Friday, 16 September 2016

Planner Inserts from Dodo Pad

I was sent some inserts from the lovely people at Dodo Pad to share with you guys so here we are! Check them out and the other paper products and planners they do here:

PLEASE NOTE: I was given this / these product(s) in exchange for my honest review and opinion, the fact that I was given these does not alter my opinion in anyway. This review is my own personal opionion on the product / company, given in good faith and has not be sponsored or endorsed. None of the links are affiliate links. Unless otherwise stated, all photography is my own.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

October Instagram Challenge is back for 2016!

October Instagram Challenge is back!

You guys have asked if I will be doing another instagram challenege for October. Errrrr yeah! It is totally and utterly my favourite time of year so of course, I can't wait! I love seeing all of your photos especially the seasonal ones!

REMEMBER as with all of my daily photo challenges I have designed the prompts to be interpreted in a way that suits you, loosely based on the things that I love: Planners (and planner decoration), Stationery, Journals, Books, food, the season etc. You interpret them however you like but most importantly have fun with it. They are just prompts to help you. Take them literally if you like or be imaginative. For example 'Book' could be a book you are reading or it could be something that you need to book. Share your life or share your planner or journal. Use them as photo prompts or use them as journalling prompts. Anything goes! It's totally for fun so just share a photo every day. You don't have to enter to win the prize, you can just play along with the prompts for fun, entirely up to you, the more the merrier!

What is the prize? £20 store credit for

Please do make sure that you read all guidelines on how to enter and the rules below oh and if you want to be in with winning the prize you will need to register on the giveaway widget below too! 

Please do feel free to share the above photo on instagram, Pinterest, your blog etc or print out to put into your planner or journal.
Please do feel free to share the above photo on instagram, Pinterest, your blog etc or print out to put into your planner or journal.

The Rules for the instagram challenge... 

I know, so boring that there needs to be rules but there does so that everyone is clear on what they need to do and to keep it fair to everyone participating!
  • You must post all 31 photos on instagram using #mrsbrimblesOCTdaily you may also want to use #mrsbrimblesOCTdaily2016 (although not compulsory) as the challenge is now in it's 3rd year!
  • You need to be following me on instagram: @mrsbrimbles please do not tag me in your photos as I will get lots of notifications. I will see your photos on the hashtag!
  • The prompts are just that, prompts, interpret them as you will, or if you are stuck for inspiration just post a photo anyway! If it is easier you can do a different prompt on that day as long as by the end of the challenge you have done all 31. Do two on one day if you need to, don't worry about missing days as long as you post all 31. Have a break, come back again. You just need to post 31 photos in the time frame given.
  • You have until 7am GMT on 5th November 2016 to register for the giveaway on the widget below AND to complete the photo challenge on instagram.
  • If you haven't registered on the widget you won't be elligible to win the prize so you will just be doing the challenge for fun which is totally fine with me if it is with you.You can register at any time from now but photo posting on instagram starts on 1st October 2016.
  • You DO NOT have to post everyday but you do have to post all 31 photos by 7am GMT on 5th November 2016. You DO NOT have to post in numerical order, you can post any prompt on any day and any number of photos on any day.
  • Once the competition has closed a winner will be drawn by random using the giveaway widget, and emailed. I will ask you to confirm / prove that you have posted all 31 photos in the time frame 1st October - 5th November 2016, if not another winner will be chosen. The winners name will appear on the giveaway widget once closed.
  • The winner will be emailed by me to arrange receipt of the prize. 

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

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

September Planner Pages

For my final layout in September this year, I couldn't go past using the gorgeous items included in the August Brimbles Box (check out my unboxing here). The gorgeous pinks and blues and yellows in this box absolutely say "Spring" to me - plus there's cups of tea and I've been drinking tea non-stop over the last few months.
I also really love the little motivational messages that Anna includes on her sticker sheets, because it's important to see those little messages daily. As much as I like to think that I'm pretty good at maintaining a peaceful existence amongst the crazy daily-jobs that need to be done, sometimes I just need to see it written down and allow myself a moment to re-center myself and keep on going.
The little ephemera packs that Anna includes are great for all sorts of things.I've used them for Project Life, cut them out and used them as ephemera, but this time I really wanted to use this little business-card sized piece as a title for my page. While my inserts have a section for notes, I rarely use it for that - I like to have a 'title' or central focus for my decorative layouts to help tie everything else together, and this card fit the bill this week.
I'm also a big fan of mixing and matching sticker sheets, so along with Anna's stickers, I also incorporated the stickers from Sea Salt and Paper throughout my spread. (They tie in beautifully with the washi tape down the centre of my inserts!)
I like to think that I have the same expression as the gorgeous little tea girl when I drink my tea!
And that is my finished layout. I will include my process video down below in case you would like to see how this layout came together and in which order things were laid down.
I hope that wherever you are in the world, you've having an amazing week - and remember to bee-lieve in yourself!

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Wedding Planning Kit

Some exciting news for our sister in law is getting married. What present do I give her for her engagement? A wedding planning kit of course, need you ask! Here is a look at the kit that I put together for her. Most of the items I took out of stock at which as you know is my shop! The other stickers shown were from:

PLEASE NOTE: I paid for these stickers with my own money. This review is my own personal opionion on the product / company, given in good faith and has not be sponsored or endorsed. None of the links are affiliate links. Unless otherwise stated, all photography is my own.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Design Team Call!

Do you love getting creative in your planner and / or journals? Are you social and like to interact with like-minded creative people? Do you enjoy sharing photos of your planner and journals? Do you enjoy playing with new products every month? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you just might be the right fit for the Mrs Brimbles design team.

Let me tell you what it is all about

Basically every month I will send you the Brimbles Box for that month and occassionally from time to time, other goodies too. As part of the design team perks, you will have a permanent discount code for 25% off any purchases you would like to make at

The design team is open to creative planners and journal keepers. If this is not you but you would still like to be on the team, why not apply anyway! If the products that I sell are in line with your creative pursuits you may still be a good fit.

Being on the design team also means that you will also get exposure for your blog / social media and your artistic talent! Everything that you do with your goodies I will also share and you will also have ‘presence’ on my blog for the duration of your DT inclusion. The design team will run until 31st August 2017 and either party can resign / withdraw at any time without notice or reason, all I ask is that if I have sent you something you just finish up with that before you go.

This opportunity is open internationally.

In return for receiving the items from me you will be required to:
  • Share an ‘unboxing’ of what you received each month on your Blog / YouTube / Social Media Accounts etc. and what you did with the products.
  • Create something(s) using the items that you have received and submit a blog post with photographs for inclusion on my blog: once a month (timetable to be agreed with the final DT). With the same post (possible tailored to your audience) shared on your blog too and of course I will link back to you at all times.
  • Be active in the Mrs Brimbles Facebook group, sharing your creative posts in the group and helping to admin
  • Input ideas in to future boxes
So just to clarify, you will need to create a project each month along with sharing your new products. Of course you can do more if you would like to, it would be very welcome and I will always re-tweet / re-gram etc


If you would like to apply please send an email to: with the subject DT CALL APPLICATION and include the following information but please keep it fairly brief and not reams and reams as I do read them all.
  • Your Name
  • Country you live in (just so we know, this is not what we will be basing your submission on!)
  • Links / Addresses to your Blog, YouTube and social media accounts (Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, instagram etc). Please note that you do not need to have all of the aforementioned social media accounts, if you do that is great. The only prerequisite is that you have a blog for sharing your DT creations on. Your blog doesn't have to be long standing or have a huge following but you do need to have one.
  • Are you a creative planner or journal keeper? what do you do and why?
  • Tell me a bit about you and why you would like to be on the design team / what you could bring creatively to the team?
  • In your application please include photos on how you have decorated your planner or journal. Please give direct links to where photos can be found if you haven’t sent them by email (please share specific project links and NOT your general instagram link for example)
Closing Date for submitting your application is Sunday 25th September 2016. Please note that I will not get back to you confirming the decision until after 25th September – I will need time to think and read through them all. I may get back to you sooner but don’t panic if you don’t hear until after 25th. You will know I have received your application as you will receive an email auto reply.
The successful applicant(s) will be emailed and will be announced on my blog and social media and you will be required to share your photo so we can all see who is who but you don’t need to worry about that until you are on the team.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. Please email: using DT QUESTIONS as your subject line. I will get back to you as soon as I can.

On application close, I will assess all of the applications together and then choose, which is most likely going to be very difficult! There is currently one spot open but who knows, I may choose more than one. Most likely Mr B will help me choose. Just to clarify I will be selecting based on your creativity and the best fit for the products that I sell and not on your Country or the fact you don’t have a YouTube channel etc so please do not let that deter you from applying.

Good Luck and I can’t wait to see your entries!!

p.s. if you need any help or advice on how to apply to be on mine or any other design team, please read my blog post here:

Images shown in this email are curtesy of my current amazing DT - thank you ladies x

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Travelling Notebook

So it's been a little while since I've popped up on this blog! Apologies for that, between travelling up and down the country, and preparing to move, things have just got on top of me. I'm getting there though. My face should be popping up more regularly on here from now on!

Today I've got a travelling notebook to share with you. This isn't mine, it's someone elses but I decided to use the contents of the past few Brimbles Boxes to fill in my pages.

If you are unaware of what a travelling notebook is then I have a full blogpost on my blog where you can have a read, just click here.
In short though it's a notebook that's sent around numerous people and everyone fills in a few pages. Then when it's full up, it's sent back to the person who set it off!

On my first page I decided to add one of the Mini File Folders that came in the May Brimbles Box. I used some of the Alphabet Stickers from the June box, and a beautiful floral sticker that also came in the May box. Inside I added my generic info and decided to draw a little map of the UK to illustrate where I'm from/will be moving to in the next month or so (fingers crossed).
Below that I added a 'currently' section, and decorated that with more washi from the past two boxes (Cloud Washi & Floral Wreath Washi). The 'Shine Bright' washi is from one of the recollection tubes of washi.

For the main double spread in this notebook I split it into chunks. There was no real rules of what to put in the notebook, so when I filled it in I decided to add whatever sprung to mind.
Some people choose to list certain things they want people to write about, where as others leave it open to whatever the contributor feels like doing.

I used the Gold Confetti Washi that came in a past Brimbles Box, along with this beautiful mismatched one from Paperchase.
I popped the little 'weekend' sticker by Sea Salt & Paper, that came in my August Brimbles Box at the top, and wrote a little section about the upcoming weekend.
Then I used a variety of stickers from my Mrs Brimbles Sticker sheet that was in the June box, to decorate the rest of the page.

Again over here I went through all the stickers, and picked out a few that would fit well with the bright colours I was using throughout.
I'm really happy with how it turned out, and I hope the notebook's owner likes it!
I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge I set myself to use just things from my Brimbles Boxes.

- Daisy X

Friday, 26 August 2016

Summer Plans

 This summers Brimbles boxes have been a lot brighter than our weather here in the UK! They have cheered me up no end! I went for the planner box this month because I treated myself to a bright yellow Kikki K medium size planner. I just love how happy it makes me feel. The planner with the dashboard designed by Mrs Brimbles looks amazing and invokes a summer vibe. However I was able to use this box for so much more...again! They really are very versatile!

In this box there were four sheets of 12x12 paper with Anna's very own design. I decided that as I have so much happy mail to chase up, I'd make some envelopes with them!

Using an envelope template, I made four envelopes so I have one of each of the designs. The papers are more thin card so they gave the envelopes great stability.

Also in the box were the most gorgeous pieces of ephemera or die cuts. I literally wanted to use them all in one go to make my journal bright and I pretty much did! I have written a separate blog to showcase this! Here is a sneak peek for now..

In the meantime, here is a video I filmed of the unboxing of July's Brimbles Box. Enjoy and be inspired!