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

 

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 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

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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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

My New Planner Baby

In my earlier post I mentioned about perusing Etsy prior to Christmas in order to spend some of my Christmas money, which I did on a subscription box from Ugly Bug Plans. I also purchased one of the gorgeous leather Uglydori Travellers Notebooks.

I had been coveting them up since their launch in October of last year but for one reason or another the time just wasn’t right, until now.

I spent a good hour or so considering the size and colours I wanted but finally decided on a regular in First Kiss (purple) on the outside and Skyscraper (grey) on the inside. I also choose grey elastics and stitching.

She arrived on Wednesday with my subscription box and I immediately fell in love. The smell of the leather, the feel of the leather, the colours, the workmanship – everything is amazing.

I haven’t really had much time to get her fully set up yet but I’m happy to share some photos of her in all her naked loveliness.

Once I have finalised my set up and added all my notebooks I’ll be back with a detailed set up post.

I’m now eagerly anticipating the shop relaunch on Monday at 9am as Michelle has been teasing everyone with some new products and four variations of the Uglydori. I might be tempted to place another order in time for my birthday!

If you want to have a look for yourselves then pop over to the shop in the morning.

Debbie x