Posted in Weekly Layout

This Weeks Spread (for week 27th Mar – 2nd Apr)

This weeks spread uses a kit from Filofabulouss that I purchased not long after Christmas!  I did look for the same kit to post a link but the one that Sarah now sells is slightly different to the kit I purchased.  I added some purple glittery washi to the kit to become my hole re-enforcer strip and also some silver strip tape which I used to cover the printed type on my filofax diary inserts.

Here’s my layout

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And here’s a peek back at last weeks spread…

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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

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

This week I have gone for one of my favorite subjects ever – pirates!  I bought this kit from The Ginger Cat Co .  Here’s my layout…

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I got recommended The Ginger Cat Co on a facebook group when I was looking for a new shop to buy from.  There were so many stickers that I have enough to do a few more layouts later on in the year.  I did have to cut down the checklist stickers as they were a bit too long for my day spaces but that just means I now have even more to use later on!  These stickers are lovely and really nicely printed.  They are printed onto matte adhesive paper and came away from the backing paper really easily and stuck down well.  I have bought days of the week stickers from Shona (who runs The Ginger Cat Co) which will be popping up on a spread in the near future!

Here’s a peek back at last weeks spread…

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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 – 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 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 diary inserts

Week On A Page

Week on a Page (WOAP) inserts are a fab addition to more compact planners (like the Filofax Saffiano Compact or the Temperley for Filofax Ikat print wallet) or even small planners like the Pocket Filofax range or the Mini, anywhere that space may be tight.  I love WOAP inserts for my wallet Filofax, I can still carry around my plans and jot down any important appointments to transfer them over to my personal planner when I get home.

I don’t currently use WOAP inserts as I rarely go anywhere that I am not carrying around my bag with my day to day planner in it (and really I don’t have much to plan appointment wise) but I did find this format really handy when I was in university and needed to keep track of assignments, classes and when library books were due back.  I also used this format to keep track of different shifts in my jobs that I was working at the time (in a Pocket Domino Filofax!)

I am considering setting up my Saffiano Compact at some point using WOAP inserts to track my blog posts for next year!  I am currently using a diary that I bought from WH Smith which I love along with a Paperblanks notebook for blog notes and ideas but think that combining notes and a diary for next year might be easier as everything will be together under one cover so to speak!

Do you use WOAP inserts?

Posted in Planner Girls Collective

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

 

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