Posted in diary inserts

Diary Inserts – Week On Two Pages

Welcome back to my series on Dairy Inserts.  Today I am writing about Week on Two Pages inserts, also known fondly as WO2P inserts.

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This is the current diary format that I am using in my Filofax Malden, one week spread over two pages, so you can see a full week when your planner is opened at that week.  I made the switch (as I spoke about in the Planner Girls Collective post where I wrote about my planner set up) from Day to a Page as I felt that I just didn’t need that much space anymore, albeit hesitantly, and I can honestly say I have not looked back!

WO2P format is great for someone like me who has a single jobs, a few hobbies and likes to keep track of appointments, to do’s, household day to day, and any other little life notes that need to be made note of (like reminders to phone people, for some reason I’m terrible at that!).

The handiest thing for me is that I can see clearly my full week, from Monday to Sunday, and I even have a space at the top of the first part of the week which I like to add in things to do, reminders or weekly goals, and I even have space to decorate my spread too!  You can buy a few different versions of WO2P including ones that run from Monday to Sunday in equal sections without a notes section, one with smaller sections for the weekend or ones with smaller weekday sections and a larger weekend (though you may need to search places like Etsy for these)

My favorite WO2P at the moment are the ones sold by Filofax however I may need to change my pen over as I have experienced a bit of shadowing (where you can see the pen from the other side of the sheet coming through onto the other side…)

What do you like about WO2P diary inserts?

Here’s some of the spreads that I have decorated for this year.

xoxox

Posted in Planner Girls Collective

Favorite Books

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This post is in collaboration with Planner Girls Collective and is my 4th(!!!) post writing with the group.  This week our topic is Favorite Books, you can find links to the other bloggers taking part at the end of this post, please check them out and let us know your thoughts!!!

I’m an avid reader and always have at least one book on the go on any given day.  I tend to read crime/mystery/thriller type books but do dip into comedy and chick lit every now and again!  I also like reading practical books, whether it be about cameras or lifestyle, or crafty art books, though I prefer the term “research” when it comes to these types of book!  As finish a book I often think that it was my “favorite” until I have read the next, or the next so picking a favorite is really hard for me, instead I am going to share a few of the books I have recently read and thoroughly enjoyed along with a few that are on my reading list! I really wish I had the fiction books as actual objects, but I download them to my Kindle to read…I do however, have the non fiction books to hand!

I’m going to split this section down into Favorite Non-Fiction Books that I have read, Favorite Fiction Books I have read and Books on My Reading List (to-read).

Favorite Non Fiction Books (that I have read…)

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From L-R

The Hoarder In You – Dr Robin Zasio

Stuffocation – James Wallman

1000 Journals Project

The Photograph as Contemporary Art – Charlotte Cotton

Life With A Sprinkle Of Glitter – Louise Pentland

A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled Mind – Ruby Wax

Sane New World – Ruby Wax

Spark Joy – Marie Kondo

Postsecret – Frank Warren

Favorite Fiction Books (that I have read)

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Tainted Lives – Mandasue Heller

Not pictured as have been read/returned on Kindle

Phoebe Smith’s Private Blog – Lynda Renham

Mad Love – Nick Spalding

My Sisters Grave – Robert Dugoni

Kill Me Again and Only the Innocent – Rachel Spalding

Books On My Reading List

L-R Top to Bottom

The Devils Work – Mark Edwards

Thin Wire – Christine Lewry

Hand on Heart – Sara Downing

Mad Girl – Bryony Gordon

The Little Book Of Hygge – Meik Wiking

What are your favorite books?  And what have you got sitting on your reading list?

Please visit the other girls taking part in the Planner Girl Collective series using the links below!!!

Gemma

Emma-Louise

Stephanie

Debbie

Kelly

 

Posted in Weekly Layout

This Weeks Spread (for week 30th Jan -5th Feb)

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This week’s spread is from Oodlemadoodles on etsy and the kit I chose to purchase is “Winters Keeper“.  I have only just discovered Oodlemadoodles shop whilst browsing UK based sellers and I’m pretty much in love with each of the kits that shop owner Grace has designed (and have made several purchases since!!!).  I chose Winters Keeper for this weeks spread as I love owls and we have had some pretty chilly weather and a few mornings of frost here this past week, also I really love the grey and white hues that have been chosen for the other parts of this kit.  the stickers themselves are really lovely quality and I was able to peel and restick a couple with ease (my alignment was out on a couple of the heart list flags).  I chose the matt option which feel very soft and almost dusty (but not in a dirty or bad way!) and so far have been easy to write plans on to!  The kit had lots of extra stickers, like the tiny book arrow (bottom of page on left), meal plan stickers along with cute matching decorative owl and flower stickers.  I added one extra sticker from DookPlookDesigns – the little pastel blue recycle bin in Tuesday’s section which is the perfect size for my personal week on two page spread!

Here’s a look at the end of last weeks spread…

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The kit I used is from another favorite store – Filofabulouss and you can find more info here.

The planner I am using is a Filofax Malden personal sized in Kingfisher Blue!

What is your week looking like?  Are there any kits which you would recommend?

xoxox

Posted in Tools

Tools

Tools is a new introduction to the blog, the idea behind this is that aside from a pen, planner and inserts there are more tools that you can add to your kit to help you to create lovely spreads, manage your time, personalize and add to your planner along the way.  These tools can take the shape of scissors, tweezers, hole punches, laminators, tapes, highlighters, post-its – you get the idea, the list is almost endless!

This series will be looking at all manner of items, how you can use them in your planning and handy hints and tips as well!

The first post in this series will be here on 24th February!

What sort of tools would you like to see covered in this section?

Posted in Shop Additions

Shop Additions

I run a shop over on Etsy selling planner charms that I make.  I started the shop back in November and have decided that part of my new blog series will be “Shop Additions” where I can showcase what I’m making for my shop and things that are finished and will soon be for sale.  I thought this would give you guys a chance to see behind the scenes, see items before anyone else and get to tell me your thoughts!

So without further ado, this is what I have been up to …

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This is how my equipment and pieces looked last night, I seem to work best when I can see the things that inspire me and have some kind of thought process into what I am making – I need all the “ingredients” on display!

These are finished items.  They are heart shaped lockets that are decorated to look like Angel Wings are wrapped around them.  I will be stocking all 3 of these in my shop.  They are decorated with different colored stars.

The other charms I made are a peace sign on a shell disc, a resin heart with dried flower and foliage in it and a charm with a load of brass toned jingle bells on it.

I’m playing around with the idea of customzation, firstly in allowing customers to select whether they would like an initial added to the charm to make it more personal and secondly, adding and option where customers can choose to change the planner attachment to either a key ring or clip to make the charm into a bag charm.  All I need to really do now is to photograph these properly and work out how to add them to my shop!

If you would like to see finished items then please visit my shop on etsy which can be found either by going to etsy.com and searching for PlannerMontannah , or typing into the search bar http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Plannermontannah?ref=hdr_shop_menu or clicking here

I’d love to hear your thoughts on my planner charms!

Posted in Planner Makes

Planner Makes – Diary Inserts

In this series I will be sharing how to make your own planner items, whether it is inserts, like today, or any other planner related items that you can create for yourself.  I decided on today’s topic of Diary Inserts as for most of this month I feel that we have been talking about them!  It is also around about now, when we are nearly a month into the New Year that I start to think about whether the inserts I have are working for me, especially the diary inserts!

The first thing I like to do when making inserts is to look at what is currently working for me and what isn’t, whether it is wanting to add something into my diary or take something out, change the layout or make areas bigger or smaller (for example making the weekend span one box/line rather than two).  I then take a piece (or pieces) of the same sized paper as your inserts are and draw out your idea’s to see if they will work, once I am happy with the layout I have chosen I then go about setting up my design on to a new Microsoft Word document (set up as landscape orientation) and using the “Text Boxes” and “Table” functions I replicate what I have designed.

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The next thing I do, before anything else is to go to Excel and create a Day/Date/Month/Year spreadsheet for the month or year I want to use (like in this picture)

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If I am creating a D2AP inserts I will leave the spreadsheet like this, if not I then use the Filter function

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and select just mondays which will give you all the mondays in that month, select all and cut and paste these into a new tab and do the same for the other days of the week so you end up with a tab under which are all the mondays, then a tab with all the tuesdays etc…

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Now save the whole spreadsheet and head back to Word.  Now we can start the mail merge process!  Mail Merge is a fancy way of obtaining and transferring selected data from your spreadsheet over to your insert design.  I would use the Mail Merge Wizard for this part.

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Select Mail Merge Wizard then the starting document as “Letters”.  Select Starting Document as “Use Current Document”.  At Select Recipients click on “Browse” which will bring up a list of documents, find your diary/calendar spreadsheet from the list and click on it.

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Depending on how you have saved your spreadsheet, you should get a box like this, for D2AP where you have not split down your days then you should just get a list, for the weekly spreads you should see similar to this

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Now you want to select the day that you want your inserts to start on (for mine I am choosing Monday), click on the ok button at the bottom (once you have highlighted your selection) then select “More Items” – select Day then Date, then Month and finally Year (or select each item as you would like it to appear)

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Select Preview Letter in the Mail Merge screen then Complete Mail Merge which will give you the completed version of your inserts.  You will need to do the same thing for each line of your inserts if you are creating anything other than D2AP inserts.  And remember to put a space between each item before you click complete Mail Merge!

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Before saving your document, select the size and save as a pdf which can then be printed, or you can print direct from Word!

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I hope this basic guide will help you start to play around with designing your own inserts!  Let me know what you create in the comments below!

 

 

 

Posted in Planner Girls Collective

Favorite Stationery and Craft Shops

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This post is in collaboration with Planner Girls Collective and is my 3rd(!!!) post writing with the group.  This week our topic is Favorite Stationery and Craft Shops, you can find links to the other bloggers taking part at the end of this post, please check them out and let us know your thoughts!!!

So, I thought quite long and hard about this post and thought about all the shops I buy stationery and craft items from both online and in actual, bricks and mortar, shops.  I decided to talk about the latter, the actual, physical shops rather than the ones I find on-line because, while I really enjoy buying on-line and can do that from pretty much anywhere, sometimes I worry about the quality of the item and whether it is fit for purpose (the items I buy nearly always fit what I am after!!!) there is nothing better than wrapping up and going for a mooch around the shops and being able to see, smell and touch the items you are wanting to buy (especially true for me when it comes to pens and paper!), and you can take the item home with you to use right away!!! – No worrying about when the order will be processed, posted and delivered!

Im fairly lucky to live close(ish) to the city of Cardiff and hiding in the shopping arcades are some real gems worth visiting…

Pen And Paper in Royal Arcade is one of my favorite places to be, the shop is filled to the brim with lovely pens, inks and paper of all descriptions and just walking around in there gives me a sense of belonging.  I love their Papuro Journals, the paper quality is amazing and the leather covers are so soft and lovely!  They are fab for journaling and sketching and come in a variety of colors and sizes.

The Pen Shop in St Davids Arcade is a heaven for pen lovers and stocks some of the most beautiful pens I have ever seen, ever.  They stock all kinds of pens, from biros, to fountain and calligraphy pens, pencils and erasers.  It is worth a visit just to go a drool over the Mont Blanc fountain pens!

Classy Crafts on Dumballs Road stocks all manner of craft items, from glitter glues to brads and eyelets, it’s an Aladdin’s cave of all things crafty.  I have lost many an hour looking at everything the shop has to offer!

Inkspot in the Old Church on Clifton Street is one of my all time favorite shops and has seen me through GCSE and A level art and has been my go to for much of my craft needs.  I can think of no better place for an art and craft shop to be based than inside of an old church!  They stock pens, papers, inks, paints, pastels, stickers, cutting equipment…so much stuff that I can’t even list it all here…I love their range of sketch books and pads there are so many different sizes and bindings that there is something for everyone’s needs and uses!

Other places that I love to visit when in Cardiff are Waterstones, they always have a lovely range of stationery including Paperblanks notebooks (such smooth paper!!!).  Paperchase stock lovely items with fun prints on, often you can get a whole matching set of stationery including binders and notebooks, whats not to love about a whole matching range?  And they stock lovely, fun, craft items too that can be used in planners (and not to mention their own range of inserts and planners!!!) and Clinton Cards who do some lovely bits of stationery!

What are your favorite stationery and craft shops?

Please visit the other girls taking part in the Planner Girl Collective series using the links below!!!

Kerry

Zoe

Rebecca

Stephanie

Debbie

Louise

Gemma

Alyson

Emma-Louise

Michelle

Posted in Weekly Layout

This Weeks Spread (for week 23-29th Jan)

Here’s this weeks spread in my personal sized Kingfisher Blue Filofax Malden.  I bought the watermelon weekly kit from Filofabulouss a few weeks ago and decided to use it for this week’s spread as it is bright and colorful!  I love Sarah’s weekly kits, they are budget friendly (for this kit and other filofax personal ones they work out at £2) and have enough stickers in them to not overwhelm the spread or have leftovers on the sheet that end up not being used!  I really like the “Hydrate” stickers, which I spoke about in this post as they help me keep on track with my liquid intake.  The other stickers (the hoover, spray bottle and bin) are from KayeLimePie but I’m not sure where the other stickers are from (the circle laundry/recycle or trolleys) as I recieved them in a RAK.  I like these stickers as I can see at a glance what needs doing without it getting lost in lots of other writing!

Here’s the end of last weeks layout where I used a weekly kit from KayeLimePie!  You can find more information here!

Posted in thoughts

Thoughts

I titled this series “Thoughts” as I want to be able to review how my month as gone, things I might change and things I may decide to do in the future, share lessons learned and tips and tricks that have proved useful, basically the kind of post that mulls things over and discusses things that might change on a month to month basis. So, onto my first “Thoughts” post 🙂 .

I have been using my week on 2 pages (WO2P) set up since the last week in December, that’s 4 full weeks, and I have decorated each week before adding my own notes and plans.

and I have found that I am really enjoying decorating the pages the weekend before for the week ahead.  I have been writing things down and (mostly), sticking to the plans I make.  The decoration makes me smile every time I open my planner and encourages me to utilize it everyday as a tool to keep track of things.

One thing that I found really useful (and I have attempted before but not really used them to the full capacity!) were the Hydrate stickers (that came on the weekly kit I purchased from FiloFabulouss on etsy).  I know I have not been drinking as much as I used to and this is a handy way to keep track of your hydration!  I decided rather than color in the droplet shapes I would track what I had drunk (w for water, c for coffee etc…) which I found useful.  I think I will be looking for some hydration stickers to use daily in my planner!

I will be continuing to decorate my pages, at first I wasn’t sure if I would have enough space to write and have decorations, especially switching from day to a page (that I used last year) to A5 WO2P, and then back into personal sized.  I have changed how I write and am more conscious when I put pen to paper and try to keep my writing smaller and neater than I used to (seriously, my writing when using D2AP inserts was terrible!!!)

I also tried to (on my week 2 pages!) co-ordinate my pen color to the kit but that went out of the window pretty quick and I realized that I would be having to carry around a few different pens with me, and that I preferred writing with my Parker Rollerball pen and decided to stick with that for the other spreads.  I won’t rule out using other ink colors in the future but, for the moment I think I will be using the pens I carry around with me at all times.

So, that’s about it for this months “Thoughts”.  This post should have been posted yesterday but I’ve had some computer issues which saw me spending much of my time backing everything up onto an external hard drive and getting my laptop running at full speed again!  Next months “Thought’s” will be posted on 17th February so head back then to hear my thoughts on my planner!

xoxox

Posted in Wish List

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