Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Hero Arts 2016 Planner Release Blog Hop


I'm so happy to be participating today in the 2016 Hero Arts Planner Release Blog Hop! This hop is all about celebrating the launch of the 2016 Planner Product Catalog items arriving in the Hero Arts Store. If you are new here, I welcome you. If you don't know me I am part of Kelly Perkey's Design Team so I already love working with her products and stamps. I love all of her collaborations with Hero Arts and her planner stamps always have just what I need to help plan my days, weeks and even months.

I don't always decorate my planner each week but when I have some down time I love to spice things up a bit. For extra special months I even like to decorate my wall calendar that hangs above my desk. Its always there and it really helps get me in the seasonal mood. As you can see below I did just that for the month of October.


When planning out my month, the first and foremost thing that I need to make sure I'm on the ball about is all of my daughters soccer games. She plays at the competitive level so its a lot of games for sure. I don't bother putting all of the practice days on the calendar because lets be real, I wouldn't have any room for anything else. Her life is definitely way busier than mine. Luckily for me, Kelly's Sports Planner set is perfect for all the sports moms out there.


Once those key dates are listed I love adding in little touches from all of her stamp sets to help draw attention and have some fun with some of my appointments and tasks for the month. For this calendar page I added in little bits from the Doing my Best, Adventure, Shopping, Appointment, Occasions, Food, School and especially the Fall Planner set because its so perfect for October. The Holiday Wood Icons also helped add some extra Halloween touches to my calendar.

I also used a few of Kelly's sticky notes from the Everyday Sticky note set to help dress up my flags and cover a stamping boo boo. It happens to everyone, thankfully a good sticky note can help save the day!

One of my favorite things to add to my calendar are all the fun National Days. I added three to my calendar page this month, of course I picked the ones that really speak to me. The Doing my Best, Food and Fall planner sets really helped with that because lets be real, its all about the food and pumpkins!


I'm also a huge fan of the stamp and cut sets and I love using them whenever I can. I cut two banners from the Flags Stamp & Cut set as well as pieces from the Tape Stamp & Cut set and the Labels Stamp & Cut set.

The inks I used to stamp with were all Kelly's stamp cubes. I used colors from the new Palm Springs, Miami and Charleston sets as well as the Outdoor set. These inks give the best color payoff and are so easy to work with. I love the new additions to the color range for these ink cubes, Kelly really gave me just the colors I needed.


I hope that this project has inspired you to dress up your family's wall calendar like you would your planner. It definitely makes the month feel way more festive this way.

I hope that you also continue on the blog hop so you can see all of the other amazing projects. I've listed all of the blog contributors with links below.

Barbara Picinich -- This is me

And don't forget to leave a comment here on my blog as well as the other contributors because Hero Arts will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by Wednesday, October 19 at 11:59pm PT and Hero Arts will be announcing the winners next week. Keep an eye on their blog for the announcement.

Thanks for stopping by!
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111 comments:

  1. Looks great! Fun way to dress up the family wall calendar!

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  2. Love all the images you have used on your planner:)

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  3. Easy breezy and oh so lovely! Great colors for fall

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  4. Don't need an expensive planner! Thanks for the ideas.

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  5. So sweet with all the little stamps.

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  6. Love this...stamps on a regular hanging calendar...who knew :)

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  7. Love the way you used the calendar and prepared for each child. I have a new calendar printed for 2017 and am trying to figure out the best way to use it. Thanks for your good ideas.

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  8. Love everything about your 'October' month...so cute, so organized!

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  9. I love this, your calendar looks great! And your weekends look like mine this fall - soccer and more soccer. You are smart to give up on including practices. I still try to put them all on there, and it's just ridiculous LOL!! Thanks for joining the hop today!

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  10. There seems to be more and more National fun days surfacing. That would be fun to have on a calendar. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Soccer moms unite! Or untie -- whatever works on those busy days! Love the addition of seasonal images and colors

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  12. I saw this on IG and I just had to come over and say how lovely it really is! Beautiful and yet so functional!

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  13. I like the use of the new planner stamps on the traditional calendar! Very nice!

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  14. Your calendar looks amazing! I love being organized!

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  15. You've created such a striking, interesting calendar, and simply done. Great inspiration.

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  16. Great ideas on how to organize your calendar! Love!

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  17. I love that you decorate your wall calendar.

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  18. I love that little trio of pumpkins!

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  19. Very pretty and classy. Thank you for participating in the blog hop!

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  20. Looks like fun!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. Oh my goodness. How cute is this layout??! Didn't know October 26 was National Pumpkin Day!

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  22. What a fun planner you have! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Who'd have thought of a sports journal! Great idea!

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  24. Whooo-whee, that's a lot of soccer stuff! Thanks for sharing!!

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  25. So many differences in all the planners. So individual and it shows just how versatile these stamps are. TFS!

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  26. Cute way to dress up a wall calendar. Versatile stamps for everyone!

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  27. I love going through the blog hop so far to see the different and creative ways of using the products and planning techniques. We have a wall calendar and I know we should jazz it up. Thanks for sharing this idea!

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  28. Looks like fun. What a great way to dress up a boring calendar.

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  29. I really like the sticky notes and the dimension it gives to your calendar.

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  30. I think I'm to lazy to keep a planner

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  31. I love it! But I don't see me doing all that. My life is so boring, I really don't want to look at my calendar more than necessary. I do color code my entries, (I think l am rebelling against years of having people dictate the color of ink I could use at work!) but that's as much as I can do. Let's just say, I admire from afar!!!

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  32. So cute, I love the little stamps and food stamps especially!

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  33. That's a wonderful idea for a hanging calendar! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Wow! My calendar looks so dull in comparison! Love how you dressed yours up.

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  35. So Cute! Love all these little stamps and dies. I don't use a planner but I do use a calendar with large squares and this would be perfect.

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  36. So organized. I love the little stamps! Can't wait to check out the Hero supplies!

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  37. The extra little touches you add are so fun!

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  38. So much cuter than just a plain old family calendar!

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  39. Definitely need this for my calendar!

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  40. The first thing I noticed was all the soccer balls ... and then read your post that you didn't put every soccer game on it. lol No wonder my SIL only lets 2 of her 4 boys play sports in a year. lol

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  41. Your calendar looks great! Love it!

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  42. My wall calendar at work needs a makeover. That's for the inspiration!

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  43. these planner stamps are so versatile!

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  44. Great idea to dress up your wall calendar! All the little images are so fun :)

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  45. Thanks for the inspiration, Barbara!!

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  46. Love the calendar, and the little pumpkin stamps! Thanks for sharing!

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  47. Like your planner. Noticed the soccer stamps. I miss watching my daughter play soccer as a goalie when she was younger. Noticed carving pumpkin time included. Hubby use to cave real pumpkins some time ago but now we use styrofoam pumpkins and light them up with battery operated lights. You can see carved pumpkins on my blog right side bar. Hubby started carving this yr's. I'll post when he is finished.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  48. I like everything about this calendar page. You choice of colors and stamps. I also like that it is not overwhelmed with misc stuff.

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  49. i'm sort of glad my son doesn't want to do soccer! LOL!

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  50. Great job with this. Thanks for sharing.

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  51. I love using sticky notes. Very nice calendar.

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  52. Great calendar. Love the new stamps. Thank you for sharing your ideas

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  53. Love how you used the new planner stamps. Great work!

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  54. Love how you decorated the calendar.

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  55. Thanks for showing us the new products on your calendar.

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  56. I love my planner and this new set would add so much to it.

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  57. Barbara, do appreciate you sharing your planner with us. Great job.

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  58. Barbara, do appreciate you sharing your planner with us. Great job.

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  59. Such a lovely way to spice up the daily routines!

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  60. Really like the look of this and looks like you have plenty of room to work things out. I really think I would enjoy doing this for the family calendar, my kids are grown and would be super filled if I put everything on there, but that part has passed so would be nice to have a little fun! Thank you for sharing this with all of us very nice job!!

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  61. A very pretty way to keep a functional wall calendar. Loving those ink colors as well. Cheers!

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  62. Great idea to use the stamps on a calender, thanks for sharing.

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  63. Thanks for sharing I really like this

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  64. Definitely love the ink cubes too, use them for everything! Your calendar is so cool

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  65. This month IS all about food and pumpkins!

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  66. I keep monthly calendar for my kids too, your calendar looks great with the cute stamps!

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  67. How did I never think of using planner stamps on my big wall calendar? I write all the appointments and birthdays on it and my handwriting is a scrawl. This would look so much better! Great idea!

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  68. I love decorate my planner with stamps and these are really cute!!!

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  69. Thanks for sharing your calendar, sweet:-)

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  70. Wonderful calendar
    ideas and love those
    little pumpkins!
    Carla from Utah

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  71. Looking forward to jazzing up the calendar
    that I use to keep my appointments.
    Enjoyed those days of soccer practice -
    now they're grown and gone and no soccer.
    thanks for sharing.

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  72. i'm a planner user, great idea to decorate regular calendars also!

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  73. Such a fun calendar page! Love the little pumpkins!

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  74. I rarely decorate the calendar page in my get to workbook but seeing how you've decorated your wall calendar inspires me to start! Thanks for sharing!

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  75. Cute. Clean yet well decorated. I really like how you showcased the products. Thanks.

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  76. Thanks for all the great ideas for using my stamps!

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  77. Great calendar, it really helps to make it visual.

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  78. What fun products and great use of them, Barbara! Thanks so much for sharing with us and for participating in this great hop and giveaway.

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  79. I'm inspired to give a "make-over" to my calendar --- thank you for the inspiration !

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  80. Love the pumpkins and witch's hat!

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  81. Not only is your planner more colorful, but the pictures draw your attention.

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  82. Darn it! Missed National Dessert Day, but I still have time for National Cheesecake Day. Love the cute stamps you used.

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  83. Good grief! I didn't know there was a National Pumpkin Cheesecake day! Actually, that sounds good... must try!!

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  84. Great way to decorate your wall calendar.

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  85. Your wall calendar looks great!!

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  86. WHat a great way to dress up a wall calendar! then you can always stick it in a 12x12 sleeve and make a scrapbook album of this to memory keep! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  87. Loving all the fall-themed stamps

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  88. Love the detail in the use of the calendar

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  89. Fun stamps! Could use them for many things!

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  90. Lovely calendar - so organized and pretty!

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  91. lovely. great design and color!

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