When You want to easily move Pages around in your TN

I am always looking for easier, quicker, more efficient ways to do things.  I wanted a way to occasionally move a running list around in my TN.  In my previous post I talked about this hack briefly but I thought I would take a minute and expand on it. I’ve taken the large 6 x 8 post it pads and trimmed them to the size of my TN.  (See picture of untrimmed red pad and trimmed blue pad).  For example I have lists for an upcoming training I am doing (pictured) and I will be referring to these lists a lot in the next few weeks.  These lists are from a spreadsheet and I’ve printed them and cut them down and glued them on to the post its.  As training gets closer I’ll move them to my calendar pages.  For now they are living in my work insert.  I made 20150512_111038sure to buy the super sticky notes so I know they will stay (which they do).  Just another way to my my TN more user friendly.  20150512_110848 20150512_110858

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 incompetech.com/graphpaper 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!

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys….

Since becoming a serious “journaler” I’ve also become a serious collector of stickers, paper, any kind of ephemera that adds to my paper expressions.  Recently on one of my Facebook groups I am a member of, an Etsy shop owner, Victoria Werth offered a free download to a couple members who would show her work after downloading the journal cards.  I think it is important to promote each other and encourage each other in our passions so I requested a download.  Much to my happy surprise she had a set of digital journal cards with one of my favorite phrases on it!  The set I requested was the circus theme – pictured below, in two colors of card stock and with one card in my TN.  Her shop, Victoria Plans, has Disney, wedding, spring, ‘no spend‘, different holidays, Harry Potter journal cards and a weekly insert.  Victoria can also be followed on Instagram at @victoriaplans.

My fondness for digital downloads really boils down to being able to take papers, images, etc and use them over and over again.  While it’s always fun to go in to the craft store and buy paper, when I find ones I love in a digital format at a great price, I will use them over and over in a variety of ways.  I am compiling a list of my favorite ‘paid’ digital download sites.  Keep watching for it….20150504_184331 20150504_184338 20150504_191547 20150504_191554 20150504_191601 20150504_191609 20150504_191618

My New Charm…I’m in love with my skull fairy

11039801_829879780421196_6818956350573133982_oThrough someone I met on Instagram I discovered an artist with a very unique aesthetic.  I love skulls, I’m not sure why, I don’t associate them with death or sadness or anything negative.  Karen Kemp has taken the skull and combined it with wings to make what I call a ‘skull fairy’.  When I saw them I was on a mission to own one.  The friend of Karen connected me with her and a couple weeks later I had my gold skull fairy.  I took two pictures of her, in different lighting, so you can see the details. She custom made this for me.  Karen has a big selection of ‘skulls’ and findings and can make you just want you are looking for…within reason :-D.  I’m not really hanging charms on my TN’s much these days so I am wearing 20150425_184901mine on a chain, it’s gotten quite a bit of attention too….Part of the attraction for me is the obvious contradiction between a skull and fairy wings.  She does have other colored skulls in case you aren’t in to gold.  I sort of think my fairy was a lucky charm this morning as I had her on when my 24 year-old car passed state emissions testing!  If you are interested in commissioning a charm you can email Karen at prismaticpov@gmail.com.  You can also check out her F20150425_184843acebook page here.

30 Free Printables Resources for Your Planner plus 1

Who doesn’t like the word free?  The community of planner lovers is a very generous and creative crowd, and because ofAll-in-One Color Printer this, there are plenty of free printables out there for every kind of planner.  I’ve compiled a list of 29 sites for printables – calendars, various inserts/pages, stickers – you name it.  Not all of these have TN specific printables but not everyone shares the love of elastics, some folks are hardcore ring fans and there are plenty of printables for ring planners too.  Have fun checking them all out!

Jessicaswift,  LIttlehouseonthecircle,  Adayinthelifeandmind,                           Creativideeworkshop,  Cleanmama,

Mylifeallinoneplace – LOTS of fantastic freebies,   Morganlefaestrinkets – LOTS of amazing freebies,   TeamconfettiHappiescrappie, Fabnfree

Daydesigner…..Try it….then buy it…,  Mswenduhh – LOTS of freebies and instructions on making your own printables,

Ipigtails – stickers,  Worldlabels – stickers,  Kaylaaimee – stickers,  Alphamom – stickers,  Homemadekraft – stickers,

Meinlilapark – stickers,  Repositionable sticker paper (for sale on Amazon),  Clever idea to make your own colored stickers without a printer….,

Breakitdawns,  Onceuponadragonfly,  Misstina,  Donnayoung,  Iheartplanners,  Scatteredsquirrel,  Graph paper,

Homemadekraft,  Thesecretowl,  Diyplanner,  Generatedpaper

28 MORE Uses for your Traveler’s Notebook

  1. Keep track of all your planner supplies – washi samples on a page, stamp ink colors, catalog the pens you own etc
  2. Your relationship – things to work on, dates to go on
  3. New foods and restaurants you want to try, recipes for those new foods or tips on how to prepare them
  4. Warranty information on electronic, household items
  5. Your favorite sports team playing schedule, players info, fantasy league info20150308_081525
  6. Calligraphy, writing practice
  7. Couponing/sales at your favorite stores – also include hours of operation
  8. Start a genealogy/family tree insert
  9. Keep track of your knitting needles/crochet hooks – sizes, lengths…
  10. Sketch new quilt blocks
  11. List of favorite websites/etsy shops – what you order from them, what you want, discount codes
  12. Are you a geocacher? Use an insert just for that
  13. Are you a LARPER? Into cosplay?  Inserts for both of those to keep track of meet-ups, costumes, roles…
  14. Keep a diary of antiquing sites, what you gotten, what you are looking for
  15. Do you collect DVD’s/Blue Rays? My son-in-law does and you can easily keep a hard copy record so you don’t repeat a buy
  16. Use Peerless Watercolor sheets and waterbrush pens to make a custom palette and make an insert with watercolor paper to have a to-go art kit
  17. If you are a collector of any kind, use different inserts to catalog different collections
  18. Catalog yarn, embroidery floss, fabric – quantities, colors, brands
  19. Do you read the bible? Favorite scriptures that help you
  20. Do you invent things? Keep track of those projects
  21. Christmas lists – ongoing, bought, inspiration, wrapping paper stock, cards to send to who
  22. Lists of medications and dosages for each family member
  23. A list of things you own that you want to upcycle, donate, sell
  24. Plan and start a podcast of something you are really good at and enjoy doing
  25. Plan and start a planner club with friends
  26. Like to write and know lots about a lot of things?  Use an insert to plan and become a Wikipedia editor
  27. Create a list of weekly/monthly challenges for yourself and keep track of the ones you complete
  28. Create custom inserts and set up a shop on Etsy and SELL them for $$$$!

Free Templates from an Amazing TN Artist!

Does everyone know about Morgan Le Fae’s Trinkets template dropbox?  She has a huge variety of templates that fit a wide range of planners – both TN and ringed.  She has one for ‘tangle’ samples that is very clever and useful.  It is a free template for an insert with ‘zentangle’ type samples you can do…it is AWESOME! In fact, all of the templates in her dropbox are free. I currently am using three of the inserts from the dropbox, a bullet journal called Random Quotes, the tangle insert, and the 365 Every Day Matters insert.  Check them out.  If you like creating your own inserts it is worth while to check out her blog.  She also has a Facebook group She doesn’t know I’m posting this…her dropbox is Etsy Banner1such a generous and amazing resource I thought I would share in case you don’t know about it….the picture is from her site…..

Review of the FabDori from BlissBagBoutique

I recently created a new resource list and included BlissBagBoutique in the list because she-Julia Schnee – makes theseil_570xN.755980523_7wpq amazing TN accessories pouch with exacting construction.  Pictured is a green one with yellow trim.  These fit a standard Dori. Well, Julia, appreciative of the shout out, sent me one of her lovely FabDoris.  I have three leather Dori’s currently and was excited to get it and see how a cloth Dori measures up.

I have to say I am very impressed.  Aside from the meticulous and beautiful construction, the FabDori is light as a feather.  My leather Dori’s do get heavy when crammed full.  The one she sent me had two strands and I easily put four inserts in it with no over-hang and it is still light. 20150415_175558 The pen loop is stretchy elastic and fit my fat Cocoiro Letter Pen.  This is the Dori I will carry in my purse every day because it is so light, so adorable and colorful and so sturdy.  I am keeping my grocery list, household lists and an insert for my family stuff.  Another thing that I REALLY love is that somehow, Julia has gotten the elastic around the Dori SUPER sturdy and secure, way more secure than my three others…haven’t quite figured that one out but I LOVE it 20150415_175613and if I over-filled it, everything will still stay super secure.  If you are on the fence about a cloth Dori, teeter over to BlissBagBoutique on Etsy.  The standard is a mere $24, a steal for the beautiful handcrafting and fun design.  The Bliss Brand Julia is creating is really lovely and I hope you will check out all of her products.  She also has a bag in her shop called the “Sew Together Bag” that has three interior zip pockets which would be ideal for planner supplies.  There is only one left in the shop right now!  Below is her intro from her shop: 20150415_175621

“Welcome to Bliss! I make colorful bags, pouches and wallets. I love to find the most colorful and modern cotton fabrics to create a piece of art that anyone would love to carry with them everyday. My bags and accessories will get you noticed and make you smile every time you carry them!  Follow me on instagram (jschnee23) for sneak peeks at new fabrics and bags I am working o20150415_175629n!”

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.

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!’

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