used a combination of stickers, patterned papers, and washi from Mambi, Sugar Paper for Target, Felicity Jane, stickers from the Bulleye’s Playground at Target, and Polished Patterns.

All right, thanks for stopping by today! I’ll return soon!

Favorite 16 of 2016!

Hello! It’s New Year’s Eve… I can’t believe 2016 is coming to a close so soon! The years go by faster and faster, I swear!

I put together my favorite layouts for the year below… I also added in some favorite planner spreads, because planning took up a lot of my creative time this year. In 2017, I plan on returning to scrapbooking more. I really miss making my 12×12 layouts! I don’t forsee my planning routine slowing down anytime soon. I’m glad about that, because I love my planners!  🙂

Enjoy my favorites!

Thanks for stopping by! See you in 2017!

Ways to Document Your December

Hello there!! It’s snowing a little bit outside and that makes me so happy and ready to get out my December albums and reminisce.

I wanted to share a few different ways you can document your December. It doesn’t have to be a pretty album and with expensive papers and embellishments. As long as you get your photos and words down, you’ve done a good job! Simply making the time to record it all is the biggest challenge.

First, I am currently working on this pretty album below. I got it last year from Felicity Jane, along with a kit that I used inside. I didn’t put it together last year because I wanted to think about what I wanted to be in this album. I finally decided to make it a ‘best of Christmas’ album. The photos I cherish the most from over the years are going in here. I have enjoyed putting it together so far!

Of course, one of the most popular ways to record the season is with a December Daily. One of the most recognized faces of this project is Ali Edwards. She has so much inspirational content, so check her site out.

I have been making a December Daily album every year since about 2010 I think. Some years I put a photo/sentiment for all 31 days of December, some years it’s just a 12 Days of Christmas theme. It can be whatever you want it to be!  🙂

This album below has a collection of Instax photos in it. Some albums can be tiny, to just highlight a specific series of photos. The design of this album was inspired by my favorite, Dear Lizzy.

Another way I’ve been recording December since 2009 is with Shutterfly books. I gather my favorite photos from December at the very beginning of January and put them all together in an album and Shutterfly ties it up with a bow! Not really, but it’s a fun process. Just put aside to do it soon after the holidays, because the more time that lapses, the less likely you will be to get it done. Sad, but true.

If you sign up for their emails, Shutterfly offers a few free books a couple times a year. My advice is to put the book together, so when the coupon code comes out, you can just hit ‘buy.’ My word of warning is to allow yourself time to upload the photos. I use a Canon DSLR and the files are quite large, and it can take hours to upload the photos. And, remember to save your work. Check more than once. Trust me.  🙂

Another way to document December is with a classic layout! I have been making scrapbook layouts for many years now, and it’s still satisfying to create a bunch of layouts and put them in an album.

This year, I’m using a Traveler’s Notebook to record December. I guess you can say I have been taken over by the planner community, so it’s natural to reach for a planning style book to document this month! I got this particular TN from Michaels over the summer for $3!

Here’s a peek inside…

Papers are from One Little Bird (2015), washi is from Sugar Paper for Target, and wooden numbers are from Felicity Jane (December 2015 kit).

Thanks for making it this far! I hope you now have a few ideas about how to get your December holiday memories down. Make it simple for yourself. You’ll be glad you made the effort!

December Daily | Past & Present

Hello! Happy December!!

It’s that time of year again… time to do some daily documenting. I have several December Daily albums from years past- here’s a few of them below. You don’t realize how much you forget until you look at your albums! I recommend documenting this month in some way that’s easy for you, so you can look back on all that happens this month.

This year, I am going to use a traveler’s notebook. I picked this album up from Michaels in the summer when they were on clearance. I looked at this red one, and I wanted it, but didn’t know what I would use it for. I had to go back the next day because it hit me- use it for your December Daily! I was glad it was still there. I may even be able to use it for multiple years, because it holds several books. I also liked that aspect, because it is challenging after 10+ years of scrapbooking, to find storage for all the stuff I make!  🙂

My plan is to print out a photo (or a couple) for each day in December and write a little about the day. I’ll check back in throughout the month (and on Instagram @JenManisCreates) with updates!

Traveler’s Notebook: Michaels (summer 2016)

Paper: One Little Bird (2015 digital paper)

Wooden Numbers: Felicity Jane (December 2015 kit)

Washi Tape: Sugar Paper for Target (2016)