Thursday, 19 January 2017

Using stamps in your planner

Hello fellow planner friends!

This year my goal is to use supplies that I already have to complete my planner pages. I love using stickers and washi tape but I also have an over-abundance of stamps and so my goal is to use all the things I own to create planner decorations that just make me smile!

This week I decided to go with stamps and so I dug out an old Brimbles Box with a great stamp set to create this fun, bright planner layout for the third week in January. (Keep in mind, here in Australia it's ridiculously hot at the moment while we begin our hottest part of the year!)

For this layout, I needed the following:
Additionally, I also used a heat gun to help dry the stamped images and watercolours throughout the process.

Those of you who are familiar with my planner layouts will know I love to add images/stamps/stickers/etc down the centre of my planner pages. I find it really difficult to write so close to the rings so why not throw all my decorations there? It uses up the space and helps tie both sides of the insert together.

Now, I don't have a huge number of commitments each week, so I don't need copious amounts of writing space - plus, I write pretty small anyway, so it doesn't bother me.

However, the wonderful think about using watercolours is you can write over them pretty easy and still see everything you write, so if you're someone who wants to add colour to your inserts but still have plenty of space to write, this could be a great option for you!

Adding the paint splatter was really a spur of the moment decision for me, but I love the way it looks. It's subtle, yet whimsical and just ties everything together so beautifully.

Finally, one last tip - don't get hung-up on painting inside the stamped lines. I didn't, and normally I'm an everything-in-its-place kind of gal, but the wonderful thing about watercolours is how effective they look with imperfections. So don't be too hard on yourself. Just play and enjoy.

I hope you've been inspired to try some stamps and/or watercolours in your planners. It really is a lot of fun. If you like what you see here, don't forget to visit me over on Instagram or on Youtube for future ideas and inspiration.

Until next time, happy planning!
Stef xx

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

New Year, New Start.

Can you believe it's 2017 already? Nope, me neither and to sum up 2016 in a few words it would have to be "a big blurry whirlwind" 2016 flew by for me and I feel like for One moment I blinked and missed half of it and I'm determined not to let that happen in 2017 I'm going to grasp every positive moment with both hands and hold on tight.

So, that brings me to the January Brimbles Box and for me it couldn't have been a better box to see in the New Year with, Marble, Gold And Positivity all in One box it's definitely my cup of Tea so refreshing and simple, yet gorgeous at the same time.

Photo Credit: Anna Brim.

This year I want to focus on many things but finding Planner Peace has to be one of my main priorities of course family, health and well being are up there on the scale but I rely on my Planner to get me through day to day life and if I haven't got planner peace then everything else seems to go to pot.

It's the 12th of January as I write this and up until 2 days ago I hadn't planned a single thing I had decided I wasn't happy in my A5 which a few months ago by the way 'I loved' - I had been searching the Kikki K website relentlessly looking for Personal sized planners which Ironically 'I hate'.

One day I saw someone post a picture in 1 of the many Planner groups of her new Printable TN insert from Annie Plans Printables on Etsy and it was like a lightbulb just pinged on in my head right there and then. 

Later that night I checked out the shop and before I knew It I had bought, downloaded and printed 3 sets of inserts from there and decided I was going to use my TN as my Planner and creative journal all together, that's right everything in one place, I have never used my TN as a planner before I could never see it working I always thought I needed lots of room, since then I have realised that actually I don't, I need less.

So with it being a New Year & New Start for me it was the same for my planner, Inserts chosen I set about making some pretty stuff for inside my TN if I wanted to use it as a planner then it needed plannery things like Dashboards, dividers and tabs and this Months Brimbles box had everything I needed to get Project TN planner underway.

I started off by making my Dashboards/Dividers I wanted to use 1 of each paper to add variety and just because I love them all so much, I used one of my Inserts for quick measurements - which I won't give you as all inserts vary in size but you want to make yours a couple of mm bigger all the way around just so it wraps around the insert/s nicely once measured up I cut them quickly on my Fiskars paper cutter I have linked the one I use which I really recommend for small projects like this. 
Once cut I laminated them to make them extra durable, you don't have to do this but laminating will prolong the life of them.

After they were all laminated I folded them into shape and then attached the tabs from the box using double sided tape, folding can be a little tricky if you haven't got a scoring board or bone folder but I just use the handle of my scissors to flatten the crease.

I loved the way they looked when they were inside my TN and you can just see them popping out of the top of my Websters Pages Walnut TN which I also purchased from the Mrs Brimbles Shop which I believe is now sold out, but is available in other colours.

What I love about the Websters TN's is that they have a photo pocket on the inside cover which I wanted to put something inspiring in, my word for 2017 is Focus, so why not put that in there after all I will see it everyday. So, I made a small sticker in a nice font and mounted it on to a bit of leftover card stock from earlier and popped it into the pocket I also dressed that section of the TN at the same time.

I know it's only been a couple of days of me having this set up, but I really am enjoying it and love everything about it from the inserts to the pretties made with the Brimbles box contents, Some of the things that are left will be used on other things such as Happy mail and journal spreads and those gorgeous stamps will get used all the time but I did sneakily decorate next weeks pages ahead of time with some of the stickers from this months box and some of the stickers that I made for the Brimbles Sticker Sub this month too.

Well, that's all from me this month I can't wait to see what's in store for next months box but if you have seen the sneak peak then wow ....those Love bugs.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Inspirational Planner Dividers


One of the best things about the Planning and Stationery world is Stationery subscriptions. Boxes and kits full of goodies to decorate your planners and get crafty with. Every now and again, a kit will come along that will blow you away. That's what happened with this months Brimbles Box.


Anna is known for her cute artwork but this month a different style was introduced. Anna's drawings are still prominent but it's mixed with a minimal, fresh and sophisticated feel. A marble image has been used, one black and one white with gold running through them. The images are used throughout the artwork. Alongside this, Anna has created motivational quotes and words. Combined with the marble image, it produces a kit that is simple and beautiful. It's clear this box was created for setting up a planner. All of the added elements surround that purpose (obviously you can use them however you wish but for a planner setup, it's perfect!). So what was in the box? * One 12x12 sheet with journal cards * Four 12 x12 sheets (two with the marble images each side and two with Anna's words and marble the other side) * One sticker sheet for planning * One sticker sheet with marble circles and gold foil quotes * Marble style sticky notes * Magnetic Planner Pad (weekly tear off sheets) * Divider tabs * DIY paperclip pack * Black floral washi * Stamps with Anna's quote designs I was lucky enough to purchase a Recollections planner from Geraldine Jayne. A gold and white striped personal sized beauty! I knew it was the planner for this box. I moved out of my previous Blogging planner and decided I would set it up for this purpose.


I've kept it straight forward. I have five tabs, diary (for scheduling posts), Goals (plans for the year ahead with my blog), To Do's, Notes and Websites (sites I visit and other peoples blogs set up with address inserts). I've used as much as I can from the box. I've taken my style of layering and used this on the dividers. I've combined washi, journal cards and I've even added some stickers from last years January box! I lovely lady named Emma posted in the Mrs Brimbles Happy Place group showing some journal cards she had made using the scrapbook paper and stamps. Naturally I had to try it! It worked so well, fab tip!


I assembled my paperclips using E3000 glue and allowed them to dry overnight. They now sit in my dashboard with a few other clips, laminated scrapbook paper and Geraldine's gold tassel planner charm again from last January's box. It's still going strong!


I decided to keep the original Recollections divider as I love the quote. With it being transparent, it looked a bit messy with my layered dividers behind it. So I laminated an extra bit of scrapbook paper to place behind it for that gold quote to really stand out.


I'm yet to use the sticky notes but I have plans for them :) The diary pad is the perfect size for a personal planner so I've punched a few pages and put them in my diary section. All I really need to do is map out my weeks for when I'm writing/filming and posting/uploading. A week on one page should be enough for this.


 So that's the planner but what did I do with the planning stickers? They're in my bullet journal! I'm still using it and knew straight away I would create a weekly spread with them. It's gorgeous!

So that's everything I've created with my January 2017 Brimbles Box. Thank you for stopping by, Kelly xxx Where else you can find me: YouTube Shop Facebook Instagram Twitter ABP feather final COMPLETE-01 smaller.jpg

Saturday, 7 January 2017

My 2017 Planner Set Up

I thought you might like to take a look at my planner set up for 2017! I'm using the Websters Pages Travelers Notebook and various inserts. Check it out in my flip through:

And here is the video of Jon's (Mr B) that I refer to in my video:

Monday, 2 January 2017

January 2017 Brimbles Box Reveal

**If you haven't received your box this month yet, you might want to not read!!**

It's time to reveal what was in the Brimbles Box this month, the month of JANUARY, wow can you believe it's a New Year!! if you haven't received yours yet you might want to stop reading! UK boxes should be with you by 7th January and International after that. 

If you would like to watch videos of unboxings from genuine customers as well as honest reviews from bloggers you can watch the YouTube Brimbles Box playlist As I say they are all very honest so you can get a better feel for what was inside. 

Check out my video unboxing below:

So what was in the box this month? Of course there is always a postcard from me which tells you more about the theme of the box:

All boxes follow the same theme but what you receive in your box may not be the same as what someone else received. Boxes on a subscription cost £15.00 plus postage.

All boxes received the following:

4 x 12×12 scrapbook Paper – 2 designs, double sided
1 x 12×12 journal card cut apart
1 x decorative stickers
1 x planner stickers
1 x washi tape*
1 x A6 stamp set
1 x Badge Flair embellishments / DIY paperclip set
1 x Sticky Notes
1x Magentic calendar pad
1 x Pack of divider tabs
* These items indicate that designs and colours may vary from what is shown. These will be chosen at random for you

The 'Big Box' Subscribers will have received in addition to the 'core' goodies and the stationery items:

  • Die Cuts
  • Enamel Dots

I hope you like it! I do have some individual items available so check out my online shop for those. 

See you next month for February’s box. Remember if you would like to order a subscription or a one off box and you would like that box to be the February one you can order up to and on 31st January 2017 from: (whilst stocks last!!). February boxes ship on 1st February 2017.

Oh and in case you missed the announcement on Facebook, by popular demand I have now introduced a monthly sticker subscription for those of you who would just like stickers and stickers only. So go and check it out and see what you think:

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy Birthday Brimbles Box

Did you know that the Brimbles Box is now two years old! I first launched the box on 1st December 2014 ready for the first shipment on 1st January 2015 so we have now seen a full 24months of boxes being delivered to your door!

The boxes have had a couple of change in direction since I first started but for the better I think and no doubt they will change again in the future with what you the customer would like to see. To thank you for your support I thought it would be nice to do a giveaway for a box (this could be past or future!) so if you would like to win please enter the widget below :D

By submitting an entry to this giveaway you agree to the following Terms & Conditions: 

  • Your email address will be added to my newsletter database - I will not sell this to anyone else nor will I constantly be spamming you and you can unsubscribe at any time! 
  • Open internationally
  • You must be over eighteen years of age or have parental / guardian permission.
  • The prizes stated above are the only prize(s) - no cash alternative.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and notified by email. Winner(s) will be announced on this page on the rafflecopter widget after the closing date.
  • If the winner(s) do not respond to my email within 48 hours a new winner(s) will be chosen

My Word for 2017

A chatty vlog from me about what my word for 2017 is and it's meaning etc!

I mention the creative journal flip through video discussing last year word of the year and you can watch that here: if you are interested you can also watch my 2016 planner line up and word video here: