This weeks spread is inspired by St Patrick’s Day which falls on friday this week. St Patrick is the patron Saint of Ireland. I wanted something that had elements of the Irish in it and chose to purchase this weekly kit from Oodlemadoodles for its use of cute pots of gold, rainbows and four leaf clovers. As always, I am totally in love with the spread and am really enjoying having my planner open on my desk to peek at during the day (and use of course!!!)
Here it is all stuck down in my Filofax Malden Personal in Kingfisher Blue 🙂
Here’s a look back at last weeks spread…unfortunately I came down with a cold (I keep refferring to is as Almost Flu, because it was almost flu but couldn’t have been as I have had the flu jab…) so I didn’t really do much last week except sleep and cwtch up on the sofa under a blanket.
You can find all my other weekly spreads here along with the details on the kit I used last week.
How have you decorated for this week?
This weeks layout uses a kit I bought from Adore Pretty Plans on etsy. I was browsing for something pastel toned and my eye caught this kit. I ordered this on the 21st of Jan and received it shortly after. The kit is printed onto matte paper and was easy to lift and place. I really like the boxes with the checks on them that I have used on the Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday days as they give defined space to write plans in and they are something I have never used before! The unicorns are pretty cute too and add an element of fun, pulling together the whole layout. I am really enjoying looking at these pages as they are and can not wait to get my plans written down in them!
Here’s a peek back at last weeks custom layout created by the lovely Grace over at Oodlemadoodles for me for St Davids Day
Today is St David’s Day – the Patron Saint of Wales which, living and having grown up in Wales I really wanted to commemorate in my planner. I searched high and low for any welsh or Wales themed stickers or kits (leeks, daffodils and dragons were my number one choice…) and turned up next to nothing (unlike St Patrick’s day where I was overwhelmed with choice…). I had noted a while ago that Oodlemadoodles (my favorite planner kit shop…) had a “Request Custom Order” button so I got in touch with Grace, the owner of Oodlemadoodles, and explained what I was after via the conversation function. Grace replied and then sent me an image of the kit she had designed and I was over the moon to say the least! She totally understood what I was after. I paid for my kit and was really impressed that it arrived so quickly afterwards. The whole process was really easy and I will definitely be ordering further custom kits in the future (I have a few occasions that I would love to mark in a totally original way!)
The kit came with a large character sticker, 2 decorative edge strips,several flags and decorative stickers, days of the week coverups, functional stickers, meal plan stickers and cute box stickers (all the things you can see on Grace’s usual personal planner section )!
So a big THANK YOU to Grace over at Oodlemadoodles for making my day and my week!!!!
So… here, finally is my weekly layout
Even before I used the kit they looked truly fab!
How cute is that dragon? 🙂
And finally a peek back to last weeks layout!
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!
Here’s a look back at last weeks layout (also from Oodlemadoodles…)
How have you decorated for the week ahead?
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?
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?
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)
How is your week looking?
Welcome back to my series on Dairy Inserts. Today I am writing about Week on Two Pages inserts, also known fondly as WO2P inserts.
This is the current diary format that I am using in my Filofax Malden, one week spread over two pages, so you can see a full week when your planner is opened at that week. I made the switch (as I spoke about in the Planner Girls Collective post where I wrote about my planner set up) from Day to a Page as I felt that I just didn’t need that much space anymore, albeit hesitantly, and I can honestly say I have not looked back!
WO2P format is great for someone like me who has a single jobs, a few hobbies and likes to keep track of appointments, to do’s, household day to day, and any other little life notes that need to be made note of (like reminders to phone people, for some reason I’m terrible at that!).
The handiest thing for me is that I can see clearly my full week, from Monday to Sunday, and I even have a space at the top of the first part of the week which I like to add in things to do, reminders or weekly goals, and I even have space to decorate my spread too! You can buy a few different versions of WO2P including ones that run from Monday to Sunday in equal sections without a notes section, one with smaller sections for the weekend or ones with smaller weekday sections and a larger weekend (though you may need to search places like Etsy for these)
My favorite WO2P at the moment are the ones sold by Filofax however I may need to change my pen over as I have experienced a bit of shadowing (where you can see the pen from the other side of the sheet coming through onto the other side…)
What do you like about WO2P diary inserts?
Here’s some of the spreads that I have decorated for this year.
This week’s spread is from Oodlemadoodles on etsy and the kit I chose to purchase is “Winters Keeper“. I have only just discovered Oodlemadoodles shop whilst browsing UK based sellers and I’m pretty much in love with each of the kits that shop owner Grace has designed (and have made several purchases since!!!). I chose Winters Keeper for this weeks spread as I love owls and we have had some pretty chilly weather and a few mornings of frost here this past week, also I really love the grey and white hues that have been chosen for the other parts of this kit. the stickers themselves are really lovely quality and I was able to peel and restick a couple with ease (my alignment was out on a couple of the heart list flags). I chose the matt option which feel very soft and almost dusty (but not in a dirty or bad way!) and so far have been easy to write plans on to! The kit had lots of extra stickers, like the tiny book arrow (bottom of page on left), meal plan stickers along with cute matching decorative owl and flower stickers. I added one extra sticker from DookPlookDesigns – the little pastel blue recycle bin in Tuesday’s section which is the perfect size for my personal week on two page spread!
Here’s a look at the end of last weeks spread…
The kit I used is from another favorite store – Filofabulouss and you can find more info here.
The planner I am using is a Filofax Malden personal sized in Kingfisher Blue!
What is your week looking like? Are there any kits which you would recommend?
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!