Saturday, 6 February 2016

Making Plans

Hi Everyone,

I'm sure almost anyone who may read this will know that feeling that there is never enough time in the day to squeeze in everything we try to fit in to it. One of my promises to myself this year is to get more organised in order to make sure I get the necessities done AND make the most of my spare time.

Planners are everywhere online at the moment and they looked like such a fun way of getting organised, so of course I just had to have one! I found a relatively cheap one from Collins and I've had loads of fun stuffing it with home-made accessories and filling it full of some of my favourite things - it's been a great way to use up some of my crafty stash :o)

So here's a peek inside my shiny new pink planner ...


There are three things here that actually came out of this year's Christmas crackers! the little golden notebook tucked into a pocket on the left, the black plastic giant paperclip and the disco ball! I <3 disco balls :o)

I needed somewhere to hold an OHP marker pen (to write on the laminated reusable inserts I made) and a chalk marker which will also wipe off of slick surfaces. So I repurposed the soft plastic case from a pack of pens - just punched holes and added this funky cat washi tape which makes me smile every time I see it. I tucked a little acetate strip with some more washi inside the cover as well.

Next comes a double file pocket which I fashioned from a piece of my favourite pp which I had squirrelled away ...


... it's perfect for holding stickers and stuff for decorating my days and highlighting important events in the week. This insert marks the beginning of the diary pages. It was another piece of pp which I decorated with diecuts, then laminated and punched ...


The pretty tassel is one of a bunch I made with some of a giant pile of embroidery threads given to me by friends who know I can't throw anything away! I decided to create reusable wipe-off inserts to use for making lists which will be updated constantly. Some were just the To Do pages which came with the planner which I ran through my laminator - they will be for noting things like films I want to see, books I want to read, crafty stuff I really neeeeed - that kind of thing. This one is for ongoing things to do and ideas I don't want to forget ...


I made a whole lot of stickers from tiny die cuts and things in my scraps drawer which were run through my Xyron sticker maker. Of course I needed to keep them handy as well, so I made a little booklet ...

... and cannibalised a PL pocket page to create little sticker storage sections ...


Finally, I just needed a little more washi tape, so I punched holes in a piece of acetate and added some of my favourite washi ...


The notebook has been lurking in a drawer for years and fits nicely into the slot in the back cover, and the pretty pen was one of my Christmas gifts from my dear friend Trina.

Well, if you're still here, you're either a dedicated bloggy friend, or you have a secret fascination with pretty planners just like I do! Either way, thanks for visiting today and reading my rambles :o)

See you again soon!

Annie xxx

4 comments:

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

This looks so much fun, Annie! So many pockets, sections and bits and bobs! I'm terrible when it comes to being organized. I have notes everywhere that go missing all the time. I try to keep everything in my head but I don't always manage. Sounds like I need a planner! Knowing myself though, I would probably misplace it on day two and wouldn't find it until six months later! Hope you're having a lovely weekend with lots of arting time!

Helen Wallace said...

I love what you've done with the planner Annie and keep thinking they are a good idea, but never get around to doing anything about it. Have progressed to having a day to a page diary on my desk, in which I write absolutely every phone call, every scrappy item I want to follow up. Maybe all those lost bit of paper will be a thing of the past. Good on you for getting organised :D

Lizzy Hill said...

Looks really wonderful, Annnie..... & I'm thinking it would fit with our Tassle Challenge over at LESSology this month? You've got HEAPS of recycled/ upcycled elements....so feel free to join if you want! I have stayed OFF the journal wagon. So far. But yours makes me want to join. EEEEK!!!

trisha too said...

So bright and fun, what a cheerful planner!

:)