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May Likes and Dislikes

Hi Friends,

I wanted to hop on here and share my May Likes and Dislikes before it gets too much further into June. I will try to keep this short.

When I set up my May pages, I reserved an entire page for recording new items that I acquired during the month. Some of the items that I listed are being moved to next month because I didn’t use them enough to give them a chance.

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My Faves, but first a shoutout!

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picture courtesy of SewingScientistJen Etsy shop

First, Jennie forgive me for being so late on this. Second, everyone go take a look at her Etsy shop, SewingScientistJen. I purchased this floral anchor pouch while she was doing her Easter egg promotion. I was so excited when I opened the egg and saw that I won another pencil pouch! I knew immediately that I wanted to get the pouch pictured above for my sister who is an engineering student. After a mailing snafu, Jennie’s true colors shown through. Her customer service is amazing. She mailed another pouch to me quickly (mind you the snafu was not her fault). She is truly amazing and her pouches are amazing. She has many many many different prints and you should go take a look now… I mean now… here is the link again 🙂 On a side note, the product I received was exactly as it was pictured, but I was so excited that I gave it to my sister with her other goodies before I could take a picture. I did feature my anchor pouch in my April Likes and Dislikes video if you want to see more.

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This ‘Botanical Line Drawing’ book by Peggy Dean is such a fun book. I love the simple instructions. I am someone who struggles with just drawing without inspiration and there is tons in this book!
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I found these at my local university book store. These are the Kuretake ZIG Cocoiro pens. When you purchase them, you buy the case and the pen insert. They come in a variety of colors and cost around $5.00. I have been using these for my daily lettering as part of my #LetteringMayFlowers and #AFlowerADay_June challenges.
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These are some of the new Tombow Dual Brush pens that I picked up at my local art store, Art & Craftsman Supply. I picked these because I wanted some pastel colors.
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This is a Sargent Watercolor 36 cake Set. This set was under $10 at my local art store and I am pleasantly surprised. I love the colors and they work well.
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If we have watercolors, then we need brushes, right?! I started with the Niji Waterbrush, but discovered that there are more sizes. I found this set on Amazon. The make is Arteza, and this set has three pointed, brush tips in different sizes as well as three flat,brush tips in different sizes. I must say that I like these better than the Niji, just because when you squeeze the water down it goes directly through the bristles instead of around the outside like the Niji.

Less than favorite items:

I like to preface this segment by saying that the products that I list here didn’t work for the purpose that I wanted them to work for. This doesn’t mean that they wont work for you.

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I purchased this palette after seeing so many metallic lettering posts on Instagram. I purchased this palette from the art store and saw the name ‘Niji Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolor’ and got really excited. I quickly learned that pearlescent is not the same as metallic. These colors are gorgeous and as a accent color, they work beautifully. However, on their own, they do not work for me.

Sorry there isn’t a video with this post. I have been under the weather, but I enjoy sharing my thoughts on products with you guys.

Have an amazing day!

Neta


Supplies:

Yes, some the product links are Amazon Affiliate links. All that means is that if you make a purchase, Amazon gives me a percentage of the earnings (at no extra cost to you), for referring you to their product/site. If you do chose to order from Amazon, make sure you give Amazon Prime a try, click here to take advantage of a 30-day free trial, so you can get free 2-day shipping too!
Posted in Blog Post, Bullet Journal, Fineliners and Daily Writers, Instagram, May, Month, Notebooks, Pen, Pencils, Social Media, Supplies, Unboxings, YouTube, YouTube Video

Spotlight Stationary Subscription Box for May

Hey Friends!

Today I filmed the Spotlight Stationary Subscription Box unboxing for May (yes, I am a little late). I normally receive my box just before the first of the month.

Anyways, make sure to check out the video and hit subscribe!

The products inside this box were pretty awesome. All of the products are from premium and artisan brands from Germany as well as postcards with amazing art from Dhekelia Lennon. My Hunny’s family is from Germany, so I was pretty excited to see everything. Because I talked about products in the video, I will just give quick blurbs about everything here:

 

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Postcards featuring the art of Dhekelia Lennon

 

Bindework Notebook and Patterned Envelopes

Rico Designs Brass Binder Clips

Mobius & Ruppert Pencil Sharpener

Staedtler Eraser and Double-Tip Fiber Pen

Scheider Line-up (Pink/Green) and Slider Memo (Blue)

Stabilo Schwan Pencils
Make sure to check out Spotlight Stationary for all their awesome subscription boxes. They offer monthly and bi-monthly services.

 

That is all I have for today! Have an amazing day!

Neta


Products Mentioned:

Want to sign up for Spotlight Stationary Subscription Boxes? Click this link: http://www.spotlightstationery.co.uk/

Yes, some of the links above are Amazon Affiliate links. This means that I receive a portion of Amazon’s profits for referring you to the product/site. This is at no extra cost to you. I couldn’t find direct links to some products, so I linked the Spotlight Stationary site because they will post the products in the box for purchase soon.

Posted in Blog Post, Instagram, Intro and Info, June, MailChimp, May, Monthly Stats and Goals, Newsletter, Newsletter, Pinterest, Social Media, YouTube

Neta Marie Designs – May Stats, Growth, and Goals

Hey Y’all!

Welcome to the second post in this series of monthly stats, goals, and growth tracking posts. April was our first month and the data included some information prior to April, but this post will feature only information on growth in the month of May. This should paint a better picture for those who are looking at starting a blog of their own and want to see what growth looks like.

Let’s get to it!


General Planet Plan It Blog Traffic

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May brought in 110 more views with 6,613 versus 6,503 views in April.

Blog Post Data

I gave regular posting a good effort in May. I posted quite a few times.

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There were 6 posts in May compared to 5 in April

Need a recap of what was posted? The list below shows what the big world of Neta Marie Designs was talkin’ about.

Blog Post Listing (from newest to oldest):

My most popular post is still my old Plan-With-Me Post as I begin my new Bullet Journal. I can’t be mad though. That post is so image-heavy and idea-filled that I look back at it often too!

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Blog Referrers:

If you are trying to get more traffic to your blog, it is helpful to know where the traffic comes from.

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Pinterest has been my biggest source of traffic for a long time. Even the lesser referrers are Pinterest sites from other countries!

 


Other Social Media:

So, May was a great month, but also a stressful one. I bit the bullet and changed/rebranded my blog and all my social media from Planet Plan It to Neta Marie Designs. The change came about because I want to see my blog and work here grow, but I also discovered another site called Plan It Planet. Because they had been around longer, I chose to rebrand, so here I am. It was stressful, but went smoother than I expected.

Although I thought the rebrand may hurt my numbers, I have to say that I saw the opposite effect. It seemed like many people were very receptive of my new name 🙂

Instagram @NetaMarieDesigns: April ended with 690 followers and May ended with 745 followers (+55) with 40 new posts

Instagram @NMD_Challenges: With 87 new challenge posts, followers increased from 147 to 256 at the end of May (+109)

YouTube Channel: With only two videos posted, my channel subscribers grew from 21 to 31 subscribers (+10)

MailChimp (Newsletter): Grew from 820 subscribers in April to 903 subscribers by the end of May (+83)


Income:

Many people make money via YouTube, blogging, online shops, and affiliate links. Currently, my only earnings come from the Amazon Affiliate program.

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My earnings for May were still minimal, but there seemed to be a lot of action on the links, so I will count it as a big win.

* I do try to disclose my Amazon Affiliate link use (like at the end of posts and videos) because it is required. If you have questions regarding these links, let me know. *


May Goals:

** Let’s see how I measured up! Goals achieved will be in GREEN and goals that weren’t achieved will be in RED**

I will try not to be long-winded with this. For the month of May 2017, I would like to:

  • Blog
    • Grow blog newsletter subscribers to 1000 I grew to 903, but fell short of my goal (-97)
    • Grow views to 8000 I fell short and only got 6,613 views, so I was about 1,387 views. 
    • Grow visitors to 3000 I bested this goal and got 3,454 visitors (+454)!!
    • Post at least 10 times I was only able to post 6 times (-4).
  • Instagram
    • grow @NetaMarieDesigns main account to 1000 followers I am gaining on this goal, but didn’t make it all the way in May. I made it to 745 followers (-255).
    • grow @NMD_Challenges account to 200 followers Bam! Goal achieved! I was able to onboard 211 followers (+11)!!
  • YouTube
    • Post 4 videos Only 2 videos made it up on the ‘Tube (-2)
    • grow followers to 30 Followers increased over 30 to 31 (+1) Woot Woot!

Well, that is a lot of red, but I see it as opportunities to grow. It will be interesting to see if I meet my filming and posting goals if my subscriber and viewer rate will meet goals as well.

What are my goals for June?

Blog

  • Grow blog newsletter subscribers to 1000
  • Grow views to 8,000
  • Grow visitors to 4,000
  • Post at least 10 times

Instagram

  • grow @NetaMarieDesigns main account to 1000 followers
  • grow @NMD_Challenges account to 300 followers

 

YouTube

  • Post 4 videos
  • grow followers to 40

 


Welp, that is a snapshot of May on NetaMarieDesigns. I love seeing posts like these even though they may not be so exciting to others. Don’t worry, though, tomorrow I will be back to bullet journaling!

Have a awesome night!

Neta


Lets get connected!

Posted in April, Blog Post, Brush Pen, Fineliners and Daily Writers, gel pens, Highlighters, Intro and Info, Likes and Dislikes, Likes and Dislikes, Month, Notebooks, Pen, Pencils, Product Review, Supplies, YouTube, YouTube Video

My April 2017 Likes & Dislikes

Happy Saturday to All!

Today, I wanted to do a quick video showing my likes and dislikes. This is a segment I would like to continue doing each month with new products. For this specific video and post, I am going to lay the foundation and share my favorite products so far in my planning/bullet journaling journey (say that five times fast).

There is no specific category of items in the video, I discussed notebooks, pens, storage, paper, subscription services, and more. There are links at the bottom of the post if you are interested in any products. Let me know what you think about this video. I was inspired by makeup YouTube channel videos that I have seen and wondered why we couldn’t do this in the planner/bullet journal community.

Have a great day! Remember to subscribe to the Planet Plan It YouTube channel!

Neta



Supplies Used:

Notebooks:
• Scribbles that Matter Notebook in Gray with Yellow: http://amzn.to/2oHTlzU
• Leuchtturm Jottbook: http://amzn.to/2pJa6Gq
• Leuchtturm A5 Hard Cover Notebook: http://amzn.to/2pJlGBq
• Moleskine Cahier Squared 3-pack: http://amzn.to/2r4oJZH
• Webster’s Pages Travelers Notebook: http://websterspages.com/color-crush-personal-planners/whats-new/traveler-notebook-planners.html (These also are sold at some JoAnn’s stores: http://www.joann.com/search?q=websters+pages )
• Kyokuto F.O.B B5 Ring-Bound, Dotted: http://amzn.to/2rbXyZi

Pens:
• Crayola SuperTips: http://amzn.to/2rd58DG
• Sharpie Fine Point Pens: http://amzn.to/2pIZkjC
• Pentel Sign Brush Pens: http://amzn.to/2rd5YjU
• Zebra Mildliners: http://amzn.to/2pJfUzA

For more thoughts on pens as well as an in depth pen test and review, please check out my Bujo Tool Tuesday videos on pens:
• Fineliners and Daily Writers: https://youtu.be/6_pj1b2EPyU
• Highlighters: https://youtu.be/7Otu1GeYdVQ
• Brush Pens: https://youtu.be/y32Pc5xZVrA

Storage:
• SnapWare Stackable Storage Containers: http://amzn.to/2r4ocqu
• The Monster Factory VW Pencil Case: http://amzn.to/2pIKWZf
• Floral Anchor Zipper Pouch from SewingScientistJen on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SewingscientistJen?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Subscription Services:
• Ipsy: https://www.ipsy.com/
• Spotlight Stationary: http://www.spotlightstationery.co.uk/

Other Supplies and Items:
• DCWV Project Paper (Vintage Roses – used as background in video): http://www.joann.com/dcwv-project-paper-roll-vintage-roses/14414130.html
• DCWV Project Paper (Floral Geo): http://www.joann.com/dcwv-project-paper-roll-floral-geo/15415201.html#q=floral%2Bgeo&start=7
• Recollections Craft It Mini Stamps: https://www.michaels.com/craft-it-organize-it-mini-stackable-stamps-by-recollections/10402327.html#q=mini+stamps&start=1

Inspiration for my feather mood tracker:
• Instagram @tinas.welt.de: https://www.instagram.com/p/BScBF3tBojh/?taken-by=tinas.welt.de

If you want to try out Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping, here is a link to a free 30-day trial: https://www.amazon.com/tryprimefree

Yes, some the product links are Amazon Affiliate links. All that means is that if you make a purchase, Amazon gives me a percentage of the earnings (at no extra cost to you), for referring you to their product/site.

Posted in April, Blog Post, Intro and Info, Month, Monthly Recap, Notebooks, Pen, Supplies, YouTube

April Review and Flip Through

Hi Friends,

I hope you all doing great, and that the month of May is treating you well so far. One of my goals with my blog is to start sharing my blog more often. Many of you have seen the Plan With Me for May post and  video. Now, I would like to share a recap of my bullet journal for April.

I gave this post quite a bit of thought and ended up deciding that pictures as well as end reflection might be the most useful.

Oh and there is an actual flip through video on my Instagram @Planet_PlanIt that you should check out!


Let’s get started!

Most of you know my planning routine and know that I like having a definite break in pages between months. I love all of the ‘Hello April (or whatever month)’ pages. This month, I decided to doodle an Easter basket instead of a wreath.

My first full spread is my April monthly calendar wheel. I color the weekends in to make it easier to read. I enjoy how flexible this calendar style is because there are days where I have nothing going on and other days where I have too much and it wouldn’t fit in a traditional calendar.

The next spread is my goals and habit tracker. These are pretty self-explanatory.

Third spread is my April gratitude log and daily log. I have said before in set-up videos that I don’t log these every day, so I don’t make a slot for every day on my gratitude log. I do just enough to make notes of the good things going on.


This next spread is something that I was so excited to start. The left is my sleep tracker and the right is my headache tracker. Both of these are available on the Protected: Printable Tools and Freebies if you would like to try them. Both of these trackers have provided me with some amazing information about myself, but have also presented more questions. This information (when used in tandem with my ‘lady time’ tracker) may help me distinguish what triggers my headaches. I did make some tweaks for the month of May’s headache tracker, but both versions are up in the library.

The last pages I am going to talk about are my weekly and daily pages. My dailies were nothing special. I chose to cut down to half pages in this journal and there aren’t really any new changes. I did make some cosmetic changes to my weekly spreads though. In the month of April, I started using color palettes that I have found and pinned on Pinterest. Take a look at the board if you want some colorful inspiration. I love the palettes and they make it just a little more pleasing to look at. Below are just snapshots of my weekly spreads to show all the different palettes that I chose.

I lied – there is one more thing that I tried out. In my first week, I tried a single page sticker that tracked a week’s worth of fitness, water intake , and food tracking as part of my Beachbody 21 Day Fix plan. It was a bust. I messed up in the design by putting to many boxes for my plan.


I think the concept is good though, so I will be redesigning and correcting this sticker as well as varying the food intake to fix all 4 (A -D) food plans in 21 Day Fix.

I think I am actually finished now! I hope you all enjoyed this recap of April in my bullet journal!

Have a great day!

Neta

P.S. – As always, please comment below or email me at planetplanit@outlook.com if you have comments, suggestions, or questions 🙂


Supplies Used

Yup, theses four links above are Amazon Affiliate links. You can also search on your own for the products. All these links do is give me a percentage of the purchase for referring you over there. This is of course at no additional cost to you and I personally recommend these products because I use them too!

Posted in April, Blog Post, Instagram, Intro and Info, May, Monthly Stats and Goals, Newsletter, Newsletter, Pinterest, YouTube

Planet Plan It – April Stats & May Goals

Hi Friends,

This is the first post in a monthly series sharing Planet Plan It’s growth. Outside of my Planet Plan It world, I work for a local hospital. Part of my job is to compile numbers for the work we complete. I actually enjoy working with numbers. I have been toying with the idea of publishing stats for a while and have decided to go for it.

On other blogs, I have seen monthly postings were the growth of their blog is documented as well as popular posts and other interesting information. I may be the only one that finds my particular information interesting, but for those of you looking to start your own blog can look at this data as well 🙂

Shall we dive in? I am going to provide some earlier 2017 data for reference.


General Planet Plan It Blog Traffic

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April 2017 saw 6,503 views from 2,934 visitors. In the image above, we can see March 2017 was similar with 6,261 views from 2,734 visitors. So far for 2017, January has been the best month with 12,184 views from 5,384 visitors.

 


Blog Post Data

If you read any article about increasing blog traffic, you will probably see the advice that posting often is key. Do to college and home life (y’all get it) I wasn’t able to post as much and I truly believe that it effected my blog traffic.

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This image shows my posting schedule. My blog posting drastically dropped (just one post in February and March) as did my traffic. Although I have started posting more often, it will take time to regain the numbers seen in better months.

So, what did I post? Good question! April was full of brainstorming for me and I have started posting on new subjects!

Blog Post Listing (from newest to oldest):

 

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This image shows the most popular posts and pages on the Planet Plan It blog. The most popular post is and has been the ‘Plan-With-Me Post as I begin my new Bullet Journal’. There are images of trackers that drive a lot of traffic to the blog. There were some new pages added and those received some traffic, but as far as posts, you can see that the ‘Plan With Me’ posts are the most popular.

Blog Referrers:

If you are trying to get more traffic to your blog, it is helpful to know where the traffic comes from.

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Other Social Media:

There are so many ways to reach and connect with readers and followers. Currently, I know that I am not using all venues. Many bloggers use a combination of Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, blogs, YouTube and more.

I currently only have Instagram, YouTube, and my blog. I am looking at expanding. Below is the data regarding followers. I will be including the Planet Plan It Newsletter data here as its growth is also measured in followers.

Instagram @Planet_PlanIt: Ended April with 690 followers with 250 posts

Instagram @PlanetPlanItChallenges: Started on April 13th and ended April with 147 followers and 124 posts

YouTube Challenge: Ended with 21 channel subscribers (I posted only one video in April, but have a total of 9 videos)

MailChimp (Newsletter): Was noted as having 740 subscribers on April 3rd and ended on April 30th with 820 subscribers.


Income:

Many people make money via YouTube, blogging, online shops, and affiliate links. Currently, Planet Plan It only earnings come from the Amazon Affiliate program.

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My earnings for April will minimal, but a couple bucks is a couple bucks. The graph above shows how many people clicked on my links, how many purchased items (fees), and how many purchased a service (bounties).

* I do try to disclose my Amazon Affiliate link use (like at the end of posts and videos) because it is required. If you have questions regarding these links, let me know. *


May Goals:

I will try not to be long-winded with this. For the month of May 2017, I would like to:

  • Blog
    • Grow blog newsletter subscribers to 1000
    • Grow views to 8000
    • Grow visitors to 3000
    • Post at least 10 times
  • Instagram
    • grow @Planet_PlanIt main account to 1000 followers
    • grow @PlanetPlanItChallenges account to 200 followers
  • YouTube
    • Post 4 videos
    • grow followers to 30

That is how April has played out for Planet Plan It. I hope this information with be useful or interesting to some of you. If you have questions or feedback, feel free to comment below or email me at planetplanit@outlook.com.

Have a great night!

Neta


Lets get connected!