A Little Chic Sparrow comes to the UK ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

A HUGE treat arrived in the post yesterday, nearly three weeks after leaving the States to make its new home here in the countryside in Norfolk, United Kingdom.  I’m very excited to announce the arrival of a Chic Sparrow planner, the Deluxe Pemberley in Aubergine, size B6 Slim.  What can I say – it is gorgeous! ๐Ÿ’–

Not the cheapest on the planet (and certainly not after the nasty customs people stung me for extra tax) but I must say the workmanship is gorgeous and the extra money was not the fault of Chic Sparrow!fullsizeoutput_40f8

Just look at that amazing colour!  I paid a little extra and had an inscription put on, which I love and it has been done really well.  The stitching is immaculate and the quality overall is very high.  The leather is soft and squidgy, and thick, and smells amazing!

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Of course, I needed some inserts for my lovely new planner and these I found by a British supplier called The Idea Owl – who stocks a load of planner inserts (for all sizes)as well as washi (obsession of mine) and some pens and stationery.  I was really pleased with the four notebooks I bought – two are dot grid and two squared.

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The Pemberley B6 Slim measures 7 ยฝ” top to bottom x 5 1/4″ wide (when folded closed) so it is just slightly smaller than A5 which is a great size for your handbag.  I’m not sure exactly what this planner will be for – I’m thinking my every day planner as I will be able to take it to work with me and then use it for list making as well as journaling but I am only part way through my Nuuna notebook at the moment so until then I will have to find another use for it!  Any ideas?

Do you have a Chic Sparrow?  Or maybe a FoxyFix – the latter was also on my list but the one I wanted was not available, so I went for the Chic Sparrow.  What’s your favourite planner?  I’d love to know, so leave me a comment below.

Happy Planning!

Jane ๐Ÿ’›

 

Bullet Journal – Styles for Weeklies & Dailies

As we all know in this amazing Bullet Journaling community, there are no rights and wrongs – each person has their own style, whether it be pared down and simplified or colourful and detailed, both are right and both are fine if that’s the look you want to achieve.

I find that sometimes I want to do more of an ‘art’ page for my dailies and sometimes more journaling – the huge benefit of a blank notebook and a few pens is that ย you can do exactly that – just turn the page and start afresh.

I still like my pages to be practical though, which is why I always include a weekly page, so that I can see at a glance what I have to do and what I have coming up the following week – although I still include a pop of colour because I can’t help myself!

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I also love a bit of washi tape to decorate my pages – in fact, it’s a bit of an obsession with me – it’s all so pretty and there’s so much of it – what’s a girl to do ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I do try to stick with a colour theme though as this makes each day stand out so you can see at a glance what you need to do.

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My weekly is a bit of a ‘moving feast’ as I amend it as I go and tick off the things I have achieved, adding in other things that come up as the week progresses.

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There are so many inspiring accounts on Instagram and my art style pages are put together with ideas from other photos on Instagram and Pinterest that I find to inspire me – particularlyย @sdionbakerdesignย (whom I could never emulate if I tried!) and alsoย @digplansย , @helen.c.starkย andย @jose_naranjaย (stunning work).

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I love to use stickers (and yet more washi) and catalogue the day, filing snippets of my life which are interesting (to me). ย And that’s the point – I journal because it gives me pleasure, because I like to write a few words on the days events and because I would like to look back in the years to come and smile at the good, the bad and the downright ugly!

Why do you journal? ย Who’s your inspiration? ย I’d love to know so please leave me a comment – I may well find some new ‘inspirers’ to follow. ย Have a great weekend.

Jane ๐Ÿ’›

Instagram Madness and So Much Love ๐Ÿ’–

The whole Bullet Journal community on Instagram and Facebook and elsewhere is simply amazing – I have ‘virtually’ met the kindest, most complimentary, supportive and downright gorgeous people in the whole wide world – and I mean the World as they are from all parts of the globe.

This week saw my ‘following’ on Instagram hit 1500 people, which amazes and humbles me – I’m so grateful that there are that many people interested in what I do and the artistic creativity and inspiration this provides is awesome. ย So thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

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Through the InCoWriMo challenge (not strictly an Instagram thing but showcased there) I have had ‘snail mail’ from around the world and this culminated this week in two of my favourite Insta mates, Helen (@journalwithpurpose) and Jacqui (@nutmeg_cottage) sending me the most amazing stash of goodies, including stickers, paper and a beautiful handmade art journal which takes pride of place in my Startbay Notebook!

All of these amazing people share a common interest in journaling and are extraordinary with their support and praise which, although virtual, makes this one of the best communities to belong to on the whole wide web! ย Sorry for the gushing, but it is so heartfelt!

Here is some of the amazing goodies I have received:

@journalwithpurpose on Instagram – check out Helen’s amazing feed….

@nutmeg_cottage – and Jacqui’s amazing work can also be found on Instagram.

Have a lovely weekend, one and all and make sure you share the love! ๐Ÿ’–

Jane ๐Ÿ’›

Are You Joining In?

I decided that during February 2017 I would participate in InCoWriMo. ย What? you ask – well it’s a writing challenge where you send a piece of snail mail (in the post, with a stamp, real, not virtual) to a different person each day for a month. ย And it’s been a challenge alright!

However, it’s also been a huge amount of fun. ย I’ve posted to Australia, Canada, USA and France as well as here in the UK and at the same time received some amazing messages from people who chose to write to me.

And I’ve had lots of fun making cards and little pieces of art to enclose with my letters. Who said the art of letter writing was dead! ย Well, not in the journaling community. ย Here it is thriving and long may it continue!

Now I just need a challenge in March! ย Any ideas?

Jane ๐Ÿ’›

Happy Mail – Sent with Love ๐Ÿ’–

If, like me, you love your Bullet Journal and enjoy brightening it up then the motivational cards I made for mine will be just the thing to inspire you. ย Mixed media art, which is how these are made, means that you can utilise scraps of paper from around the home and in magazines, and with a bit of paint, flair and imagination, turn them into little cards to remind you of the good things in life! ย And they are such fun to make.

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The sky is the limit – add paint, stencils, hand lettering or stickers and then use them as inserts in your journal. ย You could also send them as cards to a friend who needs a hug or just to brighten up their day.

If you don’t want to add any words, then just use some watercolours and permanent micron pens, add a bit of glitter and ย you have a card, ย made with love and ready to send in the post – happy mail at its best. ๐Ÿ˜„

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Have a lovely Saturday

Jane ๐Ÿ’›

First Signs of Autumn beginning to show

I feel we are in a transitional period from the end of Summer to the beginning of Autumn and on my trips up the lane with Monty the dog I have definitely seen evidence of this. ย My Eastgate Project, showcasing the beautiful spot on earth where I am lucky enough to live has been going now for 13 weeks and it is amazing how much change there has been.

From the May Blossom….

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Through sunny summer days…

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And now the first signs of Autumn are upon us – berries ripening in the lane and the cheerful Rudbeckia brightening up a grey sky…

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It’s good to take a moment to appreciate how lucky I am, living here in #myspotonearth and to remember that there are many less fortunate than me.

There’s still time to join in if you want to show where you are in the world. ย Just take some photos, each week and tag them on Instagram with #myspotonearth. Tag me @crafthippy so that I can see where you are. ย Happy Saturday everyone.

Jane ๐Ÿ’•

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Blast From The Past.. a very old stationery addiction!

I just had to mention this on my blog as it made me laugh! ย Years ago (and I mean at least 20) when I first met my husband we were spending the weekend away with some friends. ย Filofaxes were clearly in fashion (first time round) and our trip away must have involved a visit to a craft fair of some sort.

Anyway, my friend bought an amazing wooden filofax cover, ย handmade and utterly gorgeous, and my husband-to-be bought me a glass pig. ย Yes, I know, a glass pig! ย I was clearly so in love with him I was thrilled with this gift but I must admit I have always secretly coveted the filofax cover instead! ย The pig had a 5 pence piece in it (not sure why!)

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I know, beautiful isn’t it (this will be appreciated by the Bullet Journal minded!)

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We have just been away for the weekend and the amazing filofax cover was out on the kitchen counter! ย “I remember that from year’s ago” says I. ย “Didn’t you get a glass pig” says my friend! ย Stationery envy rears its ugly head and we dissolve into fits of laughter!

Yes, the filofax cover was/is amazing. ย But so is my husband and so is my pig!

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which stands proudly on the display unit and has done for the last 20 years!

Have a happy journaling week my friends…..

Jane xx ๐Ÿ’–

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What’s happening in your part of the World?

Summer is rushing by, at least it seems that way. ย I’ve been on a week’s holiday to Kefalonia in Greece and now I’m back at work so the days seem to go by so quickly – the only person relishing all this time off is my son who has done his exams this year and is eagerly awaiting the results at the end of this month!

One day I was walking up the lane with Monty and the field was full of barley – the next day it had been harvested and the straw bales were all lined up ready for collection!

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Having said that, the field directly next to my house has these strange things growing in it and for ages after I moved to this beautiful part of the world (from the city) I thought they were parsnips! ย But they’re Sugar Beet which are harvested at the end of the year and go off to be made in great British sugar!

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So we will be mid-August next week and I wonder what secrets the lane will give up! ย I hope you’re having a lovely summer wherever you may be in the world. ย If you want to join in the challenge – which you can at any time – just take a photo from your little spot in the world and tag your photos on instagram #myspotonearth. ย I look forward to seeing them!

Jane ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

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July Roundup – my best bits!

What a busy month it has been – work is very busy at the moment and we successfully moved our eldest son to his new digs at University. ย A week’s holiday in Kefalonia in the Greek Islands then back to reality and work!

I’ve been busy with my Bujo as well, so here are my best bits of the month – hope you enjoy them. ย I would love to hear your comments so feel free to leave one below. ย Here’s to August!

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Big moment for me this month, reaching 250 followers on Instagram – I just love the bullet journaling community – there is so much support out there for a relative newbie like me and your support is generous and kind. ย Thanks to each and every one of you!

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As well as journaling, I have been trying to practice a bit each day on my brush lettering but it’s hard! ย Still practice makes perfect as they say and my lettering has come a long way since the beginning.

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Packing a reading lists necessary this month as we travelled to Kefalonia for a week’s break in the sun – pure joy!

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Not strictly bullet journal related but it was such a gorgeous place (swoon!)

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No need for my weekly spread on holiday as it was relaxation all the way, so I though I would just practice a bit of lettering each day noting down something that we did!

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Back to reality with a bump upon our return and the appaling atrocity suffered by the people of Nice in France. ย My heart went out to each and every one of you. ย We live in an evil world at times but we will not let them win!

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One of my weekly spreads this month – wanted to make a few changes but not sure this left me enough space for notes, meals etc. ย The great thing about bullet journaling though is that if you don’t like it or it doesn’t work for you then just change it next time. ย Genius!

Happy July to you all and see you all in August!

๐Ÿ’•Jane

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My Bullet Journal comes of age!

She was frivolous, colourful, a bit skittish and young but now she’s elegant, sophisticated, has gravitas and style! ย My Bujo has come of age! ย And it’s so exciting.

When I arrived home from work yesterday evening, there it was, sitting on the hall table just waiting for me. ย What, I hear you ask. ย Well, my Start Bay Notebook cover, that’s what! ย Ready to wrap around my journal, but more than that, other slimmer journals, up to four in fact, all in the same beautiful leather cover!

Anyway enough of that – here is a little review of this beautiful thing – Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

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Encased in a pretty cotton cover with a leather label, just ready to be opened….

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Sneaking a little peek inside – immediately glad I chose the yellow option for the elastic..

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And there she is! ย Alongside my chunky yellow fountain pen (which incidentally matches my Leuchtturm1917 A5 notebook). ย The leather is dyed all the way through and is stiff enough to keep its shape but not too stiff so that it feels hard….

Mine is the Start Bay Navigator, A5, made in Devon in the UK, from full grain, vegetable tanned leather. ย I chose the original dark red/brown but there is also a chic tan version.

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Inside you can see where the elastic is down the spine to hold up to four notebooks, although I fitted my Leuchtturm1917 through two pieces of elastic which left two spare for other notebooks…..

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which I also purchased – shame on me! ย Two side stapled Rhodia Dot Pads and a Clairefontaine Lined book. ย I also treated myself to a set of self-adhesive transparent inserts and a transparent pocket insert.

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My Bujo fits in neatly, although I think I would take it out if I was going to be using it for any length of time and this goes for the extra notebooks. ย It would be quite difficult to write in the notebooks with the cover on as the knot on the cover elastic sits right in the middle of the right hand side – see two pictures up from this one and you will see what I mean.

There is a combination of a notebook on the left and a pad on the right, called a Duo and the knot for the cover elastic is in the spine – it would be a good idea to do this for the Navigator as well but I’m not that bothered about taking it in and out of the cover – assuming that this doesn’t compromise the elastic holding the notebooks in.

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So here she is in all her glory – I feel that I need to name her now, something grown up and sophisticated of course! ย I will have to put my thinking cap on or make a few notes in my Bujo! Thanks for reading and I hope you found it helpful. ย I love to support British handmade goods but I’m pretty sure they ship worldwide. ย Links below and please leave a comment if you have an observation or would like to ask a question.

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ’• Jane xox

http://www.startbaynotebooks.co.uk