I’d like to offer you creative inspiration. I began this journey in the Spring of 2015. I’ve always been a creative soul and have been drawn to art. I hope to offer a range of topics including creative planning, art journal work, scrapbook work, day in the life posts/contemplative posts, book reviews and anything else my busy brain can come up with.
Recently the family took a trip to Edinburgh. I decided that one of the things I wanted to do whilst there was visit Lush. The Edinburgh branch is a fairly decent sized store and is one that has an onsite Spa (hence why the shop front says “Lush Spa”).
Unfortunately I wasn’t there for a spa experience that day, it was a shopping day. Another time maybe!
I see Lush as a luxury spend as for me, unless you go for one or two items, your total can rise quickly. There will be many reasons behind the price points including the usage of natural ingredients that are Vegan friendly and that they are all handmade.
I didn’t purchase this but wanted to give it a mention as it is fabulous! This was on my original list however it’s a bubble bar and we currently don’t have a bath, only a shower. Also, I was in Lush to purchase items that would last a bit longer, I would get a few uses out of a bubble bar but not as many as I would like. When I have the luxury of a bathtub then I will purchase one. It smells amazing and it’s covered in golden glitter, something to keep in mind as it gets stuck to your hands!
I did not get a picture of the Golden Egg but you can check it out here
This soap is the first of two that I chose to purchase. The OutbackMate soap caught my attention as it is the sort of soap that will wake you up in the morning. The mixture of Peppermint, Eucalytus and Lemongrass are powerful and clear you’re head as well as making your skin all tingly clean! It has a rich blue tone and the top had a swirl design with a shimmery finish. I’ve used this 98g bar for two weeks and it’s almost gone. I would say I have about another 4-6 days of use.
RockStarSoap – RRP (varies depending on size) – £3.56 for 90g
This is a scent that I’ve smelled before with Lush products, I was gifted it for Christmas and it’s the sort of smell that sparks a memory. One of the main ingredients is Vanilla and it’s described to smell of “sticks of rock”, as in the ones you usually find near the seaside. There is a review on the Lush website where the reviewer says that they don’t personally smell this scent and instead they pick up floral scents. I have to agree to a certain extent. A stick of rock has a particular smell and it’s very sugary whereas the RockStarsoap, although there is a sweet sugary scent, there is also a floral rose type scent to go with it, which matches it’s baby pink colour. The scent is not overpowering as some floral soaps can be, it has an almost unique smell that I identify as a Lush smell. It’s intoxicating and will leave you wanting to go back for more.
I went in purposely looking for this product after finding it on the website. I was treated to a jelly from my Sister at Christmas, the Santa’sBelly. Another thing I love about Lush products are that they are made to bring fun back into bathing. There’s an element of giddiness that you get when playing with jelly whilst you wash, in my case shower. It succeeded in bringing out my inner mischief as I couldn’t tell you why I found it funny when it slipped from my hand and loudly slapped on the shower floor…but it did! The bright blue Whoosh jelly is described on the Lush website as something to “blast away the tiredness”. I am a Mum of two young children, I work full time and we are renovating a house, I’ll take anything I can get! The scent isn’t as powerful as the OutbackMatesoap, instead it has citrus tones of lemon, grapefruit and lime. I tend to use this when I can spend longer in the shower and want to freshen up.
Compared to the other bathing products purchased, this has a more mild scent. The colour and consistency of this product drew me in initially. It looks like a pink milkshake! It’s described to smell like strawberries and vanilla, I would say this is very close but again with that Lush twist. It’s a smell that makes you instantly know it’s made by Lush. Although this scent is more mild, it’s the sort of smell you go back for. Unlike some of the above, this scent isn’t a powerful smell. It’s more subtle and sultry, you don’t know straight away what you’re smelling so you spend time trying to work it out. It’s gentle on your nose so that you can breathe it in deeply. This item is a limited edition item released for Valentines. However Lush sells certain items at different times of the year. Next year I’m keeping an eye out for the range again!
I’m a bit of a nightmare with lotions and hand creams. I’m not a fan of creams that don’t sink in within seconds! Originally I went for something different with this purchase. LoveandLight was actually the best hand cream for soaking into my skin quickly with no residue but it didn’t have much of a smell.
My initial purchase choice was DreamCream as it had a lovely fresh smell but not overpowering. It had a slight residue but not enough to overly bother me.
I almost bought it until I got the the cash desk and saw CharityPot. The first thing that caught my eye with the Charity Pots were the stickers on the top. All of the profit from the purchase goes towards a selection of Charities supported by Lush. I’ve no idea how this hasn’t been on my radar before because it’s been going since 2007!
The cream itself is thicker than I would normally go for in a hand lotion (granted it’s not just for that). However it does smell really nice.
All of the creams have an earthy scent to them with essential oils. I’m not currently using this as a daily cream, instead I use it when I’ve overworked my hands and they need a little TLC, for that it’s perfect!
I’ve decided to change the blog and re-brand. This decision has been thrown around for quite some time. The reason for this is that I want to broaden the topics I talk about. Up until now the blog has mostly been niche and scaled down to planning and crafts. Although I still love both, these are two areas that have reduced in my life. I have attempted to run seperate blogs, talking about other areas of interest. However this meant I was running numerous blogs and the result meant that I was no longer posting at all. To avoid this I have decided to accumulate all interests into this blog.
The Scrapbook Girl
For now, this will remain the same with a more classic look and feel. I have had other names on the spin off blogs and researched new names. Nothing really struck me as a definite one for change. Also, it would mean starting again. I’m sure there is a way to buy a new domain name and apply it to my current platform (maybe?) but this is beyond my knowledge. I’ve spent more time debating over the name and style, that it’s slowed me from doing anything else! It’s time to begin.
The Scrapbook Girl has predominantly been about creativity, scrapbooking and planning. I want to open it up to the following categories:
Crafting and Planning
Currently the majority of the posts on this blog fall into this category. As the name suggests there is an element of planning, which means setting up a planner (e.g. notebook, bullet journal, ring-bound, traveler’s notebook). The base of this is to plan day to day life and set goals. It then develops into creative planning which involves decorating/setting up specific inserts. Planning covers a wide spectrum. You can have a day to day planner, blogging planner, wedding planner, pregnancy planner, gardening planner, reading planner…the list is endless. The crafting side of this category was anything to with creative journals, scrapbooking, unboxings for crafty products, junk journals, creative challenges, memory keeping. Again it’s a subject with a lot of variations.
I work for a company that has beauty as large part of the business. Although I do wear cosmetics, I’ve never really known how to properly apply it. Which may sound foolish for a 34 year old woman but it’s never been a big part of my life. I’ve always been minimal about my make up but there’s times when I’ve wanted to do more, usually after a particularly bad nights sleep. I’m slowly learning and will feature some cosmetics that have worked for me on the blog. I’m also interested in skincare products. I would say this interests me more than cosmetics as your skin is your canvas. I love it when I find something that works and works well. With this category, I will feature some products from my place of work but it won’t be limited to that.
This category will encompass my interests with literature, film and tv, gaming and tech. It’s is an area that I visit every day in one way or another. If my blog is to become more lifestyle, then it makes sense to discuss these topics. It is an area I’m still working out, I may adjust the topics slightly to include blogs I’m reading, YouTube channels I’m watching and mobile phone games I’m playing. The reality is, due to being busy Mum who works full time, I rarely go to the cinema (unless it’s a kids film) and as much as I love console gaming, I never have the time. So this category may stray away from the obvious.
This was initially going to be with beauty as a doubled named category. As I started to explore it, I soon realised it could do with a category of it’s own. With wellness I will explore mental health (my own experiences with anxiety). Physical health where I will discuss fitness and general health including my own experiences with Endometriosis. I should probably mention that I’m not particularly big on exercise and it’s an area I need to improve.
This will be my chatty posts, time with the family and the potential odd rant. This is where I will cover life as a Mum, past experiences to present.
So that’s the plan, I won’t know how it will pan out until I start. My tagline used to be “Paper. Paint. Create.” However this no longer fits the blog. I will be changing this to “laying life down one piece at a time”, playfully taking the scrapbook idea and combining this with a lifestyle theme.
Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to receive the first Crafty Bonbons box of the year!
This month features a Vintage theme with colourful hints. Below is a link to my unboxing for this, it’s a gorgeous box and is full to the brim with creativity. I’ve enjoyed seeing other people’s feedback on the box in the Crafty Bonbons group.
This box has now sold out. However you can purchase the February box here, the theme is named “Hey Sweetie”.
Link to January’s video below:
Crafty Bonbons January - YouTube
*please note I receive these boxes for free. This is for my promotional work, creative use and feedback.
I think it’s maybe a little late to say welcome to 2019, it’s almost the end of January!
It’s been roughly three months since I last posted. I never intended to leave it this long, in fact I started a draft post and never got round to finishing it. So much has changed in my life in a short space of time.
Firstly we are now Home Owners. We moved house from our rental to our very own home on the 16th November 2018. We did own the home prior to this for a few weeks but there was a lot of work to do before we moved in.
There is still a lot of work to do.
All of the rooms need the wallpaper stripping, plastering and painting. We have currently completed the living Room and one Bedroom, I should probably point out the Living Room is the largest room in the house. This is just the walls.
All rooms will need either a new carpet or laminate flooring, none of this has yet been done. Doesn’t really make sense with all the work that will be done above it.
New light fixtures need putting in around the house, jobs that will be done here and there. As well as blinds/curtains.
Bathroom is a complete re-do. However it functions for now so I’m happy.
The Kitchen. Oh my word, the kitchen. It had a lowered ceiling with foam type blocks you would see in an office. The decor is something from the 70s. There’s a carpet. First thing I did was get the ceiling removed and had it raised. This took a lot of work as it needed re-boarding, plastering and I chose to have spotlights put in. The difference in the light in the room afterwards was unbelievable. The next plan is to get a new kitchen! We have a design agreed with a company. The kitchen is dark at the moment due to the design, the new layout is much brighter and modern. I can’t wait! We’ve almost got our finances prepared to go ahead with this!
That’s the house. A lot going on, I’m forever chasing my tail trying to get things sorted.
The other big event was I started a new job! I no longer work at the Vets as a Receptionist. I miss being around Animals but I needed to go back to my Career. I’ve trained as a Creative Artworker and have a past in this. I’ve worked for quite a few well known companies in the UK. Some Freelance work and one particular employment was for over 3 years.
I now work for The Hut Group. They’re a company who own multiple online retail sites in the Beauty, Lifestyle, Wellbeing and Luxury sectors. I work on the Beauty Team and I’m already learning so much!
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It took me a while to get back into the swing of things. I’d been out of the industry for 6 years, I’d done my own creative work but not worked professionally. You don’t realise how much you forget when you’re no longer doing technical work like that.
Fortunately a lot is coming back and I’m getting there. I’ve already done so much in three months. I’ve worked across all of the beauty brands, I’ve ranged from online material to print. I’ve been given a lot of art direction and I’ve been on a Photoshoot! An opportunity I wouldn’t have gotten near in past companies.
As with everything it comes with challenges and there’s been a lot of adjusting. It’s full time but it’s pro-rata so I work 9-4, Mon-Fri. Add 2-3 hours of travel time/Child drop offs and collection. This has meant the whole family has had to adjust, it certainly wasn’t straight forward but we’ve got a routine now.
The other challenge, hinted above, is time. Naturally having a house to renovate, a job, a family, this leaves little time for crafting and blogging. Any free time I get, I will have down time with Daniel and the Kids. I do get some time to myself during the month but nothing like it was before.
The Scrapbook Girl
So what does this mean for the blog?
I will still be writing. I’ve renewed my site host account for another 3 months to see how I get on. I still want to blog and I do still craft. I have some journals filmed to upload from over Christmas. I’ve managed to create a few pages this month but it’s when I have the energy and inspiration. I’m feeling a great need to creatively write so I’ll see if anything happens there. But I’m still here, I still plan. I have a Clever Fox planner (which can be seen on my Instagram) for day life and I use a pocket Websters Pages for work notes. I’ll always be a planner!
A few weeks ago I started setting up a new creative journal for Autumn. The original set up for this was inspired by Daisy aka MyGreenCow. I have used her September Challenge as a prompts list. Clearly it is not September however if I find a list I like, I will use it at any time of the year (within reason).
There’s also a very helpful video that got me started. Within the video, Daisy mentions having a basket on her desk that contained all of the elements she would need work on her journal.
I decided to interpret this for my own journal. Firstly I had to choose a size.
I have a few completed creative journals that I am proud of and A number of these are standard Traveller’s Notebook size. I find it’s a size that works well for me, it’s tall enough to divide the page evenly but not so wide that you have the dreaded empty white space. I found the perfect notebook for Autumn, it has a Pumkin cover!
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Notebook decided, I then had to find my elements. Earlier this year I went through the majority of my craft items and organised them by colour. These are stored in plastic wallets in box folders. The wallets have bulldog clips to hold them closed and the box folders all have large elastic bands around them. It’s not the most galmorous of storage but it works for me.
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This meant that I could pick a colour scheme of predominantly orange, black and yellow (like Candy Corn!) and add the occasional purple, green, red and white to shake it up a bit. Viewing the items as a colour over what the image is helped to build my journal stash far quicker.
This all lives in a small box and the fiddly items are stashed in a pencil case. Any large scrapbook papers are put to one side and I have another pencil case for glue, pens/pencils, ruler and scissors. Lastly I also have a small pencil case with water brushes (brushes that have a chamber for water), watercolours and double sided sticky tape.
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In terms of setting up the journal I didn’t overthink the process. It’s not quite finished yet but I’m not seeing it as a project with a deadline, it’s supposed to be my escape from a busy day.
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When I have a quiet evening, I pull few items from my box and place them on the page. If I like how they look, I stick them down. If I can’t find a paper with the colour I needed, I paint it instead. Having the colour scheme and some seasonal Halloween and Autumnal items certainly helps the process. The preparation of gathering the items means I avoid wasting time digging through my craft stash trying to find a specific leaf or ribbon!
The only rule I have tried to stick to is leaving space for journal writing. It’s easy to get carried away! When I have completed the journal I intend to film a flip through. For now it’ll just have to be preparation sneak peeks.
I love Autumn, it’s no secret. Using Anna’s artwork to create Autumnal spreads has been a therapy I’ve craved. My life is going through a huge transitional period and being able to sit and create has kept me sane!
I usually work with watercolour but decided to get out the acrylics. I’ve been using them more and more recently, I find they give a much brighter and solid finish.
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The first spread has an introduction to Autumn and the falling of leaves. In the UK the season is named ‘Autumn’ but as it’s well known, in the US it’s named ‘Fall’. I used to be quite biased and say Autumn was the best name for it however I am beginning to really warm to the word ‘Fall’, it literally makes me picture leaves falling. The past week has been quite blustery in the UK and we’ve finally got big piles of leaves everywhere!
Also, how cute is Anna’s little Fox?
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I then move onto Conkers! I don’t know what it is but there’s something very exciting about seeing conkers falling to the ground and collecting them. It immediately takes me back to my childhood and running to gather them, bonus points in I found one still in it’s spiky casing! A lot of the other kids would put them on string and have conker fights in the playground, if your opponent smashed your conker you lost. I have a feeling this has now been banned from playgrounds!
I never used to play conkers, instead I would hoard my findings like treasure! Now I get to relive it, my Children are mini me’s!
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From Conkers to Pumpkins. It wouldn’t be Autumn/Fall without Pumpkins. The majority of the page is taken up by a massive Pumpkin complete with decorative black Cat. I added to this a mouse from Anna’s 2017 Autumnal work. It’s only now as I look back at it that I realise I’ve placed a Cat and Mouse on the same page, a Cat hiding behind a Pumking ready to pounce!
I’ve added a recipe journal card from Anna’s Patreon and found a Pumpkin Soup recipe. I may even attempt to cook it…eventually!
My last page is my chill out page. I seem to get a bit rubbish with reading during the Summer, I still do but it slows down. Autumn rolls round and out come the books! I love that the quote mentions “stacks of books (but read on my Kindle!)”. I must admit, as much as I love a real book in my hands, I do tend to read fiction on my Kindle. There’s only a handful of books I will read more than once (fiction that is) so it becomes clutter in my house. The Kindle is a running joke with a group of friends I have, they believe it is blasphemy.
With the page itself I have chosen one of my favourite colours and used a pearlescent over the top. I’m not quite finished with the page at this point. I’m still working out how I want to finish it.
That’s my most recent up to date artworks. I’m almost finished this sketchbook!
I have a planner set up, yey!! I’ve set it up using the Crafty Bonbons box for October.
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This months box featured:
Tissue paper to match the theme, pearlescent leave die cuts as well as black cat and bat die cuts.
Either a loyalty card sticker (for repeat customers) or a loyalty card and sticker for new customers, ‘business card’, join our FB group slip
Couple of fineliner felt tipped pens
A mechanical pencil – there is a little crystal button on the side – when pressed, it releases the lead
Mini highlighter pen with a leaf design, to match the autumnal theme
A mini glue stick – included this as people will need to stick the chronodex papers with it.
Washi tape with a rose gold / copper foiled toadstool design.
Pack of sequins
Paperclip with ribbon bow – various
A fold out doodle book. It’s A7 size, cover and inside is drawn by Ali. It features mini doodles to inspire people.
2 x autumnal journalling cards – one with Ali’s artwork ‘How’s your day?’.
A pack of 30 chronodex / spiraldex / timex slips – in 2 different sizes, 5 of each design in each size. Great for if people need to be accountable for their time.
Die cuts (made by Ali and Debbie) – pretty foliage
A pack of mixed crafty bits – commercial journalling cards, bits ‘n’ bobs, ribbon.
3 x sheets of black and white stickers
Kraft card envelope with a tie seal
Stencil – this would be great for sponge stencilling rather than drawing
Pack of commercial stickers for the first 20 boxes (boxes after this get something different)
An insert – just a gridded notebook or notepaper, with the How’s Your Day cover, a bujo key fly page and a future log page.
A sheet of calendar stickers with fold over tab. There are 15 months on the sheet – October 2018 – December 2019
8 sheets of card and paper – 5 are single sided (one is a metallic paper, one is a glossy card, the others are standard card), 3 are double sided.
Phew! There’s so much and this is the finished box. Ali and Debbie wanted to add more but due to a weight limit in postage they need to keep to a certain limit. The reason for this is that the shipping is FREE (UK only). All that for free shipping is pretty awesome to be honest.
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I have a new job! I’m going back to my career after a 6 year break (excluding my etsy and blog work). I’m going to be a Mid-weight Creative Artworker for a large Tech company here in Manchester. I’m so excited and needed a planner! I’ve filmed my setup for this which you can see at the bottom of this post.
The box has also helped me to begin my Bullet journal setup for next year as this box was designed with Bullet Journaling in mind.
I’m back with some creative journal pages using Anna’s Patreon artwork. I followed my usual process of printing images I like, positioning them around me and placing them on pages until I found something that worked. As usual this resulted in multiple pages, I can’t help myself!
In the first spread I have combined Anna’s mixed media background with her sketches of girls with balloons. The background features clouds and has a pastel rainbow theme. I liked the childlike look of the artwork. I have used a pink highlighter to add a border, it’s the sort of colour I would have been drawn to when I was young. At this stage I’m tempted to leave it as it is. This is difficult for me as I love to cram loads onto a page. However sometimes simplicity is best.
As busy as a Bee
The next page features Anna’s Bee artwork. I love Bee’s, my garden is always full of them! I love watching a big fat Bumblebee going about their business from flower to flower. There’s no hurrying, they go at their own pace but still get the job done. There’s also a flip side where they will work and work until they’re exhausted and the sugar water is presented to them (by me). Bee’s are important to me, they show me that yes, work hard and you will achieve your goals. However sometimes you need to rest and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
The next page has a Boho/self exploration theme. I’ve used my favourite colours and I’ve explored the open minded side of myself. I’ve used words and phrases that encourage me, some repeated in the background. I’ve pulled out the symbols of triangles as it’s a very spiritual shape, the sense of infinity but also of comfort. I’ve used three stickers with star signs as at the time of creation, my friends with these star signs were supportive to me. The page itself is open to interpretation, every time I look at it I see or feel something different.
The last page is a tribute to one of my longest group friendships in the Planner Community. Louise on the right (with the crown) is the very first planner girl I met face to face. I was absolutely terrified going to Cambs Planner Con 2016, I travelled and stayed in the hotel by myself. I’d never done anything like that! I met up with Louise and she was this bubble of energy and positivity. We spoke as if we’d known each other forever and it immediately put me at ease. I couldn’t help but smile as her giddy personality is infectious.
I then met Jeni (in the comedy glasses on the left) the next day at Planner Con. I knew someone was travelling from the same town as me and you couldn’t make it up, this person was Jeni who just happened to sit right next to me! Our personalities was freakishly similar, we now joke that we are the same person.
Louise, Jeni and I were sat together and hit it off straight away. We all live locally to each other and not long after met up again for cake and tea.
Obviousaly I met many other people that day, people who I’d met online and finally got to see in person. However the immediate connection with Louise and Jeni was something special, it blew away any anxities I had and I came back a different person.
Last week I was very kindly given a box from Crafty Bonbons. This is a monthly stationery and scrapbooking box created by the collaboration of Crafty Ali and Bonbons Kawaii.
The box has been running for a year and is a non-subscription service. This gives people a bit more freedom when buying the boxes. This is still a system they work to but may be revisited if necessary.
The contents range from a collection of hand made/personally designed items and carefully sourced items.
An average box will consist of:
• printed card/paper – around 8 x A4 sheets, depending upon weight. Some double sided. Some are designed by Ali and Debbie.
• Washi tape
• a pen
• an insert (designs may vary)
• page marker/paperclip
• journaling cards
• ephemera and/or die cuts
• bits ‘n’ bobs
• washi tape sample cards
• buttons or ribbons
• crafting supplies
• planner paper, etc
*Contents may vary*
The boxes are usually £20 (including shipping in the UK/added shipping fee internationally), however there may be the occasional supersized box that will come at an elevated price.
This month is a black and white theme, you can see my unboxing for this below. I have been buying these boxes throughout 2018, each theme has been different and every box has been as impressive as the last.
We are buying a house! Finally after years of wishing for it, we are purchasing a house and moving away from the rental market. What does any Planner Girl need when moving house? A moving house planner of course!
I have many planners which I’ve collected over the years. I knew I wanted A5 due to the amount I would be putting into the planner. I also wanted to draw floor plans so A5 made sense. I did buy a clear ring-binder planner with the intention of setting that up, however the rings ended up being smaller than I expected.
In the end I decided to go with my light grey Kikki K, which was sold as a Wellness Planner. It’s slightly oversized, the rings are huge and it has multiple pockets. This used to be my blogging planner and it has a familiarity I gravitate to.
How did I approach the setup?
I wasn’t sure where to start when setting up my moving house planner. The whole experience is brand new as we are first time buyers. What sections do I put in? So I started where I always do and went to YouTube.
There weren’t a lot on offer for this area of interest. However there were enough videos to spark my interest:
Both of these are the US so there may be a slight difference in how things are done. At some point I will film my one, perhaps further into the process so I can reflect on what worked and what didn’t.
After this I went to another place of interest, Pinterest! Compared to YouTube, there was an absolute abundance of images and links to blog posts. I highly recommend Pinterest if you are setting up a moving house planner.
Sections of My Planner
This was perhaps one of the hardest parts of setting up the planner. There is so much to consider. After reading blogs and watching videos I was brimming with ideas. I decided to make a list, it was a form of brain dump as it didn’t have any structure. If I had an idea, it went on the list.
I then took these points and attempted to put them into categories. It took a few attempts. I started by putting a number next to a point, the first one was 1, the second 2 the third was similar to the top so that became a 1 as well, following this pattern. I worked to a limit of 6 as this was the number of dividers I wanted. Once finished I named the numbers as a category and created a divider for it. This was all done with the power of pens, paper and sticky notes!
The sections are as follows:
The Planner Countdown section acts almost as a monthly section. However there are other elements to factor in. Pinterest offered a few images showing when to plan certain events, alerting our Landlord, booking removal company etc. Elements such as this also go into this section.
Lists is almost a bit of a miscellaneous section. If I need to make a list and I don’t know where to put it, it will start here. Eventually it will either move to a section that corresponds with it or simply stay where it is.
Packing is quickly becoming a big section. I suppose as it is relevant to now. It is one of the overwhelming sections as we have so much stuff! To ease this, I have created an aerial floor plan of each room of the house. Nothing fancy, a simple sketch. I can then break the rooms down, there is a large cupboard in the main bedroom. This houses a lot of my craft stuff as well as a box of shoes and bags. There is also fabric and who knows what else! This has been broken down into two sections. The top half of the cupboard and the lower. I’ve sorted my craft stuff, I need to tackle the top shelf of unknown! I will follow the same pattern with all areas of the house, one bit at a time.
Contacts is becoming a very important section. If I jot down anything elsewhere, e.g. a removal company, this will be added to the contacts. If I see a place that sells kitchens I like (the house is a fixer upper), then that will get added. You don’t realise quite how much you look at during this process, a magazine, a website, word of mouth. If it’s not written down then it gets forgotten, contacts is a vital section for avoiding this.
Finances hold anything to do with the solicitors, mortgage, broker, savings, it’s self explanatory in that sense. If I see something that’s a good price, for example a new craft desk (!!) then that will go in there. There will be an element of cross over but the price of things will need to be included in finances so that I can keep on top of what’s being spent.
New Home is all about the new house. In here I have images of the house as it is right now so that I can plan how I want it to look. I also have images of of house interiors for inspiration. As well as this I have lists to help me plan what to do when we move, an emergency box is a good one. A box that contains essentials, a torch, toilet roll, tea/coffee, kettle, keys, list of contacts, easy food…pretty much what we took camping!
Lastly I have extra pockets. These will hold paperwork that I either need to keep safe or needs to be handed to the solicitor/broker.
Once it was setup, it took me a little while to actually use the planner. It was mainly a place to keep paperwork and contacts. In that sense it was very useful. However as things are slowly starting to move in the right direction, I am beginning to fill out the sections. At the moment I feel like I need to focus on the current house. So apart from all of the legal stuff and paperwork, I’m mainly focussing on packing. It’s currently going through the weird quiet stage where the solicitors are doing all of their important bits. Then we will hopefully get news of the go ahead and we will close, pay our deposit and get a date. THEN it will go 100mph. That’s when I will need my planner. Each box will have a list of contents within the planner which will be a blessing when we get to the new house!