Blog Links

I started compiling links of blog posts that I wanted to save in case I wanted to reference them again. I thought I’d share them with you. Hopefully, you’ll find something interesting to read.

I wasn’t planning on sorting into categories, but I have done and they will vary by month.

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Decorating My Current Journal

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Decorating My Current Journal

Since starting my latest journal, I’ve been struggling with using it. It’s wider than the last couple of journals I’ve used, and I hate (not really but you know) writing in it. And the one after this one is the same size, so I’m trying to figure out a way to power through using them.

I don’t like to just fill notebooks up random stuff. To me, that’s just a waste. I like my decorations and graffiti to mean something to me.

So what have I come up with? More

Blank Page Possibilities

Some people like structure, others prefer a blank canvas.

Another blogger I follow, Giftie Etcetera, wrote a post about transforming blank paper into a planner insert. You can read that here.

That post got me thinking about my ideal planner insert. Now, I do need monthlies for planning and future planning, and I like having weeklies because it’s a nice visual to see my week at a time. More

DIY Own Address Book

DIY Address Book

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Back Story: I have family and friends all over the world and their addresses are of various lengths and formats. After searching around at places like Wal-Mart, Staples, Hallmark, and other stores, I got fed up and decided to create my own address book system.

Components:    ½ inch to 1 inch 3-ring binder, any old one with do

Loose-leaf notebook paper (if you can find the stuff that already has the holes reinforced GREAT! If not, invest also in some reinforcement labels

A set of dividers (either a 5 tab set or 8 tab set, doesn’t matter really)

Pens, at least two different colors, but I wouldn’t do more than four, just to prevent confusion

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Instructions:

First thing I did was label my dividers. I used a 5 tab set, and divided the alphabet up like so: ABCDE, FGHIJ, KLMNO, PQRST, UVWXYZ

If you’re using an 8 tab set, I’d split the alphabet like this: ABC, DEF, GHI, JKL, MNO, PQR, STUV, WXYZ.

I then folded my notebook paper long ways (or hotdog style for my generation), so I had two columns. At the top of each page, I wrote a single letter from the alphabet. One letter per page.

Using alternating pen colors, I copy each address down on the corresponding pages. Also, the alternating colors help differentiate between people.

IMG_2171Once each letter was complete, I inserted them behind the correct dividers.

More Back Story: The main reason I decided to do my address book this way was because I could write all the addresses for family in the United Kingdom on the paper in the same format they would be on an envelope.

Conclusions: I had fun doing this because once again, I couldn’t find what I wanted in the store, so I made my own!

© Cori Large March 2013

Spice Cabinet Update

In a previous post, I showed off how I turned an entire cabinet beside my stove into my Spice Rack.

My husband and I love to cook, and we have just about every spice available. This does not include spice blends and mixes. I arranged this cabinet a little over a year ago, but our spice collection has grown since then.

Over the weekend, we bought two 3-tier all-purpose storage racks from The Home Depot.

We attached them to the inside of our kitchen equipment pantry.

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Here’s a side view.

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All of our less frequently used spices went here. And the cabinet became where our most used spices were stored.

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The breakdown of the number of spices we have are:

*47 on the pantry door

*31 in the cabinet

*15 in the reserve.

The reserve spices as ones that are replacements others when we run out, i.e. curry powder, paprika, dill.

We’re considering getting a third, but we shall see. The equipment pantry is very fragrant now.

© Cori Large October 29, 2015

Way Overdue Liebster Questions

So I know I am waaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy late in answering these. I misplaced them to be honest. But I found them again and I’m going to give it a go.

I was nominated for a Liebster Award by Canyon Howls. I know the rules say that once you’re nominated you have to create your own list of question and nominate more people. Yeah, not gonna do that.

Here’s a link to Canyon’s blog, so you can see her post: http://canyonhowls.com/liebster-award-nomination/

Now for my answers:

  1. What’s your dream vehicle?

I already have my dream vehicle. I have a 2013 F-150 XLT. Meaning it has a full cab with lots of leg room. My 6’4” husband fits in the backseat without a problem. The bed is short, but still long enough for all the hauling I do to craft shows.

  1. What’s your blog’s niche?

I would like to say life in general, but if you look at the number of posts per category, I post more about planners and getting organized than I do about anything else. I guess my blog is a planner centered blog, with other stuff thrown in.

  1. What was the first concert you ever attended? (If you’ve never been who would you love to see in concert?)

My then-boyfriend (now Husband) graciously went with me to see Josh Groban when he came to the Amway Center. Don’t recall the date.

  1. Do you have any pets? Share their name & age>

Right now, I have two dogs: a pocket beagle and a Doberman pincher. Ace, the beagle, is 10 years old, and Dakota, the Doberman, is 6 ½. I’ve had two other dogs in my life, but sadly they have passed away.

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  1. Who’s your favorite band?

The Pistol Annies. I’ve been a fan of Miranda Lambert since she debuted on the Country scene, but have only recently started listening to her band The Pistol Annies. Two of their songs I like are Family Feud and Hush Hush.

  1. Why did you start your blog?

I started my current blog as an experiment. I’d been using the free WordPress Account and decided to move to a hosted domain to see what it was like and see if I could make some money off it. The blog hasn’t brought in any money, but my YouTube channel has so I use the blog as another way of advertising my YouTube videos.

  1. Who are your top three mentors?

I don’t have mentors, but there are people I look up to and try to emulate.

The first is @MissTrenchcoat. She is such an inspiration. Her YouTube videos on entrepreneurship are educational and straight forward.

The second are two different people, but I look up to them for the same reason: Julia Child and Nigella Lawson. They both have the attitude about cooking that it should be fun and not stressful. Julia’s No excuses…never apologize manta is awesome.

The third is…and part of me can’t believe I’m typing this…Martha Stewart. Not for the fraud, of course, but for the fact that she knew what she wanted to do with her brand and she made it happen. Like her, love her, or hate her, she made herself a household name.

  1. Beach or mountains?

Mountains during autumn. Hoping to be able to rent a cabin next September so I can enjoy the leaves changing.

  1. What’s one thing on your bucket list?

Publish one of the many books I’ve written. From the time I was four years old, I wanted to publish a book. I keep saying I’m going to buckle down, edit one of them, and submit it for publication, but I keep making up excuses.

  1. Paper planner or electronic planner? Why?

Paper planner!!! I tried using the calendar app on my iPhone, but I kept losing stuff. I’ve always been the type of person that remembers things better if I write them down.

Here’s a link to my current set up: http://talesfromapolkcountygirl.com/day-timer-portable-malibu-set-up/

  1. What’s your favorite pizza?

Hand tossed cheese.

Like I said at the beginning, I won’t be nominating others or creating my own list of questions. Maybe I’ll be more on the ball next year if I get nominated again.

2016 Planner Inserts

So ever since I moved down to a portable size Day-Timer Malibu, I was concerned about whether or not I would be able to find planner pages that would work for me.

Also the Franklin Covey and Day-Timer Size 3 inserts have a time block line down the center of the rectangle, dividing it in half.

I prefer the Week on 2 pages (WO2P) horizontal layout. Typically, the monthly calendar is a single page (3 ¾ x 6 3/4) and that is just too small. Staples and Office Max didn’t have another option, and I contemplated going to a Day on 1 page (DO1P), but I like seeing my weekly set up all at once.

Scrolling through Amazon, I found a new brand of planner inserts: Handy Forms. In my needed size (3), there are 12 different layout options!!!

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What sold me on the inserts I bought was the offering of a Month of 2 pages (MO2P)!!! This brand is the first I’ve come across where the monthly is on two pages not one!!!

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Another nice option is the inserts come either lined or unlined. I need lines. Without them, my handwriting varies in size and the inserts will not be used efficiently. The paper is thicker than my current inserts, so there is not ghosting from my pens.

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I’m very happy to have found these forms, and the paper is thicker than my Day-Timer inserts. There is no ghosting with my Sharpie pens.

Here’s the Amazon link for you to check out these inserts: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010VME566?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00

YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/1M3qLEkNsQk

© Cori Large October 21, 2015

Mini Flex Covers

As any regular reader of this blog knows, my Mini Flex is one of my favorite things. The pink cover of my mini flex was starting to show wear and was starting to look worn.

Here’s what it looked like brand new.

Original Cover

I had been trying to figure out a way to create a new cover without removing the pink one.

I knew what I wanted, but hadn’t quite figured out how to do it.

Then it hit me one night after a crafting day with my friend. I went around to various stores to collect when I needed and came home to create.

My first cover that I made was cut from a woven placemat. I used my seam ripper to punch the holes through the fabric so it would fit on the rings.

1st attempt at new cover-fall themed

The second cover I made was a little more complicated. My friend gave me a cutting of a piece of fabric from her fabric stash, I cut another piece from the woven placemat from the first cover, sewed the fabric to the woven placemat piece, and punch the holes with the seam ripper.

2nd attempt-fall themed

My final and current cover was the simplest one I’ve done, and is my favorite thus far. I found a dark teal plastic folder, cut it to size, punched it with a 3-hole punch, added the autumn stickers, and put packaging tape over it to keep the stickers stay.

3rd attempt-desired design

All three covers are held on with Velcro® dots. I am really happy with how each came out, and I feel like I have more freedom when it comes to my mini flex. I’m not stuck with the pink cover.

So that is how I’ve customized and refurbished my Mini Flex.

Here’s the YouTube link: https://youtu.be/omAhqq_s5yw

© Cori Large October 29, 2015

Paper & Insert Stash w/ Video!!!

I have quite a few refillable planners and notebooks, but I do not like to pay for the brand name notepaper because of the cost and limited design options.

So where do I get my notepaper and scratch paper?

For my Mead Shopping OrganizHer notebook, it takes 5.5” x 8.5” paper, so I have a lot of freedom there. I can use plain computer paper, graph paper, or steno pads.

For my Raika and Day-Timer Malibu Rose Gold personal planners, they have the same ring layout and take the same size paper. I created a template on MS Word that I can make copies of and I can use the paper from those refrigerator notepads.

I do recommend investing in a hole punch with the necessary ring layout, so your options for paper are not limited.

I prefer lined to unlined paper in my notebooks and planners, and between RAKs and acquiring notepads over the years, I have plenty of paper to work through.

Here are some pictures of my paper stash:

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In the YouTube video, I talk about not liking to waste paper, and these are FC Blooms Vertical column, Week on 1 Pages inserts. I will be repunching these and using them.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/RiBdzRXIRiU

© Cori Large September 30, 2015

Redoing College

How many of you got a degree in something that you weren’t 100% passionate about?

My bachelor’s degree is in General Business Administration, focusing in Accounting and Management. The knowledge I gain from this degree has helped me in the real world, but recently I found myself fantasizing about what degree or career I would have pursued if I wasn’t so worried about the paycheck that came with it.

I came up with four other potential careers or degree programs that I would have like to have pursued if I hadn’t chickened out and gone for the security blanket degree:

  1. Financial Advisor-career
  2. Research Assistant-career
  3. Creative Writing-degree program
  4. Nutritional Anthropologist-degree program/career

Each of these will get its own post, going into detail about the education requirements, potential job placement and income, and why this career/degree program interests me.

If you could go back to college or go to college in the first place, if future earning and job opportunities weren’t a worry, what degree and/or career would you pursue? Please leave you answer in the comments.

© Cori Large October 29, 2015