My Favourite Planner Supplies From Aliexpress

I am always on the lookout for a bargain, especially for my planner. It is so easy to fall down the rabbit hole of wanting all the pretty things and I have found so many great buys on Aliexpress that you might like too!

Well over a year ago, I saw a post on one of the American Facebook planner groups about this gorgeous pen that was purchased on Aliexpress, so needless to say I hoped on over to that sight in a flash. I ummmmed and ahhhhhhed for quite a while before I made a purchase, because they do not take Paypal and I was so hesitant to hand over my card details. I do have a card that I keep very little balance on to use in situations where I am worried about security, so I bit the bullet and ordered that pen.

It arrived safely and so did many other things and I have had no attempts of fraud made against that card, so a bargain hunting I go.

Bargain planner supplies from Aliexpress

I have an addiction to rose gold and must have #alltherosegoldthings.

The large gem pen cost me $1.80, the crystal filled one in the centre cost $3.53 and the clip was 99c.

That $3.53 pen is the most expensive purchase I have made from Aliexpress so far.

This is just a few of my favourite washi tapes that I have bought and I have a rule not to spend more than $2.00 on a roll.

Most of these were just over $1.00 each.

Skinny washi is a must have for me as I like to cover the coloured section dividers in my Happy Planner.

Most of these were bought in small sets and I have yet to finish a single roll.

A little while ago I decided I wanted to up my gel nail game and ordered some pretty things and this micro foil tape comes in so many colours and can be used to add pretty highlights to your planner. For $1.00 per 10 rolls, that’s a bargain!

Before you rush off to see what you can find, here are some handy hints to help you get the best value for money –

  1. When you start searching for products, add things that you like to your cart, but keep scrolling through before you purchase as you will often find the same item listed at a variety of prices. You can then delete the more expensive ones and pay for the cheapest.
  2. I only buy if it includes free shipping as some sellers offer a cheap price and then try to make up for it with high shipping costs.
  3. You need patience when you shop this way, as most things take between 3-5 weeks to appear in your mail box. Some have come quicker but don’t buy if you need things in a hurry. That being said, it’s fun when little parcels arrive and you can’t remember what you bought and you try to guess.
  4. Keep a list of all that you buy and if an item does not arrive you are able to dispute it and have it resent. Fortunately I have never had that happen yet.
  5. Just like Ebay, you can leave feedback which is a nice thing to do if you are happy with your purchase, reading other peoples feedback is a great way to check that you will be happy with your purchase. I have looked at handbags on Aliexpress but some of the feedback turned me off making purchases.

Have fun shopping!

What planner supplies other than stickers do you buy online?

Easy Ways To Decorate Your Planner Without Spending A Fortune!

easy and cheap ways to decorate your planner

Discovering the world of pretty planning is just like being a kid and walking into a lolly shop!

You just want to buy ALL. THE. THINGS!

I have joined lots of Facebook planning groups as I am continually blown away by how creative people can be, and I really enjoy my Sunday mornings that I spend decorating for the week ahead.

BUT, every day without fail though I see a post on something gorgeous that someone bought and I add it to my mental list of must haves/wants.

When I first got my Happy Planner I went a little crazy buying things.

It is simply so addictive and unless you have an unlimited budget, this hobby could easily send you broke.

Living in Australia has saved me from many a splurge as our weaker dollar and expensive shipping fees make me say NO to many temptations.

I am also a bargain queen and very rarely pay full price for anything if I can avoid it.

So I have found plenty of ways to make my planner look really lovely without having to spend a fortune each week.

SHOP WHAT YOU HAVE!

make your own planner stickers and washi

Anything made from paper that you have lying around the house can be used in your planner.

Gift Wrap – Can be cut into rectangles to fill boxes or strips to be used instead of washi tape.

Greeting Cards – Don’t throw out greeting cards, cut pretty images off them and use instead of stickers.

Magazines – Are full of images and words that can be cut out and used.

TIP – When cutting out round shapes use a small pair of nail scissors that are rounded for more neat cuts.

SCRAPBOOKING PAPER PADS

Using scrapbooking paper to decorate your planner

Scrapbooking paper pads are so cheap and come in a huge selection of colours.

A pad of 36 sheets that are 15 x 15 cm costs $3.00 and for each sheet I can cover 9 full squares in my Happy Planner.

That is 324 ‘stickers’ for a total of $3.00!

I use this paper all the time when the weekend colour scheme printed in my planner does not blend nicely with the colours I want to decorate with.

You can also use a hole punch to make small circles to use for bullet dots on your to-do/check lists.

TIP – Use roll on glue to stick paper down as it goes on so thin and neatly that you don’t risk getting gluggly bits mess up your page.

FREE PRINTABLES

an easy way to get free stickers for your planner

Every week I use a sheet of free printables to decorate my planner.

I have bought a box of blank printable sheets and was going to use them to make my own stickers, but each week I just print them on to normal paper and cut them out.

It only takes a few minutes and this has saved me a fortune.

I have got a lot of my free printables from Facebook groups, but I also have over 500 planning printables and ideas on my Pretty Planning Pinterest page, please feel free to follow it for a huge collection of freebies and awesome planning ideas.

Here’s to happy planning and saving some money along the way.

What is your favourite way to not blow the budget when decorating your planner?

Feel free to share your ideas. 🙂

An Afternoon With Amy Tangerine

I follow a lot of planning and craft groups on Facebook. They are full of inspiration and ideas.

So many of them having a huge American contingent and sometimes it can be a little disheartening to see all the wonderful supplies and events that are available over there.

Luckily I did see a post about Amy Tangerine, appearing at Spotlight as part of a national tour.

In the scrapbooking world, Amy is big news.

She regularly releases a gorgeous selection of paper craft products specifically for scrap bookers.

Now I don’t scrapbook, but I love decorative planning, and many products designed for scrapbooking also make perfect additions for my planner.

using scrapbook supplies in my planner

Give me some stickers and washi tape and I am good to go!

Amy’s last stop on this tour was Spotlight at Everton Park, conveniently just 10 minutes down the road.

Amy Tangerine Australian Tour

 Amy is truly delightful and incredibly down to earth.

Rather than run a formal class, she chatted about her life, business and answered any questions.

creating with Amy Tangerine products

We each got given a pack of goodies to play with plus general craft supplies (which we got to take home).

A blank notebook was the canvas to decorate in any way you liked.

The samples Amy had made, unfortunately got lost on the way to Brisbane, so instead she sat down with us and decorated a notebook with us.

planning with amy tangerine supplies

I did grab a few things to add to my collection, but there was not a lot of stock on hand in store. Honestly thought Spotlight would have ensured they had a big range for customers to pick from if they go to the trouble to have Amy appear at these events.

I had so much fun and met some lovely ladies. It so nice to meet others that love doing what you do.

Do you scrapbook or create pretty things?

Happy Planning My Way To Increased Productivity!

Using a diary or planner to make lists and remember important things is nothing new.

Whilst many people have embraced modern technology to keep track of everything and have gone paperless, a few months ago I discovered a whole new world of planning like nothing I had seen before.

There are groups on Facebook (that I have joined) for people totally addicted to creating gorgeous planner pages that are inspiring yet practical at the same time.

I have been quietly watching from the sidelines as the planner world went into frenzy mode following the anticipation of Erin Condren’s release of her new planners and the subsequent waiting and then delivery of these highly sought after items.

I love pretty things, I love crafting and I love organisation and really wanted to jump on the bandwagon.

Unfortunately these planner come at a price and if you live ‘down under’ a really big price.

rose gold life planner from erin condren 2015

Erin Condren.com has this and many more planners available.

With the Australian dollar tracking in the low 70’s plus delivery costs to Australia, you need to invest about $130.00 to get the rose gold edition.

That is a lot of money for some printed paper and a rose gold tone covered coil.

In the mean time I also found another alternative that you can buy in Australia for a much more respectable figure of just under $50.00.

Every year I buy a traditional diary and religiously enter in everything I need to do for about 1 week and then I slack off. It’s boring!

I decided I wanted a planner to decorate and use as an incentive to make better use of my time.

It is not hard for me to relax for a few minutes a few hours by scrolling through social media every day.

My goals and dreams are not going to become a reality if all I do is think about them.

I need to take action and use my hours at home after work to be more productive and procrastinate a lot less.

AND then something awesome happened…..

On all these group pages that I follow there are lots of RAK (Random Acts of Kindness).

I saw a post from a lady in the USA who offered a Create 365 Happy Planner as a ROK and to be eligible to win in you had to live outside the USA or Canada as she understood our despair at the prohibitive costs for us.

Well….I was the lucky winner!

Create 365 Happy Planner Australia

🙂

It took a couple of weeks to get here, but this baby is now mine!

To say I am excited is an understatement.

This planner runs from July but she even sent me some blank date inserts so that I could start using it straight away.

Decorating my Happy Planner

This is my first attempt at decorating a week layout and adding in the things I have to do.

Stickers, washi tape and goodness knows what else will fill my week with prettiness.

My new plan of attack starting from today is that I MUST complete my To-Do’s before I spend time on social media or relaxing in any shape or form, so that when I do I don’t have to feel guilty about it.

Being a single mum l do have very full days with work and running the household. As I experiment with this style of planning I will break up my week into practical chunks and get shizz done!

Wish me luck!!!

Do plan or just go with the flow?

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Planning Your Life In Full Colour!

I have been a stationary addict for as long as I can remember.

The collection of notebooks grows much faster than I can possibly use them.

I have not embraced Evernote or any of those online planning things, as I preferred the old fashion pen and paper style of getting organised.

I didn’t buy one diary this year, I actually bought three because I loved the colours, and I am using them for three different things.

One is an actual diary, one is a blog planner and one has developed into my personal growth diary and is filled with things I have learned, need to learn, tapping scripts and more. They are being filled with written notes and the occasional doodle but that is it.

I cannot walk past KikkiK or Typo without going in and very rarely come out empty handed.

BUT

I have recently discovered a whole new world of planning that I did not know existed. Obviously I have been living under a rock as it was only about two weeks ago I stumbled across this colourful addiction.

THOUSANDS of addicts join Facebook groups to learn and share, You Tuber’s have huge followings and there are Etsy stores raking in a fortune selling bits of gorgeousness like stickers and covers for planners.

Not just any planner will do; KikkiK will get a nod of approval and are the choice of many (at least we can buy them here is Australia) but my new find is the world of Erin Condren Life Planner!

Life planning the Erin Condren way

Thank you Florence for letting me share your creation. Her Instagram feed (@livelifeandcreate)is full of beautiful colour inspiration.

Each day can become a mini work of art if you want to let your creativity flow.

Add in all the practical stuff like appointments, deadlines and activity schedules and then with the help of stickers, washi tape and stamps you turn your week into a montage of prettiness. Add some inspirational quotes and sayings to give your week a real lift.

What a fabulous keep-sake to flip back through at the end of the year.

What started me on the road to discovery was finding about an Aussie girl from Perth who has an Etsy shop full of stickers for these planners such as these beauties…

Lime and Mortar planner stickers

 Lime & Mortar post these world-wide!

ECLP’s are not cheap, but full of fabulous features and you can even have yours personalised with your name and choice of cover.

You could also just collect some fun stickers, stamps and markers and start decorating the diary/planner you are using right now.

If you love it, you can always get your ECLP for next year or make a Happy Helper Book!

How do you do your diary, plain or pretty?

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