Introducing my brand new Sticker shop – PlanningWithC!

Today I bring to you all something that is VERY exciting for me, a brand new Etsy sticker shop selling all my own hand-drawn illustrations of functional icons and Erin Condren sticker kits/collections ideal for planning, scrapbooking and everything beyond. 

Link to the shop: click here! Scroll down for more information and sneak-peak pictures.

 

 

 

 

I have been working on these designs for the past month or so, and they of course, mean a lot to me as I have not only managed to teach myself how to use the traitorous Illustrator (ugh) but also managed to produce a set of actual, real life, usable stickers like you’d by in a real-life stationery shop. And guess what? It is SO exciting, especially as I have reviewed various Etsy shops on here before!

Currently listed in the shop is a range of bright and neutral/doodle inspired icons from grocery shopping bags to cameras to cute ickle laptops for all you bloggers out there! Over the coming weeks I will be adding many more functional stickers alongside planner sticker kits containing several themed sheets of various sizes, shapes and colour coded doodles. I would also love to hear your feedback as well as sticker design suggestions or any other related ideas.

PlanningWithC Etsy Sticker Shop

PlanningWithC Etsy Sticker Shop

PlanningWithC Etsy Sticker Shop

PlanningWithC Etsy Sticker Shop

PlanningWithC Etsy Sticker Shop

PlanningWithC Etsy Sticker Shop

All of my sticker orders come with a small freebie showcasing a range of my favourite icons in pastel colours as well as an exclusive discount code for future orders. However, I have decided to provide an exclusive promotional code on here for a massive 20% off just use “BLOG20” on checkout and this will be available until the 31st of July with a minimum spend of £5. Also worth noting, for the remainder of the month, my sticker sheets will remain discounted at £1.50 which is 25% off their soon-to-be usual price.

You can join the top secret private ‘PlanningWithC’ Facebook group here… or join us on Instagram here for exclusive discount codes, first look at new releases, discussions on future designs and a perfect place to share your fab orders!

I’d really appreciate your comments on this so do not hesitate to leave them below or to contact me here! Don’t forget the unique discount code for 20% off is “BLOG20” and I look forward to seeing what you decide to purchase!

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Dear Future Natalie: 16 & Growing Up

My Sister and I at her Prom!

Today is my little Sister Natty’s birthday, and it’s the big 16! Honestly, I cannot believe that my strong-willed, cheeky baby Sister is growing up so fast. But needless to say, I am so unbelievably proud of her despite her persistently irritating ‘banter’ all day, everyday…

I thought that I would write her an open letter for the next two years of her life, as she goes from a child to an adult, discovers what she loves doing and figures out this crazy fast-pace world that I, myself, am still navigating.

Dear Natty, 

16 already? Dang it girl!

Turning 16 is momentous but no doubt comes with it’s inevitable difficulties. Whilst you are no longer truly a ‘child’ as you enter into your first year of independence at college, at the same time, adulthood is still a wee while away. 

In the next year or two, you will discover everything that you absolutely love to do, and that which you loathe. You will make decisions that will shape your life, as well as ones you may hope to one day forget. It will be challenging, fun and daunting at times.

But, most importantly, no matter what, stay true to who you are. Be you, always. Love you, always. Showcase you, always. Believe in yourself every single day.  And please, never, ever, doubt your ability.

When you feel like you can’t and there is a rocky up-hill treacherous mountain in front of you, step back, breathe and try again. You absolutely can and you will. You’ve already trekked over many obstacles in the past few years, so why not take on and conquer more? 

Although, I will say, whatever you choose to do in life, make sure that it is something that makes you happy, not just now but for forever and beyond. If you think it is a good decision, then stick by it and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. 

Happy 16th Birthday Natalie!

Lots of love and hugs, 

Your biggest Sister, Channon x

Just an ickle something to wish my Sister a sweet 16th birthday. If only, I could describe to you all how blessed she made me feel this week at her prom, we’d be here for weeks and weeks.

If you’d like to get in contact with me, then do so here! Or to catch-up on my latest blog post then click here! Thank you for stopping by, do subscribe to my YouTube channel and to my mailing list.

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Plan With Me: Starting Youtube and too many Stickers?

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This week, I have decided that it is probably about time I uploaded my first ever ‘proper’ Youtube video and I thought, why not make it a plan with me? You can find it by clicking here, or I’ll leave it towards the bottom of this post!

I have really been loving the monochrome simplistic look with a splash of colour. I’ve had these two sticker kits for so long now from Pemberley Prints and Sugar Loop. Not only do the lemons contrast well but they make everything that ickle bit more summery. And who doesn’t look a bit of bright yellow for July?

This Friday is also my little Sister’s 16th birthday as well as her Year 11 school prom on Wednesday, so the Sticker Alley Cindrella for the classy, upmarket, out-of-the-ordinary evening and the Princess Merida for Nat’s birthday seemed fitting with her usual tomboy-ish, strong-willed but heart of gold personality. My Sticker Alley collection includes some of my absolute favourite (and most cherished) stickers, mainly because I cannot be without Disney-cuteness is my life!

You can check my video description box for links to all of the decorative stickers above, or in case you missed it, have a glance at my previous post that talks about my black Kikki.K planner in much more detail!

If you would like to contact me then please do so here, or leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your feedback or any future planning related post ideas! Keep an eye out for organisation-themed posts and videos every Tuesday! 
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What an awful, dark and uncertain day to be alive… #EUref

EU Referendum Vote

*Warning, I’m incredibly annoyed and have decided that it would be an excellent idea to shout about it over here. Although, I haven’t slept in almost 24 hours, so expect spelling mistakes galore. Ranting and rambling. You’ve been warned…*

And so the UK has officially left the EU for good and guess what? There is absolutely no going back.

But hey, the truth is I am so shocked, scared and angry that I don’t even know where to begin or what to say.

Let’s start with this, how an earth did this happen? How did we let this inevitable disaster be put into the hands of many who have very little or insufficient knowledge (me included) on the incredibly important and life changing matter? Who would even deem it acceptable to agree with such a small-minded, backward-thinking, xenophobic, racist and outright shameful campaign? Who? Tell me, please.

I just don’t understand how we are able to pride ourselves on being “United” and “Great” and yet still feel at ease with projecting horrible, destructive and dehumanising views towards our fellow neighbours and those escaping war-torn and highly desperate places? Especially considering our brutal past. If that was you or me, then we’d be out of here in no time.

Why, as a country are we so insistent on independence, when just a short time ago we found it perfectly okay to colonise everything and everyone. Take homes, jobs, land, resources… That weren’t ours to take.

“Britishness” is no longer what we knew all them years ago. It is not cream teas and corgi’s. Britishness is our wonderful multicultural, diverse, open minded nation. That welcomes, accepts and learns. Or is it though? Following this vote and outstanding support for the likeable disgraces that are Boris Johnson and Farage, I’m not sure anymore.

So now we “take back control”, but of what exactly? Our finances? Despite Nigel Farage already admitting ‘a mistake’ in the EU fee of £350m, just seconds after leave was announced the winner. Our jobs? Our rights? Our sovereignty? Our stability and security? Or most laughably, our borders? They cannot possibly believe that this will happen, especially as in the haze of this protest infused vote, people seem to forget that the Tories will continue to run the country regardless.

Also, I am sick of people scrutinising anyone with an education and branding them under classist snobbery. I’m from a working class background, who decided once upon a time that I could simply work my socks of and improve my life forever. Anyone can do that, should they chose. But surely, the fact that the most educated were more likely to vote remain raises questions?

I’m privedged to live in both the richest, London, and the poorest most EU dependent part of the country, Cornwall. Of course, London is no doubtly dependent on the European Union, especially with regards to universities, such as the one I attend. But most annoying and infuriatingly, Cornwall, my home county, decided that it was perfectly acceptable to vote leave; despite it being an area that is the highest funded partner of the EU. A place that relies entirely on EU money, as it is far enough away for the government to neglect and forget it’s very existence. It’s roads, schools/colleges/universities, small-businesses, research facilities, recreational and cultural heritage landmarks are made possible only by the European Union. And it would be absolutely absurd to think that those costs could just be picked up by those in power over here. Talk about cutting your nose off to spite your face.

I just believe that this is unfair on us, as the younger population who will face the consequences our entire lives good or bad. At this level of uncertainty, is it okay to take these risks voluntarily?

I feel sorry for all those, such as my Sister, who will no longer be able to take up the ERASMUS scheme nor travel freely, unthinkingly, at the click of a button. We are the ones set to use the NHS for reasons such as, starting a family, or finding a job and protecting our rights as equal individuals regardless of gender, age, class, ethnicity… I cannot believe that we have done this to a place that we so “fondly adore”. Well I say we, but the majority of my generation voted to remain, therefore it’s the older generations we have to blame for not caring about stability for their children and their children’s children in a world fuelled by hatred, fear and uncertainty.

We should be uniting, hugging and collaborating rather than building bridges.

And before anyone blames “smarty-pants Cameron” for this or in years from now when it all goes wrong, just don’t. This was your decision. You decided our future; not him, nor any other politician, expert, researcher, scientist nor spokesperson… You did out of pure greed, selfishness and through underlying fascism. Don’t complain about unexpected financial implications and obligations; the leave vote was always going to be a step into the unknown and right now, I’m struggling to see a positive, happy, bright future in a country that thinks it’s better as a lonely island in the sea than together with its neighbours as a collective.

I am so utterly ashamed to call myself a British citizen right now. This is something that physically upsets and will no doubt, bug me for a while to come. It’s sparks a form of anger, that is far from me as an individual.

In five years from now, when everything is swell, I will be the first to admit I was wrong but when our ‘beloved’ country is in tatters, I will similarly be the first to say, I told you so.

Comment below, of course.

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*apologies for the ranting and raving, I’m just very passionate*

My Planner: A Medium Black Kikki.K – a hobby and an organisational tool for Students

My Black Kikki K Medium - heythereChannon

As I have talked about many of times before on this blog, I have a slight obsession with all things stationery, from stickers to cute paper to Filofaxes, Kikki.K’s and as of yesterday an Erin Condren life planner but more on that another day. I thought it was about time, I wrote about my planner in a weeee bit more detail, especially as this is a crucial tool for any ‘organised’ student, like moi.

Planning, whether it be for functionality or for purely creative purposes, is something that I would recommend; it ensures organisation and helps with forward thinking, even for those who feel like they have the world on their shoulders. ‘Planning’ is possible no matter what tools you have, it can be simple with just a black pen on paper or the works with stickers, paperclips, colour-coding, dividers… The list and possibilities are endless.

In the front of my planner, as above, I am currently using paperclips from Cherry Blossom in The Market Square, the dashboard is from Hello Petite Paper, the panda keyring I bought in France and most of the other bits and bobs are by Kikki.K.

THe Planner

I own several planners in all different colours and sizes, but currently, I am loving my Medium Black Kikki.K, which is the newest edition to my collection. It’s good quality, doesn’t get marked despite flying in and out of my (grubby) bag all day and is just an all-round monochrome classic. It’s simple but timeless and highly customisable. I like how personal inserts can float between planners depending on my mood or even the weather (I own a Yellow Kikki.K for sunny, happy days…). It has pockets galore and can hold a phenomenal amount of paper, or if you are me, lots and lots of ‘clutter and junk’.

MY planner set-up

I use the simple divider tabs that came with my planner and included in those sections are notes on university/my courses, my blog post ideas and social media account trackers, general to do lists, healthy eating and weight-loss inspiration as well as a newly added space for my dissertation progress. I have weekly, monthly and yearly calendars that are jam packed with everything to do with my at times, hectic life. Stored in the very back is a notepad for rough notes as I am very picky about having neat handwriting in my ‘prettily’ decorated pages. I also store important addresses and phone numbers for emergencies as well as trackers on all sorts from essay grades to parcel deliveries, just because I can.

My Black Kikki K Medium - heythereChannon

These stickers are by Organised Chaos Co (who might I add, is so beyond lovely and kind) and the fruit deco stickers are from Paperchase. The pen is by Kikki.K and has the phrase “do what makes you happy” printed on the side.

Using a planner for organisation

Planners are of course, no doubtably great aids for organisation, time management and are in general, useful for motivation if you want to get stuff done and visually see your own progress. My monthly spreads are helpful when it comes to blogging, as I can see exactly what I have done but likewise, they are handy for jotting in future deadlines or dates. However, it is my weekly pages that are invaluable to me. Admittingly, I go a bit O.T.T at times with the stickers but it is still highly functional. I use these pages for daily to do’s, prioritising tasks and for long-term memory keeping. It is almost scrapbook-like. I am even able to record my water intake using hydration stickers, which as you can see, I am absolutely terrible at.

My Black Kikki K Medium Planner - heythereChannon

Most of these stickers are from Glam Planner Sticker on Etsy, the study panda from Chocho and Mimi and the Sadness ‘Not Today’ is by All Things Paper.

Stickers, papeprclips, washi tape, pens and overall cuteness

Now onto the fun bit: stickers and things. As you can see, especially if you have come here from my planning Instagram account, I own so many planner accessories that it will be a fairly long time before I run out. But, stickers can be both decorative and visually functional. Who doesn’t want a pizza sticker for #PPFN (Pizza Party Friday Night, to you and me), I mean, common?

Planner 1

I own so many stickers but some of my favourites are above including Rosy Prints, TwoKraftyChicks, Chocho and Mimi, Pau and Ari Designs, Violet LeBeaux, Hello Petite Paper, Planner Chick Designs and of course, an Etsy shop I couldn’t live without Pemberley Prints.

I like to use washi tape to reinforce the fragile punched ring holes and I have many in my collection from John Lewis, Paperchase, The Range and Ebay. It also helps to complete and bring together pages, can be used to attach photos or tickets and as stickers.

I am super fussy when it comes to pens but I swear by Pilot Frixon erasable and removable ink pens, the Uni Pin Fine Line Waterproof and Fade proof pens and any black ultra thin tip sharpies as glossy stickers or washi tapes are tricky to write onto else.

Paperclips are always handy to have in any stationery collection as they can hold pages together, ensure that important documents don’t accidentally fall out and they are just cute, especially the pretty felt ones such as the beach hut above from My Unicorn Planner.

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So there we have it, a brief introduction to my planner and planning in general as a hobby and for practical use. Planning is something that I just love to do, and therefore, I thought why not start to share that with you on here every Tuesday! If you’d like to see more of this kind of post then let me know in the comments below, don’t forget to follow my Instagram, subscribe to my mailing list for future giveaways and keep an eye-out on YouTube for an upcoming video this time next week!

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