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

 

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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 personalization

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 Weekly Layout

This Weeks Spread (for week 23-29th Jan)

Here’s this weeks spread in my personal sized Kingfisher Blue Filofax Malden.  I bought the watermelon weekly kit from Filofabulouss a few weeks ago and decided to use it for this week’s spread as it is bright and colorful!  I love Sarah’s weekly kits, they are budget friendly (for this kit and other filofax personal ones they work out at £2) and have enough stickers in them to not overwhelm the spread or have leftovers on the sheet that end up not being used!  I really like the “Hydrate” stickers, which I spoke about in this post as they help me keep on track with my liquid intake.  The other stickers (the hoover, spray bottle and bin) are from KayeLimePie but I’m not sure where the other stickers are from (the circle laundry/recycle or trolleys) as I recieved them in a RAK.  I like these stickers as I can see at a glance what needs doing without it getting lost in lots of other writing!

Here’s the end of last weeks layout where I used a weekly kit from KayeLimePie!  You can find more information here!

Posted in thoughts

Thoughts

I titled this series “Thoughts” as I want to be able to review how my month as gone, things I might change and things I may decide to do in the future, share lessons learned and tips and tricks that have proved useful, basically the kind of post that mulls things over and discusses things that might change on a month to month basis. So, onto my first “Thoughts” post 🙂 .

I have been using my week on 2 pages (WO2P) set up since the last week in December, that’s 4 full weeks, and I have decorated each week before adding my own notes and plans.

and I have found that I am really enjoying decorating the pages the weekend before for the week ahead.  I have been writing things down and (mostly), sticking to the plans I make.  The decoration makes me smile every time I open my planner and encourages me to utilize it everyday as a tool to keep track of things.

One thing that I found really useful (and I have attempted before but not really used them to the full capacity!) were the Hydrate stickers (that came on the weekly kit I purchased from FiloFabulouss on etsy).  I know I have not been drinking as much as I used to and this is a handy way to keep track of your hydration!  I decided rather than color in the droplet shapes I would track what I had drunk (w for water, c for coffee etc…) which I found useful.  I think I will be looking for some hydration stickers to use daily in my planner!

I will be continuing to decorate my pages, at first I wasn’t sure if I would have enough space to write and have decorations, especially switching from day to a page (that I used last year) to A5 WO2P, and then back into personal sized.  I have changed how I write and am more conscious when I put pen to paper and try to keep my writing smaller and neater than I used to (seriously, my writing when using D2AP inserts was terrible!!!)

I also tried to (on my week 2 pages!) co-ordinate my pen color to the kit but that went out of the window pretty quick and I realized that I would be having to carry around a few different pens with me, and that I preferred writing with my Parker Rollerball pen and decided to stick with that for the other spreads.  I won’t rule out using other ink colors in the future but, for the moment I think I will be using the pens I carry around with me at all times.

So, that’s about it for this months “Thoughts”.  This post should have been posted yesterday but I’ve had some computer issues which saw me spending much of my time backing everything up onto an external hard drive and getting my laptop running at full speed again!  Next months “Thought’s” will be posted on 17th February so head back then to hear my thoughts on my planner!

xoxox

Posted in Wish List

Wish List

This series will see me sharing things I’m wishing for and things I’m on the look out for!

This month I have been looking for weekly kits for my Filofax Personal Malden for February.  I have been looking for colorful kits and maybe something “Valentines” for the week that St Valentine’s Day falls on.

So far these kits on Etsy have caught my eye… Links are under the shop names 🙂

Sew Crafty

KaneStudioPlanning

PeonyPlanner

Fantasy Design Store

In A Nutshell Planning

Plannable Designs

Plannerface

Beautiful Planning

Kaye Lime Pie

Filo Fabulouss

What’s on your wish list this month?

xoxox

Posted in Weekly Layout

This Weeks Spread (for week 16 -22nd Jan)

This weeks spread is decorated using a kit from Kaye Lime Pie on Etsy.  I ordered this kit a while ago as it caught my eye with its bright fun colours and cute stationery theme.  The day/date cover up stickers are by Filofabulouss.  I chose the cover up stickers as they seemed to go well with the kit and I don’t like all the information next to the date that came printed on my inserts (Filofax cotton cream in Personal sized) and these worked perfectly to cover that information up!

So, here’s my spread for the week!!!

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Here’s the end of last weeks spread for you to see, you can find the post relating to this spread here

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How have you decorated your spread this week?

Don’t forget that I can be found on Instagram and Etsy !!!

Hope you have a lovely week!!! xoxox

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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!

 

 

Posted in My Planners

Moving into my Temperley for Filofax planner

It was my Birthday in October and I was given money as a gift to buy myself something that I would use.  I decided on a trip to TKMaxx, not really sure what I wanted, thinking maybe I could buy some nice make-up or (yet another) cute notebook.  While browsing around I spotted the Temperley for Filofax wallet with the brown and pink Ikat print, which I had lusted over when it first came out in 2012, and being limited edition, thought I’d never get a chance to own!

I decided that I would buy it, even though I had already purchased a lovely Mini Cross in a lovely deep blue and a Pocket Cross in Brown to attempt to turn into a wallet.  (I ended up gifting the Pocket Cross to my other half for him to use for work) I use the Mini Cross when I’m going out for the evening or using a smaller bag. IMG_4647[1]IMG_4646[1]

I have been using my Personal Classic Filofax (it’s the same as the Cross but was the older version which was renamed at some point) but wanted to combine my Filofax with a wallet so I could slimline down what I carry in my bag day-to-day.  I love my Classic Filofax, but now I am not in uni and working 2 different jobs I felt that I didn’t need to carry around such a bulky item and this seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

I have now been using my Temperley for just under 2 months now and am really liking it.  Here’s an overview of my set up.

Firstly I would like to talk about the paper and ring sizing, the rings are small, the same as the kind found on the compact filofax’s measuring 15mm.  And this Temperley takes personal sized sheets, which is a good thing for me as I  had already started buying inserts for 2016 for my Classic!  The Temperley did come with 2016 week on 2 pages diary inserts, address inserts, birthdays, notes and fly-leaf and message from Alice Temperley along with really nice black dividers with tabs labelled in gold.

The first images show the purse/card holder section.  There are  16 card holder pockets, 8 on each side of a long zippered pocket for holding change.  On the side closest to the organiser is a patent long pocket which I use to hold some sticky notes.  The patent material is debossed with the name of the Filofax, the print and the sizing – ‘Temperley for Filofax IKAT compact organiser’.

The organiser side has a clear plastic fly-leaf which covers the ‘Temperley for Filofax’ co-ordinating print dashboard which I have decided to keep for the time being.  On the back of this is a note from Alice Temperley which reads “A Filofax is much more than a diary, for me it’s for storing all the things I collect…and my lists… This is a fun and colorful addition that doubles up as a good holiday clutch!  X Enjoy Alice”  and I really like the sentiment that a filofax is much more than a diary, you can make it what you want by adding and removing things as you need them.

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The first section I am going to show you is the Diary section as that is the first section in my organiser and the one that I use most often.
IMG_4752[1]I currently use day to a page filofax inserts which I was using in my Classic.  I really like this style of page as it gives me so much space to write everything down.  I very rarely use the appointment times down the side of the inserts preferring to write any important information in a red toned (sometimes bright pink) onto the page itself.  The page is split into two columns and I use the right hand side to write lists – shopping or to do’s on.  The left hand side is for personal and work things, I like to track what I wore to work (weird?  I am working on a what I wore project!), work achievements, things I need to remember and other appointments (like visiting my Mum!)  I keep a month at the front and as each week goes by I remove it from my filofax before replacing the next full month.  For example, at the beginning of December I placed the full month of pages into my planner but now, I have removed the full weeks up until the 11th December (Friday) so now I only have December 12th – 1st January in there.  IMG_4658[1]Behind my Day to a Page inserts is a year to view pull out overview of 2016 which is colour coded for set dates such as pay-day, birthdays and anniversaries as well as things that are already planned, like festivals.  This helps me to keep an eye on what is coming up and things I need to plan for in advance.  I use coloured pencils to colour the squares relevant to that date in the colour assigned to the occasion and where 2 things fall on the same date I tend to colour in the most important thing (to me) and then outline with the other colour the same square.
IMG_4661[1]IMG_4660[1]IMG_4659[1]Behind this yearly overview page I have a month on 2 pages inserts which use the same colour coding as before (for ease of use) which I normally add other information to a and when, like any medical appointments or when I need to worm the dog next,book MOT for the car, car tax due dates,  things that need doing regularly but don’t need to have space in my day-to-day planning. IMG_4662[1]Behind that is my week-on-two-pages spread.  I keep the full future month in my planner, so in December I have January’s full week-on-two-pages inserts available.  This section is also colour coded in the same way as my day to a page and month on 2 pages and helps me plan things that may be happening in the month ahead and reminders of thing to do in the month ahead, like booking a follow-up appointment or ordering a repeat prescription.  It also helps me to see where things may be occurring and plan my month ahead more effectively, offers me greater detail than my month-on-two-pages or my yearly pull out sheets and helps me budget for up coming events like birthdays buying birthday cards and presents for people (I am trying to budget buying gifts and cards in the month prior to the birthday, eg if a birthday is in February, then I plan to start looking for a gift and card in the month before, so January, this saves me from panic buying or forgetting!).  The colour coding for this section is a bit more subtle as I tend to colour in the dots where the dates are.
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It might seem a bit excessive to have so many formats of diary being carried around at the same time but each format offers me a greater depth of planning…

  • the Yearly overview pull out shows me set events and dates
  • the month-on-two-pages shows me an overview of the month ahead and helps me set reminders of things that need doing for that month
  • the week-on-two-pages allows me to see each week at a glance and add information about the week coming up and
  • the day-to-a-page allows me to plan my day, write reminders, lists, shopping and day specific tasks.

Next up in my filofax is my “Projects” section.

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I use this section to write things in that I would like to do, at the moment I have written in there “Meal Plan for month”, “Look at Welsh courses”, “Look at ECDL courses” and blog ideas (not sharing them though…they are a surprise!)  These are things which are not assigned to a date, need completing at any point or have a specific timescale attached o them, they are things I would like to do when I have time but are not necessarily something that I need to do.

Behind this section I have addresses.

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I have written own only important numbers that I may need, such as doctors, the AA, my garage, family phone numbers and addresses, any numbers that may be needed if my mobile is not with me.  All other numbers are stored on my phone.  I have a pass code on my phone and I always worry that if anything ever happened to me a stranger may need to access contact details for someone and having them written down somewhere means that they will have access to them quickly and easily.  If it wasn’t for this thought I would probably not have this section in my planner.

Next comes the Notes section

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I have 10 sheets of filofax brand, lined paper in this section which I use to write down ideas for gifts, lists of things I may need to buy in the future, recipes and food ideas, paragraphs I may use in blog posts, things I may want to schedule into my diary but not sure where they may fit (like a 4x per year house deep clean!) and it currently houses my christmas card lists for work, family and neighbourhood!  This section has no rules, no rhyme or reason and just holds any snippets of info that I think about, a bit like a skip for info my brain doesn’t need to hold on to!

The final section I have in my Filofax is “Expenses” which I don’t use for expenses at all.  I have a few sheets of plain paper in here that I am contemplating removing all together as I never use it, but it is there at the moment to doodle on or create something with if I feel like it. And behind the paper I have a pull out world map which is always handy to have!

The whole organiser section of the Temperley for Filofax fits into a pocket on the opposite side to the wallet section by a thick piece of plastic at the back of the organiser.  It is designed so you can slide it in and out as needed.  I tend to remove the whole organiser section when I want to use it as it lays flat and is easier to write in when not inside the wallet.

IMG_4675[1]I use the slip pocket to hold a card organiser.  This was taken from my Classic and holds cards that I don’t use on a daily basis but may need when I’m out and about, such as store cards (Boots, Matalan, Superdrug are a few) these can be removed easily when I don’t need them and placed in to the organiser when I do.  Mostly I tend to leave them in this pocket as they take up next to no space and are always to hand!

IMG_4655[1]There is a pen loop situated by the zip on the same side as the organiser sits which is made out of elastic so would probably stretch to accommodate any sized pen.  I used the pen loop once but found that the pen interfered with opening and closing the wallet as the zip caught on the pen.  I prefer to tuck my pen into the other side by the coin zip pocket which doesn’t seem to have any impact on opening or closing the wallet at all.  (for the record I use a Hi-Tec-C Coleto barel with 4 colours, so it’s fairly chunky.)  I am thinking about maybe removing the pen loop as for me it has no function.

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Overall I really like this Filofax and it seems to fit my life better at the moment, I was weary that I would miss the large rings and stuffability of my classic but so far I feel like I can fit in everything I need that is relevant to my life and saves me lugging around things I don’t need.  I am still able to use the format of diary inserts that I like and am able to continue to use my own planning style and can’t see me changing for another planner any time soon!

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Inserts, Charms and more

Following on from my research post (here) I have been busy designing some monthly inserts for people to print out at home.

I have focused, so far, on A5 sized inserts as my research showed that A5 was one of the most popular sizes of planners and lots of people seem to own one.  I came up with the following layouts…

May 2015 overview

 

Notes with Appointments section to the right.

This is how the page will look in the planner and is one of the layouts that I use in mine.  I find having appointments to the right makes it easy for me to glance at and schedule items in easily, and having a notes section to the left is handy for writing down all manner of things.  I use the notes section to jot down reminders, things I need to do, phone numbers, information I may only need once (but may come in handy in the future!), shopping lists, a doodle page, day-to-day notes, as a traditional diary page  and to write down any ideas I may have!  There are so many uses for this page and it is good for those who have lots of things going on and whose routine is different from day-to-day and may not fit into regimented sections.

 

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Notes, Tasks, Appointments and Meal Planner/Food Log.

This set of inserts was designed with the busy person in mind!  As above this is how the page will look in the planner, appointments and meal planner/food log to the right and notes and tasks to the left.  I decided to place the meal planner/food log to the right as it can be seen easily.  I chose to include a meal planner/food log as I know from experience, being busy can impact on food and meals, this section gives the user the opportunity to plan meals in advance, so they can see from day-to-day what they are going to be eating, helping them to plan what items they need to buy and acts to save time of an evening thinking about what to eat.  This section can also be used as a daily food log, for those that are conscious of what they are eating and how many calories they consume in a day, which could help with weight management and health.   I included a notes section as having space to write information down is always handy and often, you don’t want to clog up the appointments section with notes making appointments less likely to be seen.  I also included a tasks section as I have found it handy to have a space to jot down tasks as they pop up, whether they be work, college, uni or home related, it is useful to write these down so you can act upon them as needed and they are then not forgotten.

D2AP Family Inserts with Appts Tasks Meal Planner Dont forget and Birthday reminder section OverviewFamily Time Planner

I designed this insert (as above, this is how it will look in the planner) with busy families in mind.  I kept the appointments section and added a column for parents and children which the user can then divide down further depending on how many children they have, so that items such as swimming, parents evening, other activities can be recorded and seen at a glance.  I placed a birthday’s reminder at the top, as it can be easy to forget friends, and children’s friends upcoming birthdays, I felt that by having it at the top of the page, above the date, that it can be seen more clearly.  I also kept in the meal planner and calories section as it is a useful tool for parents to utilize.  I also kept in the tasks section, moving it to the top of the left hand page, as again, I feel that it is useful in day-to-day life.  I also added a Don’t Forget section at the bottom of the page, useful for writing down things like shopping that needs to be bought, packing up the children’s PE kits for the next day, writing a reminder to book the car in for MOT or to call the doctor to book an appointment, anything that may need to be done but doesn’t fall into any other category.

All of these inserts are now available to buy in my etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PlannerSpirit  in May to December 2015 at a cost of £12 and also in monthly bundles for £2.00 per month, so you can try a different layout each month if you wish, or just try them for a month to see if you like them!

The inserts all need to be printed on A4 paper, double-sided, then cut in half and punched according to your binder ring spacing.  I use an old insert to line my holes up for punching!  This means that all my inserts will fit your binder, regardless of make, so long as it is A5 in size!

The inserts are all available with black text but I can customize the text color to match your planner, just drop me a message on my store and I shall change it for you at no extra cost!