Friday, 21 July 2017

Planner Friday - July

My latest Planner Friday post is now up on the Trendy Twine blog, please pop over and check it out...

Hello!  Welcome to Planner Friday!  I know for some of you the summer holidays began a while ago but here in the UK the schools don't finish until this afternoon and I really can't wait!  I wanted to do a tropical theme in my planner to celebrate the start of lazy days and endless sunshine (fingers crossed!) so let me show you what I used and how it turned out.

Products used:

Used but not pictured:

As always I started out with some washi tape and Trendy page dots to give my pages a splash of colour and then got out my collection of planner stamps to fill in my to do lists and reminders.  

My Planner Friday to do list

I also made myself a little Planner Friday card to keep track of what I needed to do for today's post and added a bit of Trendy bakers twine just because it's such a pretty colour!

You can read the rest of my post here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

My week #26

This was my first decorated week in my planner in ages so I used my absolute favourite new stickers to get me back into the swing of things.  If I see a set of cute Alice in Wonderland stickers then I just have to buy them so when I spotted these vintage style ones from Three Little Buhos on Etsy I couldn't resist them!  And as I was paying for the postage I threw in this lovely floral washi tape too.  I think they both go well together!

My week #26

It felt kind of weird to see my pages looking pretty again, I have been dirty planning for a while now but it was definitely nice to be greeted with such a cheerful spread when I looked inside my planner!  

Close up

Close up

Do you have a favourite theme when it comes to stamps and stickers?  I'm also a sucker for anything cute and coffee related!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 30 June 2017

Planner Friday - June

My second post of the day, I'm on a roll!  My Planner Friday post is now up on the Trendy Twine blog and it is all about summer.

Yes!  It's finally summer!  I feel like I have been waiting forever for it to arrive!  I was so excited for the beginning of the season I dedicated a whole page to it in my journal this week!

July in my journal

I  wrote myself a list of things I like to do in the summer on a cute tag and popped it in my journal along with some strips of washi tape to brighten things up.  I used the lined stamp from the Check it off set to give me a couple of spaces for some summer quotes and I added a mini calendar card for an overview of July.

I used some of the image stamps from the FoodiesDrinks & more and Perfect pairs sets to show things I enjoy during warm summer days like adding ice cream to desserts, a cold glass of wine and iced drinks with a straw. 

You can read the rest of my post here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Falling off the planner precipice

So, I had been teetering near the edge for a while before it happened.  Each week I got a little closer until the day I fell and it all went wrong.  Let me start at the beginning....

I have been having a lot of work done on my house which meant people coming and going, mess and inconvenience.  I packed away my planning supplies, washi tape, stamps and stickers because I didn't have enough time or space to use them while the repairs went on and I left myself with just my planner and pencil case to use daily for a month or so.  

Planner and pen

In the beginning I wrote my notes, reminders and to do lists in pen or pencil, then I moved on to typing them into the calendar on my phone and iPad instead and then I made my terrible mistake.... I told myself "I will remember that".  Of course I didn't.  

This led to my spectacular failure, I went to visit my mum for her birthday with my children, presents, balloons and a cake on the wrong day!  Oh the shame!  Thankfully I was a day early and not late but I still felt terrible.  Trying to juggle everything in my head instead of setting things out clearly on paper was a massive error on my part and one I don't want to repeat again!  Last weekend I liberated my stationery and planned my week ahead meticulously, I also added an extra sprinkling of washi and stickers to cheer me up after my faux pas. 

The work on my house isn't finished yet but I am going to keep using my planner properly from now on.  I now know my brain can't be trusted to organise five people's lives without some extra help!

I guess you can't really call it a planner fail if you weren't using your planner in the first place so we'll just call it a blip and move forward instead! 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Planner Friday - May

I've really been looking forward to this month's Planner Friday because I love the bullet journal layout I created!  The full post is now up over on the Trendy Twine blog.

Hello!  Welcome to Planner Friday!  I am Amanda from She's Eclectic and I'm here on the Trendy Twine blog once a month to share my planner ideas with you.

This month I used some Annie's Paper Boutique stamps to create a bullet journal layout about the things I love.  It was fun to sit and think about all of my favourite things and then getting them down on the page.

Things I love

I found lots of bullet journal inspiration on Pinterest and got some nice ideas for different kinds of banners and borders. Then I combined those with my APB stamps and doodled everything else.

Annie's Paper Boutique products used:
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You can read the rest of my post here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Write A Letter Day!

Oh no, I feel so sad!  It is the last day of National Stationery Week and now we'll have to wait another year before it comes around again!  Let's make the most of Write A Letter Day, pick up your pens, find your nicest paper and send a note to someone and put a smile on their face when it arrives through their letterbox next week!

Posting the card

I sent myself a postcard on Wednesday (World Stationery Day) because Royal Mail were using a special postmark on letters sent during National Stationery Week and I wanted to have a memento I could punch and pop in my planner.  I also did it for today's post as I was going to show you the mark on my card for Write A Letter Day.

National Stationery Week postmark**

It arrived back at my house the next day BUT it didn't have the #writingmatters postmark!  I don't know if it was because I had sent a postcard and not a letter but I just got the standard Royal Mail mark.  I haven't had any mail this week that wasn't franked so I don't have anything with the special postmark on it to show you.

My postcard

I am going to hop onto Twitter now and join in with the last of the #NatStatWeek fun!  Don't forget to enter my giveaway if you haven't already.

Thanks for stopping by!

** This image is not my own, it was taken from Small Man Media's Facebook page.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Signature Saturday - Sheaffer 100 rollerball pen review

Ok, so today is Signature Saturday and what do you need to write your signature?  A really nice pen!  Sheaffer are an official sponsor of National Stationery Week and I was given a couple of their Sheaffer 100 pens to use so today I am going to show you this beautiful rollerball one. 

Sheaffer 100 rollerball pen

The barrel of the pen is a stylish translucent red and coordinates nicely with the brushed chrome cap and nickle trim.  It is timeless and sophisticated and would look right at home in a briefcase, on a desk or in a handbag.  The pen comes in a luxury gift box making it a perfect present for any stationery fan.

In the gift box

Sheaffer have a long standing reputation for producing classic and timeless designs with the finest finishes and high quality inks.  In 1924 they introduced the White Dot to symbolise quality and excellence and today it is on every pen they produce making them instantly recognisable.  

Brushed chrome cap with the Sheaffer White Dot

I tested this pen out on Monday as part of my post for Pen and Pencil day and said that the rollerball ink skipped a little but once I had used it for a while longer it started to flow more freely and now it writes beautifully.  I love how pigmented the black ink is too, it really stands out against the white paper.

Black rollerball ink

Do you own a Sheaffer pen or have a favourite pen for signing your name?

I will be back tomorrow for the last day of National Stationery Week, how has it gone by so quickly?

*Disclaimer - This product given to me free of charge by Small Man Media for the purpose of National Stationery Week.  I was not paid to write this post and as always all opinions are honest and my own.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Fountain Pen Friday - Lamy LX and Diamine ink

I just love Fountain Pen Friday!  Having rediscovered my love of fountain pens a few years back it is so nice to have a special day of National Stationery Week dedicated to them.  I thought today would be perfect to share my newest addition with you, a pen I had lusted after since the day it was announced, the beautiful rose gold Lamy LX!

Lamy LX in rose gold

The LX range was designed by Wolfgang Fabian and produced as part of Lamy's 50th anniversary celebrations.  It is available in four different colours, Gold, Rose Gold, Palladium (white) and Ruthenium (grey).  

LX is pronounced 'luxe' and my rose gold is certainly a luxurious pen with a refined finish. It's made from the same lightweight and durable aluminium as Lamy's popular Al-Star pen (which I also own and reviewed a while ago) but it is anodised in rose gold and comes with it's own matching rubber-cushioned aluminium case. 

Matching pen and case

The chrome elements are plated in rose gold to match the barrel colour and adds a real touch of class to the pen.

Rose gold plated pen clip
More rose gold plate

The nib is a little different too.  It is black PVD-coated steel which goes nicely with the transparent black, ergonomic, plastic grip area.

 Black nib and grip area

The LX takes a standard T10 Lamy ink cartridge or the Z28 converter if you like to use bottled ink.  I filled mine with Diamine Shimmertastic in Golden Sands as I couldn't find a rose gold ink to match the pen.  I used Golden Sands to write on the page in the photo above, I think the two go well together.

Diamine Shimmertastic inks come in a variety colours and have tiny shimmer particles in either silver or gold.  Golden Sands is an amber coloured ink with gold sparkles and is simply stunning to use!  It is quite hard to capture in a photograph just how sparkly it is so I got out my macro lens to show you.

Diamine Shimmertastic Golden Sands under a macro lens

Do you have a favourite fountain pen and ink combination? I'd love to know!

P.S how lovely is my new rose gold Saffiano Filofax?  I needed it, it matched my pen!  I will have to write a post about it soon and show you how I have set it up!

See you again tomorrow for Signature Saturday!