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)
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.
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.
2. Paper - any type of paper, or a mix of papers, watercolour if they like art, mixed media paper, vellum, tissue paper, Dovecraft 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. See my Planner Pouch What's in my Bag Post here.
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.
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
'Planner Girls Collective'.
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.
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.