A Planner Girl’s Spring Bucket List #PlannerGirlsCollective

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Wow! Isn’t this year just flying by? I cannot believe that it is spring already! At least someone finally let Mother Nature in on that particular secret! The morning of the Spring Equinox we actually woke up to a substantial amount of snow! However, we are now on our 3rd day of sunshine and I have laundry hanging out on the line for the very first time this year! A true mark of springtime, although here in Scotland where we can literally have 4 seasons in one day – seriously on Saturday I wore a t-shirt all day, then later that evening had to scrape an inch if ice off of my car windscreen – laundry on the line also means having to perfect the national sport – the 200m laundry dash because a clear blue sky does not indicate that it will not rain at a moments notice!

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Anyway, on to the matter at hand! This week our topic is Spring Bucket Lists! My take on this is probably a little bit different from some of the other girls who will likely be showing you creative journals and the like, but for me, my Spring bucket list consists of some Spring Cleaning of my planner and supplies! So here goes – this Spring I would like to achieve the following :-

  1. Find Sticker Storage Peace – I have a flimsy A5 Folder but it is over stuffed. I think I need to move them into 2 cheap A5 Planners that I have. I am thinking one for kits and then one for functional stickers. It also means I get to make dividers!
  2. Get an A6 Uglydori – I am finding that my personal filofax is no longer working for me as a handbag planner. I still love Mistah J because he is beautiful, but I think I have decided that I really want an A6 Ugly which can double as a portable planner, purse and bill tracker! Now I just need to save the pennies and decide on theme.
  3. Properly Organize My Planner Supplies – I started to organise my planner supplies, but i still have some kicking around so I need to get ontop of my Planner stash and finish sorting that out!
  4. Destash My Craft Supplies & Be Ruthless – I did already destash my craft supplies, but I really think that I need to be ruthless this time around. I am going to get rid of anything that I have never used! I need to get serious about it! I have limited time and at the moment I am really focusing on my Stampin’ Up! business, so I am using mostly those supplies! I will likely just give them away to someone!
  5. Catch Up On My Memory Planner Mini – I have the Bright City Lights Mini Happy Planner which I intend to use for memory planning and journaling. However, I have not even started it! I need to force myself to make time for me!
  6. Find a Blogging & YouTube Planner System That Works For Me – My Poor blog planner is unloved! I think I need to find a system that works for me, because all of those I have tried seem not to! I think I may just combine my Scarlet Moon Crafts planner and my blogging planner together in my A5 Paperchase planner!

I think that’s about it for my list, I am going to set myself the Goal of May 1st to achieve these goals, so I will likely come back and do some kind of accountability post to see if I managed it all!

Now, don’t forget to check out who else is getting involved with the Planner Girls Collective Spring Bucket List!

Michelle @ Ugly Bug Plans

Louise @ The Vintage Planner

Debbie @ My Chaotically Ecclectic Life

Emma-Louise @ The Stationery Geekette

My Planner Wishlist #PlannerGirlsCollective

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One thing that I really did not understand when I first got into Planning was how much money it was going to cost me! Wow! I could probably afford the deposit on a house if I had saved up all of the money that I have spent on planner goodies! I have all sorts of planners, accessories, stickers, pens and so on. However, it is never enough and the wish list continues to grow. However, there are always some things that just seem to stay at the top of the list! So, this is my planner girl wishlist!

1 – A Silhouette

My number one thing on my list to buy, which I can never afford is a silhouette. When I first opened Scarlet Moon Crafts I had intended not to touch any of the money it earned before I had enough to buy a silhouette which would allow me to add in all of the other ideas that I have for the shop! However, life gets in the way I there is still no silhouette in my life!

2 – A Monthly Erin Condren

I have to be honest – I didn’t even know that I wanted an Erin Condren until this weekend at Pamper, Plan & Create when I saw Leanne’s (The Geeky Planner) monthly one. Now I can visualise exactly how it would work for me as a work planner! I tend to have a to do list for the week at work that I want to try and complete by the end of the week, rather than daily ones! I am now very tempted to order a monthly while there is a 50% off sale! The one thing holding me back is the $20 shipping which is more than the planner!

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3 – An A6 Ugly Dori

I am in love with the Ugly Dori travellers notebooks! If I am being totally honest with myself, I want all of the sizes! However, next on my list is certainly an A6 size. I have decided that once I buy it I will set it up as my purse since it has spots for cards etc. I will then add just a little monthly insert, a notebook and some finance trackers. Don’t forget that if you would like to order yourself an Ugly Dori, and I highly recommend that you do, you can use the code Alyson10 to get 10% off of your order at Ugly Bug Plans.

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4 – Papermate Ink Joy Gel Pens

I adore my Ink Joys, but I keep hearing wonderful things about the gel version which are not available in the UK. I could order them on Amazon, but the cost is so high considering the US which is putting me off. However, one of these days I will just have to go ahead and buy them because I do need them in my life!

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5 – Rainbow Foil Happy Planner

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If have wanted this Rainbow Foil Kit since it first came out last year, but I haven’t been able to justify it to myself! I am hoping it might come down a little in price since there are some new kits out now, but it is already on sale at Craftelier so maybe I can be tempted!

6  – Doki Book

I am looking for a cover for my mini Happy Planner, but I am not a huge fan of the colours offered. I did see this gorgeous constellation Doki DiscAgendda Cover that will fit though, so I am after that!

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7 – ‘Stay Positive’ Mini Planner

I really like the new Mini size of the Happy Planner (I currently have 3) but I would love to get the undated one from the new line which is ‘Stay Positive‘ – It also has a matching Classic!

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8 – Hobonochi Techo

After fondling Michelle’s A6 Ugly Dori complete with Hobo Techo insert I feel I need one!

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9 – Scene Kits by The Geeky Planner

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I am currently lusting after the Harry Potter scene Kit from The Geeky Planner. It’s not listed in her store yet, but as soon as it is I am going to be all over it! I can’t find a picture right now, but trust me it is adorable! Another scene kit from The Geeky Planner that is on my wish list is this fantastic Space scene pictured above! Next pay day she will be mine!

10 – Marauders Map Stickers by Pemberley Prints

I just discovered a sticker shop I had not heard of before, Pemberley Prints and she has some kits I really want in my life including a Halloween one, the Lord of the Rings one and of course this Marauders Map one!

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What’s on your planner girl wish list?

Don’t forget to stop by and see what the other members of the Planner Girls Collective are wishing for!

Michelle @ Ugly Bug Plans

Emma @ The Stationery Geekette

Louise @ The Vintage Planner

Jo @ Joanna’s Planner

Debbie @ My Chaotically Eclectic Life

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 : Black & White

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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.