I like to decorate my journal and write around the pretty stickers and washi tape. By decorating my journal, it’s doubling as a sticker book.

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TFAPCG YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwETw4Z0geZ52u9AErAZJwg

TFAPCG FB: https://www.facebook.com/talesfromapolkcountygirl/

Crafts by Cori FB: https://www.facebook.com/Crafts-by-Cori-163136173711522/

CBC Products ETSY shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CBCproducts

Knitting All the Blankets YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbwh5oIhRXL83y___mL2gSQ

Knitting All the Blankets Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitting-all-the-blankets-podcast

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In a Coming Soon post, I discuss how Journaling and Reflection has helped me reach some goals over the years. I’ve even written and designed a few traveler’s notebook journaling inserts, with daily prompts.

We’re coming up on the end of the year, and the Passion Planner has some wonderful reflection questions to wrap things up. However, some of these questions are too general for me, so I wrote my own. I may or may not upload the files to my ETSY shop, for those who want to download them into stickers.

Monthly Reflection Questions:

1.      What is your overall feeling about this past month?   2.      Any noteworthy events?
3.      Name 3 lessons you learned this month.   4.      Writing Check In: what writing projects did you work on?
5.      Knitting Check In: what knitting/crafting projects did you work on?   6.      Side Hustle Check In: eBay, ETSY, Amazon, Craft Shows?
7.      Marriage Check In: any noteworthy things happen?   8.      Family Check In: any big family news?
9.      Work Check In: anything noteworthy happen at work this month?   10.  What are you looking forward to in the coming months?

Beginning of the Year Reflection Questions:

1.      What are you hoping to accomplish this year?   2.      What is your main writing goal for this year?
3.      What is your main knitting/crafting goal for this year?   4.      What is your reading goal for the year?
5.      Any big events coming up this year?   6.      By the end of the year, I will have accomplished _______________.

Mid-Year Reflection Questions:

1.      How has the first half of the year gone so far?   2.      How have you been feeling overall?
3.      Is there something you want to try differently in the 2nd half of the year?   4.      Have you started thinking about Christmas presents yet?
5.      What’s your #OBJ project going to be?   6.      Answer honestly, have you been taking care of yourself?

End of Year Reflection Questions:

1.      What is your overall feeling about this past year?   2.      Do you feel any different than you did at the beginning of the year? (If you can remember that far back.)
3.      List the top 5 highlights of the year.   4.      What are your top 5 accomplishments of the year?
5.      What are you looking forward to in the coming year?   6.      Did you accomplish what you wrote in Question 6 of the Beginning of the Year questions?

I also have 12 Mental Health Check In stickers for when I need to mental check up. I may use these as mid-month check ins.

Journaling and Reflecting is important. It helps you grow as a person and keep you moving towards your goals.

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Over the past couple of months, I’ve posted quite a bit about what non-traditional inserts are available out there for Traveler’s Notebooks. I don’t always remember to add the same information, for which I apologize, and I’d like to do another one where I give some quantitative information and measurements, information I like to have myself. Starting from the smaller sizes, I’ll be going through an listing the stats on my Traveler’s Notebook Inserts.

Quick note: I’m adding where I purchased these various notebooks. This is not a guarantee that they will be available in your area.

*Kate Spade Small Notebook*

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Measurements: 4 ¼” long by 3 1/8” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 32 sheets, 64 pages.

Features: unlined, sewn.

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Bought from: Bealls Outlet.

*Composition Book*

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Measurements: 4 ½” long by 3 ¼” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 80 sheets, 160 pages.

Features: lined, sewn, cover has a space to label it.

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Bought from: Wal-Mart.

*Midori-Style Passport Insert*

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Measurements: 5” long x 3.5” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 32 sheets, 64 pages.

Features: this one was lined, other have blank or grid paper, kraft paper cover which can be customized, stapled.

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Bought from: Came with my ZLYC Passport TN.

*Poppin Pocket Notebook*

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Measurements: 4 7/8” long x 3 3/8” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 32 sheets, 64 pages.

Features: lined but its wide ruled, sewn, has a cover sheet for labeling.

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Bought from: TJ Maxx and/or Bealls Outlet (I’ve picked them up at both stores).

*PaperCraft Notebooks*

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Measurements: 5 ¼” long by 3 1/8” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 28 sheets, 56 pages.

Features: lined, sewn.

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Bought from: Big Lots.

*Moleskine Pocket Notebooks*

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Measurements: 5 ½” long by 3 1/2” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 40 sheets, 80 pages.

Features: lined, title page for labeling, I’m not sure if it’s sewn because I can’t see the threads.

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Bought from: TJ Maxx.

*CaseMate Notebooks*

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Measurements: 6 7/8” long by 5” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 40 sheets, 80 pages.

Features: lined but wide ruled, sewn, fits in my homemade B6 very nicely.

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Bought from: Wal-Mart.

*CarolinaPad Notebooks*

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Measurements: 7” long by 5” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 80 sheets, 160 pages.

Features: lined, sewn, variety of cover options.

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Bought from: Wal-Mart.

*Webster’s Pages Traveler’s Notebooks*

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Measurements: 8 ¼” long by 4 ¼” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 16 sheets, 32 pages.

Features: comes in packs of 2, one ruled-one grid, and thicker paper.

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Bought from: Joann Fabrics.

*OCS Notebooks*

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Measurements: 8 ¼” long by 5 5/8” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 40 sheets, 80 pages.

Features: interesting covers, ruled but wide ruled, comes in 3 packs.

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Bought from: TJ Maxx and Mashall’s.

*Piccadilly Notebooks*

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Measurements: 8 ¼” long by 5” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 50 sheets, 100 pages.

Features: sewn, ruled, back pocket, comes in 3 packs.

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Bought from: Barnes and Noble.

*Punch Studio Notebooks*

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Measurements: 8 3/8” long by 5 5/8” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 40 sheets, 80 pages.

Features: lined but wide ruled, stapled, variety of covers, pages have header space for a title.

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Bought from: Marshall’s.

Author’s note: Keep in mind, a larger size notebook can be cut down to a smaller size. All of the bigger ones in my stash will be cut down as needed for my narrow Traveler’s Notebooks.

I hope this post was helpful! I know having this information on hand (it’ll be going in my TN) will be handy when looking for more inserts (like I need more!).

© Cori Large 19 June 2016

 

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As I’m writing this, I realized I haven’t even posted the Insert Haul post from April!!! I’m so behind! [Edit: That post went up last week.] Anyways! It’s no surprise that narrow / standard size notebooks for Traveler’s Notebooks are hard to come by in local stores, prices vary online, and if you buy online, you have to wait for it to be shipped (if it’s not a digital download).

In the previous post I mentioned above, I showed some Piccadilly notebooks I had gotten on Clearance. I was in Marshall’s and once again managed to score more notebooks!!! These are not narrow sized, but I got them cheap enough that I don’t mind cutting them down to fit my Narrow TNs. I know some TN users cut Moleskine notebooks down, but Moleskine is too expensive for me.

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The notebooks I got are Punch Studio brand and come in packs of 3. They measure 8.5 inches by 5.5 inches, and fit inside a Chic Sparrow Extra Wide TN (FYI). There were 4 singles (2 have already been cut down) at $2.99 each; and 13-3 packs (39 notebooks total) at $4.99 per pack. For a lovely grand total of: $76.83 before sales tax. Yes, that may be a lot of money up front, but works out to $1.79 an insert!!! *happy dance*

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If you think you’re seeing double of some covers, don’t worry, you are! Some don’t like having the same cover over and over on their inserts, so my acquisition method may not suit some. That’s okay. To each their own. And if I don’t like the cover or get tire of it, I can always glue scrapbook paper cover it!

I love getting deals on products I use! Once again, I recommend checking out off-price retailers. (Off-price retailers are stores that sell brand name merchandise are discounted prices.) I love these stores!

This lot are some I’m not planning on cutting down. I’m keeping them for something special:

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YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/cZwiS9Qrtd8

© Cori Large 15 May 2016

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“A novel journal

Write between the line of your

Favorite authors

Pride and Prejudice

P.S. The journal lines are the

Novel (in teeny, tiny text)!”

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This is a journal I bought at Sam’s.

Facts:

160 lined pages

ISBN: 978-1-62686-322-4

Measures 9 inches x 7 inches

Cover is floppy and bends easily.

Some of the more well-known quotes are in different colors.

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Other available titles:

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Brothers Grimm
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The cover is hot pink with electric blue accent lettering. The cover is also stamped with the novel’s text. The edges of the pages are also electric blue, as well as the text forming the writing lines. Also, the elastic is electric blue.

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Front and back interior covers have this 60’s looking floral print. It doesn’t really compliment the journal, in my opinion.

Made by Canterbury Classics, a Baker and Taylor trademark.

YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/G7exttOmbXs

Other titles I’d like to see added:

  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • The H.G. Wells Collection>>>individual titles would not make a long enough journal, in my opinion.

I don’t know what I’ll use this journal for right now. I like picking it up and looking at it.

© Cori Large 4/8/2016

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I thought I’d share what the current journal I’m using was. I’ve gotten a comment or two from my journal themed YouTube videos about wanting to see more, so here is more about my journals!

The journal I’m currently using is a wide-ruled, bound journal from Chelsea Home. The bright pink of the cover and the green leaf decoration with gold inlay reminds me of an Indian Sari. IT’S SO PRETTY!!! It also has a bright pink ribbon bookmark and has a magnetic flap closure.

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I really like writing in it. I got really tired of the college-rule of the storybook notebook I tried making a “customized” and pre-done bullet journal in.

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I bought it at Bealls Outlet, Ross, or Marshalls.

I’m back to doing continuous journaling—no page breaks, just separating my posts by the ink color.

What journal are you currently using and are you enjoying writing in it?

© Cori Large February 27, 2016

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***This is NOT a sponsored post. I have received nothing for this post.***

I do not have a Passion Planner. I have only used the free printable from the website. And searched Pinterest for pictures of how people have used their Passion Planners.

A quick list about what I really like about the Passion Planner system:

  1. The planner has a full Saturday and Sunday. THANK YOU! The majority of my week is spent at my full time job, and it’s the weekend where I need room to schedule and stretch out.
  2. I wish I had had this planner in high school. This is an excellent tool for young adult trying to find themselves and figure out what they want to do with their lives. High school and college students would benefit from this planner greatly!
  3. I LOVE the journaling questions. I use the monthly reflection questions each month, and will be doing the end of year questions in a few weeks.
  4. Loved the mind-mapping exercise. I’ve been using their method to do my own goal setting. (If you’d like to see where I went with this, subscribe to the blog for the future blog post.)

One thing I do need to mention is the 2015 Kickstarter video was my gateway into the Planner Addict World. A friend of mine had shared the Kickstarter video on her Facebook page and I watched it. After the video, related YouTube video suggestions came up and I couldn’t believe there were people making planner videos! But that’s a separate post.

I really appreciate what creator/founder/CEO Angelia Trinidad has created. Check out Passion Planner on their website and various social media pages:

Website: http://www.passionplanner.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepassionplanner/?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/passion_planner

Instagram: http://instagram.com/passionplanner

Tumblr: http://passionplanner.tumblr.com/

Pintrest: https://www.pinterest.com/passionplanner/

© Cori Large December 1, 2015

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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

British Jotter

A few months ago, I wrote a piece about how I called the little notebooks I carried around with me Jotters.

You can read that piece here.

My mother-in-law corrected me on this. Jotters are not a made up term I cam up with for my pocket-sized notebooks.

Jotter or rough book or a rough notebook is notebooks that are essentially dedicated to rough drafts. Used to take lecture notes, homework, and notes you needed to do your work.

She happened to find one pack in a box from when they moved from England.

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I have no idea what I’ll do with it, so for now, it will go into my journal collection.

YouTube video link: http://youtu.be/ErgS7920k9s.

© Cori Large June 7, 2015

New Journal Set Up

 So after some careful consideration and journaling about my feelings, I decided to go back to how I used to journal: filling up notebooks with personal diary entries, fiction/nonfiction pieces, book reviews, decorations and the like.

I have so many blank journals that I cannot wait to use, and I feel this is one way to fill them up quickly. I’ve been using this particular diary for just over a year, and have 62 pages left to fill.

To keep track of what’s in each journal, I’ll be putting Index pages at the back. I start on the very last page and move toward the front of the book. I’m also trying to fill up any half-started journals too.

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YouTube link: http://youtu.be/xpsLiD-cjyU

© Cori Large April 28, 2015

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