Countdown to 2011 #4: Chrissie Snelling Collection (Slimline Diary)


An early Christmas present in the form of an adorable slimline diary from one of my work colleagues.

IMGP3793Suited to me perfectly this slimline (perfect for your purse) diary features pictures of cats – mostly black cats. Glossy pages and vibrant photos this diary is as pretty as a picture.


IMGP3798  Being a slimline diary it is weekly view – with a small block for your scribblings. Notable dates and Year Calendar are at the front and addresses and notes are at the back.

Simple and neat – but gets the job done, fuss free.


Chromatic Days Diary 2011 Giveaway

Due to my lack of internet/laptop I am posting this later than I would have liked. But I thought I better get my skates on if anyone is to receive this before the beginning of the new year.

Any regular readers of my blog will know that my diary of choice in 2010 was Chromatic Days from Daycraft (Thanks Daycraft!) – so as an end of year treat I am giving one lucky reader the chance to own their very own Chromatic Days diary for 2011.

The diary that is up for grabs is the same as the 2010 version: read my last review here if you missed it. The only difference is the colour this one is Orange.

How to Enter:

This is going to be a simple competition – follow me on Twitter and Retweet this giveaway.

Closing time:

Saturday 10pm GMT.

Countdown to 2011 #3: Daycraft Vogue Diary

I have been sent another bundle of Daycraft Notebooks and Diaries  from their 2011 collection.

First up, featured as part of my countdown series is the Vogue Diary.

The Vogue Diary 2010 was reviewed by fellow blogger, Journalling Arts back earlier in the year – but now is your chance to see the 2011 one.

The main difference is the complete change in the cover: which now has a quilted effect:

But inside it is the same. Page a day  (half page on the weekend)- with time stamps (two lines per hour to allow you to schedule your day) with “notes” section at the bottom of the page.

Monthly Forward Planners and Monthly Overview pages are also included. So there is plenty of room for all your planning.

A great set of information pages at the front of the diary. As well as the usual International holidays and conversion rates, there is a more in depth international guide and nutritional and health information.

Verdict: this is going to be my a5 diary this coming year.


Countdown to 2011 #2: V & A Quilts Collection

Image Credit – V&A

The Victoria & Albert Museum always do a great collection of notebooks, stationery and diaries. This year is no different. Their diary choice reflects one of their key exhibits this year:

The V&A Diary 2011 is published to coincide with the V&A’s major Quilt exhibition in 2010 that will also be going on a world tour. This exhibition showcases the V&A’s collection of patchwork and quilted covers to bring together over 300 years of British quilting history, from the 18th century to the creative reinvention of the quilt by contemporary artists. 

The diary illustrates a selection of quilts from the exhibition and also includes some previously unseen images including reverse sides plus sewing equipment such as needles, étuis and other ephemera.

The diary is available as a desk diary (23(h) x 20cm(w)) or as a pocket diary (14(h) x 12cm(w)). Inside are full size beautiful colour pictures of the collection, opposite a weekly view diary layout.

Countdown to 2011 #1: The Desk Diary – Paperchase

I’m usually faithful to my Letts A4 Desk Diary but when I was in town shopping this week – this diary from paperchase caught my eye as a potential replacement.

Image Credit: Paperchase

It is lighter than it looks, and has an even feel. It is eye-catching and pretty and described on their website as:

A4 circle stripe 2011 diary with linen cover, silver gilded page edges, ribbon marker and FSC paper. Contains personal information page, calendar, planners, UK holidays, important dates, world times, conversion factors and international dialling codes.

Down sides? Lines are a not as narrow as I like  and I think (but I can’t remember to say with absolute certainty but the Sat/Sun were on one page instead of having a page each (which is more useful for some people than others).

But why change a good thing? It is clear – the only reason I would choose it over the Letts is it is prettier (i.e. more colourful) and is cheaper at £15. This is not to say Letts diaries are not fantastic quality and beautiful – just with more conservative colours. Not to mention they’ve also got the recycled option. So there is still a decision to be made.

Countdown to 2011

It is this time of year again. Time to decide what calendar, diaries and planners I am going to use in the upcoming year. Once again I’ve decided to scrap what I’ve used in previous years

Despite trying a range of diaries this year for various purposes, the one that served me the best was my Daycraft diary: Slim line, pocket-sized, flexible, wear resistant and both monthly planner and weekly view. Excellent.

Qualities I’ll want this time round. Time to start looking…