Erin Condren Life Planner 2017

EC Life Planner 2017 - 4In honour of the Erin Condren launch of the new 2017 life planners, I have dedicated two posts to it (yes, TWO posts in ONE day?! Say whaaaat? I know, very unusual for me… but it was just way too long for one post).  You can find part one over here.  If you are new to EC life planners, I would recommend you pop over to part one as that will give you a good overview of what the life planner is and some photos of the inside.

Here, I am going to talk more about the new features and what I love (or don’t love) about them!  So I am assuming you’ve read the first post or already know about Erin Condren life planners…Read More »

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Erin Condren Life Planner 2016

Erin Condren LifePlanner 2016This week something happened that most of the planner community will have heard about: the Erin Condren launch!  EC launched their 2017 life planners and the internet pretty much crashed…  Yeah that’s right, their launch crashed the internet.  Seriously.

My Facebook feed was full of talk about it.  Planner groups on Facebook would have tons of daily posts about it (they are still happening!).

So, I think it’s only fair that I dedicate this week’s post to Erin Condren and the beautiful community they have helped to build.  Now I couldn’t get all of this to fit in one post, as it would be too long to encompass all of this amazing into one… so I’m splitting it into two parts. Today is part one of the two part series.  This will be a quick flip through my 2016 EC life planner and initial thoughts from it…

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National Stationery Week – Handmade Day

Foil Inspirational Flag StickersDay 6 of National Stationery Week is here and it’s all about handmade goodies!  I’m a huge fan of crafts and handmade goodies – in particular, I’m trying to dedicate more time to making cards to send to people.  As I get around to creating more, I’ll be sharing these creations with you – in particular on my Instagram channel, so follow that if you’re interested to see more.

However, for now, I wanted to give you a quick update on something that I’m really excited about.  I have mentioned this a few times in passing or hints but I thought it’s about time to make a quick announcement…  I’m working really hard on opening up an online shop!  I’m currently creating designs for the items I plan to stock and trialling them but it will be an Etsy Store for foiled goodies.  Foil Today MarkersStarting with stickers, I’ll go into various other planner accessories and soon cards too.  I have some designs ready for listing and am definitely working to get more up and ready.  The main delay right now is that I have had to send back some of the equipment I wanted to use to get it fixed and the company hasn’t done anything about it in weeks!!  Incredibly frustrating, yes, but it’s given me some more time to create some goodies and focus on my blog so it’s all good in the end right?

I would love to hear what you think of these samples and what you would like to see more of!  If you have any suggestions or ideas then please do let me know.  You can follow my instagram to see more sneak peeks as they are ready and some examples of them in use.  I really love creating these goodies so I am happy that I now get to share them with you.

Is there anything that you’ve handmade today?  I would love to see what you make!
Gold Foil Number Stickers

If you have a blog or instagram account, which you’ve been creating and adding things on then please do send the links my way!  I’m really excited to see what everyone has created or plans to create.  Thank you!

National Stationery Week – World Stationery Day ft. Kikki.K

NSW 2013 with date and website and partners (no website)World Stationery Day… An international day of Stationery!  I cannot wait to see what everyone gets up to today or talks about, there’s so many different ideas and concepts.  I actually had a bunch of different ideas, including showcasing some of the stationery goodies that I have brought on my travels across the world.  However, there was a little too much for one post so I decided I’ll share it in multiple posts at another time.  For today, I wanted to take a moment to talk about an amazing company that I adore.  One with a fantastic international presence – so perfect for the the ‘world’ part of this – and amazing customer service.  I was fortunate enough to go to an event on Monday night (if you’re following me on Instagram, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about here) at the stores and meet the founder of the company!

Kikki.K - Kristina Karlsson
Meeting Kristina Karlsson, founder of Kikki.K in the London store

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National Stationery Week – Get Organised Day

PlannersGet organised day?  That can only mean one thing in my books – planning day!  This is clearly one of my favourite themes simply because it means I get to include pictures of the planners that I love for no other reason than to share them with you, because I love them.  Planners are an essential part of how I organise my life.  I have previously shared how I used 3 different planners on a regular basis.  I am currently changing everything up again so I will be sure to share this with you once I have the new set up.

If you’re new to planning or don’t use one – please consider it!  Planning has really helped me to figure out my dreams, goals and to start reaching them.  Without it, I would be lost and I certainly would not have achieved all of the things that I have achieved today.  I love seeing my goals getting ticked off and my dreams coming closer – and I would absolutely love to see the same for you.

So let’s talk about planners today and my thoughts on how to get organised!  Now there’s tons of ways to use your planners – I think I once made a list that was too long to fit on a single page… Whoops!  But these are a few of my favourite ways to get organised…Read More »

6 month anniversary and update

6 month anniversary

Hi everyone!  I’m so thrilled to say that last Monday, on the 16th of November 2015, this blog turned 6 months old and I wanted to share this happy moment with you all!  Quite honestly, it seems like I just passed the three month mark but somehow, these past few months have really flown by.  Last time, I created a few social media accounts – such as my Facebook Page and a new Instagram account specifically for my blog.  Now that we’re at the 6 month stage, I wanted to do a quick update on what I’ve gotten up to in these past three months – as well as use this opportunity to talk about an upcoming giveaway that I’m really excited to do!

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It’s almost Halloween!

Halloween Spread (2)When I was a kid, my neighbours and I would dress up and go around the neighbourhood trick-or-treating.  Halloween has never been really big in the UK but we always loved to celebrate it.  For whatever reason, it seems to have died down now and I rarely see anyone celebrate it here.  But it’s a great holiday that I remember loving when I was younger so I thought it was worth talking about.  For those who don’t know, it’s coming up this Saturday so I thought I’d dedicate a quick post to it today – as next week’s post is probably way too late!  Hopefully something will inspire you to celebrate Halloween in your own little way, whichever country you’re in!  So here’s to Halloween, let’s make it a scary one (or perhaps one filled with lots of candy and cuteness).Read More »

Unboxing of the Filofax Gold Saffiano

Saffiano Personal Gold FilofaxFilofax released their special edition Gold Saffiano earlier this month.  I had it on pre-order and so, it arrived at the start of October but sadly, I haven’t had enough time to set it up yet so I thought I would get started today with an unboxing.  I purchased the Personal sized Filofax from Speedy Hen to set up as my first Christmas Planner (so I should definitely get started on this soon!).  The Gold Saffiano has a classic leather-look cross grain effect, which I think is great because you get the leather effect but it’s not made of real leather and that’s perfect for me.  The Gold is such a beautiful colour and it really reminds me of Christmas, so I’m very excited about this planner right now!  Surprisingly, this is actually my first Filofax so I’m super excited to get to the unboxing and see what’s inside!Read More »

September Favourites / Obsessions

I thought I would do something different today and dedicate this week’s post to talk about the things that have happened in September – and more specifically, things that I have become obsessed with over the month.  A number of these will end up on my blog with a proper review, no doubt but for now, I just wanted to give you an overview of my life and my current loves – and perhaps a glimpse of things coming up. So without much further ado, here are my five favourite things to do / use this month, in no particular order!

1. Planners.

Sept Obsessions - PlannersI have always loved planning and lists but I’ve always made done with a couple of planners that I just put everything in. Back in July, I spoke about the planners that I was using (and had been doing so for a while).  However, recently my love has become a little bit of an obsession!  So I have ordered a number of new planners and soon will start setting those up, getting them ready for 2016.  It may seem bizarre to have more than one planner but (if all goes to plan) I want to have a number of different ones for different purposes and I will aim to try and use all of them regularly in 2016.  I won’t give away too much but this weekend, I have been working on setting up my main 2016 planner (the Happy Planner pictured), a pocket sized traveller’s notebook to carry around with me, a Christmas Planner and my blogger’s planner.  There are a few more in the mix too (it really is an obsession)!  But as they say, planners got to plan!  If you are interested in seeing reviews of the different planners (which range from everything from Filofax to Hobonichi) or planner set ups for any of them then please let me know!

2. Washi Tape.

Sept Obsessions - Washi TapeAlright, who doesn’t love Washi Tape?  They come in so many great colours and patterns, with tons of uses!  Once you discover it, it is hard to go back to regular cellotape!  Recently, I have been buying lots of this stuff as I realised my collection was severely lacking.  I may have too much tape by now but it’s definitely still growing!  I particularly love adding washi tape to decorate envelopes for the letters I have been writing (this is coming up next!) but I also use it in my planner, for example.  There are tons of places to get washi tape – whether in store or online – and they come in a huge variety of colours so I’ve been picking up some whenever I’ve been shopping somewhere recently!


3. Snail Mail.

Sept Obsessions - Snail MailSnail Mail, Happy Mail, Letters… whatever the name, I absolutely love this old school form of communication.  These days, it’s rare to get something nice in the post.  So I decided to start doing something I love doing – sending out letters and cards again.  I do love technology and I’m thrilled Social Media exists but the joy of getting a handwritten letter is hard to beat these days.  Earlier this year, I sent some friends a handmade ‘Good Luck with your exams’ cards as they were sitting their final exams of their six year degrees and were incredibly stressed.  It made them so happy that I still hear about it today and I love that my little cards helped make them smile and relax a bit in such a stressful time.  So inspired by that, I have gotten some penpals and will be sending out more and more letters, as well as cards randomly.  And with Christmas coming up soon, it is definitely a good time to start now!

4. Watercolouring.

Sept Obsessions - WatercolouringI have recently picked up my Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours again, alongside my Tim Holtz Distress Markers (that you can watercolour!).  And instantly I remembered why I love watercolouring.  I love the joy of making simple cards with a bit of watercolouring and have now started to extend it to experiment with these paints on my planners and letter writing paper.  And let’s be fair, most of the paper I own doesn’t do well with water but it is still really fun trying it out anyway!  For watercolouring cards, I tend to use my Daler Rowney Aquafine watercolour paper pad and love using stamps to create simple but fun cards.  I feel like I need more stamps though and that cannot be healthy for my bank balance…  Currently resisting as the other obsessions have mostly filled my bank statements with purchases.

5. Photo-a-Day.

Sept Obsessions - Photo-A-DayThis is by far the most random, given the rest are all stationery and crafts related.  However, I set myself the challenge of taking a photo a day to summarise my day simply because I wanted to.  I had no expectations from it nor rules to follow, allowing myself the freedom to do whatever I wanted to.  Mostly, I thought I would just take a picture every day and write a short description to accompany each photo.  It normally does not take too long but I like the idea of being able to go back through my photos and see what I was up to several months ago.  And it does not have to be a good photo or a happy photo but rather, just a photo of something that means something to me.  I upload these photos onto my personal Instagram account and am thrilled to say that September saw me crossing the one year mark of this challenge!  I have now taken a daily photo for over 365 days and I’m thrilled it is still going as I never expected it to last.  Annoyingly, my phone did not save all of the photos in the ‘Instagram’ folder like it normally does so I don’t have easy access to them all but I will definitely be finding the photos in my gallery, printing them off and attempting to make a book for them!  If anyone knows a good place that I can print off Instagram photos in the UK then please let me know!

So there you have it, my top five obsessions recently – which gives you an idea what might come up as blog posts soon.  These things will definitely be featuring on my Instagram account (@AumsomeBlog) so if you want first glance at what I’m up to then that would be the best place to follow me.  If you have any questions or requests then please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!  Thank you for reading!

Paperchase Organiser: Planner setup

Paperchase Personal OrganiserBack in July, I briefly spoke about the planners & notebooks that I use to organise my life and one of those was a Paperchase personal organiser. There I talk about how I use the planner and the reason I purchased it. I also mentioned that I have some pretty inserts and since then, I have been asked a few times to do a planner setup and show you around the inside of this beautiful organiser. And I’ll admit, it’s a lot harder to capture the setup in photos so I ought to have done a video. But this is a blog (and I currently don’t have a good method of filming) so I thought I would just to have to try my best to show you around with tons of photos and a very indepth description!

This planner has been my main organisation tool since I first brought it, around four years ago. Every year, I buy some new refills, whack those in and bam, we’re ready for the next year! Normally I opt for the plain Paperchase 12 month refills but last year, I came across a set of refills that they did (but they were quite hard to find). These were not available online when I purchased them but they were available in some of the stores. However, they are available this year – both online AND in store!!
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