Wow, the 6 weeks holiday went so quickly and now it's 'back to school' time. Great I hear the parents cry and wahhhh I hear the teachers wail! As a teacher, I need to plan my working work quite meticulously. Read on for my back to school planning / planner and teacher planner setup for the new academic year in my Travelers Notebook (as part of the Planner Girls Collective).
For my teacher planner I am using a travelers notebook that I bought from Ebay very cheaply (and it's real leather). I love the versatility of using a tn as I can add notebooks and replace them when full. I use three inserts; A Diary (week on two pages), a monthly planner from Travelers Times and a blank notebook for notes and meeting information. I have added some drama teacher decoration to the cover and used the Teacher Planner kit from Jo at Little Rainbow Moon - Etsy Store
The kit is amazing and has teacher related event stickers, inspirational quotes, term stickers and a whole array of other teacher related goodies.
To store my stickers and timetable, I have made a pocket at the back of the insert, which I made by covering the insert with scrapbook paper and folding over the back piece. I can also keep important student notes in here too.
Travelers Notebook Diary Inserts:
The standard diary insert I use is from Queen Mabel and Doris on Etsy (you can get 10% off if you use the code KERRY10). I love how it has boxes to write in on the right and I have used these to add my homework set / to collect and detentions lists for the week. I also have a mini code of M and R in the check boxes to say whether I have a Meeting or Rehearsal after school (I'm a drama teacher).
I use the weekly insert to write my classes and what they are working on and sometimes add a red or green smiley face sticker to say whether it was a good or bad lesson. I can then use the notes section at the bottom to follow up on any issues as they arise.
Since using this system I would never go back to a standard teachers planner. This is much more teacher friendly and also works out cheaper too (although I do buy the inserts myself rather than going through the school budget).
Make sure that you have a read of the other girls fantastic blog posts as part of the
'Planner Girls Collective', click the bottom of each post to go to the next persons blog post xx
Starting out in the 'Planner Community' can be very daunting; which planner should you choose? What does all the planner jargon actually mean? Which groups on Facebook should you join? Complete overwhelm! I started planning properly around January 2016 and have learnt so much about planners and planning since then, so thought I would share some simple tips as a beginners guide for people start out in planning
This is a guest post for the lovely Jo-Elle from The Yorkshire Pudding Blog. Please go and check out her pages and fabulous blog.
What Planner to Choose?
Wow, so much choice and really the choice has to be yours. No doubt there will be some trial and error, I bought two planners before I realised that I wanted to be in a Travelers Notebook. The trick is to go with your instinct. What grabs your attention? Ringed planners like Carpe Diem, Webster Pages, Kikki K and Filofax are all very popular, but can be quite expensive. Have a look around the web for UK stockists and have a browse. Paperchase do some cheaper ones and even Wilkos now stock some lovely ringed planners. Have a look on www.mrsbrimbles.com and www.paperchase.co.uk to see if there are any that grab your attention.
You may decide to go straight for a Travelers Notebook (more on these here). A TN is basically a notebook cover usually in leather that houses up to 6 notebooks (also known as inserts) in one place through them sliding in to elastics down the centre of the cover. I absolutely love the versatility of mine and I now have a total of 6. My favourite being from Ugly Bug Plans. You can search for these on Etsy or you could choose a larger companies brand by going with the original make The Midori. You can totally customise it to your liking and add cute paper clips and tabs, just as you can in a ringed planner.
Ok, so you have chosen your planner - now on to the jargon (and believe me there is a lot of jargon and abbreviations within the planner community). Below is a short list to help you understand some of the concepts and terminology.
Weekly Inserts - The planner pages themselves, most planners come with weekly pages.
Monthly Overview or inserts/pages - A monthly overview page like the one below to plan out your month (Carpe Diem come with these, with a travelers notebook you can buy these as an insert book).
WO2P/WO4P - Week on 2/4 pages (relating to weekly pages, you can have the whole week on two pages so you can see it all, or for more space to write spread it over 4 pages)
TN - Travelers Notebook (such as Uglydori, Foxy Fix, Bevdori, Lyradori, Midori).
TN Inserts - These could be plain notebooks, lined, dot grid, grid paper, watercolour or have diaries on them. You will need to buy inserts if you have a travelers notebook.
EC - Erin Condren Planner (more expensive if in the UK as you have to import from America and can get customs charges).
HP - Happy Planner - Again mainly available in America, but you can sometimes find this on UK sites, it is a ringbound disc system.
ARC - Another ringbound disc system style planner.
LT1917 - A Leuchtturm notebook often used in bullet journals
Moleskine - This could either be cahier sized notebooks for use in travelers notebooks or a standalone notebook again used in bullet journals.
Bullet Journals - A system using bullet points and codes mainly used in a notebook or travelers notebook. See my Bullet Journal Pages here.
BUJO - Another term for a bullet journal.
EDC - Everyday carry (pertaining to the planner you carry around with you.
PWM - Plan With Me (often used on You Tube or blogs when people are sharing their planning video).
Functional - Functional stickers, such as work, home, dinner, activities, weight loss, fitness.
Decorative - Decorative stickers like sticker kits with boxes and pretty sheets
Deco sheets - Purely decoration stickers (say of fairies etc)
Planner Group Jargon
ISO - In search of, used when people are looking for a particular planner to buy.
DISO - Desperately in search of.
Unicorn - A planner that is rare or expensive and one they would love to have/own.
RAK - A random act of kindness usually a giveaway someone is running.
UKPA - A fantastic secret group on Facebook which stands for UK Planner Addicts.
BST - Buy, sell, trade posts.
Which Planner Groups Should I Join?
The planner group jargon leads me nicely on to the next section. There are hundreds of planner groups on Facebook and it took me a while to find the ones I loved. Special mentions of my favourites below.
UK Planner Addicts (this is a secret group, so you would need to be invited to it) - not to be confused with Planner Addicts UK, which is also a good group).
Mrs Brimbles Happy Place - I love Mrs Brimbles page, this was my first planner group and I am now proud to be on her Arty Creative Team.
Ugly Bug Plans - Planners and Papercrafts - The home of the Uglydori travelers notebook, Michelle is a lovely person with lots of activity going on in the group.
Planners With Manners - A lovely US planner group without any drama.
Which Inserts Should I Use?
Again this is free choice to you, many diaries and planners come with inserts already, but if you search Etsy you can find printables and inserts to purchase. Do check the region as getting them overseas can work out more expensive. For printables Annie Plans Printables do great ones. For physical inserts you can buy in the UK I use Queen Mabel and Doris on Etsy. The quality is amazing and you can get 10% off if you use the code KERRY10.
So there you go, planners fully explained, you are now ready to make your purchase and go grab some decorative or functional stickers. Have a look at this post for my favourite places
to buy them. My 5 Favourite Stationery Shops.
I have really enjoyed my first ever guest post for the lovely Jo-Elle from The Yorkshire Pudding Blog. Here is a bit about Jo and her site.
About Jo and The Yorkshire Pudding Blog:
My people are my world! My family, extended and close, and my amazing network of unbelievable friends!
I am a self-confessed Planner Addict - don't judge me, it's a thing! Who knew?!
As well as being an epic stationary geek, I am an avid reader and hoarder of all things literary.
I love to save money (to spend on stationary and books!) and will always check to make sure I'm getting the best price on everything! I'm a sucker for very cool storage and safety hacks and making my house pweeettttyyyy.....
The Yorkshire Pudding blog was designed to have a realistic (and comedic!) take on family safety & personal wellness. The blog covers topics ranging from mental health and parenting to home safety, decorating, organising. And all things in between! Join the conversation to talk frankly about family wellness and striving for self care and home perfection.
My book, entitled "WTF", talks frankly about my family's battle with mental health and has had brilliant feedback! I've been told that it's"funny, honest and genuine"
(can you tell I didn't say that myself?!)
Now go visit The Yorkshire Pudding
Christmas Travelers Notebook Inserts
The Christmas inserts are amazing and came from the lovely Susie Bray over at Queen Mabel and Doris over on Etsy, as member of her PR team I got to see them before they went on sale. Use code KERRY10 for 10% off and visit the fb group queenmabelanddoris. Below is a video of the stunning inserts and how I will be using them in my Christmas Planner setup.
If viewing from email or a reader click here to view the video.
As you will see from the video there are a variety of notebooks available which you can purchase here (don't forget the code KERRY10).
Firstly there is a weekly/monthly planner for the Christmas months and beyond. This will be my go to planner specifically for Christmas planning and won't have my day to day planning in it, you can see in the video and below how I have decorated some of the pages. The pages and covers are so smooth and you can choose which paper set you would like too - bonus!
Next is the Christmas organiser insert, which features a variety of pages from Christmas films, meal planning, advent calendar countdown, decorations, family traditions, planned days out, Christmas crafts and gifts to buy and received.
The final two consist of a Christmas Budget Planner insert and a December Daily insert which is blank for you to decorate. I do want to keep up to date with a December Daily this year, I only got to day 3 and gave up last Christmas!!!
I can honestly say that I WILL use every single page of these notebooks. I made my own last year, but they were nowhere near as detailed as these, hats off to Susie and Carole for creating them.
So that's my bit of Christmas all planned for nice and early, do check Susie's shop on Etsy (KERRY10) and why not have a go at creating your own travelers notebook from the tutorial I followed. It is so easy, only took me half an hour and that's because I didn't have a large needle. I am hooked and will be making many more for presents and myself to try out other sizes...I mean 6 tn's isn't enough right?
Let me know your thoughts below and Merry Christmas... I mean have a great end of the Summer holidays,
Join me for a Monthly page spread and layout plan with me in my travelers notebook using a Monthly kit from Hazy Days UK. I received the gorgeous kit as part of my PR Team package from the lovely Kelly Bendelow and I absolutely love it, so very pretty with the floral design and perfect for Spring moving into Summer.
The kit features two page of stickers, with a full sized header that will fit an Erin Condren sized planner. I cut mine down to fit the tn as you will see in the video.
There are 31 date stickers, weekday headers and five heart stickers that you can use as bullet points in the sidebar. There are also washi strips and pretty floral patterned boxes to fit the Erin Condren Monthly boxes (again I cut these down in the video to fit the tn and use the cut offs for the other boxes.
I then used these gorgeous date stickers also from Hazy Days to go over the dates that I put boxes on. See the entire process in the video below.
You can see my other Plan With Me's here - Weekly Planning Plan With Me in my Travelers Notebook and here - Plan With Me - January Brimbles Box
I hope that you enjoyed the process, now let me get back to my book, cocktail and the sunlounger. Don't forget to use code KERRY15 for 15% off with no min spend when ordering from Hazy Days UK.
Kerry (all the way from Spain) xx
On Saturday 29th July Leanne Bates, Katy Evans and Clare Collins held their first planner meet for the East Midlands, Mansfield and Ashfield area. It was a lovely day at the Acacia Centre in Annesley Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire and great to be able to put names to faces. I have been on planner meets before with some of the UKPA (UK Planner Addicts) ladies, which you can read about here Mansfield Planner Meet.
The above photo is just some of the swap table goodies that people bought in, there was plenty more added to this throughout the day and I got some lovely things. The goody bags for the day were amazing, Clare, Katy and Leanne did an amazing job of putting them together and getting the goodies resourced. Thank you to the amazing UK Etsy sellers that contributed. We also got a chance to browse through some of the shop sellers stalls. Stephanie Kitching had some gorgeous handmade books from her soon to be opened shop Scurry and Peck and Rosie Meer (Sweet P) had an array of lovely washi tape. Clare Collins made some gorgeous crochet mug covers and Jane also had an amazing hand sewn stall selling amazing planner pencil cases and hand sewn goodies, vist her here - Oh Sew Sweet.
The lunch was a lovely buffet and a nice opportunity to chat all things planners. After lunch it was time for the raffle. I bought four tickets and won four prizes, yay. There were some amazing prizes that again sellers and shops donated. I won a stunning micro A7 travelers notebook, handmade in leather from the lovely Kirstyanne Ross, a hand sewn planner pouch and pencil case (sorry I don't know the sellers name), another pencil case by Jane and a Stampin' Up kit of papers from Michelle Mills. It was then time for a few photos and the 'Planner Stack', amazing that there was only 20 of us, but 53 planners!
We then had time for a bit of crafting, planning and flipping through each others planners. I have now decided that I NEED a Foxy Fix after seeing Aletheia's gorgeous planners. I am also in awe of the bujo goddess that is Marianne Williams, her bullet journal is stunning, check out her pages on Instagram here - maz_bujo. I only had a little planning time after chatting, so created the start of a travel journal using pages from Mrs Brimbles Patreon which you can see a sneak peek of below (work in progress).
We all had an amazing day and it went soooo fast. The ladies will be holding another longer meet next year as well as having mini meets in Mansfield throughout the year (in the school holidays). They will soon be getting a Facebook group up, but until then keep updated here - East Midlands Planner Girls. Well done ladies, thoroughly enjoyed it, here's to many more.
Some photos by Ben Lumley https://www.facebook.com/bensnapsstuff/
So, I'm off on my holidays tomorrow - Sunny Spain for two whole weeks, I can't wait. I have a few scheduled posts on here and You Tube and will still be posting on Instagram, so don't forget about me. I also have my first ever Brimbles Creative Team post tomorrow (it goes live whilst I am on the plane)... scary, but exciting. Take Care,
My Summer Planning:
To help with the planning of my Summer Holidays I decided to create a creative journaling page using the gorgeous ephemera from Shona at Away With Fairies Co, it really is beautiful and far too pretty not to use. I added a couple of journaling cards that I prettied up and a few cute Tiki Summer kit stickers from the kit by Kelly at Hazy Days UK. (You can use code KERRY15 for 15% off too).
My Summer Plans:
So on the to the plans them self.
Over in my Art Journaling group we are also having a couple of journal challenges, so I will be making my junk journal for the social media challenge and will be starting and sending off my first page for the travelling journal circle. You can read about it/join in the challenges from my links here - Travelling Creative Journal Circle and here Art Journaling - June Creations & July/August Sneak Peeks.
Be sure to check out the other lovely planner ladies blogs as part of the Planner Girls Collective
Click the names to hop to each blog post and give them a like, comment, like and follow too.
Michelle - Ugly Bug Plans - also the creator of some of the lovely stickers in the layout above.
Louise - The Vintage Planner
Debbie - Chaotic Paper Geek
Phew, so they are my plans, what have you got planned for the summer? Going anywhere nice? Joining in with my challenges? I hope to see you over in my Facebook Art and Creative Journaling Group - Kerrymay Makes A Mess.
Have a great summer, Kerry xx
It's been 6 months since I last shared a flip through of my Travelers Notebook every day planner (my Uglydori), so I thought it would be a great idea to post another video update as part of the 6 monthly review post for the Planner Girls Collective showing my current setup for June 2017 and my weekly and monthly layouts.
Travelers Notebook Flip Through Video:
Travelers Notebook Setup:
There have been lots of changes since my last share, some new things put in, some things taken out, a whole new collection of inserts, dashboard dividers and updated pages for my weekly and monthly planner pages, layouts and spreads. The dividers, tabs and general set up uses the gorgeous travelers notebook kit from Isabelle The Owl and it is stunning, with the clip from Shona at Away With Fairies Co.
Travelers Notebook Inserts:
I have also added some gorgeous inserts from Susie Bray, a blog planner and a Pr Tracker. Visit the fb group and message Susie to order. Use code KERRY10 for 10% off.
Finally I have added some vellum inserts with my own pixel art work on them, they didn't print very well (printing on vellum is hard without a laser printer), but I still like how they look and like to have some of my own art work in my planner.
See my first video flip through in my current planner here - Travelers Notebook Set Up (Uglydori) Planner Flip Through
Be sure to check out the other lovely planner ladies blogs as part of the
Planner Girls Collective
Click the names to hop to each blog post and give them a like, comment, like and follow too.
Debbie - Chaotic Paper Geek
Michelle - Ugly Bug Chats
Louise - The Vintage Planner
Emma - The Stationery Geekette
A very short blog post today to share my Plan With Me process video of my weekly layout and planner pages. I used the gorgeous Flamingo weekly kit from www.hazydaysuk.etsy.com and it is stunning. Have a look at the process/PWM video below. Use code KERRY15 to grab a kit from Kelly's shop. Video is below or you can visit directly at https://youtu.be/hjUzcuWPo7A
I hope that you enjoyed the video, I finally have got the filming just right, much clearer on my phone than on my HDD video camera. It has been such a boring few weeks for my planner in terms of what I am writing in it, I haven't been out, just work, work and more work :( Oh well just 6 weeks till the summer holidays - yay!
I hope that you can subscribe to my You Tube Channel - just 7 more subs needed to get to 100 and my own name link instead of numbers. Thanks for the amazing support in getting me there.
Resources - Flamingo Party Kit
So how has your weeks planning gone? Busy week? Boring week? Too much work week?
Hi I'm Kerry a blogger from Nottinghamshire UK, a drama teacher and a planner, art & creative journal fanatic. Make a cuppa and browse my tutorials, musings, and crafty makes.