Greetings, planner nerds!
I apologise that I have been AWOL for quite some time, but you can blame my ridiculously slow laptop for that. However, hubby has installed some extra RAM in it, and now it’s running much better. Yay!
Just to recap over my planning journey since I last blogged: I was using my personal size Original in Lilac as my main planner. However I felt it was too small and wanted something bigger, so I bought another happy planner, trimmed it down to fit my A5 Original Lilac, made it all pretty, used it for a few weeks then decided it was too big. I know, I’m stupid and indecisive. So now I’m back in my personal Original and I LOVE it. I’ve really taken the time to consider what works for me, and to make it colourful and lovely and sparkly. So let’s take a peek!
After literal HOURS spent looking for the perfect scrapbooking papers to use for my dashboard, I found this cute ‘hooray for today’ card from American Crafts Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection. (Also, hats off to Hey Little Magpie, my favourite online craft store – I ordered this on Thursday morning and it was delivered the next day!) I also purchased some Heidi Swapp glittery gold washi tape because it made me smile.
The ‘fine little day’ tag is also from the same sheet of paper as the ‘hooray for today’ card, to keep a theme running.
The adorable deer paperclip is from Dotty Moo on Etsy. Not much to say about this, just *love* it.
The pockets I’ve used for my dashboards and ‘important stuff’ envelopes are from Simple Stories Sn@p range which I trimmed down to fit my Filofax. They’re great in A5’s as well, and are very versatile and durable.
For my month to view pages, I was kindly gifted these gorgeous inserts from the lovely Natalie at UltSuccessPlanner on Etsy. The paper quality is just awesome and I find it really useful to see an overview of my whole month. I’m not keen on my decorating technique on these pages but I’m sure I will improve over time. Definitely purchasing these for 2018! The inserts also have a ‘My plans’ and ‘notes’ section on the reverse of the month but I haven’t quite decided how to fill these yet. I thought it might be good for writing goals or sticking pictures of things I’d like to buy that month.
I had gone back to using Filofax week on 2 pages inserts for simplicity until I realised that the inserts for 2018 had BLUE ink. Bleugh. Hate it. I’m still using 2017 inserts with black ink at the moment but have found a replacement which I will do another blog post on shortly.
My contacts pages are lilac so I can locate them easily, I don’t have a whole tab for contacts as I only have a few sheets at the back of my diary section. These were from NB Planner on eBay (I believe you can also buy some of their range on Amazon). They do a variety of inserts on a variety of coloured papers, in both A5 and personal size. Plus, they were a bargain!
Next I have my home section: a list of chores, home to-do list (things to get done around the house at some point), utility bill information, home stuff to remember (where to buy spare parts for appliances, which car oil my car uses, where I bought extra RAM for my laptop, etc.), car repairs, cleaning tips, and contents insurance policy documents.
Life section: A cute little list of me-time treats for when I’m feeling exhausted and need to just treat myself. I’m really bad at letting myself have luxuries (apart from food!) so I made a little list to remind myself to take time out occasionally for me. I also have a hygge list, very much for the same reason. (FYI, for those not savvy to hygge, read about it here. Next up is some positive quotes which I found on Pinterest, my wish list, Funko pops wishlist, and lending/borrowing list.
Food section: Mmmmm, food. Our lives revolve around food. In this section I have our freezer inventory, local restaurants, favourite meals and favourite baking recipes. I’m going to add some staple recipes to this section, like Bolognese, chilli, and my famous toad in the hole with onion balsamic gravy 😉
Special events: I could not resist using this cute winter bear card (from Crate Paper Coca & Snow collection) in my planner. In this section I have lists of birthdays and special events throughout the year, gift ideas, and anything Christmas related.
My creative section is blank at the moment… Oh the irony…!
Music & Film, probably equal amount of love for these as food. I never used to watch films but lately we have been watching LOADS. And we love Netflix and Amazon Prime ❤ nothing like a good binge, eh?! In this section I have a binge watch list (series), movie night list, and will add a list of music to listen to.
Travel, my second love. We visited York on our first anniversary in 2016 and fell in love with the city. We went back in March this year for our second anniversary, and we’re going back again for hubby’s birthday in September. I’ve made a list of our favourite restaurants and attractions, and also a packing list and added a map that was from a visitor’s guide. I’ve also added details of our flight to Rhodes next October for my big 3-0 birthday :0
Finally I have a miscellaneous section which just has a list of things to add to my planner and some spare notepaper and business cards.
I have to say I love how this has turned out, and I really like using project life cards for long-term inserts (things I won’t just throw out in a year’s time). It really adds some colour, personality and creativity to my planner which I love. I feel there are a few tweaks that I would like to make but it gives me something to work on!
Check back later for my blog post on new exciting inserts!