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

 

Posted in thoughts, Uncategorized

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 Wish List

Wish List

This month’s wish list is fairly short and short and sweet, and I may need your help with some recommendations too…

This month I am wishing for anything Wales themed for my layout for February 27th to March 5th as it is St David’s Day on the 1st March (he’s the Patron Saint of Wales!), or anything Welsh Dragon, Daffodil, Leek or Love Spoon themed!  I have had a search on etsy for weekly kits but not found anything yet…

This New Filofax!  A zipped Saffiano in Vista Blue would be the perfect wallet planner for the spring!

And finally an Easter themed weekly kit, this one from xoMamaPlans has caught my eye!

Posted in Weekly Layout

This Weeks Spread (for week 13th -19th Feb)

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This weeks spread is using a kit by Oodlemadoodles called Foxy Love.  I chose this kit as it incorporates hearts and cute foxes and is perfect for Valentines day/week as its not too obviously Valentines.  I really like the zigzag and stripe prints and the orange and pink tones.  I decided to rotate the box stickers by 90 degrees so they fit better within the day spaces – I think I am going to use these to write my day to day chores in.

Here’s a look back at last weeks pages…

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Details can be found on my “Weekly Layouts” post here.

How have you decorated for this week?

xoxox

Posted in Other Inserts

Records

In today’s “Other Inserts” series post I will be talking about Record Inserts and what you can use them for in your planner but first I want to talk about what a record is and why it is different to a tracker.

A record is something that has happened and will continue to stay the same no matter how many minutes, hours, days or years have passed.  It is a factual piece of information that is finite.  A tracker is designed to record something that can change over time and can differ from day to day (like the weather, moods, how much water you have drunk etc).  So, a record can be a book you have read, grades you have obtained, jobs you have done, savings you have made, these things will be the same regardless of the time frame that passes.

Personally, I don’t use a record at the moment, but I am in the process of setting one up so I can record the books I read, what genre they fall under and giving them a scoring system so I can see, at a glance, whether I should get the latest book by a certain author based on my enjoyment of previous books.

Do you use a record in your planner?  What do you record?

xoxox

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 Weekly Layout

This Weeks Spread (for week 6th – 12th Feb)

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This weeks spread was purchased from KayeLimePie over on etsy and the little recycle bins were purchased from DookPlookDesigns.  The kit had been sat in my cart for a while and I finally purchased it after my pay day in January.  I really love it and chose to use it for the week that my Mum has her birthday in (the colors and patterns Kaye has used in this design remind me of my Mum <3) The mis-matched but totally fit together patterns are lovely and the peacocks are lovely teamed with the feather decorative stickers.  I cant wait to start planning out my week on it!  🙂  And can I just point out that the turquoise in the stickers pretty much perfectly matches the blue of my Kingfisher Malden Filofax!!!

Here’s how my last week ended up looking (see here for the full details)

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How is your week looking?

xoxox

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 planner uses

Tracker

My planner is used to track all manner of things, from meetings and appointments to thoughts and ideas but the kind of tracking I am referring to here is more specific and focuses on one action daily.

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(Hydrate stickers from a weekly layout kit by Filofabulouss that I purchased and used a week ago!)

Things you can track are vast and numerous, I tend to track my liquid intake (hydration) each day and have a section tracking my social media posts (more on that later!).  I have seen people track weight, steps, activity levels, sleep, periods, car mileage, food and calories, spending and saving, mood…the list is endless.  So how do you track these things?

There are many ways to track things, from little stickers to stamps, codes and symbols to your very own personally designed tracker.  I love these stickers from Plannerface that have a blank section for you to write in what you are tracking.  I like that you can use these as daily stickers, sticking them in each day section of your spread, or to track something weekly by placing them at the beginning of your weekly spread, (or at the end!), and you can choose different color ones for different purposes such as blue for water intake, red for medication or what not.  I also really love the stamp range from StudioL2E as they have a few different stamps that can be used as tracking markers. I was lucky enough to be given these by a friend (see below)

Instead of using stickers or stamps to track things, I have seen people use color coding as a way of tracking things, from little blue dashes along the day section (for water intake) to other colored dashes or dots to mark different things.  I have also seen people use symbols for tracking as well, from circles to indicate that a tablet has been taken to a pink tear shape to mark the first day of a period.  There is no right or wrong way to track things and like a lot of other planner related things it is about finding a system that works for you and that you utilize it.

What do you keep track of in your planner?  How do you track things?

I spoke above about tracking my social media posts and making your own tracker.  I couldn’t find anything suitable to track my social media posts, as I wanted to track posts that had been written, posts that had been blogged and then shared on social media.  I will  be showing you in Fridays post how to set up your own tracking system, so please visit again then!

 Speak to you all on Friday!!!

xoxox

Posted in Tools

Tools

Tools is a new introduction to the blog, the idea behind this is that aside from a pen, planner and inserts there are more tools that you can add to your kit to help you to create lovely spreads, manage your time, personalize and add to your planner along the way.  These tools can take the shape of scissors, tweezers, hole punches, laminators, tapes, highlighters, post-its – you get the idea, the list is almost endless!

This series will be looking at all manner of items, how you can use them in your planning and handy hints and tips as well!

The first post in this series will be here on 24th February!

What sort of tools would you like to see covered in this section?