Posted in New Products

New Products

In this “New Products” post I will be linking you back to the post I wrote as part of the Planner Girls Collective on 6th February.  Our topic of discussion was Latest Stationery Purchases, so rather than regurgitate what I have already shared, you can check out the post here where all the details have been shared!  But…this post isn’t over yet…here’s the photos of my New Products!

What have you bought recently for your planner?

xoxox

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Posted in Planner Girls Collective

Latest Stationery Purchases


Welcome back to the latest installment of the Planner Girls Collective posts!  This is my fifth post in collaboration with Planner Girls Collective – 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 “Latest Stationery Purchases”.

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These are most of my latest stationery purchases (aside from the weekly kits that I have already used which can be found on my Weekly Spread posts)  I am including my purchases from January until now as some weeks I don’t really buy anything stationery related!

So, a little walk thorough of the items as individuals…

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This is my blog post diary that I bought in WHSmith between Christmas and the new year.  I had been looking for a separate diary to log all my posts in away from my Filofax and this, so far, has been the perfect choice.  I have pretty much planned out all the topics I want to write about for the year and scheduled them into the diary so I can see where I am and what topics I am writing about.  The format is a week to a page, so when open I can see 2 weeks at a time that I find really handy for forward planning and writing.  The size and shape of this are perfect too, not too big or small with enough room to keep track of this blog and my other blog.  I can fit this into my bag and it comes everywhere with me.  One fab feature of this is that it has a plastic removable book cover to help keep it clean and nice looking.

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This is yet another diary of sorts that I purchased in B&M Bargains.  It has little illustrations running through it that you can color in.  It has a week on 2 page (WO2P) format and I use this as a gratitude diary.  I keep this on my bedside cabinet and the design and size help it to not be noticed as a diary or anything…(although now the world knows that its my diary lol!)  Its small enough not to get in the way and pretty enough to sit on show.

My Parker IM matching pens (which I wrote about here )  were a kind of indulgent purchase (as in I could probably have bought a cheaper pen…) The fountain pen was to be a replacement for my favorite one that my dog chewed up before Christmas…cut a long story sort…I bought what I thought was a fountain pen in a sale and it turned out I’d bought a rollerball so bought the fountain pen to match online.  I’m really happy with both of these pens and I think they have to take the crown as my best purchases so far!

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My baby blue Rapesco 6 hole, adjustable punch!  I originally bought this from amazon, waited ages for it to be sent only for it to get lost in the post so I was a bit upset about that.  I then ordered another one from good old eBay and it turned up within 2 days…I don’t really know why I didn’t buy one prior to this as I have been using a single hole punch which wasn’t the best, and unless you had a proper punch guide it was really hard to get the holes straight, in the right pace or neat…this is a game changer!  And the color is sooo pretty too!

Stickers and weekly kits!!!!!  I don’t think a week goes by where I am not looking at or buying planner stickers and kits!  Aside from those I have already used these are my latest purchases!  I bought functional bins and re-cycling ones from DookPlookDesigns which are the perfect size for my personal Filofax Malden and weekly kits from Filofabulouss and Oodlemadoodles and this weeks kit from KayeLimePie.

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And last, but not least, I treated myself to some new tiny post it notes from The Range 🙂

What have your latest stationery purchases been?

Please visit the other girls taking part in the Planner Girl Collective series using the links below!!!

xoxox

Emma-Louise 

Gemma

Louise

Debbie

Alyson

Michelle

Posted in set-up

Tracker

Today’s post will show you how to set up a tracker for your planner.

You will need paper inserts, whether they are lined, plain or quadrille the choice is up to you, pens, a ruler (possibly) and something to track!

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I chose quadrille paper to track my social media and blog posts on and at the top I wrote in the Month and Year.  I then decided on my placement for what I was tracking and shortened them down into short form code – PW = Post Written, PS = Post Shared, FB = Facebook, I1/I2/I3 = Instagram Accounts 1,2 &3 (I1 is my planner instagram (@plannermontannah), I2 is my steps Instagram and I3 is my personal instagram).  I keep meaning to add 2 further columns PW2 and PS2 (for my other blog that I run) but I haven’t got around to that yet…

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If you are using blank paper or lined paper it is worth sketching out your layout on a spare sheet before committing to it permanently – work out your columns and lines and what sort of spacing you need, where your headings and categories are going to be placed and play around until you are happy with the layout, then you can draw it out on the sheets you will be using.

Marking off your data as you complete the item can be done in so many different ways, I mark mine by coloring in the box but you can use stickers, ticks, crosses, emoji’s, whatever you choose.  You can include color coding, like in the image below (that I found on pinterest – just search Year In Pixels for other related images) has on her emotions tracker, where certain colors are matched to certain things or, like me (being lazy) opt for one color…

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How have you set up your tracker?  What sort of things are you tracking?

Happy Friday!

xoxox

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 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

Posted in Weekly Pages

Weekly Decorated Pages (Wk 3 – 10, 13/1/14 – 9/3/14)

Wk 3

Week 3 (13/1/14 – 19/1/14) This was my first week of adding anything in to my pages which wasn’t just plain sticky notes, the Cat sticky notes were from a set of sticky notes which I purchased from Accessorize.  The “to do” sticky note came from WH Smiths.  This week was one of the busiest I’d had as I was working on my dissertation as well as working full time.

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Week 4 (20/1/14 – 26/1/14).  Another fairly plain week as I was still busy with my dissertation and work.  I got the washi tape from Paperchase and the owl, butterfly, deer and squirrel stickers came from Accessorize.  The “to do” sticky note was the same as before.

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Week 5 (27/1/14 – 2/2/14)  This week was a bit more decorated 🙂  .  I used star washi from Paperchase and embellished it with some stick on gems from The Range, owl and squirrel stickers from Accessorize and some straight outline stickers, with glitter on them, to divide up my days a bit more.  I also used a Project Life card that had been sent to me in a RAK, which I secured using sticky hole re-enforcers, this was used as extra space to secure some post-its to that had lists on them which needed to be done but didn’t really have an assigned day to do them in.

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Week 6 (3/2/14 – 9/2/14)  This weeks theme was black and white with a hint of sparkles.  I bought the black and white chevron style washi from The Range, it came with another washi tape which was white with black polka dots.  I used a postcard from the book Everything is Connected by Keri Smith to create extra space for lists etc, again I used some straight outline stickers to ad interest to the page edges and used some diamante photo corners on the bottom left and top right of the pages.

Wk 7Week 7 (10/2/14 – 16/2/14)  This weeks theme was brights!  I got the washi tape from The Range, the bug stickers came from Tesco, heart gem stickies came from Poundland, the smiley face stickers (which are fuzzy!!!!) came with a plant I had ordered online, the heart sticky notes were sent to me in a RAK, the flower sticky note came from a set that I bought in The Works book store and I used glitter straight outline stickers to divide out my days.

Wk 8

Week 8 (17/2/14 – 23/2/14)  was a fairly busy week but not in terms of planning.  I was working on my dissertation for the most part and spent a lot of my time hidden away in my spare room writing.  I decorated this set of pages with washi from The Range, glitter straight outline stickers and not much else.

Wk 9

Week 9 ( 24/2/14 – 2/3/14) was butterfly/pink themed.  I used bunting washi from The Range, straight outline stickers to divide up my days and add interest to the edges of the pages, photo corner stickers from The Range, butterfly stickers that I’d been gifted to me in a RAK which were overlaid with butterfly outline stickers and embellished with some sticky gems (both from The Range)

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  Week 10 (3/3/14 – 9/3/14)  I started trying out a different way to lay out my week using the same WO2P inserts that I already have, I decided to divide the pages into 3, 1 for morning, afternoon ad evening so I can see at a glance what is happening where and what time each day instead of having to read through a load of writing.  I also bought in a color coding system of different color pens for different items (I’m using Triplus Fineliner pens, I love them!)  I went for a blue theme for this week using blue stripey washi from The Range layered with printed “Follow Your Dreams” tape over the top (from Etsy) and glitter straight outline stickers to mark the days.  I used a postcard from Kari Smith’s book “Everything is Connected” to create room for lists which I decorated with the same washi tape that I used on the page top and bottom and a corner sticker from The Range.