Wednesday, October 12, 2016

2016 Marion Smith Planners Lovers Retreat | Event Review Part 2

My Marion Smith Planner With Some of the Goodies I got at the Show.

The Marion Smith 2016 Planner Lovers Retreat in Pasadena California was a fun way to meet other planners and see planner related merchandise in person. There are not a lot of stores who carry the types of planner supplies that I like to use in planning my layouts, so often I have to order off Etsy or go to my local craft stores to find items.  Getting to see these Etsy vendors in person, at a Planner Event, makes it so easy to know what planner accessories will work in various planners and travelers notebooks.
DIY Flower Planner Clip

One of my favorite type of planner goody is planner clips (decorated paper clips).  I saw this cute Bunny Page Clip from the Elite Planners Club and had to purchase it.

Veronica Love, the founder of the Elite Planners Club, also had a few more of her great planner Clip designs available. Below is just a sampling.
Veronica and a few of her page Clip Designs (

The sticker selection at the show was amazing.  Stickersters had an amazing selection on display of their stickers collection.

These ladies had everything from Harry Potter Fan themed stickers to Yoga Stickers and everything in between.  They even had grab bags of stickers that did not quite make the cut for around $5 for 6 half sheets and 2 quarter sheets of stickers (a really great deal). I personally love grab bags because it gives me a great selection of stickers and it is a fun way to get acquainted with new (new to me) sticker company.
The stickers I got in my $5 Grab Bag from Stickerster
If you like the colors from the Inkwell Press Planners, then you will enjoy the selection of stickers available from The Busy Bee Shop.  These stickers looked great in my Inkwell Press planner.
Jessica Patterson from The Busy Bee Shop
I particularly liked the color scheme that she had on display at the Planner Lovers Retreat.

She has other color schemes at her shop.
Sampling of the Sticker selection from The Busy Bee Shop.

If you like the colors from the Inkwell Press Planners, then you will enjoy the selection of stickers available from The Busy Bee Shop.  These stickers looked great in my Inkwell Press planner.
Jessica Patterson from The Busy Bee Shop
I particularly liked the color scheme that she had on display at the Planner Lovers Retreat.

She has other color schemes at her shop.
Sampling of the Sticker selection from The Busy Bee Shop.

Another Great Sticker shop was Clicky Chic Creates from Etsy.  The Clicky Chic Creates pop up shop had a fun assortment of stickers.

The owner, Connie, was such fun to talk to. She has a Facebook Page and Instagram page where you can find out about new releases and sticker specials.

She designs her stickers in a variety of themes to suit various occasions.  

She only brought a sampling of stickers from her line, so I encourage you to visit her Etsy store to see more.

The next booth I stopped at was Peace_Aloha_Shakas, who carried a great selection of cute charms for my planner.

I was able to buy 3 different Pokeman charms (including Pikachu) for my daughter to put on her planner. I also bought the simple silver circle with pink elastic for my Marion Smith Planner.
Peace_Aloha_Shakas Pokemon Planner Charms
Another fund booth, I stopped by was the "Uglidori" table where Dania Salgado makes these beautiful custom fabric Fauxdoris and keychains.

She had a donut themed Fauxdori with pockets that I just had to have.

As well as these tiny fauxdoris in assorted patterns and fabrics.  These are so darling. Diana also has an instagram account @pageflagfeen  where she posts some of her planner layouts.

Diana was kind enough to make me a miniature fauxdori to match my larger fauxdori. It is really cute.

For those who want to know what was in the Marion Smith Planner Retreat swag bag and a look at the various cute swap items I got, I will be posting part III soon.

I should mention that Marion Smith now has her products on Amazon which makes it easier to find them.  I particularly like the Marion Smith 30 day planner which I use for blogging to plan my next 30 blog posts.  It really helps keep me organized. If you want to see a flip through video of that planner, just leave a comment below to let me know.

Note: This is part 2 of my event review for the Planner Event (Planner Meet Up). if you want to read Part 1 just click here.   Also, this post is not sponsored, I paid for my ticket just like everyone else who attended.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

2016 Planners Lovers Retreat in Pasadena, California | Event Review

If you love planning and want to be inspired by other planner lovers, then attending a planner meet up, planner conventions or planner con type of events is a fun way to meet other people who share your love of planning.  The events can very from an all day event to a two hour planner meet up where you just join a group of fellow planners and work on your planners.  The Marion Smith 2016 Planner Lovers Retreat retreat was an all day event that was held in Pasadena at the Convention Center which is located right in the middle a fun shopping area that is rich with restaurants, museums, and other fun things to see.

This retreat had a fun selection of vendors present who offered a great assortment of planner goodies. I was on the hunt for a new planner for 2017 was happy to find the "Green and Lyme" planner booth.

Jessica Lam is the founder of Green and Lyme and was a delight to meet.

The Green and Lyme vegan leather planners have so many helpful features for anyone with a busy work and family activity schedule.  The planners feature ultra thick paper that can handle most pens.

I haven't tried a fountain pen on it yet, but will in a future review. The planners comes in four beautiful colors which are the Mermaid (Teal), Ballerina (pink) which you see above),

Midas (gold)

and Luster (silver).

I really loved the pebbled texture of this faux leather planner and you can really see the quality of the stitching in this photo.

Jessica did not have any planners available to take home that day but she was taking advance orders on those planners (she now has them in stock on her website).  I purchased the silver Planner and will do a future review on it. Additionally she sold some really cute planner clips in a variety of shapes like a camera, coffee cup, the diamond below and others.  Jessica also sponsored a give away at her booth for one lucky winner.

Another booth that I shopped at was "The Delightful Deer" where I got a chance to meet Betsy who designs all the wonderful pieces she had on display.  She also has some great planner inserts on Etsy that you may want to take a peek at.

I purchased a really fun metal star planner charm from her. She is constantly updating her Etsy store, so you never know what fun planner goodies she has to offer.

Theresa D.  (Instagram @mydocumentedlife) had a Travelers Notebook Workshop available where for a small fee she provided the Travelers Insert and the supplies to decorate the Insert.

I really enjoyed stopping by this table.  She had some beautiful layouts in her Travelers Notebooks.

Theresa is a great teacher and is currently offering on online travelers notebook class through the Big Picture Classes website.

She was had some fun wood Die Cuts (Wanderlust) that could be add to our Travelers Journal insert,

planners or for card making. These are really thin wood die cuts (thinner than most puffy stickers).

Theresa also sponsored a give away which I won.  She gave me a Webster Pages Travelers Notebook in Natural and a Xyron Sticker Maker which was so unexpected and so appreciated.

This blog post started to get a bit long, so i will continue on another post but at least you are able to get an idea on what this retreat had to offer.

Note: This is not a sponsored post, I paid for my tickets just like everyone else did.

Monday, September 5, 2016

My Scarlet Lime Planner Society Kit Review - August 2016 Box

Scarlet Lime Planner Society Box August 2016
If you like decorating your planner, traveler's notebook or journal with beautiful colorful unique scrapbooking papers, then you might want to consider subscribing to the Scarlet Lime  "Planner Society Kit" which is created and curated by Christy Tomlinson.  She is such a talented artist and designs the papers and many of the other elements included in each monthly planner kit.

I just got my August planner kit and was happily surprised with the quality of planning materials that my kit had.  Below is a list of what came in my box which was the basic Scarlet Lime Planner Society Kit for August 2016:

  • 6 Sheets of two sided papers
  • 1 package of puffy stickers
  • 2 sheets of regular stickers
  • 1 pad of sticky notes
  • 1 set of page flags
  • 1 pen
  • 3 ribbon paper clips
  • 1 large blue and white ribbon with charms attached (Planner or purse Charm) with burlap storage bag
  • 1 pencil or makeup bag (size works for both)
  • 1 bonus item (wood die cuts)

The August Scarlet Lime Planner Society Box was a nautical theme.  I really loved how she incorporated that with some floral prints in the papers, washi tape, and other accessories.
Scarlet Lime Planner Society Papers - August 2016 Kit
The kit also included a cute selection of stickers that work beautifully with the papers.

Also included are a darling pad of sticky notes, some nautical themed page flags and a pen that matched the theme of the kit.
Scarlet Lime Planner Society Kit Contents - Sticky Notes - August 2016 Kit

The Scarlet Lime Planner Society Kit also included these cute Paper Tabs with Preprinted Labels in

complimentary patterns that worked beautifully with the papers in the August 2016 kit.
Scarlet Lime Planner Society Kit Page Clips and Charm - August 2016
Each month the kit also includes a selection of planner related items which can vary.  Above is a picture of the Ribbon charm, burlap bag and Ribbon Page Paper Clips that were included in the August 2016 kit.  These are so cute and were a perfect match to my personal size planner.

Now the larger bow charm did have a hook that got caught on things so I removed it and replaced it with a different charm so that  I would not have to worry about getting it caught on my clothing.  The hook was turned into an earring for my older daughter's pirate costume, which she really loved.  Christy also included the cool bag below,  that I am using as a planner to go bag.  It holds enough supplies that  I take it with me so that I can plan while waiting for my daughter at her dentist appointments, doctor appointments, school, etc.  I temporarily attached the bow charm to the bag because they went so well together.
Scarlet Lime Planner Society Box Contents - Pencil bag - August 2016 
The kit also included some themed stamps and a roll of washi.  I thought it was great that the stamps have images that compliment the other elements in the kit.  As I stated before, Christy does a wonderful job in making sure the kit has a theme that is reflected in all the elements included.

This month we also got a bonus item, these really cool wood die cuts with embossed sayings.

Scarlet Lime now offers some add-on kits for those who want more stickers or washi.  These vary in price and can be seen on the website.  I am quite happy with the basic kit and find that Christy really offers a very generous selection of items in each kit.  The kit arrives in a well constructed box and are packaged in pretty bags that can be repurposed into other craft projects.

Now I am sure you are aware that there is a huge selection of monthly subscription plans available that are tailored to meet different needs.  Over time, I have subscribed to a variety of them.  There are some that have a cutesy themes, some that have animae or kawaii themes, and even some tailored for specific types of planners (Personal Size, A5, Travelers Notebooks, Erin Condren, etc.).  If you like beautiful papers with great design elements that also incorporate the same theme throughout the included accessories, then you may want to check out her website and see some of the other themes that she has included in past boxes.

Kate Spade Personal Size Planner
One of the things that I like about the Scarlet Lime Planner Society kits is that I can use the kit contents in both my personal sized Kate Spade planner and my Midori travelers notebooks.  Another reason I was attracted to these kits is that she does not do any holidays themes in her subscription kits.  That is really great because I am a bit picky about what stickers and papers I like to use for holiday themes.  I did find out that Christy does design and sell some holiday kits, like her 2016 Halloween kit which is available on her site (until it is sold out). However, these are a offered separately from the monthly kit and anyone can order them (you do not have to subscribe to get the holiday kits).

Note:  I am not affiliated with the Scarlet Lime Planner Box, I am just a happy customer. Also I pay for my monthly subscription and really enjoy the items I get each month.