I felt the urge to change my planning setup for a while now but wasn’t sure how and what I wanted to change. So I did what I always do when I feel the urge to change stuff. I grabbed some paper and started writing down what I needed in my planner(s) and what I liked and disliked about the current setup. I am loving my A6 Travelers Notebook but I wanted to make it a little less chunky for the next couple of months as I will be taking it with me a lot more often but I do not need everything in it all the time. So I decided to move into two planners! My actual planning portion is still in the A6 Travelers Notebook from Meadowgate Leather, and all the other things are in my Filofax Malden. The Malden will stay home, while my A6 TN will travel with me.
If you need some advice on how AliExpress works, go here for my guide filled with tips and tricks. If you already know how to use the website, keep reading. I am sharing five of my favourite purchases and will try doing this every month.This month it’s all stationery related but it won’t be like that every month, although I do love my stationery. There are so many amazing things to find on there! I have listed the prices as they are today, prices change daily so they might be different when you check.
If you want to check my previous post about favourite AliExpress purchases click here.
Price: € 3.53 // $4.14 // £ 3.19
I bought this case to store my fountain pens, I tend to have a lot of fountain pens inked up as I have a lot of different colours of ink and I can never choose so I ink up loads of pens. It comes in really handy, it keeps all your pens save and it’s quite compact for a case that holds 12 chunky fountain pens.
Price: € 2.72 // $3.20 // £ 2.46
Seller: Alice’s Sweet Castle
You get 3 sticky pockets but I gave two away so I can only show you one. There are 2 of the ones shown above, the second one is mirrored and the last one is a cardholder. You take them off the transparent paper and just stick them wherever you want. I put one in a travelers notebook which came without pockets. This way I can still take some stickers with me. The quality is really good and they come in super handy.
Price: € 3.53 // $4.14 // £ 3.19
Seller: Lifestyle fun Store
These washi tapes are enormous! These are the biggest tapes I own, you can see the size in the background, each square is 1 centimetre. They are stunning and definitely stand out in my collection. You can choose from a few more designs so go check them out if you are in the need of some wide vintage looking washi tape.
Price: € 10.28 // $12.09 // £ 9.32
Shipping: € 1.69 // $1,99// £ 1.53
Seller: Autumn520 stationery Store
This comes in so handy when making inserts for a traveler’s notebook. I love this stapler and use it all the time. Nothing else to say about a stapler, it’s just a good deal and great product!
Price: € 2,22 // $ 2.61 // £ 1.95
Seller: Candy DIY Store
I am in love with these stickers, there are 40 different designs in each package and they are perfect for autumn and winter. I love the colours, style and quality. They are great to use in your journal or planner but the quality is good enough to even put it on a notebook, laptop, phonecase etc.
Two months since the last time I wrote a personal update; it’s a shame!
Who knew being bedbound and trying to recover from that takes up all your time?! Even though I am feeling horribly at the moment, I decided my blog needed some attention. The thing about recovering from being bedbound is that you suddenly want to do EVERYTHING because you couldn’t do it for a while. But after being quite busy for a few weeks I kind of collapsed on Tuesday, and am back in bed now. Whoops! I kind of knew it would happen, but I was stubborn. So I had to learn it the hard way. I had to cancel all my plans for this and next week and have a bit of a reality check.
So let’s get back to the diary part.
In August my cat Sparrow died of poisoning. Which was quite traumatic, to be honest. To see a 5-year-old healthy cat drop dead within minutes, was horrifying! I was so shocked someone would actually kill a loved cat for no reason at all, Sparrow was an absolute sweetheart! I miss him so much and he can never be replaced. He was the first pet me and Jasper got together and it was so sad seeing how destroyed our other cat Jack was. He wouldn’t eat, was searching for his brother for days and wanted to cuddle full time. The poor guy! He is alright now but as Jack has never been an only cat, we decided to search for a friend for him last weekend.
We really wanted to adopt an adult cat from a shelter so last weekend we jumped in the car and drove to a few shelters nearby. The first shelter (‘t Heerveld, for my fellow Northern Dutchies) was amazing. The rooms for cats were spacious, there was lots of information about the cats and the people were really nice. As we have two adopted Spanish Greyhounds and our other cat Jack we couldn’t just adopt any cat. We loved a couple of cats there but weren’t sure they fit into our household. So we decided to give it some more thought and visit another shelter (De Swinge). It only had a few cats so we didn’t think we would find a cat there, but you only need one cat to fit into your household and we found the perfect cat. We were looking for a calm cat, who wasn’t too dominant but also not scared. It needed to be able to stand up to the dogs (or at least not run away) without bullying them (Jack bullies the dogs, we call him Terror Jack). And last but not least, it couldn’t be too scared/nervous as there are dozens of cats in our neighbourhood. We adopted a gingery-white cat and named her Lizzy, after Elizabeth Swan from Pirates of the Caribbean, as all of our cats are named after characters from that movie.
It’s always a little scary adding a new cat to your household, will the cats get along and will she be happy? But she is doing great! She and Jack were done hissing after about 2 days and now they co-exist without issues. According to Jasper they were playing together for the first time yesterday evening. She is perfect with the dogs and she is getting more used to our house. She is extremely curious and follows us around all over the place. She isn’t scared of anything, she just stares at you when you make a lot of noise or anything. I am sure she and Jack will be buddies in no time.
Last week I had my first appointment in the rehabilitation centre I will be visiting VERY often the next couple of months. After my fall, nearly 4 months ago, I need some help getting my life back. We discussed what areas in my life I needed help with, she did a full physical check to see if I maybe needed a scan or x-ray (which I did not) and it was a really good appointment. It was my first doctor’s visit where I walked in and the doctor had read my entire file and knew everything about me, and my file is LONG. I was impressed! In a couple of weeks my actual treatment is starting and I am very nervous but also excited. I went to the same rehabilitation centre 6 years ago and it was extremely tough and hard but I learned so much!
We are all caught up now, phew! I will do one again soon, promise.
My current favourite pens and highlighters are both from a brand called Zebra. I have been really enjoying them recently so I wanted to share them with you. The brand Zebra sells a lot of different pens but I am limiting this post to the Zebra Mildliners and Sarasa Clip 0.5
Zebra of Japan was originally established in 1897. Its founder Tokumatsu Ishikawa decided to use zebra print as its trademark in the hope that business’ employees and customers herd together like a big zebra family.
Zebra’s corporate philosophy is, “Revisit the past to reveal new knowledge (温故知新).” The company strives to develop writing instruments that are in step with the progress of culture.
I have been using fountain pens as my main pens the last couple of months but when I discovered the Zebra Sarasa Clip pens I stopped using fountain pens in my Hobonichi Techo Planner. I am still using fountain pens in my journal but the Zebra Sarasa Clip is now my go-to pen in my planner. The ink flow is amazing, the ghosting on tomoe river paper isn’t too bad (all pens ghost on this paper), the nib is really nice, it kind of feels like a ballpoint pen but with the benefits of a gel pen and it writes really fine. The range I use is the vintage one, the colours are all very vintage inspired. But it also comes in pastels, brights and standard blue and black. The vintage range looks different as well, with a vintage twist, compared to the standard Sarasa Clip pen.
left: ghosting on tomoe river paper
right: the 5 colours the vintage range comes in
The Zebra Mildliners are highlighters with a bold and fine tip. The bold tip is perfect for highlighting and the fine tip can be used to write with. It’s not a really fine tip like the Papermateflair but it’s a nice bonus to have on a highlighter. I use them to underline words and the bold tip is for highlighting words. I love the colours they come in, you can buy them in packs of 5 and there are 3 (0r 4, not sure) packs. I have two and am not planning on buying the other 2 as I feel like these are all the colours I need.
left: ghosting on tomoe river paper
right: the 10 colours I own.
What are your favourite pens and highlighters?
Yesterday afternoon I went to visit a Stationery Event at a store called Buiten de Lijntjes which is located in Wolvega (The Netherlands). The store sells lots of stationery and interior products from lots of brands you do not find in a lot of other stores. The store is about 50 minutes away from me by car and I had never visited the store before but I have always been curious. The store is run by two ladies called Hennie and Jacqueline and was founded in 2011. They have a physical store but also a webshop, so go check it out!
I went there with two good friends of mine and when we approached the store we saw a group of people outside, the store was packed! It was the first time they organised this so it must have been amazing for the owners to see it be such a success. Outside of the store was a table with smoothies and all sorts of snacks. There were several bowls filled with snacks throughout the store as well. They took great care of their visitors. At the back of the store was a big table where you could try out pens, washi tape, stickers and make bookmarks and charms for your planner. As it was so busy there we walked around the store first.
It didn’t take us long to have our hands filled with gorgeous tapes, pens, paperclips and TN inserts. We kept calling each other to come over and check out certain products. There was so much to look at! The store sells products from brands like MT (washi tape), Taroko Design, Kaweco, Midori, Traveler’s Company, Hobonichi and many more.
We finally ended up at the craft table in the back and started taking our Traveler’s Notebooks out and trying out pens, washi tapes, stamps, stickers etc. We also made some cute bookmarks with thread and wooden beads. So much fun to do and a very useful addition to a planner. It was a lot of fun trying to find the right beads for the look you wanted, there were so many colours and shapes. Being able to try out so many products and even make stuff for your planner really made it a fun event for me. Everything was free and I thought it was a really nice bonus.
After about 2 hours in the store, we made our way to the till to pay for our products and enter the raffle. You could write your name and email on the back of your receipt and put it in a jar. In the evening they pulled out 6 receipts and the names on those receipts won a goodie bag with a lot of fun stationery supplies.
I had lots of fun and met some nice people while walking around, it was nice seeing so many different Travelers Notebooks and showing newbies my own planner. I hope they will organize more of these events because I would definitely go.
This was our combined haul from the afternoon.
It’s been quiet on this blog, I apologize! It wasn’t my intention but life got in the way. For people who visit this blog for the first time, I fell off my bike 60 days ago and was bedbound for over 50 days because of it. In the last 2 weeks I have been out of bed more often and training really hard to get my strength and stamina back and it has consumed most of my energy. I am far from my end goal but it’s been great getting my life back piece by piece. I still need a walker when I go out but I haven’t used my wheelchair in a while!
My boyfriend and I have also worked hard of my craft room and office. He did most of the work but I gave directions and helped declutter and organize. I wanted the room to make more sense as it was all over the place before. Now I have a set place for my computer, a place for my printer/laminator/cutting machine/stapler etc. and a set place for crafting. And all my supplies are in the corner where they belong. So I spend a lot less time going around the room getting all my stuff. I love my crafting corner the most, my bright yellow table and RÅSKOG cart make me so happy. Even though I can not spend a lot of time in the room as I can not sit for long periods of time, every second in the room makes me happy. Would you guys like a craft room/office tour? And would you prefer video form or just photos and text?
Next Wednesday is my boyfriends birthday and he is having a party on Saturday. I am an avid baker and I love baking loads of goodies for our birthday parties. This year I am still baking but I am not going as crazy as I would normally go. I also forced my boyfriend to take next Friday off work to help me bake so I can make sure I will get enough rest and don’t have to bend and/or lift anything. On his birthday itself we are going out to dinner, I hope I can make it! I am just going to spend the rest of the day in bed so I will have enough energy.
This week I am going to work on my daily routine. I want to make a list of all the blog content I want to create and going to spend a little bit of time every day working on it. I also want to start journaling more regularly as I journal about once every 10 days now and I would prefer to journal every other day or so. I can’t wait to feel more myself again after spending such a long time in bed. I will always have a disability but I am generally able to make it work with my hobbies and responsibilities. I am even excited about being able to cook and clean again! I would give money to be able to scrub my own toilet again, and yes I am aware that’s a weird thing to say. But I hate having to rely on other people, I love my independence.
I love making printables but I really want to make ones you really love and appreciate. So please leave your vote in the poll I made. Thanks for voting!
I really want this blog to be a reflection of me, and as a girl with a journal, it only seems fair to me that I use this blog as my online journal. As I am bedbound at the moment I don’t have a lot to talk about but today I felt like it was time for my first online journal entry.
I have been bedbound for 44 days now and things are finally starting to look up for me. Progress is slow, but it is there! The first couple of weeks I only left my bed to go to the toilet and shower, the last couple of weeks I have been walking small laps around the tiny parking lot in front of my house with a walker and taking small trips in my wheelchair. Yesterday I went on a walk with my walker to the local park, I had not left my parking lot with my walker before so I was a little nervous but it went really well! It was still a short walk but to me, it was an amazing trip.
Today I am a lot more tired, my body needs to rest so I am taking things slow today. Getting ready to place an Ikea order for my RÅSKOG cart plus bins which I am very excited about! Yesterday I received my ergonomical chair which hopefully will make sitting a lot easier for me once I am feeling a little better. It is so motivating to be a little more active while the pain does not get worse. Makes me feel like there will be a day when I will feel like my normal old self again. I will always have a chronic pain disorder but being able to be a part of society again, even if it’s a small part, will make me so happy!
Last weekend I had a girls night in with two friends of mine, they came to my house and made me dinner and we watched a movie afterwards. We made a cheeseburger pie (yes you read that right!) and it was amazing! Imagine a cheeseburger the size of a pie, it tasted even better then expected! It was SO nice to feel normal for one night, even if I spend the night laying down. We laughed until we had tears streaming down our face and talked about girly things. I love having a group of friends who are not bothered by my chronic illness but are willing to help me but also treat me like a human being instead of a patient. It has really helped me stay positive the last 44 days! Gotta love friends!
That’s it for now, hope you liked this style of post!
See you soon xx
This might sound silly as I have been stuck in bed for 41 days but I really want to reorganise my craft room. I started my craft collection 3,5 years ago with a tall Alex drawer from Ikea. When we moved 3 years ago I got my own craft room so I got more Alex cabinets, a desk and started accumulating more craft supplies. And even though I consider my room pretty organised, there isn’t really any rhyme or reason for anything. I just found a drawer and put stuff in it. All the items in my room have a set place, but the reason for the particular place is unclear.
So as soon as I get out of this bed and feel well enough I am going to take everything -and I mean everything- out of its drawer/cupboard. I want to destash and only keep the items that I really love and use and then find those items a spot that makes sense. I have a table where I journal and plan, so my planning and journaling supplies should be near that table. My hard drives, chargers, drawing tablet and cables should be near my computer and all sorts of paper should be in the same drawer.
I am ordering the famous Ikea RÅSKOG cart this week (if you have never heard of this, go to your country’s Ikea website and look it up) with some bins and I think it’s really going to help me with my organisation. It has wheels so you can move it around the house, so it will be next to my bed until I get better. After that, it will probably be next to my journaling/planning table filled with all my favourite things.
Until I can actually go reorganise my room I will spend hours on Pinterest trying to find some good organisational tips and tricks and in this Facebook group, my friend Kim recently started about craft space organisation.