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?

Sharing for #IBOT with Essentially Jess

Author Blog Challenge – Day 7 – Paper, Pens and Plastic Pockets!

Describe your outline process for your book.

Day 7 of the Author Blog Challenge, and I have not missed a day, YAY! Must give myself a pat on the back for that…..

Today’s promt makes me feel a bit old, as my outline was created the old fashioned way…with pen and paper!

While I love and embrace modern technology, some things I like to do the ‘old’ way! I have a techno savvy daughter who comes to my rescue regularly when I have to make things work in computer land, but my book started out on my trusty A4 lined pad that never leaves my side when I am hatching and scheming things.

I just start writing and what ever comes out, gets jotted down. When I try and do these things typing, I seem to loose my train of thought as I glance at spelling or punctuation. Lot’s of single line notes as memory joggers fill the pages, so I don’t forget a thing. Then I got a clean sheet of paper and wrote down my proposed chapter titles, or at least what they were meant to include. Lot’s of scribbling, doodles and the odd shopping list make up my draft!

Then I just started typing, and typing and typing. Copy and Paste became my best friend as I shuffled things around, again and again. Throwing in a new chapter and tossing an old one was normal behaviour, until I decided enough is enough, it is great the way it is, leave it alone or it ain’t EVER going to be published.

Enter, the saviour of all things written, the Plastic Pocket, which is the home of all my creations. I can’t stand having pieces of valuable notes flitting around, so I use Plastic Pockets all the time for everything, totally addicted. If I am having a super neat freak day, these plastic pockets actually get put away into folders!

I am happy to confess that I am totally addicted to beautiful stationary, notebooks and pens that write nicely. I will never ditch them completely, as a computer hard drive does not have the same appeal as pretty paper, as my A4 pads are normally purchased in colours not the standard white, I am using a green one at this moment…..

Have you given up the paper habit, if so how on earth did you do it?

Happy Friday everyone!