My Planner Journey

Today, along with the other ladies within the Planner Girls Collective, I am going to share with you my planner journey and why I plan.

My Planner Journey

I’d never really felt the need for an official ‘planner’. I was one of the lucky people who just remembered. You know the kind, the ones who always remember birthdays, phone numbers, names. Well that was me, until I had my second child and became a SAHM.

That’s when everything changed. After my first I went back to work so my brain was still in use. However when my second arrived 14 years later, followed by my third 2 years after, my baby brain kicked in with full force and I slowly started drowning in appointments and paperwork.

Don’t get me wrong I’ve been a fully fledged stationery junkie for as long as I can remember. My mum used to work in an office and there was a never ending supply of pens, paper and sticky notes.

When I was little I loved starting a new diary at the beginning of the year and writing down all the important things you need to remember as a 7-year old! I never really got into the whole ‘Dear Diary’ craze, but I had a go once or twice.

Once I left school and got a full-time job I realised I needed some way to remember everything. I started out with sticky notes everywhere, until one day the cleaner lost one of my more important notes. After that fateful day, I moved onto a standard A5 notebook where I wrote down EVERYTHING! It had personal items, such as buy bunny food, in with work items, such as finalise year end accounts.

I also dipped my toe into the whole technology based planning when I encountered the various software packages at my disposal such as Outlook and OneNote. However, no matter how hard I tried I still couldn’t give up my paper. I always had a notebook nearby no matter where I was.

In 2012 I gave up my office job to be a SAHM and it turned out to be a complete shock to the system. Juggling the demands of a busy house together with the demands that came with a newborn baby meant I needed something to keep my baby-brain in check. I knew I needed to do something and quick.

During one particularly bad day I was browsing Pinterest when I stumbled across lots of blogs/advice about organisation. One such blog was A Bowl Full of Lemons. The information on this blog was a complete game changer and I slowly began to get myself back on track.

Planner Community

I began to set up my first planner and joined a group on Facebook. From there I came across the whole planner community, in particular a Facebook group called UK Planner Addicts. It was in her that I learnt that there are lots of other people out there just like me.

Since that time I have been introduced the world of Filofaxes, Kikki K, Bullet Journaling, Traveler’s Notebooks, Erin Condren, Happy Planners and everything in between.

I have learnt about washi tape and have found a whole new world of stickers and paperclips. It’s like I’ve found my tribe and I love it.

My Latest Obsession

Since encountering the planning community I’ve also been introduced to loads of other fabulous planning and journaling techniques. I’ve dabbled in memory planning and creative/art journaling and if it wasn’t for my planner keeping me organised with all my day to day things I wouldn’t be able to find the time for the hobby side of things.

 

So there we have my little planning journey. Don’t forget to check out the planner journeys of the other girls and find how how they became planner addicts.

 

Thanks for reading, until next time

Debbie x

My Top 5 Planner Hacks

This week the other girls and I are sharing with you our favourite planner hacks.

What’s a planner hack?

While most of you are fully aware of what we mean by a planner hack, there may be a few newbies out there who have no idea what we are talking about. Let me explain. A hack is basically anything that you do to customise things (in this case your planner) to make it work for you.

As you are probably aware everyone has different needs and requirements when it comes to their planners so the everyday shop bought items very rarely cut the mustard. So what is a girl to do? They adopt a few hacks to make their planners exactly what they want.

I’m not using many hacks at the minute within my planner and that may explain why I’m not using it as much as I should so I will be reading with interest the other posts in the series.

My Planner Hacks

In the meantime, here are a few of my favourite planner hacks and how I use them

Colour Coding

I use colour in several different ways within my planners. I have a separate colour for each member of my family together with different one for household, finances and cars. In the past I have used different colours for lots of other categories but stopped using this when I changed my planner set up.

I use the colours in different ways depending on my planner set up. In my bullet journal I used highlighters to mark out the months along the bottom of the pages.

I also used colour coding along the edges to mark out specific pages relating to the same topic.

Tip In Pages

This links in quite well with the colour coding mentioned above. When you are using lots of colours, it can sometimes be hard to remember what they all relate to. Cue the tip in page. This is a small piece of paper which is taped to the inside back (or front) cover of your planner/bullet journal and can be opened out when needed.

Again, I use a few different versions of these, They are extremely useful when first starting out with a bullet journal.

Washi Tape

Have I mentioned how much I love washi tape. It’sso versatile and I find it indispensable when it comes to my planners. I use it to mark specific pages such as the beginning of a new month. I also use it to decorate my pages.

Stickers

Stickers are another hack that help save time. I mean if you are writing the same thing day in day out it’s going to get extremely tedious. This is where my stickers come in. I love functional stickers such as these syn tracker ones from The Geeky Planner.

Again, I also like using stickers to pretty up my pages too.

Post It Notes

Some pages are made for post it notes, for example a things to buy spread. It makes complete sense to me to add various post is notes to these pages so that when you are ready to go shopping you can just pull out the relevant post it note and off you go.

It also helps when you need to send someone else to the shops on your behalf as I’m not sure about you, but there is no way my planner is leaving the house with someone else!!!

Well that’s it for my planner hacks. What hacks do you use in your planners?

Also, don’t forget to check out what hacks the other girls are using!

Emma-Louise Smith at The Stationery Geekette

Kelly Vizma at The Scrapbook Girl 

Louise Parkinson at The Vintage Planner

Alyson Duncan at A Life Lived in Words

Thanks for reading, until next time

Debbie x

 

My Easter Bucket List

The Planner Girls Collective have chosen this week to put together their Easter bucket lists and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Here in Leeds, the kids have already been off school for a week as they broke up for their Easter holiday last Friday. This means I have already had a week of trying to break up arguments, maintain some semblance of a household routine and conjure up a never ending list of things for them to do when the inevitable should ‘Mum, I’m bored’ from wherever they are stationed.

I prepared this list so I could find things to do with the kids during half term and it hopefully won’t break the bank.

So here’s what I’m planning

Easter Bucket ListEaster crafts with the kids

I have planned a couple of Easter related crafts to do with the kids in case the weather turns out to be rubbish. We are planning on making some egg shaped sun catchers, a handprint chicks and some Easter cards and baskets for the grandparents. Watch this space to see how they turned out.

Decorate the house for Easter

I love adding seasonal decorations to the house, plus it stops me from getting fed up with my existing decor. This also means my OH doesn’t have to listen to me waffling on about mood boards and colour swatches. We have already picked up some bits and pieces so will be putting those up very soon.

Easter Baking

I love baking and it seems my kids have caught the bug so we will definitely be making some Easter goodies. I’m thinking maybe some Rice Krispie nests and some cupcakes

Easter Bonnet Parade/Easter Egg Hunt

There are a few Easter events happening at the stately homes near where I live. Hopefully we will make it at least one of them to show of the Easter bonnets the kids have made.

Conduct some Easter science experiments

My little boy spent the last two weeks talking non stop about science week and the experiments he did at school. He asked if we can so some of our own experiments during the holidays so I promised him we could attempt some Easter experiments.

Paint my nails using a pastel nail polish

I’ve been neglecting my nails a little recently, I even had to resort to some stick on falsies last week. That being the case I’ve decided my hands/nails need a little TLC.

Don’t forget to check out what the other girls have on their bucket lists!

Emma-Louise Smith at The Stationery Geekette

Kelly Vizma at The Scrapbook Girl 

Louise Parkinson at The Vintage Planner

Alyson Duncan at A Life Lived in Words

Thanks for reading, until next time

Debbie x

My Planner Spring Bucket List

The weather is beginning to warm up slightly and the rain is still here so that can only mean one thing. Spring has sprung and as every good planner knows that means its time for a seasonal bucket list and the Planner Girls Collective are no different.

I love a good bucket list (as you will see over the course of this week) and Spring always makes me feel like making a fresh start. They allow me the chance to refocus my attentions and give me time to adjust my course should I have begun to stray (which I invariably do on a regular basis). So without further ado here is my planner bucket list for Spring

  1. Get back on track with my planner/planning routine. Things have be a little bit crazy around here at the minute. This has resulted in my planning routine suffering. I really need to get myself back on track before everything gets completely out of hand.
  2. Organise my planner and crafting supplies. Earlier in the year I bought a Raksog cart from Ikea to use to organise my planner supplies. However I have just randomly thrown everything in and it’s looking messy and disorganised and I can’t find anything. I really need to declutter my supplies and organise them better.
  3. Set up my new Filofax Pennybridge. For Mother’s Day my kids bought me a gorgeous purple Filofax Pennybridge after hearing me complaining about my current purse and raving about how I could organise my cards/vouchers etc (they do listen after all!!). I need to give a little thought about how I want to use it but I really want to get it all set up asap.
  4. Get up to date with my memory planning. I’ve had a couple of big events happen already this year and I really want to record them in my memory planner. All I need to do now is decide if my current journal/diary will work for me.
  5. Find a home for my Cricut machine so I can use it. My OH bought me the machine for my birthday back in February but due to lack of space it’s still in the box. I really need to find a home for it as I’m desperate to start using it.

I’m sure that with a bit of a kick and a lot of motivation I can get all this completed in time to enjoy the summer.

Don’t forget to check out what the other girls have on their bucket lists!

Thanks for reading, until next time

Debbie x

Current Planner Setup

Today it’s time for the Planner Girls Collective to share with you their current planner setup.

I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of March already, this year is flying by. That said I have been using the same planner since it arrived in January. However it is still a work in progress, so lets see what’s changed.

To being with lets recap on what my setup was like in January (you can read about it in more detail here and here). For my day to day planning I was bullet journalling in my moleskine cahier notebooks and housing them all in my Uglydori from Ugly Bug Plans. I was also using a 5-year journal, a Weekly Review and a Gratitude Journal.

To be honest, with regard to the overall planners I’m using, nothing much has changed on the surface. My Uglydori still houses my day to day planners although they are in the process of being switched up. I’m also still using my 5-year journal, a Weekly Review book and Gratitude Journal.

Don’t forget to check out the other ladies in the collective and she what’s changed with their planners since the New Year.

Thanks for reading, until next time.

Debbie x

Top 10 Gift Ideas for Stationery/Book Lovers

Who doesn’t love to receive a gift every now and again. Today the PGC are sharing with your their top 10 gift ideas for stationery and book lovers.

All my chosen items are from UK sellers on Etsy as I believe in helping small businesses thrive.

My Top 10 Gifts for Book Lovers

The Sunai – This Savage Song Scented Candle by Book and Nook  *  Literary Quote from J K Rowling by Fable and Black  *  Shakespeare Quote Bracelet by Jezebel Charms  *  Harry Potter Spell Earrings from Bookish  *  Enamel Pin from Literary Emporium  *  Never Judge a Book by It’s Movie Mug by Dreamscapeink  *  To Kill a Mocking Bird Finch Brooch by House of Ismay  *  Alice Bookmark by QuirkyArtsHere  *  Harry Potter Book Bunting Garland by Attic Books UK  *  Oscar Wilde Quote Locket Necklace from The Locket Library

My Top 10 Gifts for Stationery Lovers

Stationery Addict Hashtag Pencils by DelightfulNote  *  Stationery Addict Tote Bag by MiniFelts  *  Planner Addict Mug by DoodlesPlan  *  Pencil case by Lola AND Gilbert  *  Pink Crystal Pen by DottyMooShop  *  UKPA Planner Band by Cherry blossoms in the market square  *  Pencil ring by RockCakes  *  Galaxy Stationery collection by Fuzzlepip *  Stationery Badges by Woah There Pickle  *  Moon Phases Notebook by Newton and the apple

Check out what the rest of the PGC girls have to offer below.

Thanks for reading, until next time.

Debbie x

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Planner Wishlist ~ Planner Girls Collective

Every self respecting planner has an ongoing planner wishlist. Somewhere they keep the never ending list of things they have seen used by other planners and just have to have. I’m no different and this week, along with the other ladies from the Planner Girls Collective, we will be sharing with you our planner wishlists.

At the minute I’m currently trying to work through my current supplies so there isn’t too much on my planner wishlist. However given the right opportunity the following items would definitely be  working their way to my collection.

My planner wishlist includes everything from new planners to items to be used within my existing planners.

My Planner Wishlist - Uglydori from UglyBugPlans on Etsy.My Planner Wishlist - Staedler Triplus Fineliner pensMy Planner Wishlist - Zebra Midliner Soft Colour Double-Sided Highlighters My Planner Wishlist - Tombow Dual Brushpens

So that’s my list. What would be on yours?

Also, don’t forget to check out the lists of our other ladies

Thanks for reading, until next time.

Debbie x

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Budget Craft Ideas

Being a crafting addict can sometimes be an expensive hobby, they weeks the girls in the Planner Girls Collective will be sharing with you some their budget ideas/supplies for crafting and the like.

Pinterest

One of my first suggestions when it comes to crafting/planning on a budget is to check our Pinterest, there are hundreds of ideas on their from painting with toilet rolls to using washi tape on everything. You’ll also find plenty of free planner printables here. However, be warned, if you have never visited Pinterest before, be prepared to lose an hour or so of your life while you find more things that you need/want to do than you will ever have time for.

pAPER PRODUCTS

When it comes to supplies you can’t beat a visit to the local DIY store. I pick up wallpaper samples for covering my TN notebooks and also making dashboard. I have also used them to make dividers.

Colour swatches are also good to pick up. I’ve used them in both my my creative journal and also in my planners.

I also keep a few random pieces of wrapping paper, tissue paper as you never know when they might come in handy.

Cheap scrapbook paper can be found in Poundland and The Works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although it is possible to pick some up from the most unusual of places. Here’s a couple of pads I came across at local children’s attraction for 50p each!

Washi Tape

Another item that no craft/stationery addict should be without it washi tape. You can find endless uses for this fabulous product. It can be used it decorate your planner pages (obviously) but it can also be used to cover mistakes.

You can use it to make bookmarks, bunting, wall art and the best thing is you can pick up rolls of tape from as little at £1 from Poundland and Hobbycraft.

Hobbycraft £1 washi tape

Other Ideas

Decorative paperclips are also easy to make and you can pick up the necessary items in your local pound shop. I made this one using a piece of ribbon from a subscription box and a paperclip I found lying around at home.

 

It’s safe to say that you can find plenty of supplies on a budget if you look.

The rest of the Planner Girls Collective have loads more ideas for you, so why don’t you head over and check out their suggestions.

Thanks for reading, until next time

Debbie x

Planner Girls Collective ~ Valentine’s Bucket List

We are sharing with you our Valentine’s Bucket List this week within the Planner Girls Collective. Don’t worry I won’t be filling the page with lovey-dovey couples things, because personally that’s not for me.

It’s safe to say that me and my OH make a perfect couple due to the fact their neither of us are overly romantic. He has bought me flowers on a couple of occasions. The first time was before we were married. Tthere were so many they filled two (yes, you read that right TWO!) buckets. I ended up running out of places to put them and had to give some to our parents.

On another occasion he bought me some and I couldn’t find my vase so they lived in the middle part of the sink for a week. Funnily enough he hasn’t bought me any since.

Anyway, onto my list. I’ve decided to focus mainly on family and self care as it’s half term this week so the kids aren’t at school.

  • Purchase a new scented candle
  • Make heart shaped cookies with kids
  • Bake Valentine red velvet cupcakes
  • Watch a romantic movie/chick flick with OH
  • Go on a ‘date’ with my kids individually
  • Do Valentine crafts with the kids
  • Put a love note in with OH’s lunch
  • Buy some valentine flowers
  • Paint my nails pink/red
  • Do a random act of kindness

I’ve even printed my list and put it in my bujo ready to be checked off.

Don’t forget to check in with the other ladies from the group to see what they have planned.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Thanks for reading, until next time.

Debbie xx

Planner Girls Collective ~ Latest Stationery Purchases

This week the PGC will be sharing with you our latest stationery purchases. I must admit I’ve been pretty good the last few weeks and haven’t really bought to much, or so I thought!

First up is my most recent purchase from Paperchase. I used my £5 birthday voucher to pick up a couple of 2017 diaries for tracking the kids behaviours. These week on 2 pages diaries will be perfect for my requirements.

Earlier in the month I also received my order from Little Rainbow Moon, which was a selection of stickers and a TN dashboard. I love them and will definitely be back for more. In fact I have been drooling over the February Mystery Kit unboxing and think some of the items will be making their way into my basket very soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a spur of the moment purchase, I ordered the February Monthly Kit from Ugly Bug Plans, which I love. I will be doing a full review later this week, so don’t forget to check back for more details.

Finally, we have a few pens that I’ve picked up from Amazon (damn you Amazon Prime) and it appears I have a bit of a thing for all things metallic at the minute.

Uni-Ball Signo Metallic Gel Ink Rollerballs // Gelly Roll Metallic Medium Point Pen – Copper //Uni-Ball Signo Broad Metallic Gel Ink Rollerball – Bronze

I think that’s about it for my purchases but don’t forget to check out the other ladies in the collective.

Until next time.

Debbie x

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