Horizon Zero Dawn was released last week on the 28th of February, and I was far to excited. Since it released at midnight eastern standard time it released at nine pacific standard time for me. Which meant my Monday night was spent enjoying the newest episode of Supergirl and then jumping into the game for a few hours before having to go to bed since I worked in the morning. This game is the reason I wanted to get a PS4, and my boyfriend is freaking amazing for getting me a PS4 Pro. I’m going to try really, really hard not to spoil anything big in this post since the game is still new.
Ever since about middle school, September has meant it’s time to buy a planner and get organized for the school year. While I’m not currently in school, my work life and personal life still have me super busy, so I tend to keep a planner. For the longest time I’ve been a fan of bullet journaling, not the cool stuff you see on Instagram or tumblr, it’s really very messy, but it works for me.
About a year ago I discovered Erin Condren Life Planners, and I thought they were awesome, but REALLY expensive. But this year I’ve gotten even busier and I am in a better place financially so I splurged and ended up getting two. One in horizontal and one in vertical styles to see what works best for me. This, so far, has actually been a really good call for me. The horizontal one I use at work, and for planning/recording all of that. The vertical I use for personal at home. So far it’s been a lot of fun, very functional, and a creative adventure of sorts.
I have been designing my own, and exploring the massive world of sticker paper, but for the most part I have been buying stickers and discovering what works best for me. And just what exactly I like to do for planning. In the future I hope to be designing more, but one of the best ways to learn is by consuming. So I’m consuming a bunch right now!
I’ve started a new instagram just for my planning stuff– I feel like I’m going to be posting so much that it’s just going to clutter up- so why not give it it’s own place? If that is something you would be interested in.
The following is a list of recommendations; favorite shops, shops that I tried but didn’t do well for me, and budget planning:
Favorite Stores so far:
Fox And Cactus: Based out of Brisbane, Australia, this shop does the cutest, stickers. They have functional, full kits, as well as more on the geeky side, which is super useful for me! This was one of the first shops I placed an order with and as soon as I got it, I turned around and placed a second order. High quality, fair prices, not to bad for international shipping, and it was rather quick when you think about how far away Australia is. Highly recommend for other geeky planners out there.
Libbie And Co: An American shop with the best feeling paper ever! I am seriously in love with the paper she uses, it’s fantastic! It’s high quality, matte, but so smooth and creamy, just really awesome. Things are priced fairly for deco/functional stickers. Things were shipped very fast which is always fantastic.
Love Your Planners: I really like this shop for white space weekly kits. They sell single sheets that are prefect for doing white space spreads- most of their one page kits are $3.50 USD, the only thing I wish that was different about them is that there were headers like “Today”, “To Do”, and “Littles” but I can make those myself, so it’s not a big deal by any means.
A Melancholy Moose: If you are as big of a Harry Potter fan as I am then this is a shop your going to love! I ended up buying a ton of sticker kits for the entire month of October from this shop (be sure to check out my Instagram for that in the future). All of the stickers are beautifully hand drawn, as well as being bright beautiful colors.
Soda Pop Studio Shop: This shop sells all it’s prices separately- so lets say you don’t want date covers or washi, no problem! You only want full boxes from one set and washi from another- done! Only pay for what you want. Prices vary depending on what you want- which is great. Two page kits are about $8 USD. Very fast shipping which was fantastic!
Libbie And Co: I got a couple Pom Pom keychains for my planner, and I also got one from Michaels for about the same amount of money ($5) and I actually prefer the one from Libbie- so soft and fluffy. (The pink one on my personal planner is from Libbie And Co)
The Book Nook Patch: That adorable unicorn clip came from this shop. She has lots of variety, so there is something for everyone! Extremely well made, I was very impressed with the quality and craftsmanship. I will totally be buying more from her in the future, or if I need to get a little present for a friend, this shop will probably be a first thought.
One & Done Shops:
Glam Plan Prints: So technically this is a two and done shop. Glam Plan Prints is really well designed, nicely crafted, it’s just so expensive for me. The first order I placed was a pre-order for $25 and I think I’m going to have buyers remorse when it arrives. The second order I did was when the shop was having a sale and I got “glitch” kits. Still expensive, even though they were on sale. There are other shops out there that do full kits for less money with the same clip art. Basically all I’m saying is shop around and stay with in your comfort zone for price points of stickers.
Once More With Love: This shop is all over YouTube, and I was really curious about what all the fuss was about. This shop does hand drawn, “stick figure” or very a basic type of sticker was well as weekly kits. They are based out of Canada- and the shipping was super fast, was super happy with that. And yes they are cute, but the page size and amount of stickers you get seems a bit off to me. When compared next to a sheet from Fox and Cactus there is a noticeable difference, & I would rather buy sheets from Fox and Cactus.This is also because Fox and Cactus does more geeky things that are relevant to my life.
Bubba Bear Studios: I placed my order on August 26 and still haven’t gotten my order (as of September 22). In the store policies section there wasn’t much about processing time- but it’s been nearly a month and to me that’s ridiculous. If you do choose to order from this shop, don’t expect to get your order quickly.
Planning on a budget:
For Etsy shops: $2 Tuesdays are fantastic, shops often have sales- they post things to their Insta, & FB groups the most it seems- and often offer coupons through YouTube videos. So just look around and there should be some good stuff you can get a deal on.
An additional option to Etsy shops are digital downloads. These are a great planning on a budget option because you can reprint them as much as you like.
DIY stickers: We live in a wonderful time when you can have photoshop on your tablet/phone- this is a total advantage because you can easily make simple stickers that are SUPER cost effective. (You can use any program you like, photoshop is just a good example of how far tech has come 🙂 )
Investing in Clip Art: Clip art for personal use is fantastic, it’s cheap, and reusable. You might even be able to find it for free.
Michael’s (or other craft stores): Craft stores are great- they have stickers, pretty labels, washi tape, and so many other things you can use to incorporate into your planning. They also run really good sales (like everything in the store 50% off- those are my fav!).
What are some of your favorites? Any tips to share? I would love to know them, so leave me a comment down below!
I can’t believe it’s fall already, or even September! Where did summer go?! With harvest on the farm things were just a blur of being busy. But now that harvest is over I can get back to the important things like video games, and blogging!
Harvest got over earlier this year I actually got to go to the state fair. Which was amazing, and super fun! I hadn’t been in a few years, just because we do harvest blackberries, and they tend to spill over into September for harvesting. However for this year everything was 2 weeks early.
Today is the first day of IGGPPCamp! What fun! I’ve been inspired by camping and for this little gift guide. These are all things I would love to have for camping from the comfort of my own home, or if I actually went out into the real world for an adventure!
I’ve finished my first book for the #ReadThemAllThon! Revenge of the Witch was a really quick read for me, and about half way through it dawned on me that the story sounded so familiar because I had seen the movie. I didn’t care for the movie much, but it was alright. Which is what this book was.
I actually got a lot of reading done in July! I thought I was maybe going to get through one book, when I really got through two! Yay! In July I read The Magicians with my friends Bree & Ann, and This Savage Song. In June I read Starflight (which was also an Iggle Bookworms pick) and Four. These are my thoughts…
The Girl Gang made a book club recently and they just had their second tweet along about The Night Circus, which has been on my TBR since December 2015. SO I finally read it this month. If you want to join in the conversation be sure to check out #GGbookclub over on twitter.
I have a TV, but I don’t have cable anymore. I haven’t for about 2 years now, and not that I really miss all the commercials, and flipping through channels. I do however hate having to wait until the next day to see whatever show I wanted to see. In the meantime though there is Netflix to comfort me. They are doing some really great stuff over there! Bringing things like Dare Devil, Jessica Jones, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and most recently Stranger Things.
Stranger Things was released on July 15, 2015. It is a “TV” series in the horror, drama, mystery genera that takes place in the 80’s. They really captured the feel of the old TV shows and Movies really well, typically I don’t like older TV shows & movies, I’m not really sure why that is, it’s just kinda cringy for me. However this got a hold of my attention and wouldn’t let go. The basic premise they start with is that a boy is on his way from a friends house and he mysteriously goes missing, then his family, friends, and local police set out to find him. On their quest they are met with horrifying terrors that make them question their reality.
The wait is finally over! PokemonGo is out for the US! After months of waiting it seems like the last day has been the worst of it. Having Australia and select other regions have it out was killing me! And by mid afternoon I broke down and figured out how to download it through the Australian app shop, which really wasn’t all that hard.
The Girl Gang bookclub read Fangirl this month by Rainbow Rowell. If you want to join in the conversation be sure to follow them over on twitter.
Q1: Firstly, the obvious, did you enjoy Fangirl? Briefly say why/why not!
I guess. It was relatable for portions, and charming in others, but over all it didn’t mess well with me, and was a bit of an unpleasant read.
Q2: People seem to either love or hate Cath! What did you think? Did you relate to her at all?
This was my first read by her. I wasn’t impressed at all. I thought the concept for her book was really interesting, but it was a bit…whinny? I’m not sure if that’s the right word. I was far more interested in what Wren was up to rather than Cather.
Q3: What did you think of the Simon Snow segments before each chapter? Have you/would you read Carry On (also by Rowell)?
I got really tired of them, really quickly. I understand the concept of why they are there. But it screamed Harry Potter to me, I don’t know if anyone else thought of that but getting hit over the head with it after a while got old.
Q4: What does being a fangirl, fandom and fanfiction mean to you? If anything?
Fangirl=geek. Simple. I don’t totally like that there is a pronoun attached to it, I don’t refer to myself as a Fangirl, simply a nerd or geek. Love different fandoms, but I don’t really get into fanfiction reading. I do however enjoy fanfiction art pieces.
Q5: Gripe time: what issues did you have with Fangirl? What didn’t you like/would you improve?
All of it? haha, just kidding. The biggest thing I would change is the Simon Snow stuff, less Harry Potter, more original thought. I would also give Cather some more friends, no one goes to college lives in dorm and has like three people to talk to. Maybe they don’t have to be friends, but acquaintances at least! Cather’s story was terribly depressing to me.
Q6: Were you satisfied with the ending? Or did you want more closure? Or just MORE?
I was glad it was finally over! It’s the only book I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell, and I don’t plan on reading any more of her work.