Thursday, 1 December 2016

Planner sticker freebie!

In the last six months or so I've been totally getting into using planner stickers, mostly sourced from freebies available on Pinterest, but now I've started making my own.

I've got a couple of potential freebies in the works, but this one is time sensitive, so I'm posting it today.

I do a daily, physical Project Life album in December - this will be my fourth year! To help me always have something to document, I tend to choose a set of prompts, and this year, because I'm using my planner way more often to keep me on track with the day, I thought I'd do a set of planner stickers with my prompts.  (The prompts, with one exception, come from Felicity Jane's prompts for last year.


The second photo is the stickers "in use", along with the first ever set of stickers I made for myself, from Dreamn4ever Designs' "Summer Love" kit.  I'm not entirely happy with a couple of things, but, trial and error, right?

The "Prompts" set has two designs - one with the day number for each prompt, the other without. I've also done a set of stickers without the prompts, in case that's something you'd like. You could also use them for other projects this festive season - use the first 25 in an Advent calendar, or 30 if you're doing 30 Lists December.

To download these freebies, follow these links:

These are only available in .pdf.  Next on my list to learn is how to set cut lines so that I can provide cut files for Silhouette Studio.

If you want to share these freebies with others, please link to this page rather than directly to the files. Thank you!

Monday, 3 October 2016

Adventures of a housewife

So - just over a month ago I was made redundant. For the moment, therefore, I am an aspiring writer
and actual housewife.

I've been trying hard to come up with a cleaning schedule that doesn't take too much time out of my day (I really do want to be focusing on my writing, and on some goal setting and other self-care type things) and nothing has been sticking so far.

But for ages I've loved the Spotless books by Shannon Lush and Jennifer Fleming.  I have the books in my reference library and pull them out any time I spill anything. (With our two gorgeous cats I am looking forward to getting my hands on Spotless Pets, believe me!)  And their book Speedcleaning is exactly what I needed right now.

Over the weekend I've been reading the book cover to cover: sorted out what the best order for the rooms during the week was (my main thing was putting the kitchen on the day before the bins are collected: important for cleaning out the fridge!) and put together my cleaning kit and clutter basket (see photo).  I also put the tasks into my Home Routines app which - when I use it properly - is really useful for me.

Today was my first proper day of using the Speed Cleaning schedule. What I have to keep reminding myself is that I'm starting from messy: the whole house is not going to be perfect and sparkling after one day.  In fact, I probably shouldn't expect a perfectly clean house after one whole week.  The daily tasks are also taking longer than I'd like today, but again, that's because I'm not starting from tidy.  I need to not be too hard on myself, and celebrate the achievements I've made not what I haven't got done.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

A photo I wanted to share

Made the chocolate shortbread from @alicearndell's 'Bake Me Home' for Fathers Day afternoon tea, but my parents arrived before it was quite cool. Still delicious, though. #bakingadventures #chezstutters

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Pokewalk report - 5 August

Actual, actual sun!

I headed down to Sumsion Gardens today (rumoured to be the best place in town for hunting Pokemon).  This is somewhere I remembered from my childhood, but it's been developed beyond recognition since my childhood and is now a really lovely place (even if it does have a random waterspout that is trying to be Canberra.)

My Fitbit recorded 37 active minutes, during which I did two circuits of the lake, caught my first ever Drantini, Horsea, Magikarp, and Psyduck, and hatched an Oddish.  Also caught a few Rattata, Pidgey, Venonat, and Slowpoke.

Well worth the effort.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Pokewalk report - 29 July 16

The sun was shining (at least, more than it has been recently) and my "nearby" box was showing some interesting silhouettes.  Also, it was Friday, which is my non-work day and a day on which I always intend to get exercise and yet, never seem to. And so, at about 11.35 I ventured out on my first "real", Pokemon-hunting walk.

I realised fairly quickly that I'm not comfortable specifically hunting Pokemon.  I very quickly decided on a route that would take me past a couple of local poke stops, and decided that if Pokemon popped up I would catch them (or try to) but I wouldn't use Pokevision to find out what was nearby, or worry myself about why little green explosions near me weren't turning into Pokemon to catch.

The result of this walk was:

Five entirely new Pokemon caught: Clefairy, Geodude, Hitmonlee, Staryu, and Bulbasaur (who is possibly the cutest EVAR!)

2 each of Duduo, Rattata and Pidgey
1 each of Golbat, Poliwag, Spearow, Caterpie, Bellsprout, and Zubat

1 rascally Poliwag ran away, and
2 eggs hatched.  One was 300m off hatching when I began, but I put another in the incubator when that one hatched, and that second (2km) egg hatched just as I got home.

ALSO: I've registered 41 "active minutes" on my Fitbit, and am almost at 5k steps for the day when I often don't get above 2k on a Friday.

You know what?  I'm proud of myself.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

A photo I wanted to share

The beginning of tomorrow's layout: need to work on lining up that stamp, huh? Stamp is from my fave @kellie.stamps, stickers from the BRIGHT DAYS collection by @myplannerenvy. (Also testing whether my ITTT cross-posting rule is still in effect.) #bulletjournal #planneraddict #chezstutters

I got caught by the planner craze...

For a while now (two years, off and on, I believe?) I've been using the "bullet journal" method - or at least my version of it - for a work planner and a personal planner.

I'd really dropped off the personal planner side of things until about three weeks ago - 23rd May to be exact - when I started a) making a conscious effort to use the thing regularly and b) started decorating it with washi tape and scrapbooking embellishments and bad ink line drawings.

And then I went on Pinterest (always a bad idea) and started to look at planner stickers.  And I fell down the rabbit hole.

Now I have favourite Etsy stories and a folder full of free printables and a Pinterest board with even more, and just bought a box full of A4 page sticker sheets from Officeworks to print them on.  I'm trying to narrow down just a few pages of stickers to take with me on holiday/wedding in NZ.

Some recent layouts:

Stickers in the above layouts come from,, and