Hi, I’m Amanda, and let’s start with my name. My first name is Amanda and my middle name is Rose. I’m named after my two grandmas, and because I love them so much, I use both names in my online identity. However, if you see me on the street, ‘Amanda’ will do just fine. I’m a: Blogger, Crafter and Designer. If you want to learn more about me, you can read my full bio here.
Blog Name: Amanda Rose Zampelli
(in the process of a major overhaul/revamp)
1. When did you start blogging and what made you want to start?
I started blogging in a “Technology in the Classroom” course in college when I was pursuing my Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. The teacher required us use Blogger and set up a blog that we would use to answer homework questions, give feedback on classroom lectures, etc.
When that course was over, I had all this beginner knowledge and first started my own blog on December 16th, 2009. I called it my *2010* is HERE (just like that with the asterisks and everything…haa haa!) and the sole purpose of it was to see if I could actually blog for a whole year straight 5-7 times a week. Everything that made up my 2010 – inspiration, wishes, important events, random thoughts – can be found there, and at the start of 2011, I realized that I did it…but more importantly: I LOVVVVED IT!
I started because blogging appealed to everything I enjoyed: writing, photography, creativity, communication, and connection – which blended together, really is design. I love design. I consider myself a designer by profession/vocation/nature/calling whatever you want to say – and blogging is such a good expression of color, graphics, and voice – all of which excites me and IS design.
I also started because I picked up an Artful Blogging magazine from winter 2009 at Barnes& Noble and was glued to each and every featured blog. I was obsessed with each blogger’s unique look and voice, and how they used their blog as a vehicle for promoting their hobbies, and sharing their insights with the world. I bought that magazine for $15 and started my personal blog a few weeks later.
2. When did you first start using a paper planner?
I’ve used a paper planner for as long as I could remember – getting them for free from school and jazzing them up with whatever I had on hand, but in 2010, I purchased a “Mom Life” planner – a small, spiral bound, horizontal planner and started writing in it. Then I started decorating it. …and then: with my new blog up in 2010, I started photographing how I decorated it, and posting about it and talking about my inspiration behind spreads — it was the first time I was sharing what I was doing with paper. I NEVER would have guessed at the time that it was a clue into my career – a glimpse into a very fun & fulfilling part of my future!
Here’s a photo of planners past:
3. What planner are you using for the new year?
I’m using The Happy Planner® for two reasons: (1) because I work for the brand and the company Me & My BIG ideas and I have to, but more importantly: (2) because it’s the most revolutionary planner on the market and truly deserves every bit of hype it receives.
4. How many planners do you own?
Too many to count, past and present (I don’t throw them out).
5. If more than one, what do you use each one for?
This year, my planner line-up currently consists of seven (7!!!) disc-bound Happy Planners®, although only three of those I write in everyday. The other four are for specific purposes, and are used when needed. You can get a complete rundown of each of my seven working Happy Planners® in this blog post: http://www.amandarosezampelli.com/blog/2017plannerlineup
6. What is your favorite pen to write with?
The thin-tipped Happy Planner® black pens are my fave black pens, but Stabilo pens are my favorite colored planner pens! Also, MildLiner highlighters for the win!
7. Do you have a planning routine? If so, please share.
Multiple planners usually call for multiple routines, but SUNDAY is my day. The first two hours of my Sunday morning, with coffee in hand, is usually how my memory keeping Happy Planner® ones together – week by week. Throughout the week, I’m uploading photos from my phone onto my computer, resizing them in Photoshop and including them on a contact sheet of small images that I print out Sunday morning and get to work on with journaling, stickers, and other embellishments.
A crazy amount of detail on this process can be accessed through my Big Picture Classes class entitled “Memory Keeping in The Happy Planner®”.
A messy shot of my Sunday routine can be seen below (don’t judge) :
My BIG ‘get things done’ planner-planner that I use for planning & productivity (it’s so funny that we need to clarify these things nowadays) gets filled on an ongoing basis. Things that come up in advance get jotted down on a sticky note and included in that planner weeks/months ahead of time. #plannersgonnaplan
8. Favorite store to shop for planner goodies?
I love everything me & my BIG ideas/The Happy Planner® related, and I’m not just saying that because I work for the company. I’ve also seen adorable planner stamps by Waffle Crafts and Kelly Purkey, but truth be told: I love my own craft stash for planner goodies! I get creative with it, and make old supplies new again. You can do that in a planner!
9. Any recommendations / advice for someone who is just starting out in the planner community?
Some of my favorite newbie planner advice I’ve ever written was in an Instagram post back in the summer of 2016. It read:
“The planner community is a club that ANYONE can be a member of, so my advice is JUMP. RIGHT. IN. Believe me, you’ll be welcomed. // Other than that, I encourage you to play • experiment • try new things • find what works for you • connect with those who inspire you • make mistakes, cover them with pretty paper, and move on • don’t hoard & don’t treat the untouched page as precious. // The time spent with your planner is not wasted time. It’s our method of organizing our thoughts and actions in a way that will best enable us to live a fun, happy, and full life. It’s our way to express gratitude for everything that encompasses our busy day. It’s our way to celebrate events that have happened and document our stories in a visual way using our own voices. It’s our quiet time for ourselves, and you should take it, as often as you need it.”