#Back2School4GrownUps – Weekly Planning!

There is one main reason why I fell in love with planning and it has nothing to do with being more organised……It’s all about the decoration.

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Looking at all the inspirational posts on Facebook and Instagram made me realise the fun involved in planning your week and decorating the pages giving you some eye candy to look at every day.

So I thought I would share how I plan in both the Erin Condren and Simplified Planner to give back some inspiration!

As you will recall from my previous post, I use the Erin Condren as my go-to every day planner – work, home, blog and social. I chose the vertical layout, partly because it is iconic EC design but also to give my maximum space for my different to do lists.

I downloaded these adorable checklist stickers from Peach Paper Co on Etsy and they are perfect. I love that they are themed to the monthly colour adding some flair to the pages.

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I use the top box for work to do’s. These sometimes follow into the middle box if its particularly busy but if not, the middle box is home related chores – calls, cleaning, shopping lists etc. The final box is always used for my blog post to do’s.

I found these fantastic stamps on Neat and Tangled specifically for bloggers but some of the more generic stamps are great for everyday use. Using an acrylic block and NAME OF STAMP, these create a bold print and are the perfect height for the boxes.

Once I have filled out all the boxes at the beginning of the week, I fill the blank space with plenty of paper craft, stickers, die cuts and stamps. Using a paper buffet of greys, black and white and floral, I also used The Reset Girl stickers and script stickers from Simple Stories and Craft Market. Links below!

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20150914_174248158_iOS 20150914_174254361_iOS The Simplified Planner is my blog planner. I use the monthly spread to plan what topics I will be writing about and the weekly sections to track my social media activity and visits to my blog. This has really helped to see which posts are more popular.

As I write blogs on a Tuesday and Thursday, the monthly layout gives me plenty of room to be creative. Again, using a paper buffet and stickers from The Reset Girl, Craft Market and Simple Stories, I love how this spread turned out.

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For the weekly layout, I use these social media icons to write the number of likes against each one. I add my blog visits in the meal planning box and the title to keep track of the topic. Any blank space at the end of the week is of course decorated! 20150914_174056584_iOS 20150914_174048734_iOS I hope this has given you some inspiration in return for all the wonderful posts you share! Please comment and let me know what you think! Happy planning everyone

x PB x

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The Reset Girl stickers – http://www.theresetgirlshop.com/

Checklist stickers – https://www.etsy.com/uk/transaction/1058311206

#Back2School4GrownUps – Planner Collection

It is certainly safe to say that since the beginning of the year when I embarked on my planner obsession, I have accumulated a decent stack of beauties. So, I thought I would share what they are and how I use them.

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First up are my top two – The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley and Erin Condren Life Planner.
The Erin Condren Life Planner was arguably the first enabler into planning heaven for me. Spotting a YouTube video of one being decorating made me fall in love at first sight. With the teal and gold metallic personalised cover, I opted for the the traditional vertical layout. I use this as my every day go to planner – every appointment for work and home is noted on the monthly schedule – different colours for each to easily identify – and the weekly is my HUGE to do list – anything from a work related task to phone calls are separated up into one of the three boxes. I also add blog to do’s as well! I love the layout, it’s super versatile and plenty of space for writing or decorating when it’s a quiet week (although very rare!)

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The Simplified Planner is the pineapple weekly and is perfect to use as my blog planner – it wouldn’t be right to use it for anything else! I use the monthly spread to plan my posts and decorate the blank space. Writing on a Tuesday and Thursday only gives me plenty of room to be creative. The weekly schedule is used to record the statistics from my blog and social media. I use cute little social media stickers for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and jot down the number of likes and comments against photos as well as the number of visitors to my site. It really helps to see what draws the most interest – unsurprisingly, the planner topics are the most popular! Look out next week for layout designs!

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I definitely aspire to seasonal living and that extends from my home into my handbag! The Pineapple & Button Co. planner is of course my first and will remain a steady favourite. The teal and pink makes it the perfect Spring/Summer accessory.

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The patent blue Paperchase planner is my go to Autumn/Winter choice. It has a great feel to it and plenty of pockets to decorate seasonally. I tend to use both of these as notebooks and for on-the-go lists! I will be featuring this planner in the 2nd instalment of Getting Ready For Autumn.

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The Smash Scrapbook is where I create mood boards for our home. Cutting out ideas from interior design magazines, I pull together colours, textures and room decor to inspire me with our ongoing projects. I love the size and thickness of the paper as it allows me to go a little crazy with the glue stick!

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Finally, a grabbed this adorable Cath Kidston Christmas Organiser long before I realised I was a #PlannerGirl so it hasn’t been used to its full potential………until now! Full of cute dividers for menu planning, cards lists, present lists and notes, it will certainly get some Pineapple & Button Co. treatment this year! Watch this space!20150909_174019182_iOS20150909_173740884_iOS

I would love to see all your planner collections! Please share on Instagram using #Back2School4GrownUps

x PB x

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