My Weeks 20 & 21

A lovely pretty couple of weeks in my Piyo Diary. 

This has been largely down to making some planner stickers for the first time! I made some simple ones to add a bit of colour to my planner (I’m struggling with not feeling like I can decorate this too much as it’s already so pretty) and some blog post stickers as I was getting hacked off with the ink smearing on my washi and going everywhere. Then Ed (as he’s the truly arty one in this relationship) drew some for me to make. You can tell which are his – they’re the awesome cartoon ones! Aside from playing with stickers I’ve had a pretty busy (for me) couple of weeks trying to get stuff done. I still haven’t caught up with my scrapbooking through. That’s going to be a job for next month I think…

my weeks 20 and 21

How have your weeks been?

Em x

My Minds Eye Wedding Cards

Depending on how long you’ve been following this blog you may remember some posts from last year showing some cards I’d made with the new MME Necessities range (here and here if you haven’t seen them).

Well it’s wedding season again and I’ve gone back to My Minds Eye for the cards once again. This time I’ve used some of their Jubilee range that I picked up for a steal from One Stop Craft Shop.

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For my cards I wanted something simple and elegant with silver and gold placed with pinks and reds.

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The papers and enamel dots were all from the range above. The embossed cardstock was some I picked up from Hobbycraft ages ago. I’m sure I’ve spoken about my love for embossed cardstock before as it allows you to add something a bit extra to a card that isn’t plain, but isn’t an overbearing pattern either. The alphas were from the Necessities range and work really well with the Jubilee range. As you can see, I should have backed my embossed cardstock as it’s quite thin. So on the next card, that’s what I did..

mr and mrs gold hearts

 

I think I prefer the alphas on this one.

Next I moved on to some silver and pink cards.

mr and mrs silver stripes

The background paper on this one is from the Necessities range and the silver enamel dots are from other Jubilee collection (I bought about three all at once). I do love this silver and pink mix.

I made one last card but went down the anniversary card route instead.

silver love you

 

As usual, MME has helped me make some beautiful cards. Now I’ve found that TK Maxx sell old/discontinued MME stuff I’ve added to my collection even more! A word of warning though to anyone looking through the TK Maxx stationery section… not all of it is as good value as it appears. I’ve found some of it looks more like seconds/faulty stock.

What do you think of these?

Em x

P.S. The bottom three cards are all available in the shop now!

Kikki K Planner Setup

I caved. After spending ages wondering what all the fuss was about with Kikki K there was a sale and a discount coupon and suddenly I was buying one.

After much debating I went for the large pink one.

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It’s very pretty in real life and I love the design of the inside. It’s also clearly very well made. After taking it out of the box and looking at it a lot I didn’t really do much with it. I’d fallen into the trap of buying a planner without good reason. After coming up with some reasons why I needed this I went about setting it up.

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I tend not to go overboard with putting millions of things in my internal pockets and so I just stuck with the notebook that came with the planner (I really did love the bits that came with it) and a couple of post it notes that matched. The dashboard isn’t really set up properly yet as it’s currently housing my little cheat sheet for what is in each section – I’ve used the divider stickers I got with the planner and they’re a little vague.

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I’ve been put off buying this planner before because of the gold rings but actually in real life they work well with the planner and I’ve grown to like them.

So as the first divider was ‘calendar’ I decided to go with this as my first section and something I desperately needed – a birthday/special date calendar.

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I added washi and lettering to each month for a bit of decoration but aside from write in the important dates, that’s all I’ve done with these inserts. The inserts themselves are lovely quality and I love the cream colour of them.

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The other sections are pretty simple so far too – I’ve just spread out the lovely note paper that came with the planner and added in these cute envelopes in sections where they’ll be useful.

The second section is dedicated to birthday planner and is filled with a list of potential birthday presents for Ed. The next two sections are dedicated to the Etsy shop. I’ve then devoted a section to my crafty stash although I haven’t really decided on what will go in here – I’m thinking washi tape samples and where I got them from, or pictures of my cardmaking supplies so I can see at a glance what I’ve got to play with. Before the notes section there’s a place for craft shops I want to go to. I’m forever seeing adverts for craft shops I want to visit around the country, or websites that sound good and never note them down anywhere!

I’ve also added a big todo list at the front of the planner – I’m calling it my ‘life todo list’. Basically anything I think I need to do in the next few weeks gets jotted down there and then transferred into my Livework planner in the week I intend to complete it. I started jotting shop todo’s in the shop section but I find it much less stressful to have just one list for all my thoughts and ramblings so I can see at a glance how much I have going on. I also like having the list tucked away in my planner rather than out and around on a desk somewhere.

I was slightly disappointed to not receive diary refills in here but to be honest, I’ve no idea what I’d use them for. I guess I feel like a planner is incomplete if it doesn’t have a diary. Is that just me?! But overall I love this planner and as I get into my plans to expand the shop I’ll definitely be picking it up more and more.

The problem now will be to stop myself from buying another next time there’s a sale…

Do you have a Kikki K? What do you think?

Em x