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

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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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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

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

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