My Latest Stationery Purchases – #PlannerGirlsCollective

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This week, my fellow planner girls and I are talking about our latest stationery purchases! Now, me personally, I have been trying so hard not to add to my ever increasing stash until I use some of it up, and I have been trying to stick to a no spend in order to save up for 2 fantastic events that are coming up – Pamper & Plan and Scot-Con 2017.  However, I am a stationery addict and there was really no way that I was not going to be able to avoid all of the stationery! So, without further ado, here are some of my most recent purchases.

Dear Lizzy Journal

I first saw this Dear Lizzy Journal when the lovely Michelle (UglyBugPlans) did a quick flip through when she picked it up in the sale. I fell in love with it and she was kind enough to go back to Hobbycraft and pick me one up as well, even although she was nearly lynched by a crazy lady for buying up all the journals (but that’s another story)! I love it because it has a prompt for each week and I definitely need a bit of direction, but it still has room for creativity too!

Mini Happy Planners

So, we all know that I am a Happy Planner girl, right? I already have a mini, a classic and a big one. However, I hadn’t started my mini yet because I was in two minds about what to use it for – a work planner or a journal? I did not want to choose wrong, so the only thing to do was to buy another one, right? So I picked up the 2017 ‘Big City Brights’ version to serve as a journal. I also ‘accidentally’ purchased a mini fitness planner too!

Pretty Paperclips

It is no secret that I am a sucker for a shaped paperclip! However, I actually do have an excuse for these little heart shaped clips! I bought these to use as props when I photograph my Valentine’s stock for Scarlet Moon Crafts. I buy my paperclips from The Lovely Desk on Etsy.

Paper Pads

The last thing that I need in my life right now is more paper, but I have been after the Dear Lizzy ‘Documentary’ pad for a very long time. I am talking at least 6 months or more! It has been pretty hard to get here in the UK and call me cheap, but I do not relish the thought of paying £10-15 for a 6×6 pad! However, I recently spotted it on Craftelier for just £3 in their January sale so obviously I had to give in and buy myself one! I have to be honest, I mainly want this pad for the days of the week paper, but the rest are very cute too!

While I was there, I also spotted a really cute Valentine’s themed paper pad and again, even although I really do not need any more paper I was unable to resist the lure of such a bargain! This one is the American Crafts XOXO pad and it was also  £3.

So, those are my latest little stationery purchases. I think that I have done fairly well in restricting myself on my purchases! I’d love to hear what your latest purchases and favourites have been!

Don’t forget to stop by and see what the rest of the Planner Girls Collective bloggers have been spending their money on this month!

Ugly Bug Plans

The Stationery Geekette

An Ocean Glimmer

The Vintage Planner

My Chaotically Eclectic Life

Planner Montannah

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.

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!

Spread It Wide

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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