Crafty Catch-Up – July 2017

After stepping out of my comfort zone for the first Crafty Catch Up in February 2017, it was  a given that I was going to rugby tackle anyone I needed to for a ticket for the July 2017 catch up.

Taking a beautifully scenic journey through the Kent countryside, I arrived in Lydd and entered a room full of smiles and happiness. Rachel and Emily (the organisers) had done a fantastic job in setting up stalls and tables for the attendees.

I had the pleasure of being on Table 1 with a brilliant bunch of planner girls – Charlotte, Lynsey, Joey, Anna & Stephanie. Balloons, gold foiling, bunting, the most adorable cake & sweet stand and a safe place to plan, craft & create….what could be better?

It was so wonderful to be able to browse some planner shops – when the whole of the Planner world is online, its great to be able to see products in real life…..although this did mean that there were some indulgent purchases.

A new addition to the day was a set of craft classes which added a great dynamic. We had a TN insert class and TN pocket folder class by CraftyAliCat, hand lettering by SoJoey and a memory keeping book class by BitsOfStationery. It was also wonderful to just sit with my fellow planner girls and plan our week and have a giggle (there were plenty of those).

The goody bags were handed out by Rachel and the room was filled by ooohs and aahs of excitement, apart from me, who in my unique style, chose to wait until 2 days later…..the contents are incredible – I loved everything!

The raffle was disappointing…..but only because I didn’t win the Love From Poppy TN and it was very clear that the winner (LauraLizzy) was very VERY excited about it!! I did win something even with my impeccable timing for sharing my frustration that my name had yet to be called out.

What I have come to realise is that planner friends do truly make the best type of friends – their acceptance of your enjoyment in anything creative is so heartwarming and they have an ability to make you smile by the smallest of gestures.

The day came to an end all too quickly but that was certainly made easier with the announcement for the next catch up at the end of the year.

So, I’ll be seeing you all on 2nd December…..hopefully…..

Check out my Instagram for all the pics – @pineapplebuttonco

x PB x

I’m off to Camp Reset

When Cori Spieker, The Reset Girl, first shared the plan to hold a Camp Reset, I was instantly disappointed that I couldn’t join in as it was obviously a meet up on the West coast of the US. I was very much mistaken and when I learnt that it was actually an online challenge, my heart started racing that little bit faster.

In Cori’s own words, “…My intention is to encourage and inspire you to take those baby steps in resetting your life. During July, we will focus on:

Self-Care Planning: Making self-care a HABIT in your life.

Healthy Sips & Snacks: Making what you choose to put into your body a more mindful and self-caring practice. Get

Moving: Making intentional movement a part of our day as a way to show our bodies the love.

Creativity Reset: Making creativity a way we express and care for ourselves daily.”

(https://www.theresetgirl.com/camp-reset/)

I signed up, not really knowing what I was committing to, and received a lovely welcome kit email with the most adorable set of printables to prepare for the start of Camp Reset on 1st July.

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I watched Cori’s YouTube video about prepping for the trip about 3 times and felt ready to grasp this challenge with both hands! I committed to scavenger hunting around my home for all my Camp Essentials and printed, cut and laminated all the beautiful Camp accessories. I even made a start in setting up my Self-Care Planner.

I felt ready and focused for the Week 1 challenge…..

1st July around 10pm……I had recieved the week 1 challenge email and with excitement started to print it all off…..but it just didn’t look as bright and engaging as all the other set ups I had seen in the Facebook group. The pictures wouldn’t print properly and I became disheartened. I was on the verge of giving up. I hadn’t really started so what was I going to loose.

With a UK Camp Reset Facebook page set up to support those across the water, I checked in and shared my disappointment and frustration and, like so many people I’ve met in the planner world, someone offered to send me some bits so I could make a start on my planner.

It was this act of kindness that made me realise something…..Camp Reset isn’t just a challenge for July but is a retreat to help us  find a way to be a better version of ourselves. Giving us the tools and resources to recognise and remember those special parts of our day, not forgetting that those closest to us are the most important aspect of anything we do. It didn’t matter that I wouldn’t achieve a badge if I didn’t complete the planner on time – what mattered was the steps I was taking to reflect on who I am and who I want to be.

With a new level of positivity and determination, I got to work……I made some commitments to myself and my family and it’s with the support of those I see every day, as well as the online community I’m proud to be a part of, that I know we will strive to be our best.

That being said, I do love my new planner set up and will share my creative process in a blog soon.

x PB x

 

Why I love multiple planners!

When I first entered the world of planning, I found it hard to understand how it was possible to use more than 1 planner at a time. How could it be that you invest in a beautiful leather ring bound planner and then justify the need to add to that collection? Why would you not worship every part of that planner and that planner alone?

Oh, how naive this slightly younger version of myself was….almost 3 years on into my love (and mild addiction) into all things Planner related, I use 4 planners on a daily basis! Yep, F O U R. And I use them all with equal determination and purpose.

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So, let’s start with my Kate Spade ballerina pink zipped personal size. A purchase from the US, this beauty is where I store lists, lists and more lists….what books I want to read, ideas for Christmas and birthday presents (for myself obviously!), holiday planning, packing lists, shopping lists and anything else that I think should be or look like a list. With decorative pockets and a couple of creative dashboards made by moi, it’s what makes me smile every day.

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Next is my bubblegum pink Kikki K in A5. A pre loved purchase but in perfect condition. This was the first planner setup I saw on YouTube whilst watching Paper & Glam and I loved it ever since. I use this predominantly as a notebook for work so it has minimal decoration on the pockets and no fancy dividers or dashboard. I keep a Prima Planner pencil case and wipe clean notes page at the front, perfect for on the go. I also use the My Pretty Week tuck tabs to section off the different parts of the planner – so useful and adaptable! By using a planner as a notebook, it also means I can transfer into other planners should the desire take me.

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A planner collection would not be complete without an Erin Condren. I will do a full review on the new planner soon but I essentially use this as my everyday to do list and reminders. It also gives me an excuse to use pretty stickers!!

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Finally, my bargain of the year…Ban.do floral planner which I use to plan my blogs. This has minimal decoration as I don’t use it every day but I pimp it up by creating fun notes pages using my selection of post it notes.

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I think I have finally found Planner Peace. How long it lasts, I’m not sure. Particularly as I am eyeing up a Foxy Fix TN currently…..

How many planners do you use everyday? What planner item can’t you live without?

The Pineapple & Button Co. products and services

9th September 2016…..the first P & B Co. event was held and what a great success it was!

However, be reassured that all our products and services can be enjoyed by everyone, not just those who are able to attend our events.

So, here is a list of what we provide. If you would like to place an order or have any questions, please email me – hannah@pineapplebutton.com

The Pineapple & Button Co. Planner – from £40
A unique planner just for you! Setup with inserts and personalised dividers, dashboard, page marker and all the usual P&B goodies.

– Pimp My Planner – from £20
You provide the planner; we provide the style. P&B will pimp it for you. Complete with dividers, dashboard, page marker and the usual P&B goodies. 

– Travellers Notebook – £30
Lists, ideas, plans & parties – a set of notebooks as versatile as you. A choice of 3 colours complete with 2 notebooks decorated by hand for your personal needs.

NotePlanner – £20
A practical spiral bound notebook planner. Personalised to you with interchangeable dividers, page marker and front cover.

So, dare I mention the C word….but if you have a stationery mad, lover of planners looking for a unique, individual Christmas present, look no further!

x PB x

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Once upon a time, there were four little rabbits….

With Summer now truly upon us this week, what could be more appropriate than a floral and Peter Rabbit scheme in my Kikki K and TN?

The Peter Rabbit kit has featured previously and is by Oodlemadoodle and I just love it so much! A personal sized kit will be coming out soon which will be purchased instantly!

The washi tape is a mixture of Planner Society and Paperchase.

Enjoy!

The Royal Girl in all her glory

As promised, here are some detailed pictures of my planner and TN layout this week. 

When I saw a picture of this kit on Instagram, my heart honestly skipped a beat. With deep purples blending seamlessly with blush pink and blue hues, I could stare at this sticker set forever.

Following the same routine as last week and every week, this kit has enhanced my planner and TN and it’s a pleasure to open them up every morning and be greeted by such gorgeousness! 

x PB x

Websters Pages Travelers Notebook

I recently purchased a Websters Pages Travelers Notebook from Blitsy when they were on sale. I shall admit it was an impulse buy as I am a one-planner girl but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity given the price!

And it did not disappoint. The quality of the material is great and it doesn’t have the rigidity that I found the Websters Pages Planners have.

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It comes with a plain notebook inside but I also purchased the 2 set of notebooks in floral and polka dot.

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After many thoughts and trials of what to use the TN for, I decided to keep it as my everyday to-do list as there is not the space for the never ending lists in my planner.

Using journal cards, paper and stickers from The Planner Society as well as an adorable clay mouse from UK Etsy seller HeartsByEmma (click the name for a link to the shop), I have kept the front pockets purely decorative. The pink clay rose and sparkly bow are also fromHeartsByEmma. If you are looking for planner paperclips, I would certainly recommend!

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For the inside of the notebook, I have created three sections:

  1. Don’t Forget – where I jot down future commitments which I then transfer into my planner. This works really well if dates change – I don’t have to battle with my perfectionist tendency of lots of crossings out in my planner!
  2. To Do – just as it says!
  3. To Buy – no need for explanation!

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I purchased this adorable kit from OodlemaDoodles, a UK Etsy seller (click the name for a link to the shop) after seeing it on Mrs Brimbles YouTube channel. Living near Watership Down and with my love of floral spreads, this Peter Rabbit collection is perfect. The quality of the stickers is great and the colours are beautiful. The kit is extensive so I will certainly get plenty of use out of it.

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I hope this inspires!

x PB x

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Plan With Me

It certainly feels a while since I have posted on here….a fairly significant life changing event took place in our household 6 weeks ago. We had a baby!

So, taking the opportunity whilst the little one snoozes, I thought I would share the last couple of weeks of planning that I have been doing in my personal sized Kikki-K.

I may have been slow on the uptake, but I have recently found some beautifully crafted weekly sets on Etsy which has made planning a dream! Whilst most weekly sets are designed for Erin Condren or Happy Planners, I have been able to adapt the sets and create some gorgeous eye-candy in my planner.

First up is a mystery kit from The Sweet Planner Shop (click the name for a link to the shop). I fell in love with the watercolour palette and the afternoon tea theme mixed in with the girly accessories is just perfect for me.

The half boxes fit perfectly in the Kate Spade inserts I am using as does the wide washi strip (great for covering up an errors!)

With the addition on some gorgeous stickers from the kit and The Planner Society, I am really happy with this spread – bright, colourful and so sophisticated. I have purchased the most recent mystery kit so look out for a future blog post!

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For my second spread, I used a kit from Isabelle The Owl, a UK Etsy seller (click the name for a link to the shop). Again, there are some gorgeous designs in her shop. I had to cut down the checklist boxes as they are made to fit an EC, however, I figure this makes the kit last longer! The wide washi is again superb and I just love the effect of gold foil, particularly on the weekend banner.

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I would highly recommend both of these stores on Etsy. The Sweet Planner Shop is based in the US but I was not charged customs and delivery was very quick!

I hope this inspires

x PB x

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Better late than never….

As you will all know by now, I am an avid fan of The Planner Society Kits. My regular monthly happy mail and it has yet to disappoint.

When the February kit landed on my doorstop, I knew exactly how I intended to use it but I had to be patient…..I shall explain!

I have decided that I am a 1-planner-at-a-time girl. I’ve tried multiple planners but I just forget to use the other one or I end up getting confused in an over-organised sort of way.

I have been using my large ice-blue perforated Kikki-K as an every day planner – work and home to-do lists, appointment tracking and general notes.

However, having just stopped work to have my first baby (!!), I knew I wouldn’t need the space of a large Kikki-K for my every day use. I therefore purchased the medium ice-blue perforated in the Kikki-K sale to use for the next 9-12 months.

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So…that’s the background, now onto the creative part!

I managed to hunt down a set of personal sized Kate Spade inserts from a seller in the UK. If any of you get the opportunity to purchase a set, I highly recommend it – the paper quality is fantastic and I love the addition of the polka dots!

The blue and blush pink of the papers and accessories were made for this planner! Creating 3 dividers for Calendar, To-Do and Notes using the We R Memory Keepers Tab maker, I added some of the gorgeous ephemera from the kit to decorate the dividers. Putting through my laminator ensures that they last.

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The inside pockets were a challenge as I’m used to the size in my large Kikki-K. However, the size of pockets is perfect for sticker storage of the PS Kit stickers – great for on-the-go! The addition of a couple of the page flag sheets and some more ephemera and bows converted into paperclips adds some definition to the pockets.

I am a huge lover of my Polaroid Zip printer that Father Christmas bought me – it’s super handy, super cute and adds a personal flair to my planner. So, I dedicated a space in the front section to my favourite photo.

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I also created a simple page marker and laminated card to hold the adorable note pad – both of these are removable so I can transfer from week to week easily.

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I am so happy with the final result and pleased that my patience paid off……

Hope this inspires!

x PB x

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