Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Charity Shop Hunting...

In the last few weeks I discovered "BookTube", a little corner of YouTube full of friendly people who love and discuss books. Now, this is right up my street and after watching some of their "Bookshelf Tours", I was filled with a sudden guilt because a couple of years ago, I got rid of around 400 books. Some of these were books that I loved and really wanted back, so I popped into town and hunted a few of them down in my local charity shops.

I managed to pick up 8 books for £7.40 which is absolutely amazing; I'm not fussed that some of them are a little beaten up, to me it shows that they've been well-loved. I've read most of these books but I'm so glad to have a physical copy of them again, so that I can get around to re-reading them.

Do you love books? Do you get any from charity shops? I'll definitely be spending more time in charity shops from now on.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Could you write one line a day for five years?

For as long as I can remember, I've had countless unused, half-filled or totally ram-packed journals sitting on a shelf. I love keeping a diary, but sometimes a large, blank page is just too intimidating for me... and at various times in my life, I've given up journal-writing altogether. Now that I scrapbook, I do have written records of events that have happened in my life, but the idea of a five year memory book really appealed to me.

Not only is this journal beautiful and compact, but I absolutely love the concept. Writing one line a day is so very easy, and requires barely any effort at all. I turn 20 at the end of August, and having a written record of the first half of my twenties just seems like such a cool idea. I feel as though it's going to be a time of great change for me, and I can't wait to look back over it in years to come.

I feel like by the end of five years this journal is going to be pretty beaten up, but for me that just adds to the charm. I can't wait to get stuck into this every day. In case you're wondering, I got this on Amazon for about £7.

Does this sound like something you might enjoy?

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

A New Obsession; Planners

I may be out of work just now, but I'm still insanely busy most of the time and I figured I needed a new planner. I watched a few reviews on YouTube and realised that I'd really like a Filofax, but I do not have £50-100 lying around! Instead, I had a peek on the Paperchase website, otherwise known as the place of dreams. To my astonishment, I found an absolute bargain of a planner. This one still had the 2013-14 insert in, so as a result it was reduced to just £8. 

It's the Bloom style, in the personal size. I absolutely adore it and as you can see, I've already started using it. So that my messy planning didn't offend your eyeballs, I snapped my photos when the pages were still fairly clear: I'm using it to plan which videos I'd like to upload on which day, and eventually I will get some sort of insert that allows me to plan blogposts too.

I also bought a ridiculous amount of sticky notes and the like to use with the planner... stationery is my weakness.

Do you use a planner? Do you enjoy it?

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Travel Chatter: Rome

As soon as the sun comes out and summer arrives, I'm desperate for a holiday. I've travelled to a few places, but going to Rome in September 2013 was my first holiday in what felt like forever. (My last holiday before that was France for 3 days with my friend in 2009... and the last time I went away with family was in 2005. I'm holiday-deprived haha)

Going to Rome was on my Bucket List, and on a whim one day my best friend Lucy and I booked some flights. That was that! A few months later we were stood in front of the Trevi fountain, hardly believing what we were seeing. The fountain is just incredible, it's so beautiful and to be honest with you, we spent the majority of our trip visiting it over and over again; (and drinking water from the little spouts on the walls). 

Our hotel was a two minute walk from the Colosseum; another must-see tourist attraction. I studied Ancient History at college and to see the ruins of the huge ampitheatre was incredible. Piazza Navona and the Pantheon are also places that I'd really recommend, just for wow factor. If you have time then go to The Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, but Lucy and I decided against it (apparently you have to be covered up, and all we had were tiny summer dresses).

It was an absolutely wonderful holiday, but I think we found it so easy as our hotel was in such a good location. Being so central allowed us to walk everywhere and enjoy the sunshine, whereas other tourists had to rely on public transport... public transport in Rome is confusing, trust me. We avoided it like the plague! We never even took a taxi.... the driving there is terrifying and from what I've heard, they really overcharge you.

And the food! Eating authentic Italian cuisine every day was a real treat and if you hunt around, you don't need to pay more than fifteen euros for a really lovely meal. For example, trying to have a meal right next to the Pantheon is going to cost you a fortune. Have a little look round the back streets and other smaller piazzas, and you may just find a little gem of a restaurant. 

Overall, I'd thoroughly recommend Rome as a city break. I had a wonderful time and would love to go back eventually, possibly with my boyfriend so I could experience some of the more romantic Italian settings.

Have you been to Rome? Did you enjoy it?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Wrecking Wednesdays | My Wreck this Journal Progress

I thought I'd post a few photos today of my Wreck this Journal progress. These are only a select few of my recent pages, but I didn't want to overload you with photos! First of all, you might notice that the outside of the journal looks different. I covered it in scrapbook paper and washi tape, and I've been using a cute little ribbon to tie it shut; it's already getting so fat!

I must admit, I'm cheating a little bit. Obviously, the object of the journal is to destroy it, but instead I've been using each page as a creative prompt rather than an instruction. For example, on the "Tear out and crumple" page, I wrote a quote from The Velveteen Rabbit. The quote is about how a toy is not "real" until it's been loved and cuddled to bits, all its fur has rubbed off and its eyes have fallen off. Essentially, it's been crumpled... get it? I loved The Velveteen Rabbit as a child, and when I saw someone online use that quote I knew I had to do it too.

Another cheat is the "Climb up high and drop the journal" page... I drew the house from UP with all the balloons, haha. I love how colourful and non-destructive it is :P

I post a video every Wednesday on my channel about my Wreck this Journal, head over there if you'd like to see more of them. 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

IKEA Cacti Garden

Now I don't know about you guys, but I am absolutely hopeless at keeping plants alive. Cut bouquets of flowers are fine... actual houseplants are not. Those babies die quicker than you'd think is possible. My house is where plants come to die, if you will ;)

BUT, I absolutely love cacti and I think the mini ones are adorable, so on a recent trip to IKEA with my Mum I picked a few up, and potted them in this gorgeous crochet pot from a local antique store (it has a clear plastic plant pot inside it). All I did was pop some compost and soil in, arranged the cacti in a way that I liked and voila! My top tip, is to wear gloves. Those spikes hurt, haha.

If you'd like to see what else I got from IKEA, I filmed a video over on my channel. Here it is:


Sunday, 8 June 2014

My Project Life Spread: April/May

Here are the the last two pages in my album that document April! In fact, these two pages document nearly a month; they go from the middle of April, to nearly the middle of May. During this time I was revising for my university exams, so I didn't have much time for photos or scrapbooking.

These pages talk about Easter, a little about revision and a lot about the bunnies.. as usual, I've thrown a little bit in there about my relationship too. Those of you who scrapbook, do you talk about your relationship? Obviously if you're married with children etc it's a little different, but my boyfriend and I have only been together for just under a year, and until recently I've been reluctant to mention him properly in my albums. From the ages of 15-17 I was dating the same boy (so for 2 years!) and he doesn't appear in my scrapbook albums at all! I guess I'm just worried that if my boyfriend and I broke up for whatever reason, it would make me sad to look back through my albums and see him/read a lot of journalling about him. I've been tentatively adding him in here and there, and there are a few mentions of him in my 2013 album, I'm just a bit of a wuss! Haha. 

Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed having a look into these next few pages of my album, and I will be back again soon with more!

Saturday, 7 June 2014

My Project Life Spread: April #3

Here are the next two pages of April's Project Life! These are very, very simple pages as I had so many photos to add in, and if I'm being honest, I was feeling a little lazy anyway.

I hope you've enjoyed having a little look at them, if you have any questions let me know... I never know what to write on these posts!