I’m excited to bring you my third Planner Behind the Planner with Nicole from @plansthatblossom on Instagram!

I’ve admired her work since she started her Instagram back in 2016, and its so much fun to see what she comes up with each week.

She makes the most of each one of her pages, and keeps it super creative and still very functional. If you haven’t checked her out yet, be sure to find her on IG and see what I’m talking about (after reading the interview of course 😉)!

She’s a master-doodler and it’s fun to see her doodle challenge pages and cute drawings decorating all of her layouts. You may have seen some of her layouts in the past inspiration galleries on the site including 51 Hot Food Journal Ideas and Master Doodling with 20+ Inspirational Doodle Accounts.

She’s in the process of setting up a blog, Etsy shop, and more, so you better stay tuned to her IG to follow along – I’m excited to see what she creates with her incredible talents!

Anyways – onto the questions…

A little about Nicole…

My name is Nicole!

I’m from central NY, but currently living in northern NJ.

I am a product designer, and I am 32!

How long have you been journaling? What is your favorite part about it?

I’ve been “officially” journaling since October 2016.

I love how it helps with productivity while also pushing me to be creative every day.

If you could only have 3 journaling supplies (not including your journal), what would they be?

I love how it (journaling) helps with productivity while also pushing me to be creative every day.

Have you always been a “planner” or is it something you recently realized you needed in your life?

I’ve always been a planner, but this has definitely helped organize my life.

It’s the system I always needed but never knew existed!

Do you use any digital planning?

I add appointments and events in my calendar on my iphone, and then transfer them to my journal.

I only do this because its easy to store and my phone is always on me.

What is one piece of advice for anyone beginning their creative planning journey?

My one piece of advice would be to create for yourself above all else.

It’s easy to get caught up in the social media pressure, but the bottom line is, you should create something that works for your life, and only do it if you truly enjoy it.

What is one book that has changed your life?

I love reading, so it’s hard to choose just one!

I’d say it’s a tie between “What Alice Forgot” – Liana Moriarty,

and “The Light Between Oceans” – ML Stedman

What is something unique that your followers don’t know about you?

I absolutely adore award shows.

Celebrities and fashion… I can’t get enough!

What are some of your favorite spreads in your journal?

I’m a strong believer in keeping positivity at the forefront of your journal.

In addition to planning and sketching, my journal acts as a source of motivation when I need it. I often add motivational quotes directly from my own health and fitness posts.

Looking back at these spreads empowers me. They make me question what I have going on in my life right now. They help me to put things into perspective.

Who are your favorite inspiration accounts you follow?

I’m not sure how I can even choose, this community is fantastic!

I’m such a huge fan of so many accounts these days so excuse me for going overboard or for forgetting any! @lifebywhitney, @inkbyjeng, @craftyenginerd, @nicoles.journal, @writeitonthewall, @my.life.in.a.bullet and @my_blue_sky_design inspired me to start creative journaling. I owe a lot to all of them for the endless inspiration!

My current favorite accounts are @this.scrapjournal, @the.petite.planner, @isabelhoops, @bujowithbecky, @cardigansandchamomile, @bumblebujo, @metro_boulot_bujo, @journautical and @journalsanctuary.

My one piece of advice would be to create for yourself above all else.

What are you currently learning or working on and what would you like to learn?

I want to learn how to do everything, but that is pretty overwhelming!

Mostly, I would love to learn brushlettering.

I can mimic a lot of fonts, and kind of “fake it ’til I make it” – but I’d like to officially learn how to use all of these fantastic brush pens I have.

What is your favorite social media network & where can we find you online?

I am currently only active on Instagram, but will be setting up Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Etsy, YouTube, and Blog very shortly!

Lots of work to do – I’m very excited about expanding!

That’s It!

I want to give a huge THANK YOU to Nicole for answering all of the questions! I love finding out a little behind the scenes info from my online journal buds and sharing with you guys. Now that you’re done reading the interview – go find her on Instagram and say hello!

👇Please – let me know in the comment section what you think or anything else you want to ask Nicole – I’d also love your suggestions on future questions you’re dying to know from other pro-planners. 👇

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