Planner Girls Collective : Monthly overview

I absolutely cannot get my head around planners that start their week on a Sunday, for me it just does not work! I like to sit down on a Monday and plan what I have coming up that week and to see two beautifully empty boxes at the weekend.

Erin Condren always start their week on a Sunday so as soon as mine hits my door mat I change the every month to a Monday start, it is a bit of a labour of love in that I have to not only cover the days but also change all the dates with date dots.. but once it’s done it’s perfect!

The only planner that I use the monthly feature in is my Erin Condren, It’s the first place that I schedule appointments in and is the first place I check to see what is coming up!

I also use it to track my bills and when I am due a payment, the notes bar to the right of the page has a list of all my direct debits and if they are coming out of my personal or business account (I do this with colour coding), in the box for the corresponding date I use a small circle in red to represent a bill and green for money coming in! 

The benefit for me to organise my finances like this is that I can see straight away what is due in the current week, I tick off each bill as it leaves my bank which really helps me to balance my books and make sure there is always sufficient money in each account!

Don’t forget to pop over to the other ladies taking part this week and see how they use their monthly overview pages:




Papercraft, Teamie Tuesday

1 Product 3 Ways : New Stampin’ Up! Daisy Delight stamp set and punch!! – Teamie Tuesday

Todays Teamie Tuesday blog hop had the theme 1 product 3 ways! I decided to use the brand new Daisy Delight stamp set and boy was I impressed.. The stamp and coordinating punch can be used in a variety of ways and are perfect for the beginner to the more experienced crafter.

My 3 makes were cards, the first is aimed at a beginner and only uses stamp, ink and paper, the 2nd uses the punch to make a 3d daisy and the 3rd card uses a double stamp for the boarder and an extra embellishment in the centre of the daisy.

Product Ingredients:

  • Tranquil Tide Cardstock
  • Daisy Delight Stamp set
  • Gold Faceted Gems
  • Daffodil Delight Ink
  • Daisy Punch

You can view the process video here!

These products will be available for customers to purchase on the 1st June, if you would like them before this date then you can join my team for just £99 and chose £130 of products from the new range!

View the other ladies taking part in todays Teamie Tuesday:

Kelly – The Crafty Bat

Alyson – Scarlet Moon Crafts


DIY Sticker Storage / Accordion File / Card Holder

The original idea for this project came from this video that I stumbled across whilst looking for inspiration for another project. I’ve been looking for a pretty and portable way to store and carry my planner stickers for a while and as soon as I saw this I knew that I could adapt it to fit my stickers and it would be perfect.

Product Ingredients:

  • Pop of Pink DSP 141648 (retiring) cut at:
    • 7.5″ x 2″
    • 4.75″ 7.5″
    • 4″ x 8″ (2 of these)
    • 1″ x 2.5″ (3 of these)
  • Basic Black Card 124267 cut at:
    • 12″ x 8″
    • 8″ x 5.5″
    • 4″ x 8″ (3 of these)
  • 11″ of ribbon or lace
  • Paper Trimmer 129722
  • Score Board 122334
  • Adhesive 104332

Don’t forget that every person who places an order on my website receives a free gift from me at the end of the month, when they use the hostess code to the right of this post!

To view the process video click HERE!

Papercraft, Planners

How to make you own Travellers Notebook / Smashbook

This project was so much fun, I’d seen the idea on Pinterest where they used the same kind of folder technique for a smashbook but rather than have booklets in there they had different slots for journalling. I really liked the idea but knew I could adapt it.

After my first attempt I already have a lot of ideas about what I am going to make next and what it will be used for.. watch this space 😉 the process video is HERE!

Project Ingredients:

Any orders placed on my website, using the current months hostess code (which can be found to the right of this page) will receive a gift in the post from me 🙂


NSD : My Scrappy Journey

To celebrate National Scrapbooking Day we have a few things going on over in the Facebook group. From sketches to craft areas and everything in between.. head over there to join in with the fun! The main events will be happening later on tonight so make sure you check in then!

Lately I’ve been hearing lots of people comment on how they would love to scrapbook but how they are not crafty or wouldn’t know where to start etc, I decided that I’d do a short video of my “Scrapbooking Journey” so you can see where I started and what my style has developed into. To view that video click HERE!

The video is on our new UglyBugChats channel which is where I will be uploading any chatty videos, reviews etc 🙂

Craft Club Reveals, Happy Mail, Papercraft

Stampin’ Up! Happy Mail Swap

Because I love the Stampin’ Up! products so much and I love to not only use them myself for all different kinds of projects but also to see what other people have come up with. I set up a new Facebook group for people to swap all types of happy mail using Stampin’ Up! products.. If you want to join click HERE!

In our little group you can arrange 1:1 swaps or take part in the monthly group swaps, our first group swap was this week.. everyone who signed up received a name and address and had the choice to send any type of happy mail they wanted to!

I chose to send a folding card made using the Pop of Pink products from last months Crafty Club Kit. Now I don’t quite know how but I totally forgot to take any pictures but I did manage to record the process video which you can view HERE!

Ingredients List:

Any orders placed on my online store, using code: QT3RQQ6V will receive a free gift in the post for me, at the end of the current month. This is May 2017 code, if you are ordering after this then please check the right hand column for the current months code.

You can sign up for the monthly Craft Club Kits HERE!

These are the 2 really bad images I mangled to snap of the envelope haha:

Craft Club Reveals, Memory Keeping

Setting up a Traveler’s Notebook Insert – Creative Journalling

For a while now I’ve been wanting an actual travel notebook in my Traveler’s Notebook.. I wanted to document all the places we have visited and our best and worst moments. I document all our holidays in our yearly albums but I wanted something that will come around with me and that I can document on the go.

I sat down and worked out all the places we have visited since we moved back to the UK in 2008 and now have space in this dedicated insert to document them all.. this insert is going to be a chunky beast by the time I’m finished.

You know how exciting a new journal is so I jumped right in and documented one of our trips to Butlins using the products from this months Craft Club Kit.. there are still a few left and sign up finishes on the 10th May!

This was such a fun project and I cannot wait to see this journal fill up. I filmed the set up of this insert along with the creating of this page which you can view HERE!

To browse the range of amazing products you can visit my online store HERE.. any online orders (not including Craft Club Kits)  in May, who use this hostess code QT3RQQ6V will receive a free gift from me!

Ingredients list;

Craft Club Reveals

Craft Club!!

Over in the Facebook group I have just announced the sign up for the monthly, online, Craft Club… rather than sign up each month you now only need sign up once, you will then receive a Paypal invoice each month to be paid before the 7th of each month.

Rather than do a kit reveal each month I will now post sneak peaks across social media of the products of each kit and projects that I have made using it.


“This brand new and exciting craft club will run every month and takes the place of the monthly workshops. Each month you will receive a selection of designer series papers, die cuts, embellishments, card stock and other coordinating items. This is a great way to build your craft stash or to join along with the projects from the workshop.

Workshops will take place in the main Facebook group on the last Saturday in ever month. Each month we will have 3 videos, which will be posted in the main group, where we will be making a variety of project for all levels of paper crafters. Past projects include: pocket letters, flip books, journalling cards, creative journalling, shaker cards, happy mail, home decor and lots more.
Each month the important dates to remember are:
6th = Add on order cut off
7th = Paypal invoices must be paid
18th = Kits sent out
Workshop = Last Saturday of every month

Workshops are online and all of the information will remain in the group for you to peruse at your leisure. To make the most of your Craft Club Kit it is worth joining the Facebook group as every month there will be competitions and chances to win prizes.. you can even win a prize just by filling in the door prize form!

There will be 3 price points each month, the paper crafter kit will be contain all your consumables mentioned above.. papers, yardstick, embellishments, die cuts etc. You will then have the option to add on the stamp set or the stamp set and thinlet dies.

The Paper Crafter Kit will be £18 per month, due to the varying price of the dies and stamps the prices for these add ons will be released in the monthly news letter. If you have signed up for the basic kit then add ons must be ordered before the 6th to ensure I can invoice you before the payment cut off on the 7th.

By filling in your details below you are agreeing to be invoiced for the next available Craft Club Kit, you will be invoiced every month but can cancel at any time by emailing before the 7th of the month.”

Click HERE to sign up!


Papercraft, Teamie Tuesday

Father’s Day Box Frame

When people find out that I’m an Independent Demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! They ask me what cards I make and are often surprised when I tell them I don’t really make cards.

For me paper craft is memory keeping: scrapbooking, project life, journalling and also happy/snail Mail! But occasionally I like to make paper craft home decor items.

I knew I wanted to use the Nailed It stamp set and coordinating dies for more than just Fathers Day cards and came up with this fun project that I know my husband is going to love nearly as much as the kids will love giving it to him ❤️ the vanilla background was simply stamped with basic grey at random intervals and then the designer papers used to accentuate the main photo and greeting, the metal embellishments give it a really fun and 3D effect.

To view the process video click HERE!

Don’t forget to check out the other ladies taking part in “Teamie Tuesday”

Kelly : The Crafty Bat

Alyson : Scarlet Moon Crafts


Planner Girls Collective : My Planning Style

Casual and aloof… that’s how I’d describe my planning style.. I love nothing more than spending an hour stickering up my planner to then find it pickles my head to try and use it as my main planner.. I’ve battled with my love/hate relationship with stickers and a “busy” looking planner since I peeled my first sticker from the sheet and laid it in my planner.

So I finally think I’ve found a way to have the best of both worlds but that involves multiple planners!

I use my ECLP as my main planner, the monthly pages contain everything from holidays and school appointments to bills and my blog schedule. I use full kits to decorate the weekly pages which are then used as my family planner.

My recollections horizontal planner (I am happy with this planner, I do NOT need an ECLP verticle when they come out.. if I repeat that enough do you think I will believe it?) is then my blog and work planner. I use it as a bullet journal and colour coordinate my blog and YouTube posts. I break down each day into 2 columns with my most important todo’s on one side and any appointments or important events on the other side. I have a key to keep track of each task and if it’s been done or rescheduled and to highlight important points.

I then have my every day carry which is an a6 UglyDori with a hobonichi techno inside,  I use this to keep track of events while I’m out and about so that I don’t have to carry a large planner with me 🙂

So there we have it… my planner “Style” I’m not quite sure that I fit into any particular box.. I’ve always liked to be different 😉

Don’t forget to check out the other ladies taking part in today’s blog hop;

Hannah – Plan With Hannah

Emma – The Stationery Geekette

Debbie – My Chaotically Eclectic Life

Stephanie – A Ska Loving Geek

Louise – The Vintage Planner

Joanne – Joannes Planner