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

The Week Ahead – 17.04.17 to 23.04.17

It’s Sunday and I’m looking at the week ahead with another weekly spread. I’ll be honest with you and say that I’m not really using my planner as much as I should. This has meant productivity and organisation has been suffering too.

I’ll be reviewing my planner set up over the next week or so and making some improvements. Hopefully I can be more productive in May .

In the meantime here is this week’s pages in my week on 1 page with notes Travelers Notebook from Travelers Times on Etsy.

I am using the stickers I received from LGD Designs on Facebook which were part of the TSG BookClub Box.

Sample stickers from LGD Designs on Facebook

I love the colours. They are just right for brightening up a rainy day (which is exactly what the weather is doing as I write).

I also managed to find some pink and lilac washi tapes which coordinated perfectly with the stickers.

 

So there it is, another week decorated and ready for the details to be added.

Do you decorate your planners? Are you a functional planner with white space or do you prefer to cover your full page?

Thanks for reading, until next time.

Debbie x

The Fairytale Box – TSG BookClub Box

I finally managed to collect my latest subscription box from The Stationery Geekette earlier this week after several visits to the Post Office.

This month the theme was fairytales and the book Emma chose was The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millward Hargarave.  The book blew me away before I even began reading. Every page is decorated with drawings and cartography markings and it looks amazing. There are also maps of the island inside the front and back covers. All in all the book looks beautiful.

Anyway, onto the rest of the items in the box. This month we have an amazing smelling was melt from Westroad Witches Wax Cauldron.

There was also a Happily Ever After tag from MTB Creations which I love. I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with it yet but it definitely will be finding a good use as it’s beautiful.

Next up we have a fairytale keyring. Mine is a cute little fairy/sprite.

Finally we have some stickers from LGD Designs on Facebook

Until next time, thanks for reading.

Debbie x

*Disclaimer: This is a totally unbiased review of a product I purchased myself. I am in no way affiliated with Emma-Louise Smith or The Stationery Geekette*

Mrs Brimbles Box – April 2017

My first ever Mrs Brimbles Box arrived earlier in the week and if I didn’t know better I’d think it was made specifically for me.

This month’s theme was Book and Planner Nerds and it sums me up perfectly.

In the standard box you will find
  • 4 x 12×12 scrapbook paper – 2 designs, double sided
  • 1 x 12×12 journal card
  • 1 x decorative stickers – Book & Planner Nerds
  • 1 x planner stickers
  • 1 x decorative stickers – Nerd animals
  • 1 x A6 stamp set
  • 1 x pack of 15 tabs
  • 1 x pack of ribbon embellishments

As I chose the Big Box I also received some magnetic clips and some pens.

I absolutely adore everything in the box and will definitely be ordering future boxes. I love Mrs Brimbles designs all the characters/images herself.

Starting with the scrapbook paper, there are four sheets in total. Each side has a different design – there is a book one, a floral one, a stripy one and a scribble design one. I love them all and the colours are gorgeous.

I haven’t decided exactly what I’m going to do with them yet but I’m sure I’ll be sharing with you once I finally make up my mind.

Next up we have some journalling cards. There are a total of 11 journaling cards on a 12 x 12 sheet all of which complement the theme beautifully.

The stamp set is perfect and I’m pretty sure that I will be using every one of them at some point in my planners/journals etc.

I’d like to use them on the tabs that were included but I need to pluck up enough courage to give it a go.

My favourite items from this months box have to be the stickers. I love the geeky girls and animals. I’m pretty sure they will be making an appearance in my planner very soon.

Finally from the standard box we have the little embellishments. Mine are pink and purple bows some of which will be getting made into paperclips.

Additional Items

The Big Box contains a few additional items. This month they were a set of six magnetic page markers from My Prima Planner and a set of MAMBI pens from Create 365.

 

The Week Ahead – 03.04.17 to 09.04.17

I’m sharing with you my week ahead with you today. Hopefully this will be a regular thing that will be carrying it on over the coming weeks.

I’m hoping that by doing this it will make me look at my planner regularly as I have fallen out with it a little of late. And let me tell you that is not a good thing when you have so much going on so I really need to make up with it to ensure I don’t completely lose the plot.

This is something that is quite new to me. I’ve decorated pages in the past but not on a regular basis. I love looking at everyone else’s weekly pages and how they decorate their pages and have decided to go for it.

My current everyday planner is a week on 1 page with notes Travelers Notebook from Travelers Times on Etsy.

Anyway, I’ve waffled on enough, here’s how next weeks pages are shaping up.

I’ve chosen to use some stickers by Vintage Rose Studios on Etsy. This the gold sampler sheet (I also have the pink).

Gold Sampler Sheet by Vintage Rose Studios

I’ve also used some washi tape from my ever expanding collection.

The Week Ahead in my Travellers Notebook

As you can see I’m a pretty functional planner and like plenty of white space to write, however I do find that I use my planners more when they look pretty so like to use a few stickers and washi tape.

So there you have it, my decorated week.

Thanks for reading, until next time.

Debbie x

Who’s an Ugly Bug-ger?

Hey Guys

Don’t worry I’m not having a moment of madness I just needed to let you all know that I’m an Ugly Bug-ger. What this means is that I’ve been accepted as a member of UglyBugPlans PR team for 2017 and I’m soo excited. I applied last month and finally heard back today (after some confusion with e-mails and the like) which is why you may have seen some announcements yesterday.

As you are probably aware if you follow my blog and read my posts, I love Michelle’s products. In the past I have purchased stickers, mystery kits and of course my gorgeous Uglydori TN.

The Team

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I will be joining the 10 other gorgeous planner ladies above. I can’t wait to share with you the new sticker releases Michelle has planned very soon. It is safe to say that there will be something for everyone.

Whether you are a full on no white space planner or a more functional planner (like myself) there will be stickers that fit your requirements. Plus, don’t forget to pick up one of the gorgeous Uglydori TN which can be fully customised in a variety of styles and colours. Finally don’t forget to pop one of her TN bookmarks (affectionately called ‘BugBalls’) in your basket too for good measure.

Be sure to visit Michelle on her social media to stay up to date with all the latest UglyBug news.

Etsy – Ugly Bug Plans – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/UglyBugPlans Use Debbie10 at checkout for 10% of your order
Blog – Ugly Bug Plans – https://uglybugplans.com
Facebook – Ugly Bug-gers – https://www.facebook.com/groups/uglybugplans/
You Tube – ​Ugly Bug Plans – https://www.youtube.com/uglybugplans

Also, keep an eye out on here and over on my social media channels for more info and sneak peaks.

Thanks for reading, until next time

Debbie x

TSG Book Box Review

*Disclaimer: This is a totally unbiased review of a product I purchased myself. I am in no way affiliated with Emma-Louise Smith or The Stationery Geekette

This is the first box since the changes made by Emma over the Christmas period. There are now three box options to choose from. This month I went for the standard box with paperback.

Other options are standard box with kindle voucher, deluxe box with either paperback or kindle voucher or a basic accessories pack.

This month’s box was titled Amongst The Stars and the book was Fate of Perfection by K F Breene.  As always the book was beautifully wrapped in tissue paper – this month we had stars.

Also included in this month’s box were some wax melt stars from Smelly Tarts Belfast which unfortunately I didn’t like the smell of, but they are beautiful and sparkly.

Next up we had some reading stickers from Hazydaysuk which I love and can’t wait to start using.

A postcard with an Oscar Wilde quote from Literary Emporium which, again I love.

Finally there was a star wish bracelet from Hampers Boutique which has been procured by my youngest daughter.

Once again I love the box and the contents and will be getting started on the book very soon (watch out for my review). I also feel a shout out should be given to the accompanying note which is written on gorgeous paper and details various meteor showers and eclipses.

I’m pleased to say that the challenges are back again this month and I will be working my way through these over on my Instagram using #tsgbbchallenge.

February’s boxes are on sale until 14th and this month’s theme is Je T’aime. If you like what you’ve seen and want one for yourself, just head over to Etsy.

Until next time, thanks for reading.

Debbie x

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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Ugly Bug Plans Subscription Box

Before Christmas I made the decision to spend some of my anticipated Christmas money on some new stationery/planner bits for delivery in the New Year in order to help overcome the usual slump that happens when everything finally gets back to normal.

After browsing Etsy for what seemed like forever I finally decided to purchase the January subscription box from Ugly Bug Plans which arrived on Wednesday.

This is the third box I’ve had from Michelle and again I wasn’t disappointed. The theme for the January box was Shine Like a Diamond and I love it.

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Inside the box there was some lovely purple gem themed washi tape, a rose gold gem pen (which I’ve already had to fight my eldest daughter for), some gem sticky notes, a motivational planner charm and four sheets of planner stickers with an Breakfast at Tiffany’s/Audrey Hepburn look/feel to them.
Michelle is currently running a giveaway to win one of her boxes and you can find out more about it here and if you want to see for yourself what else she has to offer, check out her shop, Ugly Bug Plans, over on Etsy.
Debbie x

September’s Stationery Haul

Welcome to my first stationery haul post. I truly believe that part of being a planner addict is embracing all the wonderful supplies available and I’m hoping I can make these monthly haul posts a regular occurrence however I apologise in advance to any of my readers who are attempting no spend months.

Anyway, enough of my ramblings, here’s what I bought over the course of last month.

Half way through September I decided to switch up my planner and move away from by bullet journal and into a ring bound planner. I also purchased a trial set of DIYFish Inserts v2.2 do2p to see how they worked for me (you can check out my initial set up here and I will be doing a full review later in the month so you can see how I’ve been getting on with the new set up).

Following the switch over to my DIYFish inserts and ring bound planner I have been lusting after some stickers to add some fun to the functional and this month the ones I went for were from A Beautiful Plan and Bits of Stationery.

I purchased a set of autumnal stickers (I Love Autumn) from Kelly at A Beautiful Plan and they are gorgeous.

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I also purchased the Halloween Plan with Me Kit and Coffee and Cake stickers from Bits of Stationery which I love although I haven’t got around to using them yet.

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In addition to my stickers I have purchased a couple more decorative paperclips from Cherry Blossoms in the Market Square. This is the second order I’ve placed with Kayleigh and I’ve got to admit I love her paperclips. Aside from being gorgeous, they are extremely well made and can withstand being manhandled by my curious kids (who have asked if they can have their own)

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I have also been on the lookout for some bits and pieces for use in my creative journal and purchased some washi tape from A Beautiful Plan which will also be used in my planner. I have used some of the stickers from the ones above but will be keeping an eye out for some other items to use.

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In addition to the above I also ordered my second stationery subscription box from Ugly Bug Does this month and I love it. I’ve already got next months box ordered. Check out my full review of the October box here.

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I’m always on the look out for recommendations so feel free to comment below with your favourite shops

Thanks for reading

Debbie x