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!
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So how has your weeks planning gone? Busy week? Boring week? Too much work week?
That time of year has arrived... the yearly dreaded weight loss and fitness regime of June and July. I realise that I can't put it off any longer and I have put 4lbs on over the last two weeks, so what better way to motivate myself than through a personalised Fitness Tracker / Journal / Planner. See how I have set up my fitness journal, how I am tracking my Weekly and Monthly goals and have a look at the freebie downloadable printables I have found on the internet.
Firstly I set up my goals and motivational page with my three main targets. I do have weight loss targets as well as exercise, but for me it's always exercise where I see the change. I am finding it much harder to lose weight from dieting now I have reached 40. Next I added some motivational stickers from the lovely Little Rainbow Moon (see link at the bottom of the post).
I then printed some amazing freebie downloads that I saved to Pinterest. I have a Fitness Journal album you can follow here (pinned with all sorts of goodies and some great websites). I now have a page that I add my weight and measurements to in order to try to get my 8 week goal. I find this all gives me the motivation I need to actually see my plans through. If I was just exercising without logging it, I probably would give up after a week.
Next I added my weekly page complete with the exercise completed and a Health Tracker printable from Cute Daisy. So I don't get bored I have added a variety of strength and body weight exercises in a handy list so I can mix things up a little. My plan is to have a go at cardio twice a week and stretches/yoga/body weight exercises daily for a max of ten minutes a day. I did this daily from January to September last year and really toned up. Stickers are from Hazy Days UK and Lilybeaches. Finally I added a yoga tracker and a 2 week up date for my inch and weight loss (all links below). Now all I need is a Fitbit!
Have a look at my flip through video of my fitness planner
Free downloads used in my journal from:
Measurement Insert: Study. Read. Write.
Weight Sidebar Tracker- Cute Daisy.com
Yoga Tracker - Lisa Currie.com
Motivational Boxes - Lilybeaches.com (link no longer available)
My Chart Success - saved from Pinterest (site unkown)
Stickers - Hazy Days UK (Use code KERRY15 for 15% off no min spend)
Little Rainbow Moon (Shop reopening July 9th at 5pm)
Insert Notebook - Queen Mabel & Doris (Use code KERRY10 for 10% off)
I hope that you enjoyed the read. Do you have a fitness journal, do you stick to it? Any tips? I would love to hear your feedback and comments.
Today I thought I would share with you all how I store my planner stickers. I have included a flip through video of my A5 planner sticker folder where I store all my Etsy weekly, monthly, planner kit and shop bought stickers for my planner and journals and will take you through my sticker storage box too and other top storage tips.
Planner Storage Flip Through
The video below shows you how I store my main Etsy Shop stickers and a few online shop bought stickers (from Amazon and AliExpress). If viewing from email please click here to see the full video
Planner Sticker Storage Boxes
As I stated in the video, I also use an A4 sized concertina style box. I use this mainly for my Amazon stickers and for my printables. I set out various categories, such as Holidays, Vintage, Collage sheets, Functional and put all my ready to printables that I have printed in the appropriate section. You my links to free printable planner stickers and how I organise them on my computer here Planning on a Budget: Free Planner Printables my links to free ephemera sites are also a must read/download too - Vintage Art Journal and Planner Ephemera (10 Free Digital Sites).
I'm a member of Teesha Moore's Artstronauts Club as a paid subscriber, so the box is great store my printed collage sheets that Teesha offers on the site.
I also make use of the front and back pockets of my planners and use those as extra storage for the stickers I use on a daily basis (mainly my Reset Girl / Carpe Diem quote stickers). You can buy pocket folders or make them yourself if using a travelers notebook or Midori notebook. A planner pouch/folio like the Webster Pages or a cheaper version on AliExpress is a great way to transport your stickers on the go.
The Carpe Diem box that came with my first real planner is also a great storage box for planner stickers and easy to grab whilst planning at my desk or dining table.
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,
Have a read of the other Planner Girls Collectives fantastic blog posts by clicking the sites below.
My monthly round up of my weekly planner spreads and layouts and a few pages shared from my smash book from April. This post is mainly pretty pictures of my layouts, so I hope you like the pretties. Happy National Scrapbooking Day!
This page is the first in my new blank grid Traveler's Times notebook. I always use a blank notebook and play around with my layouts. This uses washi tape with the days of the week and is a mish-mash of different stickers including some of the lovely Carpe Diem stickers which I was gifted from the UKPA wishlist.
The gorgeous 'Hello Spring' kit above is by Kelly Bendelow from Hazy Days UK. For this one I have played around with a vertical layout. I love all of Kelly's kits they are so beautiful, you can see more of them in the links below. Use code KERRY15 for 15% off no min spend.
Planners Easter Showcase
This kit uses the stunning Tea Party set from Fab Planner Print. I love the Alice in Wonderland theme, especially as I am directing a short version of it at the minute. All of Toni's sets are stunning.
Smash Book Pages for April
The page above was started ages ago with the black out poetry, but I added some botanocal images which really set the page off. I found a botanical vintage book in a charity shop for 50p - complete bargain and hello... ephemera!!! You can see more ephemera links here in my blog post - Art Journal and Planner Ephemera (10 Free Digital Sites)
Finally, my Month review for April as part of a smash book spread. I used a lot of the vintage papers and stickers I was gifted from UKPA and I love the vintage feel of it.
So, what have you been creating? Don't forget to show off your creative journaling and art journaling in my Facebook Group - Kerrymay._.Makes a Mess, would love to see you there
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'.
Hi all, just a quick round up of what I have been up to over the end of term school holidays...aww, it's so lovely to have a break from work and so nice to be able to catch up on my planners, creative journaling, smash books, art and blog. I really have been using the break for a bit of me time... the marking can wait. I can't believe it is Easter already, where is time going? Crazy!
ART JOURNALING GROUP CHALLENGES:
If you missed the post about the new Art Journaling Group you can see it here or you can join the group directly here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/KerrymayMakesAMess
There is quite a bit going on in the group. We took part in the first group challenge last week on Tea Bag Art. You can see my results of that above and pop in to the group to see the creations the lovely members made... they are awesome! The hardest part of this challenge for me was that I don't like tea. No, not just don't like it, I hate it, hate the smell and hate touching wet tea bags. It certainly was a challenge.
We are now on to challenge 2 which takes inspiration from acrylic fluid painting and drawing circles. If you're up for the challenge then pop on over and share your creativity.
The group also has places you can share your work and is a place you can go to relax, chat or get inspiration or ask for help.
Above is a couple of new pages in my art journal for the 2nd group challenge, it's a bit of a 'creative mess' so hopefully I will have a go at a better one this weekend (after I have done at least 'some' of my marking before I go back to work (hahaha). The second image is a page from my smash book, which I love. I received some gorgeous washi tape and ephemera from the UKPA group on Facebook as part of their Wishes post, so have put it to good use. I am on a No Spend on planner, art or stationery of any kind from now until 22nd May (I know, I know, violin please and a huge dose of willpower thrown my way). See more of my Smash Book pages here.
Hazy Days UK Mystery Planner Kit Unboxing:
Below is a video of my unboxing of the April Mystery Kit from Hazy Days UK. If you haven't seen her shop then get over there, some gorgeous stickers and supplies for planners. Use code KERRY15 for 15% off no minimum spend Visit the shop - Hazy Days UK.
If you are reading this from an email or blog/feed reader then copy and paste the following link to view the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWMxiFQT1hI
A Note From Kelly - *Just a note to anyone interested in buying one of the mystery kits...
The 'extras' each month will be different but there will always be 5-7 sheets of stickers which have a design on exclusive to the mystery kits so once they're gone they're gone!
The value of the contents will always be more than the cost of the kit as well :)
**May & June kits are available in the shop for pre-order now and will ship on the 5th of the corresponding month xx
So what have you been up to? Any art? Planning? Or just enjoying the run up to Easter? I have no children myself, but can imagine it's not a time for getting much me time if you have.
View my other unboxing posts and videos:
Little Rainbow Moon Planner kit Unboxing
Ugly Bug Plans Art Box Monthly Kit Unboxing
Take Care all, don't forget to pop over to the group and feel free to pin any of the images on Pinterest. Have a Happy Easter ._. xx
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.
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.