Plannercon Europe Haul

I bought my ticket for Plannercon Europe the day they went on sale (apparently I was the 17th person). From that day in April I’ve been saving funds knowing full well I would be splurging on all manner of goodness at the event. Luckily I was travelling by Eurostar so was limited only by my physical strength.

 

Carpe Diem – personal planner, post its, bookmarks and stickers

Leuchturm – two dot grid notebooks with names embossed for free

Erin Condren – large hardbound planner, coiled horizontal planner and accessories pouch

Gillio unveiled their new products at the event and I couldn’t resist their undyed range so I bought the A5 undyed appunto. I can’t wait to see how this patinas over the coming months.

 

Technically, not at Plannercon, but I did place a custom order with Van Der Spek for a Standard with 30mm rings in Forest Croco with Acacia insides, which I collected from their booth.

 

This is so much more stunning in real life than these photos do it justice. As a surprise gift Van Der Spek gave me a matching pen case which was incredibly generous of them and had me standing in such stunned silence I can’t even remember if I thanked them. So thank you Van Der Spek.

They also gave us a 15% discount coupon which I used to buy an A5 Touch Me in Grey Blue. I just love the ring size and feel of this – like a mature Malden.

I also couldn’t resist this Gillio medium Compagna in Yale Blue and I chose Gold Rings to match that gorgeous inside leather.

Finally, I have been a huge fan of the Filofax notebooks since we received one in our goodie bags at Plansterdam last year. I have since bought a couple and I use an A4 notebook for work. I was delighted to receive another A5 in our goodie bag this year but that didn’t stop me picking a couple more up at the Filofax booth.

I also bought the A4 folio cover in The Original Dark Aqua leather. I thought I’d use it for work. I plan to do a separate post about the Filofax Notebooks before the end of the year.

I did buy from all the Etsy sellers but started using all that loveliness before it occurred to me to take photos.

Obviously we were also throughly spoiled by the generosity of contributors to our goodie bags. There are plenty of videos on YouTube if you want to see what we got.

If you’d like me to write a post on my Plannercon Europe experience let me know.

Me and My Big Ideas Haul

IMG_1608Me and My Big Ideas ‘The Happy Planner combines the size and layout of the Erin Condren Life Planner with the flexibility of an ARC system, allowing pages to be removed and added. I’m going to do a separate review on the planners themselves on my other blog but I wanted to share the other bits & bobs I bought.

I placed an order directly with MAMBI and paid ridiculous shipping because apparently I’m a fool. I found out the day after my order shipped that online scrapbook stores in the UK and EU also stock The Happy Planner and MAMBI accessories, even Amazon. You may have to wait for stock but it beats paying custom charges.

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First the Inspiration Cards – 24 cards with inspirational sayings such as “I am happy”. I bought The Happy Planner to use as my scrapbook journal so these will probably work really well.

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I also bought the To Do Stickers – Bright and Don’t Forget. Beautiful vibrant stickers, not much more to be said since I haven’t used them yet.

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I decided to buy two planners because the monthly overview is different. I wanted the Good Things planner (top) because I thought the ‘currently’ list with reading, planning, loving etc would really complement my journaling. However I also bought the My Life planner in case I preferred the alternative overview, intending to give the spare to my daughter.

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I also bought some accessories from Scrobby – the Sticky notes, extender discs, two notepads and additional notepaper. I ended up buying the Gift planner because my daughter didn’t like my two choices.

So now I have a spare Happy Planner which I’m probably going to giveaway on my other blog sometime this month. If you’re based in the UK you may want to check that out.

 

 

Sticker Haul – Etsy and Facebook

IMG_1586Since I got my Silhouette Portrait for Christmas I’ve felt buying stickers, rather than making my own, was a bit indulgent. However I decided to have a real sticker splurge towards the end of April.

I ordered from 5 different Etsy stores and one Facebook shop. I’d like to buy from UK/EU sellers rather than the US but I find any savings in postage can often be offset by the more expensive cost of the stickers themselves, perhaps because of the higher cost of materials here.

 

First up Oh Hello Stationery. I remember watching the store owner’s Youtube video (although I’ve forgotten her channel name) and thought her stickers looked like they were good quality.

IMG_1589And I was right, they are very good quality, the colours are vibrant and the cut is precise. Unfortunately because they were posted in a standard envelope the To Do List stickers did get bent but the store owner replaced them, so good customer service. Postage to UK started at around £2 and I would order again.

 

I also bought from Planner Frenzy because the store gave a lot of stickers on the sheet for the price.

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I bought the June, July and August Erin Condren co-ordinating sets and some nail polish stickers. The cut was off with the nail polish stickers but the store owner sent me replacements, so good customer service. Unfortunately I later discovered (in June when I came to use them) that the cut is off for some of the functional stickers as well. I think there may be some quality control issues to resolve and coupled with the relatively high cost of postage (just under £5) I wouldn’t place another order.

 

Finally from the US I ordered from Stickers Washi and More. Now I’ll be honest and admit the only reason I ordered was because the store had a 50% discount at the time.

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I think the stickers are quite expensive for the paper quality and amount you get but the artwork is lovely and with a discount it does become very good value too. Postage to the UK starts at £2.26. I would order again, with another discount code.

 

I ordered from Daria is the Reason 4 which is now DreamBig and Plan.

IMG_1596The store offers a large number of stickers for the price which makes it good value. The colours were a little more muted than I expected and one of the reasons I buy stickers is because my printer doesn’t print in high quality. Some of the cuts were also a little jagged. However the new store seems to have improved quality and with postage starting at £1 in the UK (from £2 to the US) I may order more.

 

Lastly from Etsy I bought from EllieBeth Designs UK.

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I was attracted by the vibrant colours and the reasonable amount of stickers for the price, although I do think the monthly kits are on the pricey side. I particularly like the rainbow checklist stickers because they give a gap between the check circles so you can use more than one line per task. Postage in the UK starts at 90p and to the US from £3.40. The stickers are good quality with a precise cut and I believe more options on the paper quality are being introduced. If I didn’t have a sticker maker I would definitely buy from here again.

 

A reason I avoid buying stickers from Etsy stores is I feel I could make the majority of stickers myself with similar icons from flaticon.com. This is not the case from my last purchase, the Plump Planner on Facebook, a store I know I will differently reorder from.

Plump PlannerThe stickers can come in different sizes so for example, you can get up to 112 10mm stickers per sheet. (I think it’s currently £1.50 per sheet). There are hundreds of icons to choose from and you can mix and match which icons you want on a sheet. I like the original designs and there is definitely the cuteness factor. The sticker quality is good. The only down side is specifying which icon you want – which you have to do by name, for example flea/dog. Having an identifier, even something as simple as a number, for each icon would help in the ordering process, I think. However the owner is very approachable and incredibly helpful. I’m not sure whether she posts outside the UK though.

 

So that’s my mega sticker haul. It’s been hard to go back to my Silhouette but my daughter wants some stickers and I’ll be upgrading my printer soon so hopefully my quality will improve too – although they’ll never be good enough to sell, don’t worry.