Planner Spread Sundays: Happy Halloween

Planner Spread Sundays

 

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.

Planner Spread Sundays: Witches Brew

Planner Spread Sundays

 

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

Planner Spread Sundays

 

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!

20161009_211147 20161009_21122320161009_211201Of course, the planner that I actually took with me was my personal one, although I moved out of my Flamingo and into my bargain Wilko one after decorating! I used some of the stickers that I had left to decorate that as well!
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Planner Spread Sundays: Expecto Patronum

Planner Spread Sundays

 

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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Planner Spread Sundays : Here Comes Halloween!

Planner Spread Sundays

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!

 

 

Planner Spread Sundays : Suicide Squad

Planner Spread Sundays

It’s time again for Planner Spread Sundays and this time I’ve done things a tiny bit different! It was the Scotland’s Planner Girl’s Meet Up event in Edinburgh this Saturday and I got the train home with Hailey from Plan With Hailey and Danielle of Scribbles n Dribbles. Since we were on the long train, we decided that we would get some planning done. I was considering pulling out my bendy arm and filming us – but my phone was pretty low in battery and we were already getting some looks when we pulled out all the planner goodies.. so I decided not to! So, there is not really an accompanying video this week!

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Anyway, I had already decided that this week was going to be (another) Suicide Squad themed week! I did one not to long ago using printables and filmed a plan with me, but this week I am using a kit by The Geeky Planner called ‘Anti-Heroes‘. It is the chibi/pop style of figures and it is super cute!

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I got the bare bones of my planning done on the train, but I hadn’t really made up my mind about what sort of stuff I was going to have to do this coming week, so I could only add the basics.

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This is a bit of a new style of planning for me – I have been going back to it and adding more over the last two days and it still isn’t completely filled in! I have put in firm appointments and events and such, but I haven’t completed my ‘to do’ section. I think i am going to fill this in on a daily basis this week, because I may find it a little less overwhelming!

I have been taking a lettering class as part of the #Wild30 event at Planners Gone Wild, so I decided to do a little bit of practice in my planner by adding quotes! My quote on the right was a bit of a fail, but I kinda like how my take on The Joker’s tattoo turned out!

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O20160926_021700ne thing that I did a little differently this week was my  side bar. I never usually use it too much, but I have kinda filled it this week since there was a bunch of stickers in the kit that fit there!

I added a weekly spend, habit trackers for the remainder of 30 Days of Harry Potter, my Llama lettering classes and finishing work on time which is something that I am perpetually working on this week!

I also added a currently reading sticker!

That is pretty much it for me this week! I’ll be adding in bits on my to do list as I get to them!

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Planner Spread Sundays : I Wanna See You Be Brave!

Planner Spread Sundays

 

I Wanna See You Be Brave

My theme for this week’s planner spread in my Happy Planner is ‘Brave’. I am using a sticker set from The Geeky Planner called ‘Brave Princess ‘ which is available on her Etsy store. It is more of a mini kit really, so I am also going to be supplementing it with some co-ordinating washi tapes, planner stencil and some additional stickers.

Photo Credit: The GeekyPlanner

Photo Credit: The GeekyPlanner

This week is one of those weeks where I have some bits and pieces going on, but nothing major, so I have added in lots of my cleaning tasks, my TV viewing and some craft and blog projects. As you should know by now, we have a big group trip coming up to Harry Potter Studios and I am in charge of goodie bags! I want to get started on those so I decided to put  check list in the side bar this week of all of the items, even although I know I will not get them all done in a week. I figured I may as well have a reference point somewhere, right?

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Since there are no check lists on this kit I am using my planner stencil from Ugly Bug Does to create my own. The pens that I am using are the diamond gel pens which are available in my store – Scarlet Moon Crafts. I am using Forest Green, Blue and Orange. The bill payment stickers are left over from other sets from The Geeky Planner and the icons and other bits I am using come from Ellen Bee Makes, Handcrafted by Sheree, Princess Honey and The Plump Planner.

 

Planner Spread Sundays : Boy Wizard #30DaysHarryPotter

Planner Spread Sundays

Welcome to another week of Planner Spread Sundays! This week I cannot resist any longer! I am delving into my Harry Potter stash! I have been hoarding my stickers to use when I do to Harry Potter Studios next month, but I do have rather a lot of sets now, so I decided to just go ahead and do it! It fits in with #30DaysHarryPotter anyway!

First Impression & Kit Review

I decided to use my Ugly Bug Boy Wizard kit from the September Ugly Bug Subscription box since I am so jealous of seeing everyone else use it! I am also a Brand Ambassador for Ugly Bug Does and you can pick up your own kit – or some other amazing goodies with a cheeky 10% discount using my code ALYSOND10.

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So, let’s get on with looking at the kit shall we? There are 6 sheets in the kit that was in my box The only one I didn’t get was the Monthly sheet which I saw in some of the other boxes, but I have already done my September views so that it perfectly alright, there are still plenty of stickers to go around!

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Wow! I actually didn’t even realise how busy this week was until I started filling out my planner! That baby is jam packed! Mostly it is all about cleaning as we have a home inspection this week from our letting agent which I hate! You basically have to have your house looking like a show home! That means a whole lot of deep cleaning top to bottom!

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Since I took the original picture I have actually added more to Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday since I realised I had my Wicca circle this week not next week and our new car is arriving so I have to do the insurance transfers, pick it up and sign the paperwork!

If you want to check out how I did my layout this week, then you can watch the Plan With Me Video below.

Planner Spread Sundays : Black & White

Planner Spread Sundays

This week when I sat down to plan for next week, I didn’t really have anything in particular in mind! I had considered using my Ugly Bug Does Boy Wizard kit to fit in with 30 Days of Harry Potter, but if I am totally honest.. I hadn’t added them to my folder yet and I was too comfy in bed to get up and get them… maybe next week! So, with no plan in my head I just flicked through my folder of stickers and what caught my eye was this ‘Black is Such a Happy Colour’ kit by Panda Planning.

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However, I knew that there wasn’t really enough here to complete my entire spread in my Watercolour Happy Planner, so I kept on looking and spotted a partially used kit from Sea Salt & Paper which I believe was a part of a Brimbles Box at some point.

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Last of all, I hadn’t been using washi in my Planner for a while now, so i decided to dig out some skinny washi and came up with a matching black and white one. Then I decided on a pop of colour with some red and a little bit of glitter!

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So, that is pretty much the basis of this week’s spread although I did add a couple of stickers here and there from Handcrafted by Sheree, Princess Honey, Ellen Bee Makes and The Geeky Planner.

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I am pretty pleased overall at how this turned out. Black and White is a look that I really love and I really like just the little pops of colour that the functional stickers gave to the overall spread – although it bothered me that the spending tracker was not similar in colour, but it was all I had!

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One of the things that I was really excited about this week was that the count down for the Scotland’s Planner Girls’ Edinburgh Planner Meet is getting so close! I am marking the countdown with these cute stickers by Princess Honey.

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The other thing I wanted to point out is just that I have been trying to use up odd stickers recently and one of the things i have left over were training stickers for basketball. Chris moved up to Junior officially, so I had no use for Cadet training and I almost tossed them out. Then I realised that if I snip off the ball and the training part I can stick it together without the cadet part! So I definitely encourage you to adapt stickers that maybe are not working for you!

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If you want to watch my planning process, then check out this week’s plan with me video on YouTube.

Planner Spread Sundays : Goth Girls

Planner Spread Sundays

I’m actually a little bit late with this post which just about sums up my life right now! Despite having several planners in action, I am always a day late and a dollar short! However, I wanted to start a new blog series every Sunday called Planner Spread Sundays. The title is probably self explanatory – It is going to be all about my planner layout for the week ahead. I try to post my ‘Plan With Me’ video on my You Tube channel every Sunday night, but I thought this would fit in very nicely with that while giving a bit of a closer look at my spread and the stickers that I am using in it and give me more of a chance to offer a review and first impression of the kit that I am using.

First Impression & Kit Review

This week I am in my Watercolour Happy Planner and I am mainly using the Goth Girls kit from the fabulous Ugly Bug Does. I was recently given the honour of being named a Brand Ambassador for Ugly Bug Does and this is one of the first kits that I am working with for Michelle. If you like the look of it then you can grab it from her Etsy store at Ugly Bug Does. While you are there, you can use my PR code for a cheeky little 10% discount with no minimum spend! The code to use is ALYSOND10 and you can use it every single time you shop with Ugly Bug Does – pretty great, right?

Let’s start off with a closer look at the Goth Girl kit that I will be using today. The kit is priced at £10 and includes 5 sheets of stickers. Now, let me tell you – these sheets are packed to bursting with stickers! Every spare inch of these sheets is covered! I have actually done not just my Happy Planner, but also my Personal Filofax which I keep in my bag and I still have plenty of stickers left over!

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You can check out the individual stickers below. They are printed on matte 5″ by 7″ sticker paper using a professional laser printer for a vibrant, crisp finish. The Goth Girl set is in pink, black, purple and green with a glitter effect. It is a really great colour combination that is really going to pop in your planner!

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Now that I am using a separate planner for my work I don’t have all that much in my regular planner some weeks. This week I have a couple of really busy days and then a few really quite ones so I have a bit of space left which is fine. I can always add things in as they crop up during the week. This style of planning is currently working for me fairly well. I have a to do list on my weekdays and if I have stuff to do on the weekend I also add those. Then I have a ‘Today’ box where I put appointments or things that are going on and that leaves me with a box for decor, quotes or notes.

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In this next close up you can really see the detail of the glitter effect. I am not usually a fan of fake glitter on stickers – I love me some real sparkly stuff! However, usually when I see it, I feel like it is too over the top. It is something I used to see a lot when I was doing Digital Scrapbooking and Tagging. However, I like the glitter in this kit because it is fine and realistic rather than chunky and over the top! As you can see here it really looks like it is sparkling. My one thing that I wish I had done differently is that my pen didn’t show up to well on the darker parts of the Ombre boxes. I wish I had grabbed a sharpie or even my white Sakura – I may go back over it later!

 

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I love the fact that this kit included lots of smaller stickers because I love to layer them up. Here I have used the half boxes along with page flags, pins and heart check boxes to create a layered look. Isn’t that little ghost adorable too? That actually came out of another Ugly Bug kit which I will be showcasing soon.. I cam currently hoarding it because, Ghosts!

 

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I never really know what to use my notes column for! Sometimes I decorate it and other times it just seems to get left blank. I have notepaper and sticky notes for taking actual notes! This week I decided to use the habit trackers included in the kit to mark some antibiotics I am taking – 4 times a day! Lord knows I need to keep an eye on that! You can also see the cute bake off countdown stickers that I got from Handcrafted by Sheree who also made my custom Basketball stickers.

 

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As I have said before, Ugly Bug Kits are packed with stickers. Even after this spread and my personal filofax spread I still had lots of stickers left to put in my odds folder. I can probably do at least one more personal layout with this. Here is what I was left over with.

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Plan With Me

You can take a look at how I created this spread in this week’s edition of Plan With Me over on my Channel.

I also managed to do my Personal Planner with the same kit and I have lots of stickers left. I also filmed a quick bonus video of my personal plan with me which is also on my channel.

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