Inforamtion

Blog Upload Scheduled

Hi guys,

Just a quick post about my blog upload schedule. I have defiantly decided to upload every Friday and Sunday at around 6pm UK time. If anyone has any ideas or recommendations of blog posts they would like to see please let me know 🙂 I have a few in the works that i’m planning to be up next week 🙂

Thank you so much for taking time to read my blog! Speak Soon,

Zoe oxoxox

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Planning

My Top 3 Things I Use To Plan With!

Hi Guys!

Today i will be sharing how I plan and what I use. I usually plan every Sunday for the week ahead.  I use the Paperchase Vintage London A5 Organiser with my personal planner from my last post punched into it. 

How i plan

I plan on a Sunday because my week starts on a Monday so its natural for me to plan everything on the Sunday before. Due to being at college there are certain things that happen each week that i know are happening which i can put in there on the Sunday. However some things i will not know and i will pop them in my planner as i go.

The personal planner “inserts” (Please see my previous blog post to see how the planner looks before i decoiled it) that i have is the vertical columns. However i divide the columns into 3 sections, ‘Morning,Day,Evening. (like the Erin Condren Life Planner Layout) by using Washi Tape to make the sections.

Washi tape sections
Washi tape sections

When i plan i use different things to help me and make planning my life fun! Just think of it like this; Everyday boring tasks you have to do, if you put them in your planner using stickers or fun colours it brings a sense of fun to them. I have also found that i am more likely to complete a “to do” task when i make it “fun”. I store all my stickers in little files that i brought from Wilkinson for £1.25. I found keeping my stickers in something that i can organize into categories helped me find things a lot easier and faster.

Sticker storage
Sticker strorage side Sticker storage from Wilkinsons

sticker tabsMy planning techniques is actually quite simple if i’m honest compared to many peoples. This maybe due to the fact i only started a year ago and still finding my “technique” or it could be that i like things looking simple and clean. I love using stickers in my planner. I love how you can use them instead of having to write. It brings colour and fun to the layout. When i started planning i was obsessed with stickers. You can buy stickers from many different places depending on what you are looking for. Etsy is the best place to buy stickers because they have everything you can ever want and more. However the only downside is that most Etsy sellers live in America so the postage to the UK is RIDICULOUS! Instead i make my own stickers. It so much cheaper and you can have anything you want made into a sticker. All you need is sticker paper and a printer. I went a bit overboard with sticker making but i love how much freedom you have. Many times i have had an event going on and i have made a sticker for it that i would never be able to buy. A tip when looking to buy stickers is to look in your local shops. Many shops sell random stickers aimed at children but they can be functional for a planner. An example would be a sticker page full of cars and transport. This would be great to mark holidays or days you need to take a bus. Many kids stickers you find in Wilkinsons, Asda, Argos can be used in a functional way.

The next thing that i use when planning is washi tape. I never heard of this before i started planning and i cannot believe it! It the most amazing invention ever. For people who don’t know, Washi tape is patterned tape that is removable. Its great for using in art projects because it can peel off the paper if you change your mind, or in planning if the lines not straight. :p I use washi tape as mentioned before to section off my days. However i also use washi to mark off events that are happening over a certain period of time. I use washi to mark off placement days i have at college because it makes them stand out and it goes though the days.Washi tape comes in so many different styles and colours you can even get them with different themes. For example you can get washi tape that looks like a road. This is amazing if your traveling because you can mark the days that you will be on the road.

An example of how i use washi tape to mark of events over a period of time.
An example of how i use washi tape to mark of events over a period of time.
An example of how i use washi tape to mark of events over a period of time.
An example of how i use washi tape to mark of events over a period of time.
My Washi tape collection
My Washi tape collection
Washi tape collection
My Washi tape collection

Post it notes, Oh what amazing things. The amount of things you can do with post it notes. I have so many its ridiculous!  I use them to write homework tasks from college and things that i’m not sure are defiantly happening yet but want to keep a note of. I also use them to track mail that is supposed to come that week. My favorite thing about post its is that they come in all sort of shapes, sizes and styles. I’m a bit of a collector of post it notes. Being a pen pal i collect a few different ones which is amazing because i may not have seen them before and i can try them and if i love them buy a pack of them. Post it notes are so functional to have because you can jot things down on them quickly when you need to. Its my must have to have on my desk.

I hope this post is helpful to people who are currently starting to plan or looking into it. I really recommend it. The products i mentions in this post i swear by and i don’t think i could not live without haha! There will be a follow up to this post where i talk about how i store all my planning supplies in more detail and a planning 101 for beginners. They will both be up shortly. I’m currently sorting out a schedule for uploading the posts. I’m thinking about every Wednesday and Saturday. Nothing for sure yet!

Hope you enjoyed reading and ill speak to you soon,

Zoe oxoxo

Planner reviews :)

Personal-Planner Review 2015

Hi guys,

In January i brought a planner from http://www.personal-planner.com/EN/

I have been using the planner for 6 months now and i am happy to do a review. Quick disclaimer all opinions expressed are my own and i am not being paid for this review.

Last summer i got onto the planner YouTube black hole and got addicted to watching planner reviews and plan with me videos. I fell in love with so many but due to being on a student budget i didn’t really have the money to spend £50 on a planner! However i fell in love with the Erin Condren layout. Due to having anxiety planning was essential and i found splitting my day up to morning day and evening really helped me. One day i came across a video about personal-planner. I loved how customizable it was and everyone loved them! I decided to take the plunge when i found a 20% off code on a review on YouTube for them.

The website was so easy to use and had so many options. I’m not going to lie it took me ages to choose what i wanted because you could customize EVERYTHING! I decided to do the vertical layout as i could then split the columns up anyway i wanted using washi tape. I ended up making my cover on picmonkey.com with pictures of my loved ones. It looked amazing! Once i ordered the planner i could not wait for it to arrive. The planner took about a week to arrive. The website tells you to expect 2 weeks for delivery though.

The front cover i made on Picmonkey.com
The front cover i made on Picmonkey.com

When the planner arrived it came in a bright green box that fitted through your letterbox which was amazing because i didn’t have to stay in for it. The planner comes with a ruler, a plastic wallet to keep things in and a elastic band to keep the planner together. I loved the fact that the ruler and plastic wallet could be taken out and moved to where ever you want it. I used the ruler to mark the day i was on so i could find my page. I also liked the plastic wallet because i could move it in my week if had something i needed to remember in it or i could put it in the front or back. Whatever i felt like doing that week.

When looking through the planner i could not believe the quality of the paper! Pens do not bleed through and its so lovely to write on! The pages are so bright and colorful which makes you just want to stare at the pages!  I decided to do the vertical layout as i could then split the columns up anyway i wanted using washi tape. The washi tape made everything pop and i just love the way my layout looks.

This is the layout i chose and what it looks like without washi.
This is the layout i chose and what it looks like without washi.
washi layout
This is the layout now after i added the washi tape to break up the day! 🙂

As you can see by the above pictures you can see that there’s an option to have boxes at the bottom of the page. I decided to have a to do box, exam box and meals. I also opted for the weather tracker on every day. I have to be honest with you though. I do not use the boxes or weather tracker now. I did at first but the boxes are so small you cannot really write much and i have big hand writing. It probably wont be a problem for people who have small handwriting.

The boxes at the bottom of the page.
The boxes at the bottom of the page.
little boxes 1
The boxes at the bottom of the page.

All in all i am obsessed with this planner! I cannot recommend it enough! Think i have recommended it to 10 people and 5 of those people have brought one and in love with them! If you would like to see some more pictures of this planner please see my Instagram @zoey_louisee

Thank you so much for reading, Hope this review has helped!

Zoe xoxo

Introduction · Welcome

Welcome to my blog!

Hello 🙂

My name is Zoe and i am currently a student studying childcare. I have a hectic life and planning is essential! I cannot lie im a stationery addict. I cannot get over cute post it notes and washi tape!

This blog will be where i share my planning hacks and tricks for people just starting of or if people want any D.I.Y’s and storage ideas! Im no way a professional and only been a “planner” for a year now but i have learnt some stuff along the way! I also review products that i have tried and will post hauls with links to products 🙂

If your a planner girl who loves stationery this blog is for you!

Hope you enjoy,

                          Zoe xox