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As you know from previous planner posts, my planning style is very much a blank page and changing up of the layout each week. My current insert is beautiful dot grid notebook from Scurry and Peck on Etsy made by my good friend Stephanie. The cover has a map of the Canary Island as it's cover to which I added a beautiful doily made from a book by one of my other lovely planner friends Sheryll over at Jenny Lane Creations.
Other Planners I am Using
In addition to the above planner, I am also using:
Well a girl can never have too many planners now can they? What about you? What planners are you currently using or hoarding? Let me know in the comments below.
Self care is a BIG deal! We sometimes forget that a bit of 'me time' can lead to far better productivity and mental health. I decided to create a Bujo self care spread in my Bullet Journal to help remind me to make time for at least 3 self care things for myself a month... that's not too difficult is it? Well yes actually, I already failed at the first two I listed for January as I ran out of free time with work. I must do better!
Continue on for access to my FREE Self Care Travellers Notebook printable tracker.
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Self Care Spread Layout
I have split my page into 3 categories: Me Time, Health and Beauty and Lifestyle. Some of the things go without saying such as having a bubble bath and changing the bedding, but I think it is important to remind yourself that you ARE helping yourself and to recognise that you are managing to get a bit of downtime, however small that may be. You may wish to use some of the things you list as a personal reward for different things. For example you might successfully achieve a 'no spend' in a week or month, or you might be saving money or hit a work/life goal and reward yourself with a treat from the list such as a massage or a facial or a new outfit.
I'm hoping this spread will bring about some positivity for me; it ties beautifully in with my word of the year - Happy!
Year and Mood in Pixels
I got an amazing Year in Pixels / Mood Tracker download from one of the planner groups I am in from a lovely lady Kirsty-anne Ross. I think it is again important to recognise your good days (and bad ones) and is a nice way to reflect on your year. I got an amazing quote off the internet to compliment the planner spread and then added my word of the year and a few embellishments.
Things that make me happy bullet journal page
Finally again linking to my word of 2018, I have a Things that make me happy page, featuring a few bujo doodles. This is like my 'mood board' page and is something I can look at to remind myself of my happy places. I have included a print out of a very apt motivational quote and some recollections washi tape. This is the first page of my new 2018 bullet journal and will always be my 'Happy Page'.
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Hello everyone, Happy February! We have February's prompt up over in my Facebook group. You have the whole month to get it done and there will be somewhere for you to post pictures too! Everyone who posts will go into a draw to win a prize, you’ll be allocated numbers at the end of the month and random . org will be used to pick a winner. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in.
Head over to my Art Journaling Facebook Group - Kerrymay Makes A Mess
You can join in at the group, but you can also share over on Instagram/or on social media using the hashtag #kmmamartchallenge2018 and please tag me - I want to see.
For prompt one - click here - 12 months of Art Journaling Challenges with prompts
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Hi all, I have finally fully completed my 2017 December Daily in my Christmas travelers notebook. I've documented my memory keeping in a smash book style way, using a variety of scrapbook papers, journal cards, photos, stickers and embellishments, have a watch of the video flip through below.
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Guest post for Mrs Brimbles Art Creative Team
Anna Brim has some amazing goodies from the collage sheets and tutorials this month over on her patreon page, so many so that I was having so many creative ideas. It is easy to get overwhelmed when you get new art goodies and I guess this happened to me this month. I tried to create something that people could use as ideas, but everything I tried just didn't resonate with me and it didn't feel organic enough.
I wasn't happy with what I was creating until I thought about the elements on the collage sheets and referred back to my previous art journaling style of the zetti collage style where I rip up sheets and deconstruct the images and manipulate them into something new. It was at this point I came about seeing Anna's gorgeous acrylic pour art sheets as sea. Anna included a lovely sheet with a girl with blue hair and instantly I knew she was going to become a mermaid.
Art Journal Process - Mermaid Art Page
I painted a mix of pinks and purple watercolour on to the page using a Pentel Aquash Water Brush Pen, then proceeded to rip up the collage sheet to make the sea, the swirls from the sheet are beautiful and actually remind me of a swirling Lush bath bomb. Next I glued the girls top half on to the page (also one of Anna's collage sheets) and then in pencil drew on the mermaid tail which is half in the water.
For ideas for creating art journal pages head over to my Art Journaling Series.
Next came the watercolour for the tail, which was create by mixing blues and white and then adding some blobs of the Gansai Tambi Watercolours in gold (Starry Colours). To finish the painting itself, I added some more splashes of the gold paint in the blue gold, this really added texture to the piece making it seem like it had been sprinkled in sand.
It needed a quote and straight away I thought of 'The Little Mermaid'. I was at a planner meet at a friends house as I was creating this, so asked around the table if anyone had a quote. We found the perfect one: 'She longs for the wild salt air'. A final die cut shape was added to add a coral type look and the page was finished. I am so happy with the final page and pleased that I have gone back to my original style.
5 Minute Art Page
In addition to the art collage page, I also created a quick 5 minute journal page using 2 small journal card sized sheets that Anna had added from her own old journal pages. I added a watercolour wash to the page and then added the girl on the star. I decided to cut up the second quote sheet to spread this out across the page. An instant inspirational quote page for my journal.
Mini Planner Meet at my House (Kerry's Crafty Meet)
On Wednesday 3rd January I hosted a mini meet for 11 people (and two kiddywinks) at my house. This was a chance for the Nottinghamshire Planner girls to get together to craft and plan and of course to chat planners. To say it was a small and informal event we certainly packed it all in, with crafting time, planner time, tea, cake and buffet, swaps table and of course a planner stack.
I had a lovely day and it went so fast. Thankfully I missed out on the enabling conversations from Kylie due to hosting obligations... (yes she did persuade people to buy an Hobonichi and a set of Midliners) hahaha. It was also to see Hannah's little one joining in with the art and planning.
Planner Meets and Conventions I attended in 2017
Click the links to see the blog posts for each event.
Mansfield Planner Girls Meet - A regular event a few planner friends in the Mansfield area hold in the half term and school holidays, usually hosted at a tea room in Mansfield.
Pamper Plan, Create - This was one of my favourite events, such a great weekend, complete with planning and crafting time, a meal, pamper sessions and pyjama planning till late.
Leanne's Planning Clan - A lovely get together in Annesley (Notts) for the East Midlands Planner Girls (set up by Leanne Bates, Clare Collins and Katy Evans).
Plannercon Europe - Wow an amazing event in Brussels and I was so lucky to win my ticket from UKPA.
Sweet P's Christmas Planner Meet - Rosie Meers event in Hartshill, Nuneaton, a lovely meet up.
Mrs Brimbles Jingle and Mingle - Anna brims Christmas get together in St Neots, a relaxing event with time to plan and craft.
Other Notable Planner Events
UKPA Big Meet - I haven't ever attended one of these, I only found the group last year so missed out on that one and the one this year was only a month away from Pamper, Plan, Create so I couldn't afford both. UKPA is an invite only group for UK Planner addicts. Tickets are sold out for 2018.
Manchester Planner Bee - This looked amazing, I didn't go, but it looked like a great event to attend.
Mrs Brimbles Cambs Planner Con - Usually in April, I will be attending this this year. Tickets will be available soon from Mrs Brimbles Happy Place
Scotcon - If you are Scottish planner addict then this is event for you. Head over to the group to keep updated. Scotlands Planner Girls
Photo by Studio Monte, courtesy of plannercon.eu
The start of a new year is always a great time to make changes and that certainly is the case for my blog. You may have noticed I have a shiny new domain name and site address, you can now reach the site directly at www.kerrymaymakes.com - eek exciting.
Over the last two weeks I have been getting a lot of traffic so it makes sense to move forward with my blog. So what other changes are happening?
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Happy 2018 and I will see you all soon
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I then use the charting monthly page to add my colour codes to the pages to see the posts at a glance. So far it is working perfectly and is much better than last years Blog Planning System as I can clearly see when and what I have posted on the tracker.
Finally I use the actual planner pages to plan the content for my blog and You Tube channel and when specific deadlines are for filming, editing, writing and uploading. I add a simple bullet journal box for started, completed and finished to track when I have completed the posts.
In addition to this I have stuck with last years system of logging my blog stats and setting goals at the end of each month for my blog, You Tube and social media. You can see more about this here:
Blog Planning, Organisation and Productivity
My Word of the Year 2018
My chosen word for myself is:
I made a page in my journal with the key points I want for my year ahead and will use these whenever I am feeling down or losing focus. It will be easier to stop what I am doing for 5 minutes to do something that makes me happy before continuing with whatever the task in hand is. Hopefully it might teach me to say no more often and get me stop and take stock.
2018 Planner Setup
You can see a flip through from the summer of my Uglydori planner here
Travelers Notebook Setup & Planner Flip Through
Make sure that you have a read of the other girls fantastic blog posts as part of the
'Planner Girls Collective', click the bottom of each post to go to the next persons blog post xx
What's your planner system for 2018 going to be? Let me know in the comments and if you have decided on a Word/Words of the Year for the year ahead.
Take Care and Happy 2018,
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