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

 

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Posted in Weekly Layout

This Weeks Spread (for week 13th – 19th Mar)

This weeks spread is inspired by St Patrick’s Day which falls on friday this week.  St Patrick is the patron Saint of Ireland.  I wanted something that had elements of the Irish in it and chose to purchase this weekly kit from Oodlemadoodles for its use of cute pots of gold, rainbows and four leaf clovers.  As always, I am totally in love with the spread and am really enjoying having my planner open on my desk to peek at during the day (and use of course!!!)

Here it is all stuck down in my Filofax Malden Personal in Kingfisher Blue 🙂

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Here’s a look back at last weeks spread…unfortunately I came down with a cold (I keep refferring to is as Almost Flu, because it was almost flu but couldn’t have been as I have had the flu jab…) so I didn’t really do much last week except sleep and cwtch up on the sofa under a blanket.

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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 – 1

Though I love a stuffed planner my Filofax is starting to get to the stage where it needs to shed some weight soon! This has led me to start thinking about how I can start archiving my pages of layouts that I have created.  I was originally thinking about keeping all my pages safe then at the end of the year putting them all together, fixing them to each other and making all the pages into a book of some kind.  This all sounds really doable at the moment, but I am the kind of girl, who on a whim (and possibly due to the influence of Instagram posters…), will normally change my planner format and style every few months, (and at this very moment I am overdue a change though strangely feel like sticking with what I have…), this idea may not work further down the line/at the end of the year.

Then I saw an add on Facebook for product reviewers to apply to test out a photo book by the company Saal Digital and I thought that this may be a perfect way to archive my layouts and not have to worry about the size and format of the actual, physical pages, or how to bind them, make them into a book and keep the pages safe from mold, bugs or disintegration from other means.  So I applied, the application took minutes, I outlined why I would like to test the product and what I would use it for and within a day I had been accepted and been sent a £40 voucher for one of the photo books.

The photo books start at £19.95 for an A5 format 26 page book (glossy, un-padded cover, matte pages) and go up to £272.95 for an A3 landscape 100 page book (premium cover, padded, matte pages).  The price is really reasonable and around the same as other brands I have looked at (if not slightly cheaper…).  I chose to go for an A5 option as I think it will fit into my book case really well, I didn’t want anything too big or bulky, a plain glossy cover with the bar code removed (£5 to remove), with 26 pages.  In order to create my book I needed to download the software that is needed to enable me to create my own book, this was super easy and took literally seconds.

Once the software was downloaded I was well on my way!  The software is simple to navigate and once you have decided on your book style and found the images* you want to use in your book it is a simple case of dragging and dropping them into the pre designed pages.  If images need re-sizing or moving then the tools are fairly intuitive, you can even change the size of the space allocated for the image and move them and other page elements around easily.  There is even the option to add text, for me this was a fab tool, I was able to add the week my layout was for, the date and the details of where the kit for the week came from so the pages truly are fully customizable!

I managed to get 10 layouts and a few images of my filofax malden into my book, in reality I should be able to fit 13 layouts (a 2 page spread with one image of the layout before pen and one half way or end of the week, after pen image) to the 26 page A5 book.  This means that over 4 books I should be able to fit my whole year of layouts in (regardless of the original size!!!), they will all be uniform and look neat in my book shelf, be easy to look through as they will be in date order and be safe from disintegration caused by damp, bugs, mold or acids in fingerprints or paper 🙂 .

So far I am impressed!  Now I need to wait for my product to arrive 🙂 (I ordered after 8pm on Thursday 10th March) as soon as my product arrives I will be sharing my thoughts on the photo book, the quality of the product and speed that I received it!

(*here’s a valuable hint – go through all of your images before hand and shift the ones you might want to use into one folder, saves a lot of time further down the line, and I’m talking from experience, its not a software issue more of a “where is that image?”, “what camera did I take that on?”, “when did I take that?”, “Where would that be saved?”issue – yep, I am not that organized digitally!)

***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 Stationery Loves

Ball Point Pens

I make no apologies or secrets of this – I am totally passionate about pens.  I own such a vast array of pens that I could open my own pen shop!

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And I always seem to be on a quest to find the perfect pen to write with, for me there is nothing worse than a pen that gloops, skips, catches, scratches or just stops writing even though there is ink left in it!  Today’s post embraces my love of pens and I am sharing with you a few of my all time favorite ball point pens so that you can, hopefully, find your perfect pen too!

First up are these Zebra Expandz .

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I purchased my first Zebra Expandz (the white one) a few years ago when I was using my Pocket Domino Filofax.  I had popped into my local Ryman’s  Stationers to buy some note paper for my planner and when I was queuing to pay I saw a display with these pens in it.  I had not found the perfect pen for the pocket sized planner, all of the pens I was used to using were too long and stuck out from the ends which annoyed me, so most of my pens ended up just being slung into my bag taking up residence among all the other detritus at the bottom.  I already owned a few Zebra pens that I used for notes in uni so decided taht this would be a good purchase as I knew what I was letting myself in for!  The ink is smooth, and comes out without glooping, the write is lovely – no skipping or scratching at the paper and I have never known the pen to stop writing before the ink is empty either!  I then added a second Expandz to my collection when I saw the pink one on offer a year or so ago!

 

My second favorite ball point pen is this one (below)…

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This pen was one of those impulse buys, I was in The Range one day looking for craft things for my University course and saw this at one of the aisle ends, it was the sparkle that caught my eye first, then the £0.99 price sticker!  At the time this style of pen, with gems in the upper barrel had just started to become fashionable (I did have my eye on this range but as the company is USA based, not only was the pen expensive but the postage would have been a ton too).  I really love this pen and it was my go to pen for ages (it was the pen I carried in my Pink personal Filofax Classic) but as time has gone on (and the ink, I’m sure, has started to deplete) I have retired it from every day use until I can find a refill that fits it and that writes how I like!

Finally in the ball point favorites are these Papermate Inkjoy pens.

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There are 2 different pens here, the click top ones are the 300 RT range and the ones with the lids are the 100 range.  I bought the 100 range ones first and was pretty impressed with them that when I saw the click top ones on offer in my local Tesco I snapped them up.  I have used these mainly in color coding my planner last year (that lasted for about a month as I’m terrible for remembering all my pens) and now use them for my Gratitude Diary and making notes.  All of the pens seem to write really well and they live up to the

“Spread joy with vivid colour! InkJoy 100ST ballpoint pens have a smooth, fast-starting writing system that spreads ink easily without drag. Even work or school is fun when you can choose from a rainbow of ten brilliant colours and enjoy ink that flows as freely as your thoughts. With InkJoy, there’s nothing to hold you back!”

that is on their website.  I have only had issues with the green pen from this series – it skipped, the ink was inconsistent and it glooped, stopped writing randomly and was just not pleasant to use.  I have a feeling that this is a general problem with green ball point pens though, as I have experienced similar with many other brands of green pens before

What are your favorite ball point pens?

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Posted in Other Inserts

Lists

Lists seem to be popping up all over the place in my Filofax, from daily lists consisting of household chores, weekly lists of things to remember (like collecting my medicine prescription…), shopping lists that happen mainly on fridays and sundays, books to read, films to watch, tv shows to catch up on, and lists of things to do/not forget that happen sporadically, it seems my life is run by lists!

At the moment I don’t really have a set place for lists of things (unless you count my ‘notes’ section which I use for shopping lists!) and day to day these little notes written in the day section of my planner are ok I do tend to struggle with finding that book or tv series/film recommendation further down the line.  I have been looking at Bullet Journals on instagram and am inspired to create a section in my planner for lists of things like Books, TV, Film, campsites and other lists that would get lost on my weekly pages but would be things that I want to refer to at times and add to when needed.  I am currently looking at papers to use for this – I like the idea of lined paper but feel that it could restrict me and look messy if I wanted to add extra columns in the future to accommodate my lists expanding, I am swaying towards dot grid paper but sourcing this as ready made inserts may be a problem as I have looked before  but not come up with much.  I am thinking that I could make inserts to fit by purchasing a dot grid note pad and cutting it to size, punching and adding to my planner instead.

What kind of lists do you make in your planner?  What is your list style?

xoxox

Posted in Weekly Layout

This Weeks Spread (for week 6th – 12th Mar)

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This weeks layout uses a kit I bought from Adore Pretty Plans on etsy.  I was browsing for something pastel toned and my eye caught this kit.  I ordered this on the 21st of Jan and received it shortly after.  The kit is printed onto matte paper and was easy to lift and place.  I really like the boxes with the checks on them that I have used on the Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday days as they give defined space to write plans in and they are something I have never used before!  The unicorns are pretty cute too and add an element of fun, pulling together the whole layout.  I am really enjoying looking at these pages as they are and can not wait to get my plans written down in them!

Here’s a peek back at last weeks custom layout created by the lovely Grace over at Oodlemadoodles for me for St Davids Day

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Posted in set-up

Birthday/Occasions Reminder

There are so many different ways to incorporate a Birthday/Occasions Reminder into your planner the list is almost endless and, even in its most basic form, can be adapted to any planning style or any planner size!  This post will help you with setting up a Birthday/Occasions Reminder in several different ways.

The first way is probably the most basic and one I have used previously – the pull out Year Calendar

You can purchase this kind of calendar from Filofax online or some stores that carry the Filofax line of inserts.  I really like the ease of use with this style of insert for the purpose of Occasion Reminder, you can see the whole year at a glance and see when certain events fall.  The downfall of this for me was that once it was filled in, unless I had something else to add it wasn’t something I was checking on a day to day/week to week basis.

You can use sheets of paper titled with the month, dates listed in a margin and then write in the occasions you want, if you leave the pages without a year on them they can be carried from one year to the next.  Month on a page inserts would be perfect for this if you decided that you would rather purchase than make inserts!  These could then be placed in its own section in your planner or at the start of each new month in your planner.

I really like the idea of having a monthly overview at the start of the month so you can see in detail what is happening that month and be prepared for the days ahead.  I am currently using these dividers in my Filofax to separate out the months and write down all my Occasions on.  The dividers are set so that the beginning part of January is on one divider, the second part is on the second divider which has part of February on the reverse, the second part of February has the first part of march on it etc…and it is the only thing I think I would probably change – I’d have half of Jan n the front of the first divider and the remaining part on the reverse etc, so that each month is on one divider rather than 2.  But, that aside, this system is working for me so far!

I have seen other monthly view dividers, from gridded layouts (like in the Happy Planner) to laminated designs, if you have a search on instagram (#montlyoverview is a good starting point) you will find lots of inspiration!

What sort of Occasions Reminder will you be using?

xoxox

 

 

Posted in planner uses

Birthday/Occasion Reminder

I love getting new diary inserts and being able to start planning out my year – writing out birthdays, bank holidays, special occasions and other things that happen through the year, however, one of the downfalls that I face sometimes is forgetting the occasion until the week that it falls in.  Maybe this is because I use WO2P and only really look at the week I’m in or the next week on, rarely do I flip more than a week ahead which means I can sometimes miss things until they are on top of me so to speak.

I have done a bit of research and reading (well, looking at others planner set ups on facebook and instagram) and having a section set up for all these occasions seems like a good idea, and there are so many ways in which to set up a Birthday/Occasions Reminder so there should be some kind that will fit with everyone’s planning style!

In my next post on “Set Up” I will be taking you through how to set up a few styles of Occasions Reminders!

How do you keep track of Birthdays and Occasions at the moment?

xoxox

Posted in Weekly Layout

The Big Reveal – This Weeks Spread (for week 27th Feb – 5th Mar)

Today is St David’s Day – the Patron Saint of Wales which, living and having grown up in Wales I really wanted to commemorate in my planner.  I searched high and low for any welsh or Wales themed stickers or kits (leeks, daffodils and dragons were my number one choice…) and turned up next to nothing (unlike St Patrick’s day where I was overwhelmed with choice…).  I had noted a while ago that Oodlemadoodles (my favorite planner kit shop…) had a “Request Custom Order” button so I got in touch with Grace, the owner of Oodlemadoodles, and explained what I was after via the conversation function.  Grace replied and then sent me an image of the kit she had designed and I was over the moon to say the least!  She totally understood what I was after.  I paid for my kit and was really impressed that it arrived so quickly afterwards.  The whole process was really easy and I will definitely be ordering further custom kits in the future (I have a few occasions that I would love to mark in a totally original way!)

The kit came with a large character sticker, 2 decorative edge strips,several flags and decorative stickers, days of the week coverups, functional stickers, meal plan stickers and cute box stickers (all the things you can see on Grace’s usual personal planner section )!

So a big THANK YOU to Grace over at Oodlemadoodles for making my day and my week!!!!

So… here, finally is my weekly layout

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Even before I used the kit they looked truly fab!

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How cute is that dragon? 🙂

And finally a peek back to last weeks layout!

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