This weeks spread is a mish-mash of leftovers from other kits and some glitter washi! I’m really loving the dream-like feel of this spread!!!
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”.
Check out the other girls lists for more inspirational gift ideas using the links below
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Week 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.
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.
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)
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.