Planner Girls Collective: Planner Meets – Pamper, Plan and Create 2018

Hey Everyone and welcome to another Planner Girls Collective post.

This week we have all picked our own topic and today I will be talking about planner meet-up’s, particularly Pamper, Plan and Create (PPC) which I was lucky enough to go to earlier this month.

PPC is organised by three beautiful ladies. Michelle Mills of Ugly Bug Plans, Leanne Snowball of The Geeky Planner and Kelly Bendelow of HazyDaysUK. The first PPC was last year (2017) and was in Newcastle. Unfortunely I couldn’t make that.

PPC was originally set up to provide a relaxing environment for people to get together and share a love for all things stationery. Set to be in the North of England to give those who couldn’t attend southern meet-up’s a chance to partake.

I got really lucky this year and my beautiful friend Debbie purchased a day ticket for me. The tickets are sold either as a day ticket or a weekend ticket which includes an overnight stay and meals.

I was really looking forward to going. I was 50% nervous and 50% excited. I was worried I wouldn’t make it due to either my illness or the horrendous snow that showed up the week of the event. However, I managed to make it and last the day.

I had an amazing time. I got to meet some amazing people and what’s more, I didn’t feel out of place for my hobby. I felt at home.

The day was so relaxed and easy going. Kelly held a travelling workshop on Brush Lettering which I loved and has helped a lot. There were stalls from shop owners which I got to meet and browse.

We also got the most fantastic goodie bags which were little craft totes. They were full of freebies and discount codes. We even got Erin Condren items and a gift certificate for a full price planner from Personal-Planner.

The best thing though…the table I was sat with. Table 3 was fantastic, what an amazing bunch of ladies I got lucky sitting with.

Honestly if anyone ever has doubts about attending a meet, don’t, you will really enjoy it. I’m going to save to attend PPC again next year as I really loved the atmosphere the girls worked so hard on achieving. All in all it was a massive success in my eyes.

Now here are some pictures:)

Please visit the other ladies taking part this week on the links below:)

Kerry-May discusses her Childhood Travel Journal over on her blog.

Alyson discusses her Planner Basics over on her blog

Michelle discusses her Top Bullet Journal supplies over on her blog.

Emma-Louise x

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My Everyday Planner {Set-up and Overview}

Hey everyone, today I’m sharing with you the set-up for my everyday carry planner and what I use it for.

I’ve been in this beautiful Cinnamon Stick B6 Nayadori from Nayapaperie since it arrived in October. I love it just as much now as I did when it arrived and what’s even better is that it is working perfectly for me.

I have however, changed my main planning insert. I was previously using the bullet journal style inserts from The Punk Planner I had used them for months but found that I wasn’t utilising the tracker part of the insert. I then received an insert as part of my PR package from Queen Mabel and Doris which is working really well. I’m able to dress it up or down as I wish and it has a lot of space.

I’m not a huge decorator but I do like to add bits for colour and function. I do like little headers to split up sections I need.

I always have one my page a weekly to-do sections, notes, next week and blog schedule. Some weeks I may add a meal plan some I won’t.

The next insert I have is a standard month-on-two-page insert from The Punk Planner. This allows me to do any future planning, jot down reviews due, essays, studies, appointments. Pretty much anything. As I only prepare a week or two in advance in my weekly I use this to future plan everything else, along with sticky notes.

After this I have what is called my collections insert. This is a simple lined and decorated printable insert from Annie Plans Printables. I use this to track my weight loss, write my book TBR, favourite quotes and anything else that I want to keep track of that doesn’t require a a weekly tracker. I also have all my up-to-date medical info here for emergencies.

After this I have three more inserts. I have a To-Do list insert and Book Review insert both from The Punk Planner and another one of the Annie Plans decorated inserts for any notes and scribbles.

I also still have the Harry Potter cardwallet to store random letters and stickers I need to keep with me.

Throughout the planner I have changed my overall decor from the autumn/winter theme to a beautiful vintage celestial theme.

I use my planner for everything and it has to be practical more than pretty but I’m really happy with the balance I have found between the two.

I have recently set up one of my old ring planners purely for medical info as I’m less precious about it being in the hands of medical staff when I get taken to A&E which happens more regularly than I’d like.

Thanks for reading and I’d love to know what you use your planner for so feel free to drop me a comment below.

Emma-Louise x

Lucy Hall’s Social Media Planner Review by Jennifer Gilmour [Guest Post]

Hello everyone. I’m delighted to be blogging here on Emma-Louise’s blog because I am also a stationery geek. I would compare myself to Monica out of friends, I love to organise everything and if someone doesn’t put things back in the correct place they will receive a talking from me.

A little about me (other than my geeky love for stationery)

My name is Jennifer Gilmour and I am a young married mum of three children; Sophie is almost 8, Riley is 6 and my youngest Robyn is 2. They like crafts like me, my eldest loves washi tape and notebooks as much as me as well. I am an author and I love to blog.

You can find out more about what I do via my website and blog at www.jennifergilmour.com

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Lucy Hall’s Social Media Planner Review

Today I wanted to review a product that has saved me worrying about my marketing plan. As an author it is important to use social media and your blog the most effective way. I have never had the time to think about how to set up a marketing plan and when I came across Lucy Hall’s Social Media Planner.

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As you can see from the photo’s it has these beautiful pink flamingo’s as the cover and Lucy uses this throughout her media which helps for her brand recognition. The Planner is a 2018 Social Media Content Planning Diary and I have used it for January and already receiving results.

One of my favourite aspects is how the planner give’s you noteable days, tips for each month, challenges you to give your own objectives and your own important message for each month. Noteable days include days like; National Popcorn Day, Clean Off Your Desk Day, Compliment Day and so on.

At the end of each month you have the chance to recognise your achievements and I believe it is important to celebrate success even if it is the small steps to the big goals.

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The layout of the planner is simple but yet effective, it has a classy feel to it. The colours are simple and the flamingo appears on some pages as a background throughout.

As well as the planner Lucy has a Facebook group for those who purchase the planner and it gives you a chance to ask questions, see updates from other members, network, receive training and theres competitions and giveaways which is always a winner for me.

I would highly recommend the planner to anyone who is looking to get organised with their social media, whether they are a blogger, have a business, are an author or are helping clients with marketing. At a price of £17 you have nothing to loose. I am looking forward to my marketing achievements this year.

Buy the planner here: https://avvisomedia.lpages.co/social-media-content-planner/

Lucy Hall on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LucyHallLive/

Lucy’s website: https://www.lucyshall.com

Jennifer x

Your World of Colour January PR Package

Today I want to share with you my recent PR package and purchase from YourWorldOfColour.

First I’ll show you my PR kit.

There was a mix of headers, script, icons, weekend banners and one of the Black Swan kit sticker sheets and the Spring Fling personal kit. I really like all of these. The little baking icons are so cute and I adore the to-do stickers.

Now for the purchases. I bought a bunch of these woollen headers on different colours. I just love them, the detail on them is fantastic.

I cannot wait to use these.

If you want to get your hands on these headers or anything else then feel free to use my code below to get a discount.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Whitelines Paper and App {Review}

Hey Everyone,

A little while ago I came across something on a study Instagram account that had me intrigued. As I looked into it I found there were actually quite a lot of students that use it.

I’m talking about Whitelines Notepaper. Whitelines is designed with special whitelined grid that can be scanned using an app so you can produce a digital photo of the handwritten image.

Below is an example of an original and scanned copy.

I really like how this works. I mean I still have to type up stuff but at least all notes are automatically there for me to reference back too.

The only slight issue is that pastel doesn’t show up well on the scanned copy. Black and dark colours show up really well though.

All in all it’s a really good little tool. The notebooks aren’t too expensive either. The A4 one was £6.50 and A5 was £5.50 both can be found at Amazon and are available with Prime shipping. The app to use in conjunction with the paper is free to download via your app store.

I’d love to know if you use Whitelines and how you find it.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Creative Planner Magazine Are Looking For Writer’s, Artists and Shops.

Hey!

As you may know I am part of the lovely team over at The Creative Planner Magazine.

So far our first copy has had 1139 downloads and that number is still growing.

However, we are looking for your help.

Are you a Planner addict who would like to to write an article for us?

Are you someone who likes to doodle, draw and create beautiful things for your planner?

Do you like to do DIY for your planner such as making shaker dashboards or felt paperclips?

Are you a shop that sells stationery items such as stickers and washi etc? And would like to provide us with a code for our readers?

If you answer yes to any of these and would like to write an article for our Spring issue then please pop a comment below or visit us TCP Facebook or TCP Instagram or feel free to join our contributors group on Facebook.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Planner Queen’s January Sub-Box {Review}

Hey Everyone,

I was recently asked by the lovely Corrina over at Planner Queens if I would like to review one of their planner subscription boxes.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love a box full of stationery mysteries through the post so I happily accepted the offer.

I received the box and had to open it immediately. This is what I got;

Memo Page Flags

Cloud Sticky Notes

Planner Designed Washi Tape

Two Journaling Cards

Die-Cuts

Tab Journaling Stickers

Sticker Sheet from Jems Journal

Daisy Pin Badge

All these items are really cute. I love the little Daisy Pin badge. This is a lovely little box that isn’t going to break the bank. It is well presented and has bits that every stationery lover will like.

You can get a box from here, they are priced at £12.99 (£13.99 if on pre-order) and shipping is free.

Corrina has been kind enough to offer a code for 10% off as well Royal18.

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

Queen Mabel and Doris PR Package {Unboxing}

Hey Everyone. Hope you are all well.

Today I’m back with a review of my latest PR package from Queen Mabel and Doris.

This time I received two inserts. Both had plain black covers. One was is weekly diary style insert and the other is financial tracker.

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I am yet to do a pen test on them but the paper is nice and thick and really smooth. I am looking forward to trying them out. I have decorated ready for next week.

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The stickers used for this were from Ellie Beth Design UK.

If you fancy popping along and making a little purchase you can use my discount code for 15% off.

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Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Planner Reflections and 2018 Set-up

Hey everyone. 

Can you believe it’s the end of 2017 already? I feel this year has flown by. I haven’t been as active on here over the last few months but I have never been so busy. 

Like many people I suffer from twitchy fingers and I have an inability to relax meaning I take on far too much, which for me came crashing down when I got very sick in November. 

However, things are on the mend and I’ve really taken stock of 2017 and what I aim to do going forward. Tomorrow there will be a post as part of the Planner Girls Collective where I will share my goals for 2018 so for today let’s reflect over what I’ve changed. 

When 2017 began I was in a pocket size TN and enjoying it. About March I swapped back to a ring planner but it didn’t last more than 2 months. Since then I have been in a TN just in various sizes. I have tried personal, micro, A6 and now I’m in B6. 

I have cut back a lot on decoration and find I am rarely using washi at all and stickers are more for function and mild decor.

I really have homed in on what I need from a planner and the purpose it should serve. I no longer seek to have that ultimate pretty planner and lust after everyone else’s, it’s simply not for me. 

My 2018 set-up is pretty much the same as how I’ve finished 2017 which the exception of one Planner which I’ve introduced. 

So what am I using? 

For my everyday carry – do everything planner which houses a weekly diary, monthly overview, book reviews insert, to-do insert and 2 notebooks (dot and lined). This will be my B6 Cinnamon Stick Nayadori. 

I am also using the beautiful B6 meadowgate for my business which has a simple incoming order tracker, outgoing order tracker and notebook in. 

My new addition which is stunning is the Recollections horizontal planner with the Galaxy cover. I am using this for my studies. I learnt at the end of this year I need to plan my studies out much better than I am as my Masters is getting so much focus my diploma has fallen to the wayside. 

So there we have it my 2018 set-up. I would love to know what you’ll be using in the new year so feel free to pop me a comment below:) 

The Stationery Geekette x

Study Woes and Pretty Planners

Hey, 

Well I have to say that my studies have been a bit of a nightmare so far. I spent most of November really ill and in and out of hospital which has had a massive impact on my studies and I am seriously behind. 

My first TMA was due on the 30th November but I was granted an extension until 14th December. It’s now the 13th and I’m still not finished. My toddler was poorly and off nursery and very clingy so I’ve literally just started getting my mornings back. 

It’s a 1500 word assignment primarily on the doctrinal approach and the strengths and weaknesses of this approach. 

I have about 500 words so far on the strengths and I will type the rest up this morning. 

It has been a very interesting topic especially in using mental capacity to highlight the pitfalls of using such an approach. The next block which I am 2 weeks years behind on is regarding the historical approach to legal research, this also looks like an interesting block to do. 

I can’t tell you how relieved I am that we have the Christmas break off as it will give me a chance to catch up on everything as I will admit I am starting to feel overwhelmed by how far behind I am. I particularly like to read a lot around subjects and currently don’t feel like I have the option to do it much due to the amount I am behind. It’s a good job I love to study:)

On the plus side I have a beautiful new study planner which I will be using for 2018 and I plan to break things down better so I am always more aware of what’s coming up. I have another TMA due on the 1st Feb and I start Jury Service on 29th January so I must get it done before then as I really won’t have time otherwise. 

I am really looking forward to going into the new year. I feel like after this year things can only get better and I want to excel at what I’m doing. I haven’t even looked at my Fiction Writing course since October, that’s my problem with non deadline courses. I’m going to set myself deadlines for that one as well so it doesn’t get left behind especially as writing is important to me. 

Anyway that is enough rambling from me thanks for reading:) 

The Stationery Geekette x

P.S for those who are interested, the Galaxy 2018 planner is a Recollections branded planner from Michaels in the U.S. A beautiful soul (Francesca) brought one over for me on her visit to the U.K. The top planner is a Nayadori from Naya Paperie and it is a B6 travelers notebook in cinnamon stick colour