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New Location

Hello everyone!

Since the last post, I’ve been working on developing a new site for my blog: http://talesfromapolkcountygirl.com

The content will be the same, so if you liked what I posted here, I hope you will considering hopping over to the new site and subscribing there.

This site will stay active and you will still be able to access past content.

Thank you for subscribing and following me here, and I hope to see you on the new site!

~Cori

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Back Story:

In my soon to be posted piece about Mead Flex Binders, I go on and on about their versatility. But I always wished for a smaller version. Well, playing around on the Mead website, I stumbled across the Mead Shopping Organizher.

I’m not gonna lie. I FREAKED! Yes, it was a two-ring binder, but I didn’t care about that. I had finally found what I wanted. My wonderful husband, when I was jumping up and down, handed me the credit card and said, “Order it.” Music to my ears.

When it finally arrived, my friend, Melanie, agreed to shoot the unboxing video.

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Mead Shopping Organizher

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Compared to the regular size Mead Flex Binder

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“How to Use this Shopping List” Cardboard insert (that I’ll be using as a dashboard)

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Pockets on both dividers

 

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 Blank Shopping list sheets (30 in total)

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Coupon dividers (removed all of them, except for the divider)

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Website/Blog Username & Password log; Clear zipper pocket; Business Card sheet

 

I immediately tore it apart and reorganized it. I’m keeping the “how to use the shopping list” cardboard insert to use as a dashboard. I moved the card holder and zipper pouch to the front as well.

The Shopping List tab is staying the same, but I only kept three shopping list pages and the blog/website pages in this section.

The Coupons tab has been turned into a notes section. I removed the extra pocket dividers to make room for more paper. I already had a bunch of paper to fit this size notebook.

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Moved the clear pockets to the front, behind the cardboard insert that is now a dashboard.

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Moved the Website/Blog sheets to the Shopping List section

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Added more paper. I had to washi tape the side and repunch them.

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Current thickness of my refillable notebook.

A really nice discovery was that the two rings line up with the top and middle rings on a regular size Flex Binder. So what does this mean? I don’t need to buy a special hole punch!!! A standard size 3 hole punch will work just fine.

YES!!! Very happy! *happy dance*

© Cori Large February 10, 2015

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I wrote my original planner review piece about a month ago. I truly enjoyed using my Franklin Covey Sierra and it is still set up, but a few days ago I couldn’t shake this reoccurring thought every time I picked it up to use it: I wish I could bend it back like a spiral notebook.

After internally arguing with myself over this first world problem, I sought counsel from one of the many planner-centered Facebook groups I am a member of. Another member essentially gave me the permission I was looking for: “If you don’t love it, you won’t use it. So use what you love.”

That was a very liberating message to receive.

I listed out what I absolutely knew I wanted in my new set up: Project Manager section, Expense Tracker, At A Glance Calendars, Weekly layouts (Wo2pgs), and my address book. I removed the Writing section since I have a separate notebook for that. I will be putting a blog posting list in my Project Manager section though.

Crafts by Cori has had its own binder for years. The planner section was just a handy area for notes and reminders. In my Project Manager section, I’m keeping this year’s BEP (Break Even Point list), To Do list, and raw materials notes.

So I got through my first week in my new set up, and I’m still pleased with my self-designed inserts.

Each day has my work To Dos on one side, and each box becomes a separate sectional To Do list with lots of room. Very very pleased! *happy dance* My notebook is full of wonderfulness!

Here are some pictures to help illustrate:

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The Pen Band that holds all my pens that I use in my planner.

 

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I’ve had the magenta one the longest, so it became my planner.

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I took the inspirational page out of my Writing notebook (which is now a Green Flex Binder).

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The Flex Binders come with 2 plastic dividers and 3 page protectors. Here’s what one looks like.

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This the beginning of my Project Manager section. I’m currently trying to figure out what to do for Christmas this year.

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Here’s a blank expense tracker insert that I made. It’s designed for a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 binder, but I’m keeping it uncut for my bigger planner.

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This is a January print out I got from MS Word. Nothing special.

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Here is a blank weekly layout.

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And here’s my weekly layout when I have all my To Do lists filled out. The right side columns with the black ink are all work notes. I have started highlighting my work hours, and don’t put anything work related down after 4 pm.

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Address tabs. I may redo my address section, but I’m not sure yet.

© Cori Large January 16-19, 2015

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