Planning has been on my radar for ages and I did blog about my Journal a couple of years ago, but for some reason, it kind of fell by the wayside.
Just before Christmas the urge hit me for new stationery and stickers and after a bit of research I decided upon a MAMBI (Me & My Big Ideas) Happy Planner (classic size. I thought the layout looked like it’d suit me and I just love how customisable it is. Not only do MAMBI create lots of accessories for the Happy Planners, but so do lots of independent sellers too. There are a lot of different Happy Planners available but I settled on the Sugar & Type version for me and I purchased from Craftstars for about £28.
I think maybe, we’ll just show some pictures at this point!
The Monthly Layout:The Weekly Layout:Various Dividers:
At the end of each month is this lovely little back page:The attention to detail is brilliant and at the bottom of each page you’ll find a quote, a saying or a little illustration:
For the uninitiated, this a disc bound system, that means your pages slot onto the discs. It’s something to be aware of because it means you can only add compatible products to your Happy Planner. There is a Happy Planner Hole Punch but its very expensive and to be honest I’ve not needed it, but these are things to think about if going down the Planner route.
One of the very attractive features of the Happy Planner are the compatible accessories, from extension packs, to stickers, to pens, pencil cases, you name it, there’s so much available. I however just bought some spare note paper, a pack of pockets to stores stickers in, and then some expander rings, because once I’d added the card pockets, my Planner was stuffed, the expander rings give you much more space.
So the thing with Planner Addicts is that its not just about planning your life and running a diary, it’s a hobby in itself, and a big part of that is decorating your planner. While you can buy MAMBI branded stickers, they were a bit boring for my tastes and that’s when I discovered the Etsy world of Planner Stickers and accessories. It’s a slippery slope…Today Divider, Weekly Layout and Monthly Layout Stickers from Bits of Stationery:Cute Stickers from HappyCutieStudio: Halloween and Unicorn Kisses Weekly Stickers by EllenBeeMakes:Trust me when I tell you I bought and used many more than this, and without a doubt my two favourite Etsy Stores are Bits of Stationery and HappyCutieStudio, so do check them out.
Decorating your planner in this way isn’t cheap though and so I thought I’d have a go at creating my own. I was lucky and received a Silhouette Portrait for Christmas, this clever machine comes with software to design your stickers, then you print them out on sticker paper and the Silhouette cuts them out for you. I’ve not bought any stickers since I got it. It’s brilliant and probably deserves a blog post all of it’s own, but for now, here are some of the stickers I’ve made for myself.
This Ombre name sticker is on the front page of my Happy Planner and was the first sticker I made!
And then some weekly layouts:
And that is my Happy Planner. I can highly recommend it both as a means to organise your life but also as a hobby, regardless of whether or not I’ve designed the stickers, Sunday is always Planner Sticker Day, where I sit down decorate and fill in the next week, it cements my chores and appointments for the week ahead in my head, and is a calming activity to do, and designing my stickers is always fun!
When my two loves, beauty and stationery, combine to make one great product, I just knew I had to share these with you!
You’ll know about my journal if you’ve been reading for a little while but since I wrote that post I found these amazing stickers!
These are the cutest little stickers based on real cosmetic products and are made by Suatelier. I’m sure they probably breach all sorts of copyright laws but they are so fabulous. I think Suatelier are Japanese but I can’t swear to it. I bought mine on Ebay but they are also available on Amazon and Artbox (although Artbox are out of stock in this design at the time of writing.
It’s so fun to spot the products. I can see Clinique Moisture Surge Moisturiser, a Bobbi Brown Palette, Chanel polishes, Nars Lip Pencils, L’Occitane moisturisers, Shu Uemura cleansing oils, Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair, Dior lipgloss, YSL Glossy stain… many more… what can you spot?!
My whole life is run by my computer. My Outlook calendar houses all my families timetable and mine, its linked to my Task List and I consult it regularly. It’s a system that works well for me, I can send invites easily to my husband at work and home and make sure events are on his calendars too.
But it also happens, that like many others I have this obsession with stationery. I have stockpiles of stickers, notebooks and nice pens. They just sit there. I buy them because I can’t resist, but I actually use a cheap notebook I got from Lidl for my shopping lists, and a Paperchase memo block for small notes so my lovely nice stationery just sits there unloved.
I was drawn to creating a journal full of stickers and cute stuff after seeing lots of pics on Instagram (but for the life of me I can’t remember which account it was to share with you). This was already gnawing away at me when my lovely friend did a blog post here which just made me want to do it even more.
So I spent a couple of days window shopping online before settling on Sticker Stack as my retailer of choice! It wasn’t that simple though, it took me a couple of days to choose my journal.
I settled on the Iconic Design Free Planner. I apologise for the yellowish circle in the middle of each photo, its like it’s on my camera lens but I can’t get it off, trust me, I’ve tried.
The Journal has three different types of page, the peachy shades are note pages and there are month pages as well as free plan pages.
I also bought a stash of stickers (to add to my collection).
The last two pictures are of a set, containing nine gorgeous sheets of diary deco stickers.
Best of all, the journal has a little spot in it to keep all your stickers together.
I got started immediately, and a week on I’m still using it religiously and I’m about to order more stickers. Someone stop me!
I’d love to hear if any of you keep a journal, plus recommendations for suppliers because you can never have too much stationery right?!