Sunday, 30 April 2017

Planner Girls Collective : my planning style

I not sure how I would describe my planning style really. 

I start with a blank week and choose any decoration.



I add a few basic decorative stickers and fill in any events etc I already know about.
As the week goes by, I fill in the gaps. Add random stickers and notes until eventually, my week is full!



Have a look and see what the other ladies have done.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Planner Girls Collective: why i plan

People enter the world of planning for various reasons,but usually it is to keep track of something.

I have always been obsessed with stationery. I used to love the look of a ream of clean paper. Pots of pens held serious alure for me!

I started planning to keep track of an increasingly complicated life, and that is why i continue to plan. It's just an added bonus that i can use it as a bite sized creative outlet.



Over time i wanted something with which i could document things, for memory keeping. I tried Project Life but was always disappointed with it. And then i discovered the Happy Planner from Me and My Big Ideas. You really can't go wrong with it! There are so many etsy sellers with stickers specifically for the planner . You can make it as simple or fussyas you want.



And that is why i plan. To document.

Check out what the other ladies have done.

Emma-louise
Kerry

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Oh April.

What a month.
My​ mother in law passed away in the 1st, which was also Ella's party.
 Easter weekend was busy and  a lovely distraction.


 The funeral was the 19th. 
School is due to start tomorrow but both little ones have chickenpox. April can jog on.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Amazing dividers!

Today I received some amazing galaxy dividers from cute and quirky creations. I can't wait to put these into My planner!!


Friday, 31 March 2017

Plump planner sticker haul

My order from the Plump Planner arrived yesterday. I have four new page kits and some stickers for documenting children's parties, which every parent knows feature highly in the school year!


I cannot recommend Plump planner enough. The stickers are great value and she has a quick turnaround.

Monday, 27 March 2017

A weekend of highs and lows.

This weekend has been a real mixed bag.
Friday was Ella's 5th birthday. We'd got her a scooter, and whilst she was at school, i actually baked her a cake; she wanted a princess cake but in the end, said mine was better than a princess cake.

                 

Saturday we went for lunch at Frankie and Benny's. Littlest was fast asleep so Ella had a lunch with us to herself. We couldn't have a big day out as my mother in law was in hospital and needed to be bear. Besides that, we have a party all booked and those things aren't cheap!! 

Then we went to Toys r Us and she chose a new helmet for her scooter. Rosalind thoroughly enjoyed herself!


Sunday was Mother's Day here in the UK. So obviously that meant another lunch out! This time it was Giraffe where i had their amazing Koti Roll. Unfortunately we had a call form the hospital and lunch was cut short. Everything was ok but it was still scary. Then we visited my mum for a bit. 
It was glorious sunshine here which was perfect.
                  

My mother in law is moving to a hospice for care now so there will be more lows to come.




Monday, 20 March 2017

Planner Girls Collective: current planner set up

I am now happily settled into my holographic Recollections planner. It's quite hefty but i like it. It feels safe and secure and reliable.

I have kept the same set up as previous as this works well for me.

In the front are a selection of most used stickers. Then there is a section for bits and pieces including a year pull out for my shifts at work, and a zip up for postal stamps. There's a  financial section as a half baked effort to control my spending, a monthly view and my week on two pages.

I am also enjoying using my Happy Planner in conjunction with my personal. The memory keeping is actually enjoyable. 

I like to keep the same stickers in both planners, it flows nicely and shows correlation and links the two.

Check out the other PGC ladies;

Rebecca
Emma-louise
Zoe


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Recollections Holographic planner

Today I picked up my brand new holographic planner from Michael's in America. It was very kindly shipped to me by a lady on my Instagram feed!

I moved into it after putting my girls to bed.

It is slightly bigger than a personal sized filofax (see compared to my saffiano). 


I also think the rings are a little bigger too.

The pen loop is vinyl, not elastic, so you are restricted as to the pen size you use.

The closure strap is also a stiff vinyl, but this can be 'trained' to be more flexible.

The lady also kindly sent me some stickers from her etsy shop. The birthday it is perfect as next week is Ella's 5th birthday!



Saturday, 11 March 2017

Planner girls collective: wish list

Some days I think I am happy with my planners and could give up looking for a new one. And then I see something on Instagram or a Facebook group and I'm coveting something else.

My current wishlist is short and sweet.

1. A peach perforated kikki k. I wanted one from the moment they came out and stupidly decided to be good.



2. A pale yellow planner. I've seen Kikki k , Webster's Pages and Recollections versions and they're all so pretty!



3. Filofax Finsbury in all the colours! I already own a brown version but love the yellow, green, orange and peacock blue. Oh and the grey.



See what the other ladies have put on their wishlist.
Rebecca
Emma-louise
Zoe

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Quirky Kit scrap time

Yesterday I managed a quick layout with the latest lite kit from Crafty Templates. As little madam is a good napper, I don't get a lot of time to scrap, and im finding i take photos and print them and don't actually like them. It's so frustrating!

Pancake day is an obvious choice for a page...

And this one from my trip to Poland was using the last lite kit.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Planner week beginning march 27.

This week my personal Filofax (Paperchase exclusive) and Happy Planner have taken on an Alice theme.


I'm really enjoying using my Happy Planner for memory keeping but I need to remind myself to leave photo space! I would also like the option of full page memorabilia inserts and smaller ones for when I just was to add a flyer or single 6x4 photo.


My personal was looking a little bare this week, but a few gap filling stickers and additional notes and I like how it's turned out.


Stickers are from Oodlemadoodles and Fantasy Designs Store on etsy. The Japanese Alice ones I got from an etsy seller.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Planner Girls collective: i cant live without..

1. Coffee. I have two young children. Nuff said.

2. cake. See above.

3. My phone. Sad that it's come to this, but I admit I'm addicted to my phone. I'm sure I'm not the it one who can't go an hour without picking up their smartphone to look at the latest Facebook updates or Instagram pics? My phone has my pictures, emails, web favourites.

4. My planners. I find that process of filling my planner in at the end of day very therapeutic. I used to adore scrapbooking but find it difficult fitting it in around family life. With my planners I don't have to stress over which photo to document, I can print one for each day of I want. They are my diaries of my life and I love them.



5. My family. My daughters. My husband. 
They are my life. 




Tuesday, 21 February 2017

London

Yesterday, as it was a TD day and other Half's birthday, we went to London.
We went to lunch at TGIs, went to the Lego shop, m&m world, walked to Buckingham palace, all on top of the first trip on the Underground for our girls. We got home, had some cake then it was late bedtime for all.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Im Ugly




An Ugly Bug pr person that is! I love Michelle's planner kits and if you're a fauxdori lover then check out the beautiful leather ones her husband makes. Also, if you visit her etsy shop between now and Monday there's a discount code RAINYDAY20,  AND if you mention my name, Stephanie, in the comments, you get a free gift!


Monday, 6 February 2017

Planner Girls Collective: latest stationery purchase.




I'm trying to be very strict with myself with regards to buying stationery. I have a lot of stickers, and am trying not to get dragged in by etsy store sales. But I've had my eye on these for a while so allowed myself a small purchase. These four kits are from The Plump Planner. Karen is only open briefly from 7pm UK time on a Friday, so I always feel like I'm panic buying, but I love the kits. They're great value and I don't feel overwhelmed with lots of stickers I won't use.



As usual, check out the other ladies for their recent purchases.

Rebecca
Emma-louise
Zoe

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Planner Girls Collective: favourite books


I don't have many books I like to come back to time and again, so the ones I do like get reread a lot.

First is a new discovery, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. This is the first in a series loosely based on Beauty and the Beast and is set in the realm of fairies, elves and other creatures. I bought these for my Kindle as I don't have a lot of space for physical books, but enjoyed this one and its sequel so much I'm going to buy the physical copies. Book three is due out this year.



Next up is Terry Pratchett and Going Postal. This is the story of renowned conman Moist von Lipwig who is blackmailed into turning around the fate of the AnkhMorpork postal service. It is the 33rd Discworld novel and the first featuring Moist von Lipwig. I love it as its a standalone story in an otherwise vast universe.



Lastly is my very favourite book. Ever. Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. I love this so much I have three versions of it! It is the story of London below and all the unusual characters who fall through life's cracks. It is dark and mesmerising.



Have a look at what the other PGC ladies have revealed as their favourite books .

Rebecca
Emma-louise
Zoe

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Planner girls collective: Favourite stationery shops


Wow where to start?
Ok so the obvious high street choice is Paperchase. Stickers, pens, post its, planners. Every season there's something new to waste, sorry SPEND my money on . I have so many packs of stickers j can't bear to open!!
Then obviously there's etsy. Just typing 'planner stickers' into the search brings up pages and pages. Just make sure to check shipping details as some shops use etsy's automatic business shipping rates, and you're hit with a £10 postage charge.
These are just a few of my favourite:

Oodlemadoodles
KayeLimePie
The plump planner
UglyBugDoes
Chochoandmimi
Kelizabethplans

Have a look and see what the other ladies have put as their favourite stationery shops.

Rebecca
Emma-louise
Zoe

Monday, 23 January 2017

Ftom Gdansk, with love.

Early, very early, on Sunday morning I got back from a mini break to Gdansk in Poland. It was a beautiful place, totally decimated in the second world war and rebuilt as it was originally.
We timed our visit after days of snow and before days of severe fog!
Everything was cheap there. A meal out with drinks was around £8. Gdansk is well known for amber and this is also reasonably priced and in so many colours!
We climbed to the top of st Mary's Basilica (400 steps!), got a train to the coast where my crazy cousins paddled! And we walked and walked and ate and walked and ate some more. It's was fab.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Love affair with Saffiano

When I first saw the Saffiano, I thought it cheap and nasty and not worthy of the name Filofax compared to the Malden or Lockwood. But then I saw the gold version and a love affair was born. I managed to obtain one for a very good price and moved straight into her, using her for the rest of the year.

And then Filofax released the rose gold, following the trend that had taken the world by storm. I wasn't sure. It was too bronze for my liking. But as happened with my gold, the rose gold grew on me.




And now there is an orange...Oh my heart.
I still don't own a rose gold, and who knows when I'll manage to. And I would love an orange to add to my collection. But until then, I will have to admire them from afar.

Friday, 6 January 2017

2017 Planner life



Our first Planner Girls Collective post this year is looking back at 2016 planners, what's worked, hasn't worked and what you changed.

Last year I was very happy with my set up. I was in my gold saffiano for most of the year and we got on fine. My only issue was memory keeping. Now I have two girls, it was a struggle to keep track of the little things we do in my personal rings.

This year, I have decided on two planners.
I have my filofax Paperchase exclusive with my regular inserts: finance, month to view and week on two pages. I have a few basic stickers in the front pockets and keep a year to view for writing my shifts. There is also a credit card pocket for washi samples and photos. I have also decided this year to start a Happy Planner. I went for a classic size and intend on using this for memory keeping. I will add photos and at some point will buy the memorabilia inserts for weeks that require more space.




Check out the other PGC contributors to see their planner set ups and what they changed!

Rebecca
Emma-louise
Zoe

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Ugly bug plans sub box

When I woke up from my night shift on Wednesday I discovered the postman had been and delivered my ugly bug plans sub box. I had ordered the box in November as a spur of the moment after a rubbish day, so it was a lovely surprise.

The box contained some gem themed washi tape, a rose gold (trendy) gem pen, gem sticky notes, a 2017 planner charm and 4 sheets of planner stickers in a sparkly effect. All this for £15 including first class postage!

I was very impressed and can't wait for a spare few minutes so I can actually use the bits.

I can't wait to get another box.