It’s lovely to be back on the blog today, sharing my love of stickerating with you. I’m sure we all know how important gratitude is and how gratitude is strongly associated with our sense of wellbeing and happiness. I’ve certainly come to value having an attitude of gratitude over the course of my recovery from mental illness. Over the last four and a half years, I have made a point of using my bullet journal to record the things I’m grateful for. At the end of every day, I jot down one of two things that have brought me happiness, joy, satisfaction, or that have just made my day a little less difficult. Sometimes, I look back through my bullet journals to remind me of these things, but often it’s simply the act of reviewing my day and looking for the good in it that does me good.
I'm really looking forward to plans flourishing throughout the month and can't wait to see May brings, hopefully it's a bit slower than the rest of the year has been so far.
I began this year with a newish line up which included my Erin Condren life planner vertical layout franken planned with my Erin Condren Daily duo along 2 new introductions of an Erin Condren Pocket planner and an Aura Estelle cloud planner with vertical layout. I have to say this last lockdown during the cold winter months has certainly impacted the way I'm using planners and has really made me think about what to continue in the future.
Everyone loves a present and the 'Spring Experience Box 2021' felt like just that.
Pre-orders for the box were back in January and when box arrived and I couldn't wait to dive in a see what lay inside. We'd had a couple of sneak peeks but that was all and the anticipation was well worth it.
The whole experience!
Inside the box was a delight of themed goodies that I can't wait to share with you.
The A6 Hobonichi is a great “every day carry” (EDC) planner as it’s a compact size yet there’s plenty of space in it. It has 12 monthly spreads at the front followed by the daily pages. At the beginning of each month of daily pages there is a plain page which you can use to note key dates or appointments for the month ahead.
In March, I decided to treat myself to a new planner to recognise how far I’ve come with my mental health in two years. I decided I would finally have another Hobonichi cousin and the Spring start has arrived just in time. Naturally, I turned to my EllieBeth binders (and the website) to help me in this process!
Today I am going to be sharing with you a few of my favourite supplies for planning.
Of course first of all we need a planner, I have found my new favourite, the bullet journal from Scribbles That Matter (STM). After buying this one to try bullet journaling I couldn't help but buy another for my work, it matched my uniform and that was all the persuasion that was needed.
Hello! It’s me, Natalie, here with a question to ask you: what do you do with your leftover stickers? I don’t know about you, but I really dislike having a few stickers left on a sheet. It feels untidy, and they look so lonely and left out! So, I was delighted to find, when I opened one of the Advent Experience packets, a beautiful EBDUK sticker album.
As well as producing wonderful stickers EllieBeth Designs makes a wonderful Creative pack. Each month there is a 'Throw Back Thursday' with a vintage collection being re-released along with a creative pack to match. They are available from the Thursday's release until the end of Sunday and are a fabulous addition to any crafter and stickerator's stash.
If you are ever tempted to buy one but don't quite know what to do with it here are some ideas.
As planners we are all about the visuals. February 2021 is the perfect month for this, starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday. So with a Monday start calendar, four complete weeks, no overhang, no switching between monthly tabs in my planners…..and I love it!
I decided to celebrate this wonderful visual……… by choosing the beautiful ‘Meadow’ collection for my Hobonichi monthly layout, 2 weeks of its weekly layouts and the first week of February in my Erin Condren vertical layout.
My planning journey has been a long one. From my FunFax as a kid, to studies in high school and college and then through my career at Sainsbury’s. I was always referred to as the ‘Starter - finisher’. The one who was seconded out to lead change programs and up skill new managers and colleagues. I even wrote my own ‘Planning and Prioritising’ Course and delivered it to hundreds of colleagues. Life changed when I became a stay at home Mummy but my love for planning grew exponentially when I discovered the planning community on Instagram and Facebook.