Happy October!!

Hello! Welcome to October!

I think October is one of my very favorite months of the year. I’m excited because the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo is coming to my town later this week. I have been waiting {impatiently} since last year for it to come back! I’ll be sure to share my haul next week. Also, today is my sweet mom’s birthday, so we’ll be celebrating! Yay!Happy October! | JM CreatesHave a great week!heart_jen

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Happy Fall!

It’s the start of a brand new season! Welcome Fall (even though it’s still 90 degrees here!)! I can’t wait to celebrate my favorite fall traditions. This planner is giving me all the autumn vibes right now.  🙂

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Happy September

I love September.

It’s a fresh start.

Days get shorter.

The leaves begin to turn.

So many fun fall events happen.

I am so ready for a new season.

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Wild Orchid

An orchid in a deep forest sends out its fragrance even if one is around to appreciate it. -ConfuciusOrchid | Summer 2017 | JM Createsheart_jen

8 Years!

Just a little note that today marks my 8th anniversary of starting my blog! I started Jenna’s Wonderland at a Blogspot address in 2009, and now I love my space here at Jen Manis Creates.

I can’t believe it’s been so long! I still enjoy sharing my crafty adventures, and can’t wait to see what’s next on my journey at my space on the web!

I thought I’d re-introduce myself to you all today with 5 things about me.

  1. I love all things related to scrapbooking, memory keeping, and planning. I have been scrapbooking since 2006.
  2. Scrapbooking led me to where I am today. I fell in love with design and photography, so I went back to school a few years ago and pursued a degree in those things!
  3. I have four beautiful little birds, who talk up a storm and keep me entertained daily! I’ve had parrots my entire life, in fact!
  4. I am an old soul. Don’t get me wrong, I love modern day conveniences (hello internet!), but I think I was meant for another era. I am inspired by the 20’s, 40’s and 50’s.
  5. I am a very proud introvert. People have tried to change me my whole life, but I am who I was meant to be!

Thanks for stopping by today & every time! Here’s to the next 8 years!

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Friday Planner Thoughts

I love Fridays. But I think Fridays in the summertime are even better. I can’t wait to spend a little bit of my weekend with part of my lovely planner stash! I am still obsessed with my Happy Planners! In particular, my mini. Every time I think I can put it away for a bit (so I can enjoy other planners in my stash), I keep coming back for more! Like Mary Poppins says, it’s practically perfect in every way. 😊IMG_8548

Oops… I added a new planner into my stash this past weekend. I love these Recollections planners by Michaels. I have been using hourly sheets in my minis HP for most of this year, and I have been eyeing those expensive Erin Condren hourly planners. I really dig the whole hourly planning thing. And then I saw Recollections had new hourly planners- I had to get one! Come on July 1st!!

So, here’s what I’m going to do to make this planner exactly how I want it to be. I just ordered the covers I really, really wanted from EC, and I’m going to put that bad boy on my Recollections planner! I know the EC covers are just a smidge different than the Recollections, but I don’t care. Frankenplanner all the way!IMG_8554Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend & happy planning!

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Secret Garden

Her heart was a secret garden, and the walls were very high. -William Goldman, The Princess Bride

When I took this photograph a few days ago, the first thought that came to mind was ‘secret garden’. I love when a photo takes you somewhere else and makes you think.

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Think Happy

Isn’t this little decorative cup (from Target) the cutest thing ever? It’s served many purposes for me since I bought it last summer. I think for now it needs to hold these pretty flowers, and just be cute.  🙂

Also pictured is my Happy Planner Deluxe Cover. I brought it back out for now, because my custom HP cover isn’t quite as think as a regular HP cover, and I want to protect it. I love the white look for summer. Plus, it gives me more decorating options. I am anxiously awaiting my very first Planner Society kit this week. Eek!! You can bet some of those goodies will be popping up in my Happy Planner very shortly….IMG_8432IMG_8435heart_jen

Happiness

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. -Denis WaitleyIMG_7844Isn’t this a beautiful quote? It’s been on my mind recently. Happiness is an inside job. I believe we can use our happiness and turn it into kindness for someone else.

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