Monday, 6 July 2015

My week #27

I brought these stickers from Paperchase nearly two years ago and I have hoarded them ever since as I thought they were too cute to use.  I decided to break them out this week as it was my wedding anniversary (a special occasion) and my husband was born in London so it made sense to finally use some of them.

My week #27

Apart from my anniversary, the biggest thing to happen this week was a surprise email I received from a company I love asking me to get involved with their new project.  It's all a bit hush, hush at the moment but I am very excited!  I can't wait to tell you about it some time soon.  

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What was the highlight of your week?

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Brimbles Box - July '15

I received another parcel of fun and surprises today, yes it is the latest Brimbles Box!  The lovely Anna sent me the July box to review for you and I have to say I think I like it even more than the box I purchased back in April....  and I loved that one!  

The theme for the July box is summer and as soon as I opened it up I was greeted by this gorgeous ice cream cones postcard and sky blue tissue paper.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Underneath the postcard the tissue paper is held together with a little ice lolly sticker.  Of course I removed this carefully so I could reuse it later on.

Such a fun little touch

I was really excited when I saw all the goodies hidden inside.  It always feels like I am opening a present when I receive one of these boxes as I have no idea what is going to be in it.

Look, look!  It's all so pretty!

As usual there is a message on the back of the postcard which tells you a little about the theme of the box.  It arrived on the perfect day as we are in the middle of a heatwave, I have been fantasising about walking along the beach and feeling the sand between my toes just like Anna!    

Personal message from Anna

Ok, so onto the products I received!  I came across the beach hut notebook first and loved the design so I was really happy to find the matching shopping list pad inside the box too.  There was also a couple of rolls of skinny, silver washi tape which I can't wait to use.

Beach hut shopping list pad, matching notebook
& silver washi tapes

There was a little chocolate ice cream charm and these amazing rocket lolly sticky notes.  We still buy rocket lollies so it's fun to have a set of them in my stationery supplies!

Ice lolly charm & rocket lolly sticky notes

I got a roll of stickers with lots of different designs on it, these are going to be very handy.  There was also a set of paper clips which are super, super cute!  They are made by Hey Charlie who is a fellow planner and stationery blogger and this set is just perfect for the summer theme.

Sweet roll of stickers, the postcard & adorable paperclips

Anna is well know for her original artwork dashboards and I got this zesty lemon one for my Filofax.  It screams summer and makes me think of cool glasses of traditional lemonade in big pitchers full of ice.

When life gives you lemons.... put them
in your lemon coloured Filofax!

I kind of feel sad that I'm not off on my hols any time soon, this box has put me in the mood for some fun in the sun!

All of my fab Brimbles Box products

If you have spotted anything you NEED to have you can find some of these items in the Mrs Brimbles shop or there are still a few of the July boxes available if you want it all!

You can choose between personal or A5 size planner boxes or if you just want stationery and don't use a ringed planner you can select a stationery only box.  Individual boxes are £18 each plus postage or you can subscribe and pay £15 per box plus postage.  There is no minimum term for a subscription so you can cancel at any time if you choose to. 

Which is your favourite item from this box?

* Disclaimer - this item was given to me free of charge for the purpose of this review.  I was not paid to write this post and as always all opinions are honest and my own.

Monday, 29 June 2015

My week #26

I love this heart and cloud washi tape!  I complemented it with matching heart check it off boxes which I coloured in as I completed my tasks.  The stickers I used are from a set of French themed images so I wrote my inspirational quote in French this week, thank you Google Translate!  It says "Soyez heureux" which just means "Be happy".  

My week #26

I said last week things were about to get a lot busier and I was right.  This week saw me attending a brass concert at my daughter's school, sorting out things for her end of year field trip and taking my son to his new secondary school to buy his uniform, get his school paperwork filled in and an ID card for when he starts in September.  The next couple of weeks look even busier so I am counting on my planner to keep me organised even more than usual!

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How was your week?

Sunday, 21 June 2015

My week #25

I wanted super kawaii pages this week so I used some of my favourite stickers to decorate them.  I think it is my planner charm from Kawaii Studios that inspired me, I love seeing it's sweet little smiling face when I look at my organiser.  It's just too cute!

My week #25

I will be relying on my planner more and more over the next month as there are only four weeks left of the school year.  This usually means lots of events, parents evenings and concerts will be going on and with three children it is so hard to keep track of everything without writing it all down somewhere.  I am glad I have gotten myself into the habit of pencilling in the dates as soon as I receive the letters otherwise I would be doomed!  Ok, ok, doomed might be a bit dramatic but I feel awful if I miss or forget about school events.
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I'm also feeling really organised having written this post on a Sunday, it has been a while since I have managed to publish a My Week post this early.  Maybe I am getting my blogging groove back?

Anyway have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Van der Spek leather samples for my dream planner

As I mentioned in my workhorse post I have been thinking a lot about my perfect planner for a while now.  I dream of a binder that I can move into and stay in for a least a year or maybe until it falls apart a decade or two later!  I want it to be leather, personal size and for it to have bigger rings than the standard ones in my Filofaxes.  This has led me to Van der Spek and their 30mm ring custom organisers.  

I looked on the website and found nine different leathers I was interested in so I emailed my list to Petra and purchased the samples.  They only cost about £0.45 each and it is worth it to be able to see and feel the leather before deciding which you want for your custom planner.

Van der Spek leather samples

Starting from the top and going clockwise the colours are:
  1. Janet Leather (104)
  2. Turchese (19)
  3. Ciocolatto (6202)
  4. Cuoio (6208)
  5. Turchese (6219)
  6. Brown Italian (182)
  7. Brandy Italian (184)
  8. Brown Ostrich (232)
  9. Undyed (102)
Since the samples arrived I have been pretty obsessed with them.  I have been carrying them around in my bag to see how they wear and pairing them up to find a combination I love.  And yes, I have been sniffing them too, leather is one of my favourite scents!  

Turchese 19 is a lovely aqua shade and at the moment I think it will be the leather I choose for the inside of the planner.  Turchese 6219 is very nice too but it is on the bluer side and I prefer the greener shade of 19.

Here are the combinations I like the most:

Janet Leather and Turchese

Ciocolatto and Turchese

Brown Ostrich and Turchese

I haven't decided which pair I want yet but that's ok, it is going to take me a while longer to save up enough money to place my order.  If it is going to be perfect for me it will be worth the wait to get everything I want.  I am still debating on if I need a full length pocket on the back of the organiser or not and whether to add an extra pen loop.  Van der Spek have some fun optional extras you can add to your binder which is great but makes it harder for me to decide! 

Just of out curiosity, do you have a favourite out of these?  I know it's my choice but I am interested in what you think.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

My week #24

My decoration for this week was all about the gold!  I brought a new roll of polka dot washi tape and some black ink so I wanted to pair them together along with my weekend bunting sticker from The Plump Planner.  I also used my hole punch to cut some of the polka dots out of the tape and used them as little stickers.

My week #24

There were a couple of family birthdays this week and my daughter went on a school trip to London for the day so I had a lot of things sort out.  The school sent home a big list of things they wanted her to bring, I wrote them on a post it note and stuck it onto my page marker so I saw it each time I opened my planner.  It really helped me and I had everything packed and ready a couple of days before she went (apart from two packed lunches which I added the night before) it was nice to feel really organised again, it has been a while!    

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How was your week?

Friday, 12 June 2015

Planner Friday - June

Once a month I write a design team post over on Twine it up with Trendy Twine where I talk about how I use products from Annie's Paper Boutique to help me stay on top of everything and pretty up my planner pages....

Hello!  Planner Friday is officially one year old so I wanted to do a special theme for my pages to celebrate.  I decided gold and black was the way to go, it puts me in the mind of a classy cocktail party and I think it looks quite sophisticated.

Supplies used this week: Trendy Page Dots Circle Reinforcements

I received the newest set of stamps from Annies Paper Boutique this month.  It is called the Get It Done set and it has some great stamps in it to help you get organised! 

You can read the rest of my post here.

Thanks for stopping by!