Confessions of a plannerholic… A-Z of Planning

Confessions of a plannerholic… A-Z of Planning


Confession: Planning is definitely something that has not come naturally to me, and I imagine most people feel the same.  So this is my list of things that have helped me get my planner to where it is now and as organised.  I hope you find this helpful…..

A – Always be true to yourself and your planner needs.  DO NOT be dragged into “making it look pretty” if that isn’t your thing.  If your planner doesn’t match your personality and needs then you will struggle to use it.

B – Be as creative as you want!  Not everyone can afford to spend hundreds (and I mean hundreds) of pounds on stickers on etsy!  Find other ways to make your planner work for you.  DO NOT buy stickers just because everyone else does

C – Consider what you want your planner for…. People use planners for a variety of reasons.  The three main ones I use is my daily personal size (which you have seen pictures of), a personal websters pages to keep track of my etsy shop and blog, and an A5 for all of my pen pal information and letters.  One of the things I have already found is that my websters pages is not being used much, and actually this planner probably isn’t needed.  But now I want another A5 specifically for the house and household things!  lol!

D – Do your research!  This may sound silly but planners and planner supplies do not come cheap!  Follow C and then do your research.  Make sure you get what is right for you.  IF you want stickers but can’t afford the expensive ones then look for cheaper alternatives.  There are many companies out there wo do lovely stickers at very reasonable prices.  Planners also come at varying expenses so don’t think you have to get the most expensive one on the market, try and find one that really suits you and your needs

E – Etsy is your friend as well as your bank balances enemy!  Let me tell you now, once you start it is very hard to stop!

F – Filofaxes are NOT the only planners out there!  If you’re new to the planner world then do not be sucked into always buying this brand.  Don’t get me wrong they are amazing, but there are many others out there so have a good shop round.  Some of the other ring bound planners you can get are Kikki K, Dokibook, Carpe Diem to name a few

G – Get crafty and personalize!  There are so many different accessories that you are likely to want once you get into planning, but remember a lot of it you can always make yourself.  Have a go, you may be pleasantly surprised at how much you can save

H – Have fun!  As much as a planner is there to help you stay organised, if you don’t like it you’re less likely to look at it and therefore it would completely defeat the object of planning!

I – Inserts must be fit for purpose!  One of the main things I have found with planning, is if your inserts are right, then you’re half way toward planner peace

J – Journaling is very therapeutic.  People use their planners from so many different things apart from actual daily planning.  The biggest being journaling; such as art or gratitude journaling.  If you have more than one planner (which trust me will happen), don’t let them sit empty on a shelf, try out other ideas

K – Keep going!  We all go through planner ruts!  This could be longing over a particular planner, or just not feeling the insert you’re using.  Talk to others (UKPA is awesome for that) and shake things up a bit if you can.  You never know what results you may get doing this.

L – Learn from others.  When it comes to planning I am always on pintrest and instagram looking at all the pictures of how others layout their planners so I can get ideas of what may work better for me

M – Mon they subscription planner boxes! These are definitely a brilliant essential to a planner girls life. Not all require regular monthly subscriptions, so it wives you flexibility which is massively important. There are quite a lot out there, but the ones I would recommend are Miss Brimbles and Ugly Bug.

N – No spend time is highly likely!  With all the pretty things that are out there to buy planner related, most of us take at least a month or so of each year out of buying planner stuff.  It normally means having a small pot at the end of the month which you will probably end up blowing on planner stuff anyway, but it’s always a nice achievement if you succeed!

O – Oliclips are a great way to bunch papers together. I’ll be honest I’ve never used them, but I currently have my eye on a few so this may change soon… 😉

P – Planners are your friend.  Being organised and keeping track of my daily life definitely helps with my baby brain!  I would definitely forget to do things if it wasn’t for my planner!

Q – Quiet time to plan is essential! Give yourself some “you time” to do this. You deserve IT! I always wait until the kids are in bed and Gavin is catching up on his TV to have some me time to chill and plan.

R – Rings are best!  Sorry girls, I could never leave the rings!  There are many other types of planner systems (Erin Condren, Happy Planner, Bullet journaling) but the flexibility that comes with rings will always be my preference.  It’s so nice to be able to feel like a change in cover and just be able to pop it all out and straight into another planner!  Or if you want to put a new section in, or take a section out then you can.

S – Stickers are awesome and highly addictive!!!!  My diary would look very plain and boring without them!  Being not very artistic, being able to buy functional stickers that allow me to plan in a pretty way.  My favourite shops at the moment are The Poppy Paperie and Happy Cutie Studio.

T – Try different planning methods to find one that suits you.  The whole point of having a planner is to have something that you find helps you map out your daily activities.  People end up coming up with many different ways of planning such as bullet journaling in a ring bound planner.  You need to find your own style.

U – Understand you! Your planner should be an extension of you and your personality. You need to find a system that works for you. I know I have probably said this already but it really is the most essential part of planning. Planning shouldn’t be a chore but something fun and helpful.

V – Voucher codes! I don’t think I would be able to fund my sticker addiction without these! Join facebook groups and check instagram for all the codes for planner shops on etsy, they really can save you a fortune!

W – Washi tape is brilliant!  You can use it for so many different things, but one of my favourite ways of using it is to reinforce my planning pages so that they look pretty as well as less likely to end up falling out.

X – Sorry got no clue on this one! If you can think of anything pleas comment below 🙂

Y – You Tube is a brilliant source for so many things that come into planning.  There are so many tutorials on how to make things planner related, plan with me videos and many more.  Use this to your advantage!!!!

Z – zzz…. so we have come to the end, and yet again I have nothing for Z! Lol! If you have stuck with me till the end thank you! I really hope you found this useful!?

Don’t forget to check out the other blogs in this series too, listed below:

New planner set up

New planner set up

Apologies this part is out slightly later than expected, but was waiting on delivery of vital stickers to complete this post. So here you go…

After using (and loving) my personal size purple Saffiano (Filofax), I found myself struggling with the space available.  I really didn’t want to have weekly and daily sheets, which was slowly becoming the only way I could fit it all in!  And the ease of carrying around a personal size is so much easier than an A5……

However, having finally found a style of insert and diary planning that really worked for me, I didn’t want to change that.  I knew I needed more space so moving to an A5 was looking like the only option…  I couldn’t be without my planner and realised I was using a big enough bag to carry it around anyway, so decided to make the jump.

I managed to pick up this gorgeous pink Simple Stories (Carpe Diem) from a planner selling facebook group, and I am truly in love with it!  It came completely empty but that suited me fine, as I like to be creative and make everything myself anyway. In the picture you will also see my planner charm from the Ugly Bug October box.

So lets talk through my inside….. I don’t like a lot of clutter, so when I open my planner I have the fox paper clip from the Ugly Bug October box and a paperclip which was custom made by Cherry Blossom and says “I love you more than buttery crumpets”, which is what Gavin always tells me.  I also have a little note book which I got from Wilko’s and use for all my blog ideas.

The first thing I look at on opening is a wonderful picture of my family, which was taken only a few weeks ago on a family day out.  I am so in love with it and it just makes me smile every time I open my planner 🙂

All the dividers I have made myself too, and have 2 sets.  The first set of three come from a paper pack I bought from Tinkernco Digital and I absolutely love them!  There were 14 designs in the pack, and all digital allow use over and over which is awesome.  And to get the titles for the sections I put the paper pattern into publisher and added the headers.

The second set of 12 are the months of the year for my diary.  This paper was a free printable that I found through pintrest and felt matched the planner brilliantly.  I did the same with this picture as the previous ones in publisher to get the words on the headers. So now my inserts….  I have two different diaries, my work one and my personal one.  Working only three days a week I didn’t see the need for something full on, so went for a very simple spread which allows me space to keep my work schedule alongside a To Do section so I don’t forget anything.  I left these undated so I can date as appropriate.

My personal diary inserts start each month now starts with a scroll that has various little things on I would like to achieve that month.  I got fed up of just having a blank page so felt this would be a good way of using the space.

I then have a month on 2 page spread, which I decided to take the month header off of so my boxes could be bigger.  I have decorated using daily number stickers and decor bought from Bits of Stationery and mainly use this spread to mark birthdays or any important information to do with school.

Then my diary inserts have stayed in a similar format to before, with two days per page, but they are now a little be more detailed.  It has definitely made it easier to plan my life and I have much more space to jot things down!  Here’s my current four day spread….

All the inserts can be found in my shop and if there is enough interest I will start listing my dividers too, so please let me know in the comments if you would be interested in those.

I still need to get a few more bits, as would like 2 page markers, just can’t quite find what I’m after just yet…. but no doubt I’ll get there 🙂

Do you set up your planner in a similar way? Is there anything you think I would benefit from adding?

If you want any more information about what I’ve done please just ask 🙂

Confessions of a plannerholic… Halloween bucket list

Confessions of a plannerholic… Halloween bucket list


Confession:  I don’t really do bucket lists, but in good spirit of the series and because I know there are going to be quite a few, I thought it would be  good time to start.  Also, this year I get to go trick or treating for the first time in ages so it may be quite fun!  lol!

So here goes…. I’m guessing mine will be a lot shorter than others….

  1. Go trick or treating
  2. Try apple bobbing
  3. Get dressed up
  4. Go to a halloween party
  5. Attend a scary Halloween walk

I know it’s short, but I thought I would give it a go. I managed to achieve all bar 2 and 3 on my list which was nice…. apple bobbing I may try next year, and the dressing up too.

Arya on the other hand did get to dress up and she looked super cute!

Will link all the other bloggers below for you to have a read 🙂

Confessions of a planneholic… Best 10 Planner/Stationary/Craft blogs

Confessions of a planneholic… Best 10 Planner/Stationary/Craft blogs


Confession:  Blogging is still a whole new world to me and I never seem to find too much time for reading.  Having said that I have learned over the past few months that reading a blog is much quicker and easier than picking up a book so actually works incredibly well for me.

I would definitely say to anyone who doesn’t read many (or any but mine! ha!) blogs then you really need to see what is out there!  Signing up to wordpress to write my own blog opened my eyes to quite a few new blogs, about so many different things too!  I would highly recommend you see what is out there.

My top three:

  1. The Stationery Geekette – She too takes part in this series, as well as publishes some wonderful stationary reviews (which a while ago included my planner inserts) and I have to say I find her product reviews very informative
  2. Ugly Bug Does – Again part of this series, as well as currently doing a “my crafty week” post which is brilliant!  Always full of lovely pictures of all her recent projects and I definitely pick up hints and tips as well as idea fro new projects of my own
  3. Strange and Charmed – This blog is fantastic, and goes with her you tube channel.  Her blogs and videos focus on planner related topics, and how you can use them to become as productive as possible.  In fact, it is through watching one of her videos and reading a productivity blog that I developed my new structure for blogging, and I have to say it is working really well for me!  I will blog about this soon

So sorry my list is so short!

Please read other blogs taking part in this series below:

Confessions of a plannerholic… Top 5 role models

Confessions of a plannerholic… Top 5 role models


Confession:  I think I am really going to struggle with this one!  Bizarre as it may sound I don’t really have many role models.  For me it is a person type rather than an actual person.  I look up to strong confident people in society who have proven to us all that nothing should hold us back.

So here goes at my top 5 role models:

  1. I guess my first would have to be my mum – she has always been an inspiration to me, especially as we now have followed a similar career path in nursing.  I have seen her go through night school to get a degree, and then later on do a masters part time round a full time job!  She never stops fighting for what she believes she deserves and I admire her drive so much
  2. The second would be my amazing fiancé Gavin – I guess this is two fold with Gavin.  I look up to him because he is my rock and I can’t imagine my life without him now.  My only regret is that I didn’t meet him sooner!  lol!  The other reason why I look up to him is because he started his own business almost 6 years ago now and it is flourishing!  It is his determination and business mind that encouraged me to go for my dreams and open up my own Etsy store.
  3. Mother Theresa – I guess as a nurse I have learnt so much about famous nurses who have made a real difference in society.  Mother Theresa has always stood out for me as someone who really dedicated her life to the needs of others.  Within my nursing I try to emulate her unconditional positive regard she had for all her patients and do my best to ensure the very best for their health and well being.
  4. Victoria Beckham – So this one may seem a little odd, but here is a woman who grew up on a council estate and managed to make it big in one of the most popular girl groups of the 90s.  But I guess what I love about her is everything she has done since the Spice Girls.  She gets riddiculed so much for being thick or stupid, but come on, how can you call someone who has managed to set up and establish her own designer clothing range at the level of skill she has!!??!!  An amazing role model in my eyes!  This woman doesn’t let the press stop her from achieving what she knows is possible.  The tabloids have thrown so much in her face and she just seems to stick two fingers up at them and carry on doing what she does.  I also believe the way in which she has raised her children is nothing but wonderful.  I mean she has more money than sense and yet she still makes her eldest go to work on a Saturday in a restaurant to learn what it is to earn his own money!  Not many people in her position would do something like that!
  5. Richard Branson – I chose Richard because he too started a business from scratch with next to nothing and is now a multi-millionaire!  And he has admitted to having really bad dyslexia and not doing well at school.  To me that proves that with the right drive and passion anything is possible!

Who are your top five?

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Confessions of a plannerholic… Films I want to watch

Confessions of a plannerholic… Films I want to watch


Confession:  Out of all the planned weekly blogs, this one probably is the hardest one for me!  It’s not that there aren’t films I haven’t watched, but there aren’t many movies that I am desperate to watch either…

Having said that there are a few films that I would like to see which are out at the moment, so here they are….

  1. The Sausage Party – this looks absolutely hilarious!  It’s nice for an adult humour cartoon, because I can feel like a kid whilst watching it!  lol!
  2. Bridget Jones’ Baby – Well having seen the first two, it would be rude to not see the third!  Ha!  And I do really like this series, and the reviews have been amazing
  3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – for those of you who haven’t seen the trailer for this then look it up now!  I love the weird and wonderful, which is exactly what this is
  4. Bad mums – I can see this film making me feel so much better about all the small things that make me feel inadequate as a mother!  lol!

What films do you want to see right now?  Have you seen any on my list?  If so what did you think?


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