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Why I Love My Day Designer

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Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post only because it is honestly a product that I am in love with and all opinions are my own! I bought my own Day Designer and have been given nothing for this post!

Why I Love Day Designer || Becoming Sabra Gilbert

With 2016 right around the corner, I am obsessed with getting myself organized and ready for the new year. My Day Designer is a giant part of that! While I was in college, it was obvious on how I would need to use it. I had to schedule my classes, work, and when I was going to fit blogging into my day. And I also could just write my homework to do list and things that I needed to remember throughout the day.

Now that I've graduated and am working from home for myself, my Day Designer needs to do something completely different for me! 

WHICH IT CAN!!

And I honestly believe that it is one of the best parts of the Day Designer! It isn't specialized to anything and I can make it do what I want to do quite easily. Instead of blocking my time by where I needed to be, I can now block my time by what topic i should be concentrating on at that time. Am I in my office hours? Then I should be working on my blog or a client project! If I'm off office hours (which is something I need to remember to do now that I work at home!!) I should be working on something else. 

Random Fact: I'm breaking the rules of everything I just said at the moment because I'm writing a blog post and doing laundry at the same time. While watching a replay of a webinar. I'm technically on vacation too. Oy. 

The only thing that I have to do to make the transition is to customize it differently! Sure there are some things that the Day Designer has designed into it, but there are also plenty of stickers and ways to customize what your Day Designer does for you! 

For example, I really don't need to track anything in the dollars section of the Day Designer. I was part of a wonderful planner supply swap (OMG I should host one of those in 2016!) that I loved and my partner got me wonderful stickers that I could use in place of that little square and keep track of my water intake! Which is something that I would rather use than budgeting daily.

Another glorious thing about the Day Designer is that it is beautiful! The outside is built to go through anything! I mean, mine has been thrown across the room (on accident, I'm clutzy) and has been banged around in the backseat of my car, but it still looks great! And I love that Day Designer just likes to call Day Designers that maybe have a few scratches or bumps "Authentic" because lets be real! You can't keep everything super gorgeous all the time! Not if you are using it right!

With the simplicity of the design inside and out of the day designer, it screams for you to make it your own! I know people who choose color schemes, or just go crazy with all the pretty!!  I love using bright colors all over the place. I love ones that use black and gold accents through their entire Day Designer as well! 

The Day Designer doesn't just put you on schedule, but it focuses on you! And there is a fabulous community of Day Designer Lovers if you don't believe me! (Like seriously, follow them on Instagram!)

What is your favorite way to plan your day? 

Sometimes, Adulting is Hard. Photo Albums Don't have to Be

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One thing that I've learned about being an adult is that there are a lot of things that I took for granted my mom doing for me. She kept things clean that I didn't even know needed to actually be cleaned. She kept, not just her own schedule, but every one's schedule. In her head. The schools, mine, my sister's, my brother's, Dennis', and every single activity that we all did in school. Crazy. She could always manage to get us all ready for a road trip before the last second. I can't even get Simeon and I organized before a trip.

One of those things would be actually printing photos to hang around the house and making photo albums. As can be seen when walking into my apartment, it isn't something that I have fully mastered yet. We have frames hanging on the wall that still have stock photos in them. I haven't even gotten my wedding photos onto Facebook, let alone all printed and into a nice scrapbook.

But that is where Shutterfly steps in! Where I might be failing in the Facebook and scrapbook department, I've been pretty good at using Shutterfly to make cute mugs and, gasp!, photo books!

One thing that I love about the

Shutterfly photobooks

is how easy it is to pick one theme and decorate. With a traditional scrapbook, it can be easy to go off in a million different directions throughout the book without having a cohesive theme. This way, all the design elements are the same within one interface and not scattered around my home.

I have always wanted to scrapbook, but one of the reasons that I haven't gotten into it is that all the elements that go into making a scrapbook can be sooo expensive. You have to buy the stickers, the papers, print the photos, get the right scissors and glue. With all of those things in mind, a nice clean design that gets printed and sent to your door no longer seems as expensive as you originally think it will be.

Not only do I not have to purchase all of these things to complete my scrapbook, but I also don't have to make space to store these items in between the times that I could work on this scrapbook. Simeon and I are college kids on a college budget in a college town. Our apartment is tiny. Like, our apartment completely fits in my parents living room tiny. We already practically trip over everything in our home, if I had totes of scrap booking items, we would loose even more room.

Not only is storage an issue, but while in the process of completing a scrapbook, it also creates a large mess and has to be left out to dry, or just plain to work on. Once again, Simeon and I would loose more space that we just don't have to loose.

On the

Shutterfly

interface, everything is simply stored online. So all I need is my laptop to work on a project that I could finish in a night, or spend the time to design over a month. No mess, No fuss. Just getting it done.

Want to try it out for yourself? Shutterfly is offering a code for 40% off the entire site as well as a free 8x11 calendar for the next year!!

Use code FREE40 until October 25th!

And if I haven't convinced you that Shutterfly Photobooks are better than Scrapbooks, Shutterfly can still print your photos for you as well! Just with joining, you are able to receive

50 FREE 4x6 photos

!!

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