Posted in Weekly Layout

This Weeks Spread (for week 3rd – 9th April)

This weeks spread is a mish-mash of leftovers from other kits and some glitter washi! I’m really loving the dream-like feel of this spread!!! 


What does your week look like so far?

Xoxox

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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 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?

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 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