Anyone that knows me knows how frugal I am, I love a good bargain, even when I have some spare money around I feel guilty spending it. If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know I have already given budget tips for art resources in the post here. This blog post I will share my organisation tips for budget planning, along with my favourite freebie planner printable sites as part of the Planner Girls Collective series of posts.
FIVE OF THE BEST FREE PLANNER PRINTABLE SITES:
CUTE DAISY.COM: http:///cutedaisy.com
Maryam's website was the first printable site I found and to top it all off she is a lovely lady too. She has tons of cute sets for Happy Planners and Erin Condren sizes, but they can easliy be adapted for any layout. I used them in my horizontal Carpe Diem and used the Erin Condren ones and reduced the size when printing to 87% and that worked a treat. The owl and birthday pages below both use her gorgeous freebies.
MY PLANNER ENVY: http://www.myplannerenvy.com
Another great free planner printable website that I found from Pinterest. I love the variety of layouts they have, I got most of my gold sparkly printables from here like the set in bottom left of the image above.
VICTORIA THATCHER.COM - http://www.victoriathatcher.com
What can I say about this site other than WOW. Victoria has amazing free printables, some of the best around in almost any style or theme you can think of and they are all stunning. If you have not visited her page you must...go on, go now! (Make sure you come back here though, he he he). Part of the Olympic set in the image is from her site and I have saved many more of her gorgeous layouts and even used some in my journaling for my Liverpool trip (yes she even has a set on The Beatles).
Monica's facebook group is a cavern of wonderful goodies. I have never seen any drama there and it is constantly being updated with goodies. Monica often runs polls to ask what people want and she is always adding new content such as tv show sets and comic style layouts. Can't recommend enough.
Garrie's facebook group is another of my first planner groups I joined. She has an amazing selection of functional stickers in the files section and everyone is always so helpful. She has been taking a bit of a break, but there are plenty of goodies to save for every topic (fitness, parenting, trackers, health, date nights etc).
You can follow my Planner Printables board on Pinterest below for many more freebie sites and layouts (these are not mine, just re-pinning amazing free sites). - https://uk.pinterest.com/KerryMayMakes/planner-printables/
Make sure that you have a read of the other girls fantastic blog posts as part of the
'Planner Girls Collective'.
Do let me know of any other free planner printable sites in the comments, I wouldn't want to miss any gems.
See you soon,
On Wednesday a few of the lovely UKPA (UK Planner Addicts) planner girls organised a small meet up in Mansfield (UK) to eat cake and talk planners. This has become a regular meet up for us East Midland girls. We meet up most school holidays to catch up, show off our planners and share swaps and goodies. I love how friendly the planner community is in the UK and have met a lot of new friends in the short time that I have been a part of it. I'm just still disappointed no one would have an afternoon tea with me - I am a greedy guts! Hahaha (only joking girls).
We always meet up in the delightful Little Sugar Shack and then head out into town for a little 'boutique' shopping (ahem...charity shops), then usually head in to Mansfield for a scout around The Works, Poundland and Primark. Check out my video below for my first ever haul video, where I will share the goodies I purchased and the freebies shared.
Next on my list is the fabulous Pamper and Plan event, which is now sold out. This is run/organised by Michelle from Ugly Bug Plans, Kelly from Hazy Days UK and Leanne from The Geeky Planner. I can't wait to meet new people and enjoy my first big planner event... not to mention the crafts, planning, relaxation and spa! It looks like it is going to be a great event and I have already planned it all out in my planner of course.
So, have you been to any planner meet up's? Have you got any planned in the pipeline? - Leave a comment below ._. xxxx
Yay, been dying to tell everyone that I have made it on to the Ugly Bug Plans PR Design Team. Such exciting news, can't wait to start working with Michelle and everyone ._.
Part of my planning this year is focused on my blog planning and productivity within my blog and You Tube channel. I have spent a lot of time since September building up my blog and channel, so decided to use one of my planners to plan my posts, filming and editing schedule and to track my site sites and set goals. It has helped immensely with my productivity and it's a great way to see how my blog and social media presence is progressing each month.
At the start of the month I write down my monthly stats for my blog including page views and unique visitors. I then log subscribers to my blog, Bloglovin and You Tube channel. Next I move on to my social media stats and log my followers and subscribers and any reason for any decline or inactivity. Finally I log my pins on Pinterest to see how they are increasing (or not) each month.
After this I set monthly goals for each area and at the end of the month do it all again and add a + or - to say whether they have increased or declined and a comment to say how close or by how much they were above target. I have only done January (start and end), but it's working for me and it's great to see how my online presence is improving.
I then use the actual diary to keep track of my blog post ideas and to schedule blog writing, taking photos, filming, editing, organising SEO and uploading. I have so far kept this planner purely functional and non decorative (unlike my other planners), however, I have recently purchased the fab You Tube stickers below from Ugly Bug Plans (Ugly Bug-gers) and will be purchasing a Blog Tracking sheet from The Geeky Planner, so that will probably all change ._. I will keep you updated every few months or so.
So...have you started tracking, logging or planning for your blog or You Tube channel? Any tips on what worked or didn't work? I would love to hear your feedback or methods, just pop it into the comments.
This post contains affiliate links, but they are all for books that I own or read.
I would never link to anything that I don't love and recommend personally.
I'm a bit of a book fiend once I get into the zone. I love a good read, but just don't seem to find the time between work, arty stuff and my blog. I do most of my reading in the summer months, sitting outside in the sunshine or by the pool on holiday, there really is nothing better. So I'm excited to be doing this blog post as part of the Planner Girls Collective.
OTHER BOOKS OF NOTE:
There are far too many other books I love to list them all so I will just give a few shout outs.
Macbeth - awesome, enough said!
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson - a beautiful read, had me crying on my sun lounger more than once.
The Godfather Trilogy - pure grit. I love a gangster book or film.
Shutter Island - amazing novel, amazing film.
A Secret History by Donna Tartt - really well written and quite edge of the seat stuff at times.
The Hannibal Books by Thomas Harris - great reads.
As a child I loved to read Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High, whilst at University I was obsessed with the horror and thriller genre, The Rats trilogy by James Herbet and Domain by Dean Koontz were my favourites.
So there we have it, my favourite books. I would love to hear what your favourites are and if any of mine are in your top list too. Be sure to check out the other lovely planner ladies blogs as part of the Planner Girl Collective.
Hi I'm Kerry a UK drama teacher and planner, art, craft, smash book and journal fanatic. Make a cuppa and have look around my collection of random musings, tutorials and crafty makes.