Monday, September 24, 2012

Selling Purple Malden Compact Zipped, too, plus Graphic Image journal

I've added one more Filofax to my Ebay listings - it's a purple leather Malden pocket-sized zipped binder.  Lots and lots of pockets, very flexible in accommodating different needs.

I'm also selling a leather medium travel journal by Graphic Image.  Quite elegant.  The cover is engraved with  WANDERLUST, which I just love.  However, I'm reluctantly letting it go since I realize I need larger formats to accommodate my large writing.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Selling Five Filofaxes and One Franklin Covey Binder!

I dislocated my pinky toe AGAIN yesterday, so I put today's bed-ridden hours to good use by posting five Filofaxes and one Franklin Covey binder - plus a truckload of inserts - on Ebay.  It's exhausting!  Dang.

Listings are here.  If nobody bids against you, I'm essentially giving these away because the base price just covers shipping.  Eh, what can I say?  I like rolling the dice!

Good luck.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

New Set Up - picture 4

This page doesn't serve much of a purpose other than providing yet-another semi-rigid surface to create a smoother writing surface, protecting my paper from all the bumps made by the pockets on the inside cover of the binder.  It is supposed to be a page lifter but it is a little too floppy.  I made it by cutting a folder down to size.  It was the same shape and size of a Pee-Chee folder, but made from polyurethane (I'm not sure I even really know what that is!) or some other sort of plastic material; I then used my single hole punch to punch holes.  I bought the folder at Staples. 

After I found the Day Runner page lifter I didn't really need this one anymore, but it's cute, so I kept it.  I really like the graphics.

See all pics of this set-up (most recent pic shows first).

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Set Up - picture 3

Working my way ever-so-slowly into my planner...

On the left is a rigid piece of semi-opaque plastic, also known as a page lifter.  I LOVE page lifters - they keep margins/pages from bending/creasing, and create a flatter surface for writing.  The availability of this page lifter actually played into my decision to buy an avocado-green Day Runner binder.  I bought the Day Runner at Staples and cannibalized the parts (some of which I later discarded).  The page lifter, though, is my favorite piece.

Click on pic to enlarge.

Behind the page lifter is the backside of my photos page (see picture 2).

On the right is a piece of paper from a pad of of scrapbooking sheets I found at Walmart on clearance.  I don't scrapbook, so I don't know what those large sheets of beautiful paper printed with photos/textures are called, but they are gorgeous!  I traced an outline of my page lifter on the scrapbook paper and cut it out.  I then used a single-hole puncher and punched the holes one at a time.  I made it so I would have a pretty background for my photos (again, see picture 2).

That's it for today!  Ciao.

See all pics of this set-up (most recent pic shows first).

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Roll out the carpet for the new set up (as of August 2012) - picture 2

Let's see if she'll stop and chat with us.

"Hi, how are you tonight?  Looking good!  Who are you wearing?"

"Hi there!  I'm wearing a Franklin Covey saddle leather binder in dark brown.  If you notice, I have multiple pockets on my inside front cover, including a secretary (open on two sides) pocket and a zip pocket!  I don't typically let the contents spill out of the pockets, that's just for show."

"I like your smiley stickers, where did you get those?"

"I got them from Staples in the school supply aisle and use them (when I remember) to mark particularly nice days or events.  Maudlin and juvenile, I know, and I love it!"

"Nice pen loops, I see you easily fit your highlighter into the left one."

"Yes, this particular designer really knows what we planners need to carry along with us for a night on the town."

"And the photo sheets, I see that they are truly transparent and not semi-opaque."

"Yes, Martha Stewart's design!  Slick, not thick!  The tot on top is an old pic of my little one.  The chaps on the bottom are my son and his freshmen college roommates four years later, at graduation... oh, my!  I have vertigo from time flying!"

"Oh, careful!  Watch your step!"

"I must be going!  Kisses!  Oh, and a shout-out to my Uni-Ball Jetstream 4 + 1 pen/pencil with built-in eraser!"

"Thank you for chatting with us.  [Speaks to camera] Doesn't she look lovely tonight?"

See all pics of this set-up (most recent pic shows first).

Heads up! Moleskine Page-Per-Day Large Size - month boxes gone for 2013!

Look at the difference between how the months display for 2012 (left) and 2013 (right)!

I admit, I always thought that the one-page-per-day month layout was too small for planning, but I DO use it to track the days I exercise so I can see at a glance if I've been slacking or keeping my nose to the grindstone (the rest of the volume is devoted to the actual details of each workout - exercise, weight used, reps, sets, etc. A sweaty mess of scribble-scrawls).

Anyway, I thought to mention this because some people might be in for a shock of disappointment, perhaps.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Franklin Covey binder cover

Okay, so the exercise blogging (see last post!) hasn't manifested itself over the past few days.  It's just too tedious to transcribe scribbles from my hard-copy gym journal.  I see no point.  

Here, though, is a photo of my new set-up.  It's a desk-size Franklin Covey binder, similar in size to a Filofax A5.  It's brown saddle leather and feels great, though it doesn't have the wonderfully strong smell of leather like my black Kendal A5 FF.  It's a little more rigid than the Kendal, and I like that.  It also has a larger, more square, snap flap, which I like, AND larger pen loops!   

That's it for today!  I would LOVE to offer a cornucopia of images detailing the entire set-up, but the thought of creating such a complex post is exhausting, so I'm going for low fuss, no muss.  Now back to my binder to figure out how I can accomplish the to-do's I've set for myself!

See all pics of this set-up (most recent pic shows first).

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Direction change from Filofaxes to Fitness

I recently (last month) dumped my ENTIRE personal-size Filofax set up in favor of a desk-sized Franklin Covey binder filled with DayTimer and Mead and Martha Stewart inserts!!!!  I know.  Blasphemy.  And such sweet sorrow to box up my Amazona.

It all started because I wanted more space to write in, so I was going to move into the larger A5 FF.  But then I couldn't find the refills I wanted for my A5 FF, and I was going mad.  It was REALLY ridiculous. One Saturday I drove all over town (and Los Angeles is a BIG town) and even borrowed a huge paper cutter at Utrecht so I could see how well a Rhodia notebook would fit into my A5.  There I was, pulling strings out of the spine then shoving the pages under the dull blade, cutting up a brand new notebook into less-than-straight sheets, knowing full well that I would still have to put in the labor of punching holes, and decided BAH, HUMBUG!  There's got to be a better way.

LOOOOONG story short, after another day-and-a-half of very focused (obsessed) shopping later in the week, I ended up with a beautiful binder that is serving me well.  It's pretty damn cool, I must say.  There were some happy accidents along the way.  I want to use it for a couple of more months to make sure it stands the test of time before posting pics.  The hardest part was finding a decent binder!  I went to six or seven different office supply stores in one day before I found a lovely, dark brown, saddle leather Franklin Covey binder.  It reminds me of my Kendal, but not as soft.  I found it at Staples.  It wasn't at any of the other three Staples stores I went to, nor at any of the Office Depots or the Office Max, so it was no wonder that I danced in the aisle when I found this beauty.  Overall, the FC and Day Timer binder choices are pitiful. However, the insert choices are exciting, the exact inverse of the Filofax line.

So, my intention now is to blog about a fitness program I just started, but WHO KNOWS if that will really happen!  I mean, the program is happening, but blogging about it takes a back seat.

Catch you all later, and hope your organizational dreams are coming true!!!  Love.