Necessity is the Mother of Invention ~ 21 Hacks for your TN

I think we all agree with the title to this post.  One of the wonderful things about necessity is that it forces us to look at things from a different perspective as to solve a problem or create something we need that doesn’t already exist.  crow-and-pitcherThat is where this list comes in – hacks.  Many of these hacks you probably already know if you are an old buffalo in the TN world but maybe some of you are new and these will help you hack your TN.   I pieced together, from my own ideas to many wonderful blogs out there, a selection that may make your planner world happier place.

  1. Double up your elastics for a tighter closure on your TN.  Need more elastics?  Check out this shop on Etsy. There are dozens of other shops and many TN shops also sell it.
  2. Cover a binder clip with washi, add leather and create a movable pen clip that can be a placeholder as well. I use one of mine to hold my place in my weekly calendar.
  3. Cut the large post-its tablet in to a TN size pad. I used an exacto knife and straight edge and made sure I purchased the super sticky notes.  Now you have movable pages in your TN.
  4. Fold a clear document sleeve in half for a clear pocket.
  5. Loop leather or cord through top strand elastic for a place marker, tie the ends with charms.
  6. Always check your favorite planner/supply shops and see if they have blogs or Instagram accounts.  Often they will have specials and giveaways that they will only advertise on them but not on their shop site.  Don’t have an Instagram account?  It is very easy to set one up here.
  7. Use graph paper to make inserts, cut to size and use card stock for cover to make it more durable.
  8. Don’t have graph paper? Go to and print your own for free.
  9. Use templates and file folders to make TN folders. I like double stick tape as my adhesive.
  10. Cut file folders to use as covers for inserts, they are durable and come in a zillion designs.
  11. Make an ArtDori with Peerless watercolor sheets, water brush pens and watercolor paper.
  12. Take #10 size envelopes, cut various lengths and stack, using double stick tape for adhesive. Trim the base envelope to 8.5″.  You have instant storage.  Use double stick tape to stick to the back inside of an insert.
  13. Use washi tape to section off Hobo style insert pages.
  14. Use a passport wallet for portable supply storage. Want a cute, inexpensive way to carry supplies?  Check out Forever 21’s makeup bags and brush wallets.
  15. Color code pages by edging them with different color washi’s.
  16. Try using a bullet or symbol system in your TN for your calendar, notes, to-do list. Linked is Ray Blake’s FREEBIE!
  17. Put a note in the beginning of your book that you will give a reward if your TN is found and the way you would want someone to contact you if they found it.
  18. Create a mindmap when you need to brainstorm. They are fun to do, beautiful and function and functional.
  19. Create and keep a list of abbreviations in an insert that are specific to your family, life and work. Soon you will have your own shorthand.
  20. Use a binder clip as a pen holder this way.  Take off the wire parts to make it more streamline.
  21. Need tear-out sheets for some reason? Get a rotary perforator like this to make tear-out pages.  You can perforate the pages on the long edge, then in smaller sections horizontally.

If you have your own hacks…please share them in comments for everyone!

84 More Resources…blogs, pinterest, stickers, supplies plus 5

431932_10204819889327926_2113176835625440694_nI’ve compiled a new list of resources for you all….I’m all about connecting everyone with just what they need…or want…or don’t know they want but discover they do :-D….it’s ok if you call me an enabler…

We will start with blogs about planning…top of the list of course is Morgan Le Faes Trinkets and here are a few more: Burgess Taylor, JenniferLynnFaber – brand new, exciting things coming here,   Baum KuchenPen Paper Ink Letter, My Life All in One Place, Pen Addict, Zencraft, A Bowl full of Lemons, Goulet Pens, The Well Appointed Desk, Hollis Finds, KenRen Stationary, Amy Tangerine, Seaweed Kisses, and JetPens.

I find endless inspiration with Pinterest boards (and often new products I haven’t heard of…) here are some stand-out boards I like: Waters March, MCD4JC, Crasmussen7, MoniqueVMB, Gtote.  There are hundreds more…just do a search.

On to pens and pencils (I’m so addicted).  I have to put JetPens first…it will always make every list I create because it is the ultimate supplier to me.  Here are some more that you may not have seen…. The Online Pen Company, Moleskine – especially if you like square pens and pencils…lol, Cult Pens – shipping is spendy if you are not in Britain or Europe but they have things I can’t find anywhere else…., Poppin – not really name brands, but everything is based on color coordinating…cute, lots of office supplies also…also color coordinated, Pencils – this is a Japanese store, I haven’t bought anything from them, however, I have always loved the Japanese aesthetic when it comes to office supplies.  If I see something on there I like, I can often search for it on Amazon and find a seller to get it from. Andreys Pencils – some great finds, Dollar General – I put them on here because if you are trying to get your kids interested in writing or journaling you could set them up in front of this site and let them pick their own supplies for cheap…to get them started…. Pendemonium, Dalys Pen Shop, Von Graf – this has been called by many, the perfect pencil, I have lusted over this pencil set for 25 years…someday….someday I’ll own it.

Stickers are something every planner fan needs…yes – needs….lol.  Here we go:  yep this is just a general search on ebay for planner stickers (no, I’m not getting lazy in my resources but there are great finds on here), Mochithings, Redbubble, ACherryonTop, MissWenduhh, and StickersGalore.

Paper is everywhere…easy to find, but here are some good suppliers I like..ACherryonTop – made the list twice…, AllScrapbookingSteals, BluemoonScrapbooking – I love this store, Createforless – good buys…for less…

Next some resources for general office supplies…. Fallindesign, Modcloth, Squareknott, Thinkgeek, Gadgetsandgear, SeeJaneWork – I’ve been a huge fan for years, WorldMarket, AtaGlance – they must have a new design team…some very trendy, cute products these days and great prices, Twohandspaperie.

Planner supplies abound, I’ve previously listed many.  This is always my favorite part of a resource list…I’ve tried to curate some new shop finds, hopefully you’ll like some of these:  TheJournalShop, MyMaido, Pikwachan – LOVE, ShiningStarBoutique, ArasPaperCreations, Shabbychickcrafts, TheHouseofFourShop, MailboxHappiness, Bypaperflower, Italiacraft – If you are an Erin Condren fan, they have the Cadillac of covers for it….17 internal pockets, shop located in Italy, shipping is a little steep, Plannercrush, Jessescraftroom, Stickewicketdesigns, Blissbagboutique – nice planner pouches and developing quite a brand, Pocketfulofsparkles, Peoniespaperie – I love the baby heart clips, SunshineNellie – she makes cute journaling band bags for supplies – unique, AlexiaClaire, Sweetmilkshoppe, SuckUK – CUTE tiny sticky notes, HandWorkDIY, AtelierDays, WigglyPickle, LaurieClaire, KandeezKupcakez, PoeticSoupDesigns, AllenTape, MakeAJournal, Glitteryjem, Paperpluscloth,  ZigZakka, CuteTape, ParksidePaper – some cute stickies…  This product will turn any piece of paper in to a sticky note…I always have a tube with me.

These resources really have nothing to do with planners but…I just had to share.  Unique candy from PapaBubble – ALL handmade and delicious.  If you want a candy that people will talk about and want, this is is.  Delicious and adorable. Want signs you love what you do?  Read this article.  SteamCream has reached cult status…seriously good stuff for your skin. Magicpug has these adorable magic potion printable labels for Halloween (I know, totally random…lol),  This adorable and inspirational paperweight.

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