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Author Note: this post was written December 31, 2015.

TN Observations (2)

I bought a Field Notes sized TN off a friend a few months ago. You can read about it here, and watch here and here.

Here are some of my observations regarding the TN.

I watch a lot of YouTube videos. Pretty much all of them are about planners. Several of the channels I follow talk about Traveler’s Notebooks. I acquired a field notes size to see what all the fuss was about.

You’d think someone as obsessed with notebooks and whose love of notebooks means I have [insert # of nbs here] blank stash, that the Traveler’s Notebook system would be perfect for me!

NOPE! It’s too much for me and doesn’t seem stable enough if I’m not writing on a hard surface.

Anyone reading this who uses a Traveler’s Notebook, be it a Midori or one of the many Fauxdoris out there, please comment and give me your opinions on using it.

Here are some pictures showing how I stuffed it with notebooks:

TN Observations (1)  TN Observations (3) TN Observations (4) TN Observations (5) TN Observations (6) TN Observations (7) TN Observations (8)

[Update: February 10, 2016]

There will be another traveler’s notebook post coming soon. It turns out I was using the wrong size. Stay tuned if you’d like to hear/read my thoughts on the Narrow I got.

© Cori Large 12/31/2015


  1. As I look out my window…sun coming through the trees, bringing a beautiful start to the day.
  2. Right now I am…Getting organized to start my day.
  3. Thinking & Pondering…Rolling a potential storyline around in my head. Need to sketch it out.
  4. On my bedside table…Mini Flex and traveler’s notebook.
  5. On my TV tonight…GRIMM! Binge watching this on Amazon Prime.
  6. On the menu this week…Lots of leftovers. Not able to make food in quantities of less than “feed an Army” so we’ll be eating a lot of Greek Quesadillas this week. (They don’t freeze well because of the cheese.)
  7. On my To Do list…hahahaha, this one always makes me laugh. Easier to put what ISN’T on my To Do list!
  8. Happening this week…crazy packing at work because we’re moving to renovate.
  9. What I am currently crafting…more dishcloths for craft show inventory.
  10. My simple pleasure…dancing around me kitchen, Showtunes station on Pandora, cooking and baking.
  11. Looking around the house…Still need to clear off the dining room table. I’m starting to think it’s a lost cause.
  12. Random picture from camera…


A binder cover I made by taping Labyrinth postcards to a piece of paper. Love this cover!

  1. What I am listening to…”Let’s Go To The Mall” by Robin Sparkles on Pandora

If you like this post, you’re welcome to copy and paste it into your blog!


My blog posts are about planners, planning, and getting organized for the most part. But there are other topics I like to post about as well: personal finance, knitting, books, cooking, etc.

I like learning about others’ knitting preferences. If you’d like to copy it and fill it in yourself, please do and post a link to your post in the Comments section.

  1. Favorite Knitting Needle Size
    1. US 10 or US 11
    2. My Knitting Self 2016 (1)
  2. Preferred/Favorite Yarn
    1. Bernat/Peaches and Cream/Sugar’n’crème Cotton
    2. Chenile
    3. Bernat Baby and Blanket
    4. My Knitting Self 2016 (2)
  3. Least Favorite Yarn
    1. LionBrand Homespun—it breaks
    2. Mohair—don’t like the way it feels
    3. Any rough yarn
  4. Knitting Resources Used
    1. YouTube videos
    2. Kids Knitting books
    3. My Knitting Self 2016 (3)
  5. WIPs (Works In Process)
    1. Frankie Brown 10 Stitch Camouflage blanket
    2. FB Camo 8b
    3. Baby blanket for craft show inventory
    4. Cotton dishcloths for craft show inventory
  6. Recently Finished Project
    1. Custom facial scrubbies for a friend
    2. My Knitting Self 2016 (6)
    3. My Knitting Self 2016 (7)
    4. Bernat Freshly Pressed dishcloths
    5. Throw to match apartment décor for a friend
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    7. My Knitting Self 2016 (4)
    8. Bernat Plum Chutney baby blanket
    9. My Knitting Self 2016 (5)

YouTube Video link:

© Cori Large 12/31/2015


I’ve been eyeing the Malden model for awhile, but don’t care for the black, ochre, or purple color. My post The Perfect Planner Tag [insert link] had a picture of my unicorn planner: a personal size Filofax Malden in teal/aqua with the Baroque decoration on the inside.

I’ve only seen one come up on the planner sell/swap/trade sites, and didn’t move fast enough. Then within the last couple of months, several of the Maldens in Teal/Aqua popped up for sale. I managed to get the Pocket in this color, but not the personal size.

When it arrived, I couldn’t rip the packaging open fast enough. And…


FF Pocket Malden (1)

It’s sooooo cushy and luscious feeling. Also more floppy than I imagined. I mean, the Malibu is floppy but not as floppy as the Malden.

The color is BEAUTIFUL!!! It’s in excellent condition!!! Bought used.

Currently, I’ve just put notebook paper and a pen in it. Going to use it as a little refillable notebook.

I just can’t get over the feeling of it.

Just so you know, the insert size is 3 inches x 5 inches.

FF Pocket Malden (5)

I’m pretty sure the pocket in the back could hold my iPhone if I took it out of its case.

FF Pocket Malden (6)

There is a cash sleeve that runs along the back of the planner.

FF Pocket Malden (7)

FF Pocket Malden (8)

© Cori Large 12/29/2015


CC Raika & RG (3)

This past December I decided to give my RG a break and use my Raika for awhile. I switched over to my Raika. I used it the week of Christmas. Here are some thoughts I jotted down while using the Raika for the first time:

  • The Raika doesn’t hold as many pens as my RG. Two pens vs. four.
  • The RG has more storage space and pockets, even when you take into account the half-sheet sleeve in the back of the Raika.
  • The Raika does have the half-sheet pocket that the RG doesn’t have.
  • The RG is mushier and nicer to feel than the all leather Raika.
  • Raika’s Bone color just doesn’t POP, compared to the Rose Gold color.
  • The rings are the same size.
  • Three days in (12-22-2015) and I really wish I had my RG back. Not enjoying this Containment Unit. And no it’s not because I’m still getting used to it. May sell it.
  • The evening we got back from our Christmas trip I switched back into my RG.

As of this post going live (2-8-2016), it is up for sale in several Planner Facebook groups.

YouTube video link:

© Cori Large 1-5-2016

CC Raika & RG (1) CC Raika & RG (2) CC Raika & RG (3) CC Raika & RG (4)


FF & MF hacks (1)

I’m really excited to share the Filofax (FF) and Mini Flex hacks I discovered with all of you. You all know how much I love my Mini Flex and my Day-Timer Rose Gold Malibu (RG). I was gifted my cousin-in-law’s 20 year old Filofax Finsbury. I didn’t know how I was going to use it, since I couldn’t wrap my head around the size. Don’t ask me why, I just couldn’t.

When I started using my RG, the ring set up is the same as a personal size Filofax. For funsies (pronounced FUN-ZEES), I wanted to see if the ring configuration for a Size 3 or FF personal insert and an A5 insert would fit the two ring of my Min Flex…

And what do you know!

FF & MF hacks (2)

FF & MF hacks (3)

FF & MF hacks (4)

Both the personal and A5 inserts can be put into my Mini Flex! And the Size 3 inserts can fit into the A5!

FF & MF hacks (5)

FF & MF hacks (6)

The holes are smaller in diameter than a normal 3-hole punch, but I can make it work if I want to. I really like that I can move inserts between the three different planners/notebooks/binders.

YouTube Video link:

© Cori Large 12/31/2015





Twin Mommy Creations is a small business owned by Ann Mikeal. As her company name says, she is the mother of a pair of rambunctious twins. I’ve known Ann for a few years now, and I can attest to how talented she is and what a fast learner she is.

What got her into crafting?

Honestly, my mom was the reason I got into crafting.  When I was about 6 or 7 years old, I really wanted to make some friendship bracelets, so mom took and bought me the thread and a storage box. We didn’t have the money for the little sorting cards though. That night, while I slept, mom stayed awake and cut sorting cards out of card stock, than wrapped and labeled all my thread… when I woke up I found the box of supplies all organized and ready to go. No matter what project I want to do, mom is always there to help and encourage my dreams.

What types of products does she make?

I create one of kind hand dyed yarns, rovings, batts, and rolags. As well as spindles and stitch markers.

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More pictures down below.

What is her favorite product to work on?

My favorite product to work on is hand spun yarns… the whole process is relaxing.


What is her least favorite product to work on?

I don’t really have a least favorite product to work on. Since I am a very slow knitter, knitting could be considered my least favorite, but I still enjoy it a ton.

What is her most popular product?

My most popular product would have to be rolags. My customers enjoy watching them being made, as well as how easy they are to spin!


Company goal?

My company goal is just too always enjoy what I am doing.  If I enjoy what I create, my customers will always enjoy my products.

Link to 863 interview:

Facebook page:

ETSY shop:

Blog link:

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Here’s an update on my goals. I got more done in January than I thought I would, considering how crazy my life got in January. I already knew my work schedule was going to be different, because I decided to take a class on Nutritional Anthropology. On top of this, one of the librarians I worked with got a new job over our Christmas Break, and put her two weeks’ notice in when we returned to work. I’ve been helping cover some of her hours until her replacement is hired.

Okay, so after that long rambling introduction, here are my January targets for meeting my goals and how I did with them:

Journal Prompts Book:

  • Delete duplicates———-completed 1/7/2016
  • Create Chicago citations—–changed mind, and decided to do an acknowledgement page instead
  • Assign End Note characters——no longer needed
  • Finish categorizing (added later)

Bobbin Lace Workbook:

  • Work through the instructions—forgot I had a started bookmark and need to finish that one because I can work through the instructions properly.

Recipe Book:

  • Write out 5 recipes—-completed 1/17/2016

Genealogy Workbook:

  • Work out what needs to be written—–completed 1/3/2016

eBay Shop:

  • Continue write ups and pictures—setting a goal of 5 a month, but I didn’t make it happen.
  • Type and upload what you have—-completed 1/19/2016


  • List sweater and other specialty items—-I DID get this stuff listed last night after I filmed by video. Completed 1/31/2016


  • Do more seller research—this will be ongoing, but I’ve learned that Amazon is best for books. Completed 1/31/2016

Craft Shows:

  • Knit Little Royals baby blanket—completed 1/3/2016

YouTube Channel:

  • Film 5 videos in January—I actually filmed 10 videos in January, so I’m really proud of myself for that.


  • Brainstorm more post ideas—-I did this early on and came up with two dozen blog post ideas, some planner related, and some not. Completed 1/9/2016

Cooking thru the Book:

  • Make a list of needed equipment and software with the approximate cost—-I made the decision to shelve this project for the time being. I do not have the time to devote to setting this new blog and YouTube channel up at this time.

That was January! And here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish in February:

  1. Journal Prompts Book
    1. Finish categorizing
    2. Resort and refine prompts
    3. Write the acknowledgement page
  2. Bobbin Lace Workbook
    1. Finish the started bookmark
    2. Reset pillow for new bookmark
  3. Recipe Book
    1. Write out 5 recipes
  4. Genealogy Workbook
    1. Write up why the date format is standardized
    2. Write up why the location format is standardized
  5. eBay Store
    1. 5 more write up and pictures
    2. Relist unsold back as auction or buy it now
  6. ETSY Shop
    1. Refigure planner inserts
    2. Create a price list and information chart
  7. Amazon
    1. List the two paperbacks
  8. Craft Show Inventory
    1. Bernat Plum Chutney baby blanket
  9. YouTube Channel
    1. Film 5 videos
  10. Blog
    1. Fill up March’s editorial calendar

© Cori Large February 1, 2016