Big Announcement – Exciting News!

Eljay's Creating Memories Journey

I have some amazing news… you’re not going to believe it!!

I am so honoured to have been invited to join the brand spanking new Design Team for the wonderful Pickle Paper Patch.

Jane, the owner of Pickle Paper Patch made this announcement on their Facebook page:

Say hello to our new Design Team Members!

As Pickle Paper Patch is growing from strength to strength we decided that we needed to add some Design Team members to our already fabulous team! For those of you that are new to crafting a Design Team member can be a lot of things, but for us its the chance to use our products to make craft projects of all types and show what can be achieved with our monthly Pickle Packs. We will even be creating some challenges for all the subscribers too!

Of course I wanted some amazing crafters, people who…

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Customer Commissioned Orders – 8×8 Birthday Cards

One of our regular customers recently contacted us for a selection of handcrafted birthday cards which were to be eight inch square in size, each with a very specific theme.

Each card has an personal message on the insert and has been designed and crafted to our customers requirements.



We hope you like these designs and if you are interested in looking at more of our work, or would like to discuss the design of a greetings or keepsake card to your requirements then we would love to hear from you 🙂

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Today is a Planner Day!!! #PlannerAddict

Cards And Candles For All Occasions has re-opened today after two weeks annual leave and the first thing on the agenda is planning. I need to plan the next few weeks for the business and get everything set up so that we know where we are.

Firstly, we have my MAMBI Happy Planner which has pretty much everything in it… this stays on my desk so that me and my partner know exactly what’s happening without having to look for my individual personal and business planners.

This is my weekly layout in my personal planner for week commencing 18th July 2016. The stickers you see here are by two different Etsy stores which are:

Ugly Bug Does

The Geeky Planner

HP layout wc 18072016

I have recently decided to set up a Christmas planner after joining the “Christmas Planner Addicts” group on Facebook and purchased a gorgeous red personal sized planner from Paperchase for just £4.75 complete with dividers and inserts – a perfect bargain for planning Christmas on a budget!!!

Paperchase Christmas Planner (1)

Paperchase Christmas Planner (2)

Paperchase Christmas Planner (3)

Paperchase Christmas Planner (4)

Paperchase Christmas Planner (5)

Paperchase Christmas Planner (6)

Paperchase Christmas Planner (7)

And of course, as fellow planner addicts will know, a new planner needs new accessories so I shopped around and found this lovely Christmas Mystery Kit from My Unicorn Planner which includes some beautiful planner clips and this Christmas tree journalling card. I highly recommend this shop to any planners out there 😀

My Unicorn Planner

Next I decided that I needed some new stationery so I browsed Etsy and found a Mystery Stationery Box from The Delightful Unicorn which arrived this morning and I love, even some retro sweeties as a treat.

The Delightful Unicorn

On the “Christmas Planner Addict” group on Facebook, I recently entered a RAOK (Random Act Of Kindness) giveaway for a selection of Christmas washi tape samples and was lucky enough to win these, from the lovely Rosie Meer – another little bit of Happy Mail to arrive this morning 🙂

Xmas Washi Sample from Rosie Meer

Lastly, I sorted through my sticker stash and found a few Christmas stickers to add to my Christmas planner supplies so here they are:

Winter Stickers

So this is my ‘everything’ planner and what I’ve got for setting up my Christmas planner.

My next post will be my newly set up Business Planner 🙂

12.05.2016 – Fibromyalgia Awareness Day 2016

Fighting Fibro One Day At A Time... The life of a 30-something Fibromyalgia/IBS sufferer


Today is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.

I am NOT Fibromyalgia… I am what does everything within my power to kick Fibro’s butt every day!!

Fibromyalgia is an awful debilitating disease with no treatment… it leaves sufferers in permanent pain, from head to toe with no 100% relief – yes some days are better than others, but we are NEVER pain free.

I struggle to walk due to the pains in my legs, hips and back. I have problems with my hands and wrists which may mean that there are weeks where I work slower than people may deem appropriate. I cannot stand unaided or do the things I used to do. But I try my damn best!!!

There are days like yesterday when Fibromyalgia wins. Days where the pain is so intense that no amount of painkillers, hot water bottles and rest will help. Yesterday was one of those days…

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