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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!)

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Page Decoration

There are so many different ways to personalize your planner but one of the easiest ways to make it truly yours is to start by personalizing the pages that you will probably use most – your diary inserts. It doesn’t matter which format you use or what size but there is something nice about putting your own mark onto your pages. There are lots of different ways of making the pages truly yours form doodling around the edges, color coding your notes, functional stickers to mark bin days and household routines to full blown weekly sticker kits, washi edges or delicate calligraphic writing, the choice (as they say) is yours.

I started out decorating my pages a few years ago, at the time I was using day to a page format in my Personal Pink Filofax Classic, with a washi strip at the top and bottom of the pages, using the same washi for each day of that week before changing to a different washi the following week. I made the mistake of decorating all the pages like this for the year in pretty much one sitting so I didn’t really have anything to think about or look forward to week to week decorating wise. I then switched to an A5 Paperchase planner which had week on 2 pages inserts that I started to decorate with stickers and washi, I loved the space and the format but the planner was a little too big to lug around daily in all honesty.

Now I am in a personal sized Kingfisher Blue Filofax Malden and using WO2P inserts again. I decided to use weekly kits to decorate for this year and have so far loved each week in my planner. I decorate my pages on a Sunday and share the images to my Instagram (@plannermontannah). I find decorating for the week ahead to be really therapeutic and it gives me something to look forward to each week, and there is something really nice about looking through your weeks and seeing how each one changes and differs.

Some planner girls to check out and their pages can be found in the links below –

DIYFish (painting and drawing on pages)

Micah (colour coding)

Megan Dearing (calligraphy and lettering)

Alina (washi and stickers)

Have you personalised your diary pages? If so how?

xoxox

Posted in Stationery Loves

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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Planning the little things

My life seems to be full of little things to remember, what day the bins go out for example.  Where I live we have 2 separate main bins, a black bin for household waste (anything un-recyclable) that gets emptied once a fortnight all year round, a green bin (for garden waste) that gets emptied every fortnight (in rotation from my black bin) from April to November, then there’s the recycling boxes that get emptied each week (plastics, glass and metal) and the cardboard bag on top, which gets emptied on alternate weeks.  If that wasn’t enough there is my weekly work rota where I am on a 4 weekly rotation to work until 5pm once a week, my nail appointments, hair dyeing sessions (I like to keep that up once a month), remembering to clean my make-up brushes, track where I am with the Marie Kondo method of tidying, courses I have enrolled on, car maintenance and MOT, dog worming, hospital appointments and so many other little things that need to slot in together to make my life work and run a bit smoother.

So, how do I plan these things?  I had, for the last year been using the day to a page inserts from Filofax, but some days found that I was cramming too much information into the days that I had a bit of a data overload, and other days where I had practically nothing planned at all, an found I was forgetting the little things that needed doing, or that I wanted to do but hadn’t planned any time for.  I sat down and thought about how best to start planning, and remembering the little plans, looking at what other inserts may be useful to me and my life.  I looked at the system that I had been using and then at several other options that were available (week on a page, week on 2 pages, month on a page, month on 2 pages, year on a page), there were so many options available.  I dismissed some of the formats quite quickly –  the week on 2 pages seemed like too much space for me to fill, and year on a page and month on a page for the opposite reason, not enough space.  After looking at each example and a lot of procrastination, I finally chose a month on 2 pages to help me plan these “events”.

Here’s a view of what my January Month on 2 pages looks like currently…

IMG_5015[1]I have color coded the squares for birthdays and other “concrete” dates using colored pencils (blue for boys birthday, pink for girls birthday, purple for pay day)… and have then written in, using different colored inks, my plans (orange for personal, green for work, pink for courses and goals reached, black for waste, blue for blog, and red for other (this month my car’s MOT) on days that I need.

The Month on 2 pages layout is working really well for me, I can see, at a glance, what I am doing and when, how all my rotas and routines fit together and where I have “spare” time.  I like the little section to the side, I don’t know what it is called technically but I call it my “Monthly List” where I note down exactly what the colored squares for the month refer to, it adds further information to the page without taking up space on the gridded section of the pages.  It has become the first page I consult day to day, to see what I need to be doing and what I may have planned.

I find it useful to keep my Filofax open on this page on my desk in work and at home beside me just so I can remember the little things that need doing.

I am using a Temperley for Filofax as my current planner (read more here… )

 

Next month, on my blog, I shall be talking about my favorite pens for planning, so if you are interested in the pens that I have used in my planner, come by then!