Friday, 30 September 2016

Planner Friday - Documenting the Everyday stamp sets

There's an extra Planner Friday this month on the Trendy Twine blog, I'm showing off two new sets of journaling stamps and giving you a peek inside my Van der Spek Travellers Notebook.

Hello!  I am back today to share with you a couple of new stamp sets from Annie's Paper Boutique.  The Documenting the Everyday sets are perfect for journaling, I used them recently to record my holiday memories and I want to show you how some of those pages turned out.


I love the look of combining different fonts together to make my writing more interesting but to be honest the only two I can do properly are print and cursive!  That is why I love these stamp sets, they have so many fun fonts and doodles and using them really makes my pages come alive!

Pages in my Travellers Notebook

You can read the rest of my post here.

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Playing catch up - My week #30

Ok, so this is the last week I decorated before the summer holidays!  After this post I will be sharing my September spreads with you and we will be back up to date again.

My week #30

I know I go over the top with pink sometimes but it is one of my favourite colours.  I think it's nice to do a theme using a single shade every now and then, it makes the pages look less cluttered and busy.

Close up

Close up

I used some more of my Chocho & Mimi stickers for this layout, I think I am a little addicted to them but they are so cute!  The cup of positivity sticker is from The Plump Planner, I really liked the quote and it was pink so perfect for this week.

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Playing catch up - My week #27

I can't quite remember how I came across Little Rainbow Moon on Etsy but I fell in love with the shop straight away!  The first thing I just had to have was this gorgeous dream catcher washi tape and then I added some cute stickers and a few more rolls of washi into my basket as well.   

Before the ink

I know I don't usually show you my pages before I have written or stamped on them but because the dream catcher tape is so thick the only place I could use it on my planner pages was down the centre and I wanted you to see how nice it looks! 

My week #27

I used a pastel purple ink for my stamps which is a bit difficult to photograph but I could read my to do lists and reminders easily in real life.

I wanted to create a really pretty theme for this week as it was the week my husband and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary!  He was working on the actual day so we had to wait until he was off before we could go out but we had a lovely meal together on the Friday and cocktails... yum! 

Close up

Close up

I have one more week to show you from before I started dirty planning (just pen, no decoration) during the summer break and then a couple of weeks from September when I started decorating my weekly spreads again and then we should be up to date!

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

My summer of freewheeling and dirty planning

First off I have to say I have no idea where summer went, I feel like I blinked and missed it!  Things were very quiet here on the blog for a couple of reasons, the first is I was freewheeling.  The six week summer holiday is the one time of year where I don't have to stick to a strict schedule and I can just coast along.  There are no assemblies, presentations, concerts, performances, games, or workshops I need to attend, I don't need to set an alarm for the mornings and on the whole everything is more relaxed and unstructured.  Because I have a lot less going on I don't need to rely on my planner as much as I do during the rest of the year, this leads us to my second reason.... dirty planning.  

Dirty planning

This is a term I heard in one of the planner groups on Facebook and it tickled me.  Dirty planning means no decoration, no fuss, just scribbling things down and not a scrap of washi tape in sight!  The only reminders I needed in my planner over the summer were for paying bills, birthdays and my husband's work schedule.  I knew I wouldn't have to check these multiple times a day so it didn't seem worth the effort to decorate my pages.  Instead I popped everything into my Dodo Pad inserts, they already have their own doodles and quotes on them which is more fun than blank pages and I didn't feel the need to liven them up.  It was kind of nice to take a break from washi, stamps and stickers for a while and it has made me enjoy playing with them even more now I am back to using them again.

Here are a few things I did over the summer:

* I received this gorgeous letter from Lucy of Quill London earlier in the year, I thought the envelope was so pretty I didn't want to throw it away so I turned it into a pocket to keep bits and pieces in my planner.

Envelope into planner pocket

* I have been in my Van der Spek organiser for over 12 months now, I still love it and I have no intention of moving out of it any time soon!

Planner peace

* The Color Run Birmingham (the happiest 5k on the planet), what an amazing day!  I can't wait to go again next year! 

Clouds of colour

It's a messy business

* I went on holiday, I adore being by the sea and spent as much time as I could on the beach.  I took my travellers notebook with me and had some fun filling it with memories and stories.  I will be showing you some of my pages from it next Friday so keep an eye out for that post.

Ilfracombe beach

Ilfracombe harbour

My Van der Spek travellers notebook

I think that's everything and we are all caught up now, I have a few My Weeks to share with you so I will be working on those next.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you had a great summer too!

Friday, 16 September 2016

Planner Friday - September

So summer is finally over and I find myself reaching for my planner more and more now I am getting busy again. I had been freewheeling through the weeks while there was no school, just making notes and reminders for myself in pen without a scrap of washi tape or planner stamp in sight! That was because I only needed to check my pages once or twice a day but now I need to check them more often I want to make them pretty and fun again.  With that in mind I bring you my new Planner Friday post which is up on the Trendy Twine blog!

For me September is the biggest "get organised" month of my year, it is when the new school year starts and suddenly I have lots of places I need to be and things I need to do.  Over the summer holiday I get kind of lax with my planner because my days are less structured and I have fewer commitments but when September comes around I dive back into planning and it feels good to find my old rhythm again!

Products used:

I used a couple of new stamp sets this week, the first is the More At Home set which is a fabulous addition to the APB planner stamp collection.  It has so many handy options for cleaning reminders like Countertops, Toilet, Cat Box, Living Rm, Family Rm, Mop etc I think between this and the original At Home set I have every stamp I could ever need when it comes to keeping my home running smoothly! 

You can read the rest of my post here.

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