Design your dream planner?

Van der Spek has launched a competition to design your dream planner. They will pick their favourite design and you’ll get to win your creation!

Sounds like a dream doesn’t it? I couldn’t resist drawing my own design and submitting it. You can see my design below. For me being able to flip through my pages and have a third section on view to be able to write was important.

I made a slight mistake in my design – the notepad on the closed view should be the other side of the ringed pages.

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You can check out other entries as well as the rules for entering here.

Why not have a go yourself? You have until the 13th February to design and submit your entry. Winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day – for the lucky person to be united with their dream companion!

Good luck and have some fun designing!

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So where did the rings go?

About two weeks ago I posted about a shocking turn of events in my planning system. It’s a book…without rings. Scary! In fact, it is a Hobonichi Techo – which is a6 size. So it is the same sized paper as I am currently using but it is in a bound book…without rings. I’m still getting used to the last part. So why did I change?

Well of late I have stopped using regular pens and now solely only use fountain pens to write with – and a pencil sometimes. The Hobonichi is made out of Tomoe River paper, which is vastly regarded as the most recommended paper to use fountain pens on. It is extremely thin, imagine bible paper thin, but it is very resistant to the ink – so it doesn’t soak it up like most papers. This means that inks that have a sheen to them (inks they almost appear to be two colours) will show more of their sheen on tomoe river paper compared to regular paper.

Next, I wanted a change this year. Whilst I liked the inserts I currently use I sometimes struggle to keep up to date with printing them…and the thought of doing that in one big patch at the start of the year sounded horrible. Plus I wanted Tomoe River paper and I suspected that wouldn’t be the easiest paper to print on so I decided to buy a planner already printed on Tomoe River paper.

I’m still trying to figure out how I am going to set it up and I am impatiently waiting for the start of the new year when I can start using it. I will write in more detail when I have figured it all out…


Shock planning update

Where did the rings go? 😉


Cloud Cloths

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I’ve been using cotton pads for years but increasingly I’ve been thinking there must be a better product out there. I mean cotton pads are great for toner just add toner and wipe but they are rubbish for cream cleansers and don’t really work with getting the cleanser off, particularly without leaving cotton fluff behind.

Then I stumbled across Cloud Cloth, you can order them here. They are reusable cotton cloths that are designed to take your makeup off (all of it, not a scrap left!) and then you throw them in the washing machine and you have a clean cloth to repeat the process. You get three in a pack for £6 which includes shipping – so that’s about one cloth for the price of a pack of cotton wool pads and these not only work better than the pads, they will last longer too with less wastage. An added bonus was the inclusion of a free hairband which can also double as a headband – Amazing – that cut down the hunt for a hairband that morning 🙂

They have two sides, a rough side to exfoliate the skin and a softer side for gentle cleansing. This is where I think the product has a unique element – their rough side is fantastic.  I recently had a skin reaction on my face which left me with some dry skin. One session of the rough side and my skin was radiant, flake-free and smooth again. In fact, it glowed. I also use the soft side of a fresh cloth to apply my toner and then follow up with a moisturiser. My skin is looking amazing of late! I would really recommend these cloths and I can see me ordering some more in the near future!


Requests for Posts?

Occasionally I get emails with questions – mostly relating to making inserts. If there is a specific tutorial you would like for making inserts or any content you would particularly like to see then please either email me at arandomenglishlife@gmail.com – there’s a hyperlink to the right which you can click to email me rather than copy and pasting or leave a comment below on this blog! I will try my best to answer them as quickly as possible.


Grammarly

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I got bombarded with adverts for Grammarly whilst watching Youtube, after watching so many I finally decided to check it out and I am glad I did. For those of you who have not seen an advert, Grammarly is a spelling and grammar checker, similar to the ones on Microsoft Word. This was designed by Academics and I find it to be a much more advanced system which is better at picking up errors compared to Microsoft spell check. There is a free version and a paid version – I just have the free version but I like it a lot You can add an extension into Chrome and it will help with your errors whilst writing online – so will cover you in emails. I really recommend checking it out: Grammarly Especially if you do a lot of typing!


Rock your World

I made a suggestion to Virgin Red that they missed a great opportunity for a code for #VRROCKYOURWORLD and they made it into a code for me. Love it!