{let it go}

Good morning!  We’ve got a bright and sunny start to our last day of school vacation today.  Brigid and I got up a bit earlier than we have been this week so tomorrow morning won’t be such a shock, but I know that 5:30 is going to feel soooooo early, and I am not really looking forward to it.  We’ve had an awesome, relaxing week to close out the year – which was such a relief after the crazy-busy December we had!

Brigid had several performances with the Raymond Singers…12.16.15 016

Aileen had her winter concert with the Middle School band, two productions of The Nutcracker (one at the Concord Audi and the other at the Palace Theatre in Manchester) and her Winter Recital as well, along with all of the necessary dress rehearsals for same.12.17.15 036

So, yeah, a week without all that frenetic activity was quite welcome!

Yesterday morning Aileen and I took a ride to The Dancer’s Closet in Nashua – what an awesome store!  Aileen needed to replace her ballet slippers, her outgrown tap shoes, and has danced through the toes of her first pair of pointe shoes already, so they needed replacing too.  The staff at the store was wonderful, and they had every single thing we needed.  I think we’ve found our official dance store!  Thanks, Dancer’s Closet!

LGL Jan 3

Here’s my LGL page for January 3.  I’m still playing with the Winter Wonderland collection from Pebbles.  I just love the blue/green/purple color scheme, and the little ice princess die cut is too cute!

Hope you have all enjoyed your winter break, and are rested and relaxed and ready to tackle the work week!

 

 

 

{2016 – happy new year!}

happy new year

Wow!  Time sure does fly!  It seems just yesterday that I was contemplating my One Little Word for 2015 (Grace), and deciding how I would spend my creative time after “retiring” from my freelance work designing projects for a variety of scrapbooking manufacturers.  In just a few months I would discover creative listmaking and by extension the planning community, and then my new year really took off!  I want to express my appreciation for the friendships I have formed in the past year through the #listersgottalist Facebook group, and the Instagram crew, and I am ready to face a new year full of new adventures, challenges, and creativity.olw avatarThe “One Little Word” that I have chosen to represent 2016 is actually a “One Little Phrase” and it is Carpe Diem!  I am using it as a reminder that there is no time like the present, and to make the most of it.  It will remind me to dare greatly, and to step outside my comfort zone.  It is also a little play on words, since I have moved into my brand new Carpe Diem planner from Simple Stories for 2016.  I purchased a beautiful Robin’s Egg Blue planner and have been spending the waning days of 2015 and the start of my new year setting up my sections and creating dividers and such.  I may not be scrapbooking as often, but I am still pottering around with pretty paper and stickers, so I am content!january 2016 cd

I have a number of good intentions that I hope to be able to carry into this new year with me, one of which is attempting to stick to a more regular blogging schedule.  I have struggled with making a decision of even keeping it all last year, and I feel like I have made a decision to keep going with it – even if my Mom is my only reader!  ;)

January’s #listersgottalist List is up on the website, and the Facebook group is filling with everyone’s new list books and pages.  If you don’t know what I am talking about, please check out Cori’s website and/or the LGL Facebook page.

My first two pages for January use some pretty new paper and stickers from Pebbles.  The collection is called Winter Wonderland.LAuclair LGL Jan 1

LAuclair LGL Jan 2

If you are starting out the new year with a brand new planner and are looking for some Carpe Diem planner inspiration, Cori also is sponsoring a CD Facebook group called TheResetGirl’s Carpe Diem Planner Club. You will find answers to all your CD questions as well as inspiration that you won’t find anywhere else!  I have heard that Simple Stories has some a.maz.ing things planned (see what I did there?) for the CD product line in 2016, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!TRG CD planner club header

If you are looking for inspiration and support for goal-setting for 2016, there is a brand new Facebook group sponsored by TheResetGirl that launched this week called TheResetGirl’s Goal Getter’s Club.  That Cori is a busy lady and I only wish I had a fraction of her energy and enthusiasm!TRG goal getters header

I’m starting off the new year with a fresh new reading list.  I’ve got copies of The 52 Lists Project and A Year of Cozy on the way.  I’m looking forward to diving into some inspiring reading and new projects – I hope to be able to continue to share them here with you on {bliss}  Thanks for sticking with me.  I shall endeavor to be a better blogger this year! ❤

 

{Dec 3}

Good morning!  I’m off to a much better start today, and am trying to keep ahead of anything that will cause unnecessary anxiety.  Here’s my PSA for you all today – – change your passwords often, and keep a close eye on your accounts!  I was hacked and lost my entire PayPal balance – not a thing that you want to have happen at any time, but especially during the holiday season!  The PayPal folks were lovely yesterday, and I am hoping for a speedy resolution to the situation.  Thank goodness for great customer service!

My #ListersGottaList / #DecemberDaily page today features more October Afternoon loveliness, and my all time favorite pattern: gingham!

LGL December 3

I have a planner confession to make:  I couldn’t resist purchasing the new Carpe Diem planner from Simple Stories, even though my lovely Day Designer doesn’t run out until next June!  My plan was to hold off until at least January to start using it, but because the pages are not dated, I knew that I could start using it any time!  So I moved in this morning and have created a section for my holiday season plans and lists and am delighted with how pretty it is!

CD dec 2015 holiday planningI used a lot of goodies from Target’s Bullseye’s Playground to fill my pockets, and my divider is from a 12 x 12 sheet of scrapbooking paper from the Cozy Christmas collecction from Simple Stories.

Hope everyone has a great day!

{Dec 2}

Well, I did have good intentions of getting my LGL /DD page posted this morning, but life had different plans for me today.  :(  I think that it is sorted now, but sadly I didn’t accomplish anything on my “to do” list with the exception of my morning doctor’s appointment. It’s always something, right?

LGL Dec 2

I used some of my closely “collected” October Afternoon Christmas goodies for my page today.  Always has been, and always will be one of my favorite scrapbook companies!

Hoping that you all had a much better day today than I did!

 

 

{Dec 1}

Hi there!  Long time, no blog, eh?  I thought that I’d jump back in for the month of December and see how it goes.  I can’t guarantee new content every day, but I will try to update as often as our crazy schedule allows.

auclair ice skate

So…life.  Lots of it has happened since the last time I updated!  I just started my December Daily album and am pretty happy with the format I have picked out for the month.  I am going to combine my Daily with my #ListersGottaList challenge and create a 6×8 pocket page for each day.  One 4×6 pocket will have something relevant to DD – a photo, a quote or whatever – and the second pocket will have my list for the day.  The completed pages will live in a Simple Stories SN@P album which still needs to have the cover decorated…

auclair LGL/DD Dec 1

Thanks to the readers who have checked on my page often in the past few months, and especially to the folks who emailed me.  It means a lot and I will try to keep up this month!

Happy December!

#PlannerHack

Hey there!  Good morning!  I’ve spent the past couple days setting up my brand new Day Designer planner from Blue Sky, and I have a quick and easy #hack to share with you!

planner hack by elendae

One of my favorite things about 6 hole binders is how easy they are to customize using inserts.  Using this quick and easy hack, you can just as easily add custom elements to your spiral bound or o-ring bound planners!

What you need: hack 1

  • planner of your choice.  (I am using a 8×10 Daily Planner from Day Designer)
  • a zippered pouch (I am using a 10×7.75 pencil pouch from Target, available in the back to school section for 99 cents!)
  • flexible plastic sheet (I am using a plastic divider page from Cropper Hopper)
  • sturdy hole punch (I used a Crop-O-Dile from We R Memory Keepers) and scissors
  • paper trimmer
  • double sided tape
  • washi tape for decorating.

Here’s how you do it!

  1. Carefully remove a sheet from your planner to use as a guide.  I just snipped from the edge of the page to the center of each hole to remove the sheet from the book without damaging it.
  2. Cut a 1.5 x 10 inch strip of the plastic sheet. hack 2 elendae
  3. Using the sheet you removed from the planner as a guide, punch holes along the length of the sheet. Cut small notches from the edge of the plastic sheet into the punched circles.
  4. Use your paper trimmer to trim down the pencil pouch about a half an inch.  Use care not to cut through the seal!
  5. hack 3Use double-sided tape to attach the punched ring strip to the edge of the pencil pouch.
  6. Decorate with washi.
  7. Insert into your planner and fill with stamps, stickers, or whatever you like!

You could use the same method to add in a page marker, a folder, a dashboard, or other useful items.

 

 

 

hack complete elendae

 

Hope you find my hack helpful!  I’d love to hear from you in the comments.  :)

Have a great day!

{hey there – welcome to bliss!}

mic article

Many of you are arriving via Theresa Avila’s article on mic.com about the planner community, and I am psyched to have so many visitors today!  I’ve been on a bit of a summer hiatus from blogging since the kids got out of school, but will be back into it on Monday mornings throughout the rest of the summer, and I hope you’ll stop in and check out what we’ve been up to at Chez Auclair!

LAuclair planner pages

If you are new to planning and the planning community and want to find out more – be sure to check out the links in Theresa’s article.  The #ListersGottaList community on Facebook is very welcoming and we’d love to have you list along with us!  If you are interested in finding out more about my Etsy store and the planner charms I make, please click here.

Thanks for stopping by!