I am not a scrapbook girl and why home based businesses are a very good idea. 

But I love using scrapbooking products.

This week I will be using this lovely planner layout. 

I’ve watercoloured the floral image, cut a piece of Bo Bunny Kiss the Cook scrap paper to size and applied some chalkboard MT Tape and used a uniball white pen for the lettering.

I’ve also had time to create the next week too: 

This page is constructed from a variety of pieces: BoBunny Kiss the Cook Paper on the left with MT Masking Tape and Simple Stories Posh Planner Stickers on the right is more posh stickers with a simple stories I Heart Summer page. The beauty of this layout is that it was made possible by a wonderful little home based business Crafty Pleasres on the Central Coast of New South Wales. 

Home based businesses are a very good idea. Especially in the Scrapbooking industry. If you go to stores in Australia that stock products similar to what I’m using you’ll end up in Officeworks, Spotlight, Kikki-K or a small shop like the recently closed Fantasia Papercraft  store that has gone online exclusivsly… And what these businesses all have in common is the drive to shift stock and to carefully stock a wide enough range that is sellable and caters to their customer base. In the case of Officeworks and Kikki-K, it’s aimed at the more professional planner users: nice clean lined pages for appointments and contacts. Spotlight stock almost exclusively Kaisercraft gear and unknown brands. Fantasia and its kind of shop stock the kind of paper I’m using above however their overhead costs are so high: the products are mostly american, the rent on the shop is high and the scrapbook market in Oz just isn’t what USA has… And we are a fickle market… our tastes change and because its a hobby our cash can dry up pretty fast as the cost of living increases.

Enter the hobby backyard business. No rent cost: just a room in the house or shed or garage or even a cupboard in the living room. No pressure to perform. Just a lovely lady looking to create a space to allow for creativity, stocking things she thinks are pretty and worth having and a drive to get a great deal. And most Importantly to me, No need to jettison stock after 6 months.

Its what makes pages like this possible. ‘I Heart Summer” collection was so 2013… Posh stickers were early 2016. And the Kiss the Cook paper is at least 6 months old. All of which would have been moved on if at a standard store. And here in this lovely crafty space I was able to bring together bits and pieces across time and design houses that complimented each other beautifully. I’m really pleased with how my page turned out. And I’m looking forward to using it!

Doing Nothing on the weekend with my cousin: or perhaps better titled How to make A planner calendar

I spend a long weekend with my wonderful cousin.

But what did you do?

Mostly we just enjoyed each others company. No need for events and activities. We seem to have similar crafty/arty tastes, and can agree on a lot of topics and there are so many topics to discuss!!!

Kelsie loves visiting my cousin also. Before I can even get my self out of my car, She’s out like a shot and play tag with Jazz the kelpie, running laps of the house and yard.

We ate chips and Crumbed chicken, Stacked papers for Ruthie’s paper run, watched youtube.

On Sunday afternoon I created this: A calendar for May.

You’ll need two sheets of paper cut to fit your planner. And some bits and bobs that look good together. I’m using mostly the KaiserCraft Indigo Skies collection with the addition of a couple of gold paper doilies.
Cut some 3 cm squares of paper. I have 31 numbered day squares for May and 7 more to label the day columns so thats 38 squares which is wrong anyway because I get artsy further down the track. I laid them out to get a feel for fitting them on the page then started gluing…
See those gaps? Artsy stuff right there! Those holes are still days. I just didn’t want to lose all of the gorgeous doily pattern. I’ve added some stickers and cut outs here, filling in the spare space and trying to maintain the integrity of each square.
Number Up…
Tah-Da! Added my Day titles and scripty “May”… yes I know Friday and Sunday are missing but I figure I’m Intelligent enough to know whats missing there, this is only an exploration and not something for public viewing. Which is why I’ve shared it here… but in fairness to myself, the pen would write nice on the gold paper.

I was keen to play with as much of the Indigo Skies papers I have. Whats the point in having these papers in the first place if not to play? So here you see I have created 4 weeks of planner inserts to use during May.

It was fun matching the double sided paper with itself to create the spreads and I am still thoroughly engaged with all things Indigo.

Hope you enjoy…


How to create a Planner page for important events or projects.

So here I am standing on the edge of the “planner girl” world. It’s not an unfamiliar feeling for me really. I like to take the best from many worlds and go with it. So I like only the best of Country Music; I’m fussy. But that means I can still thoroughly enjoy a good round of Daft Punk or Wintergarten or Handle or Kimya Dawson. It means that I love Pretty Western Shirts but ones with elegant patterns, not such bold, crazy patterns. It means I still prefer my Blunnies over Ariat Boots. And I still don’t feel incline to wear copious amounts of make-up. I stand on the edge of a few different worlds in the hope of Staying very true to the person I am meant to be.

But here is my planner girl story: I have spent time looking at planners with some confusion and some wonder. Some of the Asian overseas students at school were big on them with lots of “Hello Kitty” type papers and do-dads inside. I’ve had some such thing before. However I have never been a diary or journal keeper.

Being a Station cook changed that. Blogging became a regular thing and sitting down on monday to map out my menu for the week was very important to stay on top of my job cooking for 20+ people. The habit is sticking so far.

Introducing my planner:

I had a trial one for 2 months before this while I discovered precisely what I liked. This one is leather and comes from Kikki-K. It is acting as both diary and journal and general place to play with cool bits and pieces that I find in the scrapbooking world that otherwise I would hardly use (my art just doesn’t involve much from that world).

The right page, I use for a weekly spread; it has what I will do with what I did do added on Friday. I get to play with stickers and practice cool writing. The left page is for scrapy notes: post-it notes, lists, stuff that I need to remember but doesn’t fit on a day. I might doodle there or cover it with “washy-tape”(there is a prime example of a Washi-d page in the how to pics)… its a no rules page.

But when I start to get lots of notes and lists together on a specific topic, I figure its time to give it a page of its own. So my car got one. A page to dream of all the cool mods I’d like to do to it like Dual Batteries, and Funky Rims. But also a page to record more serious stuff like the internal light needs replacing and the front sway bar bush needs some TLC.

So my how to is a Quick Demo on my Process for such a page in my planner:

I grab an A4 landscape sheet of paper and size it up against one of my homemade custom planner pages. I want the fold out to fit nicely in with the other pages to avoid overhang and therefore unnecessary wear and tear on this import.
Here you can see the fold.
I then bunch the holes. I have a somewhat cheap puncher so I punch the holes then repunch as I go to cope with paper thickness.
On the back of the page I apply two strips of paper. On the left will be the “title” or cover. It wants about 4-5 cm only because it will be decorated. Washi Tape is good too. On the right is the back; It is the strength of this foldout.
Repunch those holes… and you can see how this is going to work out now I hope.
On the inside I start applying paper or tape and stickers.
Layering tape and scrap book stickers over the holes creates depth and provides reinforcement for the paper. I hope to be accessing the page a fair bit.
Add the Pretty Stuff to the front. And start trimming the over hang.
This is the inside spread. I’ve chucked the offcuts from the gorgeous floral sticker on the front. I keep the edges fairly low key; no wider than 4 centimetres.
And there you go. All ready to use.
Outer spread

So for this particular foldout, I’m collecting the ideas I have for a girls night in that I like to have with my family. The way I see is, I can keep all my notes in one place now and then I can add photos to the page after the event as a memory keepsake. For me part of the joy of an event is in the planning of it.

So I’ve decided that my guests fit nicely on this side: it’s a working page. You can see I can add or remove as I continue planning.
Inside I keep my lists and brainstorming. Activities, food Ideas and drinks. This is where I might stick a post-it note with an on-the-go idea like “jellycups” for the food list that way I don’t get to the event and realise the event could have been even better if I’d only remembered that one cool Idea I had while driving to work. Other things to consider; location! Good grief… quick add it to the page now. Oh wait, themes! Maybe we should all wear pyjamas.


Every title page needs a title, So I’ve whipped out the brush markers and put the event on the front: another chance to practice nice writing but sticker letters would have been just as handy here.