I was so overwhelmed to win a ticket to Plannercon Europe from the lovely people over at UKPA planning group on Facebook and I still haven't got over the fact that I have been. What an amazing experience and opportunity. I am so very grateful.
Documenting the week at Plannercon Europe:
I headed down to Brussels on the Wednesday morning, the event wasn't until Saturday and Sunday, but I wanted time to explore Belgium and if I was going anyway I wanted to make the most of it. Fortunately it was half term week at work, so I had plenty of time.
WEDNESDAY 25th OCTOBER:
I got up at 2.30am - yep! (I had only just gone to sleep!) and set off for the drive to the airport some 25 miles away at 4am. I hate driving and was so scared on the way...I have only driven on the motorway once and that was a warm up for this. All was fine and I got the airport in plenty of time for my 7.30am flight. The plane was so teeny tiny. I was sat in a seat on a single isle, I have seen bigger buses. I arrived in Brussels at around 10.30am after checkout, baggage claim and getting the train. I left my luggage in a locker at the train station and headed straight in to town. I say straight in to town, I got lost so many times that that alone took 2 hours. I did see some lovely sights along the way though.
I finally found Grand Place Square and wow! what an amazing place. It was so beautiful and such a sunny day, so I sat outside in a cafe and took in the sights. I negotiated my way through the pretty side streets and found Rue des Bouchers and eventually found The Delirium bar and the Jennaken Pis statue before heading back to the locker and on to Motel One for a nap and a few beers.
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY:
On Thursday I spent the day in Bruges, what a stunning place, such pretty streets and another beautiful square/market. Unfortunately it rained most of the day, so I never got to go on a boat trip, but I did visit lots of places that I had planned to. I must have walked 10 miles easily. I managed to find (eventually), The Old Hot Chocolate House and OMG I am so glad that I did. A cup of hot chocolate that you pour a whole chocolate cup of buttons in to and yes the pouring cup is chocolate too, topped off with the most amazing Belgian waffle... heaven.
Friday the plan was to go the Atomium, however on arising I realised that I could not walk...ouch the pain. So instead I mooched around the hotel, did some planning in the bar and headed over to Paul's bakery across the road for lunch. In the evening my planner friends arrived - yay and it was back the bakery, then time for the 'mini meet' with some of the attendees. So many people turned up (I had organised it thinking there would be around 10 of us). It was lovely to chat to so many like minded people and talk all things planners, it was also lovely to finally meet some of my lovely blog readers and online planner friends.
Saturday and Sunday: Plannercon Europe Event:
Wow, what an event, the organisers were amazing and really did pull out all of the stops, it was a bit of a whirlwind I must admit, so many people I met, workshops undertaken, goodie bag claimed, swap table rummaged through, stalls perused, purchases ringed in, raffle tickets given and a teeny tiny bit of planner time. I met Erin Condren and got her to sign my planner, got a personalised Leuchturm Monthly planner and had so much fun. Katie Teage's planner song to an Ed Sheeran song was a particular highlight. I won't waffle on (get it?) too much as I have documented the event and goodies in my two videos below. I just want to thank everyone for making it possible, I will never, ever forget it.
I did miss a few goodies out of the haul video by mistake so they are featured in the image above. Enjoy watching my two videos below, the first of the trip and event itself and the second of the huge haul from the goodie bag, purchases, gifts and swap table. If you are viewing from email or to get directly to You Tube click here - Kerrymay._.Makes You Tube Channel
Today I am sharing a peek into my planner bag and stationery storage pouches for planning and my washi tape storage for home and travel or planning on the go. My planner bag is from http://www.aliexpress.com/ and so are many of the washi tapes featured in the video. My pouch is all set up ready for Plannercon Europe - eek 3 days till I set off!!!! I so can't wait.
So have a look at the video below and do leave me a comment either here or over on the video itself.
Keep Up to Date on My Plannercon Europe Vlogging:
Be sure to visit my Instagram and Insta Stories for updates from Plannercon Europe and Brussels from Wednesday till Sunday (25th-29th October 2017) - My Instagram
Take Care, see you after Plannercon Eu
So excited to be writing a post for Kelly over at the Hazy Days UK blog. You will all know that I love Kelly's stickers, they are so varied and have stunning graphics and cuteness. So rather than me just showing you pictures of the pretties, I thought I would share some ways you can use them in both planners and journals.
Using Full Kits in Weekly Layouts:
I am using my stickers from HazyDaysUK.etsy.com (a variety of different kits, both functional and decorative). Using full kits for weekly planning is the most obvious way to use stickers in your planner and many of you will do this already. I like to be a bit different in that I use a blank tn insert and draw out my layouts each week using a different layout or style. I love that I can vary them up and mix and match things. The image above uses the Three Bears kit which is stunning. For this layout I have used a vertical TN boxes layout, whereas the with the stunning autumnal Little Red Riding Hood kit below I have chosen a more streamlined horizontal layout similar to the Carpe Diem.
Here are just a few of my experimental layouts using Kelly's stickers.
Using Functional Stickers and Deco Sheets
I love functional and decorative stickers. I must admit to using decorative more to add a bit of prettiness to my planning. I am definitely more an aesthetic planner than a functionality planner. That said, Kelly's icons are great to add to monthly and weekly pages as you are filling them in. Here's a few ways I have used the two sets of stickers for a more functional style bullet journal/bujo style planner layout.
Using Planner Stickers in Creative Journaling and Bullet Journals
I have also used stickers from Kelly in my creative journal pages and in my bullet journal, in particular the deco sheets. In the image above you can see the gorgeous bujo pastel headers of the days of the week (I use these a lot) and you can also get a set of number/date stickers in the same styles and colours. They are stunning. Below is part of a page I created for my Summer holiday break up day.
My very first purchase from Hazy Days was their reading log stickers, which went straight into my bullet journal on my reading page. It's a lovely long sticker which you can use to track your reading on the go. I have also used Kelly's stickers on my dashboards. The gorgeous dreamcatcher came from a boho feathers set and I just love it.
Monthly Planning Using Sticker Kits
Finally, I use my Hazy Days stickers for planning my monthly layouts. I have used two of Kelly's monthly kits: The Boho/Tribal Kit and the Flowers Monthly kit. They are both gorgeous. You can see how I used the tribal kit here Monthly Planning in my Traveler's Notebook (Planner Girls Collective).
The beautiful flowers kit I have used here (complete with a plan with me video)
Monthly Kit Plan With Me
I hope this post has inspired you to be more of a creative planner or given you a few ideas for using your stickers. Now go and check out Kelly's shop (You can use code KERRY15 for 15% off no min spend), the link should apply the discount if from a computer.
Thank you for reading, Kerry xxx
Guest post for Mrs Brimbles Art Creative Team
I see a lot of posts in the planner and creative journal groups asking for ideas on using their printables, papers and creative kits. For this post I am using Anna's patreon resources (workshops, videos and printables) to give you some inspiration on how you might use them in your own planners, creative journals, art journals and on memory keeping pages.
Art / Creative Journal Page
The October printables are stunning. I created a post last week using the canvas style printables where I created a Flower Art Journal Page, so I wanted to create a smaller page spread for my creative art journal to maybe add some memory keeping to. I started by adding some watercolour and alcohol ink in Autumnal colours to the page. I then added the amazing watercolour fox printable and added some definition to this by adding a darker colour behind it. I wanted the watercolour to be a bit more abstract than my usual style, so added a few swirls and splodges in watercolour to add a bit more interest to the page.
Next I added the Autumn printable brush lettering header and painted over the white in the same colour paint I had used on the page. I added embellishments of autumnal washi tape, a cut out from a Brimbles Box scrapbook paper which I added an Autumn quote too in a white posca paint pen. Lastly definition was added by drawing an outline to frame the page in brown watercolour and used the white paint pen to draw out details on the page. I love the result of the vibrant colours and that cute Mr Foxy.
Bullet Journal Autumn Page
I won an Instagram prize a few weeks ago: The Little Bullet Book, which is stunning and wanted to make a start straight away. I used Anna's Patreon Printables to accent the page and it has really made the bujo spread pop. I love how the October header sets off the page and that stag is soooo beautiful. I love how the page is simple but effective; I can't wait to get planning. I have a busy month ahead, but I get to end it all in Brussels for Plannercon Europe.
Autumn Planner Dashboard
My final make was to update one of my pocket dashboards. I used a tutorial from a UK Planner to make a dashboard pouch pocket a while back and had already added the gold spray around a flower embellishment from a Stamping Up kit. Finally I added Anna's bear from the collage sheet and an acorn. I again used a white paint pen to add the Happy Autumn writing.
I love my Autumn set up and have got so much use out the September kit. It is now used in my planner, bullet journal, creative journal and an art journal. Hopefully you will be able to give some of these a go and maybe it's given you some ideas as to how you can use the collage sheets in your own planning and creative works. There are so many options, so don't hold back. printable images can be used in anything you do, you just need to go with the flow and don't overthink it. I now feel a scrapbook page coming on for my next little project.
Ahhh Autumn, I love you and I love changing up my planner to my Halloween and Autumn stickers and planner setup. I have so many favourite stickers and shops for Autumn goodies, but thought I would share with you my favourites this year.
There are two shops on Etsy that are my go to place for great quality and stunning ephemera and planner die cuts; Away With The Fairies Co and Little Rainbow Moon. The Autumn/Fall Fashion ephemera is stunning. I haven't used it yet, but can't wait to get it stuck in to my creative journal, I will definitely be using it for my Plannercon Europe travel journal. Jo from LRM is always a favourite, stunning hand painted watercolour images. I won the set off Jo last year and still use the cute woodland animals in my journaling and planner pockets year on year. You can see my haul from LRM here - Little Rainbow Moon Prize Unboxing.
Autumn Planner Stickers:
My favourite Etsy shop for planner stickers is Hazy Days UK and not just because I am on the PR Team, I do genuinely think they are the best out there. Kelly makes amazingly gorgeous sets and the two above are my absolute favourite Autumn stickers. The Fallen Leaves kit is stunning - please do go and see for yourself. You can even grab 15% off if you use the code KERRY15. In addition the Woodland Fairies kit is another stunner and favourite of mine.
Autumn Printables for your Planner and Journals:
Anna Brim has some stunning printables over on her Mrs Brimbles Patreon Page as digital collage sheet downloads. There are around 10 sheets each month and this month (September) has some stunners. In addition to the ones above there are also her gorgeous hand painted watercolour animals. Do consider becoming a patron, it is so worth it.
Halloween Planner Stickers:
Finally on to my Halloween stickers for this year. For my monthly layout I am using stickers from The Mix and Match Planner, which are beautiful, you can't beat a bit of goth girls in your Halloween planning. I also have the Kawaii Halloween Stickers on order from Hazy Days UK (again use code KERRY15 for 15% off), I can't wait to receive them.
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.
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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,
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.