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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The Little Book of Dread: Journaling with Negative Emotions

Today I’d like to talk to you about the benefits of journaling with Negative Emotions. Quite often we see posts about the positivity of journaling. Mostly memory journals, project life and posts that always end in some sort of positive outcome. 

However, if you are like me sometimes life just feels really unfair, overwhelming or damn right shit. 

I have a little journal which I call my Little Book of Dread. I keep it separately from everything else and don’t write in it daily. When I do write in it though I unleash all my anger, sadness and hate for whatever it is at the time. I scream at the page with my frustrations. Scribble, swear and have tear drops all over. I don’t care. This journal is never going to be seen by anyone else. This is my journal of true and honest feeling. 

I am only human and yes I know it’s great to try and look at every silver lining etc but sometimes I don’t want too. Sometimes I feel like enough is enough and why me?

Everyone feels like that but not many will admit it because we think it makes us selfish, it makes people pity us. It makes us feel weak. At least that’s how I often feel. I’m a pretty strong outgoing person but I can only tolerate so much.

There are benefits to this sort of journaling. 

1) A problem shared is a problem halved. This way it’s shared judgement free.

2) You can be brutal and honest with yourself and about others.

3) It helps you to de-stress and feel less overwhelmed.

4) You can tell it your deepest darkest secret and learn a lot about yourself in the process.

5) It can leave you exhausted but in the best way. 

6) It leaves you feeling much lighter, like you don’t have to carry that burden around with you.

7) You can unleash your inner crazy voice, this is great since as it’s generally not appropriate to do that in public.

If you haven’t tried this yourself I would highly recommend it. The process is very cathartic. I’ve even gone so far as to burn the book when it’s full, and it really does feel good. Like letting good of everything that’s tried to break you.

Give it a go you won’t regret it. Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

PR Spotlight: Queen Mabel and Doris

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About a week ago I was asked to join the PR Team for Queen Mabel and Doris. I was thrilled at this as I really do love the TN inserts they make.

Queen Mabel and Doris make and sell TN inserts in various styles and sizes and allow custom orders.

They have inserts to suit the more functional of use such as Meal Planning, Addresses, Household chores, Budget tracking, lesuire tracking and many more.

They also have inserts to suit those who like to journal and document daily activities.

You can also get inserts to track your social media and PR Teams.

Not only can you go ahead and purchase these but they are more than willing to work on custom orders to suit your needs. If you would like to order please feel free to use my code shown below for a discount.

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You can find Queen Mabel and Doris on Etsy (linked above) and Facebook.

Thank You for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Planner Girls Collective: Scrapbooking Tips

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Hey everyone,

Today’s PGC post is Scrapbooking Tips.

There is only one tip for me to really share as I don’t really scrapbook, more so I journal.

My tip would be ‘to see everything through scrapbookers eyes’ by this I mean to see everything as potential decoration. This could be leaflets that you can use, magazines you can cut up, leaves, newspapers, tickets, tags, pretty much anything that can be stuck down.

I have used a plethora of items in my journaling, leaves from my local Priory, twigs, cut out letters from newspaper articles etc.

They really do enhance the joy I get from journaling. They make it such fun to figure out uses for them.

If you have any scrapbook tips I would love to hear them, feel free to pop them in the comments below.

To see the tips the other ladies have, please visit their blogs below.

Kerry-May Makes

Ugly Bug Plans

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Life Documented 2017

Hey Everyone, 

I have posted previously about creative journaling that I do. Up until recently it was something I did to celebrate or mark an occasion or memory. This meant that I could go weeks without doing a page.

I had seen the lovely Geraldine mention on her BlogYouTube and Instagram something called The Documented Life project. Unfortunately the original project doesn’t run anymore however there is a Facebook group set up for a 2017 similar version.

Each week on the Life Documented 2017 Facebook group and blog a Prompt and Quote are posted for you to follow. There is also a monthly overall theme. Of course you don’t have to stick to the themes and you can do use your own ideas.

I didn’t start this journey until February but I’ve really enjoyed it so far. I really like the prompts and quotes as they force me to be more creative and think out of the box.

I will be posting regular updates on this project. 

Right, let me go through the spreads so far I have undertaken which are all in my Webster’s Traveler’s Notebook. 

My first week was Week 5.

Challenge: to incorporate a Zentangle or doodle in my journal.

Prompt: “Do not fear mistakes – there are none.” Miles Davis

Week 6

Challenge: Layers

Quote: “I love Layers” Alexander Wang

For this spread I actually did the ballons and tree’s as fold up flaps so I could write within them as you can see on the 2nd picture.

Week 7

Prompt: Valentine’s

Quote: Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth “Look you owe me” Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky – Hãfiz 

For this spread I chose to do heart ballons for the week days amongst a night sky. Using quote on the tag.

And that is me up to date. This week’s spread is something that has taken me completely out of my comfort zone and made my inner perfectionist cry, but that’s a good thing! 

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x 

Confessions Of A Plannerholic: Top 10 Blogs

I don’t know about you but I love reading other blogs. I find them inspiring and helpful. Not all of the blogs I read are planner related but the majority are.
Today’s post is a list of my top 10 blogs.

  1. How To Gyst – I have been following Laura for well over a year now and her blog is one that I go back to frequently. I love how honest she is about everything and how practically inspiring she is. There is a wealth of information on Laura’s blog and definately worth a good read.
  2. Philofaxy – This is a site ran primarily by Steve Morton. It has a mass of knowledge about all things paper planning. There is also a great section of printables to be found on here as well.
  3. A Beautiful Plan – Kelly Vizma is the face behind A Beautiful Plan. Not only does she run a lovely little business and creates the most gorgeous stickers she also has a great blog full of prettiness, tips and tricks.
  4. UglyBugDoes – I maybe a little biased here as Michelle is a real life friend as well as a planner buddy but her blog is great. It isn’t just all stationery and pretty planners but she also discusses life, children and health. A full mix of everything Michelle:)
  5. Geraldine Jayne – Geraldine is such an inspiration. Her blog is full of positive vibes and colour. This has to be my number 1 creative inspiration site.
  6. Strange & Charmed – Ran by Alexis aka Miss Trenchcoat, Strange & Charmed is a fantastic site for productivity and efficency. Alexis also runs many free webinars to join which help boost productivity and she has alot of online buisness resources.
  7. The Literary Llama – One of my absoutely favourite book blogs. I love the way the reviews are done.
  8. ReadSleepBlog – Not only does this blog contain book reviews but there are numerous challenges which one can partake in. It’s fun and lively.
  9. Wonderfully Bookish – I love this blog, I don’t have any other reason than I just do. I love all the information Charlotte posts and her reviews.
  10. Saturday On Wednesday – I have so much love for this blog it’s unreal. I adore everything about it. The content is so funny ( and you should watch her youtube Book_Roast videos). The content is honest when doing reviews and G isn’t afraid to tell it how it is. The content is hugely varied as well so there is something for everyone.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my top 10 blogs and that you find something on them which you also will enjoy. I really could have added at least 5 more.

Please do not forget to take a look at all the other beautiful ladies blogs that are taking part.

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

 Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Creative Journaling in my Travelers Notebook

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I have always wanted to start creative journaling but due to my perfectionist issues I have put it off.

However after watching some YouTube videos from Geraldine Jayne I decided that I was going to give it a whirl.

As it turns out I absolutely love it. Every planner I own is functional so I have decided the Websters TN will be for my creative endeavours.

Creative Journaling is such much fun and I really feel it’s good for the mind and soul. I’m exploring different materials to use and techniques to try.

I’ve even found that I am more aware of my surroundings,  everything I look at is an opportunity to include in my creative journal.

I’ve even added things like watercolour paint, leaves, photos etc.
There is no definitive way to get started, everyone’s journal is unique.

I’ve now found other YouTubers to follow as they have some great ideas, tips and trick. Anna Brim and My Green Cow are two of them, along with Geraldine.

Here are some photo’s of my progress so far.

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Do you have a creative journal and find it therapeutic? If not but you think it is something you’d enjoy I’d definitely try it 🙂

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Webster’s Pages TN Review and Set-Up

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I was kind enough to receive the mint coloured new Webster’s Pages travelers notebook in a swap from a friend. I’d been eyeing these up for a while but really couldn’t justify the cost when I wasn’t sure of it’s quality or whether I’d use it.

When I first received it I was amazed by the colour, I had seen the pictures but it was so much nicer in person.

The leather quality is really nice too, it’s not too floppy but has lots of give, the internal fabric is really nice too.

The elastics are not too taught and have some nice give without having too much. This is bigger than a standard TN, in fact I could fit my full TN with it’s inserts inside this one without issue.

For me one of the best parts are the internal pockets, including a photo pocket. I love these. It’s just like the planner pockets in the ringed Websters Pages.

This would easily fit 6 inserts, if not more. I currently have 4 in there and there is so much more space.

I have set up mine to be my journal and creative space. I am still waiting for some inserts to arrive but I will show you what I have put together so far.

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I’d love to know if you use a Webster’s TN and what you think of it and how do you use it?

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x

Pretty Planner Purchases #2

Welcome to another Pretty Planner Purchases post. I have been waiting a while to post this as I had things arriving at different times. I have come across some really nice things both online and in shops that I just cannot wait to share with you.

So let’s crack on shall we:)

Dividers

My lovely Websters Pages dividers had become quite tatty so they needed replacing. I bought this lovely set of Ancient Map dividers from My Pretty Week on Etsy. They were fairly well priced and I opted for the front and back doing. They did take a long time to arrive, almost two weeks so not ideal if you are in a hurry but they are handmade and I’m glad that they were not rushed as that may have ruined the quality. The dividers are very sturdy but not laminated. I love them and think they are really good quality. I would most definitely go back to buy more again.

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Paperclips

I got these from the store Cherry Blossoms In The Market Square on Etsy and they are absolutely divine. They are made really really well and extremely sturdy for your planner. There are so many designs that I had trouble just sticking to these. The Unikitty was for my daughter, the bow and planner nerd were for me:)

 

Stickers

Now I may have had a little splurge on stickers this time. I got some really nice decorative and functional ones.

I got these really tiny and cute functional household stickers from Small Stuff Creations on Etsy. I love how small they are, they fit perfectly in my Filofax personal. They are really well priced at 80p per sheet and arrived within 3 days of me ordering. You can see from the picture than I am not exaggerating, they are tiny:)

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Next I got some purely decorative stickers from The Organised Panda on Etsy. I adore the vintage floral themes at the moment and its hard to find something that I can use as everything is geared towards the ECLP or Happy Planner. Again these are amazing quality, great prices and super quick delivery.

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Lastly I ordered some sticker from Chocho and Mimi on Etsy. I got a mix of decorative and functional stickers and I have to say I was blown away by the quality of these and the free sample sheet that arrived was perfect. I love the little touches with these like the name card that now sits in my planner pocket. I will definitely be ordering from here again.

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Washi

The washi I purchased has not come from an on-line store this time, most however be purchased that way.

I found these two really pretty sets in Paperchase. They come in a set of 8 and cost £8. I really like the Serengeti theme set more than anything, but who can resist rainbows and sparkles?:)

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My next washi purchase was from The Works. It was a set of 3 vintage tapes for £2, as I said previously I am really loving the vintage theme so this was perfect.

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My last washi purchase was within a Facebook group. I managed to get hold of the rare Harry Potter tape. It was well worth the cost too £13 as I had been looking everywhere for it. I love it so much:)

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Postcards

I also picked up these gorgeous postcards from Paperchase too. I thought they would make fantastic dividers or for little notes to friends. They were 70p each

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Thanks for reading:)

The Stationery Geekette x

*Disclaimer – These products were all bought and paid for by myself*