Saturday, 26 August 2017

Boxclever Press, Busy Days Platinum Starter Set Review!

You may have seen in the vlog I put up on my YouTube channel last week, where I opened a wonderful package from Boxclever Press. Well in this blogpost I'll be going through everything I received in the package, and sharing what my first impressions!

They sent me the Platinum Starter Set, and inside there was the Busy Days Planner, x2 Sticker books, x6 Washi Tapes, Spare discs, a punch, a clear zip pocket, and then diary inserts from May -August 2017 (which are obviously out of date now, but nice to have if you choose this planner for memory keeping, and want to back track). My first thoughts of this set was that it would make a brilliant gift set. You have everything in here to get started!

The washi tape set included the following designs, B&W fruit line drawings, trees through the seasons, film strip, gold foiled dots, birds sitting on a line, and then some grass washi! The set has a nice variety of tapes to choose from, and will be great when it comes down to using them to decorate the pages in your Busy Days planner. They are all decent length rolls too, the classic 15mm by 10m!

The sticker books were probably one of my favourite things. They've done an amazing job on them, all the stickers are just beautiful and they are such great quality! The sticker books are themed, and I know a few of my blogger friends who also received this bundle to review got slightly different themed sticker books!
Inside there's a page with puffy stickers...

..Then you have two pages of some kinda of vinyl/plastic ones, that are slightly transparent..

...Then lastly there's three pages of paper stickers with gold foiling on! The colours of all these stickers are so vibrant, and I absolutely LOVE how many you get in here. All of the stickers are unique too, there's no duplicates. 

Here's a photo of the other sticker book I got, this one was themed around baking, and homemade things. They are so great for documenting and decorating! I think one of the best things about these stickers is that there's a nice balance of objects, and then banners and flags. So you have a good choice of what to use when decorating. 

I was very impressed with the punch. This is so you can create your own inserts or use printables, and add them in. Considering this is a disc bound planner, you can't just punch holes in pages with your everyday hole punch, they are a bit more of a specific shape. So this punch will definitely make things a lot easier when it comes to personalising the planner!

It was extremely heavy too, you can definitely tell it's a quality punch, not cheaply made at all. I hate using a punch that feels like it might break every time I punch something. I was trying to find the best way to show you the quality of it in a photo, it's not something that's really easy to show via a computer screen haha. But with all the punches I've come across, this one is definitely one of the better ones!!

The planner itself has a hard plastic cover, with the name of the planner & the Boxclever Press logo on. Personally I prefer my planners to not have a name/wording on the front. This was also the only cover option which again, I like to have a bit of choice when it comes to that kind of thing. But this is a newly launched planner, so I'm sure the Boxclever Press team have lots of plans for the future of this planner regarding colours options!

The tabs in this planner are great, nice quality, evenly spaced and colourful! The font on a planner tab is something I'm a little picky about too, I like simple but bold fonts, nothing too fancy. I really like the one they've used on these tabs. They also have a plastic cover over each of the tabs to make them more durable.

Inside, the pages are somewhat decorated for you, each month has a different sort of colour scheme depending on the season. There's also some monthly goal style pages (shown above) at the start of each month too. I think they look maybe a little 'childish' (I can't think of a better word) with the different shaped boxes and font choice. Some people might prefer this sort of style, but personally I don't. I think consistency throughout the planner is important, and these pages are a little different to the monthly & weekly pages. I don't think there's anything wrong with having a planner partially decorated before you get your hands on it, but it can't look too personalised to suit one persons taste.

The monthly and weekly layouts I much prefer. They are decorated, but not so much that you feel you can't make them your own. The month starts on a Monday which as you guys know by now, I much prefer! The space you have in each box is really decent too. They are a little wider than ones you find on your average monthly insert, I think that a lot of people would benefit from that. So many times I've written something in a box and realised it's too long so had to add a hyphen and put the rest of the word below it. 

Again the decoration on the weekly spread is very similar to the monthly. The way the week is set out is also really different, I've not come across any layouts like this before, but I like it! The colour scheme of the weekly and monthly pages do also change per month, to reflect the season. I also love that each day is split into three sections, that can come in very handy.

At the back of the planner there is a pocket page, which has yet more stickers inside! Anyone who's used a planner in the past will know that pockets come in super handy! So it was a nice little surprise to find one at the back of the planner. It's a double sided pocket so there's basically two pockets here.

Lastly I thought I'd give a little size comparison to a Personal sized Filofax. Just to try and give an idea on how big this planner is. It's a chunk for sure, I'm not 100% sure if I'm a fan of the size. For someone like me who has tried many planners before, I've found the larger ones are just not as convenient. I like to be able to take my planner downstairs with me, or out of the house if I need. This planner I would most definitely say is a desk planner.

Overall, I love the accessories, they've done an amazing job at those!! I think I would prefer the planner being a bit smaller, or at least having the option to choose a smaller size if I wanted. Having some smaller rings might work with making the planner a little more mobile, so you don't have to have the whole of 2018 in there at once. You could carry around a couple of months at a time for example.
The design of the monthly & weekly pages are great, I'm just not so sure on the others, I just wouldn't be able to use them. The funny shaped boxes, and font would put me off.
Something that was very clearly consistent throughout, was that the products were great quality. Nothing stood out as being less quality that the rest, and I loved that.

I think it's definitely worth going for if you are looking for a new desk planner, or alternative way to journal, as there's PLENTY of space on the planning pages to plan things out or even add little photos. Also the accessories and extras they offer in this kit, means you will be able to really build on the planner straight away. You won't struggle with making it pretty, and personalising it!

If you want to check out this Platinum Starter Set, you can click here.
Also be sure to take a nosey at the Boxclever Press website here.
They've got a wide range of planner products, so it's definitely worth a nosey!

- Daisy X


*Please note, even though these products were sent to me free of charge, this does not sway my views and opinions. I will always share my honest views on the product and company.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Brimbles Sticker Club, August 2017!

I'm back with my August Brimbles Sticker Club
This month's theme was 'Cats in Bloom' which is a pretty unique theme, but Anna has pulled it off really well. I'm loving the pastel pink & turquoise combination!

There's a mixture of Anna's characters (this time they are cats). Then there's some planner themed stickers, some beautiful watercolour florals, and some alphabet stickers! I love the contrast between the delicate watercolours and the black and white sharpness of the cats. 

This is the 'planner' style sticker sheet, but like I always say, they are more versatile than you might think. You can definitely use them in journaling, or scrapbooking. The tick box page flags are great if you are documenting lists, or just using as they are as decorative page flags with dots on. You shouldn't always take a craft supply as it comes.

Here are Anna's adorable cats! I love that she uses as much of the spare space on the sheet as possible when she creates these stickers. Who's going to say no to more stickers?! Plus having varying sizes definitely comes in handy. I think my favourite little cat is the one with a heart on it's tum.

Alphabet stickers! YES PLEASE! I love me some alphabet stickers. I love than Anna has decided to go with three different colours on this sheet! So you can completely mix and match with them. Also the numbers are going to come in so handy, the fact that they go up to 30 instead of just being 0-9 is great!

Then the last sheet is this one! Watercolour heaven! How pretty are these designs,?! I'm loving the little hearts filling in some of the gaps on the sheet. Also those little paint streaks will be great for banners at the top of a page, or layering together with some washi on the corner of a photo. I like that they aren't just straight too, it's something a little different.

So that's the August Brimbles Sticker Club pack! If you want to subscribe, you can do so here.
Also don't forget to check out the rest of Anna's shop here!

- Daisy X


*Please note, even though these stickers were sent to me free of charge, this does not sway my views and opinions. I will always share my honest views on the product and company.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Fruity Journaling, Mrs Brimbles Stickers! July 2017

I decided to use my July Brimbles Sticker Club pack in my journal, because I have a little pile of photo's I still need to get stuck into my journal. There were a couple of photos that seemed to fit really well with the theme of this sticker pack, so I went for those!

Before sticking anything down I decided to add some watercolour in the background, just to break it up a bit. Plus a few of the stickers I wanted to use had white backgrounds, so it'd help them stand out a bit. I popped the watercolour onto an acrylic stamping block, and then applied it to the page so it didn't have any brush strokes. This also meant I could create a nice dripping effect when I tilted the page!
I used some of the border strip stickers, and some of the boxes to go in the background. Then I just layered up some of the smaller decorative stickers on top of the photos. I left the red circle sticker blank as I will write the date into that when I add the journaling.

Instead of leaving the bottom of the page blank, I added a little cluster of stickers down there, just to balance to the two corners of the page. You can also see that the orange sticker is covering a staple that was showing through from the back of the page. I debated whether to actually take the staple out, but decided to just cover it and hope for the best haha. It's a bit lumpy, and kinda noticeable, but hey. it works for me, so I'm going to leave it like that!

I was going to leave the top left section of this page clear for writing, but I realised the black and white spotty box sticker would most likely make the writing blend in a bit too much. So I grabbed a few of the arrow stickers and popped them in the gap instead. I'll still add some writing to the yellow water coloured section, but hopefully the arrows will help to make it look less like there's something missing from there.

I love the colours of this sticker collection, and I don't think I could have used any better stickers to document these photos. They seem to reflect the mood of that day out just perfectly!
I still have lots of stickers left over from these sheets, so I will most likely use them in future journaling spreads! I might even try using some in my planner too. 

- Daisy X


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Brimbles Sticker Club, July 2017!

What's this?! Something new from the lovely Mrs Brimbles!
I'm so excited for this, since the Brimbles boxes have come to an end, how do we fill that Brimbles shaped hole in our month? With stickers of course! 

Anna had a sticker club before, but now she has got herself a super snazzy silhouette machine, so she has upped her sticker game! This is the Juicy Frootz collection, there's four sheets in the pack and as you can guess they are all themed around fruit. You have a sheet of decorative fruit characters, one with planner checklists, arrows and other shapes, one with washi strips, and then one with full boxes and half boxes! So a really nice variety of stickers. 

I will be using these in my next journaling spread, so I'll go more in depth on each sheet then. For now I just wanted to share a kind of 'package opening'/overview of what you get in the pack!

The price of this subscription is just £10 per month + P&P! So it's cheaper than the Brimbles box, and you still get lots of Brimbles exclusive designs. It's a surprise pack so you don't get to know what's in each pack, but Anna does share sneak peaks on her Instagram & in the Mrs Brimbles Happy Place Facebook group!

If you want to subscribe, you can click here.
You can also check out the rest of Anna's shop here.

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to sharing how I end up using these beauties!!

- Daisy X


*Please note, even though these stickers were sent to me free of charge, this does not sway my views and opinions. I will always share my honest views on the product and company.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Boxcitement Unboxing & Review!

I've got another unboxing for you all today! This time it's a brand new box I've never unboxed before, I also haven't heard of this box before this, so I was incredibly intrigued to have a nosey inside.

The box itself contains a range of different things, from stationery to jewellery, and anything else in between. They have products designed exclusively for the box, and as they say on the website, the Boxcitement team has many years of combined knowledge in various fields like graphic design, fashion design & illustration. So they know what they are doing, and they know exactly how to put together a beautiful box of goodies!

Here is an overview of everything that was inside the box! (Minus a beautiful print that couldn't fit in frame) As you might be able to tell, the May box was fruit themed. You can't help but love the burst of fruity colours when you open the box, plus those coloured felt dots are pretty darn cool, I will be keeping those to use again!

This magnet is like a giant badge, but instead of a pink on the back, it had a magnetic section so can be popped on a fridge or other metal surface. I love the design of the watermelon and kinda wish it was used on some more of the items too haha. I think they geometric style works so brilliantly with fruit!

Now I couldn't not be a tiny bit over excited for this! A fruit mix washi tape!! It's very unique, compared to the many fruit themed washi tape's I already own. I think it's the lilac colour within the design that helps with this, it dulls down the bright colours a bit without making the colour scheme boring.

This was something I'm unlikely to use as it's intended to be (as jewellery) because I'm not really someone who wears bigger pieces of jewellery. BUT I can most definitely re-hash this and make it into some sort of planner charm, or even if I don't find a way to do that I can always regift it. Again though I love the lilac colour they've brought it, it really does compliment the fruit theme perfectly.

This was something a little fun, it's a fruit cocktail kit. So they provide you with some cocktail straws, quirky coasters, and a card with some drink recipes on! I don't drink myself, but the coasters are so lovely and can definitely be used in crafting. I do love the variety in this box and the surprise element of not actually having a clue on what will be inside!

Now these stickers are probably my absolutely favourite thing in this box! How stinkin' cool are these?! (Again with that lilac, yay!) They are amazing quality, and I think it's safe to say I'll be hoarding these for a while, to save them for as long as possible ahah!

Of course there were some other bits and pieces in the box, that you can see in the second photo on this post, but I thought I'd pick out some of my favourites and more interesting items to show you.

If you want to check out Boxcitement, you can do so here.
There's also all their social media links below...

Let me know what you think of this fruity box of goodies!!

- Daisy X


*Please note, even though this box was sent to me free of charge, this does not sway my views and opinions. I will always share my honest views on the product and company.