Setting Goals For November

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Wow! Here comes November with a bang! Actually it has technically been November for a few days now, but I feel like the back half of October and November has been crazy and I am only just now getting a chance to sit down and actually think about planning November! I have already got my Christmas planner all set up and ready to go, but I am just about to sit down and get my main planners set up as well. I already know that things are going to get pretty busy. This month I feel like my main focus is going to be on setting the house up for Christmas and working on Scarlet Moon Crafts. So, without further a do, here is my goals for the month of November.

Goals For November 2016

  1. Clean and Declutter the Kitchen
    My kitchen is seriously about to get out of control. The thing is, we have barely any surfaces, but tons of cabinets and honestly things just get piled up everywhere. I am pretty sure we have stuff in the back of cupboards that should not be there or that we do not need, but for whatever reason it is jammed in there and it drives me insane! In short, my kitchen is not working for me. This month I want to do a complete deep clean of the whole place. I mean pulling out all of the appliances and emptying every single cupboard! I am determined to streamline it and get it better organized!
  2. Destash My Craft & Planner Supplies
    I have been meaning to do this for at least 6 or 8 weeks now! My stash has now overtaken not only the craft cupboard, but also my desk area, my workstation and a good chunk of my bedroom. It cannot go on! I am going to destash it all and sell what I can then donate the rest!
  3. Build The Scarlet Moon Website
    I am slacking off on the Scarlet Moon sie of my business and I really need to focus on that. I want it to become a decent part time income so I am going to have to start investing time and effort in it. That starts with the website!
  4. Catch Up On Pen Pal Letters
    Since the Summer I have been a horrible pen pal and it is time for me to really get that back on track. I have partially finished letters sitting for at least 3 or 4 people so this month those are going to get done and sent out!
  5. Set Up SPG Binder
    I picked up a gorgeous blue planner/binder from Tiger and I am intending to set it up as a Notebook for the SPG group to track all of my important information and things I have to start doing!
  6. Pre-Film November PWM Videos
    I know that things are about to get really busy, so I want to sit down this weekend or next and pre-film several Plan With Me Videos for November so that I am a little bit ahead of the game!
  7. Clear Out Bedroom Wardrobes
    These guys are becoming a dumping ground. There are things in there that we do not ever pull out of there so it feels like it is time to do something about it!
  8. Make Christmas Cards
    The last 2 years I ended up not sending out cards because I ran out of time to make them! This year I am planning ahead! I have about 20 cards to make – so aiming for 5 a week!
  9. Pack & Send Scarlet Moon Advent Calendars
    These are due to go out on November 7th, so I am just waiting on a couple of last minute bits and pieces to go in them so that I can pack them up!
  10. Make Christmas Stock For Scarlet Moon
    I totally missed out on doing anything for Halloween in the shop, so I will be getting my head down and making some Christmas clips, bands and charms for the shop!

Confessions of a Plannerholic : Halloween Bucket List

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Welcome to another edition of Confessions of a Plannerholic! This week we are talking about our Halloween bucket lists! I love Halloween, but this year I feel as though it has almost passed by without me being able to do all that much! However, even although we are staying home this year I still have a few things that I would like to do! It might be a short bucket list and many of the things are just silly little things, but I am still looking forward to it! A few of the things I have already done because they were more like Halloween Weekend activities!  So, without further ado let’s take a look at my Halloween bucket list!

My Halloween Bucket List 2017

  1.  Film & Edit a Halloween Video
    I attempted to do Vlogoween this year and I pretty much failed! Things happened and I ended up not managing to get videos done and edited on time, then I lost a bunch of footage. The result was that I ended up not having videos up everyday. I think I managed about 10 videos! However, I do have the supplies for one last video that I never got around to making and that is 3 Easy Halloween Costumes. So I hope to film and upload that today which will be fun as I get to dress up a little!
  2. Carve a Pumpkin
    I actually forgot to buy my pumpkins this year! If the supermarket has any left at all then I might go ahead and get one in the morning. If not I may have to go old school Scottish and carve a turnip!
  3. Go Ghost Hunting
    I have always wanted to do a Halloween ghost hunt, but for one reason or another I haven’t managed to get the chance. I didn’t think I was going to again this year since the only one I knew of was far too expensive. However, on Thursday night I got asked if I was free to help out an event in Dunoon on Friday so of course I said I can come along! It wasn’t a full on investigation, but it was still fun!
  4. Watch a Horror Movie
    We usually always pull out a horror movie to watch on Halloween night. I’m not sure which one it will be, but it’s a tradition we always stick to!
  5. Have Our Samhain Feast
    I am Wiccan, so I always like to have a bit of a Samhain feast on Halloween! We have candied apples, nuts, fairy spice cakes, colcannon, roast meat, pumpkin bread, remembrance cookies and soul cakes. Traditionally it is eaten at sunset, but due to basketball practice we may be a little late.

So, that is my Halloween bucket list. What sort of activities are you planning?

Don’t forget to check in with the rest of the Plannerholics to see what they have planned for Halloween!

The Plannerholics

Louise @ Best Laid Plans

Emma-Louise @ The Stationery Geekette

Planner Spread Sundays: Happy Halloween

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Halloween is finally upon us! If you have been around here for any length of time, then you are already going to know that I LOVE Halloween! It is my favourite time of year and I want it to last for as long as possible! I actually get kind of sad when we finally reach Halloween because it feels like the season is coming to an end. However, since Halloween is on a Monday this year I actually have another while week to enjoy in my planner! I tend to accumulate a ton of Halloween stickers, so I have pretty much just pulled all of the kits I had that are orange and black and worked with those! Here is a closer look at the kits that I am going to be using! They come from Handcrafted by Sheree, The Plump Planner and Panda Planning. I’ve spread them out so that you can get a quick look at the sheets.

 

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20161024_090444So, that’s what I had to work with and here comes the finished result! I haven’t added much by way of pen yet since I actually planned and recorded this spread last week while on holiday and I wasn’t sure what I was going to be doing!

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Check out my plan with me video for the week as well.

Confessions of a Plannerholic: Halloween Week

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It’s Halloween Week!

Yay! It is finally here! We are entering Halloween week. I swear, I wait for this all year long and now it is finally here! This year we even get to enjoy 2 weeks of fun since Halloween falls on a Monday! Most of the fun is going to be happening this weekend  coming I suppose, and then we have Halloween on Monday! I actually do not have too much planned this Halloween. Chris has basketball training on the Monday night, so I guess we won’t be doing very much other than our usual scary movies and Halloween candy! No parties to speak of! However, we will of course be doing a Samhain feast too.

Anyway, this week’s confession is all about Halloween Decor! I’ve been slipping Halloween into my planner all month and to be honest, I don’t do much extra by way of home decor, because I buy a lot of my permanent home decor at this time of year and have it out all the time!

Halloween Week in my Planner!

Just the other week I picked up one of the absolute bargain £4 planners in Wilkos mainly because it has such a stunning colour of purple! I decided to move out of my beloved Filofax Cover Story Flamingo and into the new cheap planner just because the dark purple colour felt like Halloween and Autumn to me! I started off by adding some charms! At the bottom we have a tiny little Deathly Hallows charm from our Harry Potter trip goodie bags. I have a bunch of them left and you can find them in my etsy store – Scarlet Moon Crafts.

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The charms at the top are some of my favourites. First of all we have a cute little clay pumpkin which comes from Charlie’s Magpie and then there is a stunning Autumn/Halloween dangly charm which came out of the October Ugly Bug Subscription Box. I love how both of these look on the purple cover! It’s a little annoying that the pumpkin is on gold chain while the other charms are on silver, but I can live with it!

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Flipping to the inside now and it is very much about Harry Potter! I tucked my Hogwarts ticket inside along with my Harry Potter address labels. The clips are made from Tin Pins and the Fox is from my Etsy Shop. The sticky notepad is a Target dollar spot one!

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My dividers and dashboards are from Away With The Fairies and were actually a prize from the Edinburgh Meet Up that we hosted for the Scotland’s Planner Girls group. I love them and cannot wait to use the matching kit in November!
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Finally, we can flip to my actual Halloween spread inside the planner! Like I said, I actually did 2 weeks dedicated to Halloween, just because I could. I am using a variety of stickers from Handcrafted by Sheree and Panda Planning.

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Don’t forget to stop by and see what the other Plannerholics are up to for Halloween!

The Plannerholics

Louise @ Best Laid Plans

Stephanie @ Ska Lovin’ Geek

Emma-Louise @ The Stationery Geekette

Planner Spread Sundays: Witches Brew

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Well, We are getting ever closer to Halloween, and my trip to Hogwarts has come and gone. It’s time to let go of the Harry Potter decor – at least for a few weeks and start to embrace Halloween. However, I am not quite ready to let go of Harry Potter yet, so to ease the transition I decided on a Witchy theme for this week!  As luck would have it, I received an ‘oopsy bag’ from The Plump Planner when I got back and the stickers were amazing! Among them was this beautiful ‘Hocus Pocus‘ Kit. As I said, it was an Oops bag, but honestly the only possible error I can see is that the bottom of the paper was cut at an angle and some of the full boxes had a barely visible white line. They are still amazing quality!

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The kit was only 2 sheets, so I knew I was going to have to supplement it. Luckily I actually had lots of sticker left from the Expecto Patronum kit that I used 2 weeks ago and the pinks and purples worked really well so I used the washi strips on the bottom of my pages and some of the check lists too. I also used a couple of stickers from a Recollections Halloween sticker set that one of my penpals sent me over from Michaels. That’s the little black labels. The Halloween countdown stickers that I am using actually come from The Plump Planner too, I purchased them a few weeks ago when I was lucky enough to catch her while she was open one Saturday!

 

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Since I was short of ‘to do’ and ‘today’ headers I couldn’t really plan the same way that I usually do, but it was actually fun to change things up just a little bit! I decided to cover up the top row of my headers with some of the watercolour words washi that everyone was crazy for a few months ago – again I got mine via a penpal!.

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I am pretty pleased with how the entire layout turned out! It’s Halloween themed without being totally Halloween, which is kinda cool since Halloween is not until next week!

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You can check out my plan with me video on YouTube as well if you want to follow along the process for this week’s layout!

I also did a Halloween layout in my personal planner, but it is more obviously Halloween! I’m using stickers by Panda Planning and Handcrafted by Sheree! I’ve moved into my bargain £4 planner from Wilkos for the Autumn season. I’ll be doing a set up video in the next few days!

Planner Spread Sundays: Harry Potter

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I had big plans for my spread this Sunday! I knew that being away to Hogwarts, I just wasn’t going to be able to plan most of the week and in fact. right now as this publishes, I’ll be travelling all day! So I thought – do you know what, I am going ALL out with decor instead. I figured I would mark down all of the places we planned to go and then just go to town! So, I pulled out all of the Harry Potter stickers that I had in my folder – new kits and half used ones alike and piled them all up! I filmed a nice little intro for my plan with me where I went through the various stickers. Unfortunately, the actual file for the planning part of the video corrupted when I imported it so I don’t have a video for this week! Maybe I might edit the intro and add a ‘spread tour instead, but that will need to wait until I get home! Anyway, this is what my pile of Harry Potter stickers looked like!

 

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This is how my spread ended up looking! As you can see it is mostly all about the decor and not so much about functionality! It was a lot of fun to just make it look pretty without actually worrying too much about plans apart from knowing that I was doing certain trips on certain days!

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Planner Spread Sundays: Expecto Patronum

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Since Sunday is the day that we leave for our trip to Hogwarts – also known as The Harry Potter Studios – I am of course doing a Harry Potter Week! I am using this beautiful kit from Planning Poodle called Expecto Patronum! It is sold as a weekly kit, but it is jam packed full of stickers. I’ve done my Weekly spreads in my Happy Planner and my Personal Planner and there are still tons of stickers left. A couple of friends who are not Harry Potter fans (I know, why are we friends?) have also said that they like the kit too. It is not ‘in your face’ Harry Potter. Those not in the know may just think it is a watercolour stag themed kit!

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I also finally got to use my Harry Potter countdown stickers as well which are from The Geeky Planner. I’ve had those for over a year in anticipation of this trip! I’ve also had my little Harry charm on there since September – he came from the September Ugly Bug Box!

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The first half of the week is very busy. Lot’s of things to finish up for the trip as well as going to see Bear Grylls live show and meeting up with Susie & Hailey for a Scotland’s Planner Girls’ admin planning meeting! Great things are coming! I did a side bar ‘to do’ list for the most important points and added a packing list too!

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The back half of my week does not seem to be any less chaotic! It’s Robert’s birthday so I want to take him out for a meal and then on Friday I have to drive out to Cumbernauld to collect the shirts and mugs that I designed for the trip. The motorway is down to one lane for roadworks out that way so I am not looking forward to the trip! Then of course, Sunday is travel day so I expect Saturday to be insane!

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This is one of my favourite spreads that I have done in a while, even if it is also one of the busiest! It’s such a pretty kit that it is definitely going on my repurchase list!

 

 

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You can check out my process on this week’s Plan With Me video too if you are interested.

As I mentioned, there were lots of stickers left after this spread, so I also used it in my Personal Planner as well.

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Confessions of a Plannerholic: Movies I Want to See

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Movies I Want to See

Last week we talked about the movies that we rated best, but this week it is all about movies that we would like to see. I have a pretty varied taste I think when it comes to movies, but for the most part you will find me glued to horror, comedy or superhero films! There are a ton of news movies coming in the next 6 months that I am pretty excited about including my most highly anticipated one – the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel! Here are a list of the movies that I am most excited about watching, although I am pretty sure i may have missed one or two!

  • Underworld: Blood Wars
  • Ouija: Origin of Evil
  • Rings
  • Doctor Strange
  • The Love Witch
  • Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
  • The Bye Bye Man
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Amityville: The Awakening
  • Friday the 13th
  • Resident Evil The Final Chapter
  • Beauty & The Beast
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
  • Annabelle 2
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Despicable Me 3
  • Uncharted
  • War for the Planet of the Apes

I haven’t gone into too much detail since most of them are likely ones that you have already heard of and you don’t need a summary of! I don’t get to the movies that often. I will be making sure we see a handful of these in the cinema including of course, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Guardians, and probably also Friday The 13th, but the rest will no doubt have to wait until they are out on DVD or on Sky.

Which movies are you looking forward to the most?

Don’t Forget to check in with the other confessions by checking out the links below:

The Stationery Geekette

Best Laid Plans

My Chaotically Eclectic Life

Planner Spread Sundays : Here Comes Halloween!

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Here Comes Halloween

Hello October! I am so excited that it is finally here. You may have figured it out already, but for me – Halloween lasts all month. It would last all year if I thought I could get away with it! Anyway, this week the planner spread is all about Halloween being almost here! To celebrate, I am using a gorgeous Halloween kit from AJ6Designs on Etsy called Witches & Brooms. I have to admit, I went a little tiny bit crazy with the kit. I grabbed the Full Kit, The Personal Kit and the Monthly View Kit so I ended up with A LOT of matching stickers! I am going to be decorating my personal weekly and my memory planner monthly and weekly!

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I really love the stickers. They have a sort of a watercolour feel to them, but somehow they still manage to be really bold. The theme is stunning. It is predominantly witchy, but there are also ghosts, pumpkins, black cats, bats and Day of the Dead elements. It all ties together really nicely!

So here is how my layout turned out. I actually really love it! My sidebar saw some action again this week, mainly to get me to remember to take my 5 different medications I need to take. Some need to be taken one hour before I eat, so that is a bit of a hassle since I rarely manage to plan when I am going to eat! I just eat once I get hungry! I also have a checklist for Vlogoween!

20161003_000509If you want to see the whole process then you can check out my Plan With Me video for this week!

 

 

Setting Goals For October

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It’s October! My All time favourite month of the year! Not just because it is Halloween, bur because it really starts to feel like Autumn! I have so much happening this month! Lot’s of family birthdays, lots of events. Chris and I have tickets to go and see Bear Grylls Live and then we have out Trip to Harry Potter as well! #SoExcite! Since I am going to be so busy I feel like I may not have much time to really get into heavy goals, so I am focusing on some small stuff!

  1. Complete a No Spend Month
    I have tried 3 times now and failed, I told myself it wasn’t important, but the truth is that I have to admit that I have a problem. I am using online shopping to soothe my feelings instead of actually addressing my depression and it stops now! I have enough planner supplies to see me until the end of the year! I have more craft supplies than I will ever need. I’ll probably do a separate post on my no spend but the basic rules are no Planner or Craft Supplies. Only one take out and no random shopping! I will have a set budget for spending when on holiday and that is it!
  2. Get More Sleep
    I have struggled with insomnia for so long. Probably since I was about 12 and I know it won’t happen overnight, but I am at a point where I have constant headaches from a lack of sleep so I am determined to get to bed earlier. Someone mentioned to me doing a sort of weaning program. Starting by aiming to sleep for 2.30am then the following week 2am and so on. I am going to attempt to get at least 6 hours a night if possible.
  3. Work to Live – Don’t Live to Work
    I have been trying since January and failing so it is time to take a new approach. I am creating a new work timetable and I will stick to it regardless of whether I am done or not. If I stop spending recklessly, I would not need to work so much! 7pm is my limit for the month.
  4. De-Stash My Craft Closet
    I need to make some extra cash and declutter, so I will be destashing my craft supplies!
  5. Walk 15km in October
    I want to start getting a little bit more active, so I am setting a goal of walking at least 15km in October!
  6. Lose 7lbs in October
    It is time to really get this weigh thing back on track! 7lbs seems doable this month I think!
  7. Take a Picture at Platform 9 and 3/4
    I missed out the last twice so I am detemrined that this time, when I go to London I will be getting a picture at Platform 9 and 3/4.
  8. Save £50 For Christmas
    I am trying to limit my spending so I hope to put aside £50 for Christmas time this month.
  9. Work On The 6 Months to Change My Life Challenge
    Is it cheating to add this one in here? I have mentioned most of my goals for the challenge already! I am doing a 6 months to change my life challenge from October 3rd 2016 until May 2nd 2017 and the areas I am working on will be Weight, Sleep, Declutter, Life Work Balance and Finances. I intend to do a monthly or weekly progress report!
  10. Complete Vlogoween
    I decided to try and do Vlogoween this year. Although not all vlogs. I will also be doing some tutorials and other videos.