Planner Stamping - Queen of Hearts

Planner Stamping - Queen of Hearts

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Planner Stamping - Jo Whight - Queen of Hearts


Planner Stamping - Alice in Wonderland

Planner Stamping - Alice in Wonderland

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Planner Stamping - Jo Whight -Alice in Wonderland

Planner Stamping - A New Layout

Planner Stamping - A New Layout

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Planner Stamping - Jo Whight - A New Layout


Decorative Planner Stamping - The Wiz

Decorative Planner Stamping - The Wiz


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Decorative Planner Stamping - Jo Whight - The Wiz
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Decorative Planner Stamping - Witches Brew



Decorative Planner Stamping - Witches Brew



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Planner Stamping - Jo Whight - Witches Brew

Decorative Planner Stamping - Trick or Treat

Decorative Planner Stamping - Trick or Treat

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Decorative Planner Stamping - Jo Whight - Trick or Treat


Confessions of a Plannerholic - My Favourite Recipe

Confessions of a Plannerholic - My Favourite Recipe

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Confessions of a Plannerholic - Jo Whight - My Favourite Recipe


Planner Stamping - Glam Vampire

Planner Stamping - Glam Vampire

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Planner Stamping - Jo Whight - Glam Vampire


Decorative Planner Stamping - Halloween - Which Witch is Which?



Decorative Planner Stamping - Halloween - Which Witch is Which?


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Decorative Planner Stamping - Jo Whight - Halloween - Which Witch is Which?



Decorative Planner Stamping - After Midnight

Decorative Planner Stamping - After Midnight

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Decorative Planner Stamping - Jo Whight - After Midnight
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Decorative Planner Stamping - -Autumn or Fall

Decorative Planner Stamping - Autumn or Fall?




Confessions of a Plannerholic - Autumn

Confessions of a Plannerholic


Things are changing just a little bit in our series of planner blogs...We are going to get upfront and a bit more personal....  We are going to show you what we are getting up to in our planners, and what we are getting up to in our lives.  This is a busy time of year for me as we head in to Autumn as I need to get myself organised for the beginning of my hibernation period.


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Autumn photo- photographer unknown

Decorative Planner Stamping - Ursula the Sea Witch

Decorative Planner Stamping - Ursula the Sea Witch


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Decorative Planner Stamping - The Great British Bake Off

Decorative Planner Stamping - The Great British Bake Off

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Confessions of a Plannerholic #7 `My Regrets`

Confessions of a Plannerholic #7 `My Regrets`


Hmmm! A difficult one this as I haven't gone stupid with the buying.  I started with stickers as most people do and very quickly discovered that could be a really expensive game.  I already had a silhouette so the obvious answer was to make my own.

Well......I didn't really have the skills.  I spent hours and hours working it out, designing the layouts and learning to offset cut.  That Silhouette has a life of its own, it is such a temperamental beast.  It was taking me ages each week to design and cut my layout.  As my big computer is in my craft room I was shut away for hours which really was totally impractical.

I am not known for my perseverance in the face of adversity...I had to sort something out.  As a crafter I had lots of stamps and inks, so the obvious was staring me in the face.  If I stamped up I could sit if front of the TV and colour.  Being a spoonie colouring in front of the TV is incredibly relaxing.

My style developed and my colouring skills have certainly developed.
The obvious regret could be the time and effort I put in to sticker making but I really learnt a lot about the software and now use it for all sorts of interesting projects.  I find it far easier than publisher for all sorts of planner tasks so I can't say I regret that.

I think possibly the only thing I have bought and not used is a complete set of Versamagic inks



Planner Stampers said they were the best inks to use.  I thought buying the complete set would get me a good discount, and it did .....But, I just found myself sticking with the Versafine.  I liked the crisp stamping and I just added colour with my colouring pencils.  I think I have probably used about six colours from the Versa Magic collection.  However, I am trying to use them a little more now, so hopefully they will get used.

I have loads of planner stamps and have occasionally found I only use a single stamp from a set.  Custom stamps are expensive but in the long run probably would have been cheaper.
Washi?  Well what can I say? I am sure every planner has is stash of Washi they will never get around to using


Check out this Halloween Washi.  Not sure how I would ever use 10m of the stuff.  I don`t even like it.

The biggest waste of money has got to be this

Not entirely sure what I was thinking but in my defence I only had a few rolls of Washi when I got this `bargain` in TK Maxx.  It is not even worth selling on as it weighs so much.  Look at all that skinny washi!!!!  I spent ages tracking down skinny washi until realisation dawned.  I can cut it on a paper trimmer to what ever width I want....Paper trimmers are definitely good buys.


 Here is another fabulous washi, in fact my first ever washi...couldn`t tell you how much it cost with shipping but trust me I wouldn`t pay that much now.  I used it once as it is a big washi 20 -25mm.  really i need to crack that trimmer out and do a jungle/zoo theme layout at some point.

My 'itching to buy' item would be a full set of Prismacolor, colouring pencils but I already have a full set of Faber castell, a half set of colour soft and a small set of inktense.  Like most crafters I always think the next product will make a huge difference....um! No.....so I am sitting on my hands.  If I buy them I know I would regret it.

Hope you are all having a fab week...why not have a look at my fellow confessee`s
Jo x



Decorative Planner Stamping - Farmer's Market

Decorative Planner Stamping - Farmer's Market



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Confessions of a Plannerholic #6 The 'Wish' List

Confessions of a Plannerholic #6 The 'Wish' List

Where to start with this one?  

I am sure every planner has an extensive wish list that is rapidly added too as they are inspired by other work on line.



I saw an absolutely fabulous TN hand painted with an Alice in Wonderland theme...it was absolutely amazing.  I love all sorts of handmade creations.

But on my personal wish list right now would be free shipping from the US. That way I could stock up on stamps from my favourite manufacturers with out having to pay stupid amounts for shipping and customs charges. It would also allow me to get another Inkwell Press for next year but with the drop in the exchange rate and the stupid mailing costs I think I will be giving it a miss.  

So what do I want?  All the planner stamps lol.  It would be nice to have some more Sweet Stamp Shop but they cost way too much in shipping.  Studio L2e do some fabulous stamps and I think they would be top of my list for quality....I could just finish my collection.

I would however, like direct access to Lawn Fawn and Paper Smooches.  There are bound to be more US stamp companies that I am not as yet familiar with.

Then of course there is Joann's and Michaels.  We so need these in the UK, if only they came with the same prices and coupons.  I shouldn't grumble really, I have had a ball in these shops whenever we have visited the US.  So I do have my share of crafting goodies, but sadly no Washi.

And what about a planner meet? This is high on my wish list. I live in a rural area of the U.K. and don't really have the time or opportunity for 'meets'.  MY US chums are going to a big one next week.  I am living vicariously and looking forward to hearing all about it.

My unicorn wish has got to be an Aqua A5 Malden but I wouldn't be prepared to spend the money on it.  The planner I keep looking at though is the A5 Jack..

So, what is your planner wish?  Do you have a unicorn?  Please share

Have a great week people x

Planner Pages Decorative Stamping - The 'Sweet' Theme

Planner Pages Decorative Stamping - The 'Sweet' Theme

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Confessions of a Plannerholic #5 the expose

Confessions of a Plannerholic #5 - The Expose




Decorative Planner Stamping - Harry Potter

Decorative Planner Stamping - Harry Potter

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Decorated Planner Pages - Jo Whight - Harry Potter


This week my planner spread has a Harry Potter theme inspired by Harry's Birthday and the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  I am not however, going to get my copy at midnight...way to old for that sort of malarkey.

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I am actually quietly pleased with this weeks spread....last week I was trying something different. This week I have amalgamated last weeks style with my comfort style.  I have also tried to take more photos this week so that you can see how the spread developed.  

In the beginning was the Washi...it is always about Washi lol.  I had seen this tape about but could not find any to buy until I discovered the Washi Fairy Godmother.  I ordered a few samples and was really excited when this one arrived.  However, I looked at it and couldn't see how I could work it in until I was looking at last weeks spread.  It became obvious...the whole spread had to be sepia.


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The base of the spread was randomly sponged with vintage photo Distress ink.  I masked each box in turn to add the distress stamping around the edge.  The stamps I used were from Sheena Douglas and also work well in art journaling, although any grunge type stamps would work just as well.  I needed my boxes relatively clear as I use my planner.  It need functional stamping and room for me to write a small essay.


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The piece came alive as the Washi was added to the bottom of the page, it was already looking good.


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Then it was time for the artwork, the colouring and the fussy cutting


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 The Main 'Harry' image was a digi stamp from Mo's digital pencil. The nice thing about this image is that not only is available in boy or girl, it is also available as children of colour. She also has a fabulous image called 'The Wiz' which I am itching to do something with.  'Harry' has been coloured with alcohol markers on sticker paper.  Hedwig was a random owl image from an online colouring page that has been resized and coloured with a couple of grey alcohol markers to preserve his white appearance.

The webs and the spiders are from a UK company called Card-io.  They do some fabulous small nature images.  You may have seen their snails on earlier layouts.

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 Functional planner stamps this week are mostly from Studio L2E (as are the books),  I always come back to their stamps they are just so versatile.  My brush work related stamps and the dates are custom stamps from Tiny Stamps Big Plans.  Rowena runs a fabulous monthly stamp club that is well worth joining.  I have been looking for proper date stamps for a while.  There are not many out there...most are 0 - 9.  I am a bit lazy and just wanted the actual dates.  They will be used on a weekly basis because I always struggle with the US numbering.  August found me hunting for the first weeks pages as mine started on the 8th....sad really.

I have lots more to add to this spread I think it will be very busy by the end of the week.  I have just noticed my hydration stamp is missing and I would like to do some llama lettering under the symbol on the right hand page.

hope you all have a wonderful week 

Jo x

Confessions of a Plannerholic #3 or 4

Confessions of a Plannerholic #3 or 4


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And so another confession session...what have I been up to?


This week has been another manic week as my husband is still off work and it is seriously eating in to my play and planning time.  I feel kind of obliged to be doing things with him (don`t get me wrong I love spending time with the hubs).  However, I do feel guilty if I disappear in to my craft room for any length of time.  My leisurely Thursday planner afternoons with a film has become a rushed on a Saturday/Sunday event, with my blog following a week later.  This is why I missed last weeks confession.

The weather here in the UK has been stupidly hot with the temperatures rising from about 20 degrees last week to 34 degrees this week.  Not sure what that is in Farenheit but believe me it is hot. I have had a great time...I have been to Ikea, I have been to Lakeside shopping and today we popped up to Norwich for the essential twice yearly visit to Bravissimo.  For those of you in the know Bravissimo is a god send...For those of you totally unaware...It is a shop for us `big in the chest department` girls.  My husband thinks it is fabulous, they have a man cave filled with man related magazines and he can watch ladies go in and out to his hearts content.



And I still haven`t fessed up to this weeks big spend...those of you who hang around on the UK planner sites may remember talk of the `Filofax Sale`.  Well sometime overnight last Friday I was mailed a series of codes...the best one being a 40% of a purchase of  >£100.  Well, it got me thinking...I quite like the new Maldens, and I only have a couple of planners. And, well....there must be some advantage to my insomnia.  So at 3 in the morning I was looking at the A5 Malden`s in Kingfisher and Fuschia.  Sadly there were no Kingfisher available but I do have my Aqua Lockwood and they may have been quite similar.  But.....

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Look what turned up on Tuesday Morning.  My new A5 Fuschia Malden that I aquired for an excellent price...now do I use it? or admire it?
I am on the whole all about using my planners, but I am not sure that others drag their planners all over the place with them and give them the abuse that I do...I do think other planners tend to treat their babies with a little love and respect.  So, for the time being I am in admiration mode.

which brings me to this weeks questions...once again the `plannerholic` fiends have come up with a series of questions.


#1  how many planner do I own...well, one more now roflmao

I have my A5 oiled leather Hampstead I bought in about 2002
The Aqua Lockwood my cats got me for Christmas last year
An A5 Purple Malden as yet unused as i am enjoying the Aqua Lockwood...this was a bargain from one of the UK selling sites
The new A5 Fuschia Malden
and an A5 cheap planner from paperchase...I think it cost me about £4.  I  use it to file my old pages even though it is lovely in its own right.

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#2 What is my favourite pen?  well that would be my Cross fountain pen that the Hubs bought for me about 15 years ago.  However, I tend not to use it in my planner as I do like a finer point for detailing and drawing. I love the Staedtler fine liners but even the Tesco own brand are good.  I really love Sakura micron but they are too good for scribbling in my planner I tend to use them for Zentangle

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#3  Do you have a favourite theme?  This is my question and now I am wondering what the hell I was thinking.  As you know I love decorating my planner with stamping but other people like to BuJo.  some like to use stickers.  Some are no white space planners, others are lots of white space planners.

#4 How many rolls of washi?  better count up...37 skinnies and this little lot.  TBH I don`t buy skinnies now.  I just cut the bigger tapes down on my paper trimmer
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#5 Stickers or Washi?  Well.....sticker paper would be my answer because I do most of my colouring on inages stamped to sticker paper.  Even the best planner paper will not support alcohol ink markers.

# Discs, Rings or Coils?  Definitely a ring lady...I have been pretty faithful to Filofax since I got my first one at the end of the 1980`s.  Sadly I seem to have lost that one.  I tried the coiled Personal Planner but after a couple of weeks it got uncoiled punched and inserted in a Filofax.

Why not have some fun and have a look at the other plannerholic blogs.











Emma and Vicky...your links have a mind of their own

Planner Pages Decorative Stamping - In The Garden

Planner Pages Decorative Stamping - In The Garden


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Planner Pages Decorative Stamping - Jo Whight - In The Garden

`In The Garden` is the theme for this weeks planner spread...I can confidently tell you i have accomplished my mission and actually decorated before the week has started.  Please check out my Confessions of a Plannerholic #3,4 post to find out more about what is happening in my life at the moment.

So, I am hoping you guys can see a difference?  I have moved out of my comfort zone and focused primarily on background stamping.  The whole piece is inked.  It was pointed out that I had not left much room for planning but actually I planned to stamp and write all over the base design.

before

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A base layer of inks was sponged on to the background.  I used Stampin` up inks this week in `so saffron` `soft sky` and `wild wasabi`...over these I stamped the images, most of which are by an English company called Lavinia Stamps...I absolutely adore their images and use them frequently in conjunction with the Gelli plate.  However, I haven`t yet used the Gelli plate in the planner, as not all stamping skills work on planner pages.
  The base of the design at the bottom of the page was created with a free stamp from Indigo Blu


and after


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As the decoration is so loose I have chosen to be more formal with my planner stamping and have utilised some boxes from Studio L2E to give more form and structure to my pages. I have also used their hydrate tracker as it is so hot here right now, I need to make sure I drink my eight glasses as well as my decaf coffee before I expire with heat exhaustion.  

Finally, everybody has got to love a Sloth  #SlothSunday from Tiny Stamps Big Plans

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Have a great week everyone
Jo x

Planner Pages Decorative Stamping - Fun in the Sun

Planner Pages Decorative Stamping - Fun in the Sun

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Planner stamping - Fun in the Sun - Joanna`s planner

The theme this week on the Facebook group Creative Planning is all about Fun in the Sun.

  I wasn`t altogether keen on this theme as the weather here in the UK has been less than perfect.  In fact I would go as far as to say it has been down right miserable...except for this week....Temperatures have suddenly soared and everyone is moaning about being hot.  Air conditioning is not something most of us have in our homes...we just melt lol

On a positive note I am thinking about buying some swimwear that fits so we can go to the beach.  The kids here start their summer break tomorrow so I do hope it stays nice for them.

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This weeks main image is from Amanda Byron at Faery Ink, she has been printed on to sticker paper coloured with copic pens the palm tree leaves, the sun  and the sandcastle have all been made in a similar fashion, although the leaves are just drawn free hand and the castle and sun are from Lawn Fawn.

The sea, the sky and the sand were inked in using dye based inks.  I used Adirondak and Stampin `up inks.  All the detail has been added with coloured pencil.

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I thought you might like to see the spread before i started to add the functional stamps and the handwriting.

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As the eagle eyed might notice, I had that balloon trip booked again this week...guess what?  heatwave all week, but too much cloud for Thursday morning and so it was cancelled again...and so.... I have booked again for the 10th August.  I hope you will all wish me luck with the weather.  I am so glad I haven`t committed to any balloon themed spreads lol

I would wish you all a fabulous week but as it is nearly over...lol, i will wish you a great weekend
Jo x

Confessions of a Plannerholic - Jo Whight

Confessions of a Plannerholic #2 - Jo Whight


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first week this year

So the girls have come with 8 confessions questions and I am going to try and answer them for you without falling about laughing
so without further ado...

1, What is my favourite planner, Well I confess to being a one planner girl, and I am currently using Inkwell Press A5 inserts in my Aqua Lockwood Filofax. I love the IWP inserts for the quality of paper...they are 140 gsm which means I can give them a serious amount of abuse with inks and nothing shadows through to the other side.  However, next year I face a dilemma....do I pay the astronomical mailing/customs fees from the US or do I do something else?  I like the Personal Planner from Sweden and used this last year.  However, it was an effort to unbind it and re-punch. Ideally they would offer either a 6 hole punched version or even an un-punched unbound version but sadly the answer to that is no.
So, the answer for me is to design and print my own and I am trying that out at the moment.


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IWP inserts

2, What is the name of my planner...well what can I say?  ROFLMAO....The simple answer is no!  Really?  Do people actually do this?  I think I am getting too old! but the name Harriet has a certain amount of appeal

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Harriet? 

3, What are my favourite accessories?  Other than my stamps?  Well that would be any that have special meaning.  Either I have made them myself or, they have been gifted to me.  I do like handcrafted planner clips and have a couple of really spectacular ones from Stacey at Stacey`s world.  I am going to have to give this polymer clay stuff a go at some point.


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4.  Top tip?  Plan your planning time...decorating my planner may seem frivolous but it is my relaxation time.  I have a couple of hours on a Thursday afternoon and that is it.  All the tasks are entered through the week as life has a habit of throwing curve balls.


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5.  Why planners?  Well I could witter on about this for ages but in a nutshell...scrapbooking was a bit arduous.  I really wanted to art journal but big pieces of white paper are scary, so I tried Project Life...I managed 2 pages as I am lax at taking photos.  i have however, collected enough jounaling cards to last the rest of my life...love these ones though.  The Americans would call them sassy.  I just think they appeal more to the British market.  What do you think?  Cheese or reality? 




 On one of my craft pages someone posted about the EC (Erin Condren) it got me interested, but the price was high for something I wasn`t 100% sure I would commit to, So I started to look in to it seriously...That is when I discovered how beautiful planners could be.  Mini works of art...and if they go wrong?  So, next week you are on to something else, and as a bonus I get to organise myself too.  Being a `spoonie` planner memory issues are often a problem.  However, I am not a tracker lol.

6.  Desert island items?  My cats, my hubster, a planner, a magic wand, and plenty of planner `stuff`, that should cover most eventualities.
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7.  In the event of a `Zombie Apocalypse` and only having access to one store...Hmmmm!  Possibly `Hobby Craft`.  Yes, it is a bit basic but they have a little of everything.  You could get paper, card, washi, pens, pencils, paints...or my favourite, `Pinnacle Crafts` at Barleylands in Essex but that is not technically a stationery store...and it doesn`t carry washi yet.

8.  I don`t know who thought of these questions....but???
So, I win a million pounds on the lotto what three things do I buy and why.  This a totally hypothetical question because frankly I can`t be arsed to do the lotteries.  However, if someone were to buy me a winning ticket....
Well I would invest in or buy the Personal Planner Company and offer unbound un-punched planners or, a six ring punched version..lol.  That would sort a lot of issues out.
I would love a few really nice A5 Filofaxes or, I have seen some absolutely fabulous hand painted Dori`s on Etsy
Number three.....could I afford world peace?  probably not...so pay the mortgage off


Have a great week

Jo x

don`t forget to have a look at all the other confessions


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Kelly Vizma


Vicky Buckley

Emma Hincks


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