Blog Links

I really enjoy sharing blog links with my readers. From the comments I’ve gotten, they seem to enjoy getting new blogs to check out as well.

Funny:

Ode to the Wedding Registry http://www.allthethingsido.com/ode-to-the-wedding-registry/

Gift Ideas:

Mason Jar Gift Idea http://ashleemarie.com/cookie-monster-birthday-gift-tag/

Brownie in a Jar http://call-me-cupcake.blogspot.se/2011/12/edible-gift-idea-brownie-mix.html#.VzI_bYQrKUl

BBQ sauce in a jar http://www.shakentogetherlife.com/2013/05/mason-jar-bbq-sauce-fathers-day-gift.html

Dry Spice Rubs in a jar http://www.piebirds.org/2012/06/dry-rubs-seasonings-in-jars-fathers-day.html

Life Stuff:

25 Things Successful People Do Everyday http://www.martinealphonse.com/blog/25-things-successful-people-every-day/

Applying to University: USA vs UK http://hechingerreport.org/american-colleges-need-end-admissions-hunger-games-take-page-u-k-playbook-instead/

Reading List:

Knitting Books http://www.goodreads.com/search?q=knitting&from_new_nav=true

World War II facts http://www.historyfanatic.com/slideshows/these-31-world-war-ii-facts-will-blow-your-mind/8/

Anna Anderson, Anastasia Romanov Imposter http://www.refinery29.com/2016/05/110617/anna-anderson-anastasia-romanov-impostor

Recipes:

Healthy Donut Recipe http://lifeinspandex.com/i-made-the-impossible-possible-healthy-donut-recipe/

Overnight Blueberry Bake http://www.kiwiandcarrot.com/overnight-blueberry-bake/

Chicken Spice Rub http://overthebigmoon.com/under-5-friend-gift-chicken-spice-rub-blog-hop/

Fudge Waffles topped with ice cream & chocolate sauce http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=1571

Bulk Roll Dry Mix http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=1577

Hot Crab Dip https://www.facebook.com/healthynhappyliving/photos/a.1398359093708979.1073741826.1398357950375760/1719785761566309/?type=3&theater

The Health Benefits of Tea http://pellerini.com/2016/05/16/do-you-know-about-the-health-benefits-of-tea/

Oreo Pudding Cake http://eatmovemake.com/oreo-pudding-cake/

Pudding Cookies http://www.chef-in-training.com/2011/07/pudding-cookies/

Lebanese Restaurant Recipes http://gigieatscelebrities.com/healthy-chicken-shawarma-recipe/

Traveler’s Notebook Related:

52 Different Uses for Your Traveler’s Notebook http://www.organizeyoursoul.com/blog/2015/02/27/52-different-uses-for-your-travelers-notebook

28 More Uses for Your Traveler’s Notebook http://www.organizeyoursoul.com/blog/2015/04/24/28-more-uses-for-your-travelers-notebook

Hacked my Franklin Covey and Turned It into a Traveler’s Notebook http://www.organizeyoursoul.com/blog/2015/05/14/hacked-my-old-franklin-covey-and-turned-it-in-to-a-tn-fctn

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I haven’t been using traveler’s notebooks (TN) very long, but I am the type to “Go Big or Go Home.” I’ve been building an insert stash. I’d like to share with you my traveler’s notebook insert haul from April.

I’ve gotten inserts from the following stores: TJ Maxx, Big Lots, and the bookstore at USF. I also recommend looking at Ross, Marshalls, Stein Mart, and Bealls Outlet.

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USF Bookstore:

I stocked up on the Piccadilly notebooks. I use them in the Wide and my Husband may start using a TN as well, and this is the size insert he likes. They were on clearance ($5.98 for a 3 pack). I eventually cleared out the Barnes & Noble stock of them!

TJ Maxx:

3 booklet set of notebooks for $4.99. Themes: suitcases, cameras, and lightbulbs.

2 booklet set of Moleskine pocket sized notebooks in purple for $2.99.

3 booklet set of Poppin pocket sized notebooks in Lime Green (Tinker Bell green to me) for $2.99.

Big Lots:

OMG! I hit the mother load here!

3 booklet set of pocket sized notebooks for $1.50 each!!!

I cleared the shelf! I’ve picked some of these up at Big Lots before, but in my experience with Big Lots is I may not always be able to find something I’ve seen there before because the inventory can be random. I’m very happy to have found a stockpile for cheap!

I encourage all those who use Traveler’s Notebooks to give this outlet-type stores a chance. There’s nothing wrong with buying off ETSY or Amazon or other websites, but you may be able to find decent inserts in your area for less money than buying online.

Total # of inserts:             29 booklets

Total cost:                           $21.47

Cost per insert:                 $0.74 per insert!!!

I love cheap inserts!

YouTube Video link: https://youtu.be/kQO7uimqzzY

© Cori Large 4/17-18/2016

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I haven’t been using a Traveler’s Notebook (TN) for that long, and there’s a lot to this section of the planner world, especially when it comes to the sizes of TNs. I’ll be giving an overview of the different TN sizes and some of the inserts options I’ve found.

***TN inserts size measurements come from the Chic Sparrow website. This is not an endorsement of Chic Sparrow nor is it a sponsored post. Just using this website as an information source.***

  1. Field Notes / Pocket Size
    1. Inches: 3.5 x 5.5
    2. Centimeters: 8.9 x 14
  2. Personal Size
    1. Inches: 3.75 x 6.5
    2. Centimeters: 9.5 x 16.5
  3. A6 Size
    1. Inches: 4 x 6
    2. Centimeters: 10.2 x 15.2
  4. Narrow / Standard Size
    1. Inches: 8.25 x 4.25 or 4.33 (I’ve seen some variation in my research.)
    2. Centimeters: 21 x 10.8/11
  5. Wide Size
    1. Inches: 8.25 x 5.125
    2. Centimeters: 21 x 13
  6. Extra Wide Size
    1. Inches: 8.25 x 5.5
    2. Centimeters: 21 x 14
  7. A5 Size
    1. Inches: 8.25 x 5.8
    2. Centimeters: 21 x 14.7

There are lots of options for inserts online. Various ETSY shops that offer digital downloads or print & ship. Chic Sparrow does have its own line of inserts. Ray Blake (www.mylifeallinoneplace.com) offers free inserts you can download and print yourself or have him print them for you (check the cost on that). Amazon also sells the Midori inserts.

Once you know what size you want, you can also design and cut out your own inserts. This may take some practice and experimentation, but it is doable. I’ve designed a multitude of inserts for my own use, both for TNs and ringed planners.

Certain stores do carry the Piccadilly and Moleskine brand notebooks, in a variety of sizes, which was you use as it or cut them down.

I like to check my local stores for other types of notebooks that may fit the TNs I have. For me, I can use just about anything. I would also like to bring your attention to two notebooks that you may not have considered before.

Mini Composition Book

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Size: 3” x 5” or 7.6 cm x 12.7 cm

Fits: Field Notes / Pocket Size

Ruled paper; 80 sheets; 160 pages

I found them at Walmart in a 3 pack, with different color covers.

Durably Poly Cover Composition Book

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Photo snipped from DollarGeneral.com

Size: 5” x 7” or 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm

Ruled paper; 90 sheets; 180 pages

Fits: Nothing perfectly really. It can be cut down to fit into an A6 or Narrow / Standard size. I’ve done that with mine, to fit my Narrow. I also trimmed the plastic cover off since this was going to be a disposable notebook anyways.

I found them at both Walmart and Dollar General.

Most TN users keep an eye out for other types of notebooks that are adaptable for a TN. These are two cheap suggestions, especially if you’re looking for disposable notebooks for shopping lists.

© Cori Large March 24, 2016

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In the last few weeks of waiting for my Chic Sparrow Maverick traveler’s notebook to be returned to me as a birthday present, I got a little impatient and made two fauxdori’s. Neither is in the narrow size, like my Maverick. One is bigger and one is smaller.

1st Fauxdori: Teal Planner Binder w/ Autumn Leaves

Some of you may recall my elation about finally finding a teal planner in this post. You may also recall I covered it with gold-reflective autumn leaf stickers. Side note: I LOVE THESE STICKERS!!!

My husband punched holes in the spine and I threaded elastic through the holes. It can hold four notebooks (4 elastics). The binder itself came set up with a secretarial pocket in the front, 3 card slots and 1 ID pocket on the secretarial pocket, an elastic pen loop, and the back cover has a long pocket (where the spiral planner slide into) and a notepad pocket where I could put one of those long refrigerator list pads.

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It holds Piccadilly notebooks and Punch Studio notebooks (8.5” x 5.5”) with ease! Right now I just keep my Collections notebook and my Blogging notebook in there. (Husband is borrowing my Wide.)

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The stickers are coming off due to my putting it in my purse. If they come off, oh well!

2nd Fauxdori: Fabric Dori

ETSY has a lot of Fabric Dori sellers, and some of their fabrics are beautiful. So one Sunday evening, I decided I was going to make my own Fabric Dori. I have a storage tub full of fabric, all I needed was interfacing and elastic. Off to Joann’s I went! I probably spent 10 minutes studying the interfacing cart, trying to figure out what interfacing to use. (If you don’t know what interfacing is, please see the link below.) I got 790 Interfacing, which is a Crafting and Home Décor style. I tried asking someone as the cutting counter, and she was not helpful at all. (Snooty unhelpful.) To choose my interfacing, I felt the stiffness of all the different styles and chose the one I thought was the stiffest.

The TN I was attempting to make was the equivalent of a B6, or roughly 5” x 7”. I has easy access to notebooks this size and want to see what a TN in this size was like. Foxy Fix has this size, but I wasn’t ready to spend $50 on a leather I wasn’t sure I was going to like.

The fabric I used for the outside was an olive drab crushed velvet and the inside was a soft flannel (I think I said felt in the video!) owl print. I sewed the two fabrics together to make a sack of sorts, cut the interfacing down, slid it into the sack I made, and sewed it up. My husband added the grommets for me. I threaded the elastics through and added a spine elastic to close.

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The notebooks I have in here are my Gardening notebook, that I initially cut down thinking I’d put it in one of the Narrow (NOPE!), a blank pink one, and a black one with gold hearts that is my Book Notes notebook. This dori has 4 elastics as well, but the first two notebooks are banded together and attached with the first two elastics, and the third book is held in by the third and fourth elastics. I added a piece of gold cardstock thinking I’d put some sticky notes on there or attached a pen loop.

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My sizing was a little off. The notebooks do stick out a little bit, but I’m okay with that, and the edging of the back cover is messy. This dori stays at home so I don’t really care what it looks like. It is serving its purpose for me.

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YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/noIpgLA8_Lg

What is interfacing? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interfacing

© Cori Large 15 May 2016

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It’s back!!! My wonderful Chic Sparrow Maverick in Golden Brown is finally back in my hands! Hubby let me open my birthday present two days early, so I had the whole weekend to play with it and set it up.

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Recap: Chic Sparrow Narrow / Standard size Maverick Deluxe (has pockets) in the Golden Brown color, with 2 pen loops.

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but I was becoming paranoid that I might now like it because of how long we’d been apart.

So here’s my set up:

Yellow Paper House 2016 Monthly Booklet

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Booklet of Daily pages, a month’s worth—my own design

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Three empty notebooks: 1 cut down Piccadilly that’s become another Collections book, and a set of the Webster’s Pages Traveler’s Notebook inserts.

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With all these inserts, he’s very much a “Chunky Monkey” to use Jennifer Harvey’s (Owner and Creator of Chic Sparrow) phrase.

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In my pen loops, I’ve got a red calligraphy marker/pen and in the other one, I have my black sharpie pen.

I had forgotten how bulky and heavy the leather was! Even rewatching my own unboxing video didn’t help. The ZLYC leather I had been using was much much thinner and I could only fit 3, maybe 4, notebooks in it. And even then, the ZLYC was not as chunky as my Maverick. So I’m going to have to get used to the weight of this one. I’ve been smelling it a lot (fellow Sparrow owners know what I mean).

YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/l3wGd1g-_ac

© Cori Large 15 May 2016

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Writing

Currently…

  1. Reading…still reading The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
  2. Listening to…a YouTube video showing me how to fold some traveler’s notebook inserts I’m beta testing.
  3. Eating…finishing up leftover birthday cake for breakfast.
  4. Drinking…water water everywhere!
  5. Thinking…about the dishes I need to wash…ya fun stuff.

How’s everyone else doing mid-month? Feel free to copy and paste this check-in list into your blog!

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There’s been a discussion about color coding in the planner Facebook groups. It pops up every-so-often, usually from a newcomer to the group.

Some use highlighters. Some use colored pencils. Some use different inks-either from individual pens or those multi-inks pens. Some even use page flags and sticky flags.

I’ve been experimenting with highlighter, colored pencils, and a Paper-Mate Ink-Joy 4-color.

No matter the color medium, my colors stay the same:

Blue = Work or the college class I’m taking

Green = Household stuff

Yellow = Appointments & Important stuff

Orange = Exercise

Purple = anything goal or Side Hustle related or just something for ME!

The insert I use is one I created myself. It starts at 7 am and goes by half-hour increments until 9 pm.

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When using Highlighters or colored pencils: I use a black ink pen. Any appointments or important stuff gets highlighted in Yellow first. Then I mark out my Work hours and any class stuff I’m doing that day in Blue. Since I use a half-hour increment day, I try to use my time as wisely as possible and not overdo it (HA!) If I have any open slots left, I put in house stuff, marked in Green, and exercise, marked in Orange.

Highlighter:

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I do use my Paper-Mate Ink-Joy at times, but I keep going back to just using the black ink during the week, and the other colors elsewhere in my TN.

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I know I should prioritize some downtime for myself, but that doesn’t always happen. I try to work on one of my goals, side hustle item, or just read or journal each day. Again, life doesn’t always let that happen. Unfortunately, my kitchen refuses to clean without my help, despite my best efforts with witchcraft and conscription woodland creatures.

IF I do end up doing something goal related, side hustle related, or ME related, I highlight in Purple, but ONLY if I actually do it. I borrowed this idea from Passion Planner [insert link to FB post]. I really like the idea.

I still do check off using Red ink. Still my main completion marker.

YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/OgQEPJDol8s

If you color code, how do you do it? What are the colors you use and what for?

© Cori Large April 1, 2016

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