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Wish List

This series will see me sharing things I’m wishing for and things I’m on the look out for!

This month I have been looking for weekly kits for my Filofax Personal Malden for February.  I have been looking for colorful kits and maybe something “Valentines” for the week that St Valentine’s Day falls on.

So far these kits on Etsy have caught my eye… Links are under the shop names 🙂

Sew Crafty

KaneStudioPlanning

PeonyPlanner

Fantasy Design Store

In A Nutshell Planning

Plannable Designs

Plannerface

Beautiful Planning

Kaye Lime Pie

Filo Fabulouss

What’s on your wish list this month?

xoxox

 

 

 

 

 

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Planner Personalization

I wish someone had told me, way back when I first had a planner, that you could customize and personalize it and really make it your own.  In high school I had a green and tan Collins binder system that could have done with something to make it feel properly like mine.  Back then, and probably for much of my time in a planner, I have not really thought any more of personalizing it than writing my details onto the information sheet and placing it behind the clear plastic fly leaf.

I was the sort of girl who would buy her diary inserts off the shelf and just use them to write everyday things down on, I would use the dividers that came with the binder until they fell apart then go and buy more and I would write in what ever color pen was available.

Roll forward a few years and I have personalized my planner to perfection – well, perfect for me!

This series will give you hints and tips, things to try, and other ways of personalizing your planner to match your style and personality.

The first of this series will be posted on 13th February so come back then to see how you can personalize yours!

xoxox

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Inspirational Quotes

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This is my second post in collaboration with Planner Girls Collective – a group of like minded planner girls who will be blogging each week on the same subject and then linking to each others posts afterwards.

This weeks Planner Girls Collective post is about inspirational quotes.  At first I didn’t think I really had any quotes to share apart from my secondary dashboard that used to reside in my Temperley for Filofax Ikat Compact wallet and now lives behind my main dashboard and separates my information sheet from the rest of my planner inserts.

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This is an Oscar Wilde quote which I have loved for years and found in a Tiffany Jewellery catalogue in 2015.  I cut it out and punched it and it has happily sat behind a clear dashboard in my Temperley for the past year.  I  moved it over to my Filofax Malden in Kingfisher blue when I set it up, the color almost matches!  This quote reminds me to embrace my creative side and either be a creative being and make my life a beautiful place – “be a work of art”, or dress creatively and embrace the quirky fashion sense and accessories that I like “wear a work of art” and to never be afraid to be unique.

I have a diary that I bought for planning my blog posts that has this on the front of it

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which always makes me smile.  I didn’t really make any resolutions at the beginning of the year but evaluated what I love doing and how I could be better at that, and blogging was one of them.  I currently run 2 blogs that are active (this one and https://tenthousandsteps2016.wordpress.com ) and decided that I wanted to blog more regularly and this diary was chosen for that front!  It reminds me that in order to succeed I need to plan, and to plan I need to write down and schedule things!  This diary has a schedule of all my blog posts mapped out for the whole year and, so far, I am sticking to that schedule!

Other quotes that I find inspirational are

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This quote reminds me that the whole earth is alive and that the trees and plant life are at the very heart of this life – they provide our oxygen and without them then we would ease to exist.  It puts everything into perspective for me, and sometimes, when everything gets too much, a walk into the woodland can realign my thoughts and calm me.

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This quote is just a reminder that whatever bad happens, it can be the best thing to happen sometimes.  We learn from bad things and grow and that can make us better people and change our perspective, our attitude and our outlook.

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This quote is really relevant as I spend so much time worrying about materialistic things – money, objects, jobs, etc…it reminds me to let go, stop worrying and start living in the moment, don’t catastrophize, and stop wasting energy and time on insignificant things.

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This last quote is one of my favorites, I spent so much time last year just sorting, re-arranging and caring for belongings that are no more than objects.  This year I am trying to minimize my belongings and stop wasting time organizing them and not using or utilizing them which will give me more time to enjoy my home, friends, family and hobbies!

If you have enjoyed this post then check out the rest of the Planner Girl Collectives posts linked below…. And don’t forget to check back next Monday for the next Planner Girls Collective post!

xoxox

Emma-Louise

Rebecca

Gemma

Debbie

Rebecca

Kelly

Jo

Louise

Michelle 

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This Weeks Spread (for week 16 -22nd Jan)

This weeks spread is decorated using a kit from Kaye Lime Pie on Etsy.  I ordered this kit a while ago as it caught my eye with its bright fun colours and cute stationery theme.  The day/date cover up stickers are by Filofabulouss.  I chose the cover up stickers as they seemed to go well with the kit and I don’t like all the information next to the date that came printed on my inserts (Filofax cotton cream in Personal sized) and these worked perfectly to cover that information up!

So, here’s my spread for the week!!!

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Here’s the end of last weeks spread for you to see, you can find the post relating to this spread here

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How have you decorated your spread this week?

Don’t forget that I can be found on Instagram and Etsy !!!

Hope you have a lovely week!!! xoxox

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New Products – Pens

Another new series for the blog!  This series will look at any new products I have bought and give mini reviews and, in this case, a back story!  I decided to write this series as I often like buying and trying new products that come out onto the market and thought this might be useful for others to read!

Back in December, not long before Christmas, I had left my favorite fountain pen on my coffee table after writing some Christmas cards, I went out to do some shopping and didn’t think any more about my pen thinking it would be safe at home.  I’d made the fatal mistake of leaving my dog loose in the house (she normally stays in the kitchen when I go out somewhere…), asleep on the sofa.  I got home later, not even 2 hours had gone by since I had left to an inky mess on my sofa and a guilty looking dog 😦 it seems that she got bored and decided that my pen looked like a good way to keep herself entertained.  To be fair, it wasn’t an expensive pen, it was clear plastic which I loved as you could see how much ink was left in the cartridge, and it was one of the only fountain pens that I had which wrote on pretty much any type of paper without skipping or catching, the ink always flowed nice and my writing looked so much better when I wrote with it.  I was pretty devastated.

Roll on to Christmas, I was gifted some money to get myself something nice and I knew what I was going to get – a new fountain pen.  I headed into town one day after Christmas and visited WHSmith firstly.  I looked at the range of pens in my price range (£20) but couldn’t find anything that I liked or that fit with my criteria – it had to be metal, have a bit of weight about it and have a finish which I wanted (something metallic).  I liked the Lamy Safari but it looked a bit plastic for my liking and the color ways that were available were not great, plus just about everyone has one.  I did sneak a peek at the Parker pens but the only one in my price range was the Vector which I already own in purple.

I then visited my local Ryman store and found a Parker IM in Esspresso with a sale sticker marking it down from nearly £40 to £20 as it didn’t have a cartridge in the box.  I snapped it up as it ticked all the boxes of what I wanted in a fountain pen and grabbed some cartridges at the same time.  I got in the car and decided to get it running and try it out but when I opened the box I found that it was a roller ball body and not a fountain pen.  I didn’t mind too much but was a bit disappointed that I’d now have to buy a refill for it so I could use it.  I ordered some online and decided to have a look at fountain pens online while I was at it.  I found a matching fountain pen online for £17 which I ordered!

I was still a bit sad about not having a new pen to use that day, however, when collapsing the packaging down to recycle it, I found the roller ball cartridge in the presentation box that comes with the pen!

So now I have a matching set of Parker IM pens, and I honestly love them both!  I’m using a black Parker 0.5mm roller ball refill in the one and in the other I have a blue Quink ink cartridge!  Both write really well and have the weight I was looking for, are both really well made and sturdy, and they look good clipped to the pen loop of my Malden!  There seem to be no bleed issues or shadowing issues through the cotton cream Filofax inserts that I am using either, so its an all round winner!

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The next episode of New Products will be posted on 10th February! xoxox

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Stationery Loves – Inserts

I feel like somewhere along the line my opening line is stuck in repeat, but, hopefully, after this first month the introductions to new segments of my blog will stop (or at the very least, slow down to a minute trickle…), anyway…

So, Stationery Loves is a new segment of my freshly resurrected blog.  This series of posts will share links to places you can buy some of my “Stationery Loves”.  This months post looks at places where you can get inserts for your organizer from.

First up are the stores that you can buy ready printed, punched inserts that most people use without too many problems…

Filofax sell a vast range of different sized inserts, from diaries, note paper, financial, to do, among others.  It is interesting to see the range that Filofax offer expanding and becoming more up to date within the planner trends realm – they now offer a select range of diaries that have printed patterns on them alongside the classic White, Cotton Cream and Pink (you can find these in the diary section).  The only annoyance I have with the Illustrated is that they only appear to be for A5 binders at the moment.

Paperchase offer Filofax inserts (not the full range) alongside their own planner inserts.  Paperchase offer a different selection of inserts that are a bit more modern in their function, inserts like Meal Plans, meeting lists and shopping lists.  There are also a few cute printed inserts available including printed note paper.  Again, Paperchase offers a range of different sizes and a few different layout options for the diaries (currently there is a day to a page Filofax brand available and Paperchase’s own brand week on two pages.)

WHSmith offer similar to Paperchase, they stock Filofax branded inserts alongside their own.  There seems to be a greater selection of inserts available, especially diary inserts in different formats but they do not seem to offer any other color than white and pink.

Another one to check out for inserts is Dodo Pad.  These inserts are a diary, come note book or whatever you decide it to be.  Take a look and see what you think.

You can get other inserts, available to download and print yourself (printables) from many different sources.  Philofaxy offer a great range of free printables (I used these for November and December in my A5) and if you are clever enough, you can customize them yourself.  This is a great resource, if like me, you have an idea to switch your layout but dont want the commitment of buying a years worth of inserts only to find a week later you don’t like the inserts, you can download a month’s worth and give it a go before printing the year.

Etsy also has great resources for finding inserts for your planner.  I could spend a month linking you to awesome inserts but I’m not going to do that as there are too may awesome designers out there creating pages that by listing a few, I’m missing off others.  Instead, I suggest you just head over to Etsy and have a search for inserts and see what you come up with yourself!  🙂  And, when you find someone who sells awesome inserts, why not head back here and leave a link and maybe, a review, in the comments!

So, what inserts do you love and why?

The next episode of “Stationery Loves will be published here on 8/2/17!

xoxox

***I have not been paid to mention any of these stores or shops, I chose to write this blog of my own free will and to share with you some places of interest that stock inserts.***

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Other Inserts – Information

This is another new addition to my blog 🙂  “Other Inserts” focuses on any insert that you can get which is not diary based, the first in this series looks at the Information sheet that is usually included with shop bought diary inserts and looks a bit like this

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This is one of the first things I fill in when I am setting up my planner for the year, usually with a new pen and my best handwriting, I like the newness of the page and being able to update information that may otherwise have expired, been crossed out or written over.  I think this is one of the most important sheets to fill in as well, it makes the diary and planner truly yours and identifies it as having an owner and belonging.

The Information (or Important Information as it is sometimes referred to) is really useful for you to see at a glance, and be able to find easily, numbers you may need in an emergency, or numbers and data that people may need if you are caught up in an emergency.  I have not yet filled in this sheet (I’m still using last years Information sheet) but am going to be filling it in soon, laminating and punching it before placing it at the front of my planner, behind the dashboard.  I totally recommend laminating this page as it will get a fair bit of battering over the year and placing it toward the front of your planner just so that it is easy to find in an emergency.

If you don’t have one of these sheets then you can type or write up your own version and add it to your planner.

Have you made your own Improtant Information sheets? What does it look like?

The next episode of Other Inserts will be up on my blog on 6th Feb!  catch you then

xoxox

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Planner Overview 2016 and Planner Aims for 2017

This post is bought to you in association with Planner Girls Collective, a bunch of girls who love planners and who blog, each Monday we will be posting a blog about the same topic, my post will be featured here and at the end I shall link you all to the other bloggers taking part!  This is a total first for me so bear with me while I get the hang of this!!!  🙂

I started 2016 off with a system using ALL the inserts, seriously, I don’t think there was a format of diary pages I didn’t welcome the New Year in with.  I had Week on 2 Pages (WO2P), Month on 2 Pages (MO2P), Year pull out page, and Day 2 a Page (D2AP) inserts.  I foolishly thought I could use all of this in my Temperley for Filofax Icat wallet, which, at the time seemed a good idea…I could see my year at a glance and what I had planned/holidays/festivals/annual leave/birthdays, then my weekly inserts would be useful for tracking bills and appointments, my monthly pages would track birthdays and re-occurring things like bin days and my Day 2 a Page inserts would give me enough space to keep track of all the day to day things like shopping and cleaning and other minute details.  In honesty, this system was too faffy, my Temperley rings were too small to handle the demand and I got fed up of having to log things 2 or 3 times on different pages.  Then there was the changing over and switching about of pages as my Temperley would only hold 2 months things at one time so I was forever removing and adding pages, adding and removing and it all became a bit too much.  I loved that I could use my Filofax as a wallet though and be able to carry just one thing around with me instead of 2 (or 3 if you counted my mobile, which fit perfectly in the wallet too!) and in an emergency I could just grab that and go, knowing I had my cards, mobile and diary with me. (You can view last years set up here…)

Mid way through 2016 (I forget when exactly as I didn’t write it down or anything) I started using my pink, personal, Filofax Cross again, the rings were bigger and I missed being able to stuff it to the brim.  In fact, I had missed the whole thing, I’d been so used to carrying it around with me for the past few years, it felt weird without it.  I ditched the superfluous pages (namely every insert except my day to a page) and moved back to my Cross.

By September I realized that I wasn’t utilizing the space that D2AP offered me, in fact, some days I wasn’t picking up and using my Filofax at all, daunted by the mass of space that was on each page and feeling a bit sad that I didn’t have as much to write in there.  In the past, when I was running 2 jobs, logging work hours for transferring to my time sheet, attending uni and college and doing a whole host of other activities that space was precious and in some ways I needed more.  I didn’t take into account that my life had changed and maybe the format wasn’t the right one for me.

In October I received my unicorn planner, a lovely personal sized Filofax Malden in Kingfisher Blue from the boyfriend.  It contained a lot of different pages, finance, to do, notes, address and a week on 2 pages (WO2P) diary inserts for 2017 in Cotton Cream.  I started pondering whether the WO2P would suit me better.

At the end of October I decided to switch planners again (!) and decided to use my A5 Paperchase binder for the remnants of 2016.  I decided to use WO2P inserts just to see if that layout would suit me better in 2017.  I looked around on the net and found some free printable inserts on the Philofaxy website and decided to give them a go!  After the first week using the wo2p A5 sheets I found that I had enough space left to get back into decorating my pages too, some of the pages are shown on my Instagram @plannermontannah!

This year I have learned a few valuable lessons; namely do not just rely on what worked previous years, you need to re-assess what you have a use for and how your lifestyle has changed, what works well for you one year may not work well for the following.

I have also learned that switching format and size about makes archiving my year so much more difficult.  In fact I think I have thrown away most of my diary pages from this year as I couldn’t make head nor tale of what order they should go in, or how to file them as there was too much cross over, overlapping and blank pages to bother.

So, my aim for 2017 is to stick with the same size and format for my main planner, I can (if I want…) switch binders to shake things up a bit, but I’m not going to make any promises to stick to it…I’m just going to forge ahead with my WO2P inserts in personal size and see where the year takes me!  I am also aiming to decorate most weeks if I can using stickers and washi and the occasional weekly kit(!!!)

If you want to see my set up for 2017 the post can be found here!

If you enjoyed this blog (or if you didn’t!) then go and check out the other PGC blogs on the links below!

Rebecca

Zoe

Emma-Louise

Gemma

Kerry

Kelly

Michelle

Alyson

Louise

Stephanie

Debbie

Jo

Rebecca

Neringute

Hannah

Jeni

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This Weeks Spread (for week 9 – 15th Jan 2017)

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This week I chose to decorate my pages with a kit from Filofabulouss and a few stickers from a sheet by Little Rainbow Moon (the arrows on Wednesday and Sunday) which complement the feathers theme perfectly!  I have added re-cycle and shopping trolley stickers (not sure on where from originally, I received them in a RAK) to remind myself when the recycling is due out and to mark my shopping days!

For inspiration check out the hash tags #spreademwidesunday and #halfweekhumping on Instagram to see how others have decorated their planners!

How have you decorated your week?

xoxox

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2017 Set-Up

I saw the New Year in with my lovely personal Filofax Malden in Kingfisher blue that my boyfriend bought me for my birthday.  I had her all set up by Christmas Day for 2017.  Here’s my set up in her for this year…

Here’s a little flick through in pictures!  🙂

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All inserts are from Filofax and are available here

The Dashboard and dividers were made by me!  There will be a tutorial at some point on this blog on how to make your own!  The laminated cards are from Project Life and laminated by myself, they have a use that will be revealed soon!  🙂

How have you set up your planner for the year?

xoxox