Saturday, 7 October 2017

How To Build A Scapbook



One of my personal goals this year was to start documenting events and parts of my life, and I like to think I have done that with starting and regularly updating my scrapbook. I bought this one a while ago from Paperchase, and I really like the quality and ease of use of it, as the pages are plain white yet have a little decoration of butterflies in the corner of each page. Today I thought I would share a few tips that I use to build on my scrapbook and make it the best that it can be.


TAKE PHOTO'S OF EVERYTHING. This task may seem daunting, but it honestly isn't. Just wherever you go, on walks, shopping trips, any places of importance, snap a picture.You don't need a DSLR to take the photos, a phone with a camera will do, with a steady hand and the right lighting the photo will be fine to put into your scrapbook! After you have collected lots of photos, head to a photo printing shop, like Boots Photos, and get them printed! 

DECORATE WHITE SPACES. I like to arrange my photos with gaps between photos, so I can decorate and fill the spaces with fun doodles or scrapbooking materials. These can include washi tape, paper flowers, stickers or anything you can get your hands on. I have found that bargain shops like Home Bargains and Poundland often have cheap supplies that you can buy to decorate pages with. The quality is similar to those of more expensive natures, and they are much kinder to your budgets!

ANNOTATE PHOTOS. One of my favourite parts of scrapbooking is annotating my photos, and filling in the gaps that the photo doesn't provide. One way I like to do it is by cutting some patterned paper and writing on there instead of directly onto the white backing. I find this helps break the page up a bit, and provides an extra pop of colour to each page.

REFLECT. I love looking back and reflecting on my scrapbook to read what I have been up to in the past - it's really nice to re experience it in a way. This is also another way to gain inspiration for future layout ideas for your scrapbook - you can figure out what worked and didn't work so well and make improvements to future pages. 

Do you have a scrapbook? Any tips for others?

Saturday, 30 September 2017

October Goals 2017


It's been months since I wrote a goals post, and after seeing so many inspirational ones flying round Bloglovin and my Blogger feed recently, I wanted to share my own goals for the upcoming month. I think it's so important to have goals to keep you motivated and help you continue to improve your life and self!

CREATE A BALANCE BETWEEN LIFE AND BLOG. One of the things I really struggled with in recent months is trying to blog and have a personal life at the same time. I stopped blogging to focus on GCSE's, but found myself getting unmotivated to continue after exams were over. It was all to do with pushing myself to get back at it, but it's only recently that I have been able to do so - and I'm feeling very happy to be back!

KEEP MAKING NEW FRIENDS. I hope to keep making friends and surround myself with positive and happy people, come Sixth Form. I've always been good at making friends, so I am enjoying making more at the moment. I'm was so excited to start, and already can't wait to share interests and passions with similar minded people - and learn aomething new from them!

HEALTH KICK. A typical goal, I know but I want to really keep on improving my health and wellbeing. Body confiidence issues have always been a major insecurity of mine, and I know I feel a lot healthier and happy when I make an effort to keep myself feeling good. I aim to start eating a lot cleaner, and I'm excited for the walks that I will have to do travelling between each campus at Sixth Form - hopefully these will refresh me a little and my body will enjoy the gentle exercise.

MAKE THE MOST OF EACH DAY. I always try to do this anyway, but as I am coming into two years of unfamilar education I want to better myself even more. I think it's so important to make sure to treat each day like it's your last, so to say, and make sure you are proud of what you have achieved. My plans are to plan and complete a to-do list each day, or something of equal importance like finishing an entire season of Friends - choice is yours ;)

What are your October goals?

Saturday, 23 September 2017

What Have I Been Reading Recently?


*this post was found in my drafts that I wrote a while ago and forgot about! A little outdated, but I still wanted to post it as there are some good books mentioned!*

For those who are new to this blog, you may not know I am a big fan of reading! I love settling down to bed with a book and cup of tea in hand for half an hour before I go to bed. Reading is something is that is really relaxing for me, and for those who feel the same way some of the following books might interest you too. I appreciate that not everyone likes reading, but even if you don't maybe you like the sound of some of my recently read.

Am I Normal Yet? 
This is a book that really opened up my eyes to what it is to live with anxiety and OCD, and made me appreciate it so much more. It's funny, heartfelt and an easy read. It covers all topics from first relationships to thoughts from anxiety sufferers, and me being a typical teenage girl fell in love with it.

Pride and Prejudice
To be honest, the only reason I am reading this is because it was set to read for an English assignment! It is a tricky read, due to the old language but it has been nice to concentrate on a book and really try to understand the purpose of the words instead of just briefly reading them. I am enjoying the storyline so far, and I think it definitely helped that I went to see a play production of it before I read this, which might be an idea for those interested. 

Listen To The Moon
Michael Morpurgo books tend to make me tear up with his emotional words, but this story seemed to stand out to me on the shelf. It is a really good mystery tale, and has the suspense building up until the very end. This is good for slow to advanced reader, and being an advanced reader myself I thoroughly enjoyed this! 

More Than This
This is another suspense book, which had me thinking until the very end. The book is very cleverly written which I enjoyed as it includes a series of flashbacks, current day and a constant danger which is my kind of book! This isn't a difficult book to read, however it is quite long so that might be something to consider if you don't like that kind of book.

What books have you been reading recently?

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Sound Intone Bluetooth Headphones Review




I've always been a earplug gal, maybe due to ease of use, or maybe due to my lack of ever owning some proper headphones, so when I decided to bite the bullet and buy some headphones for the first time lets just say I was pretty excited. These headphones are from Amazon (buy here), retailed for £17.99 and lets just say - I'm in love. They are white, rose gold and really cute which are obviously the most important quality of headphones, I know.

*Just linking the headphones to this post had me realising that they no longer sell the rose gold ones, but they do silver ones and other nice alternatives*

Seriously though, these headphones are amazing for what you get for the price. They have cushioned headphone parts (wow, Paige nice one) which mean they are really comfy around the ears, as well as having a adjustable head strap so you can adjust it to fit your own head. The sound quality is really great, and stays the same depending on whether you use the snazzy Bluetooth feature or the classic wired method. 

The Bluetooth mode is a lifesaver, they remind me of what the Apple AirPlugs would be like in headphone form, if I owned them aha! I connect them to my iPhone 7 with no issues at all, they connect really quickly and the sound quality is amazing. The range is also incredible - I can leave my phone upstairs and go downstairs with no issue for the majority of the house, it only starts to crackle at around 13m ish. The other connection method to your phone is a provided white aux cable, which I find so useful. You can also connect these headphones to the radio, but that is a mode I have yet to actually use aha! 

I am so pleased I bought these at such a bargain from Amazon! The delivery was super quick as well, and you get such good quality headphones for less than £20, which I think is amazing. In terms of durability, I have owned these for about 2 months now and they have been through travelling, heavy use and still are in tip top condition - whoo hoo! 

What headphones do you wear? Which ones do you recommend?