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?

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