#TheHappyPlannerIGChallenge

Me and My Big Ideas and The Happy Planner are once again hosting an Instagram Challenge for the month of June. I was excited about this one, and after seeing their free printable sheet (click image above to be linked,) I thought I’d like to make a free printable for all of my friends out there in the planner community.

Today is Day 1 of the challenge with the prompt “You!”, so I created a sheet of 1.5 x 1.5 stickers that are all about  YOU! I hope these positive affirmations remind you of how valuable and irreplaceable each and every one of you is, and of how much I appreciate each and every one of you!

Happy Planner IG Challenge June 2016

The link for the pdf and png files are now active for download. If you use them in your planners and post to Instagram please tag me @studioelaine and use the hashtag #studioelaine so that I can see how they turned out!

Remember these are being provided for your personal use only, and are not to be used for any other dissemination or sale.

I hope to see all of you joining in on the IG Challenge fun!

Until next time, Happy Planning!

Elaine

 

 

#TheHappyPlannerIGChallenge Sticker Download PDF

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May Free Sticker Download – Tiffany Inspired

I know I’m quite a bit late with this month’s freebie. Life seems to have gotten away from me… not an excuse, simply the truth.

This month’s inspiration, as promised, was inspired by Tiffany. Established in 1837,  by Charles Lewis Tiffany, Tiffany & Company is the epitome of style and grace, and the iconic Tiffany Blue seems to represent all we seem to covet and love of about the brand. It’s classic, and refined with just a hint of whimsy. This sticker sheet makes me feel the same way. I especially like the macarons!May - Tiffany Inspired Free Sticker Sheet

The link for the pdf and png files are now active for download. I hope you enjoy these stickers as much as I do! If you use them in your planners and post to Instagram please use the hashtag #studioelaine so that I can see how they turned out!

Remember these are being provided for your personal use only, and are not to be used for any other dissemination or sale.

Until Next Time Friends, Happy Planning!

Elaine

Tiffany Inspired Sticker Download PDF

Tiffany Inspired Sticker Download PNG

Shopping Small (With Big Heart) – Jessica’s Planner World

Continuing our interview series Shopping Small (With Big Heart), I am truly happy to be introducing you to Jessica Ares owner of Jessica’s Planner World on Etsy.

Studio Elaine ~ What is your background before being your own boss, or do you work both a 9 to 5 and run your own business?

Jessica’s Planner World ~ I have a degree as Medical Assistant and I am a Wedding and Event Planner. I also run a pageant and I organize fashion and bridal shows. I have always loved being my own boss, the creative side of me comes from my dad, he has always relied on himself for success. His crafty side is amazing, being in upholstery and carpentry.

Studio Elaine ~ What first inspired and motivated you to open your own business?

Jessica’s Planner World ~ My own ideas, I can work perfectly in the team environment, but with that being said, I love giving my ideas to a t, love talking about it and making it work. I strive for the best and when you strive, you love being your own boss. There is a movie that totally inspired me and it’s called, “You’ve Got Mail”, I loved the idea of having a bookstore and coffee shop together, but it was hard for me due to lack of funding, so I just stood with an online store. It works well and helps pay the bills, this means it’s just as successful as the store front. I still want to one day have my own store front, it is never too late to make your dreams come true.

Studio Elaine ~ What does a day in the life look like? Walk us a little through the juggling act of balancing your business and home.

Jessica’s Planner World ~ A day in the life, in my world is pretty crazy, sometimes it can be relaxing while some days it can be chaotic.

I always start my day by thanking God for the opportunity, then I make my bed, shower, etc… start brewing coffee while making a healthy breakfast which can help me stay strong and active throughout the day.

While that is on the works, I check for emails and orders from Jessica’s Planner World, sometimes after that I drive my daughter to work, if she is not having a work day I work on orders, print, and send. I also update the website, create more planner goodies, or just visit Michaels, Hobby Lobby, A.C.Moore and Target for deals.

Well once my day is done you know the rest, dinner, chores, laundry and more work on Jessica’s Planner World, lets not forget I may have to meet a bride or client for events, check venues for shows, and I also run a chapter called Kick Ass Red Lipstick in Massachusetts, which helps women battle self esteem issues.

Studio Elaine ~ How has social media impacted your business and how you conduct business?

Jessica’s Planner World ~ Social Media is an amazing way to grow your business, it all depends how you use it.

We need to focus our tools on what clients, friends and family would love to see. One word of mouth can gain upto 100 clients a day if it’s done correctly and wisely.

I try to stay on top with my business, giving my clients what they want, i.e. giveaways, coupons, freebies, and much love…

Studio Elaine ~ Looking back at how you first started as a small business owner, what would you have done differently, knowing what you know now?

Jessica’s Planner World ~ Absolutely, I would strive more to get funding I needed to make it possible.

Studio Elaine ~ What made selling on Etsy appealing to you vs. starting your own online ecommerce site?

Jessica’s Planner World ~ I just wanted to try something new, there is no difference, I’ve tried it all. Even though I have an Etsy shop I am working my way to creating a website with tools not included on Etsy shops.

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New Black Fabric Rosettes Planner Clips available at Jessica’s Planner World.

Studio Elaine ~ Obviously I love your shop and items, what are you most proud of in your shop, and where do you find your creativity and inspiration?

Jessica’s Planner World ~ I am most proud of my paper clips, how much love and dedication I give to it. I am working on adding stickers, dashboards, bookmarks, notepads and more. My creative inspiration is web designing.

Studio Elaine ~ You are obviously very creative and talented, besides the items you create for your shop, what are some of your other talents, and what alternate creative outlets do you pursue?

Jessica’s Planner World ~ Web designing, flyers and post cards.

Studio Elaine ~ Why do you feel shopping small is important?

Jessica’s Planner World ~ Supporting small business is very important because we all want to grow equally, we want to be successful, big, and well known around the industry

Studio Elaine ~ How do you feel the role of women as small business owners has impacted you, and what do you think the major challenge as a woman in business has been for you?

Jessica’s Planner World ~ You know I’ve had good and bad impacts when it comes to women business owners. There is a huge battle and fight in this industry, women tend to burn each other instead of supporting, helping and lifting each other up. But I thank God my capacity and maturity is amazing, because I have been strong and learned the hard way, the bad experiences have helped me better myself, my business and connection with other women.

Studio Elaine ~ What do you want our readers to specifically know about you and your shop?

Jessica’s Planner World ~ I am a woman of many hats, I can do everything and anything anyone wants, if you do not see something in my shop and would love to see it, just say so and I will work on it. I want my readers to know I take pride in my work, I love what I do because I want my customers to be treated as I would want to be treated.

Studio Elaine ~ What advice would you give to anyone out there, who thinks they might want to open their own small business?

Jessica’s Planner World ~ Research first, inventory second, grand opening third.

Studio Elaine ~ I’d like to thank Jessica for participating in our interview series. If you haven’t done so already please visit Jessica’s Planner World on Etsy and follow her on Instagram. She is a dynamic woman and an inspiration to others trying to achieve their goals.

Click on the links below to connect with her shop and social media. One of my favorite items, from her shop are the New Black Fabric Rosette Planner Clips, linked above. They are striking and would make a great addition to any planner clip collection.

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Shopping Small (With Big Heart) – Pretty Peaceful Planner

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Kylie Fraley owner of Pretty Peaceful Planner on Etsy with her family.

Continuing our interview series Shopping Small (With Big Heart), I am delighted to be introducing you to Kylie Fraley owner of Pretty Peaceful Planner on Etsy.

Studio Elaine ~ What is your background before being your own boss, or do you work both a 9 to 5 and run your own business?

Pretty Peaceful Planner ~ Before opening my Etsy shop, I was working reception at an animal hospital. I was hired in hopes of working in the Veterinarian Technician field.  I started at the bottom cleaning some unimaginable animal messes, walking dogs, and cleaning the hospital.  After a while I was at the front desk with some other wonderful ladies.  A few years later, my husband enlisted in the Army and I left my job at the animal hospital to travel to Georgia with him.  This is where we had our first daughter and I decided to stay at home with her instead of going back to work.

Studio Elaine ~ What first inspired and motivated you to open your own business?

Pretty Peaceful Planner ~ The biggest factor in starting my business was the need to stay at home with my children and still be able to bring in some extra money for my family.  Before opening Pretty Peaceful Planner I was running an Etsy shop designing invitations and stationery.  I loved creating invitations for someones birthday or big day.  Once I purchased my first Happy Planner I was hooked on anything planner related.  I joined Facebook groups and stalked Etsy sticker shops.  Thats when it clicked. I could combine my love for designing invitations with my love for my planner.  I started making different sets of stickers and cutting them at home.  After a while I had enough stickers to open Pretty Peaceful Planner.

Studio Elaine ~ What does a day in the life look like? Walk us a little through the juggling act of balancing your business and home.

Pretty Peaceful Planner ~ Days at the Fraley home are quite hectic!  Our two girls are 4 years and 18 months old.  Taking care of them and running the shop can be a huge balancing act on most days.  I spend my days printing and cutting sticker orders while keeping up with the kids.  The nights are for designing new prints.  Most days cutting goes into the night and designing has to wait.  It is a back and forth act between the girls and working on orders.

Studio Elaine ~ How has social media impacted your business and how you conduct business?

Pretty Peaceful Planner ~ Instagram has been a huge platform for my shop! I have connected with so many other business owners and customers through Instagram.  I started an Instagram account for Pretty Peaceful Planner before the shop was open.  I would post updates on sticker sets I was designing and how the process was coming along.  This helped me gain business contacts before my shop was even open.  I usually will post coupon codes first on Instagram. This give my followers a chance to sometimes get discounts exclusively or before anyone else.

Studio Elaine ~ Looking back at how you first started as a small business owner, what would you have done differently, knowing what you know now?

Pretty Peaceful Planner ~ I would definitely troubleshoot more! I was so confident in my product that sometimes I missed a few things in the process.  This left me having to fix problems before sending out orders.  It made made order processing time a bit longer at first.

Studio Elaine ~ What made selling on Etsy appealing to you vs. starting your own online ecommerce site?

Pretty Peaceful Planner ~ Etsy is a very well known website.  I love the fact that if you are looking for something unique and hand made all you have to do is search Etsy!  This helps with advertising.  I don’t have to worry about being accessible for my customers or making sure my ecommerce site is out there.  It is easy to navigate and gets my shop noticed.

Rustic Yellow and Grey Planner Stickers Available at Pretty Peaceful Planner on Etsy

Rustic Yellow and Grey Planner Stickers Available at Pretty Peaceful Planner on Etsy

Studio Elaine ~ Obviously I love your shop and items, what are you most proud of in your shop, and where do you find your creativity and inspiration?

Pretty Peaceful Planner ~ It’s so hard to choose just one thing! I would say my Rustic Yellow and Grey Planner Sticker Set is my favorite.  It is the first sticker set I created.  I am so proud of this set because it is the set that started it all!

Studio Elaine ~ You are obviously very creative and talented, besides the items you create for your shop, what are some of your other talents, and what alternate creative outlets do you pursue?

Pretty Peaceful Planner ~ My shop keeps me busy most of the time.  It is probably my only creative outlet.  I would say taking my heated vinyasa yoga classes is my alternative outlet.  It helps me clear my head and sweat it out!

Studio Elaine ~ Why do you feel shopping small is important?

Pretty Peaceful Planner ~ Shopping small is so important!  I love being able to own something created by someone with a small business.  It is so much more personal to me.  I love being able to support others in their own journey of creating what the love.

Studio Elaine ~ How do you feel the role of women as small business owners has impacted you, and what do you think the major challenge as a woman in business has been for you?

Pretty Peaceful Planner ~ Since starting Pretty Peaceful Planner I have met some amazing women. I have been shocked by the amount of support from these ladies.  From regraming my posts on Instagram to having the opportunity to be featured on Elaine’s blog.  The amount of other business women helping each other inspires me tremendously!

Studio Elaine ~ What do you want our readers to specifically know about you and your shop?

Pretty Peaceful Planner ~ I want Pretty Peaceful Planner to be a creative outlet for other planner nerds like myself. Sitting down with my planner and decorating my weekly spreads helps me feel calm about my life.  In a sense it brings me a little bit of that “me” time that all other women, working or staying at home with their children, know we need so bad!  It is awesome to know that I can give that little bit of peace by providing pretty stickers for other’s weekly planner spreads.

Studio Elaine ~ What advice would you give to anyone out there, who thinks they might want to open their own small business?

Pretty Peaceful Planner ~ Go for it! Even if you open an Etsy shop and only have a few listings. Start somewhere and see where it takes you.  Don’t worry about the small stuff it all works itself out.

Studio Elaine ~ I’d like to thank Kylie for participating in our interview series. If you haven’t done so already please visit the Pretty Peaceful Planner shop on Etsy and follow her on Instagram. She is an absolutely amazing woman! Her love of family and willinginess to support others in achieving their goals is an example to all of us, and I know you will enjoy her and her creations as much as I do.

Click on the links below to connect with her shop and Instagram feed. One of Kylie’s favorite items, and mine as well, from her shop are the Rustic Yellow and Grey Planner stickers, linked above. They are soft and sweet, and would make a great addition to any planner sticker collection.

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