Webster’s Pages TN Review and Set-Up


I was kind enough to receive the mint coloured new Webster’s Pages travelers notebook in a swap from a friend. I’d been eyeing these up for a while but really couldn’t justify the cost when I wasn’t sure of it’s quality or whether I’d use it.

When I first received it I was amazed by the colour, I had seen the pictures but it was so much nicer in person.

The leather quality is really nice too, it’s not too floppy but has lots of give, the internal fabric is really nice too.

The elastics are not too taught and have some nice give without having too much. This is bigger than a standard TN, in fact I could fit my full TN with it’s inserts inside this one without issue.

For me one of the best parts are the internal pockets, including a photo pocket. I love these. It’s just like the planner pockets in the ringed Websters Pages.

This would easily fit 6 inserts, if not more. I currently have 4 in there and there is so much more space.

I have set up mine to be my journal and creative space. I am still waiting for some inserts to arrive but I will show you what I have put together so far.









I’d love to know if you use a Webster’s TN and what you think of it and how do you use it?

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x


Picks Of The Week #6

Welcome to another edition of Picks Of The Week.

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Or alternatively leave a comment with a link to your blog below:)

1) http://ourrachblogs.com/2016/05/swan-syndrome/ Our Rach Blogs

2) http://www.callierose.co.uk/2016/05/stationery-websters-folio.html?m=1 Callie Rose

3) http://midwifeandlife.com/parenting/gift-i-couldnt-keep-part-4-end/#comment-3781 Midwife and Life (Warning upsetting content but beautifully written)

4) https://27ish.net/2016/05/26/how-to-find-a-time-traveler/ 27ish.net

5) http://www.uglybugdoes.com/blog/may-28th-2016 UglyBugDoes

6) https://soggymusings.wordpress.com/ Soggy Musings

7) https://zoeplans.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/small-stuff-creation-sticker-review/ Zoe Plans

8) http://suite6ten.tumblr.com/post/144982045158/new-challenge-part-2  Suite6Ten

9) http://www.strangecharmed.com/filofax/30-ways-to-enjoy-june-free-printable/ Strange & Charmed

10) http://howtogyst.com/mindfulness-meditation/ How To GYST

My YouTube pick is:

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

UglyBugDoes Planner Subscription Box Unboxing *Spoilers*

*Disclaimer – I received the box free of charge as I am part of the design team however this does not alter my opinion of the quality of the contents.*

I am really excited to be bringing you this news. I was selected my the lovely Michelle Mills owner if UglyBugDoes to be part of her design team.

Not only is this a brilliant opportunity for myself and my blog to be able to take part in but I get to work alongside someone who I have so much respect for.

UglyBugDoes was relaunched on the 20th May with the release of new planner subscription boxes which sold out within the first hour of the shop opening.

The boxes are priced at £10 and you get nunerous items in with a minimum value of £15. Each box will be themed and is available in personal or A5 size.
Future releases of boxes will also have the opportunity to be bumped for a higher cost and more items.
This is a great idea as it allows people to take part in a planner subscription which is suited to their financial situation.

There was not just a planner subscription box new to the store but more sticker designs, planner stencils, charms and other crafted objects.

Below you will find my unboxing of one of the first ever subscription boxes.







This box contained:
1) Exclusively made planner charm
2) A skull white out mouse roller
3) A skull pen
4) Exclusively made paperclip
5) A whole months worth of themed exclusively made functional stickers.

I love this box and it is fantastic for its value. Anyone who has been debating it I would highly recommend. I have insider knowledge that the next months theme will be amazing!

For more details of future releases, sneak peeks or to purchase any of the UglyBugDoes items please see the links below.

UglyBugDoes – Etsy
UglyBugDoes – YouTube
UglyBugDoes – Website and Blog
UglyBugDoes – Facebook

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Future Planning and Weekly Checklist


Everybody loves to save time, in a society that is constantly looking to be productive and organised there are always tips and tricks to minimise the time we spend doing the tasks we need to get through each week.

I am one of these people, even though I am not currently working I am always on the lookout for ways to be productive with the time I do have.

I rarely get any time to myself and when I do it’s usually spent planning the next day, week ahead, on my blog, reading etc. I like to try and get as much done within that time as I possibly can otherwise it can be a good few days before I get any more time (toddlers are soooo demanding).

Well I thought I would share with you some of my tips and tricks when it comes to planning productivity and my weekly task checklist to ensure I have those little things accounted for.

When it comes to planning there are a few things which I like to do in advance.

1) Decoration – I always decorate 4 weeks at a time. I like to know that everything is ready to use as and when it maybe needed. Some people may not like this as decorating weekly is part of their planning process however I leave my blog planner to do weekly but always pre-decorate my everyday. It’s one less thing for me to worry about.

2) Schedule Tasks – Once I have decorated my 4 weeks I then go through and add in any birthdays, appointments, calls, emails that are upcoming and I schedule in all my tasks such as laundry, rubbish, ironing, hoovering etc. I have a housework schedule that rarely differs week to week so it’s easy enough to do.

3)  Monthly Goals – At this point I usually write up my goals for the next month ahead. What I want to have achieved when it comes to doing my next set of weeklies. This is also handy to look back on to see where you may have failed, mistakes you’ve made and what you’ve learnt

So there are my top top 3 future planning tips.

Each week however I have checklist which I like to do through to ensure that some actions are taken care of but the days can differ week to week.


My weekly checklist consists of;

1) Scheduling ‘me’ time – I have to do this to ensure that I remember to look after myself. If I didn’t I’d end up doing housework or things for other people. I also use this time for blog planning, decorating and other planner goodness.

2) Schedule ‘miscellaneous’ time – This is just time where I plan not to plan. This for anything that may pop up that needs dealing with quickly that couldn’t be planned. This to to try and maximise productivity with my other tasks and minimise distractions.

3) Weekly To-Do List – This is pretty self explanatory. I list all the tasks I want done for the week and then prioritise the top 3-5 that are essential.

4) Menu Planning and Shopping List – I don’t plan my meals in advance for each day, instead what I do is write down 7 meals that I want for that week and just tick off which I have when I have them. That way I can be a bit more flexible with how I feel on that day. I also write a shopping list to correspond to what I need.

5) Theme My Days – This is an idea which was originally from Alexis over on Strange And Charmed and it’s very simple and rather brilliant.
Plan your days tasks according to their category, for example; do all house work in the same day, all paperwork in the same day etc. This maximises your focus and makes productivity higher.

There you have it, how I future plan and weekly plan.

If you have any tips or tricks I’d love to know them. I am always looking for ways to improve my process.

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x

How I Use The Filofax Clipbook For Studying

As you may have seen from one of my previous posts on e-courses I study a lot of free online courses (you can find that post here).

One thing I wanted was to have a nice planner to keep all my study notes in. I did however want something not very bulky and easy to carry about.
After doing some research I came across the Filofax Clipbook.
The Clipbook comes in a variety of colours and is really light and portable and does come with inserts which are standard A5 (I bought secondhand without inserts so I can’t include them however they can be found on the Filofax website).

The clipbook is perfect to use for my studies and I’m really liking it now I have set it up. I’ve kept it all really simple with just what I needed and nothing more.


The first thing I have in the Clipbook is a calendar,  I use to note upcoming course dates and where applicable assignment due dates.


I also keep a zip up wallet in here where I keep divider tabs for my subjects.


After this section I have a subject planner. This is where I list all course details that I am undertaking.


I then have the subjects that I’ve studied and are currently studying. These are divided by using tabs on the top of the page rather than dividers.


I have other divider sections after this, in thise I keep multicoloured paper, graph paper and plain paper as I intend to complete each course on a different type of paper.
I also have a books to read section and to-do section at the back for when a course requires further reading or research.



As you can see I’ve kept it simple, easy and uncluttered. I’m unsure when I go back to re-train as a TA in September if I’ll use a clipbook or a different planner after all I will have the new Carpe Diem Ballerina by then 🙂

I’d really like to see how you’ve set up your planner for studying,  if you have any tips to share, your use of decoration etc so please feel free to drop me a comment, link or email.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Living Room Décor and Colour Scheme


When I was younger I always thought that I’d end up in a position where I could go out and buy everything I wanted for my home in one go. Little did I realise that the reality of this happening was pretty slim.

As most of you will know, these things take time. You build up the items you want, save for the ones you desire and usually in the meantime have the most mismatched collection of furniture and accessories.

Since we’ve moved I have really been working on themes of rooms in our home. Looking into the types of items I want in there, the colour schemes I want and the style of furniture I’d like.

So far I have at least come up with my living room style. I am really happy with what I have picked for this in regards to the colour scheme and accessories.

I have so far managed to get a few key pieces towards my ultimate style.

The colours I have picked are shades of some of my favourite, but together I think they look really nice. I adore the wallpaper also and will be looking for this or something similar.

Our main furniture is the sofa and chair which we got from DFS. It is the Revive suite in charcoal grey.


Next the furniture which I want to compliment the colour scheme are these pieces from Ikea and Next.

We ordered the Ikea Kallax unit and some baskets which I have now set up and will post towards the end of this article.

When it comes to lighting I really like the rustic look and I came across these little beauties. The lamp is from Next and the candle holder was from Willko.


I wanted luxurious curtains that would blend my colour scheme together and a dark pole to put them on, metal preferably over wood. The pole below was found in Wilko’s and the curtains from Tuiss.


Other accessories I have chosen are just small things which would set the room off really nicely. I am also on the lookout for older bound books for decoration and the bookcase.



The majority of items I have picked are from Next, the new catalogue had some amazing pieces which suited my theme amazing.

So far we have managed to get some of these items and start working towards building the room which we desire and the look that we aim to create. As you will see in the photo I have now exchanged the little locked basket for some books which I found in my local charity shop.


So there you have it, this is everything I imagine for my room. I still have not finalised the styling I want in any other room yet but as I do I will post my thoughts with you.


Links to the stores mentioned:




All Posters (For the Stag prints above).

Thank you for reading my very first home and lifestyle post.

The Stationery Geekette x




Picks Of The Week #4

Welcome to another edition of Picks Of The Week.

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1) http://becomingadadat40.com/shock-awe-will-never-stand-alone Becoming A Dad At 40

2) http://www.callierose.co.uk/2016/05/beauty-favourites-13.html Callie Rose

3) https://soggymusings.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/poppy-seeds/ Soggy Musings

4) http://www.abusybeeslife.com/5-reasons-why-judging-others-is-about-you/ A Busy Bee’s Life

5) http://midwifeandlife.com/parenting/4397/ Midwife And Life

6) https://27ish.net/2016/05/12/do-you-want-to-be-a-muse/ 27ish.net

7) http://www.girllovesaplan.com/2016/05/liebster-awards_11.html Girl Loves A Plan

8) http://suite6ten.tumblr.com/post/144183579143/styles-for-transitioning-seasons-pt-2 Suite6Ten

9) http://howtogyst.com/minimalist-living/ How To GYST

10) http://www.strangecharmed.com/productivity/4325/ Strange And Charmed

And my YouTube pick of the week is:

Girl Loves A Plan



My E-Learning Guide


With the dawning of technology came many ways in which one can expand their knowledge base using free online courses.

I am a huge fan of these free courses and have previously partaken in many of them.

There are so many institutions that offer these courses however for today I aim to focus on my top 3.

1) Coursera – This is probably my favourite. It takes courses that are offered via many different institutions. You can pay to get a certificate however you do get a completetion certificate without paying.

Usually lessons are released weekly and have some sort of ‘homework’ that go with them or tests to complete.

The support you get with these courses is amazing. Not only do you get to have a lot of peer to peer support via forums and community boards but you can post directly to the course leader or their assistant.

The first course I completed with Coursera was called Presumed Innocent: The Social Science Of Wrongful Convinction which was via Pennsylvania State University.
I loved this course. I printed out the module guide, read many of the recommended texts and got really involved in the community boards. I passed with distinction and while I didn’t earn a qualification I certainly gained new insights which were invaluable.

The range of courses is extremely varied and there is something for everyone and I would highly recommend them.

Courses I am currently enrolled on with Coursera are:
~Introduction to International Criminal Law
~ Revolutionary Ideas: utility, Justice,  Equality, Freedom.
~ Economic Growth and Distributive Justice Part 1 – The Role Of The State.

Link to the site Coursera

2) Edx – I’m currently studying a course with Edx and from what I have experienced the majority of lessons are via video rather than paper/typed format.

I am enjoying the course but don’t find it as interactive as Coursera. The content was already all published too which means I do not have to wait for weekly releases.
I can’t comment as to what happens when you complete the course as I am part way through.
The content is varied like Coursera and have 100’s to chose from, and appear to be different from the ones offered by Coursera.

The course also supplies a further reading guide which I always enjoy.

Courses I am currently enrolled on with Edx are:
~ The Psychology Of Criminal Justice
~ Jury X: Deliberation For Social Change

Link to the site Edx

3) Open University – The free courses by OU are versions of their paid courses. More like a short course. Mostly just text lessons,  there are no tests, homework or anything with these. It is purely information. Like Edx the course content is all there ready so you can work through it at your own pace.

At the end there is nothing provided other than references and further reading.

The selection of courses is not as broad as with Coursera and Edx but the quality is just as good.
These are great courses if you are short on time or want to top of your knowledge about something you’ve already studied.

I’ve completed a few courses via OU now, the latest was Criminology Beyond Crime and I really enjoyed it. I have found more courses for my speciality via OU than the others but that is mainly because it is UK based only and therefore more relevant.

Courses I am currently enrolled on with Open University are:
~ Children’s Rights
~ Reading Evidence
~ Psychology in the 21st Century
~ Human Rights and Law
~ Forensic Psychology
~ The USA, Power and International Order
~ Introduction to Cyber Security
~ Crimes of the Powerful
~ Rights ane Justice in International Relations

Link to the site OpenLearn

So there we have it. I highly recommend any of these 3 e-course providers. When knowledge comes free it would be silly to waste it.

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x

Home Binder System: An Alternative to the 43 Folder Binder


Last week I watched a YouTube video by Miss TrenchCoat (aka Alexis from Strange and Charmed). It was all about  the 43 Folder Binder System. The video can be seen here.

The basic concept is to have 43 folders in your binder, 12 are monthly and 31 are for each day of the month. The folders are for you to slot reminders, Bills, invitations etc in that you get so you know what’s upcoming and when. A complete running folder with 12 months future planning.

I loved the idea of this system especially for all my house stuff such as bill dates, budget, cleaning,  birthdays and whatever else pops up throughout the year.

One thing that did become apparent when I was considering my set up was that my life simply is not busy enough for all 31 days of the months folders.
Knowing this I have adapted the method to suit my needs.

Instead if 31 daily folders I have 5 weekly dividers dated 1st – 7th, 8th – 14th, 15th – 21st, 22nd – 28th and 29th – 31st. On these I will use sticky notes to put any info relevant to that week.


I also have one folder per month where I can pop any paperwork for that month.

I have also included a few other things in my system.
My contents are:
1) Account Numbers


2) Budget Info


3) Contacts
4) Inbox (where I pop things when I don’t have time to sort it)


5) Cleaning Schedule


6) Monthly Calender


7) Monthly Events Card


8) Monthly Folder


9) 5 Weekly Dividers


The binder then repeats itself from 6-9.
I am really hoping this helps to keep track of everything that is going on in a more functional and practical way. I often will note things in my planner and then cannot find the associated paperwork and I don’t make notes in my planner regarding bills and payments either.

I also have a plastic zipper wallet in to keep my sticky notes in a safe place.


For anyone who would like to see the 43 Folder System then please pop along to the lovely Michelle at Uglybugdoes on YouTube to see how she set up her binder.

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x