As the weather cools and the days shorten, my mind automatically starts thinking of the upcoming holidays; Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, & New Years. That's a lot of planning.
That's where this little notebook comes in. You can do all your holiday organization in one place. Gift lists, card lists, decorating ideas (hello Pinterest), baking, travel plans, packing lists, parties to attend, parties to give, shopping lists, thank you notes to write — you get the idea. All of it in one place. There's a sample layout in the photos to give you some ideas. Click here to see it in my Etsy shop.
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Bright & Cheery Fabric Covered Book — Blank Journal — Blank Notebook — Blank Planner — Personal Journal — Prayer Journal — Diary — Travel Journal — Meditation Journal — Smashbook — School Notebook
Find this cheerful notebook in my Etsy store: WAMLcrafts. This altered composition book has lined pages which makes it the perfect notebook or journal for notes & lists -- well, really anything. It's an excellent gift for anyone who keeps a journal, planner, diary or smashbook. Maybe you need one place to keep all of your lists, thoughts & ideas.
The front and back covers of this notebook are covered in vibrant and cheery floral fabric. The covers are lined with decorative card stock or scrapbook paper. The outside spine is reinforced with grosgrain ribbon that is sewn to the fabric covers. The inside spine is reinforced with book binding tape. There's a pen loop to keep your favorite writing instrument with your notebook. There is an attached ribbon bookmark with a charm. I've included a book mark just for fun. And the pocket on the inside back cover is the ideal place to keep a few loose papers.
The front cover of this notebook can be customized, if you wish, with a placard with the word of your choice in one of six different fonts. I can also put a blank placard on the inside front cover with your name. Or I can leave it blank for you to customize. Just contact me, as I'm happy to work with you.
The size of the notebook is 9.75" x 7.50". There are 100 sheets, 200 pages of paper in this book.
I just added this blank grid journal to my Etsy shop: WAMLcrafts. The fabric covering the front and the back covers is from New Mexico. This would make a nice prayer journal, meditation journal or faith journal.
I just love the bright vibrant colors.
I don’t know about you guys, but I love washi tape. I love the colors and patterns it comes in. It seems the choices of washi are endless. Can you have too much washi? I don’t think so.
I use a grid composition book as my planner/journal/diary. While I decorate the outside, the pages are very plain. I’m quite a minimalist when it comes to my planner layouts but I do like to add a little color. Enter washi tape.
My favorite way to use washi tape to organize my book, is to put it on the outside edges of the pages. I do this in a couple of different ways. I make sections in the back of my book for different projects, lists, etc. I estimate how many pages I want in each section. Each section will get a different washi tape.
So when I look at the edges of my pages, even when the book is closed, the sections are clearly delineated from each other. (I apologize for the quality of the photo. It's very difficult to hold my journal and snap a photo. But you get the idea.)
You could use this approach to differentiate each month’s layout from the next month. And as you do this over time the edges of your pages are so colorful and pretty.
Another idea is to use washi tape to organize your family's activities and yours. Each member of the family gets a different color tape in your planner. Then when someone has an activity or appointment you put a piece of their color washi tape on the day. And the beauty of washi tape is you can write on it. So you can write the time and name of the activity. Color coding has never been so easy.
And if you have repeat appointments or activities for yourself you can use a different style of tape for each of your activities. Say you love going to the yoga studio but don’t have a set schedule. Just add a piece of tape to your planner that is strictly for yoga. Put it on the day you are going to the studio and add the time.
You can use one style of washi for your work appointments. Then you can just write the time and place on that piece of tape on the day of the appointment. This works for bills to pay as well. Just add another color of washi tape to the day you want to pay a bill. You can write the name and amount on the tape so it is right at your fingertips. No forgetting to pay someone.
Since there are so many things you can keep track of this way, it might be helpful to create a legend at the very front of your planner until you have all the colors memorized.
Another use of washi tape is to show blocks of time on your daily schedule. If a meeting is scheduled for 2 hours, say from 8 — 10, just put a piece of tape in your planner from 8 — 10 and write the meeting details on the tape. Once again you can get really creative here and use different colors or styles for different types of meetings. Or if you want to schedule a block of uninterrupted time to work on a project, washi tape to the rescue.
I try to have a highlight on my weekly layout of a goal, quote or something funny. I use washi tape to color in the area where I am going to put my goal. Then my eye naturally wonders to that spot anytime I look at my weekly layout.
Even if you are a minimalist journaler like me (just the facts, ma'am) adding a little color with washi tape is easy and fun.
Gift — Fabric Covered Book —Blank Journal — Blank Notebook — Student Notebook— Personal Journal — Teacher Notebook — Diary — Gift for Student — Meditation Journal — Smashbook — School Notebook
OK, this is a longish post, but, I think, worth it. So grab a cuppa and snuggle in for some reading. I hope you enjoy.
It seems everyone (including me) is obsessed with bullet journaling (BuJo), which really isn't journaling at all. It's a method of time management and planning developed by Rider Carroll. But more about that in another post. What I want to write about today is personal journaling. First of all, what exactly is personal journaling?
One definition I found online “a personal journal is a record of your observations, feelings, and reflections on your experiences.” Here's the link to that article. Well, you might be thinking, how does that differ from a diary? Think of it like this — in a diary you basically record the happenings of your day. And in a journal you may record the happenings of the day but you also record your feelings, emotions, and reactions to those happenings.
So why would you want to journal? Well there are as many reasons as there are grains of sand on the beach. But there are some main reasons such as wisdom, stress reduction, personal growth, to chronicle your life, and healing. For a more complete list check out appleseeds.org. Let's look at these five reasons to journal.
Personal Growth — your journal allows for complete freedom of expression. You don’t have to filter your thoughts or reactions for family or friends. You don’t have to be politically correct. Journaling helps you develop your self confidence in your thoughts and ideas. Journals are a great place for spiritual exploration and development. The journaling process can help you clarify what you want your life to be. It's a great place to work on your personal goals and the steps you have to take to achieve them.
Healing — Sometimes we need to heal from something that happened to us. Writing about it will help work through the emotions surrounding this area. As we write about it, we can delve even deeper into our feelings and emotions to try to understand what happened and how to move on. Of course, seeking professional help to work through our issues and hurts is a great way to heal. I’ve had counseling in the past, and it really did help me to understand what happened, my role in what happened and developing a strategy to move forward. And my journal was along for the ride and really helped in this process.
Chronicle Your Life Story — life happens in the day to day activities. By journaling every day, you capture your life as it is unfolding. You’ll have a record of your personal story as well as your family’s. You will treasure this life story. As we live longer, (wink, wink) the details start sliding out of our memories. By keeping a journal, you will have a record of important events as well as day to day activities and your thoughts and moods.
According to Maud Purcell, LCSW, CEAP, in her article, The Health Benefits of Journaling,
“The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. In sum, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you.” Pretty cool huh? You can read the entire article here
If you want something to get you started go to pageflutter and check out:
30 DAYS OF EMPOWERED JOURNALING
GIVE YOURSELF THE POWER TO BE YOU
This is a guest blog by Elizabeth who is usually over at jihielephant.com,
Now that you are already to go, I have three words to say: JUST DO IT!
Thanks for stopping by & happy journaling,
I don’t know about you but I have several ways to mark important pages in my journal. When I make journals, I attach a ribbon bookmark and make an additional paper bookmark. You can see my journals here. But I am always needing/wanting additional ways to mark pages I want to quickly find. I use washi tape on the edges of pages (love, love, love the look of this, especially when the journal is closed) but I still need more. So I came up with a way to mark individual pages with a DIY corner marker.
These things are easy and fast to make and, I think, adorable. Now it will take me longer to explain how to make them than it will take you to actually make them. But be warned, you will want to make LOTS of them.
And, yes, before you point this out to me and the world, it would be easier to make a video about this little project, but I’m just not there yet. I'm still trying to figure out the ins & outs of maintaining a website. So I see videos in my future, but not for this project. No worries, I have plenty (too many??) photos of each step.
So let’s start…
First gather a bunch of used envelopes: envelopes bills come in, envelopes inside the envelopes bills come in, or junk mail envelopes. You get the idea.
Now find a clean corner. I usually find the lower right corner holds the best possibilities. Mark 1.5 inches (that’s what I use but you can use whatever size you want. Just use the same measurement on each side) on the right side of the corner and the bottom of the corner (refer to the photos below)
Draw a straight line between both of your marks and cut the triangle off. You might want to have a little pile of these little gems before you move to the next step.
Now the fun part. I used washi tape to decorate the corner markers. But you could doodle on them (I just thought of that and that would be very cool), color with markers or colored pencils, whatever you choose. I haven't tried any liquid medium as I'm not sure they would hold up, but give it a try.
Pick out a washi tape. Line it up with the bottom of the triangle and attach. You want a little extra on each end that you will fold down and then cut off the extra that is now at the bottom of the triangle. (Confused? see photos)
On to the next step, turn the triangle over. You have a blank in the center. I chose washi tape but, once again, you could do whatever your heart desires in the blank area. I added a piece of washi tape down the center and cut off the extra on the bottom and at the peak.
Turn the triangle over, back to the original side. There is a blank area at the peak of the triangle. I used washi tape to cover it. (See photos) Or you could leave this blank and write a word or two in the space that pertains to what is on your page.
Voila! A corner marker for your journal.
However, I do one last thing. I don’t want the corner marker to just randomly come off. That defeats the whole purpose. So I add a removable glue dot to the inside. Once the glue dot is inside the corner marker, I carefully and slowly place the marker on the corner of the page and press it down into place. These are removable but you must be very gentle if you want to take the corner marker off. Carefully lift up on the side the glue dot is on and slowly release it from your page.
So there you have it. Pretty easy, right? I hope you enjoy making these and using them in your journals. They are useful and oh so adorable.
But I do so admire these layouts I follow on Instagram. Here’s a couple of photos from my friend, Andressa Kimura, PlannersandFlowers on Instagram. So pretty.
When I started researching all of the different planner accessories — holy cow! I mean I knew there were sticker sets out there, but, another — holy cow!! There is so much more.
There’s entire planner systems. Erin Condren (erincondren.com) has all kinds of planers, stationary and oh so much more. The planner systems are very thought out and I think there is every imaginable accessory you could possible want.
Create 365 The Happy Planner is another planning system that seems to be widely available. There are all kinds of planners (some you may not even know you need!) and accessories. Planner systems like these (and there are so many more) have spawned a cottage industry on Etsy.
And, if you are interested in planners or planner accessories, you should check out Etsy. Just search “planners” or “planner accessories” and you will have so much eye candy to look at and, perhaps, purchase. It's really worth a look.
Some of the accessories are “printable” (who knew?) You can download them to your computer and print them directly on your printer. Now, that's convenient. And you can print as many as you like.
And then there is what I am referring to as “all that jazz” ,such as washi tape, fancy paper clips and binder clips, bookmarks and ribbons, and even rubber stamps to use in your planner. In doing all this research, I have to say my personal favorite planner accessory is the tassel and charms. So dang cute.
I do so admire the beautiful planner pages — especially how much time is involved. If decorating planner pages gives you joy and is a relaxing activity for you — that's what it's all about. But if it causes you more stress because you just don't have the time, inclination, or ability to decorate pages, then don't do it. We are unique individuals so that means each of us will have a unique style when it comes to our planner pages. Do what works for you.
If you are looking for Facebook Planner obsession pages, check out “Pens, Paper, Planners and Washi Tape” and “Savvy Planners”.
No matter what our planner style is, we can all admire those fabulously decorated planner pages we see on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for the works of art they are. And we can admire the clean lines and functionality of the minimal planner pages.
Don't shun a paper planner because you are intimidated by a blank notebook or planner (by the by, you don't even need a “planner” you can use a notebook or journal or a binder full of paper.) Just take the plunge and find your own unique style.
Happy Planning, Laurie