Yay my first unboxing of Susie Bray's amazing Travelers Notebook planner inserts which come in an array of weekly, monthly, blank, dot and grid layouts from the amazing Queen Mabel & Doris on Facebook and soon on Etsy.
Visit the fb group and message Susie to order. Use code KERRY10 for 10% off.
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Psst... what do you think of my snazzy scissors too? I love them, a complete Ebay bargain!
This weeks post for the Planner Girls Collective is an FAQ post. We have put together some planner/blogging questions as a group and answered them in our posts. So here goes...
Why did you start your blog?
I used to have a website years ago and I really missed posting and updating it after 6 years of not doing anything on the web, so thought now I had got into crafting and planning that it was the perfect time to start a blog. I also set up You Tube Channel at the same time. By the way my You Tube channel this week has hit 100 subscribers - thank you so much (I now have my own link too ._.)
Other than planning do you do other crafts?
Oh yes. I'm really in to art journaling and creative journaling. I just love creating memory pages as you can see in a variety of my blog posts here Art Journaling Series and here Creative Journaling. You can also join my art journaling group Kerrymay._.Makes a Mess
If money was no object, what planner would you use?
Now then...I would love a Kate Spade planner for the aesthetics, but honestly I don't think I would use it as the planner style itself is not for me with the zipped rings. I would also love a Foxy Fix and a real Midori. However, the real midori is quite flimsy and has no pockets, so not sure that would for me either.
How many planners do you currently own? And how many are presently in use?
I currently have three travelers notebook style planners; a Lyradori for my art journaling and travel journals, an Uglydori for my everyday planning, weekly, monthly, health tracker and bullet journal inserts. I then have an unbranded leather tn for work, again with weekly, monthly and a blank insert. I also have an A5 Carpe Diem, but it is currently still housing my inserts from last year until I buy an A5 folder to transfer them to.
Who is your planner idol? Whose planners/planning style do you aspire to?
Oh several people are my planner idols. Jo from Little Rainbow Moon, I love her watercolours and planning style. Anna Brim (Mrs Brimbles), she is just so creative. Michelle Mills for her entrepreneur qualities, Queen Stephanie Mulcahy, for her all time planner godessness! (I like making up words), Christy Tomlinson for her awesome creativity with the Planner Society things I wish I could afford.
Favourite Facebook Planner Groups?
My all time favourite is UKPA (UK Planner Addicts), which is currently back as a secret group), and Mrs Brimbles Happy Place. Both of these groups have inspired me so much and I would never have started blogging, planning, crafting and creating art if it wasn't for these.
Would love to hear some of your answers - simply comment below.
Be sure to check out the other lovely planner ladies blogs as part of the Planner Girl Collective.
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?
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.
I'm not what you would call a 'scrapbooker', but I do love doing smash book pages. However I have recently got into paper crafts and creating scrapbook pages and layouts as a result of recent workshops at Michelle Mills' Craft Club and as part of National Scrapbook Day, which I really enjoyed. So have a read for a few tips for starting out scrapbooking and using your smash book ideas in your layouts.
Getting Started with a Scrapbook
I have two ways of creating scrapbook pages. The first way is to use 12x12 paper and to scrap directly onto the paper. These can then be stored in a 12x12 box or a scrapbook album (which is something I still need to buy). The second method is in a scrapbook. You can get many different sizes, the main being again 12x12. My scrapbook above is a Hobby craft book in 8x8. The smaller books are perfect for using the 6x6 scrapbook paper kits which you pick up very cheaply and these also make perfect backgrounds for photos on the larger pages.
Following Scrapbook Sketches
The page above follows what is known as a scrapbook sketch. This is an outline drawing or sketch of a page that you can use a guide. If you search it in Google it will bring thousands of layouts you can have a go at recreating. The Beatles one above was only my second proper scrapbook page for part of a challenge as part of the National Scrapbook Day over at For The Love Of Pretty Paper (UK Scrapbooking Group). If you are stuck for inspiration simple sketches are a great way to start out.
Scrapbook Kit and Resources
You will definitely need a good glue. Use whatever glue is the best for you. For me it is a pritt stick, I find it works well. Obviously you will need a variety of papers. 12x12 and 6x6 papers are the best to get, which you can get from ebay, Amazon or Scrapbook shops on Etsy. I use a paper trimmer as I find it easier than cutting everything out individually.
A roll of double sided tape is a must too and a kit of various embellishments, which can be anything - sequins, flowers, stickers, washi tape, pearls, enamel dots, buttons, old keys - go with the flow and have a look in your craft stash as I bet you have a lot you can use already. Have a look at my list of Vintage Ephemera Sites below
Vintage Art Journal and Planner Ephemera (10 Free Digital Sites)
Final Scrapbook Tips
Finally, don't be afraid to experiment with layouts. I took my smashbook and creative journaling style on-board with the image above. I used a variety of vintage ephemera as this was inspired by the photo of the graffiti from the wall of The Cavern Club which I pulled the colour inspiration from and included in the layout. Use your photo / photos as a guide as to what to include on the page and just be creative with it. You can also experiment with the photos, varying the angles, cutting them in half and putting a gap in between them, adding borders and different edging effects, there really are no limits. Happy Scrapbooking!
I hope that you enjoyed the read.
Mothers Day Paper Crafting: 12x12 Scrapbook Page
20 Uses for Smash Book Style Journals
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!
Join me in my first 'Plan With Me' Creative Journaling process video as part of the Planner Girls Collective. Boy did it take some editing. At one point the file totally gave up and I had to start again from scratch.
I went to Ladies Day yesterday at Warwick racecourse. What a beautiful place Warwick is, never been before. The Castle and the town look so pretty. The video shows you step by step how I created the smash book style creative journaling page using the stunning ephemera I won in a RAK over at Fab Planner Print. The ephemera is gorgeous, a mixture of solid and vellum style, it really looks beautiful over the watercolour.
Check out Toni's group - Fab Planner Print Facebook Group and buy some of the ephemera for yourself over on her Etsy shop - Fab Planner Print on Etsy.
You can see my video below. If you are viewing this in your email please click the blog title at the top of the post to see the video in full or click here kerrymaymakes.weebly.com/
EDIT - I have uploaded the second page and part two of the video which you can now see below. This pages uses less photos and the addition of scrapbook paper, my ticket as ephemera and a gorgeous vintage lady printable which you can find from the sites below.
Vintage Art Journal and Planner Ephemera (10 Free Digital Sites)
Hi I'm Kerry a UK drama teacher and a planner, art & creative journal fanatic. Make a cuppa and browse my tutorials, musings, and crafty makes.