Planners have been around for a long time. Heck, I even made pages specifically for the group of people I worked with at WordPerfect over 20 years ago.
I know. Wow, right? That’s some pretty high-tech work for waaaay back then. You try getting them printed right for duplexing properly for the month. :)
There’s something about organizing…about office supplies…keeping records…. I think many of us are in this boat–the love of supplies and what we can do with them. It’s kind of a craze, really.
But I think part of working at home has changed my way of thinking in that I don’t organize my thoughts and my work like I used to. I need to get back to basics and plan just to get things done.
So this year I had plans to plan, but still haven’t got it all planned. But I’m starting. Baby steps, right?
And then when Layle asked for some specific planner items, I was more than happy to oblige. I had had some similar things I wanted to make for a travel album, but her ideas for using it in a planner setup?
You can only imagine my absolute delight when I saw this creation I’m sharing here today. I’m going to let Layle do all the talking, but I completely adore this whole thing! Not only that, she’s making me even more motivated to get to a place that works for me. I need to get what’s in my head and out onto paper so that it’s visual and I won’t forget. I also may or may not even be ordering me more supplies. Can we ever have enough?
She is sharing so many amazing tips here. Hello? The old playing card for washi tape???? Soooo going to do that!!!
I seriously love everything about this!
And now, without further ado, take it away Layle!
I’ve been a habitual list maker all of my life. Seriously. If it needs to be done, I write it down on a list. When it’s done, I check it off. Sometimes, if it’s already done, I’ll still add it to my list and check it off. Come on, I’m not the only one out there that does that, right?! Makes me feel like I’m more productive when I do it that way :) I even save some of my lists. Call me crazy – my husband sure does! – but I have saved some lists that date back to more than 20 years ago! That would be the list of people invited to our rehearsal dinner. I also have the lists of baby names we were considering when we were pregnant with both of our boys, 18 and 16 years ago. Like I said, call me crazy!
Usually my lists are on scratch pieces of paper, on sticky notes, on notepads, in spiral notebooks, in my planner – really whatever I have handy. But recently I bought something to remedy all of those lists in all different places – a Faux Dori (a Midori is a specific brand, others are loosely called Faux Doris) and Traveler’s Notebooks. If you’re not familiar with Traveler’s Notebooks, you can give them a quick Google search.
I knew I wanted to spend some time customizing it to fit my specific needs, so I thought about how I wanted to customize it & how I wanted to organize all of my lists. Then I emailed miss Kerri and asked her if she would consider creating some cut files, specifically for Travelers Notebooks. And because she’s so awesome, she did! And this is what I made – customized just the way I want it!
I have 4 Travelers Notebooks in my Faux Dori, one for each type of lists I’m currently using. The beauty of the Faux Dori and Traveler’s Notebooks is that you can easily slide them in and out through elastic bands, so you can constantly change things up. I love that!
I started by cutting 4 different dividers using the Traveler’s Notebook Dividers set. When cutting dividers, you’ll want to pay attention to which pattern you want on which side, these shown here ended up having the wrong side up, based on how I wanted to use them, so I ended up re-cutting!
That Kerri, so brilliant & always thinking ahead! When she created the Dividers set, she included different configurations for the number of tabs you might want to cut (from 1 tab to 5 tabs) and even tabs on the top as well as on the side!
The dividers have tabs as part of the set, but rather than using the same pattern I cut the dividers from, I decided to create my own custom tabs. After doing a quick Google search on how to do what I wanted in the Silhouette, I opened a new instance of the dividers, deleted the dividers so I just had the tabs, then added text to the tab shape, turned the text to white, turned the tab to black and then print & cut. So easy, and so customizable!
Here’s a little hint when you’re folding the tabs, or anything else you make, for that matter, that requires a fold. I fold towards the inside first, then fold it back, the way that I want it to appear. Why? Have you ever noticed when you fold patterned paper, or paper that you’ve printed on, that the fibers of the paper break apart a little bit and the edge looks a little raw? If you fold towards the inside first, the inside will have the raw edge and the outside will be (and stay!) nice and smooth! Another hint – I ran the tabs through my Xyron to create stickers that way they should hold up to lots of handling and stay put!
Once I had my tabs created, I cut a few folders from the Traveler’s Notebook Folders set.
I used washi tape to adhere the folders to the Notebooks – that way I can remove and switch in and out as I want/need. These folders are so handy to have in my Traveler’s Notebooks – perfect for holding things I might want to have handy when on the go.
I love the slits Kerri has added on the front of the folders – they hold smaller bits and 3×4 cards fit perfectly.
I love using washi tape in my Notebooks. Here’s a hint to make your washi portable – I use old playing cards to wrap small amounts of washi. As long as the playing cards are coated, you’re good to go!
I added a scored 3×4 card to the inside front cover of the first Notebook in my Faux Dori. When opened, I have my name and phone number in case I happen to lose it. I stamped it with the ‘thank you’ stamp from the ‘For You’ stamp set – hoping that if I did lose it, that little preemptive ‘thank you’ might convince someone to call me to return it :)
Let’s face it, ‘to do’ lists aren’t very exciting, and depending on what you have on them, they can even be daunting. I spiced up my first to do list with a few stamps (from the One Fine Day
and For You
stamp sets) , stickers & die cuts. And yes, I will do a little decorating on every page, even if it’s just a sticker or a stamp. Gotta make it fun in order to get it done!
As I mentioned, I have 4 different Travelers Notebooks in my Faux Dori right now. My next step is to decorate them so they’re fun to work in, too!
I cannot tell you how happy this Faux Dori makes me! I love having Kerri’s cut files to be able to easily customize my set up to fit my needs, in a really fun & functional way!