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The A to Z of RFS notebooks! I’m often asked of I can make certain types of books, which has resulted in over 40 different upgrades available for my recycled notebooks!

This film shows some of them, and I had to be creative with a few letters 😂 but the full list is below. If there is an upgrade you think I should make then please tell me!

Upgrades - to fit all recycled books:
Address Book
Anxiety Diary
A to Z food values (syns) book
Appointments Book
Baby Record
Baby Feeding Book
Birthday Book
Blog planner
Book Review
Bucket List
Children’s Holiday Diary
Christmas Planner
Crochet Planner
Diary (week per view, vertical, weeknperp page, page a day)
Disneyland Planners
Diving Log Book
Dotted paper
Dream Diary
Exercise Planner
Family organiser
Food Diary (generic)
Garden Journal
Gift Book
Grocery List
Guest Book
Holiday Planner
Internet Password Book
Knitting Planner
Lines
Meal Planner
Money Budget Planner
Order Book
Pregnancy Planner
Recipe Book
Reading Record Book
Slimming World Food Diary
SW food diary for men (25 syns)
SW consultant’s Book
SW Consultant’s Account Book
Squares
Student planner
Things to Do
Teacher Planner
Weaning Diary
Wedding Planner
Weekly Planner
Weight Tracker
Weight Watchers Food Diary

Posted 55 weeks ago
<p>This is an old photo, one I’ve shared before, but the only one I have of me working at Woolworths, which I wanted to share for #workhappy for @natstatweek There I am on the left, behind the entrainment counter. It was the perfect part time job for me whilst at University, and a lot of fun. And as a kid it was almost like a dream job, to work at the place I used to go to, so excitedly, to buy my school stationery!<br/>
Don’t get me wrong, the reality wasn’t  quite as good as the dream, but I’m so glad I worked there, they were an important 4 years of my life.<br/>
I remember the thrill of spending your pocket money on a new pencil case, pens, pencils, did I really have to waste some of it on a maths set? I’d rather buy a pack of coloured ink cartridges instead!<br/>
My ultimate favourite pen was a heat changing fountain pen that changed from yellow to green. Or was it green to yellow? I’m sure I’ve still got it somewhere.<br/>
I left Woolies, a year after I got a job in a museum (yep I did a full time museum job and one day at Woolworths 🤣) and then after 16 years in museums I’m back working with stationery again!<br/>
Some people may laugh, I say you’ve got to do what makes you happy!<br/>
(I love museums still, it fulfilled all my creativity needs but it was time to move on)</p>

This is an old photo, one I’ve shared before, but the only one I have of me working at Woolworths, which I wanted to share for #workhappy for @natstatweek There I am on the left, behind the entrainment counter. It was the perfect part time job for me whilst at University, and a lot of fun. And as a kid it was almost like a dream job, to work at the place I used to go to, so excitedly, to buy my school stationery!
Don’t get me wrong, the reality wasn’t quite as good as the dream, but I’m so glad I worked there, they were an important 4 years of my life.
I remember the thrill of spending your pocket money on a new pencil case, pens, pencils, did I really have to waste some of it on a maths set? I’d rather buy a pack of coloured ink cartridges instead!
My ultimate favourite pen was a heat changing fountain pen that changed from yellow to green. Or was it green to yellow? I’m sure I’ve still got it somewhere.
I left Woolies, a year after I got a job in a museum (yep I did a full time museum job and one day at Woolworths 🤣) and then after 16 years in museums I’m back working with stationery again!
Some people may laugh, I say you’ve got to do what makes you happy!
(I love museums still, it fulfilled all my creativity needs but it was time to move on)

Posted 55 weeks ago

Let me tell you a story about journals

silverfoxity:

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Last June, I bought this notebook at a small shop in London, thinking I should write a journal. Lots of exciting and amazing things were happening in my life and I had just met someone who I hoped thought would become a large part of my life.

I thought that I probably wouldn’t keep it up, I’m terrible at creating new habits. But I’d try.
Today, I finished it. I haven’t written every day, sometimes just once a week. But it’s full.

Most of this journal is just words. There are maybe some 25 or so small photos, and some cinema tickets. It doesn’t have pretty designs, drawings, switching colours or anything else you see in the fancy journals people post online. It’s just words. Sometimes I’ve had panic attacks while writing, so I can barely read what it says and it’s NOT pretty at all. It’s been with me on many many trips, so it’s looking a bit worn out and the edges aren’t perfect anymore. You can see that the cover has been bent a bit.

Yet today, when I finished it, I started reading it from the start, and it made me so happy. So many amazing things have happened since I started writing, and I’m going to remember them. I’m going to be able to read this 10 years from now, and remember.

No matter how good your memory is, you’re going to forget details over the years. You’re going to forget the way you felt when you were sitting outside a cathedral in the sun and the air was filled with the smell of elderflower. You’re going to forget the moment you realised that someone must really care about you (and be really observant), because you squinted at something while they walked by and they pushed it closer to you so you could see it better. You’re going to forget about the feeling when you realised you’d done something that would usually make you really anxious, but this time you didn’t think of it at all.

My point is, if you want to write, then write. You don’t have to be an artist to write down your life story. It doesn’t matter. I couldn’t be happier with this journal if it was organized, colourful and had 500 stickers in it.

Tomorrow I start on a blank page.

Such a lovely post highlighting why we should all try writing something.

Posted 55 weeks ago
<p>It is @natstatweek ! I don’t know what it is about stationery but I have always been a little bit obsessed with it! As a kid I longed for the end of the school holidays to shop for back to school! So you can imagine how excited I am that there’s a whole week dedicated to it! 😂</p>

<p>There’s lots of businesses taking part and many of us are offering competitions or discounts. I have 50% off over 60 of my notebooks! Yep, over 60 of my books are half price for this week only, then they’ll return to normal. You can shop by clicking on the link in my profile.</p>

<p>There are daily hashtag prompts if you’d  like to join in with #natstatweek, today’s is #makeanote - I love these green Chopper post-it’s I found in B&M - they’re perfect for letting me leave little notes on your parcels! 💚</p>

It is @natstatweek ! I don’t know what it is about stationery but I have always been a little bit obsessed with it! As a kid I longed for the end of the school holidays to shop for back to school! So you can imagine how excited I am that there’s a whole week dedicated to it! 😂

There’s lots of businesses taking part and many of us are offering competitions or discounts. I have 50% off over 60 of my notebooks! Yep, over 60 of my books are half price for this week only, then they’ll return to normal. You can shop by clicking on the link in my profile.

There are daily hashtag prompts if you’d like to join in with #natstatweek, today’s is #makeanote - I love these green Chopper post-it’s I found in B&M - they’re perfect for letting me leave little notes on your parcels! 💚

Posted 56 weeks ago
<p>Some of today’s orders. Can you spot yours?</p>

Some of today’s orders. Can you spot yours?

Posted 56 weeks ago
<p>I had to share this lovely post by @princesscinderemma it’s wonderful to hear the nostalgia that my notebooks can bring. 😍<br/>
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I recently bought this notebook from @retrofromscratch and it’s honestly the cutest and most meaningful notebook I’ve ever owned even though I haven’t started writing in it! When I was little my favourite movie was the tigger movie and I would watch the movie and read the book at least one time a day. A few years ago my mum donated most of my Disney world of reading books from when I was little and I was so upset. This is the most nostalgic notebook I have ever owned and probably ever will 😍</p>

I had to share this lovely post by @princesscinderemma it’s wonderful to hear the nostalgia that my notebooks can bring. 😍
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I recently bought this notebook from @retrofromscratch and it’s honestly the cutest and most meaningful notebook I’ve ever owned even though I haven’t started writing in it! When I was little my favourite movie was the tigger movie and I would watch the movie and read the book at least one time a day. A few years ago my mum donated most of my Disney world of reading books from when I was little and I was so upset. This is the most nostalgic notebook I have ever owned and probably ever will 😍

Posted 56 weeks ago
<p>Mermaid book bands are now in stock!<br/>
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#mermaids #planneraddict #bookbands #notebook #studyinspo #studygram #littlemermaid #disneynotebook #studygram #stationeryaddict #retrofromscratch #stationeryshop #personalisednotebook #stationeryfinds #instastationery #stationerylover #disneystationary #bujoinspire #planneraddict #shopsmall #studysupplies #papergang #plannercommunity #showmeyourplanner #foodplanner #foodplanning #disneystationery #stationaryaddict</p>

Mermaid book bands are now in stock!
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#mermaids #planneraddict #bookbands #notebook #studyinspo #studygram #littlemermaid #disneynotebook #studygram #stationeryaddict #retrofromscratch #stationeryshop #personalisednotebook #stationeryfinds #instastationery #stationerylover #disneystationary #bujoinspire #planneraddict #shopsmall #studysupplies #papergang #plannercommunity #showmeyourplanner #foodplanner #foodplanning #disneystationery #stationaryaddict

Posted 56 weeks ago
<p>As I was writing in my social media planner I realised that sometimes I feel so absorbed by social media that I forget that I’m a craft business!<br/>
My purpose is to make things for other people to use and enjoy, and as necessary as social media is for any business, it’s easy for it to start taking over. I am more than a hashtag!</p>

<p>(But if you want to follow me it’s #retrofromscratch 😉 see I just can’t help myself!)</p>

As I was writing in my social media planner I realised that sometimes I feel so absorbed by social media that I forget that I’m a craft business!
My purpose is to make things for other people to use and enjoy, and as necessary as social media is for any business, it’s easy for it to start taking over. I am more than a hashtag!

(But if you want to follow me it’s #retrofromscratch 😉 see I just can’t help myself!)

Posted 56 weeks ago
<p>I try and fill my food diary in just after I’ve eaten, I carry it most places I go so I don’t forget anything!<br/>
This style of food diary is ideal for those that aren’t following a plan like Slimming World or Weight Watchers, but need to keep a food diary for health reasons.</p>

I try and fill my food diary in just after I’ve eaten, I carry it most places I go so I don’t forget anything!
This style of food diary is ideal for those that aren’t following a plan like Slimming World or Weight Watchers, but need to keep a food diary for health reasons.

Posted 56 weeks ago
<p>Had to share this great picture of my Little Mermaid magnets by  @chantilly.designs <br/>
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Just popping on to share my amazing Little Mermaid magnets from @retrofromscratch 😍 I love them!!! They are made from old Disney book pages and look perfect on my fridge 💙</p>

Had to share this great picture of my Little Mermaid magnets by @chantilly.designs
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Just popping on to share my amazing Little Mermaid magnets from @retrofromscratch 😍 I love them!!! They are made from old Disney book pages and look perfect on my fridge 💙

Posted 56 weeks ago