Planning for 2017

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It’s safe to say that I am a stationery addict. As I cleared out my craft room last weekend, even I was surprised by the number of notebooks, pens, and general stationery items, which I have. A new year means a new diary or planner, and this year I’ve jumped in with not one, but two!

I treated myself to a Kikki.K planner last year in the sale, it’s bargain price was just too good to pass on, I used it a little bit, for planning blog posts, but it generally became a file of to-do lists. Whilst this is handy in some ways, as I tend to have 3 or 4 on the go at once, it wasn’t quite fulfilling my needs. For 2017, I decided to treat myself to something new.

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Receipt Tracker DIY

img_4265Tax returns are definitely a common theme across my social media recently. The tax return was one of the big fears I had when deciding to start my own business, but I’ve been assured that they are not too bad, as long as you are organised. Although I’ve managed to avoid doing one this year, I’m very much aware that this time next year, I too will need to be looking back through a year’s worth of receipts and invoices. I definitely need to get organised now.

I’ve spotted a few receipt organisers online which can help track your receipts throughout the year. These are a great idea, but an added expense for small businesses, so I decided to get creative and make my own. Other than the A4 envelopes, everything else I already had!

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Looking Ahead: 2017

img_4100It’s that time of year when social media is dominated by people’s resolutions for 2017, adverts for gym memberships, and new diets to try. It’s inevitable that the start of a new year makes us think about the 12 months ahead, but I’ve never really been one for resolutions.

In my last post, I reflected back on 2016, and the creative pledges I’d made. It seems that focusing on positives, rather than denying yourself of something, is the way forward. This year, I’m taking a similar approach. A series of short pledges, which can flex as the year goes on.

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Reflecting on 2016

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I can’t quite believe that 2016 is almost over! It seems like it was only a few months ago that I was making my resolutions for the New Year ahead. It really feels like 2016 has whizzed past, particularly the last few months. Over Christmas, I haven’t been quite as productive as I’d hoped, but as I sat down to begin pulling together this post; it soon became clear that I perhaps needed a break!

At the start of the year, I made five resolutions for 2016:

  1. Make more for me
  2. Make more for Mr Makes
  3. Try new crafts
  4. Blog more
  5. Socialise with more creative folk

Whenever I look back at resolutions, I always do so with slight fear, did I try to do too much, have I failed miserably? I’m proud to say that although I haven’t really looked at the list since early January, I’ve actually managed to achieve all of them in some form!

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Mini Makes: Planner Dividers

img_3165A few months ago I treated myself to a bargain planner in the Kikki.K sale. My planner came with lots of sub-dividers, but some of these sections are still quite large and it would be useful to be able to quickly open the relevant month of the calendar, or my latest to do-list. When shopping in Tiger recently, I found this single hole punch for just £1, which is exactly what I needed to make my own custom planner dividers.

This is a really simple make that can easily be completed in around 20 minutes and doesn’t require too many materials!

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Counting Down to 30

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A short post on a weekday? What’s going on? Well, in one month, I’ll be thirty. I’ll make it clear now that I am completely fine about that. As I sat down to start this, I thought this might end up being a post where I reflected on my life and where I’m currently at, but that seems a bit deep, at least for a Thursday.

Instead, this is a post asking for inspiration. As I reach an important milestone in my life, are there any memories I should make in the month leading up to it? Anything I need to experience? This post came from a conversation I had with Mr Makes earlier this year, I confessed that despite my love of fast food, I had never eaten a Big Mac, and so he insisted that it had to be done by the time I reach my birthday. It seems like an achievable task. Continue reading