As you probably have guessed, I'm a bit of a notebook and paper lover as well as my general crafts and planner obsession, so was pleased to hear that today is National Notebook Day - yay, long live paper! I'm not sure if this is a UK day or a US day to be honest, if anyone can enlighten me please do leave me a comment.
You can check out my 10 Best Notebook Posts below (yes there are that many notebook related posts on my blog!)
I am also pleased to announce that I am officially a member of the lovely Susie Bray's PR Team for her fantastic range of notebooks and Traveler's Notebook diary, blank, dot and grid and tn inserts over at Queen Mabel & Doris.
Her shop will officially open for orders on Wednesday 24th May - so be sure to head over to her Facebook group for more information on how to order. You can use the PR code KERRY10 for 10% off your orders. Make sure you check it out, they are fantastic quality and can be totally customized.
Thanks for reading and Happy Notebooking!
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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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.
I've had quite a few people ask me what I put in my bullet / bujo / lists journal, so thought I would do a quick post to give you some ideas for what to put into yours. Mine is in no way or means perfect and it's not a 'true' bullet journal. It does follow a bujo style, but also has lists, my favourite things and other ideas you may or may not want to try.
I plan on using this to track a variety of things throughout the year. It's a great memory keeper, as well as a great to keep my lists together in one place. As it is in my everyday carry planner it is something I can update on the go as an idea comes to me. It is also something I often refer back to when I need to find my packing list or look for ideas or tick off things I have tried in my art or creative journaling. Check out my other Bullet Journaling posts here and see my tn flip through's / Travelers Notebook set up below. (My bullet journal is the second half of the first video from 2.20 onwards).
For the last two weeks I have been experimenting with my layouts in my travelers notebook and trying to get a balance between pretty layouts, functionality and bujo/bullet journaling style weekly spreads. I have used a mixture of hand drawn layouts, doodles and stickers.
The above page is my absolute favourite page so far this year. I have been busy the last month finalising the directing of the school musical 'The Wizard of Oz' (I'm a drama teacher in a secondary school). I wanted my layout to encompass this in it's design. I actually already had some Wizard of Oz stamps (way before I knew I was directing it), that I got from AliExpress for around £1... I know bargain! I then got an amazing Design Team package from Kelly at Hazy Days UK, so used a mixture of different kits including the Glass Slipper Kit and the Andy's Toys Kit. You can use code KERRY10 for 10% over at Kelly's shop with no minimum spend... make sure you check out the links.
The pages above also use one of Kelly's Kits - this time it uses the gorgeous Precious Gems Kit. I again have played around with a bujo style layout and am really pleased with the end result.
The above planner spread was a play around with a different layout I had seen on Pinterest. I wanted the week of the show to be all about positivity with a few inspirational mantras. It turned out my worries were unfounded as the show WAS amazing. The second half of the week is all about the Pamper and Plan event (just one month to go), I cannot wait for this. I have used gold foil date stickers from Filofabulouss (another of my favourite Etsy shops). You can check out more about my planning style and system here.
WHATS STILL TO COME:
This brings me to my next set of plans for my blog. I am going to be doing quite a bit on Creative Journaling and hope to be able to offer you some inspiration, tutorials, journal with me's and journal ideas over the next few months, not just art journals this time, but smashbook style journaling and memory keeping. So what do you think? Is there anything you would like me to cover? What would you like to see? I would love to hear your comments below. Take care and I hope you have a great week,
What's in my Christmas Planner?
Here are the pages I have included in my Christmas Planner section:
Well, that's it, I will be sad when Christmas is over and the planner will go back to sitting on a shelf. I hope that you enjoyed my little planner peek/flip through. I would love to hear how you do your Christmas planning in the comments below. Stay tuned for a few more videos and flip throughs this week including a re-upload of my shared Art Journal (I deleted it by mistake) and a flip through of my Smashbook, other art journal and my bullet/list journal, so make sure you are subscribed to the blog and to You Tube (links below).
Pre-holiday set up of my Travel Journal
I always set up the pages before I go, using ink pads to distress the page and mixture of ephemera, stickers, jounaling cards and washi tape, then I really only need to fill it in when I'm away. I also add things like envelopes to create pockets to store receipts and tickets/brochures. A printed google map of where you are going and hotel information is a nice addition too. I usually stick the photos in when I get back home, as I don't have a mobile printer.
Resources to take with you:
I pack a kit of washi tape, pritt stick, scissors and coloured pens so that I can update on the go or in the hotel or by the pool. What better way to spend a day than sitting in the sun with your journal? Whilst there you can pick up lots of things to use in your pages; hotel paper, hotel leaflets, trip information, stubs, flyers, pretty paper bags that gifts are bought in, bingo/raffle tickets if you play, postcards, beer mats, holiday programmes/schedules, restaurant business cards, activities schedules, the list is endless.
The journal above was a handmade journal that I put together using a variety of different papers, all different sizes. I like to use a mixture of papers to give different backgrounds to give the journal individuality. This pages also include an insert from a mindful colouring book as well as project life style journaling cards and ephemera. I cut the paper to size, then put it through the sewing machine to bind it, but you could use a long armed stapler instead or hand sew it.
Black paper is something I wanted to try for this journal. I have seen some lovely journals using white and gold pens and they really stand out on a black background. I also added a bit of watercolour on the pages edge and topped it off with some journaling cards from Mrs Brimbles. These were in the May or June box I think.
For further inspiration see my two completed travel journals in the videos at the bottom of this post.
Travel Journal / Smash Book Videos
My completed Travel Journals have been filmed below. You will see how the pages came together with all the writing filled in. Enjoy the videos and feel free to subscribe for new updates and videos.
I would love to see your travel journals and set up's, feel free to post a link below to share your pages or use the hashtag #kmmam on social media.
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.