January is actually Design is Yay’s birthday month. Since I started blogging under Design is Yay on the 1st of January two years ago, it makes it difficult to host a birthday giveaway right before/after the actual birthday because of the holidays. So I thought, it doesn’t matter when I start the giveaway, as long as it’s still in the month of January. We are cutting it short here with only 3 days left of January (how time flies!). But I just want to make sure that I’m giving away the best stuff.
I’m very excited to announce that Personalised Printable Planner Kits are now available from my Etsy shop! I have created three design themes for you to choose from; Elegant Floral, Cute Watermelon and Adorable Owl. They are available for all three Filofax/Kikki.K planner sizes.
One lucky winner will receive:
1x Brand New Kikki.K Mint Leather Pocket Planner (with all the original inserts)
1x Pocket-sized personalised planner kit of your choice
1x Pack of 6 sheets stickers
Two lucky winners will receive:
2x Personalised Planner Kit in the size and design of your choice.
The personalised planner kits will be printed, cut & hole-punched by me!
This Giveaway is open to all residents worldwide.
Ready for the giveaway?
Other than being the month of love (Valentine’s Day), I’ve been informed that February 10th is Umbrella Day! So February 2015 freebies for BFF members reflects on those two themes.
These freebies will be sent out to your inboxes on January 29th, just in time for you to change current month’s wallpapers and planners. Just like the previous freebies, you will be able to download these sizes: desktop (with or without calendar), retina desktop (with or without calendar), iPhone (without calendar), iPhone 6 & 6+ (without calendar), iPad (without calendar), and also printable planner monthly organiser for A5, Personal and Pocket filofaxes (Large, Medium & Small for Kikki K planners).
Last month, a lot of you signed up for the BFF club after the first email has been sent out. I’ve decided to have a weekly send-out to new subscriber segments. The link to all of the previous months’ freebies will also be included in the following months’ emails. I cannot reply any email asking me for the download links.
I have also added pocket planner printable starting from this month, because I have just bought my pocket planner from Kikki K, and I think it looks really cute!
Introducing BEST FREEBIE FRIENDS. This is my way to thank all the lovely and loyal readers who have been supporting and reading this blog, as well as new readers who just discovered and love Design is Yay. Without all of you, Design is Yay will not come this far.
All you need to do (and this is open to everyone, including you) is to join our BFF club here and you will receive an instant download link to our “Live Creatively” print & wallpapers, and also monthly freebies for your desktop, gadgets and planners just like what you’ve seen in this post before the end of each month. I will also throw in a few freebie surprises every now and then, so you will get a lot more freebies from Design is Yay if you join the BFF club!
So don’t wait too long, sign up before January 29th to receive February 2015 freebies in your inbox!
Live Creatively – that’s what this blog is all about. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a designer, artist, photographer or working in the creative field at all, it is still important to keep being creative in getting what you’ve always wanted in life. Being creative isn’t always about drawing, making or creating something. It’s about finding ways to achieve what you really want in life, and finding more alternative ways just in case the first one doesn’t work.
I’ve created an A5 print and wallpapers for your iPad, iPhone & iPhone 6 to remind you to live creatively. These freebies are available free as an instant download when you subscribe to Design is Yay’s BFF club newsletter. If you’ve subscribed, you should have received the latest newsletter with the download link.
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Kikki K has always been my go-to shop for weekly diaries over the years. This year, I decided to go with their famous leather planner in personal size (A5 size). I bought the pink one because I really like the saffiano textured leather and the grey and white slanted stripes on the inside. The planner came in a cute box with multi-colour polkadots. I’ve always loved the way Kikki K packaged their products, it’s like they really think about how the buyers should feel when opening them. I have no regrets in buying this planner, because I just realised how fun it is to have a planner that’s totally customisable. It’s fun to see how other #planneraddict setup theirs too!
As I’ve mentioned before, this year I am also using Day Designer planner for my day-to-day planning. Therefore, I’m using this Kikki K planner for my business and personal planning. The first thing I did when setting up this planner was to design the dividers. The planner came with colourful dividers. They are beautiful, but I prefer to design them to suit my preferences. I have dividers for Pippa Paper (my custom portrait illustration business), Design is Yay’s blog book, Personal planning, Cash Flow, and Food & Health.
This is how I design my cover. It has my name, email and the year. Just in case I leave it somewhere (which I really hope that I won’t), I hope that whoever finds it would be kind enough to email me. On the left compartment, I have some adhesive notes from Kikki K’s cute collection, Bunny page markers, cat paper clips from Officeworks, mini cutout Rifle Paper Co calendar and some stickers.
I also have more page markers and sticky notes on the planner dashboard. On the right side you can see some “daily habit reminders” of mine.
For the Cash Flow tab, I bought some pages from Mockeri. I use them to keep track of my earnings and expenses for both of my etsy shops. Mockeri has a lot of cute pages to complete your planner. So if you are in the process of setting up your planner, you should check out their shop and blog.
Last but not least, I replaced Kikki K’s notepad with this Busy B**** notepad from Julie Ann Art. I fell in love with this notepad straight away when I saw it. I also love the fact that the colour of this notepad really compliments the planner’s colour scheme.
So, what do you think of my Kikki K personal planner setup?
If you like this post, you should check out the post where I share about all the planners I am using in 2015.
Also, follow my instagram for snapshots of my daily planning doodles and other planner setup updates.
This post is not sponsored by Kikki K at all. I write good things about Kikki K a lot because I really, really, really, really love them. And I do think they are that great :)
I am 28 years old woman who still play with toys. If you don’t think I’m weird, then we should be friends :)
I have been collecting vinyl toys (or in their younger years people call them “designer toys”) ever since I was in my first year uni. I bought my first vinyl toys at the Semi Permanent 2004 in Sydney. Ever since then, I’m kinda addicted to opening blind boxes. My friends often buy me blind boxes for my birthday too.
One evening not too long ago, I went to Kmart and found this wooden dollhouse.
So I had a great idea to buy a home for some of my vinyl toys. However, as you can see the design is quite plain and there’s that very cheesy quote….
Anyway, I decided to put wallpaper inside the toy house and make it more stylish. As you all know, I love simple DIYs. This DIY is very suitable for kids too (a school holiday project maybe?). And of course, kids would love to have a house for all their favourite toys! Here is how I did it in 3 simple steps:
1. For this project, you need: a plain wooden doll house or toy house, tracing paper, scissors, mod podge or super glue and the toy house wallpaper patterns.
2. Trace the shape and size of the toy house that you want to put wallpapers on with the tracing paper.
3. Cut the lines that you have drawn on tracing paper on top of the pattern paper of your choice. Adhere the pattern paper to the toy house background using Mod Podge or Super Glue. Easy!
Now, where can I get the toy house wallpaper from, you ask? There are a lot of options to choose from, depending on your pattern/colour preferences. You can use:
If you like this post, you might also like: DIY Matryoshka Dolls
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Image Credit: May | Madame Citron
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a tweaked toy house for my vinyl toys, tour of my Kikki K leather personal planner, a freebie for your phone, iPad and wall. See you next week!