Product Review – The Align Stapler

I purchased the Align Stapler.  This little device is basically a disconnected stapler that is held together top-to-bottom with a magnet.  You put your paper in between the pieces and staple.  The idea is you can staple any size papers.  Ideal for making your own printable inserts right?  I posted on my FB groups about purchasing it (before I received it) and had may people telling me how awful it was.  Not being one to just march to everyone else’s drum I didn’t really care, I wanted to find 11080966_10206339835525631_8561650090195687158_nout for myself how it works since it was only ten dollars on Quirky.  I received it this morning.  After the first staple attempts right out of the box sucked, I was a little anxious.  Once I got the hang of how it works I love it.  The device is very light, so gives the impression of being kind of cheap.  When you staple, you don’t get that satisfying thunk that you do with a conventional stapler.  If you can get past that, the stapler works very well.  In the11083900_10206339835925641_5956919742530602067_n photos, I stapled a piece of cardstock and eight sheets of copy paper that I had a page-a-day hobonichi printable on for the month of April.  It stapled all of it.  I also discovered the other option, which is not mentioned anywhere, is that you can take the top staple mechanism, with an eraser under your papers and the mechanism placed above and staple more than the thickness you may be able to with both sides together.  I hope that makes sense….so basically using it as an open stapler in the tacking position – which is how I have been stapling inserts prior to this.  I think for the price, the device is well worth the money.  You can find it here.

I have to Apologize…

I have been terribly busy at work the last couple weeks, it isn’t going to get any better until the end of April.  I’m putting together a class called A Gathering on Resiliency and the Art of Self Care.  This class is for community professionals who work with people in crisis or who have been traumatized.  The class is designed to help them recharge and re-vitalize their lives so they can do the work they love to do.  It is a six hour class and is taking a lot to put together…so of course my poor little blog is suffering.  If you started following don’t give up the ship, I’m working hard, with the help of my TN’s to find that balance of working on both the class and my blog….I have SO many ideas for posts that everyone is going to love.  Congratulations again to Carolynn on winning the giveaway.  Your prize will go out in the mail today. Next weekend I will announce details of the next giveaway.  XOXOXOX  Julie

Giveaway Winner!!!!!

Congratulations Carolynn Hunter on winning my second giveaway.  Thank you Carolynn for following on my blog and Instagram.  I hope they are adding to your journaling/planning love!  Your prize will be in the mail tomorrow.  Please send me a message through my contact form on here with your address.  For everyone who didn’t win I am planning another giveaway, details which will be announced next weekend. Thank you to everyone who has made this blog the most amazing experience.

My Odd use for an Insert

I have an insert in my field-note size TN that is strictly for weekends.  Weekends can be very hectic and sometimes duringSBC_mme-jb1038_020150327_085735 the course of the week, I can forget what I need to get done so I keep an insert that just has my weekend activities.  As the week progresses I add to it, including the fun things I might do with family, friends or my kids.  Yes, I have calendar inserts in my regular size TN but I don’t always want to carry that one on the weekends and I don’t necessarily want a calendar in my smaller one, so this was the perfect solution for me.  I do keep a month calendar in my smaller TN, it’s the pictured one, which you can find here.  It doesn’t add any bulk and I can move the sticker around if I need to.

The most wonderful thing about TN’s is that at any given moment you can change your TN to be exactly what you need it to be.  I have a place on my bookshelf for inserts that I need occasionally but not all the time.  That is really what makes my TN’s so valuable to me.  As I said on my Instagram account, ‘I loves them, I do!’

Countdown To Next Giveaway

18312We are on the countdown to Sunday morning’s (that is the the 29th) giveaway of a Nomadic Flap Type Pencil Case (picture from JetPens as well as the pencil case) giveaway.  It will be crammed with items for your portable planner needs.  All you need to do to be eligible to win is follow my blog and my Instagram account…that’s it!!!!  By following my blog you will get notification of AMAZING, FANTASTIC posts on using your Traveler’s Notebook to add joy, happiness, peace, focus, and fun to your life….for free – that is a great deal…don’t you think?  If you know of someone who might like to be entered please share this post with them…

Want to Put Traveler’s Notebook Inserts together Easier?

I just bought one of these….I can hardly wait to get it.  It’s called Align and it is a stapler with a magnetic detachable base so_MG_2756-3a you can staple anything!  Shipping is dirt cheap.  I don’t want to sew inserts together and stapling can be a pain, what a perfect solution.  You can find it here.

A Quick Boost to Self Confidence – Ten Things to Write Down

Are you feeling down about yourself, need a quick boost.  Write down in your TN these ten things:

1.  My best physical feature is:

2.  I have a talent for:

3.  I am so grateful for:

4.  One of my greatest accomplishments in the last year has been:

5.  I am very knowledgeable about:

6.  The nice thing I did for ______________ last week was:

7.  I have a passion for:

8.  I gave_____________   ____________ and they really appreciated it.

9.  My reachable goal for the next month is:

10. Something I did for someone who I knew could never pay me back or return the favor and I didn’t care was:

Addition to Free Downloads

I’ve added a very basic undated page a week calendar insert to the free downloads.  It’s full of color and you just need to fold the list so there is really no trimming needed.  When you print it, print double sided (or on both sides) and flip on short edge. Enjoy.  🙂

Send me a Message if You are a Vendor or Shop on Instagram…..

I am on my Instagram account several times a day and see such a huge benefit to it for vendors and craftspeople who areunnamed trying to promote their work. If you are a vendor or have a shop and would like your Instagram account listed on a post I am putting together about top 100 Instagram accounts for planner/office supply/midori lovers/addicts please send me a contact me with your info about your shop and your Instagram account name.  I would love to include your shop and promote it for you!  If you know of someone who doesn’t read my blog but has a shop they would like included let them know and ask if they would like to be included in the list.

Coming: My 100th Follower Celebration Giveaway

My 100th Follower Celebration Giveaway is coming on Sunday, March 28.  It isn’t a new car or a trip to the Bahamas or a new TN Cover (dang I know….) but it is a Nomadic Flap Type Pencil Bag18312 from JetPens crammed with goodies for your portable planner needs.  There are no complicated hoops to jump through to be eligible to be that random winner.  Just follow my blog and my Instagram account and POOF, you are entered!

Quite a few people have messaged me and said they don’t ‘do’ Instagram.  I didn’t either, until I started my blog.  I’m really glad I started because I get more good ideas for my planner on Instagram than almost anywhere else AND I often learn on Instagram first about sales, discounts and new products of my favorite shops.  Think about it…not just to be entered to win but just for the fun of Instagram.  (Pencil case picture from JetPens.)

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