3 DIYs For Uni-ball Pens & a Giveaway!

If you have watched this video on my YouTube channel, you already know about my rainbow pen obsession. So when uni-ball got in touch to ask me to share their new uni-Posca Pastel Packs, I couldn’t resist. Each pack contains Pastel Posca PC-5M pens (the paint pens that write on a ton of surfaces) and uni-ball Signo Pastel Ink pens – the dreamiest of gel pens!

BLOG- Uniball Pen DIYs and giveawayThe signo gel pens have an amazing pigment – I love love love these pens and have used them constantly since they arrived. Posca paint pens are my go to for chalkboard writing and ceramics too.
Uni-Ball-Posca-Pens-Pastel-PackJust look at these colours!
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The first project I used the pens for was a Bullet Journal page. I like to have a section on each weekly spread to doodle something that happened that week. I had seen a double rainbow on my trip to the craft store this week, so the pens were the perfect colour palette. Bullet-Journaling-Doodles-Gel-Pens

Using the gel pens in my bullet journal has been great as they dry quickly and do not show through each page.Pens-for-Bullet-Journaling

The next DIY was to decorate some pen and plant pots with the Posca paint pens. I went for a sprinkles pattern on this pot which is now holding all the pens too.DIY-Decorated-Pen-Pots

The paint pens dry pretty quickly too and you can build the colour by adding a second or third layer once dry. Posca-Paint-Pens-Projects

I also decorated these two cacti plant pots with a striped design.
Decorated-Plant-Pots-Paint-PensDIY-Painted-Plant-PotThe final DIY was to make some labels for my craft storage drawers. The gel pens were perfect for this, so I used gift tags and two colours on each one. Uni-Ball-Pastel-Gel-pens

These drawers are so deep I can fit tons in and now I know exactly what is in each one. I got them from Amazon from this seller if you’re interested. Shelving-Labels-UniBall-Pastel-Gel-Pens

The lovely people at uni-ball have provided a pack of the Posca and Signo pens for one UK reader, so you can try out some DIYs.DIY-Painted-PotsJust enter on the widget below to be in with a chance of filling up your pen stash! And if you win, you have to tag me in a post so I can see how you are using them 🙂 please note that the giveaway is open to UK readers only (sorry!).Uni-ball-Signo-Pastel-Gel-Pens

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The Best Pen Storage For Stationery Addicts

This one’s for the stationery geeks! I’ve been working on organising the studio and all my supplies lately (literally the longest project ever) and came across this pen storage.

I shared it on Instagram and the amount of messages I received about it showed me that it was worthy of a blog post and video. Turns out, it’s not just me that finds neatly organised pens in rainbow order satisfying.

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The zip up case is about A5 size, but it has 4 sections so can fit TONS of pens. I’m sure I had something like this as a kid too for pencils and all sorts.

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Since I started Bullet Journaling this year, I have been using a greater selection of pens from gel pens to fine liners, to sharpies. I’ve linked them all below so you can see which ones are my favourite.Pen Storage Now I always know if I need a pen, it’s here or in my pencil case. No more scrabbling around on my desk to find them!Zip-Up-Case-For-Pens

And because people seem to love a stationery video, I shared a little more on my YouTube channel too. Watch it here! Thanks for letting me indulge today 🙂

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PaperMate Flair Pens
Artline Stix Brush Pens
Uniball Glitter Gel Pens
kikki.K Fineliners
Staedler Fineliner Pastel Pens
Frixion Clicker Pens
Sharpie Fine Point Markers

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National Stationery Week – Bullet Journalling

Guys it’s one of my favourite weeks of the entire year – National Stationery Week! A whole week to celebrate paper, pens, planners and stickers. Today I wanted to talk to you about Bullet Journalling because it’s been a planning revelation for me since I started it in January.

If you are not familiar with this style of planning, I recommend watching Ryder Caroll’s video about the analogue system he invented. Since then, it has become something of a trend with lots of creative people turning their BuJo’s into places to doodle and decorate.

March-Bullet-Journal-Spread As a fickle planner (you’ve probably seen me change my planner set up lots!), I find Bullet Journalling to be the one that has stuck the longest. The reason for this is the flexibility – you design every page yourself, so if one spread doesn’t work for you, just amend it the next week or day! It allows you to create pages for anything that you want to record, track or note. I have doodle pages, lettering practice pages, calendars, sketches, brainstorms and even budgeting and sales trackers.

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I am exploring colour and lettering in my Bullet Journal and it’s been incredible to have just one planner for my personal life and business. It is busy inside, but it’s kept me on track and really suits my goal focused way of working. If things get written down, they get done for me!

You can basically use any notebook for a Bullet Journal, but I love one with dotted pages. Here are some links to the notebooks and pens that I use:

Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook

Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook Limited Edition Copper Version

PaperMate Flair Pens

Artline Stix Brush Pens

I also made a video on my Bullet Journal which you might like to take a look at to see it in more detail.

Once my pink BuJo is full, I shall be using this limited edition Leuchtturm Copper Notebook. It’s just really beautiful!

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Finally, I’ve been working hard behind the scenes this month on some new stationery themed pin ideas and I can’t tell you how excited I am!! It’s been really tricky deciding on colours, but I can tell you they will be shiny and pretty special. They take around 3 weeks to produce once I have finalised the designs, so keep an eye out and let me know what you think!

Are you a Bullet Journalling fan? What are you using to keep organised this year? Don’t forget, you can keep up with National Stationery Week online by searching the #NatStatWeek tag!

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The Happiness Planner – The Peony Planner

Even though the first month of 2017 is almost over, it’s not too late to think about using a planner to help you in certain areas of your life. I have always been someone who functions better with thoughts and goals on paper and The Happiness Planner is one I have used for my emotional health since 2015.

The Peony Planner is a planner like no other. Previously, The Happiness Planner has been available as a hard bound and spiral bound planner and this year they have added a ring bound planner that looks like a clutch bag. I LOVE IT.The-Peony-Planner-Peach-Blue

The planner focuses on the things each day that make you happy. You are encouraged to practice daily gratitude journalling and to create a ‘Happiness Roadmap’. Each month you review your happiness.

The Peony Planner has the same inserts as the 2016 spiral planner but they are condensed to fit into this A5 spiral bound. They are available dated and un-dated.

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This a great planner for those of you wanting to avoid Leather too as it is made from Saffiano Faux Leather. It comes in the following colour ways.

  • Pink & Cream with Pink interior (gold)
  • Blue & Peach with Blue interior (gold)
  • Lavender & Mint with Lavender interior (gold)
  • Black with Black interior (Rose Gold)

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The magnetic closure of the Peony Planner makes it feel like a clutch bag but as soon as you open it up you will find sticker sheets,  internal pockets, a pretty dashboard and dividers.  It feels pretty special!

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You can watch a full review of The Peony Planner on my YouTube channel here or by clicking the video below.

The Happiness Planner website has a ton of inspiration for living a happy life including a blog, lots more planners and even printables and pen sets.

Thanks as ever, for letting me indulge in my stationery addiction today!

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Which 2017 Planners Am I Using?

In 2016, I did a weekly project to share the decorated pages of my planner on Instagram. It was a fun, creative task which you can see the results of here. As much as I enjoyed it, I’ve decided to take a more pratical approach to planning this year. Today I’m sharing which 2017 planners I am using.

By now you will have probably gathered that I need to write things down if I have any chance of remembering them. Hence my obsession with planners. When I ask G to remind me about something, he often jokes “write it in your planner” and teases me for spending more time planning than actually doing. Joking aside, as a multi tasker and visual person, I find planning a useful tool to clarify my goals and stay productive. If it’s on a list – I’ll get it done.

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So this year, I’m using three different planners. The first is the Hello Day Planner for my day-to-day life. I have reviewed this planner in full on my YouTube channel and would definitely recommend it! It is quite a big planner, so it tends to stay on my desk and I open it at the beginning and end of each day. Plus it is from a UK start-up which I am so excited to support!

I really love the day per page with to do lists, water tracking, a gratitude prompt and a 10 minute task. The 10 minute accomplishment each day has been really great as we have been using this to complete small tasks around the home that we often put off.

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The next planner I am using is for strategic business planning. The Dream Plan Do Planner was a Kickstarter project from The Design Trust and I couldn’t recommend it more highly! Since I quit my PA job, I have definitely needed to think more strategically about the product side of my business because there has been a shift in motivation to make more money.

Each month has a different aspect of your business to focus on with lots of creative tasks and prompts to get you thinking and planning for the longer term. At the end of each month there are two pages to review your finances and marketing stats. I am excited to think about my business in more detail this year.

You can get 20% off any Dream Plan Do products till 31 January if you use promo code: wearefriends (not sponsored – just love this planner and wanted to share their offer!).

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The final planner I am using for 2017 is a notebook. I am using a gridded Leuchtturm 1917 medium notebook as a Bullet Journal for my day to day business planning. I have struggled before with multiple notebooks for my business and planners not having the right inserts for me, but now I can design each page myself and have everything in one place! This notebook contains daily to do lists, brainstorming for products, editorial calendars, wish lists, supplier info, cash flow and invoicing and lots more! Basically anything that relates to my business that isn’t a long term goal. Possible planner peace…….? I’ll keep you posted.

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So there you have it, my 2017 planners! You can also hear me chatting through these in this video if you fancy more planner content.

Are you using a planner this year?

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