Confessions of A Plannerholic: Top 10 Stocking Fillers for Book Lovers and Plannerholics. 

Hello and Welcome to another instalment of Confessions Of A Plannerholic. 

Today each of us will be looking at our Top 10 Stocking Fillers.

I have particularly focused on Book Lovers and Plannerholics because this is what I am lol. Others may have focused elsewhere.

Let’s get cracking! 

1) Bookmark – Any book lover loves a good bookmark. If you are anything like me you can never have too many.

2) Washi tape – This is perfect to pop in a stocking as a little surprise.

3) Memo pad/Sticky notes – Another great little addition.

4) Wax Melt or Candle – Preferably book themed from one of the amazing stores on etsy. Most book lovers are obsessed with these to accompany them on their reading journey.

5) Magnetic page markers – 2 birds with one stone if you pick something bookish such as Harry Potter.

6) Pens –  We all love a good pen!

7) Charms – Also another great one for booklovers and planners. Charms make a beautiful accessory

8) Socks – Booklovers love socks. Book themed Harry Potter socks, Alice socks, fluffy socks.

9) Paperclips – I’m not taking generic ones. I’m talking custom made felt beauties.

10) Tube of Sweets – Whether you’re planning or reading having some sweeties to nibble is always great.

So there you have it. My Top 10 Stocking Fillers. 

Please don’t forget to visit the other lovely ladies for their Top 10 List.

SkaLovingGeek

A Beautiful Plan 

The Vintage Planner

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

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Weekly Decor 28th Nov- 4th Dec

Hey Guys and Gals,

Welcome to another plan with me type post.

Sorry I haven’t posted for a little while, I’ve been super busy and trying out different formats etc.

This week I have decorated my planners all the same theme.

The sticker set comes from Vintage Rose Studios and is Christmas Shopping Personal Kit and was provided as part of my design team package. 

This is how I have used it in my everyday carry, passport size dori.

Then I set up my blog planner. The social media icons are also from Vintage Rose Studios. 

And last but not least my stay at home everything planner which is a brand new Heidi Swapp.

I love how I have managed to do all 3 spreads with 1 kit and I have plenty left over. 

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to use code Emma15 for 15% off a £10 spend:)

The Stationery Geekette x

December ‘To Be Read’ List

As December is rapidly approaching I thought now maybe a good time to share my prospective reads.

I don’t often post this to my blog, usually I just post to Facebook and Instagram. However,  I will be doing this monthly in future.

These books aren’t listed in any particular order. I don’t know what I’ll start or end with. Some are must reads as I have a blog tour or publisher review due for them. 

1. Stealing Snow by Danielle Page

2. Snowed In For Christmas by Claire Sandy

3. Let It Snow by John Green

4. Throne Of Glass by Sarah. J Maas

5. Late Whitsun by Jasper Kent (Blog Tour)

6. Horizon Alpha by D W Vogel (Publisher Review)

I’d be really interested to see what is on your December reading list or your reading list in general. 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x




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Planner Productivity: Complex Task Management 

Last week we discussed the benefits of planning your work which can be found here for anyone who missed it.

This week I am going to discuss the method which I use for more complex tasks such as Project management. 
When I start a more complex task the first thing I do is to make a checklist of everything I need to do.
Once I have done that I go through the list and give everything a priority or mark it down into a sequence. 

After that I add timescales. I do this by looking at my overall deadline and assigning smaller deadlines to the individual tasks.

The next part of my process is to check resources. I like to ensure that everything I need is available and if I need assistance it is available and I’ve given notice of my request.

The one thing that is probably the most important thing is to allow some wiggle room and to have a contingency plan as sometimes no matter how much we plan, things can go wrong or get delayed. This could be on your part or someone else’s. 

I always add a few days throughout my timescale to allow for set backs, If I am relying on someone else I always have someone readily available for back up, or an alternative way to resolve the problem. It always helps to have a think at the start about any potential problems.

Once I have planned for all of the above I get started.

I hope this helps you plan for any complex tasks. If you have a different method I would love to hear it.

Next week we will look at Effective Working Methods. 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

Previous posts in the series;

Planner Productivity: Prioritising Your Tasks 

Planning Productivity: Benefits To Planning Your Work 


See Vintage Rose Studios Planner Stickers

*Disclaimer : I am part of the Vintagerosestudios Design Team and received these stickers for free. All opinions are my own and unbiased *

Weeeee I received my first Vintage Rose Studios design team package arrived on Saturday and I was absolutely thrilled. There was so much to chose from.

The sticker kits sent were all Christmas and winter themed and are absolutely stunning. I also received some functional stickers which will come in really handy.

I received a mix of repositional, glossy and matt stickers in various sizes as I use a mix of planners.

The first kit is my favourite, it’s the Christmas in the Park kit and totally gorgeous. 

The next kit is the Christmas Shopping kit.

Next is the Gingerbread Christmas kit.

Then we have the December kit.

Then there were these functional stickers. A set of Social Media icons and some Header stickers.  There was also this cute sampler.

I can’t wait to use these kits. I will be posting on Sunday a My Week Planning post in which I will show how I have used them.

Also, as we know Black Friday is imminent and of course that means some brilliant discounts for everyone. Please see the picture below for details.

Don’t forget to use code Emma15 for 15% off your £10 order any other time!

And you can check out the Facebook group here.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Confessions Of A Plannerholic: December Bucket List.

Deeeecccccember! 
That’s right, I’ve said that naughty month the one people dread and love in equal measure.

Today’s post will look at the contents of my December Bucket list, now this means December as a whole not specifically Christmas as we have a seperate post for that later.

Sooooo let’s have a look what’s on my bucket list for the next month.

1) Winter family walks 

2) Reconnect with friends

3) Family crafting days

4) Make lots of fudge and ginger cookies

5) Put the Christmas decorations up.

6) Read at least 1 winter themed book

7) Get organised for January (House /Blog/Business) 

I forgot initially that December actually ran past Christmas. I have the relaunch for the bookclub in January so I really want to be organised by then with the house, blog and business. So this will be a large focus for December. 

I am really interested to hear if you have a bucket list for December.  If you do, what does it include?

As always thank you for reading and please don’t forget to check out the other ladies taking part in the Confessions series. 

SkaLovingGeek

UglyBugDoes 

A Beautiful Plan 

The Vintage Planner

A Life Lived In Words

My Chaotically Eclectic Life

Pineapple and Button

Pennygate Crafts

Plan With Hannah

SallyAnnMade

Pennygate Crafts

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Review: Future Worlds Anthology by Various Authors 

*Disclaimer : I received this book free of charge from Future House Publishing. This does not effect my review, my opinions are based purely on my experience reading this novel*

TitleFuture Worlds: A Science Fiction Anthology

Author: Cameron Dayton, Michael Darling, Jared Garrett, Mark R Healy, Josi Russell, D.W. Vogel

Publisher: Future House Publishing 

Format: Kindle

Pages: 164

Rating: 5/5

The Blerb

Within the Future Worlds Sci-fi Anthology you will find stories spun from the webs of current Future House bestselling books. Whether you are a fan of space dinosaurs, population annihilating bugs, interstellar magicians, man vs. distant planet scenarios, or colonization troubles, this anthology will have something galactic for you. Come get to know the Future House Publishing sci-fi authors. 
Taken from Amazon.

Review:

I was sent an ARC of the Future Worlds book by the Publishers. I have to admit it took me a while to pick it up as I had put it off a little as Sci-Fi isn’t really something I’ve read before and wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it, plus it felt like it took forever to read my previous book.

I was really surprised. The book comprises of small stories which I was genuinely disappointed when they finished. My favourite of the stories had to be One Man Falls by Mark. R Healy and Horizon Alpha: High Wire by D.W Vogel.

I really enjoyed every single one but those two seemed to stand out more.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone, even those who wouldn’t usually read this genre. 

The only downside to it was that the stories needes to be longer 🙂 I want to read more about all of these characters.

Yet again Future House Publishing and it’s authors have knocked it out of the park.

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

I’m On The Vintage Rose Studio Design Team!

As many of you know I recently became a free agent on the Design Team front after working with UglyBugDoes for 6 months

However I have been lucky enough to be selected for Vintage Rose Studios  design team along with two other lovely ladies, Rosie and Lashanna.

I will be part of the team for a minimum of 3 months and you will see a lot of Melissa’s designs in my planners.
I also have a discount code to offer you all. 15% off over any £10 purchase : Emma15.

Keep your eyes posted for the Black Friday deals that will run from Thursday 24th until Monday 28th.

I’m really excited about this opportunity. 

If you purchase any stickers I’d love to see which ones and what you do with them 🙂

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Planner Productivity: The Benefits To Planning Your Work.

Last week I shared with you my method for prioritising my tasks. You can read the post here if you missed it.

This week I want to discuss the reasons why I plan and the benefits it holds not just personally but professionally.

The main reason for planning any work is simple, to ensure it’s the best use of your time and energy. Prior planning always means you have a clear objective.

You’ll have to excuse the language but the phrase “proper planning prevents piss poor production” is right and I completely agree.

So what other benefits are there to planning your work?

Let’s have a look;

  1. You will save time in the long run.
  2. You will get more jobs done because you are organised with your time.
  3. Your most important and urgent tasks will be completed.
  4. You will make fewer mistakes.
  5. You will be more organised.
  6. You will find it much easier to check your progress.
  7. You will be much more likely to meet your targets.
  8. You will be less stressed which will lead to better morale.
  9. Having your work planned makes the task less daunting and will provide more motivation.

It really does pay to spend a little time getting yourself organised in the long run.

I hope that this is some benefit to you. Next week we will look at Complex Task Management.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Previous posts in the series;
Prioritising Your Tasks

Book Review: The Power Of Dark

Title:  The Power Of Dark

Author: Robin Jarvis 

Publisher: Egmont

Publication Date: June 2016

Pages: 288

Rating: 5/5

The Blerb:

This is a book primarily for children. 

It is about a boy Verne and his friend Liz. Set in Whitby the story is about magic, witches and a very old grudge. 

Will they be able to save the seaside town before it is taken by the sea? Have a read and see what happens.

Review:

 I read this book prior to meeting the author which will be discussed in another post.

I really enjoyed the story even though it is for children. It has all the elements of a great fantasy novel. The fact that it is set in a seaside town near me makes it even better as I can see it all in my minds eye.

Robin illustrates his novels and there are little pictures all the way through. 

The book is enjoyable and the characters are likable. It’s an extremely easy book to read and even as an adult it’s a great read.

There will be an opportunity to win a signed copy of The Power Of Dark in an upcoming post so if you are interested keep your eyes peeled.

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x