Adding inserts to The Pineapple & Button Co. Planner

With my choice of binder and the inside covers decorated, the next stop was finding inserts!

I was pretty certain that I had got to grips with the purpose of my planner and was therefore quite focused on what I was looking for:

  • Monthly on 2 pages
  • Week on 2 pages
  • Notes
  • To Do

However, my perfectionist side meant that I had to do lots (and lots) of research to find the just the right ones – hands up all those that waste more time than they need to because the font is just “not quite right”!

Etsy was full of varying options – size, colour, layout – I actually started to feel a little overwhelmed with the choice even though I knew exactly what I was looking for. There is a lot of distraction when purchasing from Etsy – be warned.

The main problem I encountered was that most inserts were made to fit 6 rings and not 2. I wasn’t keen on having inserts that didn’t look like they had been made to measure the binder. So, I chose to head down the custom made option.

I contacted a few sellers directly and the first one to return my plea for help was Megan from Hurry Up & Plan. The range of fonts, layouts, colours and styles is very impressive. I shared what I was looking for. Megan made the process so easy, sending me links to the various options in her shop. She originally shared a dual Notes & To Do page – when I asked if it was possible to just have To Do and a page of bullet points, she was so accommodating and happy to help adjust to my preference.

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The willingness to help just continued – as my binder was a slightly different size to the standard A5 Filofax or KiKKi K, Megan was more than happy to alter the print size so they fitted. She also sent them without hole punches so that I could do this myself to ensure they were in the right place.

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The shipping was relatively quick given they were coming from overseas and Megan kept me up to date with my order along the way.

The end result is great and exactly what I was looking for. I have been using them for a few months now and there is very little I would change. I highly recommend you visit her shop!

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In addition to the paper inserts, I also decided I wanted tab dividers. Had I known that I would venture towards this option, I would have requested from Hurry Up & Plan that the monthly and weekly inserts were printed as single months rather than a continuous year but they are still perfectly usable and I know Megan would have been happy to help!

I approached a UK based Etsy shop called My Pretty Week. Lisa designs tabbed dividers of all sizes and has a wide range of gorgeous patterns to choose from. There is a pre-made as well as a custom option to choose from. I opted for custom made as, again, my perfectionist streak wanted The Pineapple & Button Co. colours!

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Just like Megan from Hurry Up & Plan, Lisa was so helpful and patient with my order. She provided an extensive range of colours and patterns to choose from and fitted round my unusual choice of binder. I chose the non laminated version with printed months and a Notes & To Do section as top tabs. Even though I have been using the planner for a few months, they are so durable and I am hopeful they will last a long time to come.

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Shipping was quick and painless too! It was certainly a Pretty Week for me when these landed on my doorstep.

Thank you to you both for helping to bring this planner to life! Links to their shops are below.

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What are your favourite Etsy shops? I still have a lot to learn about planners and would love to see what you guys have created or had custom made.

x PB x

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Hurry Up & Plan – https://www.etsy.com/shop/Hurryupandplan?ref=hdr_shop_menu

My Pretty Week – https://www.etsy.com/shop/MyPrettyWeek

The Pineapple & Button Co. Planner starts to take shape!

As you will know from my first planner blog a couple of weeks ago, I shared that my stationery addiction had taken me to another level, another world, another dimension!

You will also recall that whilst I am very keen to grab this obsession with both hands and embrace it, I don’t want to get too passionate too quickly. So I decided to use my love of scrapbooking and inspiration from the amazing planner community to create my own on a budget.

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The process was fairly easy once I had racked up hours and hours of ” research” on YouTube, Pinterest, Etsy and fellow bloggers. Dashboards, dividers, paperclips, page markers, inserts…..I had a lot to achieve with this new planner but I was pretty certain how I wanted it to look and the purpose it would fulfil.

First stop – Staples. I picked up a Martha Stewart A5 2-ring binder. It was quite the bargain (of course!) reduced to £5. It would be the perfect way to house my planner until I had decided that this passion was long term.

As there was a lack of pockets on the inside of the planner, I needed (actually, wanted) to create a layout that was both practical and creative.

I scoured the shelves at TK Maxx and found some great pads of craft paper for around £5. Gold paperclips from Rymans (although I now know you can buy cheaper online) and my piece de la resistance – the Pineapple notepad from Paperchase!

Having watched some of you share your amazing setups, I was pretty certain on what the finished product would look like. I placed the Pineapple notepad on the inside cover for easy access. And to make sure it stood out, I placed some craft paper behind it – all of this was secured using double sided sticky tape.

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The pocket was created by simply folding the double sided card and securing again with double sided tape and the paperclips were made following tutorials on YouTube. I also created some paperclip page flags using complimenting craft paper. The bow is from my superb stationery swap pal!

The back inside cover also needed some attention and I thought it would be the best place for a dashboard. Using the same techniques as the front inside cover, I created a wide vertical pocket to house Project Life cards and secured an array of sticky notes. In order to make sure they didn’t move, I had to use double sided sticky tape which means that I will probably need to replace the whole pocket once I’ve used them all. The pen loop was added and made extra wide to fit multiple pens.

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I loved the process of deciding on the colour scheme and being able to add my own slice of creativity to an already creative world. It took me time and I will certainly admit that my perfectionist side didn’t cope well when lines were wonky or not symmetrical. But what I have learnt along the way is to embrace some of those imperfections.

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring!” – Marilyn Monroe

This planner may not be to everyones taste but I have fallen head over heels – my planner was taking shape and I couldn’t wait to use it. Next stop inserts…..

What are your favourite planner YouTube channels? Where do you get your inspiration from?

x PB x

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First Impressions – Notepads and Pens galore!

Just a quick post to share my thoughts on some of my recent purchases that I shared in the recent stationery blog.

I have been using the List Book from Paperchase pretty much every day. The fact it comes with a notepad makes it super versatile for on the move and it doesn’t get squished in the bottom of my bag either! 20150630_082755614_iOS

For the smaller handbag requirements, I have been loving the Marks and Spencer Today notepad and the Target Dollar Spot floral journal from the swap. Both look cute (in fact had a couple of compliments from fellow commuters) but are also very practical. I highly recommend if you stumble across either (or both! 😉).

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I have also been using the Sharpie pastel palette pens – whilst the colours are great and make your pages look summery and inviting, they do bleed through regular notepad paper. Most Sharpies will do this because of their original purpose of being a multi tasking pen for writing on CD’s to whiteboards so it is worth bearing this in mind. I can cope with that given the colour palette is a beaut!

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I have also been writing……and then erasing a lot too! The Pilot Frixon pen is all its hype led it to believe. You can actually write and then erase with pretty much all of the evidence disappeared. It reminded me of the magic ink from my childhood that “vanished”……although it never really did. This actually does scrub away to nothing. I am definitely going back to purchase more colours. The range seems to be expanding in most standard UK stores – most have standard blue, black and red but keep your eye out for more colourful options.

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The only items I have been a little disappointed with are the Uniball gel pens. I love the colours but they aren’t particularly easy to write with. I prefer pens that you can write both in your best hand as well as the quick shopping list but with these Uniball, you certainly need to concentrate more with these pens. I will of course have a use for them – great for birthday cards for example – but would suggest a thinner nib if you are looking for something to fulfil those every day needs.

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Have any of you made the same purchases and have thoughts on your first impressions?

Please leave a comment by clicking on the link above this post And don’t forget, you can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

x PB x

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Let’s style it up!

If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you will know that in one of my first posts, I shared that as well as Stationery, I am also very keen on interior. Let’s not pretend that this is verging on interior design. I did sign up to complete an interior design course… I just haven’t quite got round to finishing the programme.

However, I find other ways of researching interior fashions. That is usually a visit to T K Maxx!

I did this recently. In fact, I browse regularly. You never know what you will find. They regularly change their stock so I try to visit once every couple of weeks. I also love that there isn’t 15 of the same thing so hopefully you are adding a little bit of uniqueness into your home.

And guess what?! The unique found me and I found a pineapple! How convenient.

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That came home with my right away. It would look perfect on my shelving around the fireplace.

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When I positioned it, it looked a little lonely. I haven’t yet tracked down a large silver button, but if you spot one, let me know! So, it needed something extra.

I wanted to create an easy style to the shelving. A selection of items that look like they belonged. Therefore, I added some Posh Graffiti. Every household should have (one or more) of their products. Such a simple concept but with great results and can be used in a variety of surroundings. The addition of the initials was perfect. I haven’t fixed them to the wall, they just lean in which can be precarious when cleaning but it adds to that relaxed “oh, I just chucked that up there” look.

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Finally, I spotted these seriously gorgeous rose gold, dusky pink tea light holders. Along with a lovely pair of inexpensive clear peach candlesticks, these tea light holders add a blast of colour but with softness. When lit, the colour is really ornate and, like, most of my purchases, they were cheap! Around £5 each which I think is a great price for something that draws the eye.

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What additions have you made to your home recently?

Where else do people shop, other than T K Maxx? I would love recommendations of where to find inexpensive gems.

Please leave a comment by clicking on the link above this post And don’t forget, you can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

x PB x

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http://www.poshgraffiti.com/

The obsession is real…..I’ve started writing about hauls!

And I have a stationery swap pal! But more on that shortly….

In my search for all things perfect about stationery and style, this has developed an interest in regularly shopping. “Developed an interest”?? Who am I kidding. I am forever shopping. There ain’t no thing as no spend months in my little world.

So, to that end, I have collected a fair few items over the past few months which I thought I would share. Those pieces that I have starting using will appear in a follow first impressions so watch this space if you are keen to purchase the same.

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First up – notebooks. Although I try to use up a notebook before moving onto another, that doesn’t stop me from having stock. In a recent visit to Paperchase, I spotted these adorable sticky note sets. I love that they come in a hard back storage book making them using to use on the go without damaging them. They also look cute on a bookshelf. One of the sets is a List Book so also includes a standard notepad which I think will be super handy. 20150620_190924007_iOS

I also picked up a pack of Cath Kidston notebooks which come in a set of three in their usual cute floral designs. These are probably more an A6 size which is great for slipping into a handbag. I use these in meetings if I’m travelling quite a bit with work. You can still get plenty of content on the pages but they are far more convenient than the usual Black and Red A4 pads.

So, my next item was purchased purely for its look rather than its practicality but how cute is that Today slim pad!? It’s from Marks and Spencer – that was a treat! If you are from the UK, you will know that M&S are more renowned for their bras and meal for £10 so it was a pleasant surprise to see that they have upped their stationery game. The store I visited, which is their flagship in the South, had a wide collection of new products so I would highly recommend checking it out either online or in store. I’m not sure about availability for overseas but, leading into my next items, you could always find a swap partner to connect with to send you a selection!

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As you will guess from the title, I recently connected with a lovely lady from the U.S. on an FB group. Fully aware from my extensive research that the U.S. seem to do it better than us, I reached out to see if anyone would like to swap and this lady said yes!

We did our first swap a few weeks ago – it was an easy, pleasant and painless experience which I know is sadly not always the case for some, but I hit lucky!

The items included in the box will continue to feature in my next few blogs but as a starter, she sent me 2 adorable journals and 2 list pads from Target. Apologies to all the stationery experts out there, but for those starting out, you will see a lot of hype about Target Dollar Spot. I have not visited this part of the store before as I always just thought it was seasonal products but the Target Dollar Spot has got a lot to say for itself! Beautiful stationery that retails around $1-$3 each!! I haven’t started using these items yet, saving for a special reason but I’ll be sure to feedback.

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You can’t have a notebook without a writing instrument! So I have also built up my pen collection recently. Included in the swap box were some cute gel pens in pink, teal and green. I particularly love the heart on the lid.

Other recent pen purchases – pastel Sharpies! I have seen their primary colour collection but spotted these pastel beauties in the line up at Paperchase.

I also love any type of heavy gel pen and these uni ball are just gorgeous colours which I know will write well too.

Finally, I had heard on the blogging grapevine that the Pilot Frixon pens were awesome. So I had to try! I just purchased the pink neon for now and will see how I get on.

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You can find links to all purchases below.

Have any of you swapped with someone recently and been super chuffed with the contents?

Any recent purchases that you would like to share too?

Please comment clicking above this post. Also, remember to find us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!

x PB x

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http://www.cathkidston.com/cath-kidston/set-of-3-clifton-rose-notebooks-1012698

http://www.paperchase.co.uk/stationery/essentials/sticky-notes/blur-floral-boxed-sticky-notes.html

http://www.paperchase.co.uk/stationery/essentials/sticky-notes/chunky-floral-sticky-notes-book.html

http://www.marksandspencer.com/geometric-shopping-list/p/p22367946

http://www.staples.co.uk/fine-permanent-markers-pastel-colours-assorted-x-4/cbs/416339.html

http://www.pilotpen.co.uk/en/must-have/frixion-family.html

Shh…I have another love….don’t tell the stationery!

Unlike my long lasting love of Stationery, my other passion for interior design has grown more in my later years – particularly since I became a home owner.

I take great pride in making my house a home – a cliche for most, but for me, I truly believe this. To walk through my front door and see a collection of accessories, furnishings and decor that has evolved from many influences has a great feeling of satisfaction.

I say that this has developed more as a home owner, but I do vividly remember decorating my room at University with limited resource, money or scope to paint the walls! I signed up one weekend for my room to be used on the University tour for Open Days and certainly received a healthy amount of positive vibes from those visiting. I’m not sure what I did other than make my room feel like home, creating a haven to come back to.

I have continued to do just that in each place I have lived in. Having, last year, moved into our forever home, the collection is steadily building and giving each room an identity is a long term project.

Whenever something new is added to a room, THE question is asked – how much? And actually, I always surpise Mr PB because I honestly don’t spend alot. Most of my finds come from high street stores, charity shops, antiques fairs or friends having a clear out.

And the truth is – you don’t need to spend the earth to make something look high quality. It will always come down to what it looks and feels like to you and if it fits with the room’s personality.

This is how easy it is…….how much would you think this floral display is?

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Ok, so a leading question because you will know it didn’t cost £100’s. But before I tell you how much, I’ll share how I achieved it. I wanted a centre piece for my dining table to add some height into a fairly open room. I measured the height I wanted and then costed up semi-professional arrangements – that was a no go!

So, opted for the DIY option. Tape measure in hand, I headed to TKMaxx. I am frequently hunting in the home section! I found a cheap vase in the clearance section! Then onto Hobbycraft who have a great selection of very, very reasonably priced artificial flowers that I arranged in the vase whilst I was there to ensure I achieved the look I wanted. The shop assistants thought I was a little strange but did comment that they thought it looked lovely…..The stems varied in length and some didn’t quite meet the bottom of the vase so to cover that up, I added a piece of burlap into the bottom of the vase to add depth and character. Total cost, £23. Pretty impressed even if I say so myself.

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So, I will continue to share when I find treasures and how I have settled them into their new home. I am very aware that not everyone’s tastes are the same and you may purchase something that not everyone likes or see something on my blog that makes your eyebrows raise. But……who cares. If you can live with it and it brings a smile to your face, that is what is important.

Do you have a bargain that you are super pleased with or a piece of creative DIY? Please share your photos via my social media sites.

If you would like me to share hints and tips on anything in particular, please comment below.

Love x PB x

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My Love For S.R.O (Stationery Related Objects)

There isn’t an exact date or moment in my life that I suddenly found a passion for all things stationery – like most of us I’m sure, it has evolved gradually over time. If I was to start anywhere though, I guess my childhood is as good as any.

I will always remember the excitement building in late August of being taken shopping with my mum to buy school supplies. Indeed, it was a highlight of my academic years and I still get a small flutter of anticipation in my early 30’s. Each year demanded a new pencil case and matching contents, of course. Even if last years purchase was as good as new, it was a must, a need, a want. I saw stationery as my accessory and still do.

In fact, the stationery I owned as a child was so treasured that some of my earliest purchases are still very much in use today. I have one of my very first pencil cases – it has that freshly sharpened smell. I also own an adorable mouse clip which has found a new lease of life with the evolution of the planner and a gold engraved fountain pen which makes a regular appearance.

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Move forward 20 odd years and my tastes (and the amount spent!) have matured like a fabulous bottle of Champagne! The likes of Kate Spade, Mont Blanc and Moleskine now adorn my working environment. My stationery collection continues to be my accessory and is as important as my choice of handbag and shoes. It completes my outfit and in some ways, it completes me.

I would love to hear from you guys as most of my inspiration comes from lovers of stationery and not just the high street.

What is your childhood stationery memory? Do you still use something you vividly remember buying in preparation for school?

Please comment below and also share anything you would like me to cover in my future blog

Until the next blog..

Love x PB x

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