Kelly Purkey / Hero Arts Planner Release!


Hey hey and welcome to the Hero Arts + Kelly Purkey Planner Blog hop! I’m your second stop on the hop — the one and only Kelly Purkey is the first — so if you’re just now joining us be sure to check her post out. You can also see the whole Clearly Kelly line right over here at Hero Arts. I love every single thing.

True confession, right up front: I’ve gotta admit that while I’ve always been a list maker, and I’ve always kept a calendar, I haven’t always been a planner addict. Nope. It just wasn’t for me. But now that I figured out how to get organized  — well, count me in as a planner nerd. I’ll be sharing my process below.

Plan. Plan. Plan.

Kelly Purkey Planner Products

October 5-11 by Lisa Spangler

Here’s my full week. This is real life. Not just for show. You can see where I dropped my pen, messed up stamping, didn’t get some stuff done — but I kinda like that.

Thought I’d walk you through a few things. First off, see that divider page with all the paint splotches? I had so much fun making that. It’s just a little acrylic paint — I was thinking it went with the pouch that I keep my planner in. I like to switch my divider up every week or so. This way things don’t get too boring.



One thing I love to do is set 3 weekly goals. I like to use the numbers from Kelly’s Outline Alphabet. (It’s from her first release — still love it.) Then I keep track of my progress with little stamped elements, like this tiny heart found in Kelly’s Occasion Planner.

Add-on Lists


In the release you’ll find some super nifty die cuts + stamps that are packaged together called Stamp&Cuts. Here I’m using Kelly’s Todo List to make an additional list that I can slide right onto my planner.

Another thing I like to add to my planner is little photos. Here you can see some shots from when I was in Ohio earlier this week. That’s my Dad and I on the left — he just celebrated his 70th birthday! — a cool autumn sky, and my husband from when we went for a walk in the woods. Plus some extras I may use next week.

Reverse It


Another thing that I love to do is to mount a stamp on my block in reverse and then stamp it to get a solid image. Then I flip it over and stamp it the right way. Here you can see this in action with the “Eat Out” stamp, found in Kelly’s Food Planner. Sure hoping we make it for Sunday pancakes. :)

Get Organized

The key for making all this happen for me is to get organized. I usually do most of my planning on Sundays while sitting at the kitchen table — I drink coffee and plan away while my husband reads and drinks his tea — but sometimes I do it while traveling or in different parts of the house. Enter this cute pouch.


I put all my most-used stamps in the front pocket. Inside, I like to keep my inks, acrylic blocks, post it notes, washi tape, TSA approved scissors, adhesive, and more! While I was in Ohio I even had a small watercolor set in there with room to spare. Love the handle so I can grab it and go. Can’t say enough good things about it.


Had to add that I love the colors in Kelly’s new inks. Love. I don’t know if I have these all in the correct packs, but I always put them back in the plastic case that they come in so that the lids stay on. There’s nothing worse than opening your pouch to find a big inky mess, right?

One last thing I just had to share. I’m a huge paper addict and Kelly’s Planner Banners have helped me use up those little scraps of paper that I can’t bear to part with.


I put them in a glassine envelope and then in the pouch they go.

Giveaway (Yay!)

Hero Arts will be giving away a selection of Clearly Kelly planner products. The winner will be randomly chosen from all of the blog hop comments received by 11:59pm PST on Monday, October 12th. Check the Hero Arts blog for the announcement of the winner on Wednesday, October 14th.

Hop On

Now then, on with the hop! Your next stop is Nicole Reaves — I can’t wait to see her planner. That girl always rocks my world.

Kelly Purkey
Lisa Spangler <– you are here
Nicole Reaves
Krista Wells
Suzanne Dahlberg
Barbara Picinich
Amy Tsuruta
Libby Hickson

Thanks so much for joining me today! Hope that I gave you some ideas for using Kelly’s new planner stamps. And big thanks to Hero Arts for having me be part of the hop and to Kelly for designing such awesome stamps for us all. xo

85 Replies to “Kelly Purkey / Hero Arts Planner Release!”

  1. Beautiful planner, and love your handwriting!

  2. Love your planner and love the to do list. I am finding the clips will definitely come in handy. I am a long time planner but just recently joined the spiral bound box challenged group. lol I love your system and the colors. I love when a stamp can be used in ways other than they were meant, and you win the interwebs from me today for teaching me something new! ~Mari~

    1. Awwww, thanks Mari! :)

  3. Love all the planner ideas. Cannot wait for my order to come.

  4. Love the idea to flip the stamp in reverse first. Ty! I can’t wait to try my set!

  5. Maggie Rigney says:

    I love your work!! i’ve always taken your classes via SC !!! Love what you’ve done with these planner stamps and dies!!! I can’t wait to try out the new inks!!!

  6. I love the idea of reversing the stamp! I need to get myself a die-cutting machine so I can start using some cute dies haha

  7. Linda Sodano says:

    Thanks Lisa for all of your great tips for planners!

  8. I love the planner stamps!

  9. Carla Hundley says:

    Fun ways to decorate
    your planner! Loving
    the Stamp&Cuts set.
    Carla from Utah

  10. i love the banner stickers.

  11. Iris Esther López says:

    These stamps are great.

  12. Hey Lisa,
    So refreshing to see your “real” planner , real life! I also love using the stamps on the reverse to get solid stamped shapes. I also am not an addict yet, but love using them in my other projects. Love that To Do List and so love those mini inks! I have to ask what scissors are TSA approved? I always leave scissors at home when traveling because I am afraid I will have to throw them!

    1. Hi Cindy! I found my TSA approved scissors at a sweet little shop in San Francisco. They are folding scissors originally meant for sewing I think? Anyhow the blades are tiny and the ends aren’t pointy. So glad you like the planner ideas xo

  13. I love all your terrific ideas! This would work well with my planner routine!
    Take care!

  14. Great to see the different stamp sets in action!

  15. love your planner style!and also you good at styling photos thumbs up

  16. Cindy Brooks says:

    I need to plan a planning time like you have! I always seem to be hurrying to stamp my planner for the next week or month!

  17. Yay KP stamps!!

  18. OMG!! I love those little inks and the die! I have loads of scrap papers too!! The TV planner and the special occasions are my favourite ones from the entire collection.

  19. Love the storage bag….I’m ordering one of those babies! ;)

  20. What great ideas. I especially love your travelogue.

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