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Planner Personalization

I wish someone had told me, way back when I first had a planner, that you could customize and personalize it and really make it your own.  In high school I had a green and tan Collins binder system that could have done with something to make it feel properly like mine.  Back then, and probably for much of my time in a planner, I have not really thought any more of personalizing it than writing my details onto the information sheet and placing it behind the clear plastic fly leaf.

I was the sort of girl who would buy her diary inserts off the shelf and just use them to write everyday things down on, I would use the dividers that came with the binder until they fell apart then go and buy more and I would write in what ever color pen was available.

Roll forward a few years and I have personalized my planner to perfection – well, perfect for me!

This series will give you hints and tips, things to try, and other ways of personalizing your planner to match your style and personality.

The first of this series will be posted on 13th February so come back then to see how you can personalize yours!

xoxox

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Inspirational Quotes

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This is my second 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.

This weeks Planner Girls Collective post is about inspirational quotes.  At first I didn’t think I really had any quotes to share apart from my secondary dashboard that used to reside in my Temperley for Filofax Ikat Compact wallet and now lives behind my main dashboard and separates my information sheet from the rest of my planner inserts.

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This is an Oscar Wilde quote which I have loved for years and found in a Tiffany Jewellery catalogue in 2015.  I cut it out and punched it and it has happily sat behind a clear dashboard in my Temperley for the past year.  I  moved it over to my Filofax Malden in Kingfisher blue when I set it up, the color almost matches!  This quote reminds me to embrace my creative side and either be a creative being and make my life a beautiful place – “be a work of art”, or dress creatively and embrace the quirky fashion sense and accessories that I like “wear a work of art” and to never be afraid to be unique.

I have a diary that I bought for planning my blog posts that has this on the front of it

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which always makes me smile.  I didn’t really make any resolutions at the beginning of the year but evaluated what I love doing and how I could be better at that, and blogging was one of them.  I currently run 2 blogs that are active (this one and https://tenthousandsteps2016.wordpress.com ) and decided that I wanted to blog more regularly and this diary was chosen for that front!  It reminds me that in order to succeed I need to plan, and to plan I need to write down and schedule things!  This diary has a schedule of all my blog posts mapped out for the whole year and, so far, I am sticking to that schedule!

Other quotes that I find inspirational are

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This quote reminds me that the whole earth is alive and that the trees and plant life are at the very heart of this life – they provide our oxygen and without them then we would ease to exist.  It puts everything into perspective for me, and sometimes, when everything gets too much, a walk into the woodland can realign my thoughts and calm me.

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This quote is just a reminder that whatever bad happens, it can be the best thing to happen sometimes.  We learn from bad things and grow and that can make us better people and change our perspective, our attitude and our outlook.

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This quote is really relevant as I spend so much time worrying about materialistic things – money, objects, jobs, etc…it reminds me to let go, stop worrying and start living in the moment, don’t catastrophize, and stop wasting energy and time on insignificant things.

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This last quote is one of my favorites, I spent so much time last year just sorting, re-arranging and caring for belongings that are no more than objects.  This year I am trying to minimize my belongings and stop wasting time organizing them and not using or utilizing them which will give me more time to enjoy my home, friends, family and hobbies!

If you have enjoyed this post then check out the rest of the Planner Girl Collectives posts linked below…. And don’t forget to check back next Monday for the next Planner Girls Collective post!

xoxox

Emma-Louise

Rebecca

Gemma

Debbie

Rebecca

Kelly

Jo

Louise

Michelle 

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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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Stationery Loves – Inserts

I feel like somewhere along the line my opening line is stuck in repeat, but, hopefully, after this first month the introductions to new segments of my blog will stop (or at the very least, slow down to a minute trickle…), anyway…

So, Stationery Loves is a new segment of my freshly resurrected blog.  This series of posts will share links to places you can buy some of my “Stationery Loves”.  This months post looks at places where you can get inserts for your organizer from.

First up are the stores that you can buy ready printed, punched inserts that most people use without too many problems…

Filofax sell a vast range of different sized inserts, from diaries, note paper, financial, to do, among others.  It is interesting to see the range that Filofax offer expanding and becoming more up to date within the planner trends realm – they now offer a select range of diaries that have printed patterns on them alongside the classic White, Cotton Cream and Pink (you can find these in the diary section).  The only annoyance I have with the Illustrated is that they only appear to be for A5 binders at the moment.

Paperchase offer Filofax inserts (not the full range) alongside their own planner inserts.  Paperchase offer a different selection of inserts that are a bit more modern in their function, inserts like Meal Plans, meeting lists and shopping lists.  There are also a few cute printed inserts available including printed note paper.  Again, Paperchase offers a range of different sizes and a few different layout options for the diaries (currently there is a day to a page Filofax brand available and Paperchase’s own brand week on two pages.)

WHSmith offer similar to Paperchase, they stock Filofax branded inserts alongside their own.  There seems to be a greater selection of inserts available, especially diary inserts in different formats but they do not seem to offer any other color than white and pink.

Another one to check out for inserts is Dodo Pad.  These inserts are a diary, come note book or whatever you decide it to be.  Take a look and see what you think.

You can get other inserts, available to download and print yourself (printables) from many different sources.  Philofaxy offer a great range of free printables (I used these for November and December in my A5) and if you are clever enough, you can customize them yourself.  This is a great resource, if like me, you have an idea to switch your layout but dont want the commitment of buying a years worth of inserts only to find a week later you don’t like the inserts, you can download a month’s worth and give it a go before printing the year.

Etsy also has great resources for finding inserts for your planner.  I could spend a month linking you to awesome inserts but I’m not going to do that as there are too may awesome designers out there creating pages that by listing a few, I’m missing off others.  Instead, I suggest you just head over to Etsy and have a search for inserts and see what you come up with yourself!  🙂  And, when you find someone who sells awesome inserts, why not head back here and leave a link and maybe, a review, in the comments!

So, what inserts do you love and why?

The next episode of “Stationery Loves will be published here on 8/2/17!

xoxox

***I have not been paid to mention any of these stores or shops, I chose to write this blog of my own free will and to share with you some places of interest that stock inserts.***

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2017 Set-Up

I saw the New Year in with my lovely personal Filofax Malden in Kingfisher blue that my boyfriend bought me for my birthday.  I had her all set up by Christmas Day for 2017.  Here’s my set up in her for this year…

Here’s a little flick through in pictures!  🙂

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All inserts are from Filofax and are available here

The Dashboard and dividers were made by me!  There will be a tutorial at some point on this blog on how to make your own!  The laminated cards are from Project Life and laminated by myself, they have a use that will be revealed soon!  🙂

How have you set up your planner for the year?

xoxox

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Diary Inserts – Day to a Page

When I first had a planner (way back when I started my first full time job) I used the pages that came with it to record all my appointments and important information (week on one page) which was fine at the time as I’d transitioned from a teeny pocket diary the previous year. Once the year was out though, I had to buy new diary pages and got, well, a wee bit overwhelmed by the choice of formats out there. When deciding on the format and running of this years posts I decided it would be fun to explore the different types of diary inserts out there and hopefully save a lot of others being baffled to!  So, today I’m going to talk about Day to a Page (or D2AP) inserts.

Day to a page diary inserts are literally that, one day covers one page. And this format is available in all sizes for your planner.  I used to use day to a page inserts when I was running between 2 jobs, college and university as I had enough space to write down all my plans and other notes too, such as shopping lists, reminders and meal plans.  The space was enough to record each part of my day and any homeworks I was given as well. And, I could see at a glance my plans for the following day.  

This type of insert is brilliant if you are busy, have a lot of things to do or reminders or if you have a family and need the extra space to write any family reminders down.

There are several other uses for Day to a Page inserts such as for using as a diary or journal, a day to day scrapbook or art journal, daily story writing, poems, the list goes on and on, the only limits are your mind and creativity!

Filofax do a range of day to a page inserts which I love for their simple design. The paper quality is ok but you may get some shadowing of ink through the page if you are not careful.

Paperchase is another favourite for  inserts. The paper quality seems a bit better than Filofax which is surprising to me.  

And a hunt around on Etsy will come up with some lovely, well designed day to a page inserts for you to purchase and print yourself at home.

Let me know if you use Day to a Page inserts and what you use them for in the comments section below!!! I’m really interested in hearing about new ways of using your diary pages! 

Hope you are having a good Bank Holiday!!!

Xoxo

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This Weeks Spread

I am going to attempt to decorate each week spread and share my layout and pages here on a Sunday and a Wednesday.  You can follow the spreads on my plannergram @plannermontannah and find other peoples spreads using the hashtag search terms #spreademwidesunday and #halfweekhumping (really worth checking out for inspiration and to check out how pretty other peoples pages are!)

Anyway, without further ado…here are my spread pages, I started last week as that was when my inserts started from…

Last weeks spread

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The sticker kit used was from KayeLimePie

And this weeks spread also uses a kit from KayeLimePie…

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We didn’t do much on New Years eve, we went for food in the day then I spent my evening decorating the above pages and planning for the year!  🙂

How did you spend your New Years Eve?

 

xoxo

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Happy New Year!!!!

Welcome back to my planner blog!  I have been away from the blog for quite some time, I have been thinking about the direction I want to take the blog in and working on a schedule of posts that I will be sharing through 2017.  The way I write my posts has changed and whereas I used to write a post as it popped into my head, I have now devised a calendar that makes sense, meaning that I will be posting more regularly, always have a topic to write about and have some structure to work with.  I feel that the way I used to post was a bit hap hazardous and I always seemed to struggle with topics to write about when thinking/writing off the cuff.

2017 will see me returning to blog more regularly, I am aiming to blog here around 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) on various topics and on a Sunday I shall be sharing the following weeks spread.  I will be sharing my set-up, loves, products and a whole host of other subjects all planner related!

Even though I have not been blogging regularly I have still been using my planner, recently switching from my personal pink Classic Filofax to a new (Birthday present from the Boy!) Filofax Malden personal in Kingfisher Blue! I have also set up a planner related Instagram where I have been sharing planner related images.  You can find my plannergram over at @plannermontannah,

The other TWO, yes, two big things I have worked on are getting this site set up as a dot.com (see the address bar above!!!!) and I have also set up an etsy store!  I have been busy making planner charms, photographing and listing them and they can be viewed over at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Plannermontannah?ref=search_shop_redirect , I will be adding more to the store as time goes on!  I have a few plans for things I would like to make and ideas of expanding the selection to include other planner related goodies along with my planner charms!

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to my planner blog!  I have been away from the blog for quite some time, I have been thinking about the direction I want to take the blog in and working on a schedule of posts that I will be sharing through 2017.  The way I write my posts has changed and whereas I used to write a post as it popped into my head, I have now devised a calendar that makes sense, meaning that I will be posting more regularly, always have a topic to write about and have some structure to work with.  I feel that the way I used to post was a bit hap hazardous and I always seemed to struggle with topics to write about when thinking/writing off the cuff.

2017 will see me returning to blog more regularly, I am aiming to blog here around 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) on various topics and on a Sunday I shall be sharing the following weeks spread.  I will be sharing my set-up, loves, products and a whole host of other subjects all planner related!

Even though I have not been blogging regularly I have still been using my planner, recently switching from my personal pink Classic Filofax to a new (Birthday present from the Boy!) Filofax Malden personal in Kingfisher Blue! I have also set up a planner related Instagram where I have been sharing planner related images.  You can find my plannergram over at @plannermontannah,

The other TWO, yes, two big things I have worked on are getting this site set up as a dot.com (see the address bar above!!!!  J) and I have also set up an etsy store!  I have been busy making planner charms, photographing and listing them and they can be viewed over at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Plannermontannah?ref=search_shop_redirect , I will be adding more to the store as time goes on!  I have a few plans for things I would like to make and ideas of expanding the selection to include other planner related goodies along with my planner charms!

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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!