Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mind over Matter

Mind over Matter

Most days I have great ideas, loads of "to do's" that I plan to do but I ultimately fail at getting them done. I am forever saying to my husband "tomorrow I want to organize my drawers" 'this weekend I need to clean out my closet" but guess what...those days come and go without results. 

My problem is as long as I say it out loud it doesn't mean anything. I would say I am a bit of a type A person but since retiring I am a bit more relaxed about things. The problem for me lies in the fact that because I am type A and I don't accomplish these random things in my head they continue to bog up my head. A person like me that don't accomplish these goals will just go nuts at some point ha ha, cause we haven't done the things we said we were going to do. 

So I am constantly nagged in my brain of all the task uncompleted. SO for me I have to rely on "to do" list and PLAN the items in my planner. Seeing them on paper makes them a permanent task that if I do not get the chance to mark off will drive me insane. Plus its goals for the day and I always try hard to complete what I have given myself to do.

So if you are remotely like this I suggest writing down a "to do" list and then taking your planner and spreading the task out and designate them for particular days throughout the week. Therefore not bogging yourself down but giving yourself a realistic goal that you know you can meet. It will make you feel so accomplished. I know I felt defeated if I talked these task out loud and didn't get them done. 

Something about pen to paper does it for me. It makes it real and then therefore I personally set a goal for myself and make it happen. Try it sometime you will see it does make a difference. I own multiple planners so I try to designate one for my shop things and then use one for my everyday home life. You can also cross post them so that each planner is sync'd so if you do not open the other up you still have an idea of what you need to accomplish. 

Everyone has a particular system. Make your system work for you but I am telling you most people who enjoy planners are probably people who are very much like me. I personally feel I am much more disciplined using a planner. Maybe I don't need 10 of them but I switch off depending on what colors I feel are going to make me happy for a while. 

I hope this little ramble will help you get a system that works for you. We are all not perfect but we strive to make our life easier and productive and when planners came into my life I am much more focused. This post will be on Mrsbrimbles blog so please visit her blog, check out her shop!

Happy Planning!

I wanted to share some really cute items from the March Brimbles box with you. I wasn't sure I would love the space theme because I just don't have small children around or anything but I have to say it was one of my absolutely favorites!! I LOVED these stickers and ephemera! I am sad I used all the stickers!!!











Friday, March 3, 2017

Stamp and Sticker Organization



I am a self confessed planner stamp & sticker hoarder  addict. But I was finding I was doing more "collecting" than using and I felt like most of that was due to the fact it was so complicated to dig through my drawers and collect all the things I needed plus since my stamps and stickers were just very disorganized in my storage I decided I need to take some time to organize them and have all my goodies in a manageable place and thus I would get to use them more. I am on the Limelifeplanner blog today and sharing these ideas with you all.

I love Ikea but unfortunately for me I do not live close to one. So anytime we go on vacation the first thing I do is see if one is close by and fortunately I took a vacation in January and was able to get to one close by. I had wanted to purchase the Raskog cart for a long time and finally I was able too. 


Top Shelf holds my most used planners, some pencil cases, Mambi sticker books and then my favorite washi tubes and single washi's in the smaller photo cases. 




 2ND shelf I have larger stamp sets that do not fit in the photo containers and I didn't want to take out of the original packaging. I am weird like that. I also have baby wipes for cleaning my stamps, my levenger punch and some colored pencils on that shelf.



Prior to leaving on vacation I had purchased so storage items so that I could take some things on my trip and keep everything tidy. I went to Joann's and I purchased the following products:


Photo Keeper that has 5 internal photo boxes in it that hold 5 x 7 photos and fit the planner stamps perfectly. 

As you can see the stamps fit in the large 5 x 7 photo boxes well and I fit several in each.

I also bought a few singles of the photo boxes in a smaller size 4 x 6 to hold some washi tape you can see above. I couldn't find the link online, I purchased at the store itself. They are made by IRIS
I also bought the one shown also above that was an Artbin Essentials and it is great cause I fit at least 36 of the dew drops in it. All of these were found in the store and are not always available online from Joann's but I am sure you could find at other online sources. 


Here are some items to make a quick simple sticker book:

Arc or Happy Planner Disc's or use a ring binder
Paper punch
sheets of cardstock
Adhesive for attaching your sticker sheets to paper

I started out making my sticker book by sorting my stickers by shops. Just put some adhesive on the back on the sticker sheets and lay down on your paper and you are done.  I think it would be great in the future if I set it up with tabs and sorted it as well but this time I just didn't take the time. But now I have a system that all my stickers are right next to me when I plan and I can easily find the right sticker and utilize them now. here are some pics of the sticker books I have made. 







I can't tell you how much more efficient organizing these things can make you. I hope this helps some of you get your planner groove back by getting organized!





Sunday, December 18, 2016

Prep for Extended Vacation & Real Estate search

Prep for Extended Vacation & Real Estate search




We are planning a month vacation and property search in sunny Florida since we are both retired and we hate the cold weather. This takes a lot of planning since we like to rent houses so we can feel comfortable for the that length of time we are staying. We started planning for this trip 10 months ago but we do like to plan ahead and there is peace of mind when you know you have the placed booked and don't have to rush around to find a place. Cold months are sometimes hard to find places since the snowbirds!

We are planning on finding property to buy so that we can go back and forth for a while until permanently moving to the warm climate. My daughter just got married in October and I have said if I don't get a grandbaby in 2 years I am flying south for good!

First step was we selected the general area we would like to focus on our real estate journey and book a house within less than an hour from any place we would be searching for a home. We typically rent through vrbo.com or homeaway.com and we haven't experienced any negative in doing so. We have used those services for years.




Second step was within the 2 months prior to leaving we got our pre-approvals for financing so we knew that we could indeed purchase while we were there and what budget we were looking to stay within. Maintaining two properties is not easy long distance so we have decided if at all possible we would purchase in a gated community that offered lawn services etc. so that in the months it would be empty we didn't have to worry about the property.

Third step I had to work on was a packing list and this consisted of not only clothing but everything that we needed to take such as medication and making sure we didn't need refills and had enough for the time gone. I continue to add to list daily as I think of things. On my list I also listed the things we needed to do to prep our house for the time gone. It is very cold where we live so since nobody would be staying in the house we had to think of things like ways to prep kitchen pipes from freezing and avoiding any water hazards while gone. My daughter will check on the house periodically. We always notify our close neighbors of our travels and we have always done this with them so that they can watch over our house and see who is coming and going and we do this for them as well when they leave. The list also had to cover electronics and chargers, items for our furbabies and anything that would be critical to have and we couldn't do without. That takes alot of thought when leaving for that long.




Fourth step was stopping our mail service and suspending our cable/internet. This saves quite a bit when you spend what we do on tv and internet services and we are retired so every dollar counts.

Fifth step was to contact a real estate agent and gave her the criteria for our home search. I also started looking on realtor.com to see what was for sale so I could send her a list of what I liked and this will also help her to see what our expectations might be so that she knows if she comes across something whether it would interest us or not. My planner will be utilized a lot while there as I will map out areas we will travel and what days so that it maximizes our drives and we hit areas in an order that makes sense.


Sixth step and last but not least we booked a hotel for the road trip down as we are only traveling half way. We take our furbabies so we stopped a lot more and 8-10 hours in the car is enough. So I did the research for hotels around the half way point and checked reviews which is VERY important and made our reservations. The way home I will do the same process.


I used stamps from Sweet Stamp Shop, Cocoa Daisy, Limelife, Altelier Dreams



I have used my limelife notebook to create an organized list of to do and things to pack etc. Staying organized is crucial to making this work the best. I love to look at houses so this is going to be fun for me! On my actual planner I used Limelife stickers and stamp set and various other stamps to decorate. It is far from done but we are a few weeks away from January so it is a work in progress. I hope you take the time to check out Limelife planners and browse all the items you can order and how customizable they are. Check out the blog also there is always a good blog post about something that may be of interest to you!






Saturday, December 17, 2016

Spread the joy

Today I am sharing my subscription box from Mrs. Brimbles and using my Limelifeplanner to decorate it with goodies from the box. This is the November subscription box and it is full of goodies. I loved all the reds!! It was so vibrant this box. Several cute sticker sets and post cards that you can use to dress up your planner or laminate and make a cute dashboard.

I of course took one of the 12 x 12 papers and made a pocket folder for my A5 Kikki it is so easy to make these. I have showed several DIY's and if you own a cutting machine there are files out there you can purchase to make it even easier! I stuck the notepad in my pocket.



Epoxy dots and gingerbread men, reindeers and a cup of hot cocoa what more do you need! Loads of cute word stickers too.


 I love this cute felt paperclip. It went perfect in my pocket folder! And Hello! I love that polka dot washi tape!


 Here is a few pics of my spread for the first week of Dec. I have ore to write in but I at least got a cute start! I am using my Limelifeplanner and it all turned out pretty cute. I got the layout A in this planner instead of the C like I had last time. I have a lot of white space which is typical for me.

Limelife has not only spiral planners but inserts for A5 etc. Check out their shop and the blog has loads of great post. Click here to go to their site


I have the Mrs. Brimbles Advent Box that arrived. Oh my don't she know that I sneak peeks! Seriously all these cute little red and white packages to open each day of Dec. If you didn't get one this year remember to grab one next year because she does it every year so far and people love it! 


Thanks for stopping by and sharing my Brimbles November box! 


Monday, October 10, 2016

DIY Travelers Pockets

Travelers notebooks seem to be the rage lately or maybe I am just late to the par-tay. But I have purchased a few "sew-dori's" or whatever one might call them there are so many versions of Midori's out there. I unfortunately haven't used mine yet but I did get two really cute ones. I love owls so the one is owls and foxes and the other is one is based on my zombie obsession...yes it is a real obsession. So I will show you the two I have purchased and links to the Etsy seller.


But today I thought I would show you a quick tutorial on how to make a 4 pocket travelers folder. Mine is based on the regular size but you can easily modify the process for any size you own. You can also do modifications to add more pockets or slits there are so many possibilities but we are doing the 4 pocket today.

So for this you will need the following supplies/tools:

**A few of these items are optional. You can get by without them doing it the old fashion way

Paper trimmer
Score board
Glue stick
Corner rounder
Scissors
Circle punch
2 pieces of cardstock 12 x 12

Here are what the pockets will look like when finished. I used some of Mrs Brimbles awesome paper for the inside. I picked it for the inside because of the way you fold it the pattern would have been upside down on the inside pocket. While that may not bother you my OCD brain would not allow it. So for this you will need the following supplies/tools:

Lets get started!




The measurements for the 2 pieces are:
Base piece is 9.5 x 12
Inside pocket is 8 x 8.5 (go slightly under those measurements so it won't fit so tight.

Now I am going to share some pics from my happy planner spread using the September Brimbles Box. 


The stickers and stamps this month was so stinkin' cute! I love the autumn colors and the images were all Anna's creations which make them extra special. 












This charm is so pretty from Cloudy Clow


 You fox you!

Hope you enjoyed the DIY and the pics of my planner. Now don't you want to subscribe to the Brimbles box! Join us on facebook (click here)  also for loads of conversation, sneak peaks and pics of lovely Brimbles items. 

Debbie 
www.craftinchaos.com




Friday, August 26, 2016

MKC Guest Designer



I am guest designing today for Miss Kate Cuttables. I have always loved her files and I own quite a few so I was really excited for the opportunity. I have been a card maker, 3d project maker and all around crafter for years. In the past 2 years I have been heavily influenced by the planner community so you don't see me crafting cards as much anymore but I make alot of things for planners.

Its just another extension of crafting that has become my addition. Planners are really hot right now. I own several of the Kikki K planners and they are my favorite because just like purses you can get them in lots of colors and it becomes a fashion piece almost. I also have several of the Happy Planners and they are so versatile and economical so they are excellent planners for a newbie or someone who doesn't want to invest $90 and up for a planner.

One of my favorite things to make for my planner is paperclips. I have been addicted to making them really. I challenge myself daily on what I can create in miniature. Some designs just don't work out because once you reduce the image to fit on a paperclip the parts become so small they get a bit chewed up by the cutting machines. I typically try to keep my clips under 2" in height. With the ones I will show you today I will let you know what I did to size them. You have to play around with this and once you make enough of them you will come to realize that certain designs will have to go outside that 2" mark but they still can remain small enough for the clip.

Like for instance the "beach girl" I did here I tried to make her smaller but once I cut her out she was actually too small so the height wasn't going to work on this design. So from top of head to bottom of feet she is just under 2.5" tall. The hardest park on this design was the bucket area.

The "sea turtle" and the cute "beach house" I opened the file in my silhouette program and I left them absolutely the same size they opened up as and they were perfect. I used alot of glitter stock on the turtle but unfortunately the camera didn't pick up the sparkle as well as I would have liked.




When I piece my clips I use Scotch quick dry. I purchased some bottles on Joann's and a fit tip also from Joann's (can only get those online, link below) and that fine tip is the key to piecing these little designs without blobbing a bunch of glue on them.

Once I am attaching the clip and the back (you mirror the base piece if using textured cardstock like I do. If you don't just cut 2 bases)  I use hot glue. I also have a very fine tip hot glue gun but unfortunately they have made a new model and although it is fine tip it isn't near as fine as the one I have. I will link to the one that is the replacement if you would like to get one.

Using the fatter tip glue guns can be impossible. Now this part takes alot of practice because the glue dries very fast and getting your back on without it being cockeyed is tricky but once you do it enough you will find your  way. I line it up and hold it tightly on one end as I glue the bottom half. Then once it is dry and secure I pull the paper back and glue the remainder. Pop those cute clips in your planner and you will have a cute stylish decoration for your planner as well as a handy way to mark your spot!





Below is a list of the files and supplies you will need:

Files used are linked above as well:


Supplies you need:
Glue for paper piecing: Scotch Quick Dry
Tip for bottles: Fine Tips
Glue bottle: Bottles 
Hot Glue Gun: Surebonder H-195 mine is a H-185 but it is not made anymore :(