Friday, 25 March 2016

Planner Friday - March

My latest Planner Friday post is now up over on the Trendy Twine blog, please pop by and say hi!

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

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I have been using the Trendy Page Dots circle reinforcements for nearly two years now, I just love the pop of colour they add to my pages and the extra reinforcement is great.  When you peel the circle off the sticker sheet you are left with the small centre of the page dot and I have been keeping these "just in case" I could come up with a use for them.  I hate to waste things so I have quite a collection of these little stickers now.

You can read the rest of my post here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Planner fail or user error?

Last week I almost missed an appointment, I realised I was supposed to be there 15 minutes before my allocated time and I grabbed my coat, phone and keys and ran out the door.  Thankfully I managed to get there on time, I arrived a bit dishevelled and out of breath but I made it.  The problem was I couldn't concentrate once I was there because running all the way and not preparing myself for the meeting before hand left me feeling flustered and and a little lost.

So what caused me to nearly miss this appointment?  Was it a planner fail or my own error?  I have to say I definitely think it was all my fault!  I have been in a bit of a funk for the past few weeks and I haven't been using my planner properly.  I have made notes on my Dodo Pad diary inserts but I haven't decorated my usual weekly spreads and I think that was my downfall.  Because my reminders have just been scribbled in I haven't felt the need to open my planner and look at them as often as I do when I have made my pages look pretty and fun.  I decided it was time to get back on the planner wagon and I dug out my washi tape, stickers and stamps and got to work!  

Finding my planning groove again

I have to say I have felt a lot more organised this week and my Easter themed spread makes me smile when ever I check my to do lists and reminders.  Hopefully I am getting back into my planning (and blogging!) groove now, I am certainly feeling more positive than I was before and I will be back tomorrow with another Planner Friday post.

I hope to see you then!

Monday, 7 March 2016

My week #8

My week eight pages were very simple, I dug out some old washi tape and stickers I hadn't used in a while and went with a pretty pastel theme.

My week #8

It was a school holiday so I didn't have lots going on. I had a nice quiet week at home with my children making pizzas and watching films, it was fun and uneventful.  Sometimes it is nice not to have to stick to a schedule and to just go with the flow!

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Saturday, 5 March 2016

Mother's Day gift - From you to me journal review

I mentioned the other week that I had been to the Spring Fair trade show and met some lovely new stationery suppliers, well one of them was From you to me and they make lots of gorgeous journals including their Journals of a Lifetime range.  I was asked if I would like to review one of their products for Mother's Day and of course I jumped at the chance!  

I chose their Dear Mum journal which is an ideal gift for all the wonderful mothers out there.  The idea behind this book is you give it to your Mum and then she fills the pages with all her memories and stories before passing it back to you to keep and treasure.

Dear Mum - From you to me journal

The journal is available in two different designs, this one is the sketch cover option and the other has a blossom tree on it so you can choose the one that you or your Mum would prefer.  I liked the sketch cover as I thought it was more fun and colourful but the blossom tree is pretty too.

An ideal gift for Mother's Day

The first page in the book explains the idea behind the journal, it is for your Mother's unique and amazing story!  

Capture some of life's key memories, experiences & feelings

Then there is a letter to your Mum, there is a space for you to write her name at the top and a place at the bottom of the page for you to sign it too.  The letter tells her about how to fill in the book and that you would like it back when she has finished so you can read and share her story.  

A letter to your Mum

Now if you are thinking that it would be quite hard for your Mum to fill a book full with the story of her life don't worry, the journal has over fifty questions and prompts to help her along the way.  Each one has two blank pages for the answer so your Mum would have plenty of space to write and even add a photo or drawing too.  I love that if your Mum is artistic she would have so much room to create something on each double spread or if they are wordy like me they would be able to answer in great detail without worrying about running out of space.

Two pages per question and ribbon bookmark

Each page has a little doodle in the bottom left corner

Here is a selection of questions and prompts from the journal:

  • What piece of advice would you like to offer me?
  • What was the first word or words you remember me saying?
  • Tell me about the time and place you were born...
  • Did you have an idol when you were young?  Tell me who and why...
  • Describe some of the memories you have of me when I was a child...

What interesting information do you know about other
people in our family?

In the introduction to the book it says that there might be a couple of questions that your Mum won't want to or can't answer and it is ok to leave these blank, the idea is they fill out what they can when they can so eventually you will both have a book full of her memories.  

There are a few more blank pages at the end of the journal for your Mum to add anything extra that hasn't been covered by the questions and prompts and finally there a couple of pages for your Mum to fill out her personal information (name, maiden name, date of birth, eye colour etc) and one for you to write a thank you message to her for taking the time to complete the book.

I really like this journal, I think it would be a fun project to work on and a real treasure once it is complete!  I would also like to mention that the paper quality of the pages is fantastic, it is nice and smooth and thick.  It would be a pleasure to write on.

The Dear Mum journal costs £13 and it is also available in Dear Mom and Dear Mummy versions.  In fact there is a whole range of different titles for all of your relatives and friends, you can check them out here

Thanks for stopping by and happy Mother's Day to all of the Mums out there!  

* Disclaimer - this product was given to me free of charge for the purpose of this review.  I was not paid to write this post and as always all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

My week #7

Hello! Today I am sharing my Valentine's week pages with you, I kind of wanted to do a zombie theme in honour of The Walking Dead returning but I didn't have anything suitable so I went down the pink and pretty route instead.

My week #7

Apart from Valentine's Day and zombie invasions the other most exciting part of my week was going to a trade show to discover some new stationery products and retailers.  The Spring Fair is a massive show, my fitness band told me I walked over 19,000 steps on both the days I visited it which is about 8 miles each time.  I took lots of photos and met lots of lovely people while I was there so I am going to write a separate post about it soon.  I did a bit of networking too while I was there and I have nearly got everything in place for National Stationery Week in April.  I have been quite busy behind the scenes planning ahead for one of my favourite weeks of the year!  I have arranged some really nice prizes for me to giveaway and some fun products to review for you as well.  I am so excited for #NatStatWeek 2016!  

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