Joanna's Planner - On the beach

On the Beach


Looking good....just totally makes me think of summer.  Unfortunately, I am quite sun sensitive so I don't look quite this good in a bikini.

Are you planning any beach visits this year?

  Living near the coast I spend lots of time on the beach but alas I am that woman in a floor length cotton cover up.


Finally, I feel I am getting a bit of mojo back thanks to this fabulous image from Amanda at Faery is so nice to see the curvy lady (Zarah Zaftig) featured instead of the usual impossibly thin women. 

The background has just been inked in gently with a sponge.  I love the sun.  The weather here in the UK is hot and sunny one minute and stormy the next.  

However, the children break up from school in the UK at the end of the week so the weather will soon change and we will have to make the most of what we have right now as it will soon be time for pumpkin spice and all things nice.


Zarah was imported in to MS word, sized appropriately and printed on to sticker paper.  She has then been coloured with alcohol markers before being cut out and stuck on to the background. Every thing else has been stamped direct to planner and coloured with pencils.


My Functional Planner Stamps are from the companies I usually use.  

Please feel free to message me about any specific stamp you are interested in and I will ascertain which set it is from.

Hope you are enjoying the summer or the winter if you are Aus.

hugs Jo x

Joanna`s Planner - How to choose a planner - Which Planner

How do I choose my first planner?


This is a question I have been asked a lot lately.  I never really know quite what to say as planners and journals are such personal items.  However, I thought it might be good to raise a few points that beginners might like to consider, such as;

Do you want to plan your life (in advance)..this is all about goal setting and SMART targets. Identifying what you want to achieve and how you will go about achieving that.
Do you want to journal your life (in retrospect)...this is all about recording what you have done and how you felt about it.

Recollections Planner from Michaels

Do you want a pre-made planner or, do you have confidence to work from scratch?

Do you want a bound planner, such as the Erin Condren, Happy Planner, Recollections Planner or in Europe the 'Personal Planner'.  In the UK Hobbycraft have released a range of planners but as yet I couldn`t tell you what the quality is like.

 Erin Condren Vertical Layout Neutral Colour


If you want to go for `rings` do you want a Filofax, who have planners in all the sizes at all the prices, A very special planner such as a Van der Spek, a Kate Spade or even a fun planner such as those from Kikki k, Paperchase, Hobbycraft, Michaels.
These come with inserts but custom inserts can be easily sourced from Etsy.

Filofax Malden Kingfisher

Or, what about a travellers note book or 'dori' for those that are intending to Bullet Journal.

Whatever you choose, you will almost immediately start wishing you had something different.  Different paper, different layout, different size.  I would definitely recommend persevering for at least a month in order to get to know your layout before you start deciding what you definitely do and do not want.  In most planners you can add or change pages.

For maximum flexibility you can always uncoil a bound planner and punch for a ringed binder.   You may need some modification but there are plenty of 'how to' video's on you tube.  It is worth remembering that the Carpe Diem ring bound A5 planner is actually bigger than most other A5 binders.  Consequently the larger pages fit better.

So, next question are you going to decorate?  Are you going to be a sticker addict?  If so you may be better to consider a planner with standard size boxes.  A lot of the Planner girls who make stickers will also make custom sizes, but for maximum choice a standard size might be a better choice....beware though this `sticker thing` can quickly turn in to a bit of an addiction.

ink techniques, stamping and colouring

Do you want to use all your crafting skills?  If this is the case focus on the paper quality.  You may want to print your own inserts.  I use a 160gsm paper for my inserts, although of late I have been trying out Stampin`Up cardstock in whisper white.  There are for`s and against`s for either.  The cardstock is great for ink techniques.  However, pigment inks seem to take ages to dry and smudging maybe a problem.  It also results in a thicker planner.

Inks will often shadow through lighter papers and it is worthwhile getting some advice about what works best on your paper.  In my opinion a really good quality thick paper is better than card but everyone will have there own preference.  If you are buying a ready made planner I can certainly recommend the paper quality of the InkWell Press planner.  I understand LimeLife are also very good.  However, be aware that paper quality can change without warning.

The other thing to consider is colour versus neutrality.  That fabulous colourful planner may annoy you beyond belief if you find the provided colour palette or decoration interferes or influences your decoration choice.  There is no reason why some things cannot be covered with washi but it doesn't always work.

Planner peace is something you will hear a lot about...this is the process of getting it right for you.  Some people never seem to achieve it (planner peace that is).  However, most do, just don't expect it immediately.  It took me at least 6 months to really find my groove and this seems to be a time frame that applies to many planners.  My advice for what it is worth, is work with your planner and your planner will work with you.  Give changes a chance and eventually it will all come together.  Think of it as an organic process and your planner will change and grow with you, becoming a beautiful reflection of you and your life at any given time.

Please note that if you want to be a planner and you do not think you have the funds...start with a notebook and pen.  I prefer dot paper and you can download this free online from a company called Incompetech

Go and do a google search on Bullet Journalling (BuJo) .  These are really are the most beautiful planners and provide us all with inspiration.  Do not let anything hold back your creativity.

Looking forward to seeing how you get on

Jo x

Joanna`s Planner- Inspiration #4 - Scrappers Delight

Joanna`s Planner- Inspiration #4 - Scrappers Delight

So, another week and yet more inspiration for you.  As you can see I am still using the Scrappers Delight horizontal layout.  This week is a little out of sync as I wanted to show one more horizontal before I move back in to the vertical layout.


This time I have used one of the fruity babies...this is the citrus girl.  I am sure she could be sitting on a lime or an orange.  However, a lemon seemed like a good idea as I could co-ordinate it with some Lawn Fawn stamps.  `When life gives you lemons, make lemonade`, less appropriate sayings do not seem to have their own stamp sets lol.


Here in the UK summer has hit with a vengeance, not only is it hot but is really humid too.  We don`t have air conditioning in the house as the hot weather will only last a few weeks.  Our weather is so incredibly changeable that we are obliged to talk about it all the time. 

 Unfortunately I am not coping at all well with it and seem too be sleeping most afternoons.  Blog writing and anything to do with the computer are incredibly difficult for me right now, due to eyesight issues and overheating issues....roll on Autumn.

joanna`s planner-scrappers-delight

Anyway, back to the spread...the fruity baby has been printed on to sticker paper coloured and applied to the digital planner.  Whilst I could merge both the images (this is the joy of a digital planner) I would not be able to use my alcohol markers as they seep through all papers and cards and this would affect the following weeks spread.

I have used a complementary washi tape from Lora Bailora and of course a fun summer related clip from Cherry Blossom in the Market Square.  I did actually buy a lemon clip just for this spread but sadly it has gone missing in my pile of planner stuff.  It will probably come to light when I least expect it...probably Halloween.


 Hope you guys are all having fun in the sun...or, if you are in Australia it isn`t too cold for you.

hugs Jo x

Functional Stamps are from the usual companies

Tiny Stamps Big Plans
Studio L2E
Technique Tuesday
Lawn Fawn

Joanna`s Planner - Planner Kit #3 Fitness - Scrappers Delights

Joanna`s Planner - Planner Kit #3 Fitness - Scrappers Delights

Trying to lose weight?  Trying to increase your fitness?

Joanna`s Planner - Scrappers Delight - Inspiration #3

This week is cat week in the Scrappers Delight horizontal digital planner.  As you can see I am still using the horizontal layout.  I always like to give a new layout at least a months trial before I make any decisions on liking or disliking.


Joanna's Planner - Planner Kit #2 - Scrappers Delight

Going Horizontal


This week we have been asked to use the new 'Scrappers Delights' Horizontal Planner.

Joanna`s Planner - Inspiration Week 2 - Scrappers Delight


Joanna`s Planner - Inspiration Week 2 - Scrappers Delight

This week is Inspiration Week #2 in the Scrappers Delight digital planner.  For clarification this digital planner is a printable.  Different elements can be added to the basic planner using a graphics programme such as Pic Monkey before printing off. 

Planner Girl Collective - My Monthlies

Planner Girl Collective - My Monthlies - Joanna`s Planner

Well this title certainly made me chuckle.  The girls this week are looking at their monthly spreads.

Joanna's Planner - Recollections - Kitty Spread


This week in my recollections planner features a kitty theme.  It all started with the arrival of happy mail from the US.


Receipt of this amazing package with cat goodies from the SASSY CLUB (discount code below) and SWEET STAMP SHOP  influenced this weeks choice of image from SATURATED CANARY (aka Krista Leigh Smith).


  I have again continued the purple theme by using purple in the clothing and co-ordinating the washi to match.  The lovely meow washi was a RAK from one of the lovely ladies on 'Kittens Who Plan', and it has just finished the look.


I have used a 'catitude' image from the Sassy Club...I have to say that I love these stamps.  The line work is super, it strikes the right balance between fine and heavy.  I have also used some of the small images as accents.  I really want to use the whole set on an entire spread but I will have to put that on my to-do list for the time being...which is now another to do.  Make a spread wish list lol.

As usual I have used functional stamps from the usual suppliers. 

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Planner Girl Collective - My Planning Style - Joanna's Planner

To be honest I would not have said I had a particular style but as I look back over my earlier spreads I can certainly see a style developing.  It took about a year to hit the groove that seems to work for me.


I am aware that some 'planners' look down on the decorative style of planning but I am very much an each to his you a hard core pen and paper planner to a very decorative art journaler I love and gain inspiration from each of you.

Joanna's Planner - Genie - Scrappers Delight


Joanna's Planner - Genie - Scrappers Delight

This weeks Genie spread features a Scrapper's Delights digital genie on the new digital planner pages.  I have shown a few of these digital pages before but this is the first week I will actually be using the spread to see how I feel about it.

Joanna`s Planner - Planner Kit #1 - Scrappers Delight


Joanna`s Planner - Planner kit#1 - Scrappers Delights

This week amongst other things I have been trying out the dedicated planner decoration kits that are being designed to specifically fit the Scrappers Delight digital planner.  

Planner Girl Collective - My Journey

Planners - My Journey - Joanna`s Planner

 This is the theme we have been allocated this week and it has certainly made me think.

'Planners' are certainly very popular right now and are used in many ways.  From life planning through to Journaling they are being adapted by all those who use them.

Joanna`s Planner - Steam Punk - Dashboard

Joanna`s Planner - Steam Punk - Dashboard

Time for a planner update.


  I found this fabulous image on the scrappers delight site and was taken with it right away.  Had no idea what I was going to do with it but it became blindingly clear when I had a go at hot foiling.

The Decorated Planner - April Showers - Joanna`s Planner


The Decorated Planner April Showers - Joanna`s Planner

This week features a fun April design from Scrappers Delight in my Recollections planner  The image is currently available free and can be found here....why not have a go and post your creation.  The design was just right for this month in the UK....last week we had a heatwave and I got sunburnt.  This week it is miserable, cold and raining.


The design was printed on to sticker paper and coloured with alcohol markers before being cut out and applied over a pre-inked background.  Once applied raindrops were added for effect.


Planner stamps this week are my usual functional stamps.  However, I have used a couple of my new Mama Elephant `little cat agenda` stamps which are just right for planners.  I seem to have a few things already in my planner even though I have a few days off.  Lots of social media stuff and a new planner dashboard.  I dont know about you but my planner is always a work in progress and this year more so than usual as I am trying all sorts of new things out.  next is the dutch door technique for more space.


The fabulous Washi at the top was from Doodlebug Designs.  I have a feeling the grass Washi was by the same company, although I have had that one hanging around for a couple of years.  The sentiment was stamped using those tiny letter stamps on wooden blocks that cost about a £1 or a $1 depending on where you live.  They have been coloured up with pencils to follow the rainbow theme.  Doodlebug washi is available in the UK from PaperMaze

This week I am going to be on tenterhooks as I am waiting for a big package of stamps to be shipped over from the US.  I opened one of those Mailing boxes that allow you to consolidate orders and send in one package.  Well, it left the depot about 10 days it is on the way assuming USPS reliability.  It will be interesting to see how it goes and how much it will actually cost but that is for another post.

hoping you all have a fabulous week

Jo x

Joanna`s Planner - Inspiration Week 1 - Scrappers Delight

Joanna`s Planner - Inspiration Week 1 - Scrappers Delight


A whole new adventure begins this week.  I have been asked to design some spreads for a UK based digital scrapbooking company called Scrappers` Delights.  Janice from Scrappers Delights reached out as she felt we had a similar vision for a planner that could be used for a multitude of art, journaling, planning, and memory keeping needs.

Instead of being limited by a conventional planner the SD planner allows you to print off  an entire planner with all the goodies to paper, card or watercolour card.  Whatever best suits your medium and/or can find it here

This mermaid layout is for inspiration.  The weekly spread is from the bigger of the two kits available and the mermaid is a separately obtainable digital stamp here.  If you are good with your IT skills, using layering techniques it is possible to amalgamate digital images and create your own unique planner by that method.  However, my IT skills are limited so I have chosen to use my normal techniques which involve stamping, printing and colouring with alcohol markers


The mermaid here was sized in Microsoft word and printed on to sticker paper so that I could safely colour using alcohol markers.  The background to the mermaid however, was just lightly sponged with a blue dye ink and the background bubbles applied with a `Paper Artsy` stamp

On the preceding page I have used a whole an array of stamps from companies such as
Lawn Fawn, Studio L2E and Tiny Stamps Big Plans.  The Washi was just right for this project, it was gifted to me as a sample and now I want more lol.


As you might have noticed this week remains undated because at the planning stage I totally forgot it was Easter week  #plannerfail
In the next few weeks we will show you some of the purpose made planner kits that have been created to complement the basic planner.


Why not have a look at the other scrappers delight inspiration spreads
which can be found on the main Scrappers Delight Blog

Hoping you all have a fabulous holiday weekend and a good week ahead
Jo x

Joanna`s Planner - Easter Daffodils - Planner Fail


Joanna`s Planner - Easter - Daffodils

Well this weeks plans had better be an improvement on last weeks epic planner fail.  As they say `The best laid plans of mice and men`...............(apologies to Robert Burns)

The Decorated Planner - Recollections - Joanna`s Planner


The Decorated Planner - Recollections - Joanna`s Planner

This week I have a bit of a change as I am moving across to a `Recollections` planner.  The layout is bigger than I am used to using.  So, in order to make it fit my A5 Filofax, major surgery was required.

Plan With Me - Dragons Part 2 - Joanna`s Planner


Plan With Me - Dragons Part 2 - Joanna`s Planner

This weeks planner spread is all about dragons`s. 

You may have seen my part 1 post, THE DRAGON COLOURING TUTORIAL  now it is time to put the dragons in to use and use them in a spread.

Colouring Tutorial - Dragons Part 1 - Joanna`s Planner


Joanna`s Planner - Colouring Tutorial - Dragons

This week I have been working on something a little different.  I wanted to show you how I colour some of the images we planners like to use to decorate.  

 Do you want to have a go?

Planner Girl Collective - Current Planner Set Up

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Planner Girl Collective - Current Planner Set Up

This weeks post is all about our respective set ups.  This has come a rather fortuitous time as I am currently in the middle of changing my set up.

Those of you in the know will have read previously that I resented paying loads of money to import a planner from the US so, had in fact started to make my own inserts. 

The Decorated Planner - Snowdrops - Joanna`s Planner

The Decorated Planner - Snowdrops - Joanna`s Planner

This week has been a bit manic, well a lot manic as far as social media has been concerned.  Since my all singing all dancing internet connection has gone live I have been on a mission to have a go at all the things I have wanted to do with my blog.  This weeks focus has been on filming my first tutorial.  

What I thought would be relatively simple has turned in to a long job for which I currently require an IT savvy five year old.......

The Decorated Planner - Hey Chick -Joanna`s Planner


Joanna`s Planner - Hey Chick - The Decorated Planner

This week`s planner features the `Hey Chick` stampset from Stampin` Up which can be obtained free of charge during Salebration which finishes at the end of the month 

Decorative Planner Stamping - Joanna`s Planner - Just for You


Decorative Planner Stamping - Joanna`s Planner - Just for You

This week I thought I would play with some stamping techniques in my planner and I have chosen to use this delightful set from Stampin` Up.  It is called `Just For You` 

Planner Girls Collective - An Updated Wish List

Planner Girls Collective - An Updated Wish List - Joanna`s Planner

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Do you have a wish list?  Well, it is Monday and time for the Planner Girl Collective  (PGC) to post again.  This week it is about `Wish Lists`.  I believe the other girls are updating their current wish lists.  Up to this point I really haven`t had much of a list because on the whole if I want something I make it.  I really resent import duties so doing it yourself takes on a whole new meaning.

Decorative Planner Stamping - Giraffe Printables

Decorative Planner Stamping - Giraffe Printables

Decorative Planner Stamping - Giraffe Printables - Joanna`s Planner


So, check this out.....

Those of you that follow me on a regular basis will know that I often use digital stamps on my layouts as they are cheap, easily obtained and can be easily resized to whatever planner you are using.

Whilst perusing some of my favourite digital image sites I came across a designer (scrappers delights) who is selling a complete digital planner kit that can be accessorized with add on kits.