Monthly pages are often a neglected area of your planners or journals. My work monthly planner started off well and then I totally stopped filling it in. However, I do keep up my monthly planning in my personal traveler's notebook (Uglydori) and I do take pride in making it look pretty.
My Monthly Planner Pages Set Up:
I have a separate insert for my Monthly Planning which I bought from Travelers Times on Etsy. I use the cahier size (even though I have a regular sized tn, I just prefer that they are slightly bigger). The paper is so smooth and shiny and there are enough pages for two or three years. The inserts are a plain grey kraft cover which I decorated as in the images below. I used a mixture of scrapbook paper, ephemera and watercolour paint (which didn't like the kraft paper at all!).
Monthly Pages Layout:
So on to the actual pages themselves. I usually vary the monthly layouts (just like I do in my weekly planning). Sometimes I use the cute mini Korean stickers which you can pick up very cheaply on Amazon or AliExpress and other times I use sticker sets or monthly kits. I used a gorgeous Monthly Kit from Hazy Days UK in April which can be changed to any month if you leave a message with Kelly on Etsy (use code KERRY15 for 15% off). In addition I used some of the Brimbles Box goodies with the rabbit stickers.
January also uses some stickers from A Beautiful Plan and the Korean Girl stickers. March is all about Pamper and Plan so I used the fabulous stickers designed by The Geeky Planner and some others that were in the goodie bag. I try to fill in as much of the month as I can before hand, I then add things in as they happen too. I always mean to do the sticky note thing, where you sticky note the page so if anything changes you can easily remove it, but I always forget and pen it in anyway. I now have an erasable pilot pen to combat these errors! I try to vary the colours by using two or three different colours in a month, but in keeping with a colour scheme. It's not always easy when you don't have a specific pen colour to hand, so I find varying the pens makes life a little easier. The January and March also use my freebie printable headers which you can find here.
I use the right hand notes sections for the most important tasks or things I need to do or places I am going. So that's it, my Monthly Planning in a nutshell.
How do you plan your month? Is there anything you find difficult about 'Monthly Planning' or do you just forget to fill it in? Pop us a comment and a like at the bottom of the post (it all helps the blog get noticed).
Take Care all,
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Planning has changed my life... broad general statement I know, but it really has. Planning and planners are not just a hobby for me, they have bought me out of my shell and comfort zone and made me a more organised person as well as making some great friends along the way in the planner community and allowing me to be much more creative. I wouldn't have got in to art or journaling if it wasn't for planning. So join me on National Stationery Week and World Stationery Day on my planner journey.
My Planner Journey:
I got in to planning when I was browsing through Pinterest and was instantly hooked seeing all the pretty Erin Condren and Kikki K planners. I knew it was something I would love straight away. I have always been a 'planner'. On holiday I always want to know what we are doing each day (much to the annoyance of those on holiday with me) and as a child I used to cut up magazines to make new ones and pretend I was a magazine editor. You can see me talking about this in the Gimme 5 video here.
My first planner (real planner) was the Smash Hits diary when I was 15 and I loved it. I religiously filled it in every day. My sister had a Fun Fax and I used to help her set it up. I was so jealous of it, but I was an older teen and it just wasn't cool! At University I kept diaries/journals daily and used to write fancy letters to my mum on a weekly basis (my first taste of snail/happy mail). My teacher planners at work have always been so detailed too, so it all makes perfect sense to continue the planning now.
My first decorated planner:
My first decorative planner was from Full Stop Stationery now Full Stop Gift Shop in September 2015 and is pictured above, I loved it and quickly moved on to a Carpe Diem. I now use travelers notebook style planners and have never looked back. You can see how I made the transition here.
In February 2016 I soon found groups on facebook, my first being a few American planner groups, free planner printable groups then Mrs Brimbles and lastly UK Planner Addicts. I have made so many online friends and have been to several planner meets, both locally and further afield. I had never done art journaling before last year and have never seen myself as being any good art. Since then I have written several art tutorials and have set up a Facebook group for art journaling - Kerrymay._,Makes a Mess - all because of finding the Planner Community (for which I am very grateful).
Make sure that you have a read of the other girls fantastic blog posts as part of the
'Planner Girls Collective'.
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.
Weekly Pages in my Traveler's Notebook
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 Bujo Planning and Goals and here Hello 2017 - Planner Girls Collective) 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 Bug 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 Stationery 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 here - Paint Your Own Watercolour Journaling Cards.
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 Favourite 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,
Related Post: My 5 Favourite Pens for Planning & Journaling
Planning on a budget? Looking for free planner printable sites? - Read on. 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. In this blog post I will share my organisation tips for using free planner printables, along with my favourite freebie planner printable sites as part of the Planner Girls Collective series of posts.
5 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.
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.
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
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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
5I 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 KERRY15 at checkout for 15% 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
FAVOURITE HIGH STREET STATIONERY SHOPS:
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,
Hi I'm Kerry a Notts UK blogger and drama teacher. I'm also a planner, art & creative journal fanatic. Make a cuppa and browse my tutorials, musings, and crafty makes.