It’s a Ring Thing

This time last month, I watched Rachel’s ‘Planner Evaluation Session’ videos on YouTube, and looked on, enrapt, as she went through all her different planners and shared her pros and cons for each. It didn’t come as much of a surprise that Rachel ended up back in rings though, but what did come as a surprise was that I started hankering for set of rings of my own!

I can’t remember the last time I used a ring-bound planner – it was probably in the 80’s when Filofaxes were first all the rage. I didn’t have a Filofax to hand, but I did have a ring-bound planner that I’d picked up at Wilkos and was using to store notes from a particular project. Well, out went those notes, and in went some dot-grid paper that I’d reclaimed from a half-used Leuchtturm1917 notebook …

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Track It – Review It

Now that the end of April is approaching, and I am beginning to look forward to the start of May, it’s time to review both my life and my planning system.

Toward the end of every month, I like to look through my bullet journal and Passion Planner Pro and spend some time reviewing how things have gone – both in regard to how well my planning system has served my most recent needs and with regard to how well I am living. Let’s talk about my planning system review first.

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Planners 2020: Three Months In

We’ve reached the end of March 2020 and the EllieBeth Designs Creative Planning Team are taking a look at where we are with our planners, what’s changed since the beginning of the year and what’s stayed the same.

Despite the fact that the world has changed almost beyond recognition these last couple of weeks, my planning system hasn’t. Since last July, I’ve been using my Passion Planner Pro as a weekly schedule and my bullet journal for everything else. Now more than ever, in these uncertain times, I’m using both to help keep my head on straight. I’m planning what I can plan for, and tracking the habits that help keep me well. I’m also still stickerating, which is great for lifting my spirits. There’s something comforting about laying down stickers and something hopeful and vital in all the colour.

One thing that is new to me though is the Rhodia Dotbook that I’m using for my bullet journal. I was getting fed up with lugging heavy hardbound notebooks around, so I thought I’d try the Dotbook which has pure white paper, a soft cover and 80 pages – enough for two months’ worth of bullet journaling. I’m glad I tried it because I love it, so I shall definitely be buying more.

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

We’ve all done it, right? We’ve all decided that every day/week/month for the next week/month/year, we’re going to [insert goal/intention/resolution]. If you’re anything like me, you’ve also failed at doing whatever it was you said you’d do as frequently as you said you’d do it. Failed … ugh … I hate that word! Let’s get rid of it. Let’s remove it from our vocabulary, at least when talking about ourselves and our objectives.

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This Is How I’m Staying Well

This is how I’m looking after my mental health and continuing my recovery at the moment. In no particular order:

1. I’m waking up at the same time every day: 7am.
2. I’m getting into bed by the same time every night: 11pm.
3. I’m taking my medications every day.
4. I’m taking my supplements every day.
5. I’m meditating every day.
6. I’m reading something uplifting/encouraging every day.
7. I’m listening to my favourite music every day.
8. I’m singing in the shower every day.
9. I’m creating something every day.
10. I’m drinking enough fluid every day.
11. I’m eating well every day.
12. I’m moving my body every day – sometimes I even walk outside!
13. I’m using my bullet journal to stay on track every day.
14. I’m doing a relaxation exercise every evening.
15. I’m spending time with my family every day.
16. I’ve stopped watching and reading the news.
17. I’ve unfollowed everyone on FB/IG/YT who is talking about the corona virus.
18. I let myself check the NHS advice once a day.
19. I practice mindfulness all the time: focus, let go of distractions, refocus without judgment, repeat.

Back On the Team at EBDUK!

Hello! So, it’s been a while since I posted here. Lots has been going on, and I’ll come to that in a future post, but today I wanted to pop on and let you know that I am back on the EllieBeth Designs UK Creative Planning Team!

I’ve been using EBDUK stickers in my bullet journal and Passion Planner Pro for a few years now, and I still love them just as much as I did when I started – they really do brighten up every day – so when the opportunity came for me to rejoin the team, I jumped at the chance.

I have a discount code that you can use to receive 10% off your EBDUK orders. It’s NATALIE10. This is an affiliate code which means I do receive ‘Rainbow Rewards’ each time it is used, but that is at no cost to you.

In March, I will be using the ‘Serendipity’ collection to decorate my bujo, so do stay tuned for my next Plan With Me video. Here’s a sneak peek. Until then … happy stickerating! xxx

Turtle Crafts UK | What Do You Do With Your Scraps?

Hello, Scrappers! Welcome to another Turtle Crafts UK blog post from me. This month, I’ve got a question for you, and it is: what do you do with the scraps of patterned paper left over from your kits?

I confess I’m a bit of a paper hoarder – no surprise there – so I keep every scrap or paper until I can think of no more uses for them. I even keep tiny bits because if I can punch a shape out of them, I will. Very often, I use my tab punch to punch out tabs, which I then keep in my Tab Tub, and then, every once in a while, I’ll grab a load of tabs and create a layout with them. This month, though, I fancied a bit of a change, so I pulled out my three star punches and lots of scraps of paper and made a whole heap of stars. I then used these on two layouts.

To create a rainbow of different sized stars, I used scraps from the Heidi Swapp themed July kit as well as scraps from the Amy Tangerine themed August kit. A few scraps from my stash might have snuck in too. I love how the papers from the different kits work so well together. Plus they also look great with the stickers from the Paige Evens themed September kit!

So, how about you? Do you think you might pull out your punches and get some of those scraps on your layouts? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time … happy scrapping! xxx