Tuesday, 10 January 2017

My favourites - 2016

Hello!  Happy New Year!  I wanted to kick things off with round up post of some of my favourite products of 2016.  

Favourite pen

So it has to be my Lamy Safari fountain pen I was given to review last year.  I love this shade of green, it reminds me of the first shoots of spring every time I use it! 

Lamy Safari fountain pen

Favourite planner

My favourite is still my Van der Spek custom organiser, it's coming up to 18 months in this planner now and I'm still very happy in it.  The leather has developed a nice shine with continued use and it still smells fantastic.

Van der Spek custom organiser

Favourite pencil case

I used to have one of these in pink but after a couple of years it was a bit grubby and looking worse for wear so I replaced it with this lovely blue one.  As far as I know these do not have a brand name, I found mine on eBay by searching for a "travel passport case" and hundreds of them popped up!  They have so many handy little pockets and slots for my stationery, perfect for on the go planning.

Pencil case

Favourite stamps

I'm cheating a little here and picking two sets of stamps as my favourites this year!  I love these Documenting the everyday #1 and #2 sets, I use them all the time in my travellers notebook.  I think they are really fun and brighten up journal entries.

Documenting the everyday stamp sets

Favourite colouring pencils

No one is allowed to borrow my Staedtler noris colouring pencils, they are mine, all mine *insert maniacal laugh here*  they are such vivid colours and blend beautifully on all different types of paper!

Favourite notebook

I have a little notebook addiction, if I spot a pretty one I always buy it even if I can't think of a use for it straight away.  This gorgeous shimmer accents notebook from Go Stationery is very stylish with it's gold polka dot cover and the luxurious cream paper inside is thick and smooth to write on.

Go Stationery Shimmer accents A5 notebook

That's it for my 2016 favourites, I can't wait to share with you some new bits and pieces I find this year too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 23 December 2016

Planner Friday - December

Hello!  I am back on the Trendy Twine blog today with a Christmas themed Planner Friday post...

I'm so excited, can you believe there are only two days left until Christmas?  I'm on the blog today to share with you the planner pages I created using some fun festive stamps from Annie's Paper Boutique!

My Christmas week

Being Christmas week I don't have a lot of appointments or commitments to write down so I had some extra space to play with when I started decorating the pages.  I used three sets of Christmas stamps to add some pretty reminders and these will also be great for when I document our holiday in my journal.

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You can read the rest of my post here.

Thanks for stopping by and happy holidays!


I have had a lot going on recently that has affected how often I blog, I am going to try to post more often again in January... new year, new start and all that.  Thank you for sticking with me :)

Friday, 25 November 2016

Planner Friday - November

With a month to go I can finally mention the C word out loud without being told off, yes it's time for some Christmas planning!  I have made myself some inserts to kick off my Christmas plans and I'm sharing them over on the Trendy Twine blog today!

Hello!  Christmas is exactly one month today so I wanted to share with you the pages I have created using Annie's Paper Boutique stamps to help me tackle the big day! 

Christmas planning

On the first page I have used a couple of heart banner stamps from the Check It Off set for my to do list.  This is where I will write down things like buy cards and stamps, write and post cards, order the turkey, buy wrapping paper, ribbon and bows, check Christmas lights (and untangle!) and anything else I need to do the first week of December. 

Then I have used the Morning, Day and Night stamps from the Title It set so I can make a note of what I want to and need to do on Christmas Day.  I have also used the Shopping, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Reminders stamps from this set on the second page.

I have left myself a space at the bottom of the page for anything I think I will need to remember.

You can read the rest of my post here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 14 November 2016

Japan Candy Box Giveaway!

Last month I received an email from the lovely people at Japan Candy Box asking me if I would like to host another giveaway for them.  Of course I said yes, so they sent me a fab box to show you!

A cute box of treats delivered to your door

Japan Candy Box offer a monthly subscription option or you can go for a single box, you can find all the details and prices here.  Each box contains 8-10 fun candies, sweets and treats and they are delivered direct to your door.  

First look inside

Inside the box you will find a thank you card which lists all of your goodies.


I received 10 tasty treats including crisps/chips, sweets and gum.  There were also a couple of fun sets to make your own candies which I can't wait to try out! 

Lots of yummy things to try

My favourite thing in the box was the Tohato Caramel corn, in fact I liked it so much when I tried it I forgot to stop eating it and take a photo.  It really was delicious!   Another couple of things I liked were the Coris Soft Centred Grape gum and the Kabaya Mixed Fruit Bottle candy.  

Coris grape gum

The gum had a liquid centre which was a nice surprise and the mixed fruit sweets were very yummy!

Kabaya mixed fruit candy

Ok, so if you liked the look of all these snacks and sweets and you would like to win your own box of candy pop your info into the Rafflecopter gadget below.  The more steps you complete the more entries you get *wink*

The winner will be notified by email once the giveaway is closed and the prize sent directly from Japan Candy Box.

Good luck!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

My week #39

My week #38 pages were all about flowers and the last days of summer, well my week #39 are definitely centred around autumn!  You might already know this is my favourite time of year so I went a little over the top with my decoration.

My week #39

The washi tape is from my Stickii Club set and the floral stickers too.  The animals are from a roll of washi from Little Rainbow Moon, aren't they sweet?

Close up

Close up

Have you entered my Dodo Acad-Pad giveaway yet?  You have until the 7th November to be in with a chance of winning a fab new planner.  I am also about to launch another giveaway to win a Japan Candy Box so keep an eye out for that post if you like kawaii sweet treats! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 17 October 2016

Lord Dodo's Acad-Pad review and giveaway! *Now closed - winner announced in the comments*

Is it a bird?  Is it a plane?  No!  It's the Dodo Acad-Pad and it's here to save you from your daily, organisational struggles!  The Acad-Pad is perfect for anyone who has just gone back to college, school or uni or for someone who just can't wait until the start of the new year to get themselves a new planner.

Acad-Pad 2016/17

I have been a fan and user of Dodo products for years and years now, before I became a Filofax/planner addict I used their desk diaries to schedule my life and when I moved on to the ring bound system I stuck with the Dodo Pad and Acad-Pads as they're also available as Filofax inserts.  

The Acad-Pad is an academic diary which runs from September through to August (the Dodo Pad is for January through to December) and it has a week on one page layout with a second page for notes, doodles, reminders etc.  Both pads have bright, colourful covers so they are easy to spot if they are buried under piles of paper on your desk or hidden behind everything bar the kitchen sink in your bag!  The covers are also made from sturdy card so if you're balancing the diary on your knee while on the bus to school or on the train to work you have a nice, firm surface to write on.

Example of how to use the pad

The weekly page is incredibly versatile, there are five boxes for each day and you get to label them however you like.  On the example page in the diary they have split the day into To Do, Morning, Afternoon, Evening and Dates & Deadlines.  When I first started using a Dodo Pad my headings were Notes, AM, PM, Kids and Ian (my husband), now my children are older they get their own box each so they are labelled Me, Ian, Hayden, Caitlin and Summer.

Having a second page each week gives you plenty of space to makes notes about your course work, thesis ideas, meetings or even meal plans and shopping lists.  It is pretty much a blank page to fill however you see fit, the possibilities are almost endless!

Weekly layout

Each weekly spread has a theme, some are seasonal and some are just fun and now these pages are more colourful than ever before as for the first time they are printed in a variety of colours instead of a single colour each week with shades of grey, black and white. 

Some pages are factual, some are humorous and quirky but they are all entertaining, practical and certain to keep you organised and amused throughout your day!

Each week has a different theme

As well as the diary you also get overview pages for Aug 2016 to Sep '17 and Sep 2017 to Aug '18 for all your forward planning needs and an Appendix section too.

Stuff and store pouch

At the rear of the pad there is a special stuff and store pouch, I have popped a little notebook in here to help you see it more clearly.  This spot is great for holding loose bits of paper, your homework, shopping lists or anything else you would like to keep neatly in your planner.

Indodispensable data

Finally there are a couple of pages for any important information you want to keep handy, mine are full of phone numbers and email address.

My Dodo Pad in my planner

I currently have the 2016 Dodo Pad in my organiser, I will be ordering the 2017 soon so I will have it in plenty of time for the new year!

Ok!  So do you like what you see?  Would you like to win this fabulous pad for yourself?  All you need to do is leave me a comment below telling me what you would label the five boxes in the Acad-Pad if you were to win it.  Here are the rules:

  • Leave me a comment telling me what you would label the five boxes in your Acad-Pad (Reminders, AM, PM etc).  I will number them and then use random.org to select a winner.
  • Only one entry per person please.
  • You must be over 18 to enter or have a parent's permission.
  • The giveaway ends at 12pm UK time on the 7th November 2016, any comments after this time will not count.  
  • The winner will be announced on this post on the 8th November 2016 and they will have 48 hours to contact me to claim their prize.  If I don't hear from them I will have to draw a new winner.
  • The Dodo Acad-Pad is the only prize, there is no cash alternative.
  • This is an international giveaway.

I would just like to thank Rebecca from Dodo Pad and Georgie from The M Word for sending me this pad to review and give away, it is really nice to be able to share one of my favourite products with you all!

Good luck!

*Disclaimer - I was given this product free of charge for promotional purposes.  I was not paid to write this review and as always all opinions are honest and my own.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Planner Friday - Halloween special!

Hello!  It is Planner Friday again on the Trendy Twine blog and this month I am sharing with you the Halloween pages I have created in my journal...

Last month I showed you a peek inside my journal, well this month I wanted to show you how I will be documenting our Halloween celebrations!  

Happy Halloween!

I absolutely love Halloween!  I have so much fun getting ready for it, decorating the house, carving pumpkins, making spooky treats and watching (family friendly) scary movies with the children, it's one of my favourite times of year.  This year I want to record some of my memories so I have broken out my Annie's Paper Boutique stamps and some colouring pencils.

Products used:

You can read the rest of my post here.

Thanks for stopping by!