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February 2017



Bullet Journal Pouch

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The act of journalling, list keeping and day planning has undergone many phases and trends. Each time the trend changes, the media used to journal, list keep and day plan appears to change also.
Recently, the Bullet Journal has become extremely popular. As described on the Bullet Journal website, the Bullet Journal is an analog system for list keeping, tracking and everyday planning. I used my smart phone for years to keep track of schedules, lists and more but recently found pen and paper to be more reliable and effective. The advantage of using a smartphone to keep your life on track is you generally have the smart phone wherever you go. Taking a journal type agenda keeper with you may be more combursome for some. Thus, the idea of creating a bullet journal pouch arose.

Here is a video showing the purpose and beauty of the bullet journal style of journaling.

Bullet Journal makes a fabulous journal, with numbered pages and paper thick enough you can use your favourite journalling pens.
I decided to I wanted to try the bullet style journaling but of course had zero patience to wait for an online order delivery. I visited my favourite local paper boutique and discovered the Leuchtturm 1917 would suit my needs perfectly.

The weight of the paper sold me on this journal. Bleed proof and 100g paper would allow for doodling and boo boos that I make.
I purchased a grey Leuchtturm 1917 journal. Not because I didn’t love all the fabulous colours the journal is available in but because grey has been my go to colour for a while now.

I don’t do any of the fancy doodling or labelling. I just write and make lists or notes. However, if you are interested in seeing how fun this journal can be, visit Pinterest and search Bullet Journal.
After visiting Pinterest and viewing just how these journals can be transformed into works of art, I decided to make a case for the journal. It just makes sense if you are going to take the time to make amazing lists and tracking sheets, why not be able to take the journal everywhere you go? Of course you need your fancy pens to go with the journal and maybe some pretty accessories or sticky notes. I modified the pattern for the iPad Idea Pouch to accommodate the Leuchtturm1917 journal and ended up with the perfect fit for the notebook.

So there you have it. You can keep your favourite journal and pretty pens all in one place and make it easily portable. Again, search ‘Bullet Journal’ in  Pinterest, Instagram and the World Wide Web to learn more about the bullet journal style of list keeping.  And if you do decide to try bullet journal style list keeping and want to take the journal with you everywhere you go,  the Bullet Journal pouches are now available in my little shop.

Next up on my list of to-do’s is a carry case for an A5 size Filofax.

Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous weekend!



April 2015



The ‘Planner’ Train to Crazy

Written by , Posted in Filofax, Filofax Kendal, Planner, Planner Pages

I’m not stepping on the ‘planner’ train to crazy. I love and am totally inspired by what some are creating with their planners but I kind of like mine to be simple.  If you google/search planners, you will know what I mean.  A lot of people are turning their planners into works of art.  From simple doodling to elaborately constructed pages, planners seem to be becoming a new ‘craft’.  Or maybe, it’s not so new. The idea of embellishing and decorating your planner.  Maybe I just missed the beginning of this art genre.

I purchased my Kendal Filofax about eight years ago and used it as a planner until I purchased my first ‘smart phone’.

Filofax Kendal

Once I started using the calendar, reminder, notes, etc. apps on my phone, I packed away the Filofax. However, the rest of the family weren’t privy to my or any other schedule. We did create the ‘family’ calendar to share between our phones but that concept didn’t really take off. Every day after school, Dear Son asks if he has ‘anything on the go’ that night. Between hockey and french tutoring, he usually does have something booked for the night so his ‘free’ nights are coveted. I looked around at some desktop calendars and nothing really appealed to me. I figured if we had a calendar on the kitchen desk, Dear Son could check for his ‘free’ nights or check for himself what he had on the go for the day. Smart right? 🙂
Recently, after seeing so many beautiful planners, I thought I would bring out the Filofax and try that out. I didn’t change a thing other than the calendar pages because the last set that was in the planner was for 2009. Seeing all the details people were adding to their planners (yes, a lot own more than one planner), I wanted to just change the divider pages and tabs. I have hoarded ‘Sew Lovely’ paper collection by Carta Bella for some time now without any thought on what I was going to create with it. Until of course, I decided to create the new planner dividers with it.
The first set I created had separate tabs which I added to the existing tab.
Planner Divider Pages

Planner Divider Pages

Planner Divider Pages
I added these to my planner and felt they made the binder to full or thick.
So Plan B involved tracing the original set of dividers I purchased with the Filofax and using my Brother P-Touch Labeler to create the tab labels.
Brother P-Touch Labeler
The width of the tabs were wide enough to use the ‘small’ size setting on the labeler.
Planner Divider Pages and Tabs

Planner Divider Pages and Tabs

Planner Divider Pages and Tabs

Planner Divider Pages and Tabs
Simple but they add a bit of color and fun to my planner.
Planner Divider Pages and Tabs

Planner Divider Pages and Tabs

Planner Divider Pages and Tabs
And yes, I do know who I am and what my name is but I ended up making extra divider pages for which I didn’t have a label for so I created a front page. The paper was too cute not to use 🙂
So now I am organized and the whole family can be on the same page (literally) regarding our schedules. This is as far I was will take the ‘planner train to crazy’. I jumped on for a bit but still love clean and simple so there won’t be much more embellishing.
If you do have time, searching ‘planners’ or ‘planner pages’ is totally inspiring and worthy of a visit. If you are into that sort of thing of course.
Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!