All Hail the Planner Flip Through!

Flip throughs, Plan with Me’s & Layouts, OH MY!

I love to scroll Instagram and Pinterest looking at other people’s planners. I don’t care what kind of planner it is.  I can get lost in a YouTube loop and watch it for an unrealistic amount of time.  Sometimes I find new ideas for spreads or collections I would like to try; sometimes there are just some pretty cool planner people with awesome talent. Shout out to Shelby at and Patrizia @lifeinabujo.

As you know, I use the Bullet Journal® in a traveler’s notebook system. I prefer dotted notebooks like May Designs (in the classic 8″x5″). I started 2017 in a regular (Midori size 8.25″x4.25″) with Tomoe River paper from Red Pen Travelers site. While I love the paper, this mama needs more room.  I have been collecting my Maybooks each time there is a sale. I am now the proud owner of five fresh May books waiting to be planned in.

New addition to my collection!

In my last post, I introduced you to Josefina. She is getting a sister! For Mother’s Day, hubs said  ‘get what you want, I don’t know how/


where to get it’. I said, ‘Yes, sir!’ So Caroline will be here soon! She is also from Red Pen Travelers. Caroline will hold my fresh stack of May Designs notebooks. She is turquoise, with brush nickel eyelets and a turquoise elastics. Oh, and Toni now gives you up to four letters to stamp on the front as a freebie! I got my initials. I will post pics as soon as I get her.

I started working on the transition last week after Emily from My Adaptable Career said ‘Why not start now? AND make it a post?”  I was going to save the set up until July because I already had June set up in another regular in Josefina. But I thought ‘screw it, that’s why Bullet Journaling® is so flexible.” You can start anywhere. So I broke open these three notebooks…

Budget Planner, Dot Grid, Menu Planner

Monograms from the left are  “All About the Benjamins”,  my initials and Meal Plan. The Benjamins has budget planner pages, the stripes are dot grid and Menu has meal planner pages. Here are what the pre-printed two look like inside.

The first page?! and beyond

The first thing I do is give my insert a title page. I have all these lovely stamps and stickers at my disposal or sometimes artwork from my kids. The second thing I set up is my Index. This helps immensely with finding things later. I do have to number the pages manually, but it is a small drudgery that is worth it later. One of the gems of Bullet Journaling is the Future Planning. For some, it is simply two pages divided into six quadrants. Two lines splitting the spread into six blocks. I found the Calendex method on the official website and then a variation of that on Instagram. [I think it was Christinastarr77?] It works great for me and I have been using for some time now. A little sticker action and some calendar number washi and I am ready to rock.

Reset Girl stickers and a No. 3 original work
Calendex/Alastair method future planning variation
Monthly: Ryder vs. block

The next thing I set up is my Monthly Calendar. Down the left side of the page write the numbers 1-30(1) in a column. Note: I do washi the edges of my month first. It looks nice with the notebook all filled and I can see where each month starts. I also like to write the letter for the day of the week and mark off weeks horizontally. What’s with the “R” you ask? Well in college that is how WKU denoted the class days for Thursday. I had MWF classes and TR classes. It just stuck. You will notice too that I divide out by kid. During school year this has been wonderful. To see who has what on the same day but still spaced out so it is not so jumbled. I tried drawing out traditional block/square calendars… not enough room for this hot mess. By the way are you digging that elephant washi? -hearts-

June filled in; See, Elephants. 🙂
The To Do List

My next set up is a master to do list. Some call this a brain dump, but ya’ll know I cannot deal with that title in a mature manner. I dubbed my list Task Master. Not that I have mastered the list yet, but it sounds motivating.

Task Master – Jack of all trades, Master of none. LOL
Weekly Layouts

I have used daily layouts and weekly layouts. I prefer the weekly. The regular size notebook did not allow me to create my favorite weekly layout, which is why I want to go back to the May books. They are nearly the size of a Leuchttrum 1917 A5. Which I love, but the Travelers system is just as flexible as the Bullet Journal® system. I use the LT1917’s for Bible study and journaling. The perfect way to collect and store. Ooops! Did you see that squirrel? Perhaps more on that Bible part in a later post.

Now back to weeklies…I like seeing what is coming up in a week. It helps me to plan better and not be surprised or miss appointments. (Been there, done that. Even wrote it in the monthly, but did not transfer to week.) I have the days marked by columns across the top and the date usually stamped in the middle of each column. The date stamp pulls double duty. A reminder of the day’s date and to split events from tasks. I list events for the day at the top with a circle. (This is my signifier, you may use something else, like a dot or bullet.) Tasks are below the date stamp and signified by a square. I color them in or x out when each is complete. You will also notice that I color code. This is another signifier for me. Instead of writing out each family member’s name and then their schedule, I see the color and immediately know who it is. Mr. is blue, I am orange, Kid No. 1 is teal, No. 2 is purple, and No. 3 is turquoise. There are others for school, church, and birthdays. Now sometimes I am lazy or on the fly and write in events with whatever pen is the flavor of the month. Which is now a new Lamy Safari in red with a medium nib. Gotta have dots and chunky letters. The Lamy is part of this year’s Mother’s Day present and goes along with Caroline. 😉

June weekly ready to go

I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into how I plan. I would love to see how you do it. Come follow me over on Instagram @orangemamalikes or even check out my Pinterest page of the same name.  I look forward to seeing yours!

planning & organizing one page at a time


P.S. Josefina is not being replaced. I love her too much. She will most likely become my blog planner….or my sermon notes/church stuff….or perhaps even my wallet.