The Leuchtturm 1917 – Things I’ve Added

If you have read my previous post on the Leuctturm 1917 which I started using at the beginning of January you will know that using this type of journal was entirely new to me.

I wasn’t sure entirely how it would progress, what bits i would implement and utilise and what I wouldn’t need. It was all new, shiny and exciting.

I have learnt many things over the last month and I have to admit I am LOVING using it and it works in sync with my Filofax Malden perfectly.

I have learnt that not everything has to be perfect. I rarely draw things out in pencil first now I go right in with the pen and hope for the best. I have made mistakes, plenty of them but that is life and it makes it mine 🙂

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I have also started adding a few more decorative things like stickers and a bit of washi here and there but not too much. I want it to be pretty but more so functional.

Let’s take a look at what I have added….

First off I have added a Blog states tracker page. Very simple, no need to mark the actual stats as they are recorded elsewhere but this is to remind myself to take note of them and to look at how I want my blog to progress in simple terms.


Next we have a Current Watch List. This is all the programmes I am currently watching. I have a list of all series I watch throughout the year elsewhere. This is just for right now.


Then we have a penpal tracker. I decided to up my penpal game. Handwriting letters is such a nice thing and I love receiving them from people and finding out about different cultures, lives, hobbies etc. However I did start to get a bit confused over who and when I had received them so this seemed like the best way to go.


The Review pages. These will be added at the end of each month to review the previous month and ascertain my goals for the following month. I also add my blog stats here too.


Finally the Monthly Tracker. I really wanted to be more aware of what I needed to do daily, and somewhere to prompt me of the things I sometimes forget to do or make time for. I added a few extra boxes incase I thought of other things I wanted to add. I didn’t start this until a few days ago hence why many of the boxes are crossed out as they had already passed.


I am really happy with how things are progressing with this new method. I would advise anyone who is thinking of trying something similar to go with it and just be yourself.

The Stationery Geekette x


Pretty Purchases #1

I don’t often review the purchases I make, but I have decided that I probably should since the items I receive are often amazing and should be shown worldwide!

I have made 3 purchases lately, well I say lately it’s more over the last couple of months.

Firstly, a beautiful paperclip. Not just any old paperclip but a pink glittery Unicorn! That’s right! A FREAKING UNICORN!

Absolutely love this. It is extremely well made and very sturdy. I have no worries about using this as I don’t feel it will bend or snap off.

The shop was called Vellamaes and is on Etsy and it was very well priced at £3.99 inc postage.

I am soooo happy with it:)


Secondly my other purchase was a new dashboard. I wanted something that was classic and simple. Different from the other ones which I own. I honestly couldn’t decided for ages but I went with the Tiffany Blue coffee cup one.

The seller and creater is Swci Stationery again on Etsy. The price was £3.50 inc delivery. Beautiful work, I will definitely be having more of these in the future:)


Last but not least this is one of the most pricey washi I have ever bought and the only reason was shipping. The washi it’s self is very very well priced. The shipping is totally worth it too.

Custom made design by Cynthia this washi is absolutely adorable. It has a lovely sparkle too it and well…who doesn’t love pink and gold and…….UNICORNS! that’s right Unicorns again! I simply cannot get enough.

This arrived all the way from France within 5 days and it is so much nicer that I could have imagined.

This was purchased from LoveCynthia and the cost was just over 10 euro which worked out about £8.40ish. It also came with a few little goodies. I have used the little bookmarks as page dividers in my planners. They are super cute:)



I hope you enjoyed seeing the beautiful items recently purchased:)

The Stationery Geekette x


*Disclaimer – All items were purchased by myself and not as part of any promotions by the above shops. Beautiful creations should be shared :)*

20 Uses For Your Planner

Quite often in different Facebook groups and among friends I have been asked or seen the question asked “What do you do with your planner?”

There are so many different uses for a planner, it doesn’t have the be the traditional way. One of the best things about planners are their customisability. You can make it whatever you need it to be.

Below you will find a list of the most common 20 uses of a planner.

  1. Diary and/or Calender
  2. Lists – To-Do, Shopping etc
  3. Gratitude Journal
  4. Faith Journal
  5. Art Journal
  6. Project Planner
  7. Blog Planner
  8. Food Diary
  9. Meal Planner
  10. Health and Fitness Tracker
  11. Finances
  12. Contacts
  13. Penpal Tracker
  14. Journal
  15. Household Planner -Children, Chores, Finances, Appointments etc
  16. Study Planner
  17. Work Planner
  18. Pets and Animal Planner
  19. Reading Planner
  20. Christmas Planner

Whatever you use your planner for just remember it is yours, no-one else’s. So make it what you want it to be. Mix it up, Make it shine! 😀

The Stationery Geekette x


Book Review: Sharp Objects (no spoilers)

The first book I read by Gillian Flynn was Gone Girl as I wanted to read it before I watched the movie. I really liked her style so I promised myself I would read more of her novels. I came across Dark Places and Sharp Objects and I have just got around to reading Sharp Objects.


Published in September 2006 this was Flynn’s debut novel. I wasn’t sure how I would like this as usually writing style develops the more we write but I was very impressed.

All in all I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than Gone Girl. While I felt the plot was somewhat predictable (I guessed the killer pretty much off the bat) it didn’t ruin the read. I was intrigued by the way the characters interacted with each other especially given the family dynamics.

The main character Camille is likeable but damaged and self-destructive. I did find myself getting frustrated at her and wondered why on earth she was still staying with her mother when there was a perfectly good motel she could have stayed at. That became clear later though with the craving for attention and affection she sought.

The book wasn’t overly long which I really liked as I have found some crime writers can tend to drone on a bit and drag it all out meaning that about 3 chapters could probably be skipped.

It took me about two days to read and that was while managing a 3 children and a partner (who is probably a bigger child in fairness).

I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes a nice easy read crime fiction book that may not have much time.

I am certainly looking forward to see what Gillian Flynn’s books have to offer.

Sharp Objects is available via Audio, E-Book and Paperback and can be found here.

The Stationery Geekette x


My 2016 Books to Read…

Since I had my baby back in October 2014 I have seriously lacked the time to indulge in a good book. Towards the end of 2015 I picked up reading again and managed to finish the whole Harry Potter series in a few weeks.

I have since found that there is no excuse not to read, even with a lack of time I can manage to squeeze a few pages in here and there throughout my day and reading is good! It nourishes the soul. I am trying to divide my list between books of fiction and those to help me live the life of my dreams (cheesy but true). I am quite behind on the books that have been published so for some my list may seem a little dated.

I have already read 4 of my 16 and I’ve enjoyed every single one of them.

So without further ado, here is my list

  1. The Girl In The Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz
  2. Brave Enough – Cheryl Strayed
  3. Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn
  4.  The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod
  5. The State We’re In– Adele Parks
  6. Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
  7. Looking For Alaska – John Green
  8. Snowed In For Christmas – Claire Sandy
  9. After You – Jojo Moyes
  10. Follow You Home – Mark Edwards
  11. Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Strayed
  12. Torch – Cheryl Strayed
  13. Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
  14. Into The Wild – Jon Krakauer
  15. The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins
  16. All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

I have ticked off the first four but the rest I will read in an order depending what I feel in the mood for.


I have to say The Miracle Morning was brilliant! Completely inspiring and I cannot wait to write my review on it after I’ve completed the first 30 day challenge.

I’d love to see what you are reading this year. Are you taking part in any reading challenges, part of any book clubs etc? Feel free to drop me a line if you have any recommendations:)

The Stationery Geekette x

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The Girl In The Spider’s Web review (no spoilers)



Depression Coping Strategies

To start I would like to say thank you to my readers. I got a huge response regarding my post on dealing with depression and a baby. I received many questions which I tried to answer the best I could but one particular one kept cropping up ‘How to I cope and get through it by myself?’ So following that post and question I have decided to write a post in how I deal with it, how I cope and what my top tip strategies are.


These tips may not work for you, depression is an extremely personal thing and what works for one person may not work at all for the next. This is however, how I have managed to keep hold of just a little sanity in a world that remains insane.

  1. Scream. I know, you are probably thinking to yourself ‘what?’ but you heard me scream. I go into the bedroom, grab a pillow and scream into it. This is when I’m at that point where I am completely overwhelmed by the situation and need an immediate outlet. We all get frustrated and want to scream and shout because everything at that moment is unfair, hard, overwhelming and 99% of the time you have no idea how you will get through it. Screaming is such a release of all those feeling that it helps me calm myself with a pretty much immediate effect.
  2. Exercise. Its a time old concept, one everyone recommends but very little of us actually do. Now by this I don’t necessarily mean go work out for an hour at the gym. I mean do anything. For me it’s swimming. I love to get in that water and swim. I am alone, in my thoughts just powering through it. The sound of the water, the smell and the feel is extremely comforting to me. Others chose to install a punching bag, join kick boxing. Just do whatever it is that makes you feel good, that take’s you away and gives an outlet for your thoughts.
  3. Stepping Outside. Again this is more of an in-the-moment coping technique. When you feel overwhelmed and frustrated then take a step outside and just gather your thoughts for 5-10 minutes. I always pop the baby down in her cot with some toys even if she is screaming and crying, I know she is safe. I take myself outside and just breathe, listen to the noises around me, life going on regardless of what’s going on with me.
  4. Do something you Love. For me it’s getting out my planners and decorating or planning a project or blog post. For others it could be colouring, art, painting, reading. Whatever you like to do, do it. Take some time on an evening when it’s all calmed down and just indulge. Run a hot bath and enjoy with a glass of wine and a crunchie if that’s what you need.
  5. Don’t overburden yourself. This is a key thing for me. Taking each day as it comes. I breakdown the things I want to achieve for the week/month and seperate it into day, and have mini goals. I never feel I have too much to do. The stress that comes with that feeling really will not help your depression and the feeling you get from ticking off those mini goals really helps. I feel that despite having some extremely rough days that I am still achieving something. Some days I don’t get anything ticked off, these are the days when life is too much but I have one less thing to worry about. I am not stressing about what isn’t done because I know what Iv’e missed won’t effect anything and it is easy to catch up on. Be realistic and set goals!
  6. Talk it out. If you have someone you can call even if it’s just for a chat about anything else then pick up the phone and do it. Preferably share your concerns, admit you feel crap, admit you feel at that moment that you are failing at life. The old saying ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’ exists for a reason. It is really good to talk!
  7. Be Kind to Yourself. So your day has turned into a shit-fest. Life isn’t going how you want, your dreams are scattered on the floor in little pieces, you feel alone, hard done by and are sat wallowing in self-pity. This is perfectly normal, this is what it is like to live, to be human. Don’t punish yourself. Acknowledge this is the hand you’ve been dealt and you have two options; Give in to it or fight it. If your having one of those days just tell yourself, it will be over soon, have a mantra if you must, enjoy a massive decadent pizza from your fav take-away. Tomorrow is another day. I promise you, it will end and it will get better. This isn’t forever. Your just building your inner strength.
  8. Recognise the symptoms. If you are like me sometimes you just wake up and know before anything has happened that today will not be a good day. Unfortunately with depression it’s not just as easy to snap out of it and tell yourself you are been ridiculous. My advice for these days is this…Do something different. Go for a long walk, be spontaneous and visit a relative, go shopping. Distracting yourself from the norm will help. If you work and can’t get a day off, make a plan for the evening or lunch. Give yourself something to look forward too. And smile, even if you don’t want too, its’s contagious. The more smile you give, the more you get an this will realise those happy little hormones we have that make you feel better.
  9. Don’t Be Ashamed. One of the things about depression is it makes you feel guilt, which then adds to your depression. Well stop. Easier said that done right? Ask yourself why you feel guilty?, why you feel bad?. This is yours to own, give yourself permission to feel bad, to have a bad day, to write negative words on a bit of paper. Who is it that dictates we have to feel good every single day of our lives? no-one..that’s who. Every single living person has a day where they feel bad. Don’t let the guilt of it swallow you up.
  10. Avoid The Bad. When your having a bad day and feel crap it is really easy to want to have a good drink but please try to avoid it. A glass of wine or a beer yes, go for it but too much alcohol will just make you feel worse that you already do, not only that but the next day you will already start mentally more vulnerable which will in turn probably lead to yet another bad day. The same came be said for Caffeine too, it is a stimulant and can enhance your stress levels.

Every day you get through is another day closer to the end. It is incredibly tough and those who haven’t experienced it will never understand the internal battles that we have.

I hope that my tips help and you can take something from them. Just remember what you are going through is natural, no-one else needs to be in your business so if you don’t want to announce it to everyone then don’t, if you do then do. Don’t ever feel like you have no options to get out of the situation, you do.

We are the masters of our own destiny, regain control even if you loose it every now and then. Take the good days as they come and enjoy them. The bad days only last until they don’t.

If you would like to seek advice from the medical profession regarding coping strategies and methods I have included a couple of links below.


NHS – Coping with Depression, Stress and Anxiety

The Stationery Geekette x


January Review

This is my first monthly review.  I had planned to just note my blog stats but I was inspired by Laura over at How To Gyst to look at my month as a whole.

I chose to look at 4 different aspects;

1) What Went Well – this is where I write what I achieved in the month. This can be personal, professional,  home, etc

2) Room For Improvement – this is pretty self explanatory. I wrote down everything that I felt I could have done better with over the month. This allows me to see where I should think about applying focus for the upcoming month.

3) Blog Stats – this is all my blog stats for the month. I have never really paid attention to these previously but I’ve decided to track them from now on. This will allow me to see trends in what my readers wish to see.

4) Next Month – this is where I write my goals for next month and everything I wish to achieve. Again this for me was wide ranging subjects and topics. Some people may chose to seperate home, work, blog etc.


I put this end month review in my Leuctturm at the end of the month just before starting the next month. I likethe simplicity of the layout and I used different colours for each section.

Do you write a monthly review? Do you find it helps focus for the month ahead?

The Stationery Geekette x