R-Kive Leather Journal Review (ad)

Hey!

So a little while back I was approached by the lovely Dyanna over at R-Kive Leather to see if I would like to try out one of their products in exchange for a little PR work. Of course I jumped at the chance because I have been eyeing these up for over a year now and desperately wanted one.

Once we decided on the leather, I then had to decide on the type of notebook cover I wanted. Now this was no easy thing. In the end we decided to go with a B6 Hobonichi weeks hybrid. Now this may sound odd but in fact it just means adding a little extra height to the B6 to allow for the weeks to sit in the pocket.

The cover arrived just before christmas and I have not had the chance until now to get this post written so let’s get cracking.

First of all it arrived beautifully wrapped and well packaged. The smell of the leather was so good, I could smell it before I even opened the envelope.

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The leather itself….WOW it is absolutely gorgeous. I love floppy leathers so this could not have been more perfect, it is so so soft and silky. It is an absolute dream to touch and it is so tactile. I imagine it may mark easily but let’s be realistic, who doesn’t love a marked up, well worn journal?!

There was some great size pocket inside, two at the front along with a credit card size pocket then another pocket at the back which you can slot the weeks into. It came with 4 strings and some B6 journals already made up for me. The elastic is quite thin, my personal preference would have been to have thicker strings so I will probably change them out at some point. The spine was not reinforced, something I hadn’t thought of or specified but not I have seen the flexibility of the leather I would probably add a reiforced spine on hindsight as it just gives more structure to the overall cover.

It fits the Weeks and the B6 notebooks beautifully, however, for now I have decided to use it to hold my B6 Staology journal. When I have hospital stays for surgeries though It will be used to house everything I need to take with me.

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All in all this is a beautifully made cover. The leather and workmanship is extremely good and I will be ordering another at some point in the future.

Thank you so much Dyanna for making this for me and allowing me the opportunity to try one of your beautiful creations.

You can find out more about R-Kive Leather here and visit their shop here.

Thank you so much for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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2019 Planner Set-Up

HAPPY NEW YEAR

It’s a new year and usually with that a whole new set of planners. This year though I am only introducing one new planner and continuing to use a planner I used for the last 4 months of 2018.

Let’s star with my good old faithful. My EDC/Handbag planner is a Hobonichi Weeks style planner, which I loving refer to as the faux-weeks. I got this from Aliexpress for around £6 after hearing about how nice they were from one of my YWOC PR teamies ( who sent me 4 more lol). I fell in love and haven’t looked back. I love the space in it, it is light, versatile and perfect for popping in my handbag. It is great pop having all my appointments and such in. I do decorate it when I can be bothered but I am not fussed if it stays plain as it is purely a functional planner.

 

My other planner which is more comprehensive and which I am using for everything (social media, house, blog, book reviews and colletions) is a Scribbles That Matter Bullet Planner. I had been eyeing this up then Sam (another YWOC PR Teamie) showed me hers when we attending a blogging event together in December and my partner bought it for me for christmas. This planner is in the form of a bullet journal and has the inside set up for you, this is perfect for me as not only did I love the style but I love not having to worry about drawing it out myself each week. This will be the one coming to hospital with me for my surgery appointments so I didn’t want the pressure of decorating.

I added my own collections to some of the blank pages and I have to say I am loving it so far. The paper quality is aaaammmaazzzinnnggg.

 

 

I picked planners this year based on 2 reasons;

  1. Maximum Functionality
  2. Something that is easy to carry around, take to hospital and most importantly not to have to decorate each week if I get sick again.

 

What are you using this year? I would love to know.

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

The Andrew McMeel Posh Planner {Review}

Hey Everyone,

I was browsing my local bookshop and of course that meant stumbling along to the academic planners which had just been released (Yes, I know this post is 2 months late, opps). I saw one which stood out to me, it was so very pretty and had lovely golden detailing.

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I had a flick through and loved the layout of it. On the back was all the brand details which I had never heard of before. I can’t believe as a planner girl I have never before seen these. This one is part of the Organised Living Range

When you open the front cover there is a wallet section to pop stickers/notes/letters. Not only does it have little bits but the top opens for larger documents as well. There are pages showing all the 2018 and 2019 holidays, a monthy tracker, monthly overview and then a weekly diary section. At the back there is a section for emergency numbers, notes and planning for 2020 as well as 2 sheets of stickers.

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For me the best part of this planner is the weekly overview. Each day is split into a writing part and a part with checkboxes for things such as to-do lists. There is also a section at the bottom for notes or has a pre-written quote. This allows so much flexibility for planning my days.

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For a link to this planner click here. The planner was £16.99 which I thought was fab value for money.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

My Current WIP Set-Up {A5 Uglydori Traveler’s Notebook}

Hey Everyone,

Today I have a lovely crossover post for you. It involves planners and writing, two of my favourite things.

I recently took part in a planner swap and I got this absolutely gorgeous A5 Uglydori from Uglybug Traveler’s Notebooks. The size meant it was perfect to set up for my current work-in-progress and NaNo prep and the quality of the leather means it will hold well getting a battering in my bag.

I have set-it up around the same theme as my novel genre and added little bits and bobs that inspire me and make me happy.

I have 4 notebooks inside it, each serves a different purpose.

Notebook 1 is my WIP Bible – this contains everything I need to know about my book. Character profiles, world building, plot points, outlines, storyboard. You get the drift.

Notebook 2 is my NaNo BuJo – I have all my preptober goals set up, NaNo goals, word trackers, NaNo self care info and I will add any word crawl pieces I take part in as well as a running to-do list.

Notebook 3 is my WIP notebooks – this is where I write out scenes and pieces of actual writing that I want to include in my book but don’t have my laptop with me. Great for when I am out and about.

Notebook 4 is for Writing Resources – this is where I write more technical notes, print out copies of advice, trips, tricks and worksheets. This is a book I can keep with me regardless of which WIP I work on as the information is relevant to writing in general.

I have various sticky notes and washi tucked in the pockets along with a NaNo personal size insert that I have yet to transfer all information into.

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Link to my pinterest where all these resources can be found: Alaria Storyboard

Links to images above: The Raven Girl The Room Stack

I would love to see if you have a planner or TN set up for NaNo or your work-in-progress.

Here is a link to my writing resources.

 

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Guest Post: Jennifer Gilmour {Product Review – Brother Label Maker}

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Since I was young I always loved labelling and when I got my first label maker I was in my element. Do you remember those old style label makers that emboss the plastic type tape?

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Is it just me or did you also have the urge to go around and label everything?

It also reminds me of The Simpsons episode in which Bart Simpson goes around labelling every item in his path, oh it made me laugh because that was my childhood and a very stationary geekette moment of course.

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Image from – https://deadhomersociety.com/2015/10/22/quote-of-the-day-2406/

My husband has his own printing business and I have been helping out packing and design work. I am at home as a writer so always take his packages. One evening he opened a package and turned to me and said “You will love me for this”… only to see it was an electronic label maker for the packages he sends. I could have hugged him or kissed him but I wanted to print the first label, it was an urge and all the memories had come flooding back!

Hubby’s business- www.outfoxprinting.wordpress.com

I have to admit it wasn’t easy to get started and it was a lot of faff to wirelessly print. The software is basic and thats all it needs to be, it was easy to actually type up and print and thats what we wanted to do so that we sped up the packing process.

Alas my first label was printed and I whipped it off the adhesive and stuck it to my husband, I won’t repeat what was printed here but the Bart Simpson in me came out! Oh how I had so much fun, especially when I discovered the mobile phone app which is much more of a faster process then on the computer. We were covered in stickers but it was ok as it was the complimentary roll. The fun was over and we got all serious about the cost side then. I gladly offer to pack so I can use it and yes I am not ashamed to admit it.

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The label printer we have is the Brother QL-810W and we bought it for around £85, it was worth the investment for this price- this was on the offer price on Amazon at the time. The non sale price is around £193 and I think we would of hesitated a little or had been a little disappointed to have to spend that amount on this device.

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Here it is on Amazon- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brother-QL-810W-Connected-Wireless-Printing/dp/B01NC39W6

Like I mentioned before the installation was frustrating, in fact It took me around 40 minutes to set up both computers and two mobile phones. The software on the laptop and the process to get to print is way longer then on your mobile phone which I do find frustrating as I use the computer the most.

If you are using it for a business element, handmade or crafting then this is a good investment or the sale price as its quick to print labels from the Etsy app.

Happy labelling

Thank You Jennifer for sharing your product review with us today.

Emma-Louise x

Wilko Hypernatural Notebook and TN {Review}

Hey Everyone,

If like me you are a member of many a planner group you will have undoubtedly seen people sharing their love of the Wilko TN.

The TN comes with 4 inserts and for only £5 I had to get it and see what the fuss was about. I didn’t just stop there though, I also got the matching washi set and a couple of fliptop coiled notebooks.

The washi is really nice and isn’t overly sticky so it makes it nice and tactile to use. The designs are really pretty.

The coiled notebooks are gorgeous. They are sort of floppy rather than having hard rigid card at the back. The paper is lovely quality. I’ve already started using mine for my studies.

The TN is so much nicer than I expected. It isn’t leather, it’s some sort of plasticy fabric. It comes with 4 gold strings and a 2 poppers at the front so it can account for any chunkiness.

The inserts are lovely quality. You get a daily insert, yearly insert, notes insert and one which has a mix of plain and graph paper. The covers are so pretty.

I decorated the front if my TN with a decal sticker from FabPlannerPrint on Etsy.

This is called the Hypernatural range and there are loads of bits you can get in this design. I absolutely love it and for the cost it is such a bargain.

I’m using the TN as another writing TN for a specific story I’m working on.

I would recommend this for seasoned TN addicts and for beginners.

Feel free to drop me a comment and let me know if you have one and how you are using it.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

My Unicorn Planner Traveler’s Notebook {Review}

Hey Everyone,

As most of you know I am a massive stationery and planner-holic. One of my Your World of Colour PR Team members has her own shop that sells handmade paperclips and Traveler’s Notebooks, MyUnicornPlanner.

I couldn’t resist the lure of the sloth fabric so I went ahead and purchased one, along with another fabric one for my friend.

I was so excited when they arrived. Apart from being extremely well made the scalloped edges give a little extra width so you don’t have to worry about any overhang issues. I could easily get about 8 books in mine without any hassle.

The spine is made with a glitter material that sparkles so beautifully without been too domineering.

You can decide on whether or not you want pockets, I did and got these wonderful generous sized pockets at the front and back.

The B6 size price starts at £19 and increases depending on the additions that you want to add such as pockets, glitter shakers etc and it’s worth checking out the Facebook Group for additional discounts and PR Codes.

All in all I am very impressed. These are very well made and arrived within the specified time frame.

Thank you for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Recent Purchases {May}

Hey everyone.

I thought I’d share with you my more recent purchases. Not all are planner related. There are some bookish items as well.

Lets start with my YourWorldOfColour orders. I ordered these beautiful spring/summer feel kits and some matching day of the week covers along with some swear word quotes. These are bright, fun and amazing quality.

Next is my first ever order from Linouspots. These are lovely watercolour stickers and didn’t cost a fortune in shipping. They arrived really quickly.

I purchased this Filofax Ranger from a destash in a group. I am now using it as a wallet/purse combo.

I ordered more inserts from Queen Mabel and Doris as mine are almost empty. I got two different weekly styles and some dotted inserts.

Now we have another destash purchase. These are fab and I couldn’t resist for the price.

Last but not least an order from Fable and Black which are one of my favourite stores for bookish goodies. I got the Rattle The Stars Throne of Glass cup and a Bad Witch badge.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Your World of Colour PR Kit – May

Hey everyone, today I’m sharing with you my PR kit from YourWorldOfColour. I love my little packages from Carlyann, they are always full of fun and functional bits that are incredibly useful especially since I’m am more of a functional planner.

The first picture shows little Unicorns eating fries, Office desks, Coffee cups, antibiotics and trainers. These are all great for me. I normally wouldn’t use the trainers but I’m taking up running once I’m better so they will be useful then.

The next set are cleaning check lists which I use all the time and March Wacky Holidays which I will save for next year

Then last but not least the amazing Cow kit! I love this so much and cannot wait to use it:)

So that’s everything. You can see my purchases from Your World Of Colour in another post later this week.

Don’t forget you can use the following code for a discount:)

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

May 21st-27th Planner Decor

Hey everyone.

Today is just a quick post to share with you my weekly planner decor.

I’ve not been using a planner much over the last few months but I’ve decided to start using my gorgeous Galaxy Recollections planner to keep at home with all my stuff in.

This week I used the Unicorn Dreams kit from Your World Of Colour. I love it. It is summery and all pastels which are my fav.

As you can see the EC kits work well in other planners including horizontal ones like this.

If you fancy getting yourself this kit or any others then remember you can use my code for a discount.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x