Pens, pens and more pens, fountain, gel, paint pens, chalk pens; a girl can never have too many. I will take you through some of my favourites to use in planners, planning and journaling as part of the Planner Girls Collective. This post uses affiliate links, but they are all for products I use and love myself.
Stationery Island Chalk Board Pens and Brush Pens
I love Stationery Island pens, they are such good value and are great quality. The chalk pens are perfect for lettering in art journaling and they go over paint easily. The brush pens are watercolour compatible and blend so easily. You can see me using them here.
White Gel/Paint Pens
Good paint pens are a good investment for art journaling and general journaling, Posca Uniball pens are a must and again these can go over paint. I also couldn't live without my PentelHybrid uniball gel pen in white and gold for extra detailing, they write so smoothly.
If you are looking for gift inspiration for a planner/journal lover then have a look here for ten simple stationery based gift ideas. Check out the other lovely planner ladies blogs as part of the Planner Girls Collective.
Yay, it's officially Spring take a look at at what I've been up to with my creative planning, journaling, BUJO and art work for March in my travelers notebooks, Uglydori planner and Lyradori art journals, including my Spring Bucket List in my bullet journal as part of the Planner Girls Collective series.
I love Spring time, but I have been so busy (and tired) at work that I really haven't had much time for planning or journaling. Many of the things I am going to share have been completed as a work in progress throughout March, but I must say I am very happy with the results.
Next is my Monthly overview page in my insert from Travelers Times. I have had such a busy month, starting with the Pamper and Plan event which was amazing - you can read about here and ending with my GCSE Drama classes drama performance and moderation (it went very well). In between I managed to see Russell Howard who was hilarious. #busybusybusy
April is much more chilled out with me having 18 days off for the Easter holidays - yay - creativity time! However, it will be more stressful at the end as I get all the coursework marked and exam paperwork completed.
MY WEEKLY PAGES
You can see how busy last week has been when you look at last weeks layout. If you follow the blog, you will know that I draw out my layouts or change the layout each week (as seen here and here) as I use a blank notebook in my Uglydori. I like how it is always different and can have more stickers or writing based on how busy my week is. This page uses a gorgeous kit by Kelly over at Hazy Days UK, that was part of the Ugly Bug Plans subscription box - you can get similar kits here including my Aprils monthly view kit that I used, just drop Kelly a message and ask for whatever month you want - use the code KERRY15 for 15% off no min spend.
What to buy a stationery lover? Paper, notebooks, pens, washi tape??? OMG, it is so easy to buy for a lover of all things paper, I literally think I am the easiest person to buy for and with so many shops now stocking amazing stationery it is easier then ever, the hardest part is narrowing it down.
1. Pens, pens and more pens - need I say more? - Ok then, writing pens, gel pens, fine liners, chalk pens, fountain pens and ink, Posca Uniball paint pens, white uniball signo pens (both for writing on paint/art journaling)
2. Paper - any type of paper, or a mix of papers, watercolour if they like art, mixed media paper, vellum, tissue paper, scrapbooking papers, notebooks - lined or plain, traveler's notebooks, moleskine cahier notebooks... the list is endless.
3. Pencil cases and pouches. Websters do a great pouch, but I have a cheap AliExpress one and I love it, it holds so much.
4. PLANNERS - of course. I love my Uglydori Travelers Notebook style planner from Michelle and Trevor at Ugly Big Plans. Other lush planners include Kikki K, Carpe Diem and Websters Pages (all available in the UK).
5. Stickers, woo hoo I love planner stickers, check out my favourite shops here.
6. Ephemera and Journaling Cards. Ephemera is cut up pieces of strong paper in pretty patterns or die cuts to use in your journaling/scrapbooks and planners. My faves are from Mrs Brimbles and Little Rainbow Moon (also tagged in the above link). I love the Project Life style journaling cards, make your own with watercolour here.
7. Stamps, ink sprays and pads - you may also want an acrylic block to hold the cling stamps. I get mine very cheaply again from AliExpress online, which is great if you don't mind waiting up to four weeks for delivery.
8. Acrylic paint, watercolour paint (I love my watercolour Wheel from the Tate Gallery) and watercolour brushes. The 3 pack of Pentel Aquash waterbrushes are brilliant.
9. Washi Tape... OMG I am obsessed with washi tape and it can be used for any projects. Again buy cheaply from AliExpress or any of the shops in my Fave Stationery Shops link.
10. Sub boxes. There are so many sub boxes now, for almost anything. My faves for the stationery lover are The Brimbles Box and Little Rainbow Moon Mystery kits.
So, no excuses, when buying for a stationery lovers birthday, Christmas, Mothers Day or any other gift buying event approaches, you know just what to get... you could even get them all 10 (wink).
Thanks for reading,
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,
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.
As a stationery lover, I admit I have a 'slight' obsession (hahaha) with buying new stationery and planner kits and accessories, so this post as part of the 'Planner Girls Collective' has me excited. Join me as I share my favourite online and high street planner shops.
1. MRS BRIMBLES / THE BRIMBLES BOX
I first found my love for planning at Mrs Brimbles Happy Place group on facebook and promptly signed up for the Brimbles Box (monthly planner, stationery and journaling kit). Anna Brim has gorgeous kits, great for journaling and planner-aholics alike. I love that they now have scrapbook papers for creating journal covers, dashboards and journaling cards. I also like the variety of the kits. Some months have ephemera or cling stamps, whilst others are more planner focused with extra stickers or planner clips. She also has great stock in her online shop - a haven for stationery, planner and scrapbook lovers.
Visit the shop here - https://www.mrsbrimbles.co.uk/shop/
2. HAZY DAYS UK
I love Kelly's stickers and have recently had the pleasure of becoming a Design Team Member, so exciting. I bought a gorgeous Book Lovers set from Kelly and am in awe of how good her stickers are (amazing quality and variety). I am also in the love with the princess set I was sent as part of the DT package. The new Boho and Sailor range are next on my list to sample. Be sure to check out the shop below and join the facebook group here for future updates and chat.
Visit the shop here - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HazyDaysUK - Use KERRY10 at checkout for 10% off (no minimum spend)
3, UGLY BUG PLANS (formerly Ugly Bug Does)
I love Michelle's shop, now home of the amazing Uglydori travelers notebooks. I've been a member of her facebook The Ugly Bug(gers) for quite a while now and it is such a fun place, with lovely people. I have bought a few of her Monthly kits, including a superhero set and an art journaling monthly kit. I also adore my Uglydori planner, which you can check out here.
Visit the shop here - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/UglyBugPlans
4. LITTLE RAINBOW MOON
Jo has a gorgeous shop on Etsy and a great facebook group (Over the Rainbow). I have bought quite a few bits from Jo's shops, including some gorgeous washi and a brilliant teacher planner sticker set for work. I was also fortunate enough to win a fantastic instagram prize of £50 of shop credit, so got to sample her monthly kits and gorgeous hand painted watercolour stickers and ephemera.
Visit the shop here - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LittleRainbowMoon
5. TRAVELERS TIMES & LYRA and CO
My two favourite go to shops for journals are Travelers Times and Lyra & Co (both on Etsy). I got my first tn from Lyra and Co, a gorgeous extra wide hand made fabric travelers notebook. I use travelers Times for buying my notebooks, the paper is great quality, so glossy and perfect for gel and fountain pens. They also so cheap (despite the great quality) and can be ordered in blank, lined, dot or grid (my top choice). They also do a variety of inserts such as pre-printed diaries, monthly and lists.
Visit the shops here - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TravelersTimes
HIGH STREET SHOP FAVES:
I have several go to planner and journaling shops on the high street. I love a good mooch around The Range (although my purse doesn't seem to like it). Home Bargains and B&M have some great buys for stationery including rose gold goodies (faints). Poundshops, Lidl and Aldi all often have great stationery bargains on a seasonal basis. My all time favourite high street shop though is Wilkos (can you tell I love a bargain) I love that I can get all my art goodies, paint, watercolour paper and stickers, pens and notebooks all in one place for a great price. I must admit I have never been to Paperchase or Kikki K, so I'm sure they would be up there if I had.
I also buy a lot of planner and art goodies from Amazon for my art/journaling and from AliExpress for extremely cheap washi tape and stickers (if you are prepared to wait). I don't have an Hobbycraft near to me, so I often order online from there, they do great sketchbooks. Then of course there's The Works... ok I will stop now.
If you haven't visited any of the shops I've mentioned be sure to check them out and have a read of the other posts in the Planner Girls Collective series by popping over the the other great bloggers pages. Let me know of any gems I may have missed in the comments below.
See you soon,
Yay, my first post as part of the Planner Girls Collective (formerly part of Confessions of a Plannerholic) - albeit it a little late to the party... PGC has been created by Emma from The Stationery Geekette and gives us Planner blogging girls some unity and a chance to blog about the same themes each Monday (or when we can). You can join the Facebook group to be notified of the new posts here - Planner Girls Collective
2016 PLANNER OVERVIEW:
I first started planning in September 2015, but it wasn't a passion until January 2016 when I bought my first real planner; A Carpe Diem in coral. I must say I loved using it, but it was more aesthetic than anything else and didn't really work for me as planner. 1. It was too big and didn't ever leave the house with me. 2. I discovered my love for notebooks and wanted to move to a travelers notebook / bullet journaling system (indeed I have - see my post here). 3. I was writing things in after I had done them rather than using it to actually plan.
2017 PLANNER SET UP AND PLAN WITH ME:
In the post a few weeks ago I explained my new BUJO style system, where you can see my first weeks planning. This has been working to a point, except for this week which was a write off due to having flu, so was filled in after the week (hence no BUJO tracking was done). What I have loved is playing around with the different layouts and getting to be creative each week using different styles, it was often limiting when you just have one style of inserts like last years. I really like being able to vary what I track and how I track things each week too. I have been using my printable tracker boxes to track Vitamins, Exercise, Mood and Sleep on a weekly basis and then can add extra tracking if I wish to - or not. I made the notebook by cutting down an A5 sketchbook from Hobbycraft to fit in a regular tn, which proved to be quite tricky to get perfect, but it will do (the perfectionist in me is still struggling with some uneven pages).
Have a look below at my first Plan With Me video where I show you how I have decorated one of the weeks. It is not what I had hoped it would be as I have not done any tracking or checklists as the planning came at the end of the week and after most of the week had already gone (this damn flu!).
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 below if you've tried bullet journaling and what worked and what didn't, I'd love to hear how you got on.
See you soon, Kerry xx
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.