20 September 2016

Creating the Spread # 2

I've been a little AWOL the last few days because I'm staying away from home this week and decided to give myself a few days of laziness before getting back to my normal routine.
Because I'm staying away from home, I don't have all of my usual planning supplies with me. Don't get me wrong, I definitely brought plenty with me, but not everything!
I always start off by adding washi tape to the blank page to add some instant pattern. This Grumpy Kitty Washi is available from Three Little Búhos Stationery *here*. Usually I separate the days and my dashboard using skinny washi tape but since I didn't bring any I thought I'd attempt some bullet journal style headers instead. The "this week" sticker is a custom order from Isabelle the Owl *here*.
The next step is to fill my dashboard with any little things. I also usually add the weekly menu, but this week I'm not in charge of what we eat so I'm going to add it in afterwards as a memoir. I also add a any appointments or events that are set in stone so that I won't forget them later on. The stickers in my dash board are from Ugly Bug Does *here* where you can use THREELITTLEBUHOS10 for 10% off your order and the mini to do list stickers are from Lilac & Dot *here* where you can use ANNIE10 for 10% off your order.
Now it's time for the writing. Rather than lists of chores, this week my lists are full of nice things that I'm going. I may only be staying with my partners parents but it's lovely and relaxing. I also add practical stickers at this point to go with the to do lists.
Finally, decorate! I fill in all of the little gaps so that my page is nice and full of colour and interest. Because I only brought some stickers, the majority I have used are b Ugly Bug Does and Lilac & Dot, but I have also used a super cute unicorn sticker from Beautiful Planning *here*, several stickers (including Pusheen) from Harriet Wright Designs *here* and a few randoms that I had in my handbag (as you do!).

And, done! I actually really like this weeks page. I can't decide whether I prefer the drawn dividers to the skinny washi I normally use. I think from now on I'll use a combination of both.

Annie x

16 September 2016

New to Three Little Búhos Stationery

It's been two weeks already, where has the time gone?!

This week I have been working on creating gift sets ready for the lead up to Christmas, booking stalls at Christmas markets and getting new stock ready to pad out the shelves a little bit.

Some lovely new pieces have been added to the shop today (take a look *here*) and I have lots more scheduled to go live over the next few weeks including Totoro goodies, rose gold pens and some very pretty pencil cases. Make sure to favourite Three Little Búhos Stationery on Etsy so that you can be the first to hear about it when they go live.

Above is a prototype of the Pretty in Pink Gift Set that I will be launching within the next couple of weeks once I have decided that I am 100% happy with what is included. I'm trying to create kits that include a nice range of products whilst still having continuity to them. If you have any suggestions or requests then please feel free to contact me.

The next week is going to be spent perfecting the gift sets and designing my stall for the Christmas markets that I have signed up for. Hopefully I will have lots of exciting new goodies for you very soon!

Annie x

13 September 2016

Creating the Spread #1

I've had a fair few people commenting on my planner spreads and asking me where I get certain things and how I put them together so I thought I would start a series of posts and show you how I put my spreads together each week and show the bits and bobs I use some love.
I started making my pages from scratch because I couldn't find any inserts that I liked enough to justify buying them, so I decided to give it a go making some and found that I really loved the freedom it gave me. Every week is different and if I fancy a different colour or layout all I have to do is cut a piece of A4 paper in half and get creating.
I apologise now for the photos, I do most of my planning in the evening and my little office is under a bunk bed in our spare bedroom so natural light is in short supply! I always start off by laying out the page using washi tapes to separate the days and give a little decoration. The glitter washi and the gold washi at the top of the page both came from The Range. I can't find either on the website but I bought them recently so they should still be there! The Autumn Scene washi tape is stocked in my shop Three Little Búhos Stationery *here*.
The next step is to add the important bits and pieces that I know will be happening in the week such as appointments, events etc and my "task bar" which I usually put down the left hand side. That's where I list any important tasks, write the weekly menu and pop any other bits. My "This Week" stickers are a custom order from Isabelle the Owl *here*, the gradient checklist in the side bar is from Kelizabeth Plans *here* and the kawaii washing basket and rubbish bag are from Harriet Wright Designs *here*.
Now it's time to do all the writing and add in my mini to do lists for each day of the week. I know planners are meant to be practical things but the writing is my least favourite part so I keep it fairly simple! My mini to do lists, the additional boxes I've added and the little kawaii shopping essentials stickers that I've added...and actually the weekend banner and letterbox...are all from one of my very favourite Etsy shops; Lilac & Dot *here* and when the store re-opens, you can use the code ANNIE10 for 10% off your order.
And finally? Go sticker crazy! I've never liked big empty spaces so I do a lot of decorating in my planner. Any area that looks a bit bare gets a sticker shoved in it! Again, the majority of the stickers that I've used are from Lilac & Dot but the online shopping sticker and getting sh*t done sticker are from The Plump Planner *here* her store only opens at weekends but it is well worth checking out for some fun stickers. I also always finish my pages with the gold hole re-enforcers and by rounding the corners.

So that's how I create my week and the things I use to do it. I find it such a therapeutic thing to do and it feels good to cross things off the list as I do them.

Annie x

8 September 2016

Three Little Búhos Stationery- One Week In

I can't quite believe that Three Little Búhos Stationery has been open a week already, it has really flown by! If you haven't seen the shop already then you can find it *here*
In that time I have learnt so much and I have really been able to find out what you like and don't like!
Some things I have sold out of already and have had to re-order due to demand, where as some things that I really love, such as the kitty stickers above haven't been as popular as I was expecting.
But what I do know is that I am really happy with how things are going.
I have some exciting new goodies on their way to add to the range, including some rose gold pens which I just want to keep for myself and some Totoro pieces which are beyond cute.
Cute Animal Wooden Ruler
I am also in the process of booking stalls at a range of Christmas and Winter fairs around Dorset and Somerset so that I can sell face to face, get feedback and meet some lovely people. So keep an eye out for me if you live in the area!
As part of this I am also working on some gift sets ready for Christmas, perfect for stationery lovers and, of course, those people who you just aren't quite sure what to buy for. These will be released during October ready for super organised shoppers.
Cute Heeda Girls Sticker Set
What I would really love to know is what you, personally, would love to see from Three Little Búhos Stationery in the future. Is there something that you are looking for that I can help with?

I am always looking for feedback so if you have any suggestions then please feel free to pop me an email at threelittlebuhos@hotmail.co.uk

Annie x

7 September 2016

Famous Boy Wizard Subscription Box Review

Phew, it has been a busy week!
Three Little Búhos Stationery opened nearly a week ago and I am so happy with how it is going, thank you for all of your support. You can find the shop *here* if you haven't checked it out already!
Yesterday was also my birthday so I've done lots of celebrating over the last couple of days. I'm feeling the effects of that now!

Anyway, today I wanted to show you one of the best subscription boxes I've ever bought; the Famous Boy Wizard Box from Ugly Bug Does.
I grew up a massive Harry Potter fan and I still am. My first tattoo was a Harry Potter tribute, its on my pj's and now it's on my stationery!
What was included?
Ugly Bug Does make brilliant planner stickers, and in the Famous Boy Wizard box, you receive six sheets which offer enough stickers to create several weekly spreads, even if you are using them exclusively. I tend to mix and match stickers so there are enough in the box to last me a nice long time.
There is a novelty quill pen which made me smile when I opened my box. I haven't used it for writing much yet as I've been on the move a lot and its a little bulky for that, but its a fun addition that looks good in the pen pot on my desk, ready for writing a complaint letter to Hogwarts as I still haven't received my letter to offer me a place!

How cool is Lego keyring Voldemort?! As much as I would have loved to get Harry or Dumbledore, I love my little Voldemort and he has already been put to good use. The level of care that goes into making these boxes is really evident when you look closely at the keyrings. To avoid the worry of losing hands or legs etc, they have all been very carefully glued together by Ugly Bug Does owner, Michelle.

There is also a fab canvas pencil case with a Harry Potter joke written across the front. The geek in me loves this way too much! I've actually used it to hold all of my Ugly Bug Does stickers because it is a generous size and too good to waste on anything I won't be using often,
Ugly Bug Does boxes are always great value and offer something slightly unique. I love that the themes are always different to those that you would expect from most subscription services, I think that keeps them fresh.

You can still pick up a Famous Boy Wizard box *here* for £15 with free UK postage and you can also pre-order the October box.

For 10% discount on orders from Ugly Bug Does, use code THREELITTLEBUHOS10 at the checkout. The products are great so they are well worth it :)

Annie x

29 August 2016

September Papergang Subscription Box from Ohh Deer

The September Papergang subscription box from Ohh Deer sets the bar high. It really shows that quality over quantity rules the roost. I have been impressed with every box I have received so far but this one has been a real stand out month.
 This month is all about their new autumn/winter collection and it totally hits the spot with me. Deep blues and purples, copper and marbled patterns.
So, what did I get?

A4 Blue Marble Quarter Bound Notebook RRP £12.95:
This is the highlight of the box and holds the bulk of the weight and value. This beautiful notebook has a thick marble effect cover that is sturdy and has copper detailing. The pages are lined on one side and blank on the other meaning that it would make a great diary, sketch book or scrap book. I am going to use it as a type of photo album, documenting our beautiful puppy growing up. The pages are also copper edged meaning that the edges look gorgeous when the book is closed.

Copper Washi Tape RRP £2.50:
I love metallic washi tape so I was happy to see this in the box. It doesn't state, but it looks to me like a 10m roll so for the £2.50 price tag, it is nice and generous.

Greeting Card RRP £2.50:
Ohh Deer is well known for being a collective platform for artists to share their designs, and the card that I received this month was designed by Kris Tate. A percentage from each card sold on Ohh Deer is returned straight to the artist. I really like the design that I received. I know there were several versions available but I'm happy with mine and it is going on my office wall for me to stare at every day when I'm working.

Riso Printed Calendar RRP £1.95:
In last month's box we received a mini clipboard with an August calendar sheet attached so I was wondering whether these might become a monthly addition to the box. I'm really happy to see that I was right. I find them really useful to have propped up on my desk because I'm in a constant state of not knowing what day or date it is (is that what working from home does to you?!). The September sheet shares the same beautiful marble pattern of the notebook. I do think that £1.95 a sheet would be rather expensive if I wasn't receiving them as part of the box, but in this context they make a nice little addition.
A subscription costs £9.95 monthly with £1.95 postage cost *here* and you are also able to purchase several months in advance for a discounted price. I just use the one month rolling subscription and find that to be good value. The contents of this month's box come to £19.90.

As I mentioned earlier in the post, this box has been my favourite so far because I am a big fan of quality over quantity and this box really screams that message. There isn't anything here that is just a novelty that won't be used and it doesn't just feel thrown together like a couple of the earlier boxes did. If this is a sign of things to come then we could be in for some fab things!

Annie x

25 August 2016

Three Little Búhos Stationery Shop Announcement!

I'm so excited to be writing this post. All of my hard work has been paying off and I can finally make the announcement that I've been wanting to shout about for a while now!
That's right, I can finally announce that Three Little Búhos Stationery will be opening its virtual doors on 1st September! I will let you know on Instagram when I have set the shop as open, but I am aiming for 10am. The first 5 orders will also receive a special gift with their order to celebrate.
What will you be able to find in Three Little Búhos Stationery? Well, everything in the photo above and lots of other cute and quirky stationery goodies, including pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, pencil cases, washi tape and stickers!
Prices start at just 95p and all of the stock has been chosen by myself to bring a smile to your face, and colour to your work space.
Head over to Etsy and favourite Three Little Búhos *here* so that you can be among the first to know when I open!
For sneak peeks, inspiration and more stationery goodness, you can find my Instagram page *here*!

Annie x