Planner Layout Review: April 2017

Illusions of Productivity

And just like, that another month flies by.

This month was all about daily habits. I kept a log of fitness habits, and personal habits, after a month of tracking, I can say that I’m finally feeling the benefits.

Top 5 Successes:

  1.  Went to the gym 3 times a week at the butt crack of dawn.
  2. Played more bass guitar
  3. Cut out unhealthy snacks
  4. Crossed 2 things of my “Life Maintenance” list (FINALLY)
  5. Incorporated creativity *offline* into my everyday life.

Top 3 Areas that need improvement:

  1. More cello
  2. Less multitasking. More focus – specifically at work.
  3. I need to go through my mail. -_-

This weekend I hope to catch up on a few blog posts I’ve been drafting, and some other creative projects I’ve been working on. Thanks for stopping by.

D. Marie ❤


Personal Planner

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My newest planner toy! The HP Sprocket photo printer. You can peel off the back and make them stickers! You already KNOW ya girl is scrapbooking like crazy with this thing ❤

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Fitness Planner:

I bought fitness stickers mid- month, so the other two weeks aren’t worth mentioning 😉

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Work Planner:

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Happy Planning!

April Creative: LA Artist Deakin Handmade

Monthly Creatives

April 2017


Discover My Favorite Creatives!

This segment is dedicated to all my creative muses. Each one of them on the daily hustle, working hard to support what they love the most. Whether it’s music, art, personalities, jewelry, or clothing, I support it all. I hope you take the time to check out their pages, like their socials, and show them some love.

 Deakin Handmade

Meet Roxie and Beamer Hoge, a small but mighty duo behind the handmade ware brand Deakin Handmade. Roxie and I went to the same elementary school; she was in the same class as my sister. They caused some mischief together 😉 After my sister and I transferred to a different school district, it was a while (about 10 – 12) years before I ran into Roxie at my favorite coffee shop. There she was crafting up a beautiful latte, we’d exchanged the usual over-the-counter-barista-talk and then there was that moment when your eyes locked and “HOLY SHIT!!!!” we recognized each other. It was as if you could hear some R2D2 neurotransmitter sound effects going on as our brains subconsciously calculated each others faces.. anyways, I could really dork out on some existential stuff about this holy shit moment, but that won’t be fair to you, the reader, who’s just here to learn more about Roxie’s awesome work with her husband.


What inspired you to start your creative journey and how long have you been creating?

I picked up leather crafting as a hobby in 2012. My husband and I had just started dating and he had recently invested in quite a few tools and was making belts and things for friends. We hosted a weekly craft night, and our pals would come over with food and we would all snack, drink and make simple projects. It was so fun! Soon enough, friends started offering us money to make them things. Word got out, and we found ourselves making so many wallets for friends and acquaintances, we decided to launch the business!

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What is your creative process?

I usually have a few new designs in mind at any given time. The one that actually gets put into production is whatever I find the most need for; or whatever I get the most requests for. We’ll sit and draw out a couple of different versions of the item before actually making it, keeping within our realm of timeless aesthetic and simple, classic design.

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What are you working on right now?

At the moment, we are working on a passport wallet; something I’ve been meaning to make happen for quite some time.

Who are your creative muses? What inspires you the most?

My creative muses are everywhere! They are hard working, busy-as-heck, and need reliable carry goods to help them along the way. If you ever stop to ask someone about their wallet, it’s amazing what they’ll tell you! The’ll say what they love best about it, and why it works so well for them, and what they would change about it to make it *perfect* for their specific needs. It’s a very personal thing, and I just love it. I draw inspiration where I find necessity, and I find necessity by talking to people and watching the way they use their carry items.

What is Deakin Handmade?

Deakin has grown from a longstanding appreciation for function-driven timeless goods, and was built on the idea that the things we carry with us every day and all day long should wear in – not out.

We are very small team with a vast set of skills and interests – carpentry, art & sculpture, specialty coffee, mechanics, climbing, canyoneering, food & cocktails – we are adventurers, tinkerers, builders and find inspiration where we find necessity.  As individuals, we are drawn to things that are made well and have set ourselves to the task of creating & supplying durable, and elegantly simple wares that will stand up to your adventures and improve with age. We do our best to ensure heirloom-quality construction in each of our pieces with the hope that they will be used well, used often, and passed on for generations.

And finally! A peak at their amazing work:

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But wait! there’s more! They make tote bags, belts, and furniture collaborations…

Check out all their beautiful products on:

Deakin Handmade Website

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Planner Layout Review: March 2017

Illusions of Productivity

March Madness. It’s never too late to get your shit together.

Happy Friday! March Madness is just about over and I am definitely looking forward to April. Work has been really busy, keeping me up late and out of the house early in the morning. Launching my blog this month has been a fun experience, opening up my creativity. I’ve really enjoyed working with WordPress and the social aspect of their platform. Originally I started this blog on Wix, but then I felt alone in the vast wide web; at least with WordPress, there is a definite sense of community. I also discovered Bloglovin’ yesterday and now I just can’t stop going down the rabbit hole!

Each week as I sit down to layout my planner journal, I never go in with intentions or a theme, I just start coloring, sticking, and taping. Sometimes I really dig where I end up and other weeks, I’m not really a fan, but alas this is all part of the creative process and such is life – I must accept it and continue with what I have…. right?

Here is my monthly review of March featuring sticker artists Sticker Doodle Shop and Pear Tea Stickers. Hope you enjoy! Please let me know if you have any favorite layouts =) I’d be happy to hear what you think.

Looking forward to trying out new goodies on etsy.

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