Monday, 12 June 2017

Planner Girls Collective Q&A

This weeks sees us planner girls answering another bout of questions :). The face this is the first one I've done in a while feels like a bit of a cop out! Now that much of the shizz taking up my time and space in my head is over and done with I'm planning to get back on track ;)

Brew in hand and laptop on me off I go :)

Why did you start your blog?
I'm not sure really. I guess it's an extension of my journalling and scrapbooking. I've always enjoyed reading other blogs and fancied having a go myself - not that so far it has turned out too well! I always think "ahh that would be amazing to blog about" and then five minutes later the idea has flown away or I've lost interest and been distracted by something else. My aim is to try and turn this around and post more regularly about what I get up to.

Other than planning do you do any other crafts?
Oh jeez, I'm into everything haha. I'll try anything once, whenever I come across a new craft I'm like a moth to a flame. I need. I must! Currently I'm into crochet, knit, sew, scrapbook, journal, candle making, clay modelling, tie dye and cross stitch. Oh recently decoupage!

Favourite Facebook groups?
Hmm I'm in quite a few groups for various things. For planner or crafting it would either be the Mrs Brimbles group or the documented life group. The level of talent in these two groups is amazing! Love seeing everyones crafty creations. It really fires my imagination and inspires me to get going with my own projects...although I do leave far too many unfinished!

If money was no object, what planner would you use?
I'm not sure anything would change really. I love the planners I currently have. Although at some point I'd like to create myself a cosmic TN to house my sketch books. But that's mostly a time issue not really a monetary one.

How many planners do you currently own? And how many are presently in use?
Yikes...I honestly dread to think how many I own. The correct answer is probably too many, but my actual answer is not enough. If I had to hazard a guess...I could count but that would require me to get up and walk next door and count...but urge....heatwave. So I reckon 30? Currently in use are my EC which I have for work. MY A5 for additional work notes. My personal which is my everyday carry. My art journal and journal and lastly my affirmations journal. Oh and my pet planner. so that makes....*counts back* 7! I currently use 7 :)

Who is your planner idol? Whose planners or planning style do you aspire to?
I don't think there is anyone specific. I'm a bit of a floozy in that sense hahaha! I'm inspired by lots of ladies (and gentlemen), it tends to be anything pretty, colourful or full of stickers x)

Rings, Disc, Coil or Strings? Why?
Ahh I can't pick one! I use all of them for different reasons...oh I forgot my happy planner for my photo a day for a a year challenge! So that's 8! I use 8 planners :):)

That was short and sweet :)

Don't forget to check out all the other awesome ladies in the collective ;)

The Stationery Geekette
Ska Loving Geek
The Vintage Planner
Plan with Hannah
My Chaotically Eclectic Life
My Pink Rambles
Pennygate Crafts
Ugly Bug
Planner Montannah
Kerry May Makes
Rebecca Project Life
The Scrapbook Girl
Scarlet Moon Crafts
The Chaotic Paper Geek

Monday, 9 January 2017

Planner Girls Collective: 2016 Planner Overview

2016 Planner Overview

I know it has been said an awful lot but I'm just gunna have to say it too, I cannot believe were are now in 2017. The past year has literally flown by, it has been a weird one for many different reasons, but similarly there have been some pretty awesome events happen too. I'm just amazed at how quickly time is moving. 

In terms of my planning journey 2016 started in spits and spurts, I was two months into using my Happy Planner, having always been a Personal Size girl (no matter how many times I say that it just sounds wrong lol) it took me rather a long time to get going with it. I was drawn by the opportunities to decorate and explore more layouts, to use greater visual aids to help me remember important and vital adulting tasks like cleaning the toilet or dusting the telly ;). 

With the greater space I found I started to document more of my days activities, to some extent I was both journalling and planning in the same place. It was very much a natural progression, as up until then I'd always strictly kept them separate. I've become more attached to my pages *dramatically hugs them close to the chest*, in previous years I've stored them away for reference to then recycle/burn/dispose of when I no longer needed to. But I see myself holding onto these, as they contain a little more than just appointments and tasks, they hold a little more of me.

You can see how my planning style changes throughout the 14 months of use, from the first few spreads where I made my own stickers using available images in openoffice to discovering the world of free printables online (My Planner Envy, Cute Daisy, Planner Addiction to name a few), then again the planning style evolves when I get my mits on a grab bag from The Plump Planner to finally purchasing cutfiles and kits from various other sellers. 

Interestingly I fell out of love with the monthly spread after about two months in, the things I was documenting slowly began to merge into the weekly spreads. At first the vertical layout felt a little clunky and it felt like it shouldn't be natural to read the day in a column, but actually it felt the complete opposite and felt 'right' immediately, now I'm a little unsure about returning to a horizontal layout again!

My biggest struggle with the Happy Planner system was the lack of note space. I had taken over the 'notes column' with my trackers which meant I'd have to remember to add in pages or have a running list at the front of my filofax. Combined with the use of stickers (fab in the sense I'd notice tasks - visuals is my thing, but not great for space issues) I found this meant I had a tendency to overlook things, particularly ordering the foodshop on time ('d think I'd notice by the gradual emptying of the fridge but nah) so I'd have to put big reminders for me to notice. So I guess you could say that for a while prioritising tasks and utilisation of space became a problem. The balance of decoration and planning became a tad skewed. 

With moving back to personal this issue of decoration vs functional planning is further compounded by the reduced space. My dividers will be back (I migrated away from dividers and sections - hell I left them with sheer abandonment and went skipping off towards the 'all in one' sea) and I'll have the ability to resection off aspects of the planning but I feel like I'm going to miss the cohesion felt with them all on one page. It'll be a work in progress lol. I love that my planning style never stops moving, I'm not sure I ever want to reach 'Planner Peace' - if there is such a thing - as I enjoy the journey too much, despite the frustration it invokes. 

My current dream team <3<3.

I'm now on week three of using this beauty and I'm still getting the hang of transisitioning from vertical to horiztonal. I've begun adding in a half height pages between my weeks which I'm trialling for my habbit/post trackers. So far I've not forgotten anything important....I don't think!

My other regular journals (working top left clockwise to bottom left)

My lovely brother knows how much I love my planners so for my seceret santa this year he bought me the blue 2017 diary. At first I wasn't sure what I was going to use it for, I did think of redating it, but given the date is on the front I thought it might end up a bit squiffy. So I've turned it into a events journal. I try to pick out, news stories of interest (not headliners but say an odd or funny one), sometimes it'll be a qoute of the day, or a post I've seen on social media that particularly resonates with me, an overhead snippet of conversation, or it'll be a rant of the day - where I can vent about something that has been irksome. I'm hoping this will develop throughout the year to include other bits and topics, I'm really enoying the process :)

My line a day, a present from my parents last year. I've already loved comparing notes from last year. I waiting until 1st January 2016 (given it in November '15) as I'm weird and the thought of blank pages filled me with dread. I've already lived my life on repeat once this year. We went to IKEA...on the exact day a year ago...nice to see I live an unexpected lifestyle!

My carry around journal - the Raspberry ZinnyDori which I holds my day to day documenting, my memory journal, my lists and other such junk :)

And finally a wonderful christmas present from my fabulous friend Kelly, the thankful journal. I don't tend to write in it everyday. If I'm honest I tend to use it on days when I'm feeling low and I need a reminder of the good things that have happened that day or little reminders to help pick me up. 

No doubt I'll pick up more along the can never have too many planners right?

Having now come to the end of the year I've really enjoyed flicking back over the spreads, both the complete and the incomplete but now my hesitancy to go back to a personal ring bound is growing. My handwriting is quite chunky and messy, the pages don't look have so messy in an A5! I suppose I will have to utilise the monthly spreads again to track bits and bobs to free some precious space in the weeklys lol

Reet, I think that's pretty much it for this post :)

In abit peoples x 

Don't forget to checkout the rest of the lovely ladies who are part of this collective!!

Rebecca Projectlife 
The Stationery Geekette 
Planner Montannah 
An Ocean Glimmer 
Kerry May Makes 
A Beautiful Plan 
Ugly Bug Plans 
A Life Lived in Words 
The Vintage Planner
Ska Loving Geek 
My Chaotically Eclectic Life 
Pennygate Crafts 
The Royal Planner  

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

...bucking the reading slump trend

As anyone who reads regularly will know the dreaded reading slump demon will come a knocking at some point or another. Sometimes he hangs around of a couple weeks and then buggers off back to whence he came, but occasionally, for me at least he hangs around a little too long. He's been perched on my bookshelves, taunting me, for several months now. Every time I think about picking up a book, he jeers and wags his little gnarly finger at me and I suddenly loose interest. I feel guilt when I look at my vast collection of unread novels and ironically feel less inclined to read their pages. So there they sit, perfectly aligned, spines straight, waiting to spill their secrets.

The usual tactics to get me to pick a book:
- reading a chapter X
- reading in another a room X
- reading in the bath X
- having a cuppa X
- Collections of short stories - worked to a degree, but I've now finished all of my short story collections!

The OH and I took a trip to Costco - the original plan was to visit IKEA  but we took one look at the carpark and thought '...naaah', I mean I get that to jump from IKEA to Costco is quite big and all but if I'm honest I wanted to get out the house. Cabin fever strikes. So when we venture there I always insist on looking around the books table, its a staple and must always be done, even if I'm not really looking to add to my growing library (so many, many, unread books *sobs*). So there I am, mooching, OH huffing and grumbling behind me, finally giving up and getting his phone out to peruse the internet (I mean seriously, who does that?) when I stumble across these beauties.

I've been looking for a copy of....for some time. Many of the stories I know from being a child but I've never read the originals. I tend find my books in charity and indepedent bookshops if I can, although I will admit to using the likes of Amazon (link) when I can't wait for the next installment of a series. Coming across fairy tale collections can be quite difficult, those I've found so far have been modern publications or are not complete collections. I have a particular penchant for old print publications or beautifully bound editions, so I love the old time feel of these.
I'm hoping to read a couple stories of an evening to kick start my reading for 2017...I have quite the list to get through.

I'd set myself the task of reading at least two books a month - this was back in August last year. Now this TBR list seems a little abitious, I'm thinking I might change it up a little by opting for shorter novels or failing that remove the pressure altogether and go with what I feel I can manage at the time.

What do you guys do to get yourselves out of a reading slump? Do you try and tempt yourself out of it or you let yourself come around in your own time? I'd love to know :)

I shall update as to my progress!

 In a bit guys x

Monday, 26 September 2016

Confessions of a Plannerholic #10 - My Top Must See Films

When I saw this topic I immediately knew which films I would be putting on my list! Aside from planners, food, Guinea pigs, rabbits, horses and teapots my biggest interest is film and television. Often food is involved too so it's all good :) 

There's so many I could choose and from so many different is hard to shortlist them. Below are a few of the ones I couldn't leave off the list....I say a few...I've left one or two without further note otherwise we could be here all day!

In no particular order...

K-Pax (2001)
I watched this film with my mum one weekend when I still lived back at home. I remember we rented it from blockbuster - back when it still existed and people rented hard copies of films, how I miss walking into there and seeing film upon film, then the disappointment where the film you were after wasn't available. I remember being pretty dubious, as at the time this certainly wasn't my kind of film. Too slow paced and not enough psychological thrillerness to it. I ended up watching its with my mum anyway, and I'm so glad I did. The characters and themes strongly resonated with me, I love Kevin Spacey's portrayal of Prot and that the writers/directors left ending up for interpretation. There was no way I was going to miss this one off the list!

Elf (2003)
Will Farrel's best role and the only role I've ever found him funny in. I watch this every single Christmas without fail!

Pay It Forward (2000)
A film given to me as a present by someone dear to me. She'd mentioned it a few times and when I said I hadn't seen it she decided to change that! I can honestly say that no matter how many times I watch this film I'm always left in bits by the ending. Another beautiful portrayal by Kevin Spacey (there's a bit of a theme developing here but I promise they don't all include him!) and Haley Joel Osment as Trevor (he is just so stinking cute as a kid!!), their chemistry on screen is awesome.

Finding Nemo (2003)

Monster Squad (1987)
A film of cheesy 80s kids and Halloween monsters, what more could you want?

The Goonies (1985)
I was introduced to this film by my partner....all I can say about this film is how much I love Chunk. He is basically me, if I were a boy living in America in the 80s. I know so much of this film word for word but I still love snuggling up on the sofa and watching this film with a bowl of popcorn or crisps!

The Burbs (1989)
Another film introduced to me by my partner, seriously he knows all the best cult films to watch! This film makes me chuckle so much, I love the chemistry between Ray (Tom Hanks) and Art (Rick Ducommun), you totally believe them to be grown up boys getting themselves into mischief. Also hats off to Tom Hanks for eating the pretzel and sardines....bleurgh!

Hear No Evil, See No Evil (1989)
This film had me howling with laughter. I adore Gene Wilder in all his films, but he is just perfect in this film. Very typical of an 80s film (another one, yes, but in my defence some of THE best films are from this decade, they just don't make 'em like they used to!) but classic non the less. It has a little American slapstick comedy, which isn't really my thing but there's plenty else to laugh at.

*Batteries not included (1987)
Another 80s cult classic. The special effects are primitive but I find more believable than today's world of CGI.

Stand By Me (1986)

12 Angry Men (1957)
First time I watched this was when it was shoved on in a psychology lecture, and I'll admit I was bored senseless, I remember playing squares and hangman with my friend in attempt to dull the boredom. I'm not sure what possessed me to watch it again, but man did I have a wrong impression about this film. It's actually pretty damn good! I now know who Henry James Fonder is...ha!

Dead Poets Society (1989)
Robin Williams is simply superb in this.

The Boat That Rocked (2009)
A film that takes me back to my uni days, sat on the sofa with my housemates singing along and laughing. I'd lost count how many times we'd watched it together.

The Godfather (1972)
Epically long classic, not my usual type of film as it is quite slow paced and I have a short attention span, but I watched it all the way through 1 to 3....finally!
Dances with Wolves (1990)
I saw this when I was ill, we had nothing left I hadn't seen and I came across this taped onto VHS. I'm not really a fan of Kevin Costner nor this film genre, but it surprised me in being actually a pretty decent watch!

Shawshank Redemption (1994)
My favourite part of this movie is getting to listen to Morgan Freeman narrate. There is just something so silky smooth about it *sighs*. There is something really earthy and gritty about the narrative and it gets me every time.

My Name Is Khan (2010)
This film speaks to me in so many ways, it has a funny yet very endearing message to be told.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
First time I watched this I didn't get it. I mentally switched off about 10 minutes in. Boy was I stupid. I gave it another shot as my partner said I was missing out....and he was right as usual lol but don't tell him that! 

Muppet's Christmas Carol (1992)
This one needs no explanation! It is simply amazeballs.

It's funny that some of my top must see films are not necessarily fantastic examples of cinematography, but it is more the time and place I was in when I watched them, made the fall into my top list...there haven't been many recent films but there a few, I just didn't mention them as most people will know about them! So yeah that's my list :)

Thanks for reading and let me know if you decide to watch any of them or if you have let me know what you thought of them!

Check out some of the other awesome contributors to this series!


Thursday, 1 September 2016

Confessions of a Plannerholic #2 Q&A

A few questions devised by Emma (thestationerygeekette) to help you delve a little into the mindset of a planner addict. I am always a bit rubbish with Q&As but hopefully it'll be enjoyable..haha!

What is your favourite planner?

Ahh. If I'm brutally honest I don't think I have one. I tend to swap around quite a bit, partly through boredom and partly because I feel guilty for not using all the planners I have! At the minute I'm using my A5 doki Midnight Zip and I'm loving the 'classyness' of it! I am also using an Hourly Erin Condren for work which is finally keeping me on track.

Does your planner have a name? If so what is it?

Weirdly enough for me, no, none of my planners have names. My cars do. They are called Nelly and Leecey (The Mint Green Machine). It has never struck me to personify my planners and give them names, to be honest I'd probably forget given the size of my collection.

Favourite Accessories.

Recently I've got myself into using highlighters for well you know highlighting stuff. I'm a very visual person so changes in colour draw my attention. Pens I'm not too fussy over, although when I find a comfy one I'll use it till the death...mourn its loss and move onto another comfy pen and the cycle repeats. So yeah definitely a comfy pen helps.

Paperclips and magnetic clips, awesome for when you need to clump bits together and flick back and forth between pages. I don't tend to decorate my planners too much, but I do pop the odd one or two in for visual appeal.

Planner Charms, you gotta love them! I like to use them as bookmark of sorts, so I can flip to my current page quickly, it also helps that they are pretty too.

What is your top planning tip?

Throw out the rules, throw out your concept of neat and pretty and have fun. My planner always looks a mess, it isn't as pretty or coordinated as other planners, but that's me in a nutshell. I'm messy and uncoordinated. I have fun, my planner is for me, no one else, so who cares!
So yes, my top tip is have fun and make mistakes.

Why Planners?

As previously mentioned I'm so uncoordinated it isn't even funny.  Planners and organised structure in general helps to keep on the right track. I have a tendency to become distracted by things and my short term memory is rather dire. Having things written down for me to refer to whenever I feel myself losing the plot helps. I have so much admiration for my mum who can hold a million and one things in her head, organise a very disorganised family and still function as a human being. I forget to eat most mornings.

If you were stuck on a desert island what would your top 5 items be that you would want to have?

 Assuming water, and ya know other important bits like food are provided for then I'd say;
- A Leatherman - 'cos it would be handy to have tools for doing stuff and that.
- A Toothbrush - so when you're feeling rather poop and gross from being on an island you can at least feel clean by brushing your teeth
- My SLR and a bunch of film - to document my time and for something to do - hopefully I'd be rescued and I could develop them.
- Pens and paper - to write all the things I have to say because there is no one else around to hear them, to show that I lived and breathed.
- A companion perhaps?

You win 1 million. You can only buy three things. What would buy and why?

Selfish me;
- A property with land & stables to keep horses and a donkey or two. Why? It's always been a dream.
- All of the Irregular Choice shoes *sighs* - do I need to explain why?
-  A world holiday or something or maybe a cheeseburger and a pint...mmmm!

I've enjoyed reading the answers some of the other contributors to the series have written. If you fancy a gander....check them out below:


Thursday, 4 August 2016

Zinnydori in tha house!!

Ahh. Well I was attempting the whole 'no spend thing'...yeah it didn't go so well. Pretty badly, if truth be told. I treated myself, like I always do when I'm feeling blue. I was perusing the web but I didn't see anything that took my fancy. I was looking up TNs and other Dori type notebooks and then I remembered Daisy (mygreencow)doing a review of her Zinny Dori.

Off I go and order myself a gorgeous Sour Lime TN. Paid up and felt that warm tingly feeling when you've just purchased yourself something new! I didn't think much of not getting a confirmation e-mail, having seen payment was successful I forgot about it. Whoops! Despite being the quite diligent (ha!) planner that I am and noting the order down in my 'online orders' page, several weeks had gone by before I remembered I hadn't recieved it! I popped a message to Zinny who was so lovely and helpful, investigating the issue for me. There was a glitch and my order had been missed so she got straight on to dispatching my dori and it arrived a few days later. Note to self: Keep track of orders in future.

It arrived packaged so beautifully with a fabricy type tissue paper stuff...seriously I've no idea what its called, but it is nice whatever it is. Kept that for journalling too, always a bonus when you have journalling materials included. A very generous gift as a means of apology for the hiccup, Zinny had included a written note and a weekly insert. It wasn't really an issue, these things happen but I was touched by the thought. Not sure what I'll use it for just yet, but it'll be put to good use, the splash of watercolour on the pages is just to inviting not to use!

Wow! The colour is stunning :) the closest thing I can liken it to is the Filofax Saffiano in Pear, the faux leather has a similar look but a much softer buttery type feel. I adore the stamp (her shop/business logo) Zinny has added, although I don't think it is on all of the colours available. It looks a bit odd without any inserts in it, as the stamp is quite big, but once I've stuffed it I think it will be dead cute!

The quality is superb, the stitching is all neat and tidy. Nothing really to fault. The pockets on the inside add quite a bit of bulk and weight, but visually the scalloped edges of the pocket go some way to overcome the potentially 'clunky' look and feel. It is nice and wide, so there is lots of room to stuff this planner with my art journals (I don't do day to day planning in a TN, it just never worked out for me!). 

Thankfully a handy zip pouch is included with the TN, I've already marked the back of it...blimming typical, although I'm not sure how well it will fit when it is holding all of my inserts...we shall see ;)

If you have thought about getting yourself one of Zinny's notebooks I would seriously consider doing so, you won't regret it!

Saturday, 30 July 2016

When a happy mail comes in....

First Happie Scrappie kit. Coffee theme

Ahh that feeling of happy warmth spreading through you (and no I'm not talking about when one wets oneself). No it is the most glorious of all days. Happy Mail Day! The day when everything feels right with world, when things just fall into place and harmony ensues....for about an hour anyway.
My long awaited, much coveted first Happie Scrappie is here in my very hands...well figuratively anyway, otherwise typing might be a little awkward.

I've been umming and ahhing about whether I should grab myself one of these packs, after spending several hours in the bottomless ocean that is youtube I decided I'd just do it, given the subscription is rolling and there's no issue with cancelling, if it I didn't like it, I could always cancel at any time. Bonus. So there I was putting in my data, whilst being driven to wherever it was we were going, ignoring J – much to his annoyance - get coffee most likely and bam it was done. Easy peasy. I twiddle my thumbs and stalk its progress via the tracking (love it when tracking comes FREE! I mean who doesn't?) for a few weeks and it arrives. It is here, hurrah!

I decided to opt for the travellers notebook kit, because I'm trying the whole TN thing - much love! Originally I began with just my gardening journal, documenting you know plants, dirt and pretty flowers and things. But more recently I've been drawn to the style and the idea of using it in conjunction with the whole bullet journaling system (yes I know I'm jumping on the bandwagon, so shoot me). So yeah, TN Kit it was.

Here it is for purposes of photos and because I was too tired to remember to take a picture of it on the floor which is where I found it all bleary eyed this morning. Just imagine it in a brown jiffy bag on some, shall we say interestingly red hued floor tiles (the previous owners of our house had some real interesting taste in d├ęcor.....they had wallpaper on their kitchen counter tops, need I say more?) and you get the picture of how it arrived.

Inside the kit is gorgeously presented in a cardstock envelope, with a little hint given as to the theme inside. I'm one of these people like surprises, only good ones mind, so I've been avoiding facebook and skipping posts to avoid spoilers. They seriously dampen my hype!

Ahh! And what do I see before me? Coffee, be still my beating heart. I LOVE coffee, like not just a little bit, seriously, uncontrollably, undeniably in love with coffee. Without it I couldn't function as a human, I'd be subhuman, one with underdeveloped capabilities of speech and social grace. Being a night owl does that to you. Not so sure about the cats bit...but hey I'll roll with it!

The notebook is scrummy. I was surprised at the quality, I know that sounds kinda bad right? But seriously sometimes when you get bits in boxes the paper thickness and construction can be a little bit underwhelming. But nah, not in this instance. The designs are really lovely, clearly a lot of thought has gone into this. Another thing I loved about it was there is a good amount of doodles before they are repeated. So I can either add my own, or alternatively cover if I fancy something a little different.
Here's a couple of my favourite doodles.

Paperclips! Who in their right mind would say no to a cute paperclip? Since I'm an avid teapot, mug and cup collector (I've mentioned this before right?), I may have let out a little, teeny, tiny squeal, just a small one mind, when I saw these beauties. I really love the way they've been presented, and I may have just kept hold of the card to use in my scrapbooking/journalling.

Eek there's even notepad! I live by these things. Even better it is double sided. I have these eco warrior moments, particularly with paper. I HATE wasting paper, I'll use every scrap of it up before I'll recycle it! (can you see the hoarding tendencies building?) But yes, the fact it is double sided makes my heart sing. I can list away to my hearts content and admire the colours and doodles. I'm a very visual type of person, colour/doodles etc really draw my attention. So they work for me, I see it, I do it.

The Stickers are awesome, a really good mixture of functional and decorational. They also pick up and run with the theme nicely. I'm looking forward to using these (at some point....the problem with stickers is I like to hoard them, I can never decide whether to use them or just look at them). 

Next out of the bag/envelope thingy are the die cuts/ephemera whichever term you prefer. They are printed and cut on lovely thick cardstock. No worries about scuffing or ripping these babies when working with them. Currently I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the smaller ones, most likely outcome is they'll go in my box of bits (which I rifle through and nab anything relating to my project). I may make a page marker or tip in type thing in my filofax or journal with the larger pieces, or I may not. I'll have a think on.

Mug coaster – love it, so cute! It now has a place next to my sewing machine for the days when I 'm sewing more bits for my etsy shop. Nice little addition to my current ones from my mums holidays away. I kept the packaging too! It's just too lovely to throw away.

Dashboard and page marker. Im not really a dashboard for TN person. I say that, but in truth I've never used one, or had the means (the plasticy wallety thingies) to have one. I guess I could wing it, or paperclip it in somehow but hey. I may just pop it on my wall above my desk as inspiration or something.


There was a pen. Imagine a black pen, with a twisty bit rather than a click bit. That's the one! I'm not sure what I've done with it. I used it to write something down (what one usually does with a pen) and then left it somewhere, or it has been swallowed up by the messy desk monster. But I remember it wrote smoothly and was rather comfy in the hand.

Overall thoughts, theme is well put to together, really looking forward to getting the next kit, I think its great value for money. Also love the envelopes that the kit comes in, perfect for revamping and using in another project. I'm looking forward to my next one!