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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

 

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Can’t Live Without…

Welcome back to the latest installment of the Planner Girls Collective posts!  This is my eighth 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 topic is “Can’t Live Without”.  I have decided to go with the theme “Can’t Live Without on a Day to Day Basis…”…

  • Coffee

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Image from my personal instagram!

It doesn’t matter whether it is cheap coffee or some artisan brew, I need coffee first thing in the morning every morning, without fail.  I tend to make a travel mug of the stuff to take with me to work, that way when I get there its pretty close to being drinkable.  I got bought this fab Bodum a few Christmas’ ago by my sister in law and it is one my most used things day to day!

  • Anti-histamines

I have really bad hay fever that starts usually mid march and doesn’t really go until October/November, it starts with the new leaves and tree blossoms and finishes when the bracken has completely died back and the weather is mostly damp.  I have tried so many different brands and have now finally found one which seems to work! (Fexofenadine if anyone is interested!)

  • My Car and Campervan

I would be completely lost without my car, its my way of getting to work – a pretty awkward and long journey on public transport involving 1 bus and around 20mins travel for a 3.5 mile journey.  And my campervan…it gets me away from it all, my partner, dog and I go away in it pretty much every weekend from April to October, we have been away in it to festivals, weekend breaks and spent 2 weeks traveling around in it last year on our main break away!  Bonus cheeky fact…I’ve only ever owned VW’s, 3 polos ( a C reg, and E reg polo breadvan’s, my current VW Polo and my Camper!)

  • My Iphone (currently an Iphone 6)

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Is it sad that I have this on my list?  I sort of feel like technology should be a choice rather than a need, but I use my phone for everything – phoning my parents, texting my best friend, social media, emails, buying things, reading on, gaming and taking photos!  One thing I don’t use my phone for though, is blogging, I really can not deal with typing away on such a small screen and trying to edit posts.

  • Wine (preferably white, I practice the ABfC of wine (Anything But ‘effing’ Chardonnay))

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Wine on a friday makes a hard week in work a lot better.  For me it signifies the end of a chapter and the start of relaxation and unwinding!

  • Baths

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I love a nice bath on a friday to go with my glass of wine.  There really is nothing better than coming home and relaxing with a good book in the bath!

  • Wax Melts

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I love cold, dark nights and coming home, putting a candle on and getting my wax burner going.  There is something about candle light that is really comforting and can make you feel really warm and cosy, couple that with a lovely scent filling the room and that is pretty much perfect in my eyes!

  • My Dog (Roxy)

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I’ve had Roxy for 2 years now, since she was a puppy!  And while she might not be the best behaved dog in the world (digging up my lawn and pulling on the lead) she is mine.  She goes pretty much everywhere with me and is always by my side.  She makes me laugh when I need cheering up, cuddles up to me when I’m ill, sleeps next to me and keeps me company.  She gets me out and about and I have been places on walks with her that I didn’t even know existed!

And finally…where would I be without my planners?  I wouldn’t be here with this blog  if I didnt love my planners and I really couldn’t function without one!

What could you not live without?

Check out what the other girls in the Planner Girls Collective can’t live without using the links below!

Emma-Louise

Debbie

Neringute

Stephanie

Gemma

Kelly

Alyson

Jo

Michelle

 

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Budget Craft Ideas

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Welcome back to the latest installment of the Planner Girls Collective posts!  This is my seventh 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 topic is “Budget Craft Ideas”.

I am going to focus on budget craft ideas for your planner…

  • make your own note paper inserts from scrap paper or old notebooks – cut down the paper to size and punch holes in it before adding to your planer.  The lovely thing about this idea is that you can use up any paper scraps or make color co-ordinated inserts to match your planner color.
  • Use pretty key-rings as planner charms.  I’m often scared to attach pretty keyrings to my keys as I don’t like the idea of them getting wrecked in my bag but they can make a cute addition to your planner and wont get damaged so quickly.
  • Kid’s stamper pens (like these) are a fab addition to your planner especially if you use bullet points when making lists – cute, colorful and fun…whats not to like?
  • Use Project Life Cards (or similar) as page markers, simply mark where you want to punch them (leaving a bit peeping over the top of the pages, then punch and add to your planner – these can also be used to hold shopping lists (or other notes), vouchers or samples of wash tape.
  • Use tiny post-it notes when making plans before committing them permanently to your planner – this way you can move them around and decorate beforehand.
  • Try making your own diary inserts…. Philofaxy is a great resource for inserts, tips and tricks (not to mention all the other filofax/planner things on there!)

What budget craft ideas do you have?  How about checking out the other Planner Girls Budget Craft posts for more ideas and inspiration

Kerry

Gemma

Michelle

Debbie

 

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Valentines Bucket List

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Welcome back to the latest installment of the Planner Girls Collective posts!  This is my sixth 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 topic is “Valentines Bucket List”.

This Valentines Day I will be spending the day in work, my partner works away in the week so I will have the evening to myself but that isn’t going to stop me enjoying the day and spoiling myself, so here is my list for my perfect day…

♥ Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows for Breakfast

♥ Wearing my favorite scent and cozy cardigan

♥ Listening to my favorite tracks in the car on the way to work

♥ Making and enjoying a lovely lunch while reading my book

♥ Making plans in my personal Filofax Malden Kingfisher

♥ Candle/fairy light lit bath with my favorite products

♥ Cozy pajamas

♥ A naughty glass of wine

♥ Cozy night in curled up on the sofa with my dog and my book

♥ Facetime with my partner

♥ Early night to bed

What is on your Valentines Bucket List?  Why not visit the rest of the Planner Girls Collective and see what their lists are?

Rebecca

Louise

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Latest Stationery Purchases


Welcome back to the latest installment of the Planner Girls Collective posts!  This is my fifth 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.  Today topic is “Latest Stationery Purchases”.

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These are most of my latest stationery purchases (aside from the weekly kits that I have already used which can be found on my Weekly Spread posts)  I am including my purchases from January until now as some weeks I don’t really buy anything stationery related!

So, a little walk thorough of the items as individuals…

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This is my blog post diary that I bought in WHSmith between Christmas and the new year.  I had been looking for a separate diary to log all my posts in away from my Filofax and this, so far, has been the perfect choice.  I have pretty much planned out all the topics I want to write about for the year and scheduled them into the diary so I can see where I am and what topics I am writing about.  The format is a week to a page, so when open I can see 2 weeks at a time that I find really handy for forward planning and writing.  The size and shape of this are perfect too, not too big or small with enough room to keep track of this blog and my other blog.  I can fit this into my bag and it comes everywhere with me.  One fab feature of this is that it has a plastic removable book cover to help keep it clean and nice looking.

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This is yet another diary of sorts that I purchased in B&M Bargains.  It has little illustrations running through it that you can color in.  It has a week on 2 page (WO2P) format and I use this as a gratitude diary.  I keep this on my bedside cabinet and the design and size help it to not be noticed as a diary or anything…(although now the world knows that its my diary lol!)  Its small enough not to get in the way and pretty enough to sit on show.

My Parker IM matching pens (which I wrote about here )  were a kind of indulgent purchase (as in I could probably have bought a cheaper pen…) The fountain pen was to be a replacement for my favorite one that my dog chewed up before Christmas…cut a long story sort…I bought what I thought was a fountain pen in a sale and it turned out I’d bought a rollerball so bought the fountain pen to match online.  I’m really happy with both of these pens and I think they have to take the crown as my best purchases so far!

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My baby blue Rapesco 6 hole, adjustable punch!  I originally bought this from amazon, waited ages for it to be sent only for it to get lost in the post so I was a bit upset about that.  I then ordered another one from good old eBay and it turned up within 2 days…I don’t really know why I didn’t buy one prior to this as I have been using a single hole punch which wasn’t the best, and unless you had a proper punch guide it was really hard to get the holes straight, in the right pace or neat…this is a game changer!  And the color is sooo pretty too!

Stickers and weekly kits!!!!!  I don’t think a week goes by where I am not looking at or buying planner stickers and kits!  Aside from those I have already used these are my latest purchases!  I bought functional bins and re-cycling ones from DookPlookDesigns which are the perfect size for my personal Filofax Malden and weekly kits from Filofabulouss and Oodlemadoodles and this weeks kit from KayeLimePie.

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And last, but not least, I treated myself to some new tiny post it notes from The Range 🙂

What have your latest stationery purchases been?

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

xoxox

Emma-Louise 

Gemma

Louise

Debbie

Alyson

Michelle

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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

 

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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

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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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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