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    Washi Tape Hack for Bullet Journals and Planning

    Are all you bloggers still using your bullet journals? If you are, I have a little tip to make planning and finding things just that little bit easier. I’ve been using this system all year for my blog planner, and I love the way it looks.

    Washi Tape Hack for Bullet Journals and Planning | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    How To Use Washi Tape Effectively in your Bullet Journal

    All you need is a roll of washi tape (or two, or three, or ten…) and your planner. Instead of constantly skimming through your notebook to find which section you want, or using a lot of different bookmarks and making the notebook bulky, washi tape can be used as an easy place marker.

    I have my blog planner set out with monthly sections, and random collections in between. To make it easier to find each monthly section, I’ve simply taken the title page and stuck a piece of washi tape along the top edge. You could use any designs here – maybe a different tape for each month – but I’ve just used this blue one on every month so far. I like the uniformity. You can see in the top image that the tape really stands out against the blank pages, making the months easy to find.

    This does add a little bulk to the notebook because the washi tape is in the same place on every page it’s used on, but it really is minimal compared to using a lot of actual bookmarks or clips along the edges.

    Washi Tape Hack for Bullet Journals and Planning | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Then, using the same technique, I’ve just placed a few pieces of different washi tape along the edges of certain pages. These include my blog stats, idea pages, books read, and random notes. It means I can quickly check an ideas page, or jot down some stats without having to leaf through every page. As bullet journals are pretty much organised chaos by design it just makes life easier.

    These ones I place randomly (you can just about see on so the first photo) because it just means they’re easier to spot. I’ve used the blue sky washi tape for any ideas pages, a dark green for my books read and there’s a couple of peachy colour ones for my stats pages.

    Washi Tape Hack for Bullet Journals and Planning | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    If you feel like you need a little more organisation in your bullet journal, give it a go! And let me know if you have any other tips like this – I’d love to hear more ideas!

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    Birthday Giveaway: Stationery Bundle inc. Leuchtturm 1917

    I’ve been blogging for years now on this blog, but two years I ago I made the switch from wordpress to self-hosted, and Life of Kitty was officially born. Yep, two years since I really started to put more into blogging and interacting with all you awesome people!

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    In this time I’ve spoken to some lovely people and received amazing feedback and comments so it’s about time I gave a little something to you. First ever giveaway here! So, thanks to all my followers for a great two years and here’s to many more! I really do appreciate all the comments that I get, and all the interaction on twitter/instagram. Without you guys, I’m not sure I would have kept this up as consistently as I have. Doing something you are passionate about is even better when you have so many to share it with!

    I ran a couple of polls on twitter, and the majority said they would prefer something stationery related and either blue/green for the colours. Bullet journalling has gotten really popular over the past month or so, and with my many posts on blog planning and bullet journals I figured why not give you something so you can try it out? Of course, you can do whatever you decide with the prize, but I’ve set it up as kind of a starter pack.

    Birthday Giveaway

    You Can Win

    Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dotted notebook in Azure
    Pack of Staedtler Fineliners
    Pencil Case
    Sticky notes and Stickers
    4 Rolls of Washi
    Bunny Push Pins

    How To Enter

    Use the Rafflecopter below to complete 1 mandatory entry, with the option to gain 6 more.

    Terms and Conditions

    One winner will receive a stationery bundle, as outlined above.
    Open to UK residents only, one entry per person.
    Giveaway ends Friday 24th June 2016 at midnight BST.

    No purchase necessary to enter or win. A winner will be randomly selected through the Rafflecopter widget on Friday 24th June at midnight BST, and will be contacted by 12pm Saturday 25th June 2016. If the winner does not respond by 12pm Saturday 2nd July 2016, a new draw will take place. I will need the full address of the winner when contacted so I can send out the prize. It will be sent out within 48 hours of contact.

    This contest is in no way sponsored or endorsed by any brands mentioned. If you have any questions, please send an email to katie_halsall@yahoo.co.uk with the subject title ‘Birthday Giveaway’.

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Good luck!

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    Using The Bullet Journal Method With Filofax

    Okay so I’ve written variations of this post before (here & here) but this time it’s different. Oh yes, it’s different. Over the past few weeks, I haven’t really been using my Filofax for much. I just never made the time and didn’t have anything to add in besides my work hours. Then I watched Elelibee’s Bullet Journal Walk Through and it was like a switch had been flicked on in my brain.

    Using The Bullet Journal Method With Filofax | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    So basically, I’m taking all the things I like from the bullet journal and putting them into one page (or two, I guess) in my Filofax. My weekly pages weren’t getting filled, and I just couldn’t track everything I wanted. I also realised that I needed weekly to-dos more than daily as I was forever trying to fit things in and then not having the time. My weeks looked very much like they do in the photos in the second Bullet Journal post linked above. Note the tracker page? I wanted to use a tracker, but I was forever forgetting about it. Now I’ve got my weekly schedule, to-dos, tracker and space for random notes all easy to see at a glance.

    Using The Bullet Journal Method With Filofax | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Below you can see how I filled in last week. My weekly to-dos are very much following the bullet journal style. Coloured in when done, half coloured when started and I’ve actually migrated one too. The ! on the first task is because it’s important. Pretty self explanatory really. Then I have my schedule and all my work times in green, sticking to my colour code. Appointments still in pink, fitness in purple and any personal stuff in blue. It’s just a small section to write in my work hours mainly, but it’s all I need.

    On the right I’ve drawn a small tracker in, with the main things I want to keep track of at the moment. Not very much, but there’s still room to add more. I didn’t do too well last week did I? The notes section is for anything I need to remember – like my bank changing – or for things I’ve done, events that have happened. Oh and my notes about how to set up my new diary pages!

    Using The Bullet Journal Method With Filofax | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Using The Bullet Journal Method With Filofax | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    I’m only in my second week of using this kind of layout but I feel like it’s given my Filofax a whole new lease of life. It feels more natural to have my week like this, without really set guidelines on which day I’m on and what needs to be done today. With me sometimes only having one day off a week, the weekly to-dos are definitely working better. And I’m remembering to fill in my tracker – yes I really did just get that lazy towards the end of the week.

    This is working for me. I’ve got all the freedom of the bullet journal style, but still with all the freedom that the Filofax brings. I like the option to move pages around, and with a notebook you can’t do that. What about you?

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    NatStatWeek: Stationery Box Reviews

    Everyone loves a subscription box, right? There are sooooo many on the market now, be that beauty, food, pop figures, books, game stuff, stationery and more. The list really is endless now. I’ve tried a few, but honestly they’re like a black hole that’s hard to get out of, and I don’t have the funds to keep that kind of thing up! That’s not to say these boxes aren’t worth it – they usually are! And hey, when a box tells you to indulge your passion for stationery, how can you say no?!

    Spotlight Stationery

    When I heard about these two boxes, and that I had the chance to try them out, I didn’t have to think before saying yes. I mean, come on, a box filled with gorgeous and high quality stationery delivered straight to my door? Yes please and thank you! I don’t know whether this has come across on my blog (probably!) but I can be a bit of an impulse buyer. I bought one of those 3 night Mcfly tickets on Thursday without a second thought (How could I not?! I’m just hoping my holidays go through now…) but my excuse is that I’d just been paid, and I’ve also missed the last few gigs they’ve done so you know, it was necessary. Anyway, impulse buying. That happens a lot with stationery. My Kikki K Vanskap was an impulse buy too. I could go on…

    So yeah, TL;DR I couldn’t say no and well here we are. I received two boxes to review for Subscription Radar and my full thoughts can be found on the website for Spotlight Stationery* and Boxcitement* so go check them out! And if you are wondering about whether to buy into a subscription box, have a look on Subscription Radar – someone has probably reviewed it!

    Spotlight Stationery is a box sent jam packed with beautiful stationery, and well worth the price in my opinion! I received quite a lot, including three notebooks, two pencils, a pen, paperclips and some prints. The Circulo notebooks alone made it worth it!

    Boxcitement was a little more of a mixture. Prints, crafting paper, a wooden craft, earrings, pencil and a cute handmade decoration. This stuff was all handmade, so it definitely felt more unique. As with all boxes, there is a theme each month so this month was obviously wildlife.

    Boxcitement

    If I were to get any one of these again, I’d definitely go for the Spotlight Stationery because it’s more my kind of thing and you know what? It will probably be an impulse buy…

    Have you ever ordered a stationery subscription box?

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    NatStatWeek: My Favourite Pens

    What’s a week dedicated to stationery without mention of pens, and colourful ones at that? If you’re part of the planner community, you will be well aware of the fascination with colour and different style of pen. There’s something different for every notebook, every idea, every method. Now I’m not a dedicated one brand of pen only person… As you’ll see below, I use a range of brands for different things.

    NatStatWeek: My Favourite Pens | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Some people swear by fountain pens, some by gel pens, others with fineliners. Myself? Well I’m a huge fan of the simple ballpoint for my regular writing; in my planner, when taking notes and day to day things. I’ve never liked ‘wet’ pens because they’d always end up smudging or ending on up my hand/fingers, so for me the ballpoint just works perfectly. I’ve tried a few kinds, but currently my favourite is the Parker Jotter pen. Simple, pretty and easily refillable! It’s why I was pretty happy to see the BIC Cristal* pens in the pack I received for National Stationery Week. In high school, I lived off Bic biros so these brought back memories! The pen I use for my colour coding is a ballpoint – a Papermate Inkjoy four colour.

    Remember me saying there was something different for every notebook or idea? Well in my blog planner, I use the Uni Pin fine line 0.05 for most writing, and a Papermate Flair for thicker titles. I don’t know why, but the creative aspect of this notebook feels like it needs a fineliner rather than a ballpoint… You get it, right? To add a bit of colour I’d usually use Staedtler fineliners but I’ve been testing the Graph’Peps* fineliners and the four colours that I received are lovely and bright. (There are 20 in total!) I think fineliners are perfect for adding a bit of colour because they dry quickly, come in thin or thick tips and have a deeper colour than pencils would have.

    And finally, I have some brush pens. I’ve only recently started using these, but I love the effect you can get with your handwriting. They can be difficult to use to get it looking really good, but practise makes perfect… I just need to practise a lot more!

    Do you use different types of pens for different things? Are you dedicated to one brand?

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    *I have been given a gift pack to acknowledge the National Stationery Week event, but I have not been asked to write any particular reviews or information. As always, I would not write about something I did not like!

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    NatStatWeek: Collecting Notebooks

    I have a bad habit. One that I think a lot of stationery addicts out there can relate to. I can’t resist a pretty notebook, and 9 times out of 10 it will stay on my shelf. Unused. Yep, bad habit right there. I know I’m not alone in this – why do we do it?!

    NatStatWeek: Collecting Notebooks | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    In celebration of National Stationery Week, I thought I’d show you some of my favourite notebooks! I’ve actually written in two of these, but the other three are blank. Oh I’ve flipped through them many times though!

    The Penguin notebook is the one most used here. I bought it for my Feature Writing class in my last year of university, and used it to make story notes and drafts. I would have carried on using it after university but the binding is already coming apart with me just using the first quarter of it! But it looks good, so it’s still on my shelf. Go figure. I’ve moved onto another writing notebook since…

    The one that says ‘write’ on the front has really cool pages inside. There’s a few different styles throughout, and I just don’t know what to use it for. I actually bought it because I saw someone on youtube (I think) and they had taken the pages out and then used them in an A5 planner. I had plans to do the same, but haven’t actually done that and it’s been at least 3 years. Maybe some day?

    NatStatWeek: Collecting Notebooks | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    These two are my ‘wordly’ notebooks. I love the one with the map on the front and I wanted it to be my travel notebook. Something to write in on my travels and to keep note of things. Well I haven’t done that so far, and I just don’t have any exciting travels planned… This may still happen some day. The other is one I bought originally for this purpose, but changed my mind on it. I love how exotic it looks though! This notebook is one I’ve actually written in, and it has taken over where the Penguin left off. It’s where I started my drafts of the Dippers story mentioned in my Why Writing Matters post!

    NatStatWeek: Collecting Notebooks | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Last but not least, I love the colours and the pattern on this Kirstie Allsopp notebook. It’s bigger than A5, but not quite A4, so it’s pretty big compared to most notebooks that I do use. That’s why I have no idea what to do with it. What needs such big pages?! I actually think this would make a great book for something like wedding planning… Something that is very, very, very far away for me, but you know, I’m sure it’ll still be on my shelf. (But then again, I’ll probably find a notebook I like more for that!)

    NatStatWeek: Collecting Notebooks | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Are you a notebook hoarder collector?

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    NatStatWeek: Why Writing Matters

    If you hadn’t heard, it’s National Stationery Week! I didn’t really take part last year, and well, my blog started because of stationery. How could I not take part? Now there is a sort of theme for each day, but I’m just gonna do my own thing. Sort of. The main theme of this week is ‘Why Writing Matters’ and I think it’s such a good thing to talk about and raise awareness about. Writing is important, and here’s why…

    Why Writing Matters

    If you’ve been here for a while, or at least a few months, you’ll know I’m a big advocate of using a paper planner. I have shelves upon shelves of notebooks, and I have pens stashed in various containers in my room. You’ll also know that I love stationery. So, the main theme for National Stationery Week this year is ‘Why Writing Matters’.

    There are so many people out there who will be thinking, actually, when did I last write something? It was probably just a greeting card, a scribble of a number you needed to remember or maybe a food order. Have you ever actually just sat down to write? Maybe a handwritten letter for someone, a short story, a diary entry? If you haven’t, do not fret – you’re not alone! I’m in an online community that is pretty much based on writing and being creative, but outside of that, I don’t know many who write. Writing helps you with so many important life tasks though. Getting through school, applying for jobs, working in jobs, writing important letters (it’ll happen at some point in your adult life – I’m still trying to avoid being an ‘adult’ if I’m perfectly honest…) and so much more.

    Why do I think it matters? Well for me writing is something I can do to express myself. It allows me to be creative and the best part is, I don’t even have to share it with anyone if I don’t want to. Writing is so personal, whether that’s personal to just you or an intimate moment between you and a friend, family member or partner. Imagine if you couldn’t write. It’s one of those things you can easily take for granted.

    In my last year of university, I did a lot of creative writing and it was something that I really felt like I could do. I kept a notebook and used that to jot down notes, rough drafts and ideas. In the photo you can see my early drafts and notes for my Dippers story. Without practising that, and keeping at it, I wouldn’t be published. Yeah so it’s not my own book, but I’m still published. That feels great to say! That’s what writing has done for me – it’s given me a goal and somewhere to go. I just want to write more!

    So the people behind National Stationery Week have drawn up an A-Z of why writing really matters, 26 reasons and one for each letter of the alphabet. I think they’re they’re all brilliant, but here are a few of my favourites:

    • Archives. Handwritten documents and notes have been passed down through centuries to permanently record some of history’s most important events – not just consigned to a virtual trash bin.
    • Failsafe. There’s no need to rely on computer batteries or storage space. Handwriting can be enjoyed anywhere, at any time, without the need to rely on technology.
    • Knowledge. They say that knowledge is power. It is proven that the brain takes in far more information when it is being written down.
    • Nostalgia. Have you ever dug out old school notebooks, diaries and cards from years gone by to relive happy memories from the past? Threads to text messages and emails just don’t provide the same sense of nostalgia.
    • Unique. Nobody wants to follow the crowd so handwriting is a perfect tool to express personality and individuality. Every person’s handwriting is unique and says something about them.

    When did you last write something? Would you like to write more?

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    *I have been given a gift pack to acknowledge the National Stationery Week event, but I have not been asked to write any particular reviews or information. As always, I would not write about something I did not like!

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