Gisborough Priory Project

Part of my 6 Months To Change My Life goals was to become more social and get involved more.
Recently I applied for a voluntary position with the Gisborough Priory Project to become a Custodian (Open and shut the site, welcome guests, deal with queries etc). I was really happy when they accepted my application.

Gisborough Priory is one of my favourite places so to be able to spend time there while providing a service was something that made me really happy.

So what is Gisborough Priory Project? 

Well it is a group of volunteers who are committed to the managing and upkeep of Gisborough Priory and the surrounding woodland gardens. English Heritage own the site of the Priory and Gisborough Priory Project own the Woodland gardens, but they manage both sites.

The Priory of St Mary as it’s officially known was dissolved in April 1540 during the reign of Henry VIII and currently the east end and other parts remain.

The woodland gardens include what is known as the Monk’s Walk which is lined with beautiful 200+ yr old trees that tower above.

The restoration of the Woodland gardens over recent years has been astonishing. It is such a beautiful place to come whether you are a child wanting to sit in the wood carved Thrones made from fallen trees and see the Bug hotel, a couple wanting a romantic walk, alone for some soul searching or as a family.

I could easily spend every day there. My children have all known this place from been young, when we use to come for picnics during the summer months and I still take them and my youngest frequently.

There is little funding for the Project so it does rely heavily on volunteers and donations.

It does not cost to visit the Priory and is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am until 4pm and Bank Holidays.

If you are in the area I would highly recommend a visit. There are also events held there too such as Summer Sound, Outdoor Theatre,  Halloween children events and Teddy Bears picnics.

Here are some pictures of the Priory and Gardens.

If you’d like to find out more information on how to volunteer, donate or see more history please see the website for details.

Gisborough Priory Project

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

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UglyBugDoes Planner Subs Box – July *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 love this time of the month. Even though I am part of the design team and know the theme it’s great to see the finished box all put together. There is always 1-2 items that we haven’t seen too so it’s a nice surprise.

This is Michelle’s second subscription box and the theme for this month is Superhero.

Contents included:
* Pen with a hero logo
* Pow planner decal paperclip
* Metal superhero paperclip
* Sticker sheets
* A5 or Personal size dashboard (extra stickers for HP or EC users)
* Lego Superhero charm
* Superhero Journaling Cards

This kit is adorable and fantastic value for money.

The box retails at £10 excluding delivery and many of the items are exclusive to the box.

Now for the best bit…the pictures.

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For those who want to see the difference between the ring bound planner boxes and those for HP and EC please see the video below from Katy Evans, a fellow Design Team member:)

For more details on how to order, sneak peeks and other UglyBugDoes goodness please click the following links:)
UglyBugDoes Website and Blog
UglyBugDoes Etsy
UglyBugDoes Facebook
UglyBugDoes Twitter
UglyBugDoes Instagram

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Planner Society Sub Box – May

We all love to receive happy mail, to know you’ll get it at least once a month is even better.

I kept seeing the Planner Society subscription boxes posted and absolutely loving them but as they are from the U.S I was weary if custom charges.
However after asking about I finally decided to take the plunge however they weren’t available. I missed out for the next 4 months then managed to get on the subscription list.

May was my first box and yes I realise I am really late with this post as I also have June’s box to review too.
I also don’t have too many pictures of this one either as I wasn’t intended to review them at the time.

I love floral designs and this months was amazing.
I’ve used the papers to decorate TN insert covers, the ephemera in my journal and all the other bits too.

Everything is extremely well made and designed.
The charm…wow it’s superb and beautiful! It even came in a velvet pouch to keep it safe.

The box retails around £27 and that includes postage. It doesn’t have custom charges as it is valued below that amount to pass through safely.

Of all the boxes I have tried this one along with the UglyBugDoes box is my favourite. You get so much value for your money. I would highly recommend signing up for one if you haven’t made up your mind:)

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Full Kit

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Beautiful Charm

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Covered TN insert

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Using the stickers, flags and stamps (slightly corrected now as the dates were wrong)

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The Stationery Geekette x

Paperchase Nordic Planner Review

Last year when Paperchase brought out there Nordic range I absolutely fell in love. At the time though I couldn’t afford the beautiful new planner. When I received the Paperchase sale email last week I thought I’d have a browse and see what there was.

Low and behold was my beautiful planner and it was reduced to £8.
So what did I do? I bought it of course. I’d have been daft not to when I’ve wanted it for so long.

It arrived on Tuesday and it lived up to all my expectations.
It is so soft and well designed. The inserts are incredibly pretty, even of most wont be used right now.

It also lays flat when open which is fantastic.
I have decided to use it to track my studies as I am hoping to go back to college in September and prior to that do some research for a Legal Secretary course.

Anyway I think that’s enough babbling from me, now for the photo’s 🙂

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The Stationery Geekette x

Filofax Adelphi Review

I have always struggles finding the best planner to use as a carry around in my bag. I’ve tried everything from Personal to Pennybridge to TN but nothing seemed to work right.
Since swapping to A5 as my main planner which is to chucky to carry around I haven’t even had my personal to pop in.
I saw a pocket Adelphi on eBay which looked great so I bid and won.

When it arrived the first thing that I liked was it’s colour and style. It was much nicer than the pictures.

I loved the inside of it, it had a popper pocket on the front inside pocket and some card slots and a zipped pocket near the pen holder.

I set up with the sections that I needed;
* Shopping
* To-Do
* Notes
* Gisbrough Priory Project Volunteer info
* Contacts

So far I’m loving it, it’s perfect to use and so light in my bag 🙂

The Adelphi definitely gets a thumbs up from me:)

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The Stationery Geekette x

My Planner Inserts Review

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If you are like me you’ll spend forever trying to find the perfect insert for your planner. You spend a fortune on them just to find out that they don’t work for you.

Some of us are lucky enough to be able to create our own and then there are people like me who just suck at it and printing double sided isn’t a possibility either.

There are a few great people out there who make custom inserts designed around your specifications. Just – So – Stationery is probably the most thought of and I am currently using some from there.

However I was talking to another lady, Nicola, who said she has also started making custom inserts and offered to send me a free sample.

We discussed at length what it is I would want from an insert and a couple of weeks later my sample arrived. I received a personal and A5 sample.

Both designed the same way however due to the personal nature of some things written on the personal size I do not have any pictures of that size.

I used the A5 size in my blog planner and I have to say the quality is amazing. Printed on 120gsm paper they are thick enough to handle all the pens I tried.

The paper is smooth and has a great sense of quality. The layout was exactly what I had asked for. The only things I would change would be to box my days and have black rather than grey ink both of which were my choice.

I really like them and will definitely be looking at purchasing some when my current inserts run out.

For more information please visit My Planner Inserts

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Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

GTD Trigger List For My Blog Planner

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The GTD incompletion trigger list is an absolute godsend for me as I frequently forget things when I have a toddler running amok however as I mentioned in my previous post GTD Trigger List For My A5 Planner the one in David Allen’s book doesn’t fit my life situation so I have adapted it into two seperate parts. One for my daily life and one for my blogging.

I have already shared the list for my daily planner so now I am sharing the list for my blog planner.

I haven’t typed this one up as of yet as I am waiting to see if I need to add or tweak it first as this is a relatively new list.

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As you can see the list is somewhat different and more blog orientated.
I am trying to improve my blog as I progress as it’s something that I love doing. I don’t currently blog for money but more freedom. Blogging is one of the few things I have in my life that’s done for me (and my audience) rather than for my partner,  children or family.

When I first started it was just somewhere for me to write and I didn’t have a clue about domains, SEO, statistics etc however now I find myself wanting to learn more, wanting to reach more people. To share any knowledge I may have or experiences I have.

The trigger list helps my personal development with my blog so much, as it forces me to focus.

If you have any tips or triggers you feel I’ve missed or advice I always greateful.

Thank you for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x