PGC – Budget Planner/Craft ideas

I absolutely love a bargain and when you have hobbies as expensive as arts and crafts money that can be saved is a big plus for me.

Over the years I have made some mistakes with purchases and found that something’s you can get away with buying cheap but others you really do need to invest money to save money, if that even makes sense.

From my personal experience I have found that “consumable supplies” for want of a better description can be brought cheaply, “tools” on the other hand are always worth investing it!

Take paints for example, you can buy cheaper water colour or acrylic paints and use them with middle to top range brushes and get the same effect as more expensive paints: however if you take expensive paints and use them with cheap brushes then I am never really happy with the end result. 

Now, I’m not telling you to run out and spend a fortune I just think that if you are going to invest money in art supplies then it’s worth knowing where to invest them (even though I’d sell my left kidney for a Jane Davenport art set).

Silhouette portrait : yes I know it’s not really a bargain purchase, they RRP at around £145 but if you are a crafter or planner then they are worth their weight in gold. The average planner sticker “kit” costs approx £10-£15 a week ready cut and shipped, you can pick up free printable kits from a variety of websites, a simple Google of “free planner printables” brings up an array of websites. With a silhouette you can print these over and over again for the price of a few sheets of sticker paper.

I’ve used my silhouette portrait for paper cuts, ephemera, dashboards, die cuts, alphas and so much more, literally every project has something in it which I’ve used my silhouette for: so although they may not be a cheap purchase I definitely think that overall they are a must have purchase.

Group buy ins : there are several groups on Facebook (mine is here) which offer buy ins. How these work is that wholesalers sell to retailers but we have to put minimum orders in, so rather than order in bulk of one product we have buy in groups that allow people to purchase at wholesale prices, then the rest of the stock we can place up for sale at retail prices. There are buy in groups for literally anything, mine is for planner and paper craft items and we have lots of different brands. 

Shops : B&M have really upped their craft game lately, I was in there a few days ago and brought 40 acrylic paints for £6.99, rolls of washi tape for £1.99 and packs of alpha stickers for £1.49. Hobbycraft have their value range which I often use and their “budget” range (artist loft) is my mostly used supplies.

If you are just starting out with crafting or planning the top 5 budget items I recommend is; (assuming you have your planner/art book) 

White cardstock, either A4 or 12×12. I use white 12×12 as backgrounds for scrapbooking and use patterned paper for the accents.

Washi tape, can be used for crafts and planning, they can be brought cheaply and last a while. 

Punches, can be picked up cheaply and can be used to punch decorative edges in planner or to embellish pages.

Ink pads, can be used for stamping in Planners or craft projects, call also be used with Aqua brushes to create a water colour effect.

Background stamps, these can be picked up dirt cheap and are often free with magazines, they can be used in Planners and art projects and give a texture to your page, layer them with colours to compliment your embellishments to make them pop on the page.

https://thestationerygeekette.com/ – Emma-Louise Smith

https://abeautifulplan.co.uk/ – Kelly Vizma

http://beautifullybrokenvicky.blogspot.co.uk/… – Vicky Buckley

http://pennygatecrafts.blogspot.co.uk/… – Jo Whight

http://purelyamy.co.uk/ – Amy Hunt

http://www.thepaperjunkie.net/ – Rej Relova

http://superaena.com/ – Rej Relova

http://www.itsjustmehayleyd.com/ – Haley Daley-Hannibal

https://bestlaidplans2016.wordpress.com/… – Louise Parkinson

http://www.alifelivedinwords.com/ – Alyson Duncan

https://pineappleandbutton.com/ – Hannah Saadat Jones

http://skalovingeek.blogspot.co.uk/ Stephanie Kaye

https://mychaoticallyeclecticlife.wordpress.com/… Debbie Binnersley

https://planwithhannah.wordpress.com/… Hannah Marriage (Smith on FB)

https://sallyannmade.wordpress.com/ Sally Bartlett

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Blog and YouTube Schedule Jan-Apr 2017

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I’m on a roll today, not only is this my second post of the day (something that doesn’t happen that often I promise) but I have also sat and worked out my blog and YouTube schedule for the first 3 months of 2017 and have made some notes for the posts for the next 2 weeks.. One of my goals is to be more productive and the hour I spent working on this this morning will save me lots of time in the next few weeks.

This will be my blog schedule until April (starting tomorrow):

MondayPlanner Girl Collective (formerly Confessions of a plannerholic) A group of planner and stationery obsessed girls have come together to form a series of, weekly, posts. We all post on a Monday and it is usually the same topic (there are some off topic posts which a few of us, including myself, change to suit our blogs). My posts will all be on stationery, planners, productivity, organisation, goal setting or creativity.

Tuesday – This will vary from week to week and will include unboxing, reviews, creative tutorials and any other on topic posts which do not fall under the other days categories.

WednesdayOrganisation the first 6 weeks (starting 4th January 2017) will follow me as I organise my house using Marie Kondo’s “KonMari Method” I’m literally going to take you along with me from my first impressions of the book to actually organising each room.

Thursday – Productivity My main aim of 2017 is to be more productive and the first 6 blog posts will follow me as I discover David Allens “Getting Things Done” and become more productive using his techniques.

Friday – Goal Setting Another short series as I put “My Miracle Morning” into place as guided by Hal Elrods book “The Miracle Morning”, I am super excited by this and have already started to read the book and put a few things from it into place.

SaturdayMy Crafty Week Although this blog is focussing on planning, productivity and organisation I wanted to add creativity in there too as I often use a creative journal when I am goal setting etc, on the other hand I didn’t want a tonne of creative posts to overwhelm the blog. My Crafty Week is a weekly post where I can show you what I’ve been creating and working on that week in one post, it will contain links to any creative YouTube videos and tutorials that I have posted that week.

Sunday – Plan With Me I have decided that this year I will be moving away from the typical “plan with me/plan my week” posts where i show you each week how i have decorated my planner for that week. I have tried and tried to plan like this as that seems like “the norm” for most of the planner girls out there. Instead my Plan With Me blog posts will be more informative, I will go over everything from planner jargon to accessories and where to buy them. Each week will focus on one aspect of planning so if you are new to the planner world or would just like to learn how to plan more efficiently then make sure you tune in every week. There will be a corresponding video on my YouTube channel every week.

My Crafty Week : Happy Mail : Art Journalling

Last year I used to send lots of “happy mail” to various pen pals and one off swaps, I even had a Facebook group dedicated to swapping pocket letters and other forms of snail mail.

Unfortunately it kind of fissled out and I hadn’t sent any for a long time!

When Octobers Studio Calico Kits hit my doormat I really wanted to create something with it. It was so lovely.


At the same time I was having some problems with some equipment and another Etsy seller helped me out so I wanted to send her a small thank you, a TN book mark.

I had no idea how it would turn out, there are a few things I would do differently next time but overall I love how this turned out and was really pleased with it. The little envelope in the middle contains the gift and the flap at the side lifts up to reveal a note.

At the time I made this I said I’d love to send more, alas I’ve not gotten round to it… maybe once the house is sorted this weekend I’ll have another go!

To view the Set up video of the above happy mail click HERE!!

Recently I took the kids pumpkin picking (you can tell how long it’s been since my last catch up!) I wanted to create a page in my art journal as well as a Project Life page. I’d seen some amazingly creative pages on YouTube and decided to have a go at drawing something myself.

I’m no artist but I do love to try and I am super happy with how this page turned out!!! Again it is something I am desperate to try again, I need to set aside some crafty time!!

My Crafty Week #2 – 01.10.2016

This week has been an array of emotions, I’ve laughed, cried and been everything in between. It all boils down to the UKPA Big Meet and the preparation I’ve been doing to have all my stock ready for the big day. Due to all the preparation I haven’t really had a very crafty week so far, I haven’t even started last weeks Project Life and have barely had time to make anything.

I was hoping to have the prototype for the new Travellers Notebook range that we hope to be launching very soon, unfortunately its not quite ready and I want it to be perfect before anyone has a peek at her.

I have made some leather charms, which will be available on my Esty store, all hand stamped and finished and fully customisable.

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A custom, leather, planner charm
Custom, Leather, Hand Stamped planner charm for a TN, Travellers Notebook Charm, planner charm, midori charm, uglybugdoes charm,
A custom, leather, hand stamped planner charm

I’ve also filmed an Art Journal process video which, although the “art” is far from perfect and actually looks quite comical, the actual page has a lot of meaning to and is very significant to me.

There will be lots of crafting this week as I catch up with Project Life, journal the big meet and celebrate the start of October!