Friday, 24 June 2016

Planner Friday - June

Today is Planner Friday and I am on the Trendy Twine blog again sharing how I decorate my weekly pages, please pop over and take a peek!

Hi!  It's Planner Friday again and I want to show you another fun layout I have created using Annie's Paper Boutique products.  I kept this week pretty simple and only used stamps and washi for decoration but I think it looks rather cute!

Planning my week

I used skinny washi tape around the edge of my pages and added an extra pop of colour with some sweet pink Trendy Page Dots.  I paired the pink with black for a nice, clean look and used some heart stamps from the You & Me set for decoration.

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You can read the rest of my post here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Getting out of my planner funk - changing things up (featuring my week #23)

In my last post I mentioned I had been in a bit of a planner funk recently and that I was going to change the weekly inserts I use to shake things up a little.  I had seen these vertical style inserts from Just So Stationery and loved the layout but I wasn't sure how well they would work for me day to day.  Kirsty (the lovely lady behind Just So Stationery) very kindly sent me a sample set so I could give them a go and I have to say I love them!

Vertical week on two pages

The week days are split into three boxes for Morning, Afternoon and Evening and there are a couple of spaces for notes at the top and bottom of each day.  The weekend has the same note spaces but just one box per day.  When I am using horizontal weekly inserts I like Saturday and Sunday to have the same amount of space as the rest of the week days but I don't mind them being smaller in this layout.  

First half of my week

I wrote my daily reminders at the top of each day and used the space underneath to record my blog stats.  I also added my to do items to the section of the day I thought I would complete them.  I found it quite handy to have my days split into segments and I got used to the different style of layout quickly!

Second half of the week

Changing things up really helped me get my groove back, I have been using my organiser a lot more and I am enjoying spending time planning again.  The samples I was given are for the whole month of June so I have some more weekly spreads to show you using them.  

I will also be back tomorrow for another Planner Friday so I hope to see you then!  

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

My weeks 17, 18 & 19

I have been in a bit of a planning funk for the past few weeks, I haven't decorated my pages or used any stamps, coloured ink or washi tape!  I think it was a combination of feeling a bit meh, being busy and also ill.  I was still using my planner but I was just scribbling things down in pen and generally making a big mess while trying to keep all of my plates spinning.

I also didn't feel up to blogging so I have three weeks worth of pretty pages to show you that I did before the funk set in.

My week #17

Week #17 was National Stationery week so I had to keep the decoration down to a minimum as I needed lots of space for all of the blog posts I was writing and the daily themes.  I think I did 11 posts over 7 days which was a bit crazy!  I kept my pages bright and cheerful with washi tape and small stickers but as you can see the reminders and to do lists were my main focus for this week.

My week #18

My week #18 pages had a super kawaii theme with Hello Kitty stickers, sweet foodie stamps and washi tape.  Things were quite quiet for me so I had a lots of space to play with which was nice after my previous week!

My week #19

I think my week #19 pages are one of my favourite weeks ever, anyone who has been following my blog for a while will know that I am a sucker for an Alice in Wonderland theme!  This one was based around the Mad Hatter's tea party and I just love how it turned out!  

I think this may have started my planning funk though!  When I began decorating my week #20 pages I just kept thinking they looked a bit rubbish compared to week #19, in the end I didn't even finish them and it all spiralled from there.  So I have decided to shake things up a little now!  I have been sent some samples from Just So Stationery of a week on two page vertical layout and I am going to give them a go and see how I get on.  I think a change will help me get my groove back!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Messages for you, on your special day - a letter book by From you to me

Do you remember a little while back I reviewed the Dear Mum journal by From you to me?  Well Kerri contacted me recently and asked if I would like to take a look at their new book Messages for you, on your special day.  I had seen a little info about it on their Twitter account and liked the idea behind it so I said yes!

Messages for you, on your special day

Messages for you, on your special day is an ideal gift for someone who has a big event coming up like a special birthday, an engagement, wedding or anniversary, graduation or even the birth of a child.  Instead of pages the book contains 16 beautifully illustrated pocket envelopes with coordinating sheets of thick, luxurious notepaper. 

Illustrated envelope

The idea of the book is for you, your friends and family to write notes or letters using the paper supplied and then pop them into the envelopes and give the completed book to your very lucky recipient on their special day.

Pocket with matching notepaper

The pockets are big enough to hold photographs and memorabilia as well as the letters making it a great keepsake gift. 

Share your special memories in a letter

Can you imagine how lovely it would be to receive a book full of best wishes, memories and stories on your 50th birthday or wedding anniversary?  I think it would be pretty amazing!  

Personalise your book

To personalise your book there two sheets of stickers with a wide range of events to choose from.  The first sheet has birthdays on it:

  • 16th
  • 18th
  • 21st
  • 30th
  • 40th
  • 50th
  • 60th
  • 70th
  • 80th
  • 90th
  • 100th

The second sheet has lots of occasions:

  • Engagement
  • Hen Do
  • Wedding Day
  • Anniversary
  • Baby Shower
  • Christening 
  • Naming Day
  • Confirmation
  • Bat Mitzvah 
  • Graduation
  • Christmas

If you can't find the right sticker for your event then you can just leave the cover saying "On your special day".  

The book costs £20 and can be purchased here.  I really think it is a brilliant gift to give someone!  What do you think?

Friday, 20 May 2016

Planner Friday - May

Hello!  My latest Planner Friday post is now up on the Trendy Twine blog, please pop over and take a peek.

Can you believe Planner Friday has come around again already?  It feels like I was only just here with you sharing my ideas for pretty and practical planner pages and now I am back again!

My week before the ink

When I decorate my pages I usually leave myself plenty of space for my to do lists, reminders and notes, especially if I am not sure how busy my week is going to be.  If I have any blank spaces left once the week is part way through and I have a better idea of how much room I need, then I fill them in with either stamps, stickers or doodles.  


You can read the rest of my post here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 5 May 2016

My week #16

After all of the National Stationery Week posts I wrote last week (eleven in seven days!) I've gotten a little behind with sharing my weekly pages with you so I'm going to try and catch up on them over the next few days starting today.

My week #16

My theme for week 16 was all based around these gorgeous stickers from Mrs Brimbles.  They are Anna's original artwork and they're so whimsical and girly, I just love them!  

Close up

Luckily I had a couple rolls of washi tape in my collection that matched the unicorn's beautiful pink and purple mane perfectly!  I really like how well they go together!  

Close up

Speaking of National Stationery Week, I still have some giveaways running here on the blog.  If you haven't entered yet please check out these posts:

Thank You Thursday - win Bic pens and an NU Notebook
Fountain Pen Friday - win a green Lamy Safari fountain pen
Hand Made Day - win a set of Staedtler TriplusFineliners
Write A Letter Day - win Staedtler rainbow pens

If you have already entered check here to see if you are a winner:

Pencil Day - win Staedtler pencils
Get Organised Day - win Dairy Diary

Good luck!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Waverley Scotland - Tartan Cloth Commonplace Notebook review

This is my last post for National Stationery Week, boooo!  Why can't it be National Stationery Month instead?  Who do I talk to about making this happen?  

Anyway, as I mentioned before I met Liz from Waverley on my visit to the Spring Fair.  She was there launching their latest product which was Tartan Cloth Commonplace Notebooks.  She explained to me that the books are made from genuine Kinloch Anderson Scotland tartan which happens to be the same company that holds Royal Warrents of Appointment as Tailors and Kiltmakers to the Royal Family!   

Waverley Scotland Tartan Cloth Commonplace Notebook

I also learnt a little history about Commonplace notebooks, they were scrapbooks for your ideas, facts, knowledge and thoughts and were used by famous thinkers and scientists of the Scottish Enlightenment like Robert Burns and John Playfair.  Waverley have made their books with this in mind and given you plain and lined paper to work with so you aren't restricted on how you use the notebook.  

Bookmark about Caledonia tartan & information booklet

Each book comes with a bookmark which tells you about the tartan used on the cover, mine is Caledonia and it is a universal tartan so anyone who is not associated with one of the clans can wear this one.  You also get a booklet which tells you about commonplace notebooks, information about Waverley, a clan map of Scotland and more about tartan and it's place in the world.  I found both of these really interesting to read and liked learning something new!

Matching elastic closure & stained edges

The notebooks have 176 pages made from acid-free 80 gsm cream paper with matching stained edges.  This paper is smooth and feels very nice to write on!  Towards the back of the book there are some perforated pages so if you needed to write a note or list you can do it on one of these sheets and easily remove it without leaving a mess behind.  I hate having to tear a page out of a notebook and leaving a raw edge sticking out so I love this idea!

Plain paper on the left & lined on the right

At the back of the notebook there is a slot for a business card or two and an expandable pocket for holding anything loose you want to keep in the book.  I usually pop receipts or a few sheets of post it notes in these kind of pockets, they are very handy!  There is also a ribbon page marker so you don't loose your place.

Card slot & expandable pocket

The notebooks come in a wide range of tartans so if you are Scottish or part Scottish you might be able to get a book in your family's tartan which is pretty cool!  If not you can go for Caledonia like me or Black Watch (green & blue) or Stewart Hunting (blue, green, red & yellow) tartans as they are all universal patterns.  

Waverley Scotland label on the reverse

I have to say I absolutely love this little notebook, it is the perfect size to carry in my bag and I think it looks very stylish.  I like having plain and lined paper to hand when I need it and the few perforated pages at the back are a great idea!

What do you think of this notebook?  Are you a fan of tartan?

*Disclaimer - I was given this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  As always all opinions are honest and my own.  I am not affiliated with Waverley Scotland.