Harry Potter - Planner Spread - Joanna`s Planner

Oh my word!  It is that time of the year again...you know the one when we celebrate the birthday of the boy with the lightening scar.

It really doesn`t seem that long ago that I made a Potter related spread but it must be an entire year...


Do you recognise this scene?

The whole spread is based on the fabulous free image from Jade Dragonne on Deviant Art.  I can only thank this lady for sharing all her fabulous art work so that I may enjoy colouring it in my planner.  I think she shares it for more than that purpose though, but I can dream.
Find it here

The first part of the design was to apply Distress ink on a sponge to the outer aspect of each page before working on the images.
The main image was printed on to sticker paper coloured with alcohol markers and cut out (discarding some of the bits that I did not want to use).  Don`t forget if you use alcohol markers direct to your planner you will get bleed through.


The table was created with Little B Washi tape and repeated again on the second page, although this time I drew in some chairs for interest and coloured them with pencils. 
  Bricks were also stencilled in for some textural interest.  I wasn`t sure if I should buy this Washi as it is not particularly `pretty` but I have to say there is so much you can do with it and it is used nearly as much as the Grass Washi

I have used stamps from my planner stash including the broomstick from Sweet Stamp Shop which was masked and overstamped in order to achieve the `Three Broomsticks` Harry`s glasses from the same set have been used to bullet point my to-do list. 
 The new Sweet magic set on its way to me but it is currently sitting in `MyMallBox` waiting for me to finish buying all the `stuff` before I ship it here to the UK.

My Audrey 2 stamp is making its 3 weekly appearance (when I remember) and I am thrilled to say that Rowena now has her own website ...so follow the link and go look. Tiny Stamps Big Plans make super planner stamps and shipping to the UK is not too bad either.


I have lots more to add to this spread and may update this post with the finished week if anyone is interested.

Joanna`s planner-Harry-Potter-three-broomsticks

Hope you are all having a wonderful summer

Jo x

Scrappers Delight - Recipe Cards

Scrappers Delight - Recipe Cards

This month scrappers delight have released some recipe cards in their digital planner range, along with some appropriate digital images.  find them here

I have used mine to monitor my smoking and curing. As you can see I have adapted mine so that more information may be written inside.  They are certainly fun items to use in your planner but i think they would also be great for a recipe swap.  

 In order to incorporate them in to my planner I have made this fabulous little planner pocket to hold them and have used one of the images to decorate with.

This particular pocket was made with double sided scrapbooking paper and decorated with one of the SD digital images.  I am hoping to get a youtube tutorial up shortly to show you how to make planner pockets to suit your own purposes, so do check back shortly.

Joanna`s Planner - The New Stampin` Up Planner - A Review

Have you see the new Stampin` Up Planner? 
(pop planner in the search box)

Want A Look?


This well known company are new to the planner market with their long awaited planner and I thought it would be good to have a look at it.

First impressions are good...I like the classy navy binder.  However, being an avid planner and carrying mine around all over the place I feel that the hard binder option is not altogether practical.  It is definitely not conducive to squidging in to a handbag or purse (depending on where you are in the world).

However, if you are more of a journaller then this may be just your thing.  It reminds me of a Project Life binder and has a ring binding system that matches all the well known memory keeping brands.

So what is inside?


 Definitely more Navy


 With some soft blue and pink.  

If you like a pretty planner you might like this...if however, you are a decorator you might find the provided colour scheme limits your possibilities to an extent.  

Each and every page has a navy and white polka dot pattern down the centre of each spread...no, that is not washi.  I have a feeling it could be covered with washi but only the darker colours and more opaque tapes would be particularly successful.

 Having shown you the pockets I expect you would like to see the stickers


3 sheets of these stickers are included in your planner and also 3 sheets of the beautiful gold foiled stickers below, although I am not entirely sure what I would use them for. 


 So, what about the bread and butter...the weekly and monthly spreads?


The monthly spreads are the only pages that have months entered.  Everywhere else the planner is left blank for flexibility.  You can see here that I have entered in the dates by hand...also check out the sticker at the bottom of the left page.  I was checking how accurately the provided stickers fit the planner.

and here is my first weekly spread...


It always takes a while to settle to a new layout. 

 I have to say and this is a really good point that the insert paper is very good quality and none of my inked stamps show through and that includes the stampin` up dye based inks that on the whole have leaked through some of my other planners.

second week ...getting that groove


This time I have used a pen and ruler to section the planner.  This is a really useful idea if you are a list maker and like the structure of the vertical planner with its box format.  I have added a little washi at the top and used a green ink pad to match the sticker.

The joy of Stampin` Up is the ability to co-ordinate everything, plain papers, patterned papers, ribbons, buttons, inks etc...

Anyway, pressing on..I felt I needed to show you this


I hope you feel a little more positive about these than I do....what on earth they were thinking I do not know.  These little plastic pockets are approximately 2" x 2", too small for credit cards, not a standard size for photo prints....If you have any ideas please shout out.  

On the plus side standard memory keeping pockets do fit.  They are a little larger than the inserts but so much more useful and if they are stored at the back of your planner not at all annoying in anyway.  For my money I would buy the actual memory keeping thing...you can then even use all the standard memory keeping cards too....

Inside the binder the mechanism is dire and not at all good quality.  There are no tabs to open the rings so you will need to pull directly on them.  This means uneven pressure and uneven pressure means the rings will soon distort.

But don`t despair...you could save yourself a wodge of money (£9 in the UK) as the planner can be purchased either with the binder or as a refill pack without the binder..I know which one I would choose.

I can tell you that with a bit of extra punching this planner will happily fit any of the larger 6 hole planner systems.  I have tried in binders from Carpe Diem, Kikki K, and Paperchase.  It will also fit in a Filofax but being a little larger than A5 it is not quite such a good fit...

I hope you found this useful and if you should be interested in buying one of these planners for yourself I can certainly recommend my lady Judi, who is an `Independant Stampin` up Demontrator here in the UK.

 The link should take you direct to the planner page in the catalogue for a look see.  However, it has only been working when it feels like it for me.  If you don`t see the planner pop it in the search box on the top left of the page.

I know there is a new product release soon and look forward to more planner related items...I am sure as a company they would not miss that opportunity!

Hope you are all having a great well planned summer

Jo x

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 Ink...it 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

Personal Planner.co.uk

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