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 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 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 Shop Additions

Shop Additions

I haven’t made any more items recently but I have now listed my new makes which I showed you in this blog post.

Here’s the latest additions with direct links to them in my shop

Locket with Blue Star

Locket with Orange Star

Locket with White Star

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Peace Symbol on Turquoise Disc

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Resin Heart with Dried Flower

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Jingle Belle

I also listed these two charms that I made also

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Queen of Hearts

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Regal Crown

You can find my shop and all other listings here

Posted in Planner Makes

Dividers

Today on Planner Makes I am going to talk you through making your own dividers for your planner.  I know what you are thinking, its the same thing I had running through my mind before I made my own… “this is going to be hard” or “where do I start?” and then “ok, whats the easiest way to do this?”… Read on and I’ll go through it all step by step with you but first I’ll show you the dividers that I made and have been using since December.

So, these dividers are double sided so I can flip them over if I fancy it and use co-ordinating scrap book paper that I bought a while ago, I believe it was Dovecraft’s Back to Basics Paper Stack from Hobbycraft (but I don’t have the sleeve for the paper anymore and only about 2 sheets left…).  These dividers have been laminated to make them a bit tougher and are used daily in my personal sized Filofax Malden.

What you will need to make your own dividers…

  • Cute paper (I used scrap book paper but you could use wrapping paper or wallpaper, any paper that takes your fancy)
  • Pencil
  • Old dividers
  • Ruler
  • Guillotine
  • Scissors
  • Laminator (optional)
  • Hole Punch

Method…

  1. Lay out your paper face down onto a flat surface and then place your old dividers on top , making sure all the tabs are in the right place (for double sided dividers this does not matter so much, but for one sided then it can be useful to make sure all the tabs are in alignment then mark them so you know which way up they need to face.)
  2. Mark around the old dividers onto the paper with a pencil, it may be useful to use a ruler to make sure the lines are straight.
  3. Once you have got the outline for all dividers drawn out you can then cut around the new dividers or use a guillotine to get most of the straight edges cut.  You will need to use scissors to cut around the tabs.
  4. Now that the dividers are all cut out you can either run these through a laminator then re cut with a bit of a border around the plastic or you can just hole punch the new dividers and add them to your planner.

If you want to make double sided dividers then you will need to re-visit step one but turn all of the old dividers over before tracing the shape out onto new paper, so that you have a mirror image of each, new, divider.  You will then want to attach the mirror images together with glue or double sided tape before laminating and finally hole punching.

Variations that you could incorporate are using different shapes for the tabs (like parts of circles – punch out or cut some circle shapes from different patterned or colored card) and overlay the shape on to the tabs so the shape just covers the original tabs before fixing down and laminating.  You could personalize the dividers with letters or pictures, photos or artwork, glitter, stamps or material….the list is almost never ending!

Have you made your own dividers?  What did you choose to make them more personal to you/your planner?

xoxox

Posted in Planner Girls Collective

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

 

Posted in Weekly Layout

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

This weeks spread uses a kit from Oodlemadoodles called Unicorn Dreams which I fell in love with a short while ago!  I bought the kit and it came super fast, it is lovely, the colors are bright and the Unicorn is the cutest!  I think this might be my all time favorite spread so far!

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Here’s a look back at last weeks layout (also from Oodlemadoodles…)

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How have you decorated for the week ahead?

xoxox

 

Posted in thoughts, Uncategorized

Thoughts – February

I have really surprised myself, normally by now I would be having layout and planner envy and wishing that I had set up my planner in a different way or be wanting to introduce something else into my planner to “try”, but this has not happened yet…. Maybe I have found the elusive “Planner Peace” finally?

I am still enjoying decorating my pages and filling in my plans week to week, the only tweak I have made is the addition of tiny post-its which I write future plans on and date before sticking to the relevant day if the week has not yet been decorated.

I have been using Oodlemadoodles kits for a short while and I am loving the inclusion of the meal plan stickers (little circles with knife and fork motif’s) which have been helping me to plan my meals (and shopping lists).  I am usually a really lousy meal planner and just grab something and go , and while this has worked in some ways, in others it hasn’t (like it can be a pretty unhealthy way to eat…) so meal planning is something new but is helping me diet wise and also time wise – less faffing around and thinking about what to have, and it’s something I think I may just stick with planner wise!

Here’s a look back at the last few weeks layouts..

Kits from Oodlemadoodles and KayeLimePie

What things have you changed in your planner this month?  What has worked and what hasn’t?

xoxox

Posted in Wish List

Wish List

This month’s wish list is fairly short and short and sweet, and I may need your help with some recommendations too…

This month I am wishing for anything Wales themed for my layout for February 27th to March 5th as it is St David’s Day on the 1st March (he’s the Patron Saint of Wales!), or anything Welsh Dragon, Daffodil, Leek or Love Spoon themed!  I have had a search on etsy for weekly kits but not found anything yet…

This New Filofax!  A zipped Saffiano in Vista Blue would be the perfect wallet planner for the spring!

And finally an Easter themed weekly kit, this one from xoMamaPlans has caught my eye!