Posted in Stationery Loves

Ink Pens

Aside from my Parker IM Roller Ball and Fountain pens the only real ink pens that I love are Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens.  I forget when I first came across these pens but it was a long time ago, it feels like they have always been in my life and I forget how many different ones I have purchased over time, though I do know that I have gone through 3 of the 10 pack of pens in the time that I have been purchasing them.

So what makes me keep buying them?  I love the range of colors for one, there seem to be so many different ink colors and tones to choose from, that you can buy the pens as singles or in larger sets, that the writing line is just 0.3mm – so truly fine, which makes for some pretty creative and tight doodling or really small writing!  I love that the pens don’t seem to bleed or fade and I love that they make my writing look a lot neater than other pens!  I love how the pen barrel is thin and triangular which can minimize hand fatigue when writing and that the pen is really light and smooth to use.  Basically, I think, what I am trying to say is this range are the perfect pen for me!

I use these pens for everything too, from doodling and writing my plans in my Filofax, color coding notes and drawing images to just brightening up a page with a few simple boxes drawn in a bold color, they are the perfect addition to my filofax and bullet journal (more about the latter soon!)!

Here’s my collection at the moment (what I could find of them – my go to ones!)

Posted in Planner Girls Collective

Gift Ideas

Welcome back to the latest installment of the Planner Girls Collective posts!  This is my tenth post in collaboration with Planner Girls Collective (you can find all other posts here) – 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 the topic is “Gift Ideas for Stationery Lovers”.

  1. Washi Tapes, if you know a stationery lover and their birthday is coming up then you can pretty much guarantee the gift of washi tape will put a smile on their face! For bonus points why not get a few rolls of different thickness, Hobbycraft have a great range that you can co-ordinate.
  2. Sticky notes always make a fab gift for the stationery lover, and whats more is there are so many different, fun designs out there, whether you search in high street stores, your local supermarket or online, there is sure to be something to appeal to them!  Check out Paperchase for some super fun designs!
  3. How about a set of pastel highlighters?  These ones are super cute and are erasable as well!
  4. Cute notebooks, whether it is just one, or a set, they always come in handy!  I love the Paperblanks ones.
  5. How about a pretty but functional desk tidy?  One with drawers makes it even more handy.  This one is lovely!
  6. You could get a pencil case and fill it with all manner of stationery items.  Smiggle does a brilliant range!
  7. You can’t go wrong with a mug, it can be used for drinks or as a plant pot or for keeping stationery together, Kiki-K have a lovely one, or for something truly unique how about browsing on Etsy?
  8. And while we are on the topic of etsy…have you seen the lovely ranges of stationery related jewellery that is available?
  9. A journal to track life and thoughts makes a perfect stationery lovers gift.  This Kate Spade one is perfect.
  10. And finally how about a planner charm?  If the Stationery Lover uses a ring bound planner/Filofax, or a planner of any kind then one of the ones I make would make a brilliant gift for a stationery lover!

Check out the other girls lists for more inspirational gift ideas using the links below

Emma-Louise

Kerry

Michelle

Debbie

Louise

 

Posted in New Products

New Products – Pens

Another new series for the blog!  This series will look at any new products I have bought and give mini reviews and, in this case, a back story!  I decided to write this series as I often like buying and trying new products that come out onto the market and thought this might be useful for others to read!

Back in December, not long before Christmas, I had left my favorite fountain pen on my coffee table after writing some Christmas cards, I went out to do some shopping and didn’t think any more about my pen thinking it would be safe at home.  I’d made the fatal mistake of leaving my dog loose in the house (she normally stays in the kitchen when I go out somewhere…), asleep on the sofa.  I got home later, not even 2 hours had gone by since I had left to an inky mess on my sofa and a guilty looking dog 😦 it seems that she got bored and decided that my pen looked like a good way to keep herself entertained.  To be fair, it wasn’t an expensive pen, it was clear plastic which I loved as you could see how much ink was left in the cartridge, and it was one of the only fountain pens that I had which wrote on pretty much any type of paper without skipping or catching, the ink always flowed nice and my writing looked so much better when I wrote with it.  I was pretty devastated.

Roll on to Christmas, I was gifted some money to get myself something nice and I knew what I was going to get – a new fountain pen.  I headed into town one day after Christmas and visited WHSmith firstly.  I looked at the range of pens in my price range (£20) but couldn’t find anything that I liked or that fit with my criteria – it had to be metal, have a bit of weight about it and have a finish which I wanted (something metallic).  I liked the Lamy Safari but it looked a bit plastic for my liking and the color ways that were available were not great, plus just about everyone has one.  I did sneak a peek at the Parker pens but the only one in my price range was the Vector which I already own in purple.

I then visited my local Ryman store and found a Parker IM in Esspresso with a sale sticker marking it down from nearly £40 to £20 as it didn’t have a cartridge in the box.  I snapped it up as it ticked all the boxes of what I wanted in a fountain pen and grabbed some cartridges at the same time.  I got in the car and decided to get it running and try it out but when I opened the box I found that it was a roller ball body and not a fountain pen.  I didn’t mind too much but was a bit disappointed that I’d now have to buy a refill for it so I could use it.  I ordered some online and decided to have a look at fountain pens online while I was at it.  I found a matching fountain pen online for £17 which I ordered!

I was still a bit sad about not having a new pen to use that day, however, when collapsing the packaging down to recycle it, I found the roller ball cartridge in the presentation box that comes with the pen!

So now I have a matching set of Parker IM pens, and I honestly love them both!  I’m using a black Parker 0.5mm roller ball refill in the one and in the other I have a blue Quink ink cartridge!  Both write really well and have the weight I was looking for, are both really well made and sturdy, and they look good clipped to the pen loop of my Malden!  There seem to be no bleed issues or shadowing issues through the cotton cream Filofax inserts that I am using either, so its an all round winner!

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The next episode of New Products will be posted on 10th February! xoxox

Posted in set-up

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

Posted in Uncategorized

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!

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!

Posted in Weekly Pages

Weekly Decorated Pages (Wk 13 24/3/14 – 30/3/14)

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Week 13 (24/3/14 – 30/3/14) This week was decorated with washi that was gifted to me in a RAK and some cat stickers that my friend Alice sent me.  The cat stickers were really thoughtful a gift as my cat had gone missing and were sent to cheer me up.  They had a pink tone to them which I paired with the pink washi tapes.  I received the 2 of Hearts Project Life card in another RAK that was gifted to me as well as the bunny sticky notes.

Posted in Weekly Pages

Weeky Decorated Pages (Wk 11& 12 10/3/14 – 23/3/14)

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Week 11 (10/3/14 – 16/3/14) This week was my second week of using the 3 column divide for my days, essentially splitting my day into morning, afternoon and evening.  I have , so far found this set up really easy to use and follow and it means I have been able to see at a glance what needs doing and when and when my free time is.  This lay out has also helped me to see where I can allocate certain tasks and ensures that nothing is overlooked.

I went for an owl theme for this week as I had received the owl washi the week previous from a purchase I made on ebay.  The owl stickers are probably my favorite, the ones in the bottom left (of the left page) and top right corner (of the right hand page) are made from felt!  I got them and the other owl stickers from Accessorize.  The black and white chevron style washi that has been used as part of the centre page detail was part of a set from The Range.  I used line stickers in silver and black to outline the pages, I really wish I knew where these were from as I find them so useful!  I was gifted the Owl ribbon paper clip as part of a RAK.

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Week 12 (17/3/14 – 23/3/14) I went for an aqua blue theme for this week and love the contrast of the blue with the pink of my planner!  I used 2 different washi’s (both came together as part of a 2 pack from The Range).  The dots washi is a bit narrower than the stripes which is a nice change as most of the washi’s I have found tend to be the same width.  The star dot stickers and bird stickers were gifted to me in RAK’s and the little cloud stickers were from Accessorize.  The paper with my color code on it, and the Project Life card were also gifted as part of RAK’s.  I decided not to use the line stickers this week as I seem to be using them all the time and I’m running out of them, instead I opted for a blue highlighter to differentiate between the week days.

Posted in Weekly Pages

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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About My Blog and Me

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My Current Collection

L-R – Paperchase – A5, Filofax Classic – Personal, Filofax Domino – Pocket

I have been using a planner for as long as I can remember, sometimes that planner has taken the form of a diary and a ton of sticky notes and note pages hap-hazardously crammed in to it, other times I have used a proper planner.  The first planner I owned was a tan and green cloth covered, ring bound  Collins planner that I used for most of my secondary school life.  I don’t really count the Fun Fax I owned prior to that as I just used that to collect stickers in and all the books that went in it!  I then moved to a purple with silver fleck fun fur pocket planner from Claires (around 1998) which I really loved, when I was in college.  I then finished college and ditched the planner habbit for a bit as I didnt really have a use for one, deciding to keep all my info in a shop bought yearly diary.  Once I started working and had a “proper” job I treated myself to a pink Filofax Classic in personal sized, which I love and still have to this day, although its not used as much.  I have tried a Domino in purple, pocket sized but found it a little too small,  before moving back to my Classic.  I have tried a pocket black Saffino and same sized Metropol which I liked both of, but again found too small.  I am now using an A5 Paperchase 6 ring planner as it gives me a bit more space for planning my life at the moment.  I run 3 blogs, including this one, am in University in my 3rd year of a BA Course in Photo Art, sitting a City and Guilds Level 2 qualification in Nail Technology, and have 2 jobs that I need to keep tabs on, as well as “life events” (birthdays, car tax, insurance, anniversaries, you know, the everyday stuff!)

I have recently gotten interested in decorating my planner pages, which, as an “arty” type who enjoys crafts and scrap-booking, has bought me immense pleasure as it is quicker and easier than making scrap book pages (something I have not got the time for atm!), and am a member of several really fab Facebook groups dedicated to the decorated page!  I am also a member of several RAK groups, (Random Acts of Kindness) where you can choose people to send things to, the groups I have joined are all planner/stationery related, and the support, advice and help they offer is really handy when you want to talk about aspects of life planning, and setting up a planner to suit your life and style.

I set this blog up as a means for me to document my planner and weeks, and to show how I use it, from the WO2P layouts (week on 2 page) that I am favoring at the moment to decorations for pages and where to buy the stationery to decorate away.  Id like this blog to become a journey for me, and hope that I can pick up some like minded friends along the way!  😀