Posted in thoughts

Finding Myself Again

Not long after my last post (way back in April) I found myself struggling to get motivated and just generally feeling totally overwhelmed and stressed, nervous and anxious all the time, add that to my insomnia and you have a very wired me that can pretty much do nothing apart from exist – hence the lack of posts (When I get super stressed or anxious I tend to withdraw from everything). I sought help from a doctor who (along with other reasons that are awaiting testing) sent me to a mental health worker to assess my needs and offer me help and support, one of the options that was discussed and recommended to me were classes in Stress Control and Anxiety Management. At the end of April I attended my first out of 6 classes that I was to attend weekly. These classes have helped me a lot, they taught me that it’s ok to feel this way and that by acknowledging these feelings and thoughts and identifying ways to help that I can get through this…a lot of what I learned was similar to Mindfulness, but there was also a part of the course that encouraged me to re-engage with some of the things I used to find enjoyable (art, planning, drawing, photography, creating), things which have slowly disappeared from my life as the stress and anxiety took over. I bought a Leuchtturm Dot Grid notebook (a mini first off) and so began a trip down the bullet journal ( aka bujo) hole…

Nearly 6 months after my first foray into the world of bujo and I have found that I have a creative outlet that is helping me to be more levelled in my stress and anxiety, helping with other aspects of my mental health and letting me have the creative outlet that I so obviously needed in my life.

If you are struggling with any aspect of your mental health and it is starting to affect your everyday life and the things you enjoy are starting to become dull and mundane, please seek help, visit your doctor, chat with a mental health worker and put some self care measures in place. Take some time out if needed and re-remember what you enjoy and why.

I’m still experiencing stress and anxiety, not to the extreme I was before, and I’m still waiting on further tests which should be happening in April next year (I’m being on a waiting list to be investigated for ASD and all the testing that goes along with that) but being able to have a space to analyse my day, thoughts, emotions and have a creative outlet that I can look back on makes things much more bearable.

If you would like to see my pages then they are all available on my instagram https://www.instagram.com/plannermontannah/ .

For further information on managing stress or anxiety visit http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/understanding-stress.aspx

For information on ASD please see http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Autistic-spectrum-disorder/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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Posted in Stationery Loves

Ink Pens

Aside from my Parker IM Roller Ball and Fountain pens the only real ink pens that I love are Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens.  I forget when I first came across these pens but it was a long time ago, it feels like they have always been in my life and I forget how many different ones I have purchased over time, though I do know that I have gone through 3 of the 10 pack of pens in the time that I have been purchasing them.

So what makes me keep buying them?  I love the range of colors for one, there seem to be so many different ink colors and tones to choose from, that you can buy the pens as singles or in larger sets, that the writing line is just 0.3mm – so truly fine, which makes for some pretty creative and tight doodling or really small writing!  I love that the pens don’t seem to bleed or fade and I love that they make my writing look a lot neater than other pens!  I love how the pen barrel is thin and triangular which can minimize hand fatigue when writing and that the pen is really light and smooth to use.  Basically, I think, what I am trying to say is this range are the perfect pen for me!

I use these pens for everything too, from doodling and writing my plans in my Filofax, color coding notes and drawing images to just brightening up a page with a few simple boxes drawn in a bold color, they are the perfect addition to my filofax and bullet journal (more about the latter soon!)!

Here’s my collection at the moment (what I could find of them – my go to ones!)

Posted in Other Inserts

Plans

Plans is a sub category that I used a lot when I was in college and University, it was similar to a to-do list but more specifically orientated around things I wanted to do rather than things that needed to be done in a certain time frame, for example, things like watch xyz tv show, rent out movie to watch one weekend, visit museum, etc.  I started a Plans section so I could group all these random wants together as a sort of brain dump and ideas page for when I was bored or in need of inspiration.  I don’t have a Plans section any more which I thought was a good thing, I use my week on 2 pages and post its to write things down on but I loose ideas and things I want to do/watch/visit/look at/read/make within those pages and forget to flick back through to obtain the data I want.  Perhaps it is time to bring the Plans pages back?

Do you record your plans separately?  What do your pages look like?  Mine were always a jumble of different colored pens and scrawled writing and crossing out

Posted in planner uses

Uses -Portfolio

This post first appeared on my art blog back last year (15th August 2016).  I had decided that I wanted something portable that I could carry with me to show off my artwork.  I thought the mini sized Filofax Classic in French Navy was the perfect choice…Here’s the post for you all to read 🙂

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I have been thinking about ways in which to show my work to people in the flesh – not on my phone screen, but actual printed images so they can get a full idea of my work and how it should be viewed.  While I am a fan of sharing my work on social media it’s not how I envisage my work to be seen long term.

I decided that I wanted to make a portfolio for my work to go in which I could then take with me places and show people what I actually do but…it needed to be transportable, fit in most of the bags I own, look neat and tidy, professional, easy to add to or change the works I want to carry around and be durable – not a lot to ask is to?  I first thought about a ringbinder A4 is pretty portable but…

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Posted in diary inserts

Month On 2 Pages

I don’t use Month On 2 Pages (MO2P) inserts anymore, but, when I was in School, College, Uni and working a few different part time jobs I found this kind of insert to be the most useful for planning my time and knowing where I needed to be at a glance.  I did have some for one of my planners the other year but aside from setting them up I never really used them so decided not to add them to my planner this year.

I had 2 or 3 different planners on the go at one point (a Domino Pocket in Indigo for my work stuff, an A5 for my college and uni notes that I bought from Paperchase and my pink Filofax Classic that combined all of my day to day itinerary.) and I had MO2P papges in all of them.  My work one held all my shift rotas, my college and uni one held my timetable info and class times and my everyday planner had all of my timetables and rotas combined (along with annual leave days, holidays booked and festivals, camping and car mot/insurance/tax) on it – it was a mess!  I wish I had kept the pages or photographed them so I could show you, they looked really chaotic but made sense to me!

All my MO2P inserts came from Filofax (you can buy them here)

Do you use MO2P pages?

xoxox

Posted in Weekly Layout

This Weeks Spread (for week 27th Mar – 2nd Apr)

This weeks spread uses a kit from Filofabulouss that I purchased not long after Christmas!  I did look for the same kit to post a link but the one that Sarah now sells is slightly different to the kit I purchased.  I added some purple glittery washi to the kit to become my hole re-enforcer strip and also some silver strip tape which I used to cover the printed type on my filofax diary inserts.

Here’s my layout

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And here’s a peek back at last weeks spread…

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You can find all my other weekly spreads here along with the details on the kit I used last week.

How have you decorated for this week?

xoxox

Posted in Weekly Layout

This Weeks Spread (for week 20th – 26th Mar)

This week I have gone for one of my favorite subjects ever – pirates!  I bought this kit from The Ginger Cat Co .  Here’s my layout…

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I got recommended The Ginger Cat Co on a facebook group when I was looking for a new shop to buy from.  There were so many stickers that I have enough to do a few more layouts later on in the year.  I did have to cut down the checklist stickers as they were a bit too long for my day spaces but that just means I now have even more to use later on!  These stickers are lovely and really nicely printed.  They are printed onto matte adhesive paper and came away from the backing paper really easily and stuck down well.  I have bought days of the week stickers from Shona (who runs The Ginger Cat Co) which will be popping up on a spread in the near future!

Here’s a peek back at last weeks spread…

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You can find all my other weekly spreads here along with the details on the kit I used last week.

How have you decorated for this week?

xoxox

Posted in Weekly Layout

Archiving Layouts – 2

I wrote a post on the 10th March (you can read it here) about archiving my layouts, my initial idea had been to gather all my pages together and keep them safe until the year was over, then put them together and attempt to create a book with them.  This all sounded really good in theory but, and its a big BUT at that, I have a really bad tendency to switch my planners about, from pocket to A5, and not to mention the layout, so trying to create a book with the actual pages could prove to be a nightmare.  Plus, I would need some way of protecting the pages from things like damp, bugs, mold, yellowing and general paper disintegration (planner paper is not really acid free or archive quality).  So, it was at this point in my thought process that I found myself when I found an advert by Saal Digital on facebook) asking for persons to review their photo book.  I applied and was accepted, received a £40 voucher to spend on one of their photo book products in return for a review.  The first post I wrote focused on the ordering process and their software that is used to create the photo book which I wrote straight after I had placed my order – that post was written 4 days ago!  I have now received my product and am really happy with it!

I shall be sharing some pictures of my photo book in a moment but first, I am really impressed in the turn around for this product, to go from order to physical product being delivered less than a week later is amazing, (I’m sure some kind of magic is at play!).  I have ordered similar products with other companies and the turn around for them has been up to 3 weeks for delivery!

Anyway, on to the product.

I ordered

  • A5 (15 x 21 cm) sized book
  • Portrait in orientation
  • Glossy pages
  • Glossy, padded cover
  • Bar code removed for aesthetic purposes
  • 26 pages

Here are the images of it

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The images are true to what how they were taken on my camera and how they were uploaded (so no interference from anyone with regard to color/tone/brightness), what you upload is what you get in terms of the image quality.  I love the thickness of the pages – the images have been printed onto card like pages which means they will last and survive being looked at by loads of people!  And I really love the glossy page finish, it makes the finished product feel more professional.  And I really like the text that I was able to add really easily to the pages, I know exactly which week is which and where I bought the weekly kit from too.

Overall I love this product, it has solved, for me the problem of archiving my pages.  I can’t wait to finish another 10 weeks worth of spreads and get another printed and begin a little collection of books!

How are you archiving your layouts?

xoxox

***disclaimer*** while I may have been offered a photo book as payment for this review and subsequent reviews of the actual product (once received) I have NOT been paid to form a biased opinion.  All thoughts, opinions, words and ideas expressed in this blog and about this product are my own and I express them freely.

Posted in Planner Girls Collective

Gift Ideas

Welcome back to the latest installment of the Planner Girls Collective posts!  This is my tenth post in collaboration with Planner Girls Collective (you can find all other posts here) – 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.  Today the topic is “Gift Ideas for Stationery Lovers”.

  1. Washi Tapes, if you know a stationery lover and their birthday is coming up then you can pretty much guarantee the gift of washi tape will put a smile on their face! For bonus points why not get a few rolls of different thickness, Hobbycraft have a great range that you can co-ordinate.
  2. Sticky notes always make a fab gift for the stationery lover, and whats more is there are so many different, fun designs out there, whether you search in high street stores, your local supermarket or online, there is sure to be something to appeal to them!  Check out Paperchase for some super fun designs!
  3. How about a set of pastel highlighters?  These ones are super cute and are erasable as well!
  4. Cute notebooks, whether it is just one, or a set, they always come in handy!  I love the Paperblanks ones.
  5. How about a pretty but functional desk tidy?  One with drawers makes it even more handy.  This one is lovely!
  6. You could get a pencil case and fill it with all manner of stationery items.  Smiggle does a brilliant range!
  7. You can’t go wrong with a mug, it can be used for drinks or as a plant pot or for keeping stationery together, Kiki-K have a lovely one, or for something truly unique how about browsing on Etsy?
  8. And while we are on the topic of etsy…have you seen the lovely ranges of stationery related jewellery that is available?
  9. A journal to track life and thoughts makes a perfect stationery lovers gift.  This Kate Spade one is perfect.
  10. And finally how about a planner charm?  If the Stationery Lover uses a ring bound planner/Filofax, or a planner of any kind then one of the ones I make would make a brilliant gift for a stationery lover!

Check out the other girls lists for more inspirational gift ideas using the links below

Emma-Louise

Kerry

Michelle

Debbie

Louise